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Bell_Carol_Ann.jpg Carol Ann Bell, NCTM, has taught piano and piano-related courses for 43 years and recently retired from the piano faculty at Oklahoma Baptist University after 22 years. Along with her husband, she co-edited a two-volume edition of The Hungarian Dances of Brahms with Alfred Publishing Company. Most recently, she collaborated with Allison Nelson and Maurice Hinson on Dvorákʼs Slavonic Dances, Op. 46 and Op. 72 for Alfred. Bell has served as composition chair for Oklahoma and the South Central Division. Currently, she is coordinator for the OMTA/MTNA Instrumental, Vocal and Chamber Music Performance Competitions.
Bowyer Don.jpg Don Bowyer is the dean of the College of Fine Arts at Arkansas State University. Having taught at every level from kindergarten through university in the United States, Virgin Islands and Sweden, Bowyer received a doctoral degree from the University of Northern Colorado, master’s degree from California State University, Northridge, and bachelor’s degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College. Active in composition, music technology and performance, Bowyer has published more than 60 pieces of music and developed an educational music computer program, Dolphin Don, which has been used in at least 120 countries. He has also performed as a trombonist in 40 different countries.
Bryan, Marianne.jpg Marianne Fleming Bryan, NCTM, past president of Minnesota MTA, earned a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Minnesota, where she studied with internationally known pianist Margo Garrett. She earned a master of music degree in piano performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Bryan formerly served on the MTNA Board of Directors as the West Central Division director. Currently an independent piano teacher, her previous teaching experience includes 20 years at the University of St. Thomas, where she taught graduate piano pedagogy, graduate music theory, piano and accompanying. Her pedagogical articles have been published in American Music Teacher and Keyboard Companion.
Carden_Joy.jpg Joy Carden received a master’s degree in music from the University of Kentucky, her thesis “Music in Lexington before 1840,” was later published by the Lexington-Fayette County Historic Commission. Carden founded the Musical Arts Center, a school for keyboard study and composition in Lexington, and wrote The Music Lesson, a chamber opera. Carden was a clinician for Yamaha’s Clavinova Festival program and director of education for Roland Corporation, authoring resource guides on the use of technology in developing keyboard skills. She is author of A Piano Teacher’s Guide to Electronic Keyboards and writer/editor of the Carden Keyboard Ensemble Series, a method for group instruction.
Cox-Clifton_Charlene.jpg Charlene Cox-Clifton, NCTM, has previously served as the president of the Kansas MTA, president of the New Mexico MTA, president of the West Central Division and a member of the National Board of Directors. She was named the Outstanding Teacher of the Year for Kansas in 1987. Cox-Clifton served as music director for the film series Music Images and was coordinator of piano classes and piano pedagogy at Kansas State University and Wichita State University. She presented “Teaching for Success,” at the MTNA National Conference in Kansas City in 1982. In 2007, she was presented with the Outstanding Teacher award in New Mexico.
Cremaschi_Alejandro.jpg Alejandro Cremaschi, NCTM, is an associate professor of piano and piano pedagogy at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He received a DMA degree from the University of Minnesota with Lydia Artymiw and worked as a teaching assistant under the supervision of Rebecca Shockley. Cremaschi has recorded music of his native Argentina for the labels IRCO, Marco Polo and Meridian Records. He has been a frequent presenter at national and international conferences. Cremaschi received a University of Colorado Provost Faculty Achievement Award and a Distinguished Teaching Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching at Ohio University. He is president of the Colorado State Music Teachers Association.
Dean_Lynn.jpg Lynn Dean earned a bachelor’s degree in music education and master’s degree in composition with a piano performance minor from Brigham Young University. He taught at New Mexico Junior College for 27 years and received a DMA degree from the University of North Texas. Currently, he maintains a large private piano studio in St. George, Utah, and is an adjunct faculty member at Dixie State College, teaching introduction to music and piano literature classes. He has served Utah Music Teachers Association as second vice president of competitions, first vice president, state president and immediate past president.
