Gulf Coast Music Association
Organized in 1974
Affiliated with the National and Texas Federations of Music Clubs

For students to qualify to participate in any of these events a teacher must be a member in good standing i.e.: attendance at a minimum of 3 meetings (we are accountable to the state and national organizations for attendance) AND active participation in each of the events your students perform in.

Autumn Artist
Wednesday, October 2 - Workshop
Friday, October 4 - Recital
Saturday, October 5 - Master Class

Clear Lake Presbyterian Church
1511 El Dorado Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77062


Bay Area Music Teachers Association & 
Gulf Coast Music Association Present

Featuring Pianist  Alex McDonald

Since his orchestral debut at age eleven, pianist Alex McDonald has soloed with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Mexico, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and the Utah Symphony Orchestra, among others. He has performed across the United States as well as in Israel, Canada, Japan, and South Korea; additionally, he has been a featured performer on PBS, WRR, NPR, and WQXR. Awards and fellowships include second prize at the 2007 New Orleans International Piano Competition and second prize at the 2001 Gina Bachauer International Young Artist Piano Competition. In 2008, he was named a Harvey Fellow by the Mustard Seed Foundation.
Dr. McDonald currently teaches piano at Texas Woman’s University, having previously taught as adjunct faculty at Richland College as well as at the Juilliard School, where he also was a Teaching Fellow for both the Literature and Materials and Piano Minor departments. Additionally, his private piano students have been admitted to Juilliard and Eastman, as well as the pre-college division of the Manhattan School of Music. Deeply concerned about a healthy integration of life with music, he has actively pursued community formation both as an R.A. in the Juilliard residence hall and as president of Juilliard Christian Fellowship.
Dr. McDonald received his pre-college training under Lois Nielson, with additional coaching from Stephen Nielson and Pamela Paul; his bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory with Academic Honors and Distinction in Performance under Russell Sherman; and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Juilliard under Yoheved Kaplinsky and Julian Martin. He continues to receive coaching from Mr. Nielson, Sam Wong, Tamas Ungar, and John Owings. His doctoral document, a source study on manuscripts and editions for Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor, has been cited in the most recent edition of the sonata by Alfred Publishers, edited by Nancy Bricard.

Ticket Information:
Norene Emerson

Teachers Workshop: $25.00
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
In the choral room.

Artist’s Recital:
Students: $8.00 (any age);
Adults: $12.00
Friday, October 4, 2013
7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Light refreshments will be served after the recital.


Masterclass: $20.00
Saturday, October 5, 2013
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
In the sanctuary.


Package Price for Workshop,

Recital, & Master Class: $50.00


Master Class Entry Form

AAF Flyer

Piano Recital Program      



National Music Week Essay Contest

Entry Deadline - TBA

Award: $50
Essay Rules: 2011 Theme: Music ... an Instrument of Universal Expression 

  Jazz/Pop Festival
  November 9, 2013 
  Heritage Park Baptist Church
  2732 FM 528, Webster, TX  77598

  Entry Fee: $15 per student

Dear Teachers, Students & Parents,

GCMA is proud to offer the Jazz/Pop Festival again this year – on Saturday, November 9, 2013, at Heritage Park Baptist Church in Friendswood.  All students will perform in a recital format, and be individually judged by a qualified judge.  Parents, family and friends are invited to attend and be a part of the audience.  Parents should stay for the entire 30 minute recital in which their student(s) is performing.  Your student’s teacher will assign a recital time prior to the festival.

Categories:  Piano & piano ensemble (one piano only).   All solo selections must be memorized.  Improvisations are also acceptable.  Online pieces must be publicized.  Each solo student must provide an original copy of the music for the judge.  Ensembles must provide 2 original copies.  No photocopies allowed.  All students will receive a critique sheet with a rating.  Star Performer (trophy),  Remarkable Performer (ribbon), or Participation (ribbon). 

Students should arrive at least 10 minutes before recital time. 

The festival is an opportunity for students to have fun with their performance in a relaxed atmosphere.  They are encouraged to dress in a creative manner relating to the topic, style, or nature of their music.  Prizes will be given for the best costumes.

Registration:   Email, if possible, to Donna Crenshaw at  Mail date is Oct. 24, 2013.  Hand deliver (9 p.m.) by Oct. 29, 2013. 

Co-chairs:  Cindy Kuenneke and Donna Crenshaw

Jazz/Pop Registration Form

Jazz/Pop Critique Form

Sonatina Festival
Saturday, April 12, 2014 
San Jacinto College Central
8060 Spencer Highway
Pasadena, TX  77505

Entry Fee: $18 per student

Dear Parents,

Thank you for participating in this year’s Sonatina Festival. Below is some information to help make your child’s experience enjoyable.

