RMTA has at least two general membership meetings per year wherein the business of the association is addressed.  But we also leave time for socializing and a topic of discussion or guest speaker or forum.  General meetings are free and open to the public.

Schedule for each meeting:
9:00 am – Board Meeting
9:30 – Social time
10:00 am – General Membership Business Meeting
10:20 am – Presentation

Location:  Immanuel UCC FELLOWSHIP HALL, 99 S. Waverly St., Shillington PA 19607. Use the front entrance off Brobst St.

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GUEST SPEAKER: MIKE D’ERRICO, Assistant Professor of Music & Computer Science | Director of Music Technology & Composition | Music Department Chair

TOPIC: TECHNOLOGY IN THE STUDIO (first of two; second workshop TBA) Topics to be discussed include: Creating performance videos of our students; Creating demonstration videos to send to students; Using YouTube; Creating virtual recitals using Google slides; What are the best platforms for the above.

CLINICIAN BIO: Dr. Mike D’Errico initiated the Electronic Digital Instrument program at Albright, allowing students to take applied music lessons in DJing, beatmaking, synthesis, and other forms of digital music production. As a DJ and producer of hip-hop and electronic dance music, Dr. D’Errico has performed and collaborated with hip-hop and electronic dance music artists from Boston to Los Angeles. As a digital media artist, he has worked as a sound designer for virtual reality art installations and experimental video games, and he has developed mobile apps for music and multimedia annotation. His research interests include hip-hop, electronic dance music, popular music and technology, video games, and emerging digital media. His book project, Push: Software Design and the Cultural Politics of Music Production, examines how trends in music software and digital instrument design influence the composition and production of electronic music. He currently serves on the executive committee for the US branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, and is a former technical editor of two online music journals, Echo: a music-centered journal and Ethnomusicology Review. Dr. D’Errico holds degrees in musicology, music, and music education from UCLA, Tufts University, and the University of New Hampshire, and has served on the faculty of music, music industry, and media studies departments at Pitzer College, Pomona College, and UCLA. Mike is on the executive board for Lion Records at Albright.


TOPIC:  This presentation on Music Performance Anxiety & Musician Wellness aims to normalize the topic of musician’s psychological and physical wellness by bringing this widespread but stigmatized issue to the foreground. The goals are to diminish the stigma associated with the psychological challenges of performance and to reduce the potential for practice-related injuries. In addition to understanding the causes and effects of psychological and physical wellness tailored to musicians, this class will help students develop clear strategies to form a positive outlook on performing, equip students with an awareness to prevent music-related injuries and the knowledge to safely recover, and promote innovative thinking to creatively solve related problems. The overall focus is on proactively responding to issues experienced by every musician rather than react after it is too late.

CLINICIAN BIO:  Alyssa Lahoda is a violinist from Reading, Pennsylvania. Having graduated from Lebanon Valley College, she received a BA in Music (concentrations in Violin Performance & Music Theory), a BA in Music Business, and Departmental Honors in her research on Music Performance Anxiety & Musician Wellness. Furthermore, she has created a new class and music concentration at LVC called “Musician Wellness” which will be officially offered in Fall, 2021. Currently, she is playing in several orchestras such as; Berks Sinfonietta, Amici Strings, Chesco Pops, Main Line Symphony Orchestra, and Anthracite Philharmonic. Additionally, Alyssa is working part time at the Reading Symphony Orchestra as Administrative Assistant, teaching private violin, viola, and cello lessons, giving presentations on MPA/Wellness, collaborating with SoulForce Music School, and the occasional wedding gig. Alyssa plans on eventually getting her master’s degree in violin performance to ultimately achieve her dream of performing in a professional symphony orchestra.