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02-jane-Allen.jpg Jane Allen of Missouri was a distinguished pianist and teacher and performed extensively as a soloist and chamber music recitalist in the United States, Canada and in all the major capitals of Europe. She was widely recognized as a teacher and produced many prize-winning students. She was a recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award from the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars in 1983, 1987 and 1996. She was on the faculty of the Saint Louis Conservatory and Schools for the Arts, now the Saint Louis Symphony Music School. She also was on the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Missouri at Columbia and St. Louis, and the Young Musical Artists Association Summer Music Institute. She served as adjudicator for MTNA national competitions and was in frequent demand as a workshop and master class clinician. Allen held lifetime Master Teacher Certification from MTNA.
02-Constance-Knox.jpg Constance Knox Carroll, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has been teaching piano for forty-two years. She is the Aloysia Landry Barineau Professor of Keyboard Studies at Louisiana State University (LSU),and prior to her LSU appointement, she was artist-in-residence at Centenary College of Louisiana for twenty-one years. She also has served on the faculties at Wisconsin State University and Lenoir-Rhyne College. She has taught at Brevard Music Center in New Hampshire, the University of Houston High School Piano Camp, the Frank Mannheimer Piano Festival and the University of Kansas Piano Institute, and she has served as artist-juror at the New Orleans Institute for the Performing Arts. In March 2001, Carroll adjudicated the national finals of the MTNA Student Performance Competitions in Washington, D.C. A native of Arizona, Carroll received her principal training from Julia Rebeil at the University of Arizona. She went on to earn a master of music degree at the Eastman School of Music, along with winning a professor's certificate. Constance studied as a Fulbright scholar in Vienna and Salzburg, and she has won numerous awards and honors at national and international competitions. In the spring of 2001, LSU's Tiger Athletic Foundation gave her an Excellence in Teaching Award. In October of that year, the Louisiana MTA named her Outstanding Teacher of 2001.
02-Ben-Caton.jpg Benjamin D. Caton, NCTM, holds a Ph.D. 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), where he teaches aural skills and piano, and coordinates the graduate program. His teaching experiences range from first-grade public school music classes to graduate music courses. Ben has served as president of his local Music Teachers Association for two bienniums; Tennessee state MTA president; Southern Division collegiate competitions chair, secretary, president-elect and president; and a member of the MTNA Board of Directors and Foundation Board of Trustees (2000–2002). Honors include the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs Foundation Award for Excellence, the John Phillip Sousa Award while playing trombone in high school band and being named an MTNA Foundation Fellow. His most memorable performance was accompanying the ETSU Men's Ensemble in the Chicago Symphony's Orchestra Hall at the 1999 American Choral Directors Association national convention. His articles have appeared in Clavier, Music Educators Journal, American Music Teacher and The Tennessee Musician.
02-Annette-Conklin.jpg Annette C. Conklin, former chair of the MTNA Foundation Board of Trustees, holds a bachelor's degree from the College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, Minnesota, and an M.A. degree in music history from the University of Notre Dame. She was an adjunct faculty member at Saint Mary's College for twenty-three years, teaching studio and class piano and piano proficiency. She also has taught class and private piano at the Indiana University South Bend (IUSB) Arts Academy and in the Continuing Education Division of IUSB. Conklin frequently adjudicates local and regional competitions and National Guild of Piano Teachers auditions. She has served MTNA as president of the South Bend Area Music Teachers Association, president of the Indiana Music Teachers Association (IMTA), president of the MTNA East Central Division and as a member of the MTNA Board of Directors and the American Music Teacher Editorial Committee. She was named Teacher of the Year by the IMTA in 1997.
02-Jim-Edmonds.jpg James J. Edmonds was professor emeritus of piano and music theory at Eastern Washington University (EWU) in Washington. He received his bachelor's degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and his master's and doctorate degrees from The University of Michigan. He performed as soloist with several orchestras in the Pacific Northwest and appeared as soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Europe and Australia. Edmonds served MTNA in many different capacities. He was a past president of the Washington State Music Teachers Association and the MTNA Northwest Division. He was the official accompanist for many MTNA state, division and national competitions. In 1967–68 he was selected by the student government of EWU as the Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year, and in 1987 he was awarded the Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholar Award, presented by the National Council of Black Studies Pacific Northwest.

MTNA's Past President R. Wayne Gibson, NCTM, taught voice and music history at the university level for thirty-one years. During his twenty-five-year tenure at Kennesaw State University in suburban Atlanta, Gibson chaired the department of music and performing arts. He also served as special assistant to the president for arts affairs prior to his retirement. Before joining the faculty at Kennesaw, he taught in Chicago, Missouri, New Jersey and New York. Gibson's students have won state and regional vocal competitions for MTNA and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

He has a history of leadership in the organization at all levels. Gibson has served as the president of Georgia Music Teachers Association, MTNA Southern Division president, national convention chair and national treasurer.

