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Adams_Fay.jpg Fay Adams Fay Swadley Adams, NCTM, is associate professor of piano at the University of Tennessee and president and director of the Suzuki Piano School of Knoxville. In 1996, Adams was named the Tennessee Teacher of the Year by the Tennessee Music Teachers Association, and she has also received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Tennessee Governor’s School. In 2003, she was awarded the YWCA Tribute to Women Award in the Arts. She is past president of TMTA, a former member of the Suzuki Association Board of Directors and most recently served as MTNA’s Southern Division Director.
Albee_Lisa.jpg Lisa Albee is an independent piano teacher in Ogallala, Nebraska, where she has maintained a home piano studio since 1979. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in music from Concordia University. Albee has served the Nebraska MTA in many capacities on both state and local levels. She held the state office of vice president in charge of district and state festivals and competitions. Albee was the Nebraska Central District festival chair for many years and also served as vice president of the local organization. She received the 2005 Nebraska MTA service award. Albee serves as an adjudicator for district and state festivals..
Ard_Sharon.jpg Sharon Sanford Ard, NCTM, of El Dorado, Arkansas, has been an MTNA member since 1983. She maintains a private piano studio and serves as choral accompanist at Southern Arkansas University. Ard has been Arkansas State MTA president, president-elect and treasurer. She has served on many ASMTA committees and chaired the Independent Piano Teachers Forum, FOUNDATION FUND and currently chairs the state MTNA Competitions. Ard was named the 1998 ASMTA Independent Music Teacher of the Year. She has served as South Central Division Certification Commissioner and on the MTNA Syllabus committee. Ard was named the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association Graduate Division in Piano in 1984.
Beall_Carol.png Carol Beall is an independent piano teacher and West Virginia University Community Music faculty member in Morgantown, West Virginia. She is an active collaborative artist, frequently performing with WVU faculty, students and guests. Beall has also served on the piano faculties of Eastern Illinois University, Fairmont State University and the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Her CD recordings have been released by Cambria and the West Virginia University press. She has been president of the West Virginia MTA twice. She has served the Eastern Division as certification chair, representative on the National Certification Board and as chair of collegiate competitions.
Blanchard_Diane.png Diane Houghton Blanchard, NCTM, is an independent music teacher, maintaining a private studio in Morehead City, North Carolina. She received her bachelor of music degree from Meredith College and also studied music at Arizona State University. With an interest in educational development, Blanchard completed two years of coursework in elementary education at Francis Marion College, as well as training from Kindermusik International. She is president of the North Carolina MTA and has served as certification chair, treasurer and president-elect. Her past positions in the Raleigh Piano Teachers Association include president, treasurer and secretary. She has been an adjudicator for numerous organizations.
Bloom_Sara.jpg Sara Bloom, NCTM, taught piano in Grand Forks, North Dakota, for more than 30 years, before retiring. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s degree in piano performance from the University of North Dakota. Bloom was awarded a Certificate of Commendation from the UND music department in recognition of outstanding work in all areas of her program of study. She served NDMTA as president and vice president, as well as chair of the Yamaha Senior Auditions, IMTF and Foundations. Bloom was selected 2003 NDMTA Teacher of the Year. She was also West Central Division Senior Competitions Coordinator.
Bommer_Ruth.jpg The late Ruth Bommer was a mostly self-taught pianist who began teaching piano in her mid-fifties. After moving to Greenville, Michigan, she taught 30–40 students annually in her home studio for more than 30 years until her passing at age 88. In 1961, she began teaching a 5-year-old boy who developed a love for the piano under her tutelage. He remained close with Bommer through adulthood and was privileged to be at her bedside the day before she died. Now, 30 years later, that young boy, 2010 MTNA Distinguished Service Award honoree Brian Chung, celebrates the memory his first piano teacher, Ruth Bommer, by honoring her posthumously as an MTNA FOUNDATION Fellow.
Breth_O’NeillNancy.jpg Nancy O’Neill Breth teaches piano in the Washington, D.C., area. She studied with Margaret Saunders Ott in high school, and Gyorgy Sebok, Rudolf Kolish, Josef Gingold and Janos Starker at the university level. Breth taught piano, pedagogy and chamber music at the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C., and is a faculty member at the Kinhaven four-hand piano workshop in Vermont. Breth’s students are frequent laureates in area, state and national competitions, including top levels of the MTNA and Fischoff Competitions. Several have appeared on NPR’s From the Top program. Her latest publication is Practicing the Piano, published by Hal Leonard Corporation.
