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James Breckenridge, of Weatherford, Oklahoma, is on the music faculty of Southwestern Oklahoma State University, where he teaches courses in applied piano, piano pedagogy and musicology. In the 1980s, Breckenridge operated his own music studio, teaching 50 students ages 3 to 29.

He received a bachelor of arts degree from Maryville College in Tennessee; a master of music degree from Northwestern University in Illinois, where he was a graduate assistant; and a doctor of musical arts degree from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. All the degrees are in piano performance.

Breckenridge is an honorary life member of Oklahoma MTA and the National Beethoven Society for Pianists. He is currently chair of the OMTA ad hoc committee for redistricting and is a member of the executive committee and the state board. He has served the Oklahoma MTA as president and immediate past president, as well as chaired numerous committees.

He also has been a member of the College Music Society, the National Guild of Piano Teachers, the National Keyboard Arts Association, the American Liszt Society and many others. In addition, he has served on committees for the National Piano Pedagogy Conference and the World Piano Pedagogy Conference.


Vivian Miller Dula, NCTM, of Burlington, North Carolina, operates her own music studio and is a piano instructor and director of the preparatory adult music program at Elon University.

She received a bachelor of music degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, studying piano with Alleine Minor.

An active MTNA member, Dula has served as MTNA Southern Division president, vice president, secretary-treasurer and adjudicator chair. She also was president of the North Carolina Music Teachers Association and past president of the Burlington Music Teachers Association.

As a frequent adjudicator throughout North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, Dula has judged junior, senior and young artist MTNA competitions.

Dula is a staff piano instructor for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Summer Music Camp. Her articles have appeared in Keyboard Companion.


Dean Epperson, NCTM, of Anchorage, Alaska, began taking piano lessons with his mother, Mary Epperson. He continued his studies, graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in piano performance from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. He then attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, earning a master's degree in music.

Epperson teaches class piano at the University of Alaska-Anchorage, as well as private lessons from his music studio. An active performer, he has appeared as guest soloist with the Anchorage Chamber Symphony, the Anchorage Civic Orchestra and the Anchorage String Quartet. He also has performed with the Anchorage Youth Symphony.

Epperson is a founding member of Anchorage Music Teachers Association. He received permanent professional certification from MTNA in 1998.


Carole Flatau, of Valley City, North Dakota, operates her own music studio, is involved in freelance editing and public relations work and volunteers for a large number of community organizations.

She is an active member of MTNA, holding memberships in both North Dakota MTA and Florida State MTA. She has served North Dakota MTA in virtually every leadership position and has served MTNA nationally as public relations chair and chair of the exhibitor committee.

During her 15 years as a Florida resident, Flatau was director of keyboard publications for Columbia Pictures Publications and keyboard editor for CPP/Belwin and Warner Bros. Publications.

Flatau has presented numerous pedagogy workshops and music industry seminars throughout the United States and Canada and is a frequent contributor to prestigious music journals.


Sue Humphrys Holder, NCTM, of Ruston, Louisiana, is professor of music and chair of the keyboard area at Louisiana Tech University, teaching applied piano, piano pedagogy and piano literature classes. In addition, she conducts master classes, judges piano competitions and coaches students for area teachers.

An active member of MTNA since the 1970s, Holder is the founder of a local chapter in Ruston, serving as its state piano chair and vice president. She also has served as MTNA national vice president, a member of the MTNA Board of Directors, chair of the national award committee, and as president, vice president, secretary and collegiate artist national competition chair for the MTNA South Central Division.

Honors include being voted Teacher of the Year by the Louisiana Music Teachers Association and receiving the University Senate Chair and Quest for Quality Fellow Award from Louisiana Tech University.

Holder also is a member of the gold-medal Sweet Adelines International Chorus.


Atarah Jablonsky, NCTM, of Cincinnati, Ohio, earned a bachelor of music degree in piano from the Manhattan School of Music and a master of education degree in educational research (piano pedagogy) from Xavier University in Cincinnati. She recently retired from the College of Mount St. Joseph, where she taught piano and piano pedagogy. She and her students have won numerous awards and performed locally, regionally and nationally.

Jablonsky now operates an active music studio and is an adjudicator. Named Certified Teacher of the Year by the Ohio Music Teachers Association (Ohio MTA), Jablonksky has chaired the Ohio MTA Southwest District Play-a-thon Committee, which raises money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Cincinnati. She also is active in the Matinee Musicale, the Junior Music Experience and The Federation of Music Clubs.


James Johnson, of Omaha, Nebraska, maintains an active career as a concert pianist, organist-choirmaster and educator. As an organist, Johnson's career has included performances of organ concerti with Sandor Salgo, conductor of the Carmel Bach Festival, as well as many solo recitals. His inaugural recital of the Gress-Miles organ at the University of Alaska was nationally broadcast on public radio. His English organ recital tours have included performances in London, Surrey, Essex and Leicester Cathedral.

