MTNA Achievement AwardEmanuel Ax, New York, New York
This year's recipient is Emanuel Ax. Born in Lvov, Poland, Emanuel Ax studied at the Juilliard School, supported by the sponsorship of the Epstein Scholarship Program of the Boys Clubs of America. He subsequently won the Young Concert Artists Award. Additionally, he attended Columbia University, where he majored in French. Ax captured public attention in 1974 when he won the first Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv. In 1975 he won the Michaels Award of Young Concert Artists followed four years later by the coveted Avery Fisher Prize. A Sony Classical exclusive recording artist since 1987, recent releases include Mendelssohn Trios with Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman, Strauss’s Enoch Arden narrated by Patrick Stewart, and discs of two-piano music by Brahms and Rachmaninoff with Yefim Bronfman. Ax has received Grammy Awards for the second and third volumes of his cycle of Haydn’s piano sonatas. He has also made a series of Grammy-winning recordings with cellist Yo-Yo Ma of the Beethoven and Brahms sonatas for cello and piano. His other recordings include the concertos of Liszt and Schoenberg, three solo Brahms albums, an album of tangos by Astor Piazzolla and the premiere recording of John Adams’s Century Rolls with the Cleveland Orchestra for Nonesuch. In the 2004–2005 season, Ax also contributed to an International Emmy Award-Winning BBC documentary commemorating the Holocaust that aired on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. In 2013, Ax’s recording Variations received the Echo Klassik Award for Solo Recording of the Year (19th-century music)/Piano. In recent years, Ax has turned his attention toward the music of 20th-century composers, premiering works by John Adams, Christopher Rouse, Krzysztof Penderecki, Bright Sheng and Melinda Wagner. Ax is also devoted to chamber music.
Distinguished Service AwardMarySue Harris, NCTM, Lincoln, Nebraska
The recipient of the 12th annual MTNA Distinguished Service Award is MarySue Harris, NCTM. MarySue Hormel Harris began piano lessons at age 4, eventually continuing her lifelong love of music at Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska, where she received a bachelor’s degree, cum laude. She also pursued graduate studies at the University of Michigan and the University of Nebraska. Harris has taught piano lesson for more than 40 years. Her students have won various Nebraska piano competitions. She has served MTNA as president of the Lincoln Music Teachers Association and as MTNA Community Outreach and Education chair. She was the Nebraska MTA Teacher of the Year in 1990 and received the Nebraska MTA Service Award for outstanding service to the organization in 1999. Her commitment to pedagogy and the beginning music teacher led to her establishment of the MarySue Harris Endowment Fund, which supports the Studio Teacher Fellowship Award. She is a performing member of the Morning Music Review and the Musical Arts Club of Lincoln, and she frequently performs as soloist and as a member of a duo piano team in Lincoln. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota and is listed in Outstanding Woman of America. She also serves on the Board of the Coalition for Music Education in Nebraska.
Citation for LeadershipFrank J. Hackinson, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
This year, an MTNA Citation for Leadership was conferred upon Frank Hackinson, one of the most recognized and respected names in the music publishing business. Through his innovative leadership and longevity in the industry, Frank Hackinson was a transformational figure in music education through his acquisitions of Columbia Pictures Publications and Belwin-Mills. In 1988, Frank and his wife Gail founded the FJH Music Company, which publishes an all-encompassing catalogue of educational music.
Teacher of the YearFay S. Adams, NCTM, Knoxville, Tennessee
The recipient of the 2016 MTNA Teacher of the Year Award is Fay Adams, NCTM. Adams is an associate professor of piano at the University of Tennessee and serves as the coordinator of the Keyboard Area. She is retiring this year after 44 years at the university where she has taught piano, piano pedagogy and Suzuki pedagogy. Her awards include: YWCA Outstanding Woman in the Arts; Chancellor’s Citation for Service to the University of Tennessee; first recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award in the UT School of Music; University of Tennessee Volunteer Spirit Award; MTNA FOUNDATION Fellow; TMTA Distinguished Service Award; past director of MTNA Southern Division; member of the MTNA board of directors; former chair of the MTNA Chapter of the Year Committee; former chair of the MTNA Teacher of the Year Award; and MTNA Senior Performance Competitions Coordinator. Adams is also director of the Suzuki Piano School of Knoxville. She is a registered Suzuki Piano Teacher Trainer, former member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas Board of Directors, former member of the Piano Review Committee and an active Suzuki Piano Clinician, having recently traveled to Morelia, Mexico, for the National Suzuki Conference of Mexico.
MTNA Recognizes 50-Year MembersSue Adams Barnes, NCTM, Powder Springs, Georgia Evonne Beattie, NCTM, Phoenix, Arizona Roger Bushell, Las Vegas, Nevada Sandra L. Carnes, NCTM, East Sparta, Ohio Letitia W. Colglazier, Athens, Georgia Roberta S. Gober, Lexington, Texas Mildred T. Halbert, NCTM, League City, Texas Lillian U. Harder, Clemson, South Carolina LaVonne M. Harris, Chelsea, Michigan Shirley J. Howard, Ogden, Utah Elizabeth W. Hughston, Charlotte, North Carolina Winifred P. Hyson, NCTM, Bethesda, Maryland Judith F. Jolly, Greensboro, North Carolina Olga L. Kuehl-White, NCTM, Tampa, Florida Dorothy Leyden, University Place, Washington Mary M. Maddox, NCTM, Kankakee, Illinois Edna Mae McCoy, Columbus, Mississippi Carol Nakaganeku, Honolulu, Hawaii Kathleen M. Philipp, NCTM, Shakopee, Minnesota Richard Reber, Lawrence, Kasnas Katherine Reese, NCTM, Mannington, West Virginia Shirley A. Sonk, NCTM, Clackamas, Oregon Carol Strizich, NCTM, Anaconda, Montana Margaret S. Strong, NCTM, Minneapolis, Minnesota Geraldine C. Wagoner, Williamsburg, Virginia Leon Duane Whitesell, Edmond, Oklahoma Eulalie Wilson, Evansville, Indiana Margaret U. Wright, NCTM, Rockville, Maryland