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 12 - Workshop
Friday, October 13 - Recital
Saturday, October 14 - 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 Richard Dowling

Hailed by The New York Times as an especially impressive fine pianist, RICHARD DOWLING appears regularly across the United States in solo recitals, at chamber music and jazz/ragtime festivals, and as a guest soloist in concerto performances with orchestras. He has been acclaimed by audiences for his elegant and exciting style of playing which earns him frequent return engagements. Career highlights include a sold-out New York orchestral debut at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, solo recitals at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall in New York, and a special award from the National Federation of Music Clubs recognizing his outstanding performances of American music. Mr. Dowling has presented solo recitals in the Far East, South America, Australia, Africa, and Europe. Works of Chopin, Ravel, Gershwin, Gottschalk and   ragtime figure prominently in his repertoire.

On April 1, 2017 Mr. Dowling performed the complete piano works of the renowned American ragtime composer Scott Joplin in two historic sold-out recitals at Carnegie Hall, exactly 100 years to the day Joplin died in New York. He is the first pianist to perform the complete cycle of Joplin's 53 rags, marches, waltzes and cakewalks in public. Throughout 2017 & 2018 Mr. Dowling will perform over 70 all-Joplin recitals nationwide in commemoration of the centennial of Joplin's death and the sesquicentennial of his birth. Rivermont Records recently released his new 3-CD set, The Complete Piano Works of Scott Joplin. Veteran celebrity ragtime pianist Max Morath says "Richard Dowling's mastery of the Joplin rags invokes a tenderness that charms us and a technical command that inspires
our admiration."

A native Texan, Richard Dowling began his piano studies in Houston at age five and his extraordinary musical talent quickly became evident. He made his orchestral debut in a Beethoven concerto performance with the Fort Worth Chamber Symphony at age eighteen. He received his bachelor’s degree in music summa cum laude from the University of Houston. Subsequently, he earned a master’s degree at Yale University where he was honored with the Lockwood Award for performing the best solo recital and the Simonds Award for outstanding solo and ensemble playing, and a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin where he was awarded a graduate school full fellowship.
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Teachers Workshop: $25.00
Thursday, October 12, 2017
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 13, 2017
7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Light refreshments will be served after the recital.


Masterclass: $20.00
Saturday, October 14, 2017
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
In the sanctuary.


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 4, 2017
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 4, 2017, 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.

Registration – Teachers only:   If you register by email, please send your check with your registration to Donna.  Please check with your students to see if they need a certain time or date and include this info on the far right column on the registration form.  Very important:  Make sure students’ names are spelled correctly and very legible.

Email to Donna Crenshaw at  Mail date is October 21.  Hand deliver by 9 pm October 26.

Co-chairs:  Cindy Kuenneke and Donna Crenshaw

Sonatina Festival
Saturday, April 14, 2018
University Baptist Church
16106 Middlebrook Dr.
Houston, TX  77059
9:00am - 3:00pm

Entry Fee: $18 per student

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 45 minutes). Your student's teacher will assign a recital time prior to the festival. If you schedule prevents you from staying, you should request private judging when signing up for the festival. Private judging will be available the first 4 hours of the festival. Please have your teacher contact the festival chair prior to the festival if you need to leave by a certain time.
  • Bring your critique sheet.
Festival Chairs: Mariam McFalls & Lara Fulcher
Postmark Deadline March 23 - Email Deadline March 26


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
Susan Hanks                                      Audition: TBA

Gold Cup Festival

Saturday, March 3, 2018
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. 3, 2018 for solos, theory and ensembles. All concertos will be performed on Sat., Mar. 10, 2018.  The registration deadline is  January 19th.  The postmark deadline is Jan. 17, 2018. 

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.

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.
  3. Teachers who participate in this festival must be present at 3 meetings during the year. 

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