As an educator, Johnson was winner of the Award for Inspirational Teaching at the University of Alaska, where he taught for 20 years. In 2001, he was named winner of the Excellence in Teaching award at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. From among the ranks of his piano and organ students have come more than 100 winners of area, state and regional competitions. In 2002, he was awarded the Robert M. Spire endowed professorship in music at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. In 2004, he was selected as the Nebraska MTA Teacher of the Year.


June Leondar, NCTM, of Fort Worth, Texas, has a bachelor of science degree in music education and a master's degree in music education from Texas Tech University. She began her career teaching music in Texas public schools, then opened an independent piano and voice studio.

From 1968 to 1998, Leondar was a faculty member at Tarrant Count College's Northeast Campus in Hurst, where she taught private piano, developed the class piano program and supervised a preparatory piano program for pre-college students.

An active MTNA member since 1957, Leondar is chair of the MTNA South Central Division competitions. In the past, she has served as president of the Texas MTA, the Midland MTA and the Fort Worth MTA, and as president-elect, secretary/treasurer and convention program chair of the Texas MTA.

Among her honors, Leondar was named Teacher of the Year by Texas MTA and received the Distinguished Service Award from the humanities division of Tarrant Count College.


Sigrid Luther, NCTM, of Dayton, Tennessee, is a professor of music at Bryan College, where she developed the piano pedagogy major, teaches piano, piano-related courses and music theory. She also is active as a guest recitalist, collaborative pianist and adjudicator.

Luther, who earned a D.M.A. degree from Louisiana State University, has studied with Adelaide Banaszynski, Laurence Morton, Peggy Ramsey and Daniel Sher. She accompanies the Bryan Chorale and serves as pianist at Hixson Presbyterian Church.

An active MTNA member, Luther is the faculty advisor of the MTNA collegiate chapter at Bryan College. She has served MTNA in numerous roles, including as president, president-elect and competitions coordinator of the Southern Division; president of both the Tennessee MTA and the Chattanooga MTA; member of the MTNA Board of Directors; chair of the Division Presidents Advisory Council and the MTNA Code of Ethics Task Force.

Among her honors, Luther received outstanding teaching awards from Bryan College, the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts, the Chattanooga MTA and the Tennessee MTA.


James Norden, NCTM, pianist, received B.M. and M.M. degrees from Michigan State University and a D.M.A. degree from the University of Iowa. He has taught at Southwestern State University in Oklahoma, the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, and at Alverno College and Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Norden is active as teacher, adjudicator and clinician. He also has performed for many years as a chamber music pianist and piano accompanist with and for artists around the country. Active in church music, he is presently organist and choir director at St. Boniface Episcopal Church in Mequon, Wisconsin. Other musical interests include conducting two German choruses in the Milwaukee area.

Norden has been active in MTNA for many years, having held association offices at the state, division and national levels, finally serving as MTNA national president, 1993-1995. Recently retired from full-time college teaching, he currently is national coordinator of the MTNA Chamber Music Competitions.


Sandra Arnold Peterson, NCTM, of South Jordan, Utah, has been an independent teacher of piano and theory for 40 years. She attended the University of Utah as a full presidential scholarship recipient, receiving a bachelor's degree in piano performance and music theory. She also received a master's degree in piano pedagogy from Brigham Young University.

Peterson is a pianist and accompanist for the American Symphony of the West, the Salt Lake Symphony Orchestra and is a regular solo performer for the Temple Square Concert Series, Pro Musica Chorus and Holladay Musical Series. She also is an adjudicator in Arizona, Utah and Idaho.

Among her honors, Peterson received the Mu Phi Epsilon Merit Award (twice), a special recognition certificate from the Utah MTA, was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and is listed in the Who's Who in Music, Who's Who in American Women, International Who's Who of Professionals and the Directory of Distinguished Americans. An active MTNA member, Peterson was president of her local association and was chair of the Utah Youth Guild Competition.


Phyllis I. Pieffer, NCTM, of Aberdeen, Washington, is MTNA immediate past president. She has been actively involved in MTNA for 30 years, having previously held such positions as MTNA president-elect and vice president for membership development; Colorado state president, certification chair and competitions chair; West Central Division president and junior high competition coordinator; and MTNA high school performance competitions coordinator.

Pieffer holds degrees in piano performance from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, and in music theory from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. She was instrumental in developing the Foothills MTA in Lakewood, Colorado. While residing in Colorado, she served as assistant professor and chair of the music department at Colorado Christian University (CCU) in Lakewood, in addition to maintaining a successful independent music studio.

An adjudicator, clinician and performer, Pieffer teaches piano and theory at Grays Harbor College and operates an independent music studio.