Colvert_Sue-Bentley.jpg Sue Bentley Colvert, past president of the Florida State MTA, holds the certificate of professional achievement awarded by the state. She has maintained an independent piano studio in Coral Springs, Florida, for more than 30 years. In her honor, the FSMTA Collegiate Artist Award in Piano was established in 1995. A graduate of Florida Southern College, she received the Robert Gaylor Music Medal for most outstanding senior musician. Her students participate in FSMTA Student Day evaluations, the National Guild of Piano Teachers auditions and the National Federation of Music Clubs district festivals. Many of her former students are now piano teachers themselves.
Elder_Dean..jpg Dean Elder, pianist, teacher, writer, critic and adjudicator, had his early piano training with Franziska Heinrich, in Portland, Oregon. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Idaho and Columbia University. He studied on Fulbright grants in Europe at the Zürich, Paris and Saarbrücken Conservatories. He is the author of Pianists at Play, a book of interviews with great pianists, master lessons and technical regimes; his articles for Clavier magazine, included more than 100 interviews with many of the world’s great pianists. Today, he is a member of the Phoenix MTA and continues to teach and adjudicate.
Foltz_Roger.jpg Roger Foltz, NCTM, has been professor of music at the University of Nebraska at Omaha for 33 years and is currently director of international music studies. Previously, he was on the faculties at Temple University and the University of Minnesota. At Nebraska, he has served as department chair and assistant dean. Foltz has co-authored two theory textbooks and several dozen articles on various aspects of music theory and technology. He has served Nebraska MTA as treasurer, newsletter editor, commissioning chair and president. He has been coordinator of the MTNA Composition Competitions. Foltz was recognized with the Andersen-Gouttierre Award for enhancing international awareness.
Fowler_Boyce.jpg Boyce Fowler earned a bachelor’s degree in music education at the University of Montana, where he met his wife Margie and formed a four-piece band with her. Fowler has served as president of the Helena MTA and Live at the Civic, a community concert organization. He has played with the State Shrine Band and the University Alumni Band. Fowler is one of the founding members of the Helena Continental Divide Tuba Society. He has taught piano and instruments in a home studio for more than 40 years.
Fowler_Margie.jpg Margie Fowler, a coloratura soprano, earned bachelor’s degrees in both piano and voice at the University of Montana, where she met her husband Boyce and formed a four-piece band with him. She has maintained a private studio of 30–50 students in Billings and Helena. Fowler served the Helena MTA as president, as well as in other offices. She performed as vocal soloist with the Helena Symphony Chorale for 30 years and has also sung in the Billings Symphony Chorale. Fowler has been both a piano and vocal soloist for many weddings, funerals, recitals, church services and other community events, including the Montana State Centennial.
Gamero_Debra.jpg Debra Gamero, NCTM, has been an independent piano teacher in Sandy, Utah, for more than 40 years and served as the Utah MTA president from 1996–1998. During her term, she organized “mini-conventions” to take the convention experience to those in the outer areas of the state. She is a sought-after presenter and adjudicator across the state. Gamero co-founded the Sandy chapter of UMTA, was chapter president twice and helped develop the AIM Student Evaluation program. As state chair of Future Artists in Music she encourages teens to stay involved in AIM and use their talents to serve the community.
Garcia_-Susanna.jpg Susanna Garcia, NCTM, is keyboard coordinator at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she has taught since 1990. Garcia has presented workshops and papers on a variety of topics for MTNA, the Louisiana MTA and other music organizations. Her work has appeared in such publications as Piano Pedagogy Forum, 19th Century Music and Interdisciplinary Humanities. Garcia is the co-developer of eNovativePiano: Multimedia Resources for Developing Musicianship Skills. She currently serves on the executive committee of the National Group Piano/Piano Pedagogy Forum. Garcia holds the Ruth Stodghill Girard Endowed Professorship in Music and was named a University of Louisiana Distinguished Professor in 2001.
