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 15 - Workshop
Friday, October 17 - Recital
Saturday, October 18 - 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  Stephen Beus

In the space of four months, American pianist Stephen Beus won first prize in the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, first place in the Vendome Prize International Competition (Lisbon) and he was awarded the Max I. Allen Fellowship of the American Pianists Association (Indianapolis).
As a result of winning the Juilliard School Concerto Competition Mr. Beus made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Juilliard Orchestra and James DePreist, playing Prokofiev Concerto No. 3. He has also performed as guest soloist with the Gulbenkian Symphony (Lisbon), Oxford Philomusica, the Tivoli Symphony (Copenhagen), the Tbilisi National Opera Orchestra, the Northwest Sinfonietta (Seattle), the Royal Philharmonic of Morocco (Casablanca), the Vaasa Symphony Orchestra (Finland) as well as with the Hamburg, Indianapolis, Nashville, Santa Fe, Utah, Fort Worth, Tucson, Yakima, Bellevue, Salt Lake, Eastern Sierra, Corvallis, Jacksonville, Texarkana and Walla Walla Symphonies.
Equally active as a soloist, Mr. Beus has performed at Wigmore Hall, the Salle Gaveau and Salle Cortot (Paris), Merkin Hall, the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, the Central Conservatory (Beijing), Teatro San Carlo (Naples), Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall), the Queluz Palace (Lisbon) and has performed for the Dame Myra Hess and Fazioli Salon series (Chicago), the International Keyboard Institute and Festival (New York City), and has given recitals across the United States as well as in Kazakhstan, Russia, Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, Georgia, China, France, Italy, Portugal, the Czech Republic, and Morocco.
Born and raised on a farm in eastern Washington, Mr. Beus began lessons at age five and made his orchestral debut four years later. He went on to win numerous national and international competitions throughout his youth, capturing the attention of both audiences and critics. Commenting on Mr. Beus’ competition success, Fanfare magazine writes:
In some ways Beus doesn’t fit the mold of the typical competition winner. His playing is strikingly original and, despite his youth, he has an interpretive voice all his own… Above all, his playing is so natural as to seem effortless and the sound he produces has extraordinary richness and depth, not quite like anyone else’s.
Mr. Beus holds degrees from Whitman College, The Juilliard School, and Stony Brook University, where his teachers have included Leonard Richter, Robert McDonald, Gilbert Kalish and Christina Dahl. He has recorded on the Endeavor Classics and Harmonia Mundi labels. Stephen Beus is a Steinway Artist and currently teaches at the University of Oklahoma. For more details, visit

Ticket Information:
Norene Emerson

Teachers Workshop: $25.00
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
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 17, 2014
7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Light refreshments will be served after the recital.


Masterclass: $20.00
Saturday, October 18, 2014
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



National Music Week Essay Contest

Entry Deadline - TBA

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

  Jazz/Pop Festival
  November 8, 2014
  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. 23, 2014.  Hand deliver (9 p.m.) by Oct. 29, 2014.
Co-chairs:  Cindy Kuenneke and Kay Belk

Jazz/Pop Registration Form

Jazz/Pop Critique Sheet

Romantic Festival
Saturday, April 11, 2015
University Baptist Church
16106 Middlebrook Dr.
Houston, TX  77059
9:00am - 2:00pm

Entry Fee: $18 per student

Dear Parents,

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

The Festival will be in recital format. There will be one recital with two judges. Parents and friends are invited to attend the recitals. There will be no honors festival following the recital.  The participants will receive grades from the judges, and the type of award given will depend on the score received for the student’s performance.

The Festival will be in recital format. There will be one recital with two judges. Parents and friends are invited to attend the recitals. There will be no honors festival following the recital.  The participants will receive grades from the judges, and the type of award given will depend on the score received for the student’s performance.

Projects: As set up and space are a concern for this festival, there will be no project required.

Awards:                Rating                 Award            

                           Honors                Large Trophy 

                           1 Rating              Trophy

                           2 Rating              Gold Medal    

                           3 Rating             Silver Medal    

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

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 the festival chair prior to the festival if you need to leave by a certain time.
    • Bring your critique sheet.

Festival Chair: Catherine Bobbs

Postmark Deadline March 14 - Hand deliver Deadline March 16



Gold Cup Festival

Saturday, March 7, 2015
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. 7, 2015.  The registration deadline is the January 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 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