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AndersonRuthPhoto.jpg Ruth Anderson, NCTM, taught piano at Martin Luther College and High School and maintained an independent piano studio in New Ulm. She has been a member of Minnesota MTA since 1969, holding the offices of president, vice president for conventions and secretary. Anderson was a member of numerous MMTA committees, served as district contest chairman and continues to adjudicate examinations and contests. She was appointed to MTNA committees at the division and national levels. Her research in Music on the Western Historical Emigrant Trails led to presentations at MTNA and MMTA conventions, national historical conventions and several publications. In 2009, Anderson was MMTA Volunteer of the Year.
AndrewsSusanPhoto.jpg Susan Andrews, NCTM, has served the Georgia MTA as president, secretary, vice president of membership, certification secretary and high school auditions chair. Andrews also chaired the GMTA Finance/Advisory Committee. She was MTNA Southern Division senior competition coordinator for five years and Southern Division monitor chair. Andrews chaired the MTNA State Affiliate of the Year Committee and served on the MTNA Nominating Committee. She is also a past president of the Gwinnett County MTA and the Greater Atlanta Music Alliance. Andrews holds a bachelor's degree in piano performance from the University of Georgia, operates an independent piano studio and adjudicates frequently.
BachusNancyPhoto.jpg Nancy Bachus, a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, is a teacher, recitalist and music historian. She taught at Houghton College, Hiram College and Cleveland State University for more than 25 years and also taught piano at the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Bachus served on the board of directors of the American Liszt Society and was the editor of its newsletter for many years. She is the judge chair for the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs 1-A Junior Festival and the associate editor of repertoire and performance for Clavier Companion. She is an author and clinician for Alfred Music Publishing.
Barr_Jean.jpg Jean Barr, a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, is a professor at the Eastman School of Music. She taught previously at the University of Southern California, the University of Texas at Austin and Arizona State University. Barr was the first keyboard artist in the United States to be awarded a doctoral degree in accompanying. She was the first chair of MTNA's Collaborative Performance Forum and served two terms on the AMT Editorial Committee. In 1994, the Eastman School of Music honored Barr with the Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2004 the University of Rochester awarded her the Susan B. Anthony Lifetime Achievement Award. She received the MTNA Achievement Award in 2008.
ChaseDorisPhoto.jpg Doris Chase received her bachelor's and master's degrees and her teacher's diploma from the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music. She has served the Maryland State MTA as vice president for student activities, chair of the Spring Festival for Piano Solo and as president. She has been MTNA Eastern Division chair for Group Piano and Maryland State Chair of the MTNA Collegiate Piano Auditions. In 1994, the Maryland State MTA honored her by creating the annual Doris Chase Sonata Award Competition. Chase has also served as president of the Nevada MTA and for the last 10 years has been chair of the Las Vegas MTA Musicianship Exams.
ConroyBrendaPhoto.jpg Brenda Conroy, a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, is an adjunct piano teacher at Illinois Central College and also maintains a private home piano studio. Conroy has taught class piano, applied piano, theory and music appreciation. She is a former president of Illinois State Music Teachers and is now the competition chair. Conroy is the pianist and accompanist for Northminster Presbyterian Church and staff accompanist for Woodruff High School. She was director of education for the Symphony Guild in Peoria for five years and is a National Guild of Piano Teachers judge. She holds a bachelor's degree from Northern Illinois University and a master's degree from Illinois State University.
FinleyJoyPhoto.jpg Joy Finley, a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, maintains a private piano studio in Midland, Texas. She has held all of the offices for the Midland MTA and was on the TMTA board of directors and the TMTA Executive Council. She is now a member of the TMTA Past Presidents Advisory Committee. Finley was one of 11 teachers nationwide chosen as a Mobil-Cliburn Ambassador for the 9th Annual Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. She was honored as Texas Music Teacher of the Year in 1998. Finley served as a trustee for the MTNA Foundation and was chair of the MTNA Local Association Grant Committee.
