The History of the Huron Area Music Teachers Association (HAMTA)

Ten area music teachers met at the home of Besse Shober on January 30, 1979 to organize the Huron Area Music Teachers Association with the purpose of providing more opportunities for professional growth among teachers, more possibilities for performance by local students and more support for the activities of the South Dakota Music Teachers Association.

The Huron Area Music Teachers Association has always been a very active organization. The group has sponsored many workshops for students, parents and teachers. HAMTA holds one main event during the school year. The group rotates an all-boys recital, all-girls recital and a Piano Extravaganza which features piano ensembles. Each of these events involves many children and draw large audiences. The individual members of HAMTA also prepare a variety of their own seasonal recitals in which they share their experiences.

HAMTA meets the second Thursday of the month at 9:30 a.m. This year's programs include preparing for Extravaganza, selecting music, and tips on playing duets. HAMTA recently held four Christmas Recitals on December 4th with 25 students each recital.

HAMTA Officers

  • President: Brenda Ruedebusch

  • Secretary/Treasurer: Beverly Bigge