MTNA Achievement AwardMusicLink Foundation, Arlington, Virginia
The MusicLink Foundation is celebrating 25 years of providing long-term musical training and opportunities to promising students in financial need across the country and into Canada. Founded by Joanne Haroutounian in 1992, MusicLink began as a program of the Virginia Music Teachers Association, linking students with teachers willing to provide low- or no-cost instruction for as long as students wish to learn. MusicLink business partners provide assistance with music, instruments and services. The 2,750 teachers and coordinators who have been part of the MusicLink Foundation over the years are proud to have reached more than 6,500 students, providing 460,000 hours of instruction, equivalent to $12 million of in-kind donation.
MTNA Distinguished Service AwardBenjamin D. Caton, NCTM, Johnson City, Tennessee
Benjamin D. Caton, NCTM, holds a PhD degree from The Ohio State University and a pedagogy and musicianship certificate in Kodály. He is professor of music at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). In addition, he maintains a studio of pre-college students. Ben has served as president of his local Music Teachers Association for two biennia; Tennessee state MTA president; Southern Division president, president-elect, secretary and collegiate competitions chair; and a member of the MTNA Board of Directors and Foundation Board of Trustees and MTNA Secretary/Treasurer and National President. His honors include the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs Foundation for the Advancement of Music Award for Excellence, the John Phillip Sousa Award (while playing trombone in high school band) and being named an MTNA Foundation Fellow. In 2014, ETSU conferred upon him the Distinguished Faculty Award in Service. His articles have appeared in Clavier, Music Educators Journal, American Music Teacher and The Tennessee Musician.
MTNA Teacher of the YearSusan T. McDuffie, Macon, Georgia
The MTNA Teacher of the Year Award traditionally recognizes a teacher who has made a significant difference in the lives of students, has contributed to the advancement of music in their community and is an outstanding example of a professional music educator. The 2017 MTNA Teacher of the Year Award is Susan McDuffie. McDuffie is a graduate of Wesleyan College, where she majored in piano performance and minored in organ. Further study was at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. She performs as piano and organ soloist and collaborates with instrumentalists, vocalists, and other pianists including her son, world renowned violinist, Robert McDuffie, and daughter concert pianist Margery McDuffie Whatley. A former Wesleyan College faculty member, she has a private piano studio of flourishing talented piano students. Active in community affairs, she is the former President of the Macon Symphony Orchestra, the Macon Music Teachers Association, the Morning Music Club and the Macon Pharmaceutical Auxiliary. McDuffie recently received the GMTA Teacher of the Year Award and was recognized earlier this week as an MTNA Foundation Fellow. She and her husband Bill are parents of 4 children, 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
State Affiliate of the YearOklahoma Music Teachers AssociationKaren J. Harrington, NCTM, president
The Oklahoma Music Teachers Association is the 2017 MTNA State Affiliate of the Year. The committee was impressed with OMTA’s membership growth and its work to upgrade and improve the organizational infrastructure in order to more efficiently serve its members and students into the future. Recent accomplishments included:
Local Association of the YearLincoln (Nebraska) Music Teachers AssociationSvetlana Yashirin, president
The Lincoln Music Teacher Association of Nebraska has been selected as the 2017 MTNA Local Association of the Year. Celebrating their 75th anniversary, Lincoln Music Teachers Association serves as a model for how a music organization can connect many parts of a community and advocate for the arts. They provide educational and professional growth resources for their members and students throughout the year. Also, their innovation in outreach initiatives, such as the Music Outreach Program demonstrates the strength of collaboration among many organizations.
MTNA Collegiate Chapter of the YearUniversity of OklahomaJennifer Stadler, NCTM, presidentBarbara Fast, NCTM, and Jane Magrath, NCTM, advisors
The University of Oklahoma Collegiate Chapter of MTNA is the recipient of the 2017 MTNA Collegiate Chapter of the Year Award. The University of Oklahoma chapter is active on its own at the university, as well as in partnership with the local association. The members maintain a library concert series, hold a high school student essay contest, present a fall festival, sponsor guest artist presentations and spearhead fundraising events. In addition, attendance at MTNA national conferences is a priority for professional development. The chapter website is impressive and displays the students’ connection to local and national programs that support the MTNA mission.
Distinguished Composer of the YearDavid Gompper, Iowa City, IowaCycles for Violoncello and Piano: Commissioned by the Iowa MTA
David Gompper has lived and worked professionally as a pianist and a composer in New York, San Diego, London, Nigeria, Michigan, Texas and Iowa. He studied at the Royal College of Music (ARCM, MMus) with Jeremy Dale Roberts, Humphrey Searle and Phyllis Sellick. After teaching in Nigeria, he received his doctorate at the University of Michigan. He is professor of composition at the University of Iowa and directs the Center for New Music. In 2002–2003, Gompper was a Fulbright Scholar at the Moscow Conservatory. In 2009 he received an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City, and in 2013 a Fromm commission (Harvard University). The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (London) is recording five works for a forthcoming Naxos release: four concerti for clarinet, cello, double bass and a double concerto (violin and cello), as well as an orchestral work entitled Sunburst.