The festival will be in recital format. Three recitals will run concurrently, and parents may attend the recitals.  Private judging will also be offered.  Parents may not attend private auditions.

Projects: Projects are poster boards (or reports or displays) with information about something relating to the piece your child is performing.  The project may be a written account about a composer, instrument, or a topic from the Classical Period, 1750-1820.  Projects can raise the student’s overall score. Students have the option of doing a project only in which case they will receive a bronze medal. Please remember to put your child’s name and the teacher’s name on the back of the project.

Projects must be delivered by 9:30 a.m. the day of the recital and will remain until 30 minutes before the end of the festival.  The student may have someone bring the project early and pick it up at the end if needed.  If the project is not checked in by 9:30, the student will not receive credit for it and the award will be based only on the pieces played.


Rating                        With Project                Without Project

Honors Recital*      HonorsTrophy         Trophy

1 Rating                  Trophy                   Gold Medal

2 Rating                  Gold Medal             Silver Medal

3 Rating                  Silver Medal            Bronze Medal

Project  Only          Bronze Medal  

The type of award given will depend on the score received for the student’s performance.

Check with your teacher concerning the latest information for honors recital winners.  All students who receive the Honors Recital designation on their critiques will receive an Honors Recital trophy, but may or may not be able to perform in a separate honors recital due to an increase in facility fees.

Your child’s teacher will be able to answer any subsequent questions you might have. We hope this year’s festival will be most enlightening and enjoyable for you and your child.


  • Please arrive at least 15 - 20 minutes prior to your scheduled playing time.  You will check in at the registration table and wait in the auditorium for further instructions.
  • Number the measures of the pieces you are playing.  You may number all of the measures or at least the first measure of each line.  Clearly mark the first page of any piece in a collection so the judge can easily find it.  No photocopies of music are allowed.
  • Students playing in a recital should plan to stay for the entire recital.  If your schedule prevents this, you should request private judging when signing up for the contest.  Please have your teacher contact one of the festival chairs prior to the festival if you need to leave by a certain time.
  • Bring your critique sheet.

Postmark Deadline: March 20

Hand deliver deadline: March 23

Gold Cup Festival

Saturday, March 8, 2014
San Jacinto College-Central
8060 Spencer Highway
Pasadena, TX  77505
Entry Fees:
Solo - $18
Hymn - $15
Ensemble - $18
Concerto - $20
Theory - $10

Welcome to the Gold Cup Festival.  The Gold Cup Festival is the only national festival in America developed to encourage American teachers to teach the music of American composers.  The required pieces listed in the Gold Cup Bulletin are by American composers while the choice piece must be by another composer (American or non-American) in Pre-Primary I – IV and cannot be in the bulletin.  In Elementary I – Musically Advanced the choice piece must be by a non-American composer.  The Gulf Coast Music Association is proud to be able to sponsor this annual festival in our area.  A student’s points are never lost when the family has to relocate to a different city or state.  The students may start where they left off at the former location.  It is one of the most positively oriented festivals anywhere in the U.S. bringing teachers, students, and parents together working toward a common goal. 

The date for this year’s festival is Sat., Mar. 8, 2014.  The registration deadline is the January meeting.  The postmark deadline is Jan. 17, 2014. 

Directions on how to fill out the forms are included in the next several pages.  If you need duplicate forms you must make the copies.  The rating(critique) sheet is provided but you must make copies for your students using the colored paper as required by the different events.  Please check your work carefully as a $1.00 fee will be due to Jennifer Key for each mistake made on each form. 

Details about the assigned playing times and work assignments will be forthcoming when the forms are turned in.  Playing time requests will be honored if at all possible, but are not guaranteed.

All participating teachers have a work assignment.  Please make a note on your registration form if you are unable to work during a certain time and you will be assigned a different time. 

Due to the size of this festival, details become extremely important.  When they are ignored, it creates huge headaches and requires extra work for the chairman and for our record keeper.  If you have any questions, please call.  Don’t guess.

Two rules you must understand:

  1. If you enter student(s) enters this festival, the teacher must work on the Festival Day. 
  2. There are no refunds once registrations are received. Please be sure your parents know what day the festival occurs.    

GCMA Senior Music Major Scholarship

Deadline: February Meeting
Audition Date: TBA
The Senior Music Major Scholarship is awarded to those students who plan to enter college as a music major. The teacher must be a member of G.C.M.A. for at least 3 years. The student must have participated in at least 1 festival each year for a minimum of 2 years with this teacher.
Entry Procedure:
Complete the Senior Music Major Scholarship Application form. Submit a letter of recommendation for applicant's G.C.M.A. teacher with the application.
Send both of the above to the chairman by the deadline.
1st Place:  $500
2nd Place: $300