Garris_Julia-Photo.jpg The late Julia Garris, NCTM, taught piano and voice and maintained two studios in South Carolina for 52 years. In that time, she taught more than 2,000 students, with more than 20 percent of them pursuing music degrees or careers. Garris was a member of MTNA and the South Carolina MTA for 37 years. She served the Columbia MTA as recording secretary, ways and means chair, telephone committee member and parliamentarian for nine years. Garris was also a member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers. National Association of Teachers of Singing, National Federation of Music Clubs and the South Carolina Piano Festival Association.
Gates_Ed.jpg Ed Gates has been on the piano faculty of the University of Oklahoma for 40 years, teaching undergraduate and graduate piano performance, chamber music and graduate seminars in piano literature. Hailed as “a splendid pianist” by the New York Times, he has performed in recitals and chamber concerts in the United States, China and Great Britain. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and Indiana University, Gates also studied at the Mozarteum Akademie in Salzburg and the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, where he specialized in the piano music of Haydn. Gates has given workshops across the United States and in Austria, Taiwan and the Peoples Republic of China.
Hanson_Berneil.jpg Berneil Hanson, NCTM, has been an MTNA member for more than 50 years. She retired from public school teaching after 30 years and continues to teach piano at her Council Bluffs, Iowa, studio today. Hanson has served as auditions chair for SWIMTA’s district auditions for many years and received the Iowa Distinguished Service award in 1997. She has also served as vice president of the Council Bluffs MTA. Hanson serves on the board of the Nebraska Summer Music Olympics and has been organist at First Christian Church for more than 30 years. She is also a member of the American Guild of Organists.
Haroutounian_Joanne.jpg Joanne Haroutounian, NCTM, oversees the piano pedagogy program at George Mason University. She is well known for her expertise in piano pedagogy, writing more than 20 teaching publications on the topic. Haroutounian has presented sessions for MTNA, the World Piano Pedagogy Conference and the National Association for Gifted Children. Her articles have appeared in many publications, including American Music Teacher, Keyboard Companion and Piano & Keyboard. Haroutounian is currently the executive director of MusicLink, a non-profit that has reached 3,000 students across the United States.
Harrison_Geraldine.jpg Gerri Harrison, NCTM, received a bachelor’s degree in piano from the College of Idaho in 1959, and taught in Boise until 1987. She was president of the Treasure Valley MTA in 1986 until moving to Stockton, California, where she became president of the Stockton Branch of MTAC. Upon moving to Washington State, Harrison became active in the Snohomish MTA before moving back to Idaho in 1997. Since then, she has been active in the Treasure Valley MTA and acting co-chair of Certificate of Merit for several years.
Haugen_Sue-Freeman-Dopp.jpg Sue Freeman Dopp Haugen is the sales manager for piano and keyboard sales at Schmitt Music, where she has been for 22 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in piano from the University of Minnesota. Haugen has served Minnesota MTA as honors concert chair, vice-president for contest, contest judge coordinator and president. She has served for many years as an adjudicator for MMTA theory exams, comprehensive exams and state contest. Haugen is now a trustee on the MMTA FOUNDATION Board. In 2001, she received the MMTA President’s Award. She also served on the board of St. Paul Piano Teachers Association and was president.
Heywood_Gail_1.jpg Gail Heywood, NCTM, taught music at the Institute of Living in Hartford, Connecticut, and at St. Philip Elementary School in Rudolph, Wisconsin, before establishing an independent music studio in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. She is an active adjudicator, clinician and accompanist and serves as choir director and principal pianist at St. Bartholomew Parish. Heywood has served the Wisconsin MTA as membership secretary, webmaster, state FOUNDATION FUND chair, state president and also Stevens Point Area MTA president. Heywood earned the WMTA Teacher Award of Excellence, WMTA Outstanding Service Award and the WMTA Local Association Member of The Year Award and is listed in the Who’s Who in America.
Hill_Ford.jpg Ford Hill graduated from Wisconsin State University at Eau Claire with a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. He then attended graduate school at Indiana University, where he was awarded a Performer’s Certificate and took first prize in the Graduate Concerto Competition. Hill has taught at Wilson College, Northeast Louisiana State University, the New South Wales State Conservatory of Music in Sydney, Australia, and Western Washington University. Hill retired from WWU in 1996 and was honored with a Mayors Arts Award and bestowed the rank of associate professor emeritus. In 2011, WWU dedicated a new concert Steinway to Ford naming it “The Ford Hill Steinway.”
