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CarolynAdams.jpg Carolyn Adams holds bachelor's and master's degrees in piano performance from Florida State University. She has served the Texas MTA as a convention chairman, three-term board member, student affiliate council member, chair of the TMTA/MTNA performance competitions and coordinator of the TMTA performance contests. Adams was named TMTA Teacher of the Year in 2001. She currently serves as the TMTA student affiliate chair for Dallas and Richardson. Adams has also been the senior competitions chair for the South Central Division of MTNA and currently chairs the Young Artist and Chamber Music categories for the same division.
RonaldBennett.jpg Ronald Bennett, NCTM, an MTNA member since 1959, teaches piano and voice in Odessa, Texas. Bennett has served the Texas MTA as convention chairman, adjudicator at state and local competitions, trustee and board member. He received the Heritage of Odessa Community Statesman Award for the Arts in 1987, and was named the Texas MTA Teacher of the Year in 2002. In addition, he has acted as the MTNA Baldwin Junior Keyboard Achievement Award chairman for the South Central region of MTNA and was named Composer of the Year for the South Central region by the National Federation of Music Clubs. Today, Bennett reviews music and drama for the Odessa American newspaper.
ValerieCisler.jpg Valerie Cisler, NCTM, is professor of music and chair of the department of music and performing arts at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where she has taught applied and class piano and directed the piano pedagogy program since 1994. She has given numerous performances and presentations at state, regional, national and international conferences including MTNA. Cisler co-authored the Composition Book series for Alfred's Basic Piano Library and Technique for the Advancing Pianist. She received the 2005 Pratt-Heins Foundation Award for Scholarship, the 2006 University of Nebraska at Kearney Creative Teaching Award and the 2007 University of Nebraska system-wide Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award.
WilliamDavid.jpg William David has been a member of MTNA and the Iowa MTA since 1972. He is a professor and the assistant chair of the department of music at Iowa State University. David has served IMTA in many facets, including president, state convention chair and on the board of directors. Currently, he is the editor of The Iowa Music Teacher, IMTA's quarterly journal. David was awarded his state association's Distinguished Service Award in 2000 and Certified Teacher of the Year Award in 2001. Along with his contributions in education, he also is a founding member of the Ames Piano Quartet, which has performed more than 250 concerts around the world.
AnnGipson.jpg Ann M. Gipson, NCTM, is associate professor of music and director of piano pedagogy studies at Texas Christian University. She has held faculty positions at Baylor University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Delta State University and the University of Kentucky. Gipson holds a bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University and both an M.M. and a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. Gipson has been an active member of MTNA since joining as a collegiate member in 1978 and has held positions on various levels. She was conference program chair for both the 2004 and 2005 MTNA National Conferences and is currently MTNA President-elect.
DianeHill.jpg Diane Hill, NCTM, is an independent piano teacher from Omaha, Nebraska. She has been an active member of MTNA for more than 30 years and has served as president and vice president of her local association, as well as Baldwin Chair and Omaha District Festival chair for the state of Nebraska. She has a bachelor of music education degree from Baldwin-Wallace College and a master of music degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where she also served on the adjunct faculty from 1989–2000. She is a frequent adjudicator and is also a member of the American Guild of Organists.
MaryHulme.jpg Mary Taylor Hulme, NCTM, has been teaching music since she was in high school. A member of the Oregon MTA and MTNA since 1970, she has served both organizations in many facets. As the OMTA Syllabus chair, Hulme introduced Syllabus Level X Recital to honor students who achieved that goal and also initiated a Syllabus adjudicator training program. She was elected OMTA president in 1986 and has served MTNA as Northwest Division president and then on the MTNA Board of Directors. For the past 11 years, Hulme has been the Oregon MusicLink coordinator and is the current public relations chair for OMTA.
RebeccaJohnson.jpg Rebecca Grooms Johnson, NCTM, is a nationally respected leader in the field of piano pedagogy. An independent piano teacher, she has taught for many years in various colleges and universities. Johnson has served as president of the Ohio MTA and as chair of the MTNA Pedagogy Committee. She was named "Certified Teacher of the Year" by the Central Eastern District of the Ohio MTA and is currently serving as the MTNA Certification chair. Johnson was also on the steering committee for the 2009 Pedagogy Saturday conference. She publishes a column in American Music Teacher titled "What's New in Pedagogy Research," and is an associate editor of Clavier Companion magazine.
LillianLivingston.jpg Lillian Livingston is adjunct professor of piano at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, where she teaches piano and piano pedagogy courses and directs the professional development certificate program. She also co-directs the Summer Piano Camp for Piano Teachers, as well as a piano camp for middle school students. Livingston has presented workshops, lecture-recitals and master classes throughout the United States, Canada and Germany. She is one of the foremost authorities on teaching adult students and has presented seminars at the MTNA National Conference and the World Piano Pedagogy Conference. Livingston has contributed articles to American Music Teacher and Keyboard Companion.
