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Message from the President

Dear CAPMT Members,

It is an honor and privilege to be chosen as President for the 2021-2023 term. 

I would like to express my deep gratitude to Wendi Kirby for her leadership in the past two years.  I am also very appreciative of the work by the event chairs, and district/chapter presidents who have dedicated their time and energy.  I am looking forward to working with the new board members, event chairs, and district/chapter presidents.  Thank you for your willingness to serve.

We are hopeful our student programs, competitive and non-competitive, will tentatively be in-person following state safety protocol guidelines.  We are monitoring the environment carefully and are ready to move these programs online, if necessary.

Our upcoming hybrid conference will be in-person at California State University Fresno and Online on Friday, October 15 and Saturday, October 16, 2021.  The theme for the conference is “Recovery & Renewal: Music Moving Forward” with guest artists Piano Duo Ran Dank and Soyeon Kate Lee.  

I hope to see you at the conference!

Mona Wu DeCesare, President


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CAPMT is proud to be a co-recipient of the the 2020 MTNA State Affiliate of the Year Award, with North Carolina.

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2022 State Conference

Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22, 2022


In-Person at the Cerritos College Performing Arts Center

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Dr. Ron Anderson, Commissioned Composer


Ron Anderson holds a doctoral degree in Piano Performance, as well as degrees in Opera and Music Composition, and has enjoyed successes in all three endeavors.

During his 10-year singing career, Dr. Anderson performed about two dozen operatic roles, including Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen and the title roles in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Britten’s Noye’s Fludde. His oratorio credits include numerous performances of the bass solos in Handel’s Messiah, requiems of Mozart, Fauré, and Duruflé, baritone soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana, and multiple performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, as well as other choral masterpieces.

In addition to his long list of operatic roles, he has been regularly featured as soloist (both as a pianist and a vocalist) in televised concerts with several orchestras throughout Southern California, including Torrance Symphony, the Marina Symphony, the Cypress Pops Orchestra, and the Redlands Bowl.  

His compositions for orchestra, choir, chamber ensembles, piano solo, and voice have been received enthusiastically, having won competitions and critical acclaim. Recently, his choral anthem “Wilt Thou Forgive?” was awarded First Prize in the Cerddorion Composers Competition, tied with Bernardino Zanetti of Italy. He is a current winner of the SMP Press composition contest in three categories (Choral, Chamber, and Solo). His compositions and arrangements are published on SMP Press (Sheet Music Plus). 

Dr. Anderson serves on the Piano Faculty at Chapman University, and presently teaches Piano and Theory courses at Los Angeles City College, where he also composes arrangements for choral ensembles. His private studio has produced several winners in the National Chopin Foundation, MTNA, Composers Today, Robert Avalon International Competition for Composers, and others. He is in demand as a lecturer, and often adjudicates for competitions and events, such as the Steinway & Sons Junior Piano Competition, MTNA Composition Competition, MTNA State and Division Piano Competitions, the Reno Youth Music Festival, the Yamaha National Junior Original Concert, MTAC Young Composers Guild, and the Composers Today State Contest and Evaluations. Dr. Anderson is the former State Chair for the Composers Today Young Composers Guild, for which he continues to serve in an advisory capacity. 

Check out Dr. Ron Anderson's "The Autumn Tree" for voice cello and piano: 🎧 Listen on SoundCloud now!

Dr. Martha (Marty) Baker-Jordan, Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient


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