Certificate of Merit™

CM Chair: Kathleen Summerland

Certificate of Merit™ evaluations for 2018 will be held on March 3 & 4 at Mt. St. Mary’s University
Branch Honors Recitals will be held Sunday, March 18 at Roth Hall Crossroads School, 1714 21st St. Santa Monica; late afternoon times TBD.


Mt. St. Mary’s University, Chalon Campus located in Brentwood. Location for Certificate of Meritâ„¢ evaluations since 2014.

Many CM documents are posted on the State website, new.mtac.org
On the homepage, click on “Certificate of Merit” (gold box in upper left corner). Then click on the “Resources” (gold stripe) for information on how to enroll students, add repertoire, etc.

October Packet documents for CM 2018 now updated.
The Teachers Work Agreement (below) must be printed out, signed, dated and mailed to WLA branch CM chair Kathleen Summerland along with your Student List (from new.mtac.org) AFTER parents have paid CM fees. Payment period is Nov. 1 – 10. You may mail in early November once fees have been paid; postmark deadline is November 13.

Teacher Work Agreement 2018 You may need to click twice to open.

November 13 (Monday) postmark deadline for the two documents (Student List and Teachers Work Agreement) to be mailed to CM chair Kathleen Summerland.
Please note as Veterans’ Day will be observed November 10 this year, the postmark deadline is moved to Monday, November 13. (online enrollment still ENDS October 31)
Enrollment of students will close 11:59 pm October 31, 2017
Parents will pay online between November 1 and 10.

Documents for the January packet NOT updated . State database will open January 2, 2018 to allow for the following entries: branch honors and convention recital requests, date and carpool requests; these must be entered by January 15, 2018.


Important Dates below: remember initial REGISTRATION of students ends October 31, 2017; Repertoire entry may begin once teacher has started the CM application
Branch Honors and Convention Recital requests plus day and carpool requests will take place between January 2 and 15, 2018;
West LA Branch CM evaluations for Piano will be March 3 & 4, 2018.
West LA Branch CM evaluations for Voice will be Sunday, March 4, 2018.

October 3, 2017 General Meeting including Branch CM Information Meeting
OCTOBER 31 CM registration closes at 11:59 p.m. for everyone. No late registrations.
November 13, 2017 postmark deadline for Student List and Teachers Work Agreement
For documents required to complete registration see October Packet, above.

Not completely updated for 2018 yet
January 2 Database opens for entering day and carpool requests; Convention recital requests; continue student repertoire entry online–>
January 15 Panel deadline for online repertoire entry for Panel students
January 15 Deadline for Panel students to revert to non-Panel status

January 15 Branch deadline for teachers to enter repertoire details online for Piano and Voice
Piano Regional Panel Auditions not yet updated!!


March 3 & 4 2018 PIANO EVALUATIONS West LA Branch at Mt. St. Mary’s University
March 4 VOICE EVALUATIONS West LA Branch at Mt. St. Mary’s University

March 10 Deadline for Panel Final Application. Due to this deadline, all Panel students must have taken their CM Theory Test by MARCH 1, 2018, if they did not receive a prior Theory Exemption. No late applications are accepted; no exceptions.

March 11 Deadline for Online Applications for CM 2018 Branch Honors Festival Recitals, Piano and Voice
March 18 MTAC-WLA Branch Certificate of Merit™ Honors Festival Afternoon times TBA; Roth Hall, Crossroads School
PANELS AUDITIONS NOT YET UPDATED
April 1-3 Piano Final Panel Auditions
April 2 Voice and Winds Final Panel Auditions
April 3 Strings Final Panel Auditions
April 4 Theory materials may be released statewide to teachers

April 15 Deadline for Convention Applications ($30.00 Convention App. Fee due per student)
May 15 Deadline for completion of Make Up Evaluations. For pre-approved High School students only
May 31 Deadline for teachers to report database entry errors. No changes made after this date.

June 29 to July 3 MTAC 2018 Convention at Hyatt Orange County