FlorianDebraPhoto.jpg Debra Florian, a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, served on the MTNA Board of Directors as Northwest Division director from 2008–2010. During her terms as director and director-elect, she also chaired the MTNA Collegiate Chapters Forum and served on the MTNA Membership, Nominating and Summit Planning Committees. Florian is a past president of Washington State MTA and has chaired Washington's Education Board, MTNA Competitions and Leadership Seminar. A graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, she maintains a large independent studio in Poulsbo, Washington, serves as a church musician and performs regularly with the Bremerton Symphony.
FoxEileenPhoto1.jpg Eileen Fox, a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, retired this past fall after 35 years as adjunct professor of organ and piano at Oklahoma City Community College. She has served as a church organist and children's choir director in four states during a time frame spanning nearly 50 years. Fox has served Oklahoma MTA in a number of capacities and offices such as Oklahoma Southwest District president, senior audition chair, junior audition chair, the state's first theory chair, vice president for auditions, state chair for MTNA auditions and Oklahoma treasurer for the past 14 years. Fox was awarded an honorary life membership in OMTA in 2006.
GathercoalJoanPhoto.jpg Joan Gathercoal, a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, is an Oregon MTA Honorary Life Member, along with her late twin sister Jean Baines Proctor, who's also being honored. The sisters attended their first OMTA meeting in Eugene in 1959 and have been members since 1961. Together, they served as state treasurer and Linn-Benton District co-presidents. Teaming up as chairpersons for syllabus for six years, they compiled the new repertoire list and organized two new districts, Baldwin Awards, OMTA Scholarship Awards, Student Affiliate, as well as many district and state committees. Gathercoal served as OMTA President from 1994–1996, has served as state ensemble chair and is the current chapter historian.
GregorySolveigPhoto.jpg The late Solveig Gregory graduated from Grand View College in Des Moines, Iowa, and from Iowa State Teachers College (UNI) with a bachelor's degree in English and a minor in music. She served Northeast Area MTA as program chair, president and chair of its annual Summer Piano Pedagogy Workshop. Gregory was Iowa MTA foundation chair at the time of her death. She was an organist and director of music at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls for more than 30 years and taught piano for 50 years. Gregory was also a member of the American Guild of Organists and the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.
HockenjosCindyPhoto.jpg Cindy Hockenjos, a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, maintains a private studio in Ruston, Louisiana. She has taught private piano, voice and girls' ensemble for 31 years. Hockenjos is one of the founding members of the Ruston Area Music Teachers and has held the offices of president, treasurer, secretary and rally chairman. Also an active leader in LMTA, she has held the offices of president, president-elect, vice president/membership, treasurer, IMTF chair and currently Outstanding Teacher Award chair. She has served the South Central Division as secretary and MTNA as a member of the IMTF Committee, the Nominating Committee and the State Affiliate of the Year Committee.
HouleArthurPhoto.jpg Arthur Houle is professor of music and director of keyboard studies at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado. Houle has received two Exemplary Faculty awards and is founder and director of the Festival for Creative Pianists. He often presents for national and regional professional conferences and has given lectures, recitals and master classes for many institutions and teacher organizations. Houle has served MTNA as college liaison, adjudicator, presenter and performer. He has written for many piano journals, including American Music Teacher. Houle's Cowboy Jazz was recently published by the Hal Leonard Corporation.
HouserJanPhoto.jpg Jan Houser, a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, has 45 years of experience as an independent piano teacher in Missouri and Ohio. She has served the Missouri MTA as president, vice president for membership, vice president for local associations, piano chair and is currently state MTNA Foundation chair. She was a founding member and president of the Mid-Missouri Area MTA. In 2003, she was the Missouri MTA Teacher of the Year. Houser has given presentations for the MTNA National Conference, MMTA, Missouri local associations and has written articles for American Music Teacher. She has served on the faculties of the University of Missouri-Columbia, William Woods University, Wright State University and Miami University.
KochCherylPhoto.jpg Cheryl Koch, a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, has been an adjunct voice instructor at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, since 1996 and also operates an independent music studio. She has a bachelor's degree in piano performance and a master's degree in vocal performance from the University of South Dakota. Koch has served the South Dakota MTA as president, vice president, treasurer and archivist. She has also served as treasurer for the Montana MTA and as junior competitions coordinator for the West Central Division. Koch serves on the board for the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival.