Distinguished Composer Honorable MentionMichael JohansonThree Moods for Viola and Piano: Commissioned by Oregon MTA
Distinguished Composer Honorable MentionDavid WerfelmanSuite á l’antique for Piano: Commissioned by Wisconsin MTA
American Music Teacher Article of the YearMerlin Thompson, Calgary, Alberta“Understanding And Nurturing Parents: A Studio Music Teacher's Reflections On Parental Interest And Involvement”: Published February/March 2016
The 2017 American Music Teacher Article of the Year award is presented to Merlin B. Thompson, for his article “Understanding And Nurturing Parents: A Studio Music Teacher’s Reflections On Parental Interest And Involvement” This article was published in the February/March 2016 issue of American Music Teacher magazine. Thompson is one of Canada’s leading authorities on the Suzuki Piano Method. He holds a PhD in education research from the University of Calgary, a Master’s degree in Musicology from the Université de Montréal, and Bachelor of Music Performance degree from the University of Regina. In 1986, Merlin became the first Canadian to complete the three-year teacher apprenticeship program at the Matsumoto Talent Education Institute where he studied under Shinichi Suzuki and Haruko Kataoka—co-founders of the Suzuki Piano Method. Currently, Thompson is an instructor in music pedagogy at the Schulich School of Music (McGill University) and teacher mentor in the Werklund School of Education (University of Calgary). He is an active music education scholar whose works have been published in numerous international academic journals.
MTNA e-Journal Article of the YearWilliam Westney, Cynthia M. Grund, James Yang, Aimee Cloutier, Jesse Latimer, Michael O’Boyle, Dan Fang and Jiancheng Hou"The Pedagogical Value of ‘Enjoyment’ in the Classical Piano Studio—A Research Report on a Transdisciplinary Study": Published November 2016
The 2017 MTNA eJournal Article of the Year Award is presented to William Westney, Cynthia M. Grund, James Yang, Aimee Cloutier, Jesse Latimer, Michael O’Boyle, Dan Fang and Jiancheng Hou for their article “The Pedagogical Value of ‘Enjoyment’ in the Classical Piano Studio—A Research Report on a Transdisciplinary Study” The article was published in the April 2016 edition of the MTNA e-Journal.
MarySue Harris Studio Teacher Fellowship AwardKaren Lien, NCTM, San Antonio, Texas
This year’s recipient is Karen Lien. Lien is owner of the You LOVE Piano studio. Before receiving her master’s degree in piano pedagogy from Butler University and starting her teaching career, she was a software developer and instructor. In 2009, her passion for music called her to pursue a career in piano teaching. Through the support from her family, friends and mentors, including Courtney Crappell, Lien Thickstun and Kate Boyd, her lifelong dream finally became a reality. She resides in San Antonio, Texas, and enjoys teaching students of all ages. In addition to teaching, she served as pianist and choral accompanist for First Chinese Baptist Church in San Antonio and has accompanied theater productions and choirs in Texas, Ohio and Japan.
Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy AwardModules by Paul Sheftel, New York, New York
Paul Sheftel is a leader in keyboard studies and has performed, lectured and conducted workshops extensively throughout the United States. His published materials and software are widely used throughout the country. A pioneer in the creation of instructional materials using MIDI technology, he has created electronic accompaniments for an extensive collection of his original piano music. As part of the two-piano team of Rollino and Sheftel he performed throughout Europe and the United States. He has appeared in two piano and solo recitals in many of New York’s leading concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall and Hunter College. He has served on the faculties of the Mannes and Manhattan Schools of Music, Westminster Choir College of Rider University and Hunter College and has served as piano editor for Carl Fischer.
Piano Technicians Guild Foundation ScholarshipJihong Park, NCTM, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
MTNA Recognizes 50-Year MembersLucille Arthur, Klamath Falls, OregonMargaret Boesiger, Bartlesville, OklahomaDorothy Jane Bostick, NCTM, Wilson, North CarolinaSusan L. Cable, Denver, ColoradoMarilyn A. Cade, Rockford, IllinoisCarolyn P. Carson, Issaquah, WashingtonSusie Francis Dempsey, NCTM, Jacksonville, AlabamaCelia Goering, NCTM, Derby, KansasMarian L. Henderson, NCTM, Cherokee Village, ArkansasLinda L. Holden, Valier, MontanaRuth Jane Holmes, NCTM, Lubbock, TexasJacquelyn C. Hutson, Marietta, GeorgiaEugene Martin, Atlanta, GeorgiaSarah L. Martin, Atlanta, GeorgiaAlice Maxfield, Laurel, MarylandEllen C. Pickell NCTM, Hoquiam, WashingtonDavid T. Piersel NCTM, Windsor Heights, IowaDorothy D. Renouf, Guilford, ConnecticutLinda Shirley, Richardson, TexasManuela B. Shull, NCTM, Corpus Christi, TexasBetty Kowalsky Stasson, NCTM, West Bloomfield, MichiganNancy Stavely, Silver Spring, MarylandJudy Jones Sullins, Athens, TennesseeBarbara Wing NCTM, Bethesda, MarylandMichael Zenge, Albuquerque, New Mexico