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garyamano.jpg Gary Amano, of Logan, Utah, is director of piano studies at Utah State University (USU). He holds bachelor and master of music degrees from the Juilliard School in New York. Amano founded the USU Youth Conservatory, which has produced first-place or grand-prize student winners in many of the country's most prestigious piano competitions, including many MTNA competitions, and has been lauded by NASM as a national model for youth programs.
dianebrimmer.jpg The late Diane Brimmer, NCTM, of Independence, Iowa, graduated from Sherwood Music School in Chicago, and held a state master certificate from the Iowa MTA. She was active throughout her career serving as Iowa MTA president and certification board and repertoire committee member, and Northeast Area MTA president and advisor. Brimmer also received the Iowa MTA Master Teacher Award (1971), the Iowa MTA Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award (1994) and the Iowa MTA Certified Teacher of the Year (2005, posthumous). She died in December 2004, after 56 years of teaching, composing and arranging music.
sandracarnes.jpg Sandra Carnes, NCTM, of East Sparta, Ohio, is professor of music at Malone College in Canton, Ohio, where she served as chair of the fine arts department from 1987 to 1997, and is currently the director of the piano preparatory program. She also teaches piano pedagogy, applied piano and directs the piano ensemble. Carnes is a graduate of Malone College and holds a master of music degree from the University of Akron. She is past president of the Ohio MTA and MTNA's East Central Division. Carnes served on the MTNA Board of Directors and holds a Master Teacher Certificate.
ingridjacobsonclarfield.jpg Ingrid Jacobson Clarfield, NCTM, of Princeton, New Jersey, is a nationally recognized teacher, clinician, pianist and author, and professor of piano and coordinator of the piano department at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. She holds a bachelor of music degree from Oberlin College and a master of music degree from the Eastman School of Music. Clarfield has given lecture-recitals, workshops and master classes in more than 100 cities across North America. She has also authored many collections for Alfred Publishing Company, including Keys to Stylistic Mastery, Books 1–3, From Mystery to Mastery and Artistic Preparation and Performance. Clarfield maintains an independent studio in Princeton, New Jersey.
jeanfox.jpg Jean Fox, NCTM, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, teaches private piano lessons in her home. She is an active adjudicator and clinician. In addition to giving music education workshops throughout North America, she has presented at several state MTA conventions and the MTNA National Conference. Fox was named 1988 Pennsylvania Distinguished Teacher of the Year by the Pennsylvania MTA and in 1994, was awarded the Pennsylvania MTA Distinguished Service Award. Fox is a past president of PMTA and the Lehigh Valley Chapter of PMTA. She was president of MTNA's Eastern Division and served on the MTNA Board of Directors from 1996 to 1998. She is treasurer of the Lehigh Valley MTA.
joycegrill.jpg Joyce L. Grill, NCTM, of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, founded the LaCrosse Area MTA in 1980 and has been an active member of the LaCrosse Area MTA, serving as an officer or in other leadership roles. In addition, she has served as Wisconsin MTA president and held several positions in the East Central Division. She has given clinics, presentations and recitals at the local, national and international levels. Her solo and piano ensemble compositions are performed nationwide, and she is frequently a guest conductor for multi-piano festivals. Grill served on the music faculty of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Grill holds the MTNA Master Teacher Certificate.
karenharrington.jpg Karen Harrington, NCTM, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, graduated from the University of Oklahoma, where she studied piano under Celia Mae Bryant, the first female president of MTNA. Harrington taught in both public schools and her home during the past 25 years. A current member of the MTNA Board of Directors, she has served as president of the Texas MTA and the Northeast District of the Oklahoma MTA, along with serving MTNA's South Central Division in many capacities including secretary, president and vice president. She has exhibited at many MTNA National Conferences, several state conventions and has presented theory programs for many local chapters.