Eidemiller_Pauline.jpg Pauline Eidemiller, NCTM, received a bachelor’s degree in piano from the College of Idaho and an MBA degree from the University of Portland. She joined MTNA in 1968 and has been a constant contributor to her local, state and national association. As a member of the Portland District, Eidemiller served as secretary, syllabus chair and district president. She has also held many positions on the Oregon State Board of Directors, including conference chair, education chair, syllabus chair, finance chair, grant writer and parliamentarian. Eidemiller was Oregon MTA president from 1996–1998. She is now facilitator for Oregon MTA’s newly created long-range planning forum.
Faflak_Marcela.jpg A native of the Czech Republic, Marcela Faflak is a graduate of the Conservatory of Music and Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic. Previously, she taught in the music schools in Prague and at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota. She is active as a performer, accompanist and adjudicator in the upper Midwest and in the Czech Republic. She has been a member of Northern State University’s music faculty since 1996, where she teaches applied piano, piano pedagogy and keyboard literature classes. Currently, Faflak serves as a past president of the South Dakota Music Teachers Association.
Frush_Sherry.jpg Sherry Penkert Frush, NCTM, is a pianist, accompanist, adjudicator, clinician and music instructor. She has taught for more than 45 years, and her Frush Music Studio currently has more than 100 students and a staff of 15 student instructors. Frush joined MTNA in 1970 and became a nationally certified teacher of music in 1975. She has served Texas MTA as president and in many other roles. Frush was named TMTA Teacher of the Year in 2005 and Abilene MTA Teacher of the Year in 1988 and 2004. Frush has published a number of articles in American Music Teacher and Texas Music Teacher magazines.
Geske_Eileen.jpg D. Eileen Geske holds bachelor’s degrees in music education and elementary education from Valley City State University. Geske has more than 45 years of teaching experience in the private studio and in the public schools. She continues to be an accompanist, organist and teacher in her local communities. In 1993, Geske formed the Young People’s Concerts a la Leonard Bernstein, where her students have an opportunity to perform their own compositions. The Concerts will soon celebrate its 20th consecutive year. Geske was named North Dakota Music Teacher of the Year in 2003 and MTNA Teacher of the Year in 2004.
Hallbauer_Celinda.jpg Celinda Hallbauer, NCTM, is professor of music at Central Texas College, where she teaches music fundamentals, theory appreciation and piano. She holds a bachelor of music degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and master of music degree from Baylor University. Hallbauer has been nominated to be MTNA president-elect for 2013–2015 and has served as director of the South Central Division, College Faculty Forum chair, a member of the MTNA State Syllabus Task Force and is currently MTNA secretary-treasurer. She has served Texas Music Teachers Association in many capacities and currently serves as public relations/marketing chair and trustee.
Harriss_Elaine.jpg Elaine Atkins Harriss, NCTM, chair and professor of music at the University of Tennessee at Martin, is a pianist, flutist and early childhood music specialist. She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Peabody College (now Vanderbilt University) and a PhD degree from the University of Michigan. Harriss teaches piano and related courses, serves as pianist for the University Trio and is president of the Tennessee Association of Music Executives at Colleges and Universities. Harriss maintains a pre-college music studio and for 18 years directed Kindermusik of Martin. She was named Tennessee Music Teacher of the Year by the TMTA.
Hwalek_Ginger.jpg Ginger Yang Hwalek, NCTM, of Bangor, Maine, has taught applied piano, class piano and music history, at the University of Maine for the past 18 years. She also teaches 12 students at her home studio. Hwalek holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, a master’s degree from Wichita State University and a doctorate degree from Northwestern University. She was previously the director of Maine Summer Youth Music held on the campus of the University of Maine. Hwalek has served MTNA as Eastern Division president, member of the Board of Directors and Senior Performance Competitions coordinator. She was named 2006 MTNA Teacher of the Year.
