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Archer _John

John Archer, NCTM, has been active in the Missouri MTA and the Springfield MTA for more than 40 years. During that time, he served as editor of the MMTA Notes publication for 16 years. Currently an organist at First Congregational Church of Pearce City, Missouri, he is retired from studio teaching after 62 years. His career also spanned 33 years as a vocal music teacher in Arkansas and Missouri schools. He holds bachelor of music and bachelor of music education degrees in piano and organ from Ouachita University and a master of education degree from the University of Arkansas.

Barr _Carol

Carol Barr graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in piano performance and psychology. She was on staff at the Lausanne College of Music for 25 years and has been a member of MTNA, Tennessee MTA and Greater Memphis MTA since 1983. Barr was awarded Teacher of the Year by GMMTA and TMTA in 2009. She has served in various GMMTA Board positions and was president from 2003–2005. As a pianist and organist at Riveroaks Reformed Presbyterian Church, she takes great pleasure as a collaborative pianist and teacher enriching the lives of her piano students through music.

Bethiaume _Gerald

Gerald Berthiaume, NCTM, is professor of music at Washington State University, where he has taught since 1989 and served as director of the school from 2003–2011. He joined the Washington State MTA and MTNA in 1989. Berthiaume has served as chair of the WSMTA education board, chaired the state convention at WSU and judged the WSMTA state piano competition. He has presented and performed at the MTNA National Conference in 1991 and 1992. Berthiaume has performed as soloist, accompanist and chamber musician and his performances can be heard on the following labels: Albany Records, Vienna Modern Masters, Advance Music and Arizona University.

Bishop _Lezlee

Lezlee Johnson Bishop, NCTM, has been an independent music teacher for more than 35 years. She has a degree in piano pedagogy from Utah State University, where she taught for several years in the Youth Conservatory. Bishop has served Utah MTA as membership chair, conference coordinator and president, and she was honored in 2013 with the Legacy in Teaching Excellence Award. Bishop’s MTNA offices include Southwest Division director-elect, a term on the MTNA Board of Directors and chair of the MTNA Teacher Enrichment Grant committee. She currently serves as a member of the MTNA Membership Committee.

Burger _Lois

Lois J. Burger has been teaching piano for 60 years. She began lessons at age 8 and started teaching at 14 while in high school. She attended Nebraska Wesleyan, returning home every two weeks to teach her students. When her husband went to the Army, she taught on the base. They moved back to Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1964, and she has been teaching in Lincoln since then. Burger has taught several special needs students over the years. She is a member of Lincoln Music Teachers Association, Nebraska Music Teachers Association and MTNA.

Bushell _Roger

Roger Bushell was born to professional choral directors and began piano study at age 8. In 1942, he joined the U.S. Navy School of Music. He served on the USS Washington Battleship as a member of the 21-piece military band. Bushell graduated from the University of Southern California, majoring in piano accompanying. He eventually settled in Las Vegas, where he began teaching piano at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Bushell helped organize the Las Vegas MTA and became its second president. His students earned many local and state awards. Bushell is still active as a piano teacher at age 94.

Callahan _Sharon

Sharon T. Callahan has represented Texas MTA as president, vice president for business activities, managing editor of the TMTA magazine and served on various committees. Her current positions include Texas Music Teachers Educational Foundation trustee and the nominations and elections committee. In 2009, she was honored with TMTA’s Teacher of the Year award. Callahan is the South Central Division Senior Performance Competitions Coordinator and is a member of the MTNA Foundation Development Committee. She is active in the Conroe MTA, holding nearly every official capacity. Callahan is also a church pianist and an adjudicator for many area festivals and competitions.

Chadwick _Robin

Robin Chadwick, NCTM, is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Mannes College of Music. She earned a master of music degree in piano performance at Southern Illinois University. Chadwick has taught piano and music theory at McKendree University and at St. Martin’s University. She taught piano privately in her home in Chehalis, Washington, for many years, and is active in the Washington State MTA as a clinician and adjudicator. Chadwick was inducted into the WSMTA Hall of Fame in June 2013 and is a member of the MTNA Foundation Legacy Society and the MTNA Development Committee.


Clark _Lauren

Lauren Schack Clark, DMA, NCTM, is professor of music at Arkansas State University. She has performed as a soloist throughout the United States and Europe and has collaborated with faculty members of more than 20 universities throughout the world, as well as with principal symphonic players from groups such as the Boston Symphony. She has presented at the MTNA National Conference, is a former president of Arkansas State MTA and is currently the MTNA South Central Division Competitions chair. Clark holds degrees from Boston University, Northwestern University, the Longy School of Music and the Hartt School of Music.

Cook _Janice

Janice Cook, NCTM, has actively participated in MTNA since 1977, holding offices at local and state levels. She was Ohio’s first Nationally Certified Teacher of the Year and was named Community Music Educator in 1998 by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Cook is chairman of the Columbus Piano Guild Center, with 1,000 participants yearly, and has been a Guild adjudicator for 30 years. Cook’s piano students range from preschoolers to senior citizens to piano teachers. Her extensive background as a string specialist, singer and early music wind player help her impart a comprehensive music education to her students.

Davies _Joan

Joan Davies, NCTM, has taught music for more than 55 years as an elementary music educator and as an independent piano teacher. After graduating from Alverno College, she earned a master of music degree from the University of Oregon. Davies has been active in her local association serving in various officer roles. She organized the first auditions for her district and is currently serving as chair. In addition, Davies has been state chair for auditions for Wisconsin MTA. She has been state chair and East Central Division certification chair and has been named Teacher of the Year by her local association.