kathleenhaase.jpg Kathleen Hasse, of Cologne, Minnesota, graduated from Concordia College and Minnesota State University. She was director of worship arts and director of the school of music at Trinity Lutheran Church and School and maintained a piano studio in her home. She has served as the MTNA West Central Division Performance Competitions coordinator. Hasse has also served the Minnesota MTA (MMTA) as treasurer, vice president of finance and president. She has been president of the MMTA Foundation and has chaired or served on numerous MMTA committees. She was an organizing member of the West Suburban MTA and has written and developed the MMTA Graduation Standards Performance Packages.
charlotteheermann.jpg Charlotte Heermann, NCTM, of Lincoln, Nebraska, earned a licentiate degree as a pianoforte performer from the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, a bachelor of music degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and a master's degree from Northwestern University. She has worked as an independent music teacher for more than 45 years. Heermann has been president of the Nebraska MTA and currently serves as Nebraska's MTNA Senior Competitions chair.
bettyarmstronghood.jpg Betty Armstrong Hood, NCTM, of Amarillo, Texas, graduated with a bachelor of music degree from the North Texas State University before going onto graduate studies at Texas Tech University. She is a member of the Amarillo MTA, Texas MTA, MTNA (50-year member), Sigma Alpha Iota and Pi Kappa Lambda. Hood has served in all offices of the Amarillo MTA and many offices of the Texas MTA. She earned MTNA Permanent Professional Certification in piano and theory and has acted as an adjudicator in music festivals throughout Oklahoma and Texas. Hood was named Amarillo MTA Teacher of the Year in 1983 and 2002–2003.
annettegongjoe.jpg Annette Gong Joe, NCTM, of Ridgeland, Mississippi, has been teaching piano and been a member of the Mississippi MTA (MMTA) for more than 40 years. She has served the Jackson MTA in almost every office and is now a certified consultant for the International Piano Teachers Foundation. Along with being a founding member and second president of the Music Forum in Jackson, Joe has served MMTA as secretary, pre-college chair, vice president and president, and also has been awarded the International Institute of Young Musicians' Outstanding Teacher plaque.
bethklingenstein.jpg Beth Gigante Klingenstein, NCTM, of Valley City, North Dakota, is the author of A Business Guide for the Music Teacher. She has 28 years' experience as an independent music teacher and has been on the music faculty of Valley City State University for 11 years. Klingenstein, is a member of both the North Dakota MTA and the Valley City MTA. She served as the Southern Division's Independent Music Teachers Forum chair and on MTNA's National Advisory Committee for the Independent Music Teachers Forum. She has written numerous articles for American Music Teacher magazine, including the "It's All Your Business" column, and has given lectures and presentations at MTNA National Conferences.
franceslarimer.jpg Frances Larimer, NCTM, of Evanston, Illlinois, has been active in MTNA for many years. From 1975–1979, she served as national group piano chair for MTNA, and she now serves on the American Music Teacher Editorial Committee. She frequently gives presentations at national conferences and educational institutions throughout the country. Larimer, piano professor emerita, created the master's and doctoral degree programs in piano performance and pedagogy at Northwestern University and served as director of these programs for more than 25 years. Prior to this, she established the group piano programs for music and non-music majors and has taught undergraduate and graduate piano majors at Northwestern.
irismanus.jpg Iris Manus, of Van Nuys, California, is vice president and executive producer of Alfred Publishing Co., Inc. She began working at the company part-time while in high school; at that time, she met Morty Manus—sweeping him off his feet—and the rest is history. Through the years, Iris continued to work part-time at Alfred in a variety of capacities, always providing leadership for the company in many areas. She began work on a full-time basis in the late 1960s as executive producer and a member of upper management. With her outstanding personality, Iris sets the tone for the personality for all of Alfred.
mortymanus.jpg Morty Manus, of Van Nuys, California, is president of Alfred Publishing Co., Inc. A clarinetist and pianist, he received extensive musical training in his youth. In 1952, after receiving a business degree from City College of New York, Morty joined Alfred and became president after his father and Alfred owner, Sam Manus, retired. Drawing upon his music experience, he oversaw the development of an instructional series for accordion, followed by books for guitar and piano. Morty is the author and editor of numerous titles in Alfred's catalog, including many books in Alfred's Basic Piano Library.
