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
Thursday, October 10 - Workshop
Friday, October 11 - Recital
Saturday, October 12 - Master Class

University Baptist Church
16106 Middlebrook Dr.
Houston, TX  77059


Bay Area Music Teachers Association & 
Gulf Coast Music Association Present

A World Odyssey

Featuring Gaqi Piano Duo

The Gaqi Piano Duo was formed in 2013 by Albanian-born brothers Piro and Gjergji Gaqi. Hailing from a musical family, they each boast active performing careers as soloists and chamber musicians, and have concertized as a duo in venues across Europe and North America. The Gaqi Piano Duo aims to create a musical bridge between the two continents, by bringing audiences a varied international repertoire, including works inspired by diverse folk traditions. Gjergji Gaqi studied piano and chamber music under Prof. Dario de Rosa and Prof. Alberto Miodini at the International School of Chamber Music “Trio di Trieste” in Duino (Italy), while completing the bi-lingual International Baccalaureate diploma. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Music major and Economics minor from Colby College, where he also won the concerto competition, studying piano with Dr. Cheryl Tschanz and composition with Dr. Jonathan Hallstrom. While serving as Graduate Student Instructor in Piano, he pursued his graduate studies under Prof. Christopher Harding and Prof. John Ellis at the University of Michigan. Dr. Gaqi is currently Professor of Piano at Tyler Junior College, having previously taught at Siena Heights University, College of the Mainland and Brazosport College. He is a frequent adjudicator of festivals and competitions and has served in many functions with the East Texas Music Teachers Association, including currently as chair of the Helen Elbert Chamber Music Festival. Piro Gaqi completed his undergraduate studies in Piano Performance at the National University of Music in Bucharest (Romania). After returning to Albania to serve on the Faculty of Music at the Academy of Arts in Tirana, he pursued his first master’s degree at the National University of Music in Bucharest, under the tutelage of Prof. Delia Pavlovici and Prof. Camelia Pavlenco. He  completed a second Master’s degree at the University of Montreal in 2009, studying Instrumental Accompanying with Prof. Jean-Eudes Vaillancourt. In 2015 he received the Doctor of Music degree from the National University of Music in Bucharest, under the direction of Prof. Serban-Dimitrie Soreanu. He has further worked with distinguished pedagogues such as Béatrice Rauch, Anita Vezuli, Malina Danadara, Hans Vroomans and Gérard Frémy. He is currently a Lecturer at the University of the Lower Danube in Galati (Romania), having previously served as faculty at the State University of Tetovo (Macedonia).

Ticket Information:
Group Rates are available for parties of 10 or more. 
To reserve group tickets, call 832.425.2329

Teachers Workshop: $25.00
Thursday, October 10, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
In the chapel.

Artist’s Recital:
Students: $8.00 (any age);
Adults: $12.00
Friday, October 11, 2019
7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Light refreshments will be served after the recital.


Masterclass: $20.00
Saturday, October 12, 2019
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
In the chapel.


Package Price for Workshop,

Recital, & Master Class: $50.00




National Music Week Essay Contest

Entry Deadline - TBA

Award: $50
Essay Rules: 2016 Theme: Music ...Notes to Future



Jazz/Pop Festival
November 9, 2019
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, 2019, at Heritage Park Baptist Church in Webster. 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) or Remarkable Performer (ribbon).  1st measures of each line should be numbered.

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.  $15 fee per student.

Teachers only:   Only GCMA members are allowed to participate. Limit of 20 entries per teacher. Limit – One piece no longer than 3 minutes. Please be precise in the timing of the piece length. No teacher accompaniment on piano solos. We encourage registration online, using fillable forms.

If you register by email, send to Donna Crenshaw at  Mail date is October 29.  Hand deliver by 9 pm October 31.

Co-chairs:  Cindy Kuenneke and Donna Crenshaw


Sonatina Festival
Saturday, April 18,2020
University Baptist Church
16106 Middlebrook Dr.
Houston, TX  77059
9:00am - 3:00pm

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.

This Festival will be in recital format. There will be multiple recitals throughout the day with two - three judges. Parents and friends are invited to attend the recitals. Private judging will also be offered the first 4 hours of the festival, but parents may not attend private judging. There will be no honors recital following the festival, however, students who receive the Honors designation on their critiques will receive an Honors Recital trophy. Participants will receive grades from the judges, and the type of award given will depend on the score received for the student’s performance.