KrebsJohnPhoto.jpg John Krebs, a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, has been a member of the Arkansas State Music Teachers Association since 1992. He has held every elected office in that organization and currently serves as ASMTA treasurer. Trained as a pianist, he holds degrees from Northwestern University, the University of Illinois and the University of Maryland. He is professor of music at Hendrix College, where he has chaired both the music department and the humanities area. Special teaching interests include opera and the history of jazz. An avid collaborative pianist, Krebs has served as an official accompanist for MTNA competitions at the division and national levels.
MagrathJane.jpg Jane Magrath, a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, is professor and director of piano pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Her book The Pianist's Guide to Standard Teaching and Performance Literature has become a classic reference work for pianists throughout the country and is published by Alfred Publishing. Magrath has given presentations at many conferences, including MTNA. She was named the first recipient of MTNA's Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award for the Outstanding Contribution to Piano Pedagogy. She has contributed to American Music Teacher and currently serves as an editor for the Piano Pedagogy Forum.
MitchellNellieMargaretPhoto.jpg Nellie Margaret Mitchell, a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, was one of the founding members of Tennessee Music Teachers Association and a charter member of the Appalachian Music Teachers Association and the Smoky Mountain Music Teachers Association. She developed a Piano Field Day Program to help strengthen the students' technical skills. In 1992, she was named SMMTA's Teacher of the Year. Mitchell studied with Benjamin Caton and received her Tennessee and MTNA Certifications in 1994. After 50 years of teaching, she moved to Chattanooga, where she joined the Chattanooga Music Teacher Association. She maintains a small private studio and also plays for her church group.
CherylPachakBrooks.jpg Cheryl Pachak-Brooks, a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, is MTNA secretary/treasurer and a faculty member at Eastern New Mexico University. Her MTNA service includes division director, division president-elect, national certification commissioner, national collegiate task force and forum and national nominating committee member. She has served as New Mexico president, vice president, district vice president, state newsletter editor/advertising manager, collegiate competition chair and college student chapter chair. She was selected as the 2005 Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico Teacher of the Year. Pachak-Brooks is active as an adjudicator in the New Mexico/Texas/Colorado region and as an accompanist for faculty and students at ENMU.
ParkerPaulPhoto.jpg Paul Parker teaches private piano, flute, clarinet and saxophone and performs professionally. He is president of Music Publishers, Inc. Parker was named the Nebraska Music Teachers Association Teacher of the Year in 2005. He is founder and director of the Parker School of Music, which operated for 13 years. Parker served as adjunct professor of music and woodwind specialist at Dana College and Midland Lutheran College. He created and founded the Nebraska Summer Music Olympics in 1983 and co-authored, published and sold over a quarter of a million music method books, which are used in public and parochial schools throughout the nation.
ProctorJeanBainesPhoto.jpg The late Jean Baines Proctor was a longtime member of the MTNA and Oregon MTA, with her twin sister Joan Gathercoal, who's also being honored. The sisters served OMTA as treasurers, Linn-Benton County district presidents and chairpersons for the Syllabus exams for more than six years. Proctor also worked with her sister to help organize and present more than eight years of state conferences and to help create the local district chapters of Lincoln county and South Coast. Proctor held a permanent Certificate of Professional Advancement in the OMTA as well as national certification. She was an OMTA Honorary Life Member.
RudolphSallyPhoto.jpg The late Sally Rudolph graduated from Colorado State University in 1942 with a music degree. She had private piano studios over the next 50 years in Wyoming, Nebraska, Ohio and North Dakota, while also teaching voice and violin. Rudolph was a certified Suzuki violin and piano teacher, a Nationally Certified Piano Teacher and a Piano Guild judge. In North Dakota, she served as choir director and bell choir director at a church and also played violin. Rudolph was an MTNA member for nearly 40 years. She served on the committee that started Rally and also served as a regional officer for MTNA.
