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The Philadelphia Music Teachers Association was organized as a local
music teachers association in 1891. Theodore Presser, teacher and
music publisher, founded the organization to promote professional
interests of teachers and improve the quality of teaching. In 1912,
PhMTA launched a campaign to attract music students to the city by
publicizing its cultural events. A rally meeting was held the following
year for the purpose of discussing the protection of the business
interests of teachers. The organization met monthly during the winter
months to discuss music and education with noted speakers and artists.
These activities were reviewed in the Etude magazine.
At annual dinners eminent civic leaders and prominent musicians were
invited to speak and perform. Among these guests were Percy Grainger,
Victor Herbert, John Phillip Sousa and Joseph Lhevinne. An article in a
1935 issue of the Etude reported that a new activity, The Little Recital
Hour (an unauditioned student performance recital), had been initiated.
This activity continued until 1963.
In 1960, the Board reorganized the association’s program and developed
the format we follow today. We offer the Dr. Andor Kiszely Solo,
Concerto and Ensemble Recitals, requiring auditions, as well as
unauditioned recital. In 1989 the organization voted to join the Music
Teachers National Association (MTNA), which offers expanded
opportunities for PhMTA’s members and their students to participate in
regional and national fesitivals and competitions. The Dorothy Sutton
Performance Festival is held as a preliminary performance in which
students are evaluated by an adjudicator. If the student is evaluated as
well prepared, they may go on to the State competitions.
Members meet in the homes of other members to perform for each other
in an informal Salon Musicale. Members performance recitals, lectures
and board meetings are held at Jacobs Music in Philadelphia.