East Central Division
Andrea McAlister, NCTM
Andrea McAlister, DMA, NCTM, is associate professor of piano pedagogy at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and senior editor for The Piano Magazine: Clavier Companion. McAlister has presented at numerous state, national and international conferences, serves on the Group Piano/Piano Pedagogy Executive Committee and was president of the Ohio Music Teachers Association from 2014–2016.
“MTNA has provided me with numerous opportunities for professional development, and their commitment to arts advocacy, mentorship and student achievement is inspirational. I would be honored to serve as East Central Division director-elect and continue their mission of musical excellence, teacher education and service to our profession,” she says.
Nicholas Phillips, NCTM
Nicholas Phillips, DMA, NCTM, professor at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, has performed in solo recitals across the U.S. and abroad, is an active recording artist and a regular presenter at national and international conferences. Recently, Phillips served as program chair for the 2019 MTNA National Conference in Spokane and as president of the Wisconsin MTA from 2015–2018.
“MTNA has been an integral part of my life for decades, and the wonderful network of teachers, colleagues and friends I have gained through the association has been truly invaluable. I would be honored to represent the East Central Division as director-elect,” he says.
Jacqueline Herbein, NCTM
Jacqueline Herbein, NCTM, is an independent teacher, workshop presenter and musician-wellness advocate. In the past 10 years, she has served as MTNA National Junior Competitions coordinator, Pennsylvania MTA state president and treasurer and held leadership positions at the local level. She was named an MTNA Foundation Fellow in 2017 and has received PMTA’s Distinguished Service and Teacher of the Year awards.
“MTNA’s arts advocacy, member programs and global initiatives are vital in today’s world. Since MTNA has provided support for my own professional development, it would be an honor to continue to serve the organization as Eastern Division director-elect,” she says.
Dorothy Travis, is a music director, accompanist, teacher and performer. Travis received music degrees from Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and Northwestern University. She has served as chair of the Massachusetts State Performance Competitions, president of MMTA, Commissioned Composer chair and was named 2016 MMTA Teacher of the Year.
“Throughout my career, MTNA has been a focal point where I receive inspiration from its diverse membership through conferences, colleagues, articles and interactions. As a division director-elect, I would use my communication skills to honor the importance of MTNA and its continued relevance in today’s world,” she says.
Jessica Olson holds a BA degree in music from Oklahoma Christian University and currently owns a thriving private piano studio in Bozeman, Montana, where she encourages student achievement through a host of creative projects. Olson has held a number of positions in collegiate, local and state associations, most recently serving as president of the Montana State Music Teachers Association.
“I am so grateful for the role that MTNA plays in my professional development. I would be honored to serve our association as we strive to embrace the future in imaginative ways while maintaining MTNA’s long tradition of promoting excellent teaching,” she says.
Mary Kaye Owen, NCTM
Mary Kaye Owen, NCTM, teaches piano in Renton, Washington. Currently the MTNA Northwest Division Performance Competitions chair and senior coordinator for the state MTNA Performance Competitions, Owen is also an active local association member. A past president of Washington State Music Teachers Association, she was named an MTNA Foundation Fellow in 2018.
“Enjoying the MTNA lifestyle (networking, furthering music pedagogy skills, making friends, discovering America via MTNA conferences) for more than 30 years, I am eager to help MTNA continue its support and encouragement of Music Educators/Education, and I am honored to be nominated as Northwest Division director-elect,” she says.
South Central Division
Lauren Schack Clark, NCTM
Lauren Schack Clark, DMA, NCTM, teaches piano at Arkansas State University. She is an MTNA Foundation Fellow, was South Central Division Competitions chair from 2014 to 2017 and is chair of the Arkansas MTNA Competitions. Clark has been a State and Local Association president and ASMTA Teacher of the Year. She has performed throughout the U.S., Europe and in China.
“Being active in conferences, events and competitions has helped me and my students grow immeasurably as teachers and musicians. We love the camaraderie, commitment to excellence and support of professionalism. I am honored to be nominated and welcome the chance to give back,” she says.
Pamela Pike, NCTM
Pamela D. Pike, NCTM is the Barineau Professor of Piano Pedagogy at Louisiana State University. Pike is committed to providing guidance and resources for teachers and pianists through university classes, digital resources and pedagogy workshops. Pike is past president of LMTA and BRMTA. She has served on Arkansas and Louisiana state boards and the MTNA e-Journal editorial committee.
“My teaching roots and pedagogical development were nourished through MTNA and its greatest resource—local member-teachers. MTNA is essential for advocacy and professional advancement of our field. It is an honor to be nominated to serve MTNA and South Central Division members,” she says.
Deanna Moore, DMA, is professor in the division of music at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, where she teaches piano literature and applied piano. Moore is the faculty advisor for the MTNA Collegiate Chapter at BJU, immediate past president of South Carolina MTA and has held numerous positions for the Greenville MTA.
“Having served at the local and state levels, I am passionate about encouraging the participation and professionalism of my colleagues as well as developing the next generation of teachers and performers,” she says.
Thomas Swenson, NCTM
Thomas Swenson, NCTM, teaches at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and The Music Academy of North Carolina. A specialist in teaching adults (andragogy), Swenson has given presentations, workshops and lecture-recitals throughout the U.S.
“For several decades MTNA has provided me with so many professional development and networking opportunities. MTNA has challenged and inspired me to reach for my highest level of teaching with each and every student. It would be an honor to give back to this organization. I am committed to enhancing MTNA’s advocacy of the importance of music education for future generations,” he says.
Stephen Pierce teaches at the University of Southern California and privately in Pasadena. He currently is California’s vice-president for conferences, collegiate chapter state chair, and editor of CAPMT Connect.
“MTNA is at the forefront of pedagogical excellence and serves a vital role in society by providing continuing education and community to music teachers. It also offers meaningful learning opportunities to students in these challenging but exciting times. MTNA is particularly inspiring as it champions everyone from established icons to emerging teaching artists. As division director, I will work tirelessly to grow and engage our membership, especially among younger music teachers,” he says.
Noreen Wenjen, NCTM
Noreen Wenjen, NCTM, is past-president of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT), a leader in business and technology, she is author of Two-Year Waitlist: An Entrepreneurial Guide for Music Teachers.
“I am honored to be nominated as Southwest Division director-elect as a 27-year MTNA member. In 2017–2019 I served as the president of CAPMT, chair of the MTNA State Presidents’ Advisory Council, chair of the MTNA China Certification Task Force Committee, and served as an AMT Editorial Committee member. I will help other state presidents create strategic marketing plans to attract a broader membership base through technology,” she says.
West Central Division
Mary Beth Shaffer, NCTM
Mary Beth Shaffer, NCTM, is immediate past president of the Colorado State Music Teachers Association. She received BM and MFA degrees from the University of Iowa. A member of MTNA for more than 35 years, Shaffer has resided in three of the West Central Division states during that time. She has also served in various leadership roles in state and local associations.
“MTNA offers a broad spectrum of opportunities for professional growth and development to both teachers and their students. It is an honor to be a member of MTNA and to be nominated for this position,” she says.
Jason Sifford, NCTM
Jason Sifford, DMA, NCTM, maintains a private studio in Iowa City, Iowa, and is a composer/clinician for the Willis Music Company. He also maintains an active performance schedule with local artists and theater companies.
“My experience with MTNA began in 1994 as an entrant in the national competitions. Since then, my musical life has taken a variety of twists and turns, and MTNA has been a constant source of inspiration along the way. The things I’ve discovered and friendships I’ve made through MTNA continue to sustain me, and I am honored to be considered for this opportunity to serve,” he says.