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Berenson_G.jpg Gail Berenson is professor of piano and chair of the keyboard division at Ohio University, Athens, where she was awarded the "Distinguished Teacher of the Year" Award for 2000. She is currently MTNA president-elect. Berenson's association with MTNA began in 1968. Since that time, she has been active on local, state and national levels, serving in a variety of offices and on a number of committees. Holding degrees from Northwestern University, Berenson has performed and lectured in more than 25 states, as well as Great Britain, Belgium, Switzerland, Israel and Canada. She is a noted expert on musician wellness issues.
deEsteban_T.jpg Tinka Knopf de Esteban, MTNA member since 1991, was formerly a member of the piano faculty and associate dean at the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University. She has served MTNA as president of the Eastern Division and national vice president. She has two publications, A Graded List of Suggested Repertoire for the Preparatory Levels and Liszt: Technical Exercises, Abridged and Annotated for the Young Pianist, and is the author and editor of the Piano Curriculum Guide and its accompanying material. Currently, Knopf serves as a pedagogical consultant to the Conservatori Professional de Music I Dansa de les Illes Baleares.
Duehlmeier_s.jpg Susan Duehlmeier is a listed Steinway Artist who has appeared many times with the Utah Symphony and with orchestras such as the Boston Symphony, Czéch Radio Orchestra, the Armenian Philharmonic, the Westminster Orchestra, the Salt Lake Symphony and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. She currently serves as piano area chair at the University of Utah, while maintaining a class of private students. She is known for her support of the Utah Music Teachers Association competitions and programs. Her own students have won prizes in major state, national and international competitions, and have appeared in the "Salute the Youth" concert series.
Heard_P.jpg Priscilla Heard has been an active member of the Texas Music Teachers Association since 1964, where she has served on the theory testing committee and has served in various offices and as chairman of competitions for the Central Texas MTA. Heard is author of American Music, 1698–1800, published in 1976. In 1994, she was recognized by TMTA for Outstanding Pre-College Teaching Achievement and in 2005, her church established the Priscilla Heard Scholarship Fund for students majoring in church music. She held piano workshops and competitions at Temple College, where she was also director of a summer music camp.
Higgins_D.jpg Diane Higgins, NCTM, is an independent piano teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina. She holds a B.M. degree in piano performance from Salem College. Through the North Carolina MTA, she has served as president, president-elect/vice president of state conventions, vice president for publicity and MTNA Scholarship Foundation, treasurer, director of state piano contests, chair of the state piano teachers section and chair of junior high state auditions. Higgins is founder and director of the Charlotte MTA Music Career Fair. She is currently the MTNA Southern Division director and on the MTNA Board of Directors.
Ince_L.jpg Laurel Ince, NCTM, is an independent music teacher and church organist in Gonzales, Texas. Ince has a bachelor's degree from Trinity University. She has had articles published in Keyboard Companion, Junior Keynotes and the National Federation of Music Clubs magazine. In 1995, Ince was selected the Texas Music Teachers Association State Teacher of the Year and Austin District Teacher of the Year. She has served as TMTA technology chairman, exhibit chairman, trustee, trustee chairman, on the board of directors and is the chair of the TMTA/MTNA Foundation. Ince also served as the MTNA Competitions monitor chair for the 2006 National Conference.
Lehrer_P.jpg Phyllis Alpert Lehrer, NCTM, is professor of piano at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, where she directs the graduate program in piano pedagogy. An active performer, lecturer, adjudicator, author and editor, she contributed to A Symposium for Pianists and Teachers, which was published by Heritage Music Press. She co-authored Inner Game of Music Piano Workbook, with Barry Green, and co-edited with Paul Sheftel, Debussy: An Album. Lehrer's articles, interviews and reviews on piano pedagogy, music and health have appeared in Keyboard Companion, Clavier and The European Piano Teachers Journal.
Mack_M.jpg Marcile Mack began teaching music at age 16. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees in music from the Cleveland Institute of Music in the 1940s. In 1955, she began teaching at Seattle Pacific University, where she built a strong piano program and became dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts. Seattle Pacific honored her in 1981, naming her Distinguished Professor of the Year. She retired in 1990. Throughout her time in Washington, Mack was a leader for the Washington State Music Teachers Association for her work on the WSMTA education board, giving workshops and serving as an adjudicator.
Masaki_E.jpg Ellen Masaki of Honolulu, Hawaii, has been teaching for more than 50 years and has been an MTNA member for 28 years. She received the 2000 MTNA Teacher of the Year Award. Masaki is the owner of Thayer Piano Company, Ltd., and the Ellen Masaki School of Music, comprising 600 students and 20 piano teacher associates. Masaki served as the accompanist for the Metropolitan Opera finalists from Australia and New Zealand and as National Guild of Piano Teachers' Association Hawaii chairperson for more than 30 years. The Masaki Symphony Fund Drive yields up to $24,000 annually for the Honolulu Symphony Society.
McGinnis_F.jpg Frank McGinnis, now retired, most recently held the position of chairman of the keyboard area and professor of piano and theory at California State University at Northridge. McGinnis is a former MTNA president, was a charter member and two-term president of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers and was MTNA vice president for conventions in Louisville and Houston. In 1989, he was chosen by People to People International to lead fine arts delegations to Southeast Asia, and then to Eastern Europe and to the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow. McGinnis has also served as consultant to Sony-Superscope and Klavier Records.