Hill_Phyllis.jpg Phyllis Hill, NCTM, received a bachelor of music degree from Northwestern University and a master of music degree from Boston University, and continued doctoral work at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York with Robert Pace. Hill then joined the piano faculty at Roosevelt University in Chicago, where she retired after 46 years. As a performer, she enjoys collaborative music making. Hill joined MTNA in 1973 and served as president of the Chicago Area MTA. In recent years, she has served the Illinois State MTA as first vice president-conferences and as a director on the ISMTA Board.
Jackson_Alice-Adams.jpg Alice Adams Jackson, NCTM, 83, teaches piano at a private studio in Humboldt, Tennessee, and plays organ and piano at First Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Jackson has had many honors including 1982 Tennessee Teacher of the Year. Nearly every year, she has had students win and place in state auditions, as well as other competitions. Many of these winners have played concerti with symphony orchestras upon winning various concerto competitions. Many of her students have been awarded scholarships to colleges and conservatories both in the United States and abroad. Her legacy also includes the current Tennessee MTA president Veronica Edwards Milnar.
James_Ann.jpg Anne James, NCTM, has run a private piano studio in Richmond, Virginia, for more than 40 years. She graduated from Smith College before earning her master of music degree at the University of Richmond. Along with her private studio, James has been a private piano instructor at St. Catherine’s School for the past 30 years. James was a founding member of the Richmond MTA and has served the affiliate in many roles, including president. She was named the 2005 Teacher of the Year by the Richmond MTA and the Virginia MTA. James was also an accompanist for the Richmond Symphony Chorus for 25 years.
Lee_Marjorie.jpg Marjorie Lee, NCTM, an independent piano teacher in Vienna, Virginia, holds a D.M.A. degree and has many accomplishments. She won the University of Maryland International Competition, Washington International Competition and the Clara Wells Competition. She was also a Fulbright Finalist and an Artistic Ambassador to Europe. Lee has performed in major concert halls in the United States and Europe. She has served on the faculties of Western Michigan University, the University of Maryland, Peabody Conservatory and George Mason University, and as president of various state and local professional organizations. Lee has taught four MTNA Competition national first place winners and 12 national finalists.
Marks_Virginia.jpg Virginia Marks, NCTM, is distinguished teaching professor emeritus at Bowling Green State University, where she served for 35 years as chair of the keyboard department and music performance studies department. She is an internationally acclaimed recitalist, orchestra soloist and chamber artist with performances across United States and Europe. Marks has served on the faculties at Temple University, Cornell University, Ithaca College and the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan. Marks is a recording artist for Educo Records and has written for Clavier, Piano & Keyboard and American Music Teacher. The Ohio MTA named her the state Certified Teacher of the Year for 2002.
Meyer_Sandra.jpg Sandra Meyer, NCTM, served as associate professor of music theory and piano at Oklahoma Baptist University for 35 years and chaired the theory department for seven years. She also taught at Dakota State University and Ithaca College in New York. For several years, Meyer worked as a piano instructor and music theater accompanist for Williams Syndrome Music and Art Camps in the United States and Northern Ireland, and she presented a poster session of her work at the 2005 MTNA National Conference. Meyer has served Oklahoma MTA in many offices and is currently state president.
Nelson_Allison.jpg Allison Nelson was recognized as child piano prodigy in her native Australia, touring the country throughout her youth, before taking a scholarship at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia at age 17. There, she studied for five years, eventually beginning a career as a partner in an internationally known two-piano team. Nelson then devoted herself to teaching and to performing as a soloist, in joint recitals, and in chamber ensembles. Professor Emerita at the University of Tennessee at Martin, she was artist-in-residence for twenty years and was also a distinguished service professor. Nelson was named Tennessee’s Music Teacher of the Year in l976. She is currently editing for the Alfred Music Publishing Masterwork Library.
