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paulbordeleau.jpg An MTNA-certified teacher and president of the New Hampshire MTA, Paul Bordeleau, of Bedford, New Hampshire, recently celebrated his eightieth birthday. Born in Massachusetts, he earned degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music and Boston University. Bordeleau has composed many works, including "Sesquicentennial Suite" for symphony orchestra for the city of Manchester, New Hampshire, "The Luzon March" for 11th Airborne Division Band during the Korean War and, more recently, "Christmas in New Hampshire," dubbed an official song of the state of New Hampshire in 1974. In 1995 for Rotary International, Bordeleau composed "Be a Friend," which was translated and recorded in several languages. He has accompanied such stars as Dusty Owens and Roy Acuff and has performed for Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford.
josephbrye.jpg Born in North Dakota, Joseph Brye, of Lititz, Pennsylvania, was a piano teacher for more than fifty years. He held bachelor and master of music degrees in piano performance from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He was MTNA national president, Oregon MTA president, Northwest Division president, national vice president for local associations and student chapters and MTNA archivist. Brye also served as MTNA acting-executive director in 1986 and was one of the first trustees of the Scholarship Foundation Trust, now the Allen I. McHose Scholarship Foundation Trust. Currently retired, he has held teaching positions at Stephens College, Missouri; the University of Idaho; and Oregon State University in Corvallis. Brye was an accomplished pianist, marimbist and composer and has performed as a concert pianist and professional accompanist throughout the Midwest. He was presented with the MTNA Achievement Award in 1994. Joe died July 24, 2004, at age 87.
ellalouiseburba.jpg Ella Louise Burba received a bachelor of music degree from the University of Texas and maintains an independent piano studio in Austin, Texas. Awarded Teacher of the Year by the Texas MTA, she has given years of dedicated service to the TMTA student affiliate program, serving as performance contest chair and a member of the World of Music syllabus committee and the theory committee. She also has served TMTA as president, director, Foundation trustee and MTNA high school performance competitions chair. Currently, she is a consulting editor for the Texas Music Teacher magazine and continues to be active as a church pianist and organist.
marieburnette.jpg A native of North Carolina, Marie Burnette earned bachelor and master of music degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has been an independent teacher of piano and organ for more than forty years and serves as adjudicator for piano festivals throughout North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina. Her articles have appeared in American Music Teacher, Music Educators Journal and Keyboard Companion. Burnette, of High Point, North Carolina, was the first independent music teacher to serve as president of the North Carolina MTA. She also has served as secretary, historian and district certification chair. She has served as the chair of the MTNA Independent Music Teachers Forum, secretary-treasurer of the Southern Division and national secretary of MTNA. She is the assistant organist and member of the choir of Emerywood Baptist Church in High Point and is a member of the High Point Community Chorus. She is one of the founding members of the High Point Piano Teachers Association.
aureliacampbell.jpg A native of Hartwell, Georgia, Aurelia Campbell received a bachelor of music degree in piano performance from the University of Georgia and pursued graduate studies in piano pedagogy. Always actively engaged in the pursuit of excellence in her teaching, she was the first nationally certified music teacher in Georgia and has attended all but one MTNA national conference since 1984. Said one of her colleagues, "As an independent teacher in Hartwell, Georgia, Aurelia Campbell has had a significant impact on the lives of her many students. She is loved and respected by her students and her colleagues. She has unselfishly served the association in a variety of positions on the local, state and division levels and has provided distinguished leadership as president of the Georgia MTA and mentor to all subsequent state presidents." Campbell has served as Southern Division junior performance competitions coordinator, and she provided assistance to MTNA Immediate Past President R. Wayne Gibson, NCTM, with structuring the successful "Music for Everyone" program.

Brian Chung, chair of MTNA's development committee, was a member of the MTNA Foundation Board of Trustees from 1997 to 2003, serving as chair of the Board from 1991 to 1993. Chung is a pianist and former piano teacher who now serves as senior vice president of Kawai America Corporation. He is a past president of the Piano Manufacturers Association International and a current member of the board of directors of the National Association of Music Merchants, better known as NAMM.

