Sun, April 17, 2016

MARY FETTIG, Musician, TeacherSUNDAY, APRIL 17 Branch Meeting
The Holy Trinity Serbian Church Cultural Center, 1700 School Street, Moraga, CA

with Keynote Speaker, MARY FETTIG, Musician, Teacher
PROGRAM: 3:30 – 5 pm

MUSIC: Math in Action!

Can studying and playing music contribute to learning about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math? Can it enhance one’s ability to excel in academics? On April 17, at 3:00 pm we honor middle school girls who will be spending a week at Tech Trek Camp. We will award scholarships to high school girls and one young woman college student and hear about their community service. How does music fit into this?

Come and hear our dynamic speaker, Mary Fettig, talk about her experiences and benefits to her life from studying and playing music. Here’s a clue. She minored in math at U.C. L.A., majored in music and has a Masters Degree in Flute from Cal State at Hayward. She also plays saxophone and clarinet. Her accomplishments include touring with such jazz greats as Stan Kenton, Marian McPartland, Tito Puente, Flora Purim and Airto, playing jazz festivals including Concord, Monterey, Playboy, Chicago, Detroit, Buffalo, Montreaux and North Sea. Her popular music performances include concerts with Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett, Kevin Spacey, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, the Temptations, Four Tops, Gladys Knight and many more. She has many studio credits in film, television, video games and radio and regularly performs with the San Francisco Symphony. Now retired from the faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, she teaches local youth.

There is a definite parallel in her life with women in the STEM fields. She often has been the only woman in the music ensemble with whom she played, facing comments like “Now we’re in trouble!” Developing a positive, can do attitude has helped her forge ahead in a field she describes as a man’s world.

From her observations with students, she sees a connection between students good in math and those who have studied and performed music. Her experience has confirmed that students applying to universities and medical schools fare better when they list music experience such as playing an instrument. It shows they have discipline.

For Mary, playing music is a hyper-alert experience, a source of pleasure. She has recorded several jazz CDs. Come and hear her latest one entitled “Brazilian Footprints.

"Tech Trek Scholarship Winners on Technology's Leading Edge"

Six Lamorinda middle school girls, winners of full scholarships to this year’s Tech
Trek camp at Stanford, will tell us about their passions for math and science and their enthusiasm for future STEM careers. Their aspirations include engineering a solution for worldwide solar energy, inventing a holographic phone, designing green buildings, creating machines to help fix or replace parts of the body as a surgeon, and designing robots to clean up the trash in the ocean. In March, the Tech Trek committee interviewed 37 incredible girls who love science and math.

“Scholarship Winners Lead with Dedication and Courage”

Four women graduates from our three high schools and St. Mary’s college, winners of this year’s OML Branch Scholarships, will speak on the importance of community service and how this commitment has influenced their future choices in education and careers. Plan to attend this special program on Sunday, April 17.

For more information, visit the AAUW-OML website: oml-ca.aauw.net.