Onley_Fran.jpg Fran Onley has been an independent piano teacher for nearly 40 years and maintains a private studio in her home in Arlington Heights, Illinois. She has been active in the Northwest Suburban MTA, serving in many capacities including president, vice president in charge of membership, chairman of Achievement in Music (AIM), pop and jazz recital chairman and mentoring chairman. Onley was named NWSMTA Member of the Year in 2002. Onley holds Full Status Certification from Illinois State MTA. Her students consistently participate in AIM, Sonata-Sonatina Festival, Festival of Pianos and the Classical and Pop and Jazz recitals of NWSMTA.
reuter_ted.jpg Ted Reuter is professor of piano at Wartburg College, teaching piano and related courses, including music history and aesthetics. He received his bachelors degree from Knox College, his masters degree from the University of Illinois and his doctorate from the University of Iowa. Reuter has extensive experience as a performer and has given solo and chamber music recitals at colleges, universities, institutes, and on artist series throughout the country. Reuter is in demand as an adjudicator and clinician, and has done workshops and masterclasses at universities, high schools, and for private teacher organizations across the country. Reuter served the Iowa MTA as president and is currently the IMTA Scholarship Auditions chair.
Rocherolle_Eugenie.jpg Eugénie Rocherolle is a composer, lyricist, pianist and teacher. She received a bachelor’s degree in music from Newcomb College of Tulane University. Her junior year, she traveled to Paris, France, for a year of study, which included a class with the late Nadia Boulanger. Rocherolle was honored as the 1995 Outstanding Newcomb Alumna. Rocherolle had some coaching in band arranging and orchestra early in her career, leading her to begin a publishing career in choral and band music. She eventually established herself as one of the leading American composers of piano repertoire. She is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Connecticut Composers Inc. and the National Federation of Music Clubs, along with MTNA. For many years she maintained a private music studio, where she taught piano and composition.
Schlaudt_Janelle.jpg Janelle Guthals Schlaudt, NCTM, is a teacher of piano, music theory and history, composition, ensemble performance and accompanying. She is concluding her term as Texas MTA immediate past president, having held all offices in both local and state organizations. Her educational background includes the St. Louis Institute of Music, where she received certification in beginner, intermediate and advanced levels of piano pedagogy and piano performance. She also pursued graduate study at the University of Texas in Austin and Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Her awards include 1995 San Angelo MTA Teacher of the Year and 2000 Pre-collegiate Teaching Achievement Award for Texas MTA.
Stoloff_Betty.jpg Betty Stoloff, of Kendall Park, New Jersey, is adjunct associate professor at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, where she is co-coordinator of secondary piano. Stoloff is an active adjudicator and clinician, giving workshops and lectures on a wide-variety of topics at the local, state and national levels. In 2006, as president of New Jersey MTA, Stoloff founded the NJMTA Children Helping Children Performathon, which has raised more than $60,000 for charity. She is president of Piano Teachers Forum of Central New Jersey and chair of the National Piano Teachers Guild Princeton Center. Stoloff also maintains an independent studio.
Thompson_Harold.jpg Harold Thompson received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan. He also pursued advanced studies at the Eastman School of Music and earned a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. Thompson joined the music faculty at Mississippi State University in 1970, where he is now professor emeritus. He also held positions on the faculties of Radford University and Jacksonville State University. He has served as president of the Mississippi MTA and the Golden Triangle MTA. Thompson founded the Mississippi Piano Showcase
Toney_Donna.jpg Donna Toney, NCTM, is an independent music teacher from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and immediate past president of Louisiana MTA. She has made presentations for local and state national MTNA conferences. She currently serves BRMTA as certification chair. Toney restructured the collegiate chapter annual state convention events to encourage more members across Louisiana and promoted a session for college and university faculty to meet and share ideas in their fields. Toney was instrumental in planning the new LMTA Pre-College Chamber Music Competition to promote music students of all instrumentations to enjoy chamber music.
Wright_Geneva.jpg Geneva Russell Wright, NCTM, graduated from Willamette University summa cum laude with a bachelor of music degree in piano performance. She is an active member of the Oregon MTA and of both the Portland and Central Oregon Associations. While a member of Central Oregon Local Association, she served as president, treasurer, program chair and syllabus chair. Wright has served Oregon MTA as president, treasurer, certification chair, parliamentarian and education chair. She has also served the national organization as a member of the MTNA FOUNDATION Grant Award Committee and as Northwest Division Composition Competition judge. Wright maintains an active private studio in Hillsboro, Oregon.