Chung has a degree in business administration from the University of Michigan, where he combined his music and business interests. In addition to performing in the top jazz band at U of M, Chung spent summers as a pianist and musical director at Walt Disney World. After graduating from college, he studied piano and conducting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, in London, as a Rotary Foundation Scholar. Upon his return to the United States, he pursued jazz studies as the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

After several years as a professional musician and independent piano teacher, Chung completed a master of management degree at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He has been with Kawai America Corporation for fifteen years. Chung was the inspiration behind the establishment of the MTNA Foundation Fellow program that has honored fifty-six individuals since its inception in 2000.

guyduckworth.jpg Nationally and internationally known pianist and educator, Guy Duckworth, of San Diego, California, is a widely published author of academic texts and essays in professional journals and is a performer on the National Educational Award television series, A New Dimension in Piano Instruction. He is an authority on group teaching and is a regular presenter for television, state, national and international conferences. Duckworth has received degrees from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee; Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California; the University of California in Los Angeles; The Juilliard School of Music; and Columbia University. He held faculty positions at the University of Minnesota, Northwestern University and the University of Colorado in Boulder. He has received many honors including Pioneer in Piano Studies by the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy, Northwestern University Fellow and the 2004 MTNA Achievement Award.

At a celebration of her ninetieth birthday in April 2003, friends and colleagues presented Mildred Gaddis with the Fellow certificate and pin to honor her fifty years in the music teaching profession.

Gaddis, of Hockessin, Delaware, has a long record of service to MTNA including organizing the Delaware State Music Teachers Association (DSMTA) in 1959 and serving as president, treasurer and chair of numerous committees. She also assisted in organizing the MTNA Eastern Division in 1960 and held the offices of president, vice president and representative to the National Certification Board. She twice was honored by DSMTA as Teacher of the Year and received the DSMTA Service Award in 1988.Gaddis studied at Nebraska Wesleyan and Northwestern Universities and received B.S. and M.A degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University. She was employed by the United States government for nine years as stenographer, secretary, administrative assistant and acting personnel director in the Public Buildings Administration.A twenty-five-year member of the University of Delaware faculty, Gaddis is presently associate professor emerita. She received the University of Delaware Excellence in Teaching award in 1973. After retiring from the university, she continued teaching piano and theory in her home. Gaddis retired from a fifty-year teaching career in 1997.She will be recognized at the Foundation Fund Gala during the 2004 MTNA National Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.

frankpearson.jpg A fifty-year member of MTNA, Frank Pearson received degrees from Albion College in Michigan and master of music and Ph.D degrees from the University of Michigan. He is professor emeritus from Dickinson State University in North Dakota, where he served as chair of Music, Art and Theater and dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. Pearson served in the infantry in Germany during World War II and received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. His service to MTNA includes president of the North Dakota MTA, president of West Central Division and a member of the former National Executive Board. He was appointed by the governor of North Dakota to the North Dakota Council on the Arts and the North Dakota Bicentennial Commission.
williiamperryman.jpg William Perryman is retired professor emeritus at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. He earned a bachelor of music degree in piano performance from the University of Arkansas and master and doctor of music degrees from Indiana University. A long-time member of MTNA, Perryman has served the Arkansas MTA in many capacities, including state president during the MTNA National Convention in Little Rock in 1991. He was named Teacher of the Year by the Arkansas MTA in 1991. He performs as soloist and accompanist and is a frequent adjudicator at piano festivals and competitions.
patriciapowers.jpg A fifty-year member of MTNA, Patricia Powers holds a bachelor of music degree from Kalamazoo College in Michigan and a master of arts degree in music literature from the University of Michigan. She has taught music for more than fifty-five years at the University of Arkansas and at Bee County College in Beeville, Texas, as well as maintaining an independent studio in several Texas communities. Powers has served MTNA in many capacities, including certification chair, member of the MTNA Board of Directors and South Central Division president. She has served the Texas MTA as certification chair, secretary-treasurer and president. She was the editor of the Texas Music Teacher magazine for several years and continues as a consulting editor.
marytheresesoper.jpg Mary Therese Soper, NCTM, has been a member of MTNA for forty years. During that time she has served MTNA at the local, state and division levels. In 1977 and again in 1996, the Pennsylvania MTA recognized her as Teacher of the Year and presented her with the Distinguished Service Award in 1985. At age 16, she had the distinction of being the youngest voice major ever accepted at the Curtis Institute of Music, from which she graduated after study in both voice and piano. She was in the original touring company of Oklahoma and later had her own TV and radio shows. Soper maintains an independent studio in Boyertown, Pennsylvania, where she recently retired as director of music and principal organist at St. Columbkill Church for more than forty-five years.

