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jerry-anderson-pic-2sm.jpg Jerry Anderson was director of keyboard studies at Missouri Western State University before retiring in May 2007. Since 1974, Anderson has been director of music at First Presbyterian Church in St. Joseph, Missouri. He is a founding member of the St. Joseph Area Music Teachers Association and has held many posts in the Missouri MTA, American Guild of Organists and MTNA. Anderson has been Missouri Chair of University/College Faculty for the Missouri MTA for the past nine years and was named the Missouri Music Teacher of the Year in 2004.
vbuhnsm.jpg Virginia Buhn, NCTM, has been an independent piano teacher and local MTA member since 1953. In that time, she has been president of the Yakima MTA, secretary and president of the Oregon MTA and vice president and treasurer of MTNA's Northwest Division. Buhn also served on the national certification board. She instructed and lectured at the University of Oregon from 1994–2004. In 1995, Buhn was named an honorary lifetime member of the Oregon MTA for her long and distinguished service to the chapter.
kcolemansm.jpg The late Kent Coleman, of Bothell, Washington, became a violin teacher after 10 years of practicing law. Coleman was a volunteer for Washington State MTA and attended events at all levels of MTNA. His students won MTNA competitions at the state, division and national levels. In 2000, Coleman was named Washington State's Outstanding Studio Teacher of the Year by the American String Teachers Association. He was the string department chair at the Academy of Music Northwest and chairman of strings and chamber music for the WSMTA.
fay-barrssm.jpg Fay Barss, NCTM, is an independent music teacher in Richmond, Virginia. She has served as president for both the Richmond MTA and the Virginia MTA and has chaired the state audition competitions for the last 15 years. Barss co-authored Playing With History and also wrote a 13-level theory program. She has been published in both American Music Teacher and Clavier, and has also presented at the World Piano Pedagogy Conference. Barss was named the 2001 Richmond MTA and Virginia MTA Teacher of the Year.
kdrakesm.jpg Kenneth Drake is professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has also taught at the University of Evansville and Drake University. He has authored two books, The Beethoven Sonatas as He Played and Taught Them and The Beethoven Sonatas and the Creative Experience. Drake was an early exponent of performing music of the classic period on early pianos and has given recitals for colleges and universities, the Cambridge Early Music Society, the Midwest Historic Keyboard Society, the Michigan Mozartfest, the University of Michigan Beethoven symposium and MTNA state and national conventions.
millie-ebensm.jpg Millie Eben, NCTM, has an independent piano studio in Reading, Pennsylvania, and is active across the state as a clinician, adjudicator and accompanist. She holds a bachelor's degree from Lebanon Valley College and a master's degree from West Chester University. Eben has held various offices and chair positions for the Reading MTA, including two terms as president. She served as MTNA Local Association chair, MTNA Eastern Division president, Pennsylvania MTA president and is a two-time recipient of the PMTA Service Award. Eben has twice placed first in the Berks Arts Council Composition Contest and also serves on the education committee of the Reading Musical Foundation.
TomEdigersm.jpg Thomas Ediger, NCTM, is director of choral activities and professor of music at Peru State College in Peru, Nebraska. He directs choirs, teaches other music courses and maintains a private piano studio. Ediger is the MTNA West Central Division director-elect and has been chair of MTNA's Composer Commissioning program. Active in Nebraska MTA, he has served as composition chair, treasurer, vice-president and president.
JeaneGrealishsm.jpg Jeanne Grealish, NCTM, has been active in arts education in New Mexico since 1965. A founding member of Opera Unlimited, she has served as a mentor and chief financial officer for the organization. As a vocal performer Grealish's repertoire includes 26 operatic and 37 oratorio roles, in addition to major solo works. A former faculty member at the University of New Mexico, she now maintains a private studio in Albuquerque. Grealish has played an active role in the Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico, serving in several capacities. She will serve as the MTNA Young Artist Competitions coordinator for the 2008–2010 biennium.
Carolyn-Hertzlersm.jpg Carolyn Hertzler, who holds music degrees from Goshen College and Indiana University, has been an MTNA member since 1980. She was editor of the Indiana Music Teacher newsletter for seven years, and has been historian and state certification chair for the last ten years. Hertzler was a charter member of the local Goshen Elkhart MTA and has served as president and treasurer. She also served as secretary for the East Central Division for two terms. Hertzler has taught elementary vocal music, served as choir director and accompanist, and is currently a church organist. She received the Indiana MTA Distinguished Service Award in 2002 and is a mainstay at state and national conferences.
gjohnsonsm.jpg Gloria Johnson, NCTM, is vice president of auditions for the Oklahoma MTA and junior performance coordinator for MTNA's South Central Division. She has served two different terms as president of the local Tulsa Accredited Music Teachers, while maintaining a studio of more than 60 students. Johnson has also served on MTNA's nominating committee. She enjoys performing in several of the local music organizations to which she belongs.