Immerman_Amy_Rose.jpg Amy Rose Immerman, NCTM, is co-founder and owner of the Cincinnati Music Academy, established 1997. She teaches private piano, RMM classes and composition. She has served on the MTNA Board of Directors, East Central division director and as Ohio MTA state president. She serves as treasurer for her district and mentors collegiate piano majors. Immerman has had two national finalists in the MTNA Composition Competition, including one at this conference. She is a member of the Royal Conservatory College of Examiners and a frequent presenter at national conferences. Immerman holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in piano performance/pedagogy from Ohio University.
Iwasaki_Ethel.jpg Ethel Iwasaki has served on the MTNA Board of Directors and also previously on the Hawaii MTA Executive Board as state president. In addition to teaching piano and being active as a church musician, she has also taught music in the public school system directing band and choir, and teaching Hawaiian history and music, as well as world history, drama and geography. A woman of many interests, Iwasaki is an avid world traveler, painter and sports fan. She also enjoys Japanese Ikebana. Through her teaching, she hopes that her students will love and appreciate music and support the arts throughout their lives.
Lauffer_Marianne.jpg Marianne Lauffer is assistant director of faculty and extensions at Westminster Conservatory of Music in Princeton, New Jersey, where she oversees the artist faculty, four extension sites and directs the Conservatory summer camp programs. In 1991, Lauffer created and directed the first “Try It Out” summer camp at Westminster Conservatory, which became the spring board for the school’s summer music camps program. She helped to establish Westminster Conservatory as a full partner within Westminster College of the Arts of Rider University. Lauffer has served New Jersey MTA as state president and on the board of directors. In 2006, she received the NJMTA Service Award.
Lewis_Ronald.jpg Ronald Lewis taught at Oklahoma Baptist University from 1970–2006, served as chair of the keyboard department and held the Burton Patterson Endowed Professorship of Music. He now works full-time as a registered nurse while also serving as organist and handbell director at First Baptist Church in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and as University Organist for OBU. He served Oklahoma Music Teachers Association as vice president for local associations, president-elect and president, having had a distinguished career of solo and collaborative recitals and adjudication for many OMTA events. His degrees are from Ouachita Baptist University, the University of North Texas and University of Oklahoma.
Lund_Kay.jpg Kay Kraber Lund, NCTM, was born on October 6, 1931, in Great Falls, Montana. She started taking piano lessons at age 6 from Helen Dickson and continued until she went to college. She earned a degree in piano at the Julliard School. She was on staff at Colorado Women’s College in Denver, the University of Colorado and taught at Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park. From 1955–1975, Lund taught piano and judged many competitions. She was actively involved with the Denver Symphony. In 1978, she moved to Whitefish, Montana, where she continued to teach piano.
Medley _Bill -and -Pat (3) William Medley, NCTM, and Patricia Medley, NCTM, are duo-pianists who have toured in the United States, Canada and Australia. They hold bachelor’s and master’s degrees and have been on the faculty of three colleges while maintaining a large studio of pre-college students. The Medleys have served as judges at district, state and regional competitions. Four publishers have issued their compositions including The Medley Way series. They were each awarded the Master Certificate by MTNA and were named by the Arkansas State MTA as Teachers of the Year in 2006. They authored the repertoire section of the current ASMTA syllabus for piano festival participants.
Miller_Joyce.jpg Joyce Miller graduated from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, with degrees in English, speech and music. She also attended Iowa State University, the University of Lincoln and the University of Omaha. Miller has been a member of both the Iowa MTA and Nebraska MTA. She served as president of the Omaha MTA, as well as vice president and president of the Nebraska MTA. Miller maintains a large studio in Omaha and is also a music teacher at a private pre-school. She served as Omaha district chair for a number of years and also served as the Nebraska MTA Junior Competitions chair.
