History 1980 – 1988

1980-81 We met at Jim Scott Music every month. Our membership rose to 49, with 11 new members. Our GMTA National Winner, Vivian Ueng, student of Lois Finlay and daughter of Shirley Ueng, placed third in the National Competition in Phoenix, Arizona. 

1981-82 Our membership rose to 50. We now had 19 state and 13 nationally certified members. 

1982-83 Chris Wallace, student of Lois Finlay, was the State and Southern Division winner for High School Piano and our representative at the National Convention. 

1983-84 Our club was well represented on the state level. Jane Coleman headed up the MAMTA vocal auditions and Mary Bush led the student demonstration at the Fall MAMTA workshop. 

1984-85 Our Student Festival had 91 students performing and 75 competing in our local GMTA auditions. Alecia Stallings, student of Dorothy Budd, was the winner of the MAMTA Composition Contest. Diane Barnes, vocal student of Bette Chambless, finished second in the state and received $500 in the Penny Art Scholarship sponsored by the Georgia Federation of Women’s Clubs. Christine Ko, student of Lois Finlay, was the 1984 Elementary Piano winner for GMTA. NDMTA contributed $160 (the largest amount for an individual club) to the MTNA Foundation. 

1985-86 The GMTA State Elementary Piano Division Audition was won by Christine Ko. Jennifer Ko won the Baldwin Junior Competition. Both were students of Lois Finlay. Cricket Greet, student of Bette Chambless, was the High School winner, the Southern Division MTNA winner, and the national MTNA Second Place winner in the Vocal Division. Vivian Ueng, daughter of Shirley Ueng and former student of Lois Finlay, received a $3000 scholarship from the Pro-Mozart Society for summer study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. The name MAMTA was changed to GAMA, of which NDMTA was a charter member. 

1987-88 The GMTA State Convention was held at DeKalb College in November. North DeKalb co-hosted with Decatur. GMTA State Elementary Division Audition winner was Ivy Ku, student of Nancy Weintraub, and the Junior Division winner was Christine Ko, student of Lois Finlay. Christine also received First Place recognition in the Baldwin Junior Piano Competition. One hundred twenty-four students performed in the Student Festival.