ShepherdBettySuePhoto.jpg The late Betty Sue Shepherd taught piano at Samford University from age 21 until retiring 50 years later in 2007. Samford rewarded her with its 2004 George Macon Award, which goes to the professor who best inspires students. Shepherd was also named Alumnae of the Year in 1994 at Judson College, where she studied piano, before earning her master's degree in music at the University of Alabama. She also studied at Peabody Conservatory. Shepherd performed with the Alabama Pops and other orchestras. She was named the Alabama MTA Teacher of the Year in 1998.
SokasitsJonathanPhoto.jpg Jonathan Sokasits, a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, is professor of piano at Hastings College. He holds master of music and doctorate of musical arts degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a three-time recipient of Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Graduate Fellowships, and a bachelor of music degree from Ithaca College. Sokasits is active performing in solo, duo and chamber recitals. Sokasits has served Nebraska Music Teachers Association as local arrangements coordinator, vice president and program coordinator for Central Nebraska MTA, state competitions chair, secretary and newsletter editor. He is currently faculty co-advisor for the student chapter at Hastings College, and senior competitions coordinator for the West Central Division.
SwensonLauraPhoto.jpg Laura Swenson, a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, began studying piano at age 6, first with her mother before moving on to study with Margaret Owen of the Racine College of Music until she was 18. She received her bachelor of music degree in piano performance from Alverno College. While in school, she began a collegiate chapter of MTNA at Alverno. Swenson has held almost every position within the Wisconsin MTA and Greater Milwaukee Chapter.
TobeyKatherinePhoto.jpg Katherine Tobey, a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, is an independent piano teacher in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She studied piano at the Sherwood Conservatory in Chicago, is certified to teach the Yamaha program and has a bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University. Tobey's students have won scholarships and awards at the state, regional and national levels. Tobey has presented sessions for many LMTA conventions and presented at the 2010 MTNA National Conference. She has served Baton Rouge MTA as president and Rally chair and is currently Allen-Fleming Scholarship Auditions chair, chair of membership/mentoring and co-chair of Theory Carnival. She has served Louisiana MTA as president, secretary and MusicLink liaison.
WiebersMarciaPhoto.jpg Marcia Wiebers, a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, holds a bachelor of music degree from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Wiebers has been an active member of MTNA since 1973 and has held many state and local level positions including vice president in charge of district and state festivals and theory chair for Nebraska MTA. She has served as president and vice president for Lincoln MTA. Wiebers has taught piano privately in Lincoln, Nebraska, for more than 39 years. She is the principal pianist and organist at St. Mark's United Methodist Church. Wiebers was on the music faculty at Lincoln East High School for 27 years.
YangYuJane.jpg Yu-Jane Yang, NCTM, is Presidential Distinguished Professor and Director of Keyboard Studies at Weber State University. Yang received her Ph. D. degree from the University of Michigan. She is a frequent presenter, performer, master class teacher, and competition adjudicator nationally and internationally. She has been a state president, state conference chair, and state competition chair of Utah MTA. Yang's students have been top prize winners in many state, regional, national, and international piano competitions, including the national first place winner of the 2010 MTNA Steinway Young Artist Piano Competition. Her WSU Student Chapter is a four-time winner of the MTNA Student Chapter of the Year award.
ZempRobinPhoto.jpg Robin Zemp is on the faculty of the College of Charleston, where he teaches piano and coaches voice students. He also maintains an independent studio. His students have won many state and regional competitions and awards. Having served in numerous capacities with the South Carolina Music Teachers Association, including president and vice president for conferences, he received the association's Distinguished Service Award in 2006. A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Zemp made his New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1984. In constant demand as both soloist and ensemble player, he performs more than 30 different programs each season.
ZuponcicVedaPhoto.jpg Veda Zuponcic has been teaching piano at Rowan University since 1971, where she was chair of the music department for nine years. She has presented workshops and master classes throughout the world. Zuponcic has been a featured clinician for Minnesota MTA, Delaware MTA and Texas MTA state conventions. She has served on juries of numerous national and international competitions, including MTNA Junior, Senior and Young Artists National Competitions. Zuponcic was artistic director of the Hollybush Festival from 1982–1990. Since 2003, she is the artistic director of the Northern Lights Music Festival in Aurora, Minnesota. She has recorded two CDs for Melodiya.