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, November 4 - Workshop
Friday, November 5 - Recital
Saturday, November 6 - 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  Roger Wright

With delectable accolades such as "audible chocolate" (Costa Rica News). critics around the globe recognize Roger Wright as one of the great modern piano virtuosos.
The Washington Post praised a recital at the National Gallery of Art for its "extraordinary fr.eshness. subtlety and originality of thought", and further noted "even more impressive is the rare spontaneity and vitality in his playing- and the sense of a vorociously hungry mind."
Originally from Houston, Texas, Wright studied with Carol Barwick, John and Nancy Weems, Ruth Tomfohrde. Abbey Simon. Horatio Guitierrez, and John Perry. Now living in southern California. he founded The Music School at Foothill in Arcadia, which dedicates itself to the nurturing of young musicians.

Ticket Information:
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Teachers Workshop: $25.00
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
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, November 5, 2015
7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Light refreshments will be served after the recital.


Masterclass: $20.00
Saturday, November 6, 2015
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


Young Artist Competition

Saturday, April 2, 2016
Deadline: February 15, 2016

  Jazz/Pop Festival
  November 14, 2015 
  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 8, 2014, 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).
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 Kay Belk at Mail date is Oct. 29, 2015.  Hand deliver (before 9 p.m.) by Nov. 4, 2015.
Co-chairs:  Cindy Kuenneke and Kay Belk

Jazz/Pop Registration Form

Jazz/Pop Critique Sheet

Sonatina Festival
Saturday, April 9, 2016
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.

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 your schedule prevents this, you should request private judging when signing up for the contest. 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 Chair: Mariam McFalls
Postmark Deadline March 18 - Email Deadline March 21


Gold Cup Festival

Saturday, March 5, 2016
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. 5, 2016. The registration deadline is the January meeting.  The postmark deadline is Jan. 15, 2016. 
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