LeonardMastrgiacomo.jpg Leonard Mastrogiacomo, a professor of piano at Florida State University, is a graduate of Chicago Musical College and the Juilliard School of Music. Mastrogiacomo has specialized in performance and research in the area of duo piano, receiving a National Endowment for the Arts Grant. In 2002, the former president was honored by the Florida State MTA with the Leonard and Norma Mastrogiacomo Endowment. In 1994, Florida State University awarded him the Excellence in College Teaching award, and he was given the Excellence in Teaching Award by FSMTA in 2003. Mastrogiacomo has served as Southern Division vice president for competitions and on-site competitions coordinator.
RobertMcFadden.jpg Robert McFadden, NCTM, is a professor of music at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and has been an MTNA member since 1987. McFadden teaches private piano and courses in music history, music literature and appreciation. He has served as president of the Durant Area MTA and has occupied numerous state-level offices of Oklahoma MTA, currently immediate past-president. McFadden has lectured, adjudicated, and appeared in solo recitals, duo piano recitals and as a collaborative musician throughout the United States and abroad, notably Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and Mexico. He is also active as a church pianist and organist.
PaulPollei.jpg Paul Pollei, NCTM, is founder and director of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation. Active with the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy, MTNA and the World Federation of International Music Competitions, Pollei previously was on the piano faculty of Brigham Young University, where he was coordinator of graduate keyboard studies. He serves as advisor for the music faculty of the Waterford School in Sandy, Utah. Pollei has been a jury member for many national and international competitions throughout the world. He is a founding member of the American Piano Quartet. Pollei is a frequent lecturer for teacher workshops and master classes and has written about piano pedagogy in professional journals.
ScottPrice.jpg Scott Price is professor of piano and piano pedagogy, head of the piano area and coordinator of group piano at the University of South Carolina School of Music. He created and is editor-in-chief of the online piano pedagogy journal, Piano Pedagogy Forum, which was the recipient of the 2008 MTNA Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award. Price has recorded 31 CDs of educational music and has published educational compositions. He has presented sessions at the MTNA National Conference on his work with students who have autism spectrum disorder. This work has also been featured on NBC's Dateline television show. Price has performed, presented master classes and lectured throughout the United States, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.
ContentSablinsky.jpg Content "Corky" Sablinsky, NCTM, retired in 1997 from the performance faculty at the University of Virginia, where she taught piano and was a member of the Albemarle Ensemble for 27 years. She holds degrees in music from Mills College and has been an MTNA member since 1970. Sablinsky co-founded the Charlottesville MTA in 1979, serving as president twice and as Virginia MTA local associations chair for eight years. She was awarded Master Teacher Certification in 1996 and is a frequent adjudicator for state and local events. Sablinksy maintains a private teaching studio and continues to perform.
FredSahlman.jpg Fred Sahlmann, NCTM, is professor emeritus at McNeese State University, where he taught piano, theory, organ and harpsichord, and served an eight-year term as music department chair. He has degrees from Elon University, Teachers College of Columbia University and Eastman School of Music (D.M.A.). Sahlmann has served Louisiana MTA as piano chair and president and Lake Charles PTA as president and treasurer. He has appeared widely in solo, chamber and orchestral performances and has adjudicated competitions throughout the mid-South. Sahlmann continues to perform as pianist with McNeese's chamber ensemble Pastiche and as organist/choir master at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church.
IreneSharkey.jpg Ilene Sharkey, NCTM, has been a member of MTNA since 1975. Since that time, she has served as president of the SDMTA, West Central composition coordinator and taught a class for teachers who wished to become nationally certified. Sharkey is the collegiate piano and instrumental competition chair for SDMTA and also chairs the junior and senior instrumental competitions. She is a member of the American Guild of Organists, currently serving as treasurer. Sharkey is worship and music coordinator, Alleluia Choir director and organist and pianist at Calvary Lutheran Church in Rapid City, South Dakota.
DianaScrotch.jpg Diana Skroch, NCTM, who holds a Ph.D. in music education/piano pedagogy from the University of North Dakota, is a professor of music and chair of the division of fine arts and department of music at Valley City State University in North Dakota. The 33-year member of MTNA has held a number of positions for the North Dakota MTA, including president, vice president, competitions chair and college faculty chair. Skroch has also served MTNA's West Central Division as coordinator of junior competitions and chair of competitions. Since 2006, she has been Valley City State University's collegiate advisor for National Federation of Music Clubs.
PatriciaWill.jpg Patricia Will, NCTM, holds both bachelor's and master's degrees from the Eastman School of Music. She has taught at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Duchesne College in Omaha, Nebraska; the University of Nebraska at Omaha; and the College of St. Mary, also in Omaha, before retiring in 2000. Will has served Nebraska MTA as secretary and director of district and state auditions. She is a member of the American Liszt Society and Mu Phi Epsilon. Will currently maintains a private studio and is an organist at First Unitarian Church, Omaha.