Gibson holds a bachelor's degree from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama, and a master's and a Ph.D. degree in music history and literature from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He is a research specialist in Nineteenth-century French grand opera.


02-Martha-Hilley.jpg Martha Hilley has taught for more than thirty years. She joined The University of Texas school of music faculty in 1982. During her tenure, she has served as coordinator of group piano, head of the keyboard division and associate director of the school of music, as well as director of undergraduate studies. For the 1999–2000 academic year, she chaired The University of Texas faculty council, and she has been south central vice president for the Texas Council of Faculty Senates. Hilley received B.M. and M.A. degrees from Sam Houston State University. A leader in MTNA on the local, state and national levels, she recently served as national collegiate chapters chair. Hilley received the Texas Teaching Excellence Award in 1983, and she was awarded one of four Dad's Association Centennial Fellowships for excellence in undergraduate teaching in 1988. In 1997, Texas MTA named her Outstanding Collegiate Teacher, and in 1998, Hilley was awarded the William Blunk Endowed Professorship for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Hilley has been published in Clavier, Keyboard Companion and Piano Quarterly. She is the co-author of two college piano texts, Piano for the Developing Musician and Piano for Pleasure.

Gary L. Ingle is executive director of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Cincinnati, Ohio, the oldest music teacher association in the United States. MTNA, founded in 1876, is a professional association of 24,000 studio music teachers who teach in independent and collegiate settings nationwide. MTNA's mission is to advance the value of music teaching and music making to society and to support the professionalism of music teachers.

Dr. Ingle is a career professional in association management and academia. Prior to his December 1996 appointment to MTNA, he was executive director of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity in Evansville, Indiana. As the leader of Phi Mu Alpha, he oversaw the fraternity's work with over 200 collegiate chapters across the country, as well as the activities of the Sinfonia Foundation.

Dr. Ingle's academic career spanned ten years with Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri. During his tenure, he attained the rank of full professor of music and served as chair of the department of music, as dean of the Casebolt School of Fine Arts, and ultimately as vice president for enrollment management. As a conductor, he directed his choirs on four international tours to continental Europe, Great Britain, and two to the Far East. While in Asia , his choirs sang for the Far East Broadcasting Company and in Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea for the Baptist World Congress.

A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Ingle holds the doctor of musical arts degree with emphases in conducting, voice, and higher education administration from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in music at Samford University in Birmingham. Additional studies include the Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham. He currently serves as the president of the National Music Council, which represents the United States to the International Music Council (established by the United Nations and a part of UNESCO). He served on the board of trustees of the American Classical Music Hall of Fame from 1998–2003, serving as secretary of the board from 2000–2003. Dr. Ingle is listed in the International Who's Who in Music, Who's Who in America, Outstanding Young Men of America, Community Leaders and Noteworthy Americans, the Dictionary of International Biography and other prominent biographical resources.


A teacher since September 1945, Natalie Matovinovic was born in Zagreb, Croatia, and she graduated from the Croatian State Academy of Music with an Academic Musician and Concert Artist Diploma. She was a tenured piano faculty member of the Croatian Academy of Music. She combined teaching with an active concert career, as recitalist and soloist with all the major orchestras in the former Yugoslavia.

Upon her U.S. arrival in 1956, Matovinovic lived in Boston with her husband and continued to perform in New England, becoming a soloist with the Boston Civic Symphony Orchestra. She moved to Ann Arbor in 1959. Matovinovic has been an active piano teacher, adjudicator, piano pedagogy lecturer, coach and teacher of master classes, and she was on the faculty of the Interlochen Arts Camp from 1977–1995. She is a founding member of the Ann Arbor Bach Association and active in MTNA on local, state and national levels, twice adjudicating the national finals of the MTNA Performance Competitions. Matovinovic served four years as East Central Division chair of the MTNA Junior High School Piano Performance Competitions, and she chaired the division composition competition for two years. Matovinovic's students have won MTNA competitions at all levels.

02-Mary-Veverka.jpg Mary Veverka, from LaGrange, Illinois, died March 22, 2002. Educated at Mankato University in Minnesota and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, she also studied at the Stanford University Classical Music Institute. Veverka taught on the piano faculties of Concordia, Dominican and Roosevelt universities and taught for many years at a Wisconsin summer music camp. A soloist with many orchestras, she also was an accomplished chamber musician, performing throughout the Midwest and on the West Coast with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Illinois State MTNA awarded her the Salt Creek Chapter Teacher of the Year. Locally, Veverka was an active adjudicator, and she led adjudicator workshops at state and national levels.