Auda Marie Thomas has undergraduate degrees in music and pastoral ministry from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and Newman College in Wichita, Kansas, and a master of music degree from the University of Oklahoma. A forty-year member of MTNA, she was awarded honorary life membership in the Oklahoma MTA in 1987. She has chaired the South Central Division competitions, was national high school competitions chair from 1989–1993 and was national competitions coordinator from 1991–1995. She has served as president of Oklahoma MTA and is in her thirtieth year as state achievement audition chair.

Thomas was an elementary music specialist with the Harrah, Oklahoma, public schools, a program named one of the ten outstanding elementary school music programs in the United States by Music Educators National Conference (MENC). She left the public school system to concentrate entirely on her piano studio, where she opened an academic preschool program that allows children to experience academic learning through the creative arts. This program is celebrating twenty-five years. She is in her twenty-fourth year as organist and choir director at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church in Harrah.


Marilyn True was born in Nyack, New York. She received degrees in music education and piano performance from Ithaca College and the University of Michigan. She has taught at the University of Michigan, Furman University, Central Missouri State University and State Fair Community College in Sedalia, Missouri. True has maintained a private piano studio in Warrensburg, Missouri, for the past forty years and has appeared as a collaborative artist and duet and two-piano partner with her husband, Wesley. She adjudicates for the MTNA West Central Division and for state and district auditions.

True has been an active member of MTNA for many years. She has served as president of the Missouri MTA (MMTA), MMTA certification chair, MMTA high school auditions chair and vice president for auditions.


A native of Bozeman, Montana, Wesley True earned a bachelor of music degree from the University of Michigan. After serving two years in the United States Army, he returned to the University of Michigan, where he earned master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees in piano. He has taught at the University of Michigan, Furman University, Interlochen National Music Camp and recently retired from Central Missouri State University after thirty-four years of teaching. He has performed frequently as soloist, collaborative artist and as a two-piano and duet partner with his wife, Marilyn. He has lectured widely in Sweden, Canada, Iceland and Taiwan.

True has served MTNA in many capacities, including founding the local chapter in Greenville, South Carolina, establishing the certification program in South Carolina and Missouri, as president of MMTA and as a member of the National Certification Board.


Barbara Wasson, MTNA member from Dayton, Ohio, was presented with the MTNA Foundation Fellow award at the Ohio Music Teachers Association (OMTA) annual conference on November 15. Amy Immerman, OMTA president, said following the presentation: "Presenting Barbara with the MTNA Foundation Fellow award was a very special moment at our state conference. Barbara was truly surprised, truly honored, and those of us in attendance were very touched. She received a standing ovation, and there were tears of joy in many eyes, including my own."

Barbara and her late husband, Audley, founded their piano studio in Dayton in 1946. She has taught at Cedarville College and Wright State University, both in Ohio, and at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, Barbara earned a B.A. degree from Vassar College, an M.M. degree from Chicago Musical College and pursued doctoral studies at DePauw University and Indiana University. A member of MTNA for thirty-three years, she has served as OMTA Western District chairman, OMTA president and was the national chair for the MTNA-Baldwin Junior High School Piano Performance Competition. She also is an active member of Mu Phi Epsilon and the Dayton Music Club.

After sixty years of teaching, she continues to instruct students in her home in Centerville, Ohio, maintaining a full schedule, teaching twenty-three students four to five hours a day.

Wasson is listed in Who's Who of American Women and Who's Who in the Midwest.