annmatteson.jpg Ann Matteson, NCTM, of College Park, Maryland, is Maryland State MTA Certification vice president. She was on the MTNA National Certification Commission for four years and has been on the MSMTA Board of Directors since 1975, serving as president for four years. Since 1979, Matteson has championed a piano examination program to give private piano students high school credit. She was active on the Eastern Division Board for eight years and served many positions in two local associations. In 1999, Matteson was awarded an MSMTA Honorary Life Membership. She maintains a piano studio in College Park.
richardmorris.jpg Richard Morris, of Cincinnati, Ohio, has held numerous positions with MTNA throughout his career, including national president from 1989 to 1991, as well as East Central Division president and national vice president of conventions. He also was president of the Ohio MTA and Missouri MTA. Morris earned B.M. and M.M. degrees from Indiana University. In 1960, he became piano department chair at the University of Missouri, and in 1976, Morris became the chair of the piano department at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music. In 2004, he retired from the University of Cincinnati.
judithprice.jpg Judith Price, NCTM, of Olympia, Washington, has held many leadership positions with MTNA throughout her career, including Board of Directors member, MTNA Foundation Board of Trustees member, National Certification chair and Northwest Division president. Currently, she is the executive manager for the Washington State Music Teachers Association (WSMTA), Price has also been active through the years with WSMTA, serving in many capacities, including president, first vice president and District IV vice president. Price held several positions with the Olympia and Cowlitz Chapter affiliates of WSMTA. A graduate of Eastern Washington University, Price maintained an independent piano studio for 30 years.
marthastubbs.jpg Martha Stubbs, of Tallahassee, Florida, is the founder and president of Stubbs' Music Center. She received a bachelor of music degree from Wesleyan College and has been teaching music for 37 years. Stubbs is past president of the Florida State MTA and has held every office in local and district associations. Stubbs is now president of the FSMTA Foundation. She is active in the National Piano Guild and Music Federation. From 1990 to 2002, she was a member of the Technology in Music Symposium team for MTNA. She has been a contributing author for American Music Teacher and has given workshops across the country.
lindastump.jpg Linda Stump, NCTM, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, is MTNA director of competitions. Stump served as MTNA's Senior Competitions coordinator and was the Senior coordinator for the MTNA West Central Division Competitions for three years. Throughout her career, she has been active with the Pikes Peak MTA, serving in many capacities as an officer or chair, including president from 1976 to 1978. From 1993 to 1996, she was president of the Colorado State MTA (CSMTA) and served on the CSMTA Board. Stump earned a bachelor's degree from Wichita State University, studying with Robert Steinbauer. After a brief time as a public school music teacher, she established an independent piano studio.
ireneholtzingerwaters.jpg Irene Holtzinger Waters, NCTM, of Nacogdoches, Texas, received an undergraduate music degree from Fort Hayes State University in Kansas and holds a master of music degree in piano and theory from the University of Michigan, where she accepted the first Teaching Fellowship in theory. After doctoral studies at Indiana University, she studied privately with Ruth Slenczynska. Waters then taught in public schools, before teaching at Northeastern State University. Waters has been an MTNA member since graduating from college and currently holds a Permanent Professional Certificate in piano and theory. She has served Texas MTA as a member of the board of directors, Texas certification chairman and theory grader.
doloreszupan.jpg Dolores Zupan, NCTM, of St. Louis, Missouri, has a bachelor of music degree in piano and piano pedagogy from the St. Louis Institute of Music, where she also did graduate work in organ and church music and taught before opening an independent studio. Zupan also completed graduate work at Washington University in St. Louis. She was the first independent teacher to be MTNA president. Zupan has also served MTNA as president-elect, vice president for local associations and student chapters, vice chairman of IMTF and president of the West Central Division and Missouri State MTA. She is a charter member of the St. Louis area MTA.