MTAC Orange County North

Excellence in Music Education

From the President ...

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Greetings OCN Members!

Another year is upon us! For many of us, the pandemic has forced all of us to re-evaluate our lives causing many changes in our relationships, lifestyle, and careers. With all the uncertainties in life, one thing our OCN family can count on is our commitment to do what is best for our members and students.

As the world gradually returns back to normal, OCN is also adapting to the change by offering live performance opportunities for our students, starting with the Piano Solo Competition in September coordinated by Iryna Mikulich and Tamara Matchkhaneli. They gave all of our students the opportunity to perform and a welcoming and safe environment.

Next, we are excited to introduce a brand new Branch-level in-person evaluation, STEP! Sight-reading, Theory, Ear-training, Performance is headed by our very own Teri Watson. Teri and the STEP committee has been working diligently in creating this in-person evaluation with the intent to provide the best music education for our students. I highly encourage our members and students to participate in our upcoming live events. The health and safety of our members and families is and always will be our priority. Therefore, much precaution and planning goes into all of our live programs. In order to continue to provide these live performance opportunities for our students, I want to thank you all in advance for your patience and cooperation.

I look forward to meeting all of you, new and veteran members, in the near future. Please check out our upcoming programs in the new year. We have wonderful opportunities planned for you and your student.

Have a musical 2022!

Christine Oates


MTAC Orange County North Board

President: Christine Lin-Oates

1st Vice President: open
2nd Vice President: Susan Kim-Pedroza
Treasurer: Mary Joy
Recording Secretary: Bobbi Pappas
Corresponding Secretary: Teri Watson
Membership Secretary: Michelle Chiang
Director: Ani Nuyujukian
Director: Luminita Emilia Ologeanu
Director: Teri Watson
Director: Esther Yune

Former Presidents

Nancy Plourde: 2002-2004
Catherine DeRenzis: 2004-2005
Ethan Dong: 2005-2008
Mary Joy: 2008-2010
Antonina Gershfeld: 2010-2012
Lusine Shahinyan: 2012-2014
Joane Grubaugh: 2014-2016
Celeste Hassler: 2016-2018
Ani Nuyujukian: 2018-2021