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NEWSLETTER - VITAK-ELSNIC MUSIC COMPANY - December 2013
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    NEWSLETTER
    VITAK-ELSNIC MUSIC COMPANY
    December 2013


    WELCOME TO THE VITAK-ELSNIC MUSIC COMPANY NEWSLETTER!

    The Vitak-Elsnic (V-E) legacy goes back nearly 120 years to its founding in 1895 in Cincinnati, Ohio. During the heyday of European ethnic music, V-E music was played by bands from the plains of the Dakotas to the steel mills of Pennsylvania to the hill country of Texas. In fact, one of the most well-known musical artists of the 1930s, Minnesotan “Whoopee John” Wilfahrt (Whoopee John was the second artist signed by Decca; Bing Crosby was the first), featured many V-E songs when his band played. Many things have changed in the music industry over the years, but the melodies, harmonies and countermelodies of the “happy music” found in the V-E library are changeless.

    V-E MOVES TO MUSIC PUBLISHERS OF AMERICA

    In September of this year, Music Publishers of America, LLC (MPA) acquired the assets of the Vitak-Elsnic Music Company. The owners of MPA include Todd Harris, who had been the sole owner of V-E since 2009. Joining Todd in the new venture are Todd’s brother Steve Harris and cousin Cal Massmann. These three men all share of love of the music and are committed to building upon the platform most recently managed by Todd, carrying on the tradition of all previous owners of the business going back to Louis Vitak in 1895.

    MPA was founded to publish, promote and preserve America’s historical and cultural music. Over the next year, MPA intends to continue to improve the customer buying experience on the website, and to expand its distribution network beyond the existing website store.

    Persons interested in possible commission arrangements in selling V-E music are invited to email Steve Harris at: steve@musicpublishersofamerica.com.

    NEW MUSIC IN THE VITAK-ELSNIC LIBRARY

    The V-E library of “polka” music consists of over 1,000 publications. The vast majority of this music was last published over 50 years ago. But there’s plenty of good new music and arrangements out there, and we are seeking out and want to publish some of the best. Over time, we plan to not only add new inventory in the polka genre, but also to add other musical genres to the business. If you have any music you may be interested in getting published, send details to Steve Harris.

    INTRODUCING ERNIE BROENIMAN

    Looking for new music for your band?

    The first new publication by V-E in over 50 years was this year’s publication of Ernie’s Old Time Band Folio # 1. This folio contains 15 new arrangements of classic V-E music, ranging from standards such as Beer Barrel Polka to new arrangements of little-known music in the V-E library, such as the Tea Party Waltz. These old V-E tunes have been rearranged for today’s modern concert band instrumentation, but can also be scaled down to fit the instrumentation of smaller polka bands. And a first for V-E: there is a full conductor’s score!

    Ernie is active in the Wisconsin School Music Association as a clinician and Adjudicator. He is also the conductor and artistic director of the professional European show band, Dorf Kapelle.

    Check out this new compilation by simply clicking on this link.

    BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE!

    We’ve got the perfect Christmas gift for that musician in your family. For every band or orchestra arrangement that you buy, we’ll throw in one additional arrangement of a similar type to you for absolutely no extra cost! For example, if you order 2 polkas and 3 waltzes, we’ll add 2 more polkas and 3 waltzes (of our choice) to your order. Our intention is to get bands to play some little known gems from the V-E collection, which also supports our objective of preserving our musical heritage. Click here to see the music subject to this special.

    This special offer does not include any music for instant download or any band or orchestra folios and expires December 31, 2013.

    MPA CONTACT INFORMATION

    The MPA website is under development, so we are continuing to use the V-E website. Visit us at www.vitak-elsnic.com/shop or call 855-NUMUSIC (toll-free in the United States). Note that all orders now can only be placed through the website. Payment currently is accepted only through Paypal, although this is another area for future development to improve the customer experience.

    Snail mail can be sent to: Steve Harris, Music Publishers of America, PO Box 696, White Stone, Virginia 22578.

    Email inquiries may be sent to steve@musicpublishersofamerica.com.

    We welcome your suggestions and appreciate your commitment with us to preserving this beautiful music. And we hope you’ll support us by purchasing some of these classics from the V-E music library.

    Please send an email to steve@musicpublishersofamerica.com.
    Cordially,

    Steven D. Harris, President
    Music Publishers of America, LLC
    Site Administrator
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