Certificate of Merit™

CM Chair: Kathleen Summerland

Certificate of Merit™ evaluations for 2017 will be held on March 4 & 5 at Mt. St. Mary’s University
Branch Honors Recitals will be held Sunday, March 19 at Steinway Hall, 8801 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; 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 2016 and 2017 now updated.
The Teachers Work Agreement (below) must be printed out, signed, dated and mailed with your Student List.
Here is the Teachers Work Agreement 2017 rev
Your Student List must be printed from the State website, new.mtac.org.
November 12 postmark deadline for the two documents (Student List and Teachers Work Agreement) to be mailed to CM chair Kathleen Summerland.



Please note as November 11 is a holiday, the postmark deadline is moved to November 12. (online enrollment still ENDS October 31)
Enrollment of students will close 11:59 pm October 31, 2016
Parents will pay online between November 1 and 10.



Documents for the January packet NOT updated . State database will open January 2, 2017 to allow for the following entries: branch honors and convention recital requests, date and carpool requests; these must be entered by January 15, 2017.
Certificate of Merit January 2016 Packet info


CM 2016-17 Theme Recital Information-1




Important Dates below: remember initial REGISTRATION of students ends October 31, 2016; 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, 2017;
West LA Branch CM evaluations for Piano will be March 4 & 5, 2017.
West LA Branch CM evaluations for Voice will be Sunday, March 5, 2017.

October 4 General Meeting including Branch CM Information Meeting
OCTOBER 31 CM registration closes at 11:59 p.m. for everyone. No late registrations.
November 12 postmark deadline for Student List and Teachers Work Agreement
For documents required to complete registration see October Packet, above.

2016 Not updated for 2017 yet

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
February 20, 21, and 27, 28: Piano Regional Panel Auditions (Feb. 27 for West LA branch Panel students)
February 21: Strings Regional Panel Auditions
February 28: Voice and Winds Regional Panel Auditions
February 27 & 28 PIANO EVALUATIONS West LA Branch at Mt. St. Mary’s University
February 28 VOICE EVALUATIONS West LA Branch at Mt. St. Mary’s University
February 27 or 28: Non-exempt Panel students must take their CM Theory Test at Mt. St. Mary’s University

March 7 Deadline for Online Applications for CM 2016 Branch Honors Festival Recitals, Piano and Voice
March 10 Deadline for Panel Final Application. Due to this deadline, all Panel students must have taken their CM Theory Test by this date, if they did not receive a prior Theory Exemption. No late applications are accepted; no exceptions.

March 13 MTAC-WLA Branch Certificate of Merit™ Honors Festival Afternoon times TBA; Roth Hall, Crossroads School
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.

July 1 -5 MTAC 2016 Convention at Hilton Los Angeles Airport