Eileen-Keelsm.jpg The late Eileen Keel was a charter member of the Greater Lansing Chapter of the Michigan MTA, which later became the Capital Area MTA. She served her local chapter in many ways, including as president. Within the Michigan MTA, she served on the board of directors, as vice president and president. She was certified teacher emeritus and served on the MMTA board of certification for four years. Additionally, Keel was the East Central Division president of MTNA, named MMTA Teacher of the Year in 1988 and received the MMTA Distinguished Service Award in 1996.
jdkelly2sm.jpg J.D. Kelly is professor emeritus-piano at Arkansas State University, where he was coordinator for keyboard activities. He holds bachelor of music, master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees, all in piano performance. Kelly has appeared in solo recitals, with orchestra, as chamber musician and as accompanist through the eastern United States. He has been president, vice president and treasurer for the Arkansas State MTA. Kelly also was high school auditions chair for MTNA's South Central Division for nearly 10 years. In 1992, the ASMTA named him college teacher of the year.
ekey2sm.jpg Edwin Key, NCTM, has been an active member of and served various leadership roles in the Wichita Falls MTA, Texas MTA and MTNA since 1955. He has been a church organist and taught group and private piano/organ theory for 60 years. Key also is an adjudicator for festivals, contests and NGPT auditions, serving as the NGPT audition chair for 44 years. His career achievements include being named the Olney Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, the WFMTA Teacher of the Year and the 2005 Texas MTA Outstanding Teacher of the Year.
fkeysm.jpg Frances Key, NCTM, has been an independent piano teacher for 60 years and an active member of the Wichita Falls MTA, Texas MTA and MTNA since 1955. Key has been active in the Texas MTA as a board member, chair of the trustees and chair of the advocacy committees. She has also been involved in presentations for the Texas MTA and MTNA, and has appeared in an MTNA video used for certification. Key has received honors from Delta Kappa Gamma, the sword of honor from Sigma Alpha Iota, and was named the Olney Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year. In 1996, Texas MTA named her Outstanding Teacher of the Year.
arlene-kruegersm.jpg Arlene Krueger is an adjunct piano faculty member at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she also maintains a large independent preparatory studio. She has been an active member of MTNA, serving a two-year term as director on the national board. Krueger's students have won many MTNA, Piano Guild and Federation competitions. She has conducted master classes and been an adjudicator for the South Dakota MTA, Nebraska MTA, Iowa MTA, National Federation of Music Clubs and the National Guild of Piano Teachers.
el-lancastersm.jpg E.L. Lancaster is vice president and keyboard editor-in-chief of Alfred Publishing. From 1979–1998, he was professor of music at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, where he established master's and doctoral programs in piano pedagogy. Lancaster has served as national chairman of group piano and national chairman of student chapters for MTNA. He received numerous teaching awards from his time as a professor at the University of Oklahoma. Today, he is a regular writer for Clavier, where he also serves as a consulting editor, and has authored or co-authored more than 350 music education publications.
slebsack2sm.jpg Sharon Lebsack is a retired instructor from the University of Southern Mississippi, where she spent more than 38 years teaching flute, harp and chamber music. She has been active in MTNA and the Mississippi Music Teachers Association, holding many positions, including MMTA president, Southern Division Certification commissioner and currently is the MMTA Competitions chair. Lebsack is past national president of Tau Beta Sigma and was awarded the Outstanding Service to Music Award in 1978. She was also the first woman inducted into national honorary music fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi.
peggy-lewissm.jpg Peggy Lewis, NCTM, is an independent piano teacher, who also is active as an adjudicator, accompanist, church pianist, and solo and ensemble performer. She has served the Arkansas State MTA as president, vice president and state MTNA Foundation chair. Lewis has also been MTNA South Central Division secretary and president. Her MTNA roles have included being on the Board of Directors, Foundation Fund Development Committee and the MTNA Foundation Local Association Matching Grants Committee. In 2000, Lewis was honored as Arkansas State MTA as Independent Teacher of the Year.
cmalnessm.jpg Carolyn Malnes has been an independent music teacher since 1963, teaching piano, theory and composition in the state of Washington. She was an early member of the Seattle MTA and a charter member and first president of the Edmonds MTA. Active in the Washington State MTA, she has served as state president, is a member of the hall of fame and was awarded honorary lifetime membership in 2004. She has served MTNA on several national and regional committees, as president of the Northwest Division and as the Local Associations Chair from 2001–2003.