Miyamoto_Michiko.jpg Michiko Morita Miyamoto, born in Seattle, Washington, was the second daughter of parents who had emigrated from Japan to the United States and had strong interests in music and art. Miyamoto began teaching piano in the 1930s while in high school and at the University of Washington, which helped pay for her own music lessons. She became widely known for her teaching through her students’ success at the Seattle Young Artists Music Festival. Miyamoto retired from teaching at the end of 2006 at age 90, but still enjoys correspondence and occasional visits from former students, and attending concerts when she can.
Nassen_Lois.jpg Lois Nassen, NCTM, has been an MTNA member for nearly 45 years. She studied piano and voice at the University of Northern Iowa and has taught piano for 50 years. Nassen was the second teacher in the country to pass the MTNA Certification exam. She has served the Iowa MTA as certification chair and president, and served two terms on the West Central Division board. Nassen has been judging auditions and festivals in Iowa for 40 years, as well as chairing her center’s auditions and festivals. She received the first IMTA Certified Teacher of the Year Award in 1994 and the Distinguished Service Award in 1995.
Rader_Barbara.jpg Barbara Koch Rader trained to be a historian at the College of Wooster in Ohio but came to the piano as a young stay-at-home mom, and eventually began teaching music. In l996, her frustration with the lack of materials to help her teach the history of music led her to develop “Music History Bingo,” a laminated studio game with short biographies of some 44 composers. She has retired from teaching children but continues to teach a few adults. Rader has served as president of the Lincoln Music Teachers Association and as membership chair for the Nebraska Music Teachers Association. She was recently appointed NMTA historian.
Schoepflin_Judith.jpg Judith Schoepflin, NCTM, is director of keyboard studies at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance and vocal performance from the University of Idaho. As a doctoral fellow at the University of North Texas, she received her doctorate degree in piano performance. Active as both a solo and chamber music performer, she has performed with numerous orchestras in the Northwest and Canada, and is a member of the Mühlfeld Clarinet Trio. She is founder and director of Whitworth University’s annual series, Women Composers: The Untapped Source.
Smith_Janet_Bass.jpg Janet Bass Smith, NCTM, earned a bachelor of music degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Wyoming, a master of music degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. She has taught piano, organ, piano pedagogy and music education at several universities, and currently maintains an independent piano studio of 30 students in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Smith has been president of the Bowling Green IMTA and instituted the publication of the Kentucky Music Teacher. Her articles on piano pedagogy have been widely published.
Wege_Sue.jpg Sue Wege, NCTM, is an independent music teacher from Cottage Grove, Minnesota, where she has a private piano studio. She holds a bachelor of music degree in education and a master of arts degree in education from Northern Michigan University. In 2001, she became the Minnesota State Coordinator for the MusicLink Foundation and in 2003 took on the role of Midwest and South Central Regional coordinator. She now serves as MusicLink director of regional coordinators and is a member of the MusicLink Foundation Board. Wege is a member of St. Paul Piano Teachers Association and serves as its treasurer.
White_Betty.jpg Betty White, NCTM, has served Georgia Music Teachers Association in many capacities, including president from 1996–1998. As president, White established the Finance/Advisory Committee, which has been an invaluable assistance to every GMTA president since that time. She has twice served as president of her local association, president of the Metropolitan Atlanta Music Teachers Association, was a member of the MTNA Local Association of the Year Committee, and has served as monitor for the Southern Division competitions. White holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Georgia. She operates a private piano studio, serves as a church pianist and adjudicates frequently.
Yazbeck_Peter.jpg The late Peter Yazbeck was a leading music teacher and adjudicator in Southern California and performed widely in recitals with orchestra and for radio in North America. He devoted most of his life to teaching both privately and as a professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Yazbeck was a much sought-after adjudicator for numerous festivals competitions and state examinations; a respected clinician offering master classes and workshops for gifted students and music teachers; and a prominent mentor and lecturer to hundreds of students over the years many of whom have since pursued highly successful careers in music. He passed away in 2012.