Piersel_D.jpg David T. Piersel is professor emeritus of music at South Dakota State University, where he served as director of keyboard studies for 22 years before retiring in May 2000. He also served in a similar position at Black Hills State University for 11 years. Piersel holds a B.M.E. degree from Simpson College and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Iowa. He has served as South Dakota MTA president and West Central Division president. In addition, Piersel has been a member of MTNA's National Certification Board and National Executive Board. He is currently national coordinator for the MTNA Young Artist competition.
Rogers_K.jpg Karen Rogers was a professor at Southern Illinois University from 1978–2002 and is now emerita. While there, she was the head of class piano, studio piano, piano pedagogy and the keyboard development programs. Rogers wrote Achievement in Music: A Teacher's Guide to Piano and Theory, an important resource guide for implementing the Illinois State Music Teachers Association AIM program. In addition, she also has written articles in Clavier, American Music Teacher, Piano Guild Notes, The Music Educators Journal and Flute Talk. Rogers has also had many student competition winners in her 25 years of teaching.
Sallee_M.jpg Mary Sallee, NCTM, is past president of the Oklahoma MTA. She instructs 30 students, the majority of which are adults, at her studio in Norman. For five years, she taught as an adjunct piano faculty member at Oklahoma Baptist University. Sallee earned bachelor's degrees in piano performance and vocal music education, and a master's degree in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma. In 1983, she was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and studied for a year at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, Austria. As a composer and arranger, Sallee writes piano and choral music for Willis, Alfred, FJH, Walton, Alliance and Carl Fischer.
Schutzman_C.jpg Carol Schutzmann, NCTM, has been a member of the Gulf Coast Music Teachers Association, the Mississippi Music Teachers Association and MTNA since 1982. She obtained MTNA Professional Certification in piano in 1988. Schutzmann has operated an independent teaching studio in Long Beach, Mississippi for 27 years. She has been GCMTA and MMTA president and pre-college auditions chair. Schutzmann has held the composition competitions chair for MMTA and MTNA's Southern Division for four terms concurrently. She has worked regularly as an adjudicator, has attended many MMTA and MTNA conferences and was a presenter at the 1990 MTNA National Conference.
Shaw_C.jpg Carmen Shaw, of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and an MTNA member since 1971, is an independent music teacher and a former faculty member at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh. She has presented sessions and participated on panels at MTNA national conferences and previously served on the MTNA Executive Board and the American Music Teacher Editorial Committee. She is also a former president of the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association. Shaw is a member of the MTNA Board of Directors, serving as the East Central Division director. Along with teaching, she is active as a collaborative performer, adjudicator, clinician and church musician.
Smith_M.jpg Martha Kirkpatrick Smith, NCTM, has taught independently in Arlington, Virginia for 30 years and has presented pedagogy workshops in several states. She has a B.A. degree from Rice University and an M.M. degree in piano pedagogy from Catholic University of America. Past-President of Northern Virginia MTA and of Virginia MTA, Smith has served on the Editorial Committee of American Music Teacher and the MTNA Foundation Fund Teacher Enrichment Grant Committee. Currently she serves on the board of the MusicLink Foundation, as Certification chair for Virginia and chair of Northern Virginia MTA's Scholarship Endowment Fund.
Somerville_J.jpg The late James Somerville, NCTM, of Columbus, Ohio, graduated from the Ohio State University with bachelor's and master's degrees in music. He taught in the public schools and was an independent music teacher for more than 40 years. Somerville served or was the chair on numerous Ohio Music Teachers Association committees at both the state and local level, as well as serving as chair of the MTNA Division Competitions. He was active and an adjudicator and clinician through the years and served as the chairman of the Columbus center of the National Guild of Piano Teachers for 39 years. Somerville died July 6, 2006.
Trapp_C.jpg Carol Elana Trapp joined the Pikes Peak Music Teachers Association, the Colorado Music Teachers Association and MTNA in 1996. She served the local association as treasurer, newsletter editor and festival chair, all the while attending many state and national conferences. She attended the National Piano Foundation's group piano seminar in Dallas, Texas, and credits it with transforming her studio. Trapp died in May 2006. She is being honored with an MTNA Fellowship by her colleagues, peers and friends because of her bright, sunny personality, her unfailing positive attitude and her dedication to the music teaching profession.
Westbrook_S.jpg Sharon Wesbrook has been an MTNA member for 32 years. She taught public school music for three years and has taught piano for 30 years. Wesbrook has also been a church organist for 25 years. Her students have won some of North Dakota's finest piano competitions through the years. Wesbrook has been the NODAK Music competitions chair since 2001. In addition to MTNA and NDMTA, she is a member of the American College of Musicians, National Federation of Music Clubs, Minnesota Music Teachers Association and the Junior Composers Institute board of directors. In 1994, Wesbrook was selected NDMTA's first Teacher of the Year.
Whitman_N.jpg Nancy Whitman, of Lincoln, Nebraska, was formerly a member of the University of Nebraska at Kearney music faculty and is now emeritus. She has served MTNA and the Nebraska Music Teachers Association in many capacities, including NMTA president from 1987–1991. Whitman was also the West Central Division president, on the MTNA Board of Directors and the MTNA nominating committee. Currently, she is on the NMTA board of directors and is involved with several Lincoln arts organizations. Whitman also collaborates as a pianist with several performing groups.