Awards:                  Rating                  Award            

                              Honors                 Large Trophy 

                              1 Rating               Trophy

                              2 Rating               Gold Medal    

                              3 Rating               Silver Medal  

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 outside 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.  Music purchased online should have the purchase confirmation sheet attached to the front of the score.
  • Students playing in a recital should plan to stay for the entire recital (each session should last approximately 50 minutes). Your student’s teacher will assign a recital time prior to the festival.  If your schedule prevents you from staying for the entire recital session, you should request private judging when signing up for the festival. Private judging will be available the first 4 hours of the festival.
  • Bring your critique sheet.

Festival Chairs: Mary Gard and John Cole
Postmark Deadline is March 25. Email Deadline is March 28

Gilmer Summer Study Scholarship

HISTORY:  This scholarship was begun by Irma Gilmer, a charter member of G.C.M.A., in memory of her mother-in-law, a patron of the arts.  The estate donated $100 per year for 10 years to establish the fund. 

GENERAL REMARKS: This Scholarship is for students of G.C.M.A. teachers who are members in good standing for at least 1 school year. Students of those teachers must have participated in at least 1 festival the preceding school year.

There are 2 categories:  Junior High Division (students entering 7th grade – 9th grade) and the High School Division (students entering 10th grade – 12th grade).  A teacher may enter 2 students in each division. There will be one declared winner in each division being awarded $250 each.  If there is no winner in one of the divisions, the money may or may not be used at the discretion of the judge and the chairman.  Scholarship checks will be made payable to the music camp upon acceptance to the camp. Winners of the preceding year are ineligible to enter in the same division the next year only.         

ELIGIBILITY:  1. The member must be the primary teacher of the instrument on which the audition is performed.  2.  It is the responsibility of the teacher to be certain the student will be able to attend camp should the student be a winner of this event.

GENERAL REMARKS: If a selection has more than one movement, any one may be chosen.  Repeats need NOT be observed.  Provide music for judges, measures numbered, and selection paper-clipped if in a book. Auditions are closed.  Any questions or suggestions may be directed to the chairman. 

REPERTOIRE: The repertoire requirement will be the same as what the camp requires.  All selections must be performed from memory.  Arrangements are not acceptable.  If more than two pieces are required the judge may choose the literature to be performed.   

VOICE, VIOLIN, ETC.:  The selections must be memorized and accompanied.  Student provides the accompanist. 


1.   Complete the Application form and turn in by the April meeting.

2.   Critique sheet must be completed by the audition date.   

Chairman:                                          Deadline:  April Meeting
Bea Stanley                                        Audition: TBA

Gold Cup Festival

Saturday, February 29, 2020
University Baptist Church
16106 Middlebrook Dr
Houston, TX  77059

Saturday, March 7, 2020
San Jacinto College-Central
8060 Spencer Highway
Pasadena, TX  77505

Entry Fees:
Solo - $20
Hymn - $20
Ensemble - $20
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 pieces may be by a European composer.  The Gulf Coast Music Association is proud to be able to sponsor this annual festival our area.  A student’s points are never lost when the family has to relocate to a different city or state.  The student may start where they left off at the former location.  It is one of the most positive oriented festivals anywhere in the U.S. bringing teachers, students, and parents together working toward a common goal. 

The dates for this year’s festival are Sat., Feb. 29, and Mar. 7, 2020.

The registrationdeadline is the January meeting.  The postmark deadline is Wednesday before the Friday meeting.    

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 given but you must make copies for your students using the correct colored paper as required by the different events.  Please check your work carefully as a $1.00 per mistake will be due to Jennifer Key for each mistake made on each form. 

Details about 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 day and time and you will be assigned a different day and time.  You may allow a parent or student to fulfill your scheduled work time; however, the substitute must be at least 18 years of age.   

Rules you must understand:

    1.  On page 1 of the Bulletin under Eligibility, each teacher may enter only those students whom they personally teacher in the instrument category.
    2. If you enter student(s) in this festival, the teacher must work on the Festival Day.
    3. There are no refunds once registrations are received.  Please be sure your parents know what day the festival occurs.
    4. Teachers who register for this festival must be present at 3 meetings prior to registration.  
    Registration Forms:

    GCMA Senior Music Major Scholarship

    Deadline: February Meeting
    Audition Date: TBA

    Scholarship Chairman: Beatrice Stanley            

    Application Deadline: February meeting 

    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 a GCMA teacher. 


    The student must have studied with a G.C.M.A. teacher for at least 3 years including the senior year..


    Complete the Senior Music Major Scholarship Application form (in yearbook).


    1ST PLACE:  $500

    2ND PLACE:  $500

    All awards subject to availability of funds.

    Before a check is issued, a copy of acceptance letter from the music school in which he/she will enroll must be presented to the chairman.  The check will be issued to the student. 

    Senior Music Major Scholarship Application