wanda-mandigosm.jpg Wanda Mandigo holds a master's of music degree from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. She has maintained a private music studio for more than 40 years, teaching piano and voice lessons, and has served as the director of music at First United Methodist Church in Waverly, Nebraska, since 1971. Mandigo has been president of the Lincoln Alumni chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon and also served as director for the North Central District. She has also served as treasurer and president of the Lincoln MTA and vice president and president of the Nebraska MTA. Currently, she is the Nebraska MTA's arts advocacy/mentoring chair.
mmoe2sm.jpg Marilynn Moe is an independent music teacher and active member of the North Dakota MTA and MTNA. She recently achieved her permanent professional emeritus certification as independent music teacher in North Dakota and has more than 50 years of music teaching experience. Moe has held many local and state level positions throughout the years. Along with teaching and being an adjudicator for the NDMTA, she has also authored Creative Chords, along with an instructional video that accompanies the book.
Elvina-Pearcesm.jpg Elvina Pearce, NCTM, has been a member of the Illinois MTA for more than 40 years. She was a key part of developing and implementing MTNA's certification program, eventually serving as National Certification chair. Pearce has served on the faculty at Westminster Choir College and Northwestern University. She has presented workshops, recitals and master classes throughout the United States, Canada, China and Australia. Pearce has been a frequent presenter at numerous MTNA National Conferences, along with state and division meetings. She is one of the founders of the Frances Clark Center for Pedagogy and is a former editor of Keyboard Companion.
Dr.-Jeffrey-Shumway2sm.jpg Jeffrey Shumway, pianist and member of the Utah Music Teachers Association, is professor of piano and head of keyboard studies at Brigham Young University, where he has extensively performed solo and chamber music since 1985. In 1990, he completed a series of 10 recitals featuring the complete 32 sonatas of Beethoven, for which he was honored with the inaugural Gina Bachauer Medal of Artistic Distinction. He has also twice received the Creative Excellence Award from the College of Fine Arts and Communications at BYU. Shumway was the second-prize winner of the 1977 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition and has performed with the American Piano Quartet throughout the world.
sue-steck-turner2sm.jpg Sue Steck-Turner, NCTM, is an independent music teacher in Lafayette, Louisiana, where she maintains a studio of approximately 60 students. She was previously an associate professor at the State University of New York at Oswego, where she was awarded the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1982. Steck-Turner has served Louisiana MTA as vice president of certification and president. She has also served on various MTNA committees, was chair of the Music Learning and Research on the National Conference Program committee and has presented sessions at many conferences. She was named the LMTA Outstanding Teacher in 1999.
  Robert Vandall, NCTM, is president of the Tuscarawas County MTA and is an active member in the Ohio MTA. He and his wife have a music studio where they teach about 80 students. Vandall's piano materials have been published by numerous publishers and his body of works has reached nearly 400. He has presented workshops in 30 states and has appeared at MTNA national and state conferences. Vandall received the University of Illinois School of Music Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award in 1990 and, along with his wife, the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music Achievement Award in 1991.
twebersm.jpg Terry Weber, NCTM, is an independent piano teacher from Chilton, Wisconsin, where she has maintained a private studio since 1969. Weber joined MTNA in 1978. Since that time, she has served the Wisconsin MTA as secretary, treasurer and president. Weber is a founding member of the Michibago MTA and served as the chapter president for eight years. A charter member of the North East Wisconsin Piano Teachers Forum, Weber has also acted as an adjudicator, organist and choir director for many years.
Ruth-Williamson2sm.jpg Ruth Williamson, an independent music teacher in Los Alamos, New Mexico, has been a member of the MTNA and the Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico (PMTNM) since 1977. Williamson has served on the Danfelser Scholarship Committee, as state treasurer and was the first PMTNM executive secretary-treasurer. She also helped establish the Los Alamos PAT. Williamson was honored with the state affiliate's Teacher of the Year Award in 1990 and was awarded Life Membership in 1995. Today, she often plays benefit concerts with quartets and duos.
sylvia-whitesm.jpg Sylvia White, NCTM, is an independent piano teacher in Arvada, Colorado. White holds a bachelor's degree in music performance from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, and has also studied at the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Colorado. She has served the Colorado State MTA as certification chair and her local associations, Suburban Northwest MTA and Denver area MTA, in various capacities. In addition to MTNA and CSMTA, she is a member of the American College of Musicians. White, who's been teaching piano for 52 years, also has an active studio and has served many student competitions as an adjudicator.
pwolverton2sm.jpg Palma Wolverton, NCTM, holds both bachelor's and master's degrees from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. After teaching at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, for five years, she was a professor at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana, for 33 years, from where she retired as professor emerita in 1996. Wolverton has served MTNA as both Montana MTA president and Northwest Division president. She is also a member of the Liszt Society and Mu Phi Epsilon.