Fahlman _Dorothy

Dorothy Pederson Fahlman, NCTM, is past president of the Oregon MTA and Portland District MTA. She was treasurer for the Northwest Division and also worked with the Independent Music Teacher Forum and the Baldwin Junior Piano Competition. She has taught piano, theory and musicianship. Fahlman is co-creator of the musical videoWee Sing Together. She is an adjudicator, speaker and clinician at the national, division and state levels of MTNA. She also created and co-chaired the first adjudicator’s conference, training adjudicators for OMTA’s Syllabus program. In 1997–2001 she created, organized and chaired the music exchange of teachers, artists and students between Khabarovsk, Russia, and Oregon.

Ger _Deborah

Deborah Gers has been a member of MTNA since 1992. For New Jersey MTA, she has served as Instrumental Student Activities chair, president, MTNA Competitions chair and as auditor trustee. During this time, she has also served as MTNA’s Eastern Division Senior Performance Competitions coordinator and as a member of MTNA’s Local Association Grant Committee. As a teacher, her students have been MTNA National Finalists, won numerous concerto and national Competitions, NJMTA Young Musicians Competition and have earned first chair All-State honors in each state in which she has taught. She is the principal clarinetist in the Bravura Philharmonic.

Graff _Carlene

Carleen Graff, NCTM, is professor of music at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire. Graff is the founder of the biennial Piano Monster Concerts, the summer Junior and Senior Piano Monster Festivals and the Contemporary Piano Festival at PSU. As MTNA Eastern Division Director, she completed a two-year term on the board of directors in 2004 and served as chair of the Collegiate Chapters Forum and chair of the Collegiate Chapters Task Force. She has had several articles published inAmerican Music Teacher. In addition, she is the immediate past president and vice president for competitions for the New Hampshire MTA.

Grosshans _Helen

Helen Grosshans, NCTM, received a bachelor of music degree in piano from St. Olaf College, followed by a master of music degree in piano performance from Northwestern University. Since then, she has taught piano in both group and private settings to students of all ages at her home studio for more than 35 years. As an adjunct instructor, she taught college students at Aurora University, Harper College and Concordia University Chicago. She recently co-created an introductory piano program for third- and fourth-grade students who commit to arriving at school early two days of the week. Grosshans has served as president and past president of Illinois State MTA.

Gunn _Ellen

Ellen Young Gunn, NCTM, has maintained an independent piano studio in Ellisville, Mississippi, since 1959. She received a bachelor of music degree with a major in piano performance from Mississippi State College for Women and a master of music education degree in 1991 from the University of Southern Mississippi. She taught class piano and allied arts classes at University of Southern Mississippi for five years in addition to maintaining her piano studio. Gunn is a charter member of the Jones County MTA and has been a member of Mississippi MTA since 1964. She was presented with an Alumnae Achievement Award from Mississippi University for Women in 2006.

Hlubeck _Terry

Terri J. Hlubek, NCTM, maintains a piano studio in northwest Oklahoma City. She holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Westminster Choir College. Hlubek is a certified Kindermusik teacher, church organist and collaborative pianist. She is director of Central Oklahoma MTA’s Kamp Keyboard, Clavinova Festival and Clavinova Ensemble Adventures. Hlubek was president of the Oklahoma MTA from 2012–2014 and past president of the Central Oklahoma MTA. Students and colleagues recognize Hlubek as a great teacher, artist and friend.

Howell _Gordon

Gordon Howell, NCTM, was president of the Minnesota MTA from 1977–1979. He graduated from the Eastman School of Music in 1959 and moved from Canada to teach at Bethel University, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Howell was a full-time piano and theory professor until he retired. During the 1960s, he was a member of the first theory committee for MMTA. He continued to work with committees to update and revise for several years. MMTA’s theory, sight-reading and syllabus examination programs all had their beginnings with Howell. He also judged many MMTA and MTNA competitions and enjoyed attending state and national conferences.

Karp _Howard

The late Howard Karp, emeritus professor at the University of Wisconsin, retired in 2000 after a teaching career of 46 years. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and the Juilliard School, he studied piano with Jack Radunsky and Rosina Lhévinne, respectively. In addition, he studied as a Fulbright scholar in Vienna and in Italy with Wilhelm Kempff. Before coming to Wisconsin, Karp taught at the Universities of Illinois and Kentucky. As a performer, Karp won much acclaim for solo and chamber music recitals throughout North America, Europe and Asia. His former students teach on college faculties throughout this country and Asia.

Keogh _Priscilla

Priscilla Keogh, NCTM, received a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of North Dakota. She is active in the Badlands MTA and served on the North Dakota MTA board, holding several offices including state president. Keogh has taught music in public schools, piano at the International Music Camp in Bottineau, North Dakota, and at Dickinson State University in North Dakota, where she received the Adjunct Teacher of the Year Award in 2004. She is the conductor of the Dickinson City Band and Dickinson String Ensemble, and is music minister of her church. Keogh maintains a studio of piano and cello students.

Larsen _Janeen

Janeen Larsen, NCTM, recently retired from Black Hills State University, where she taught courses in piano, theory and music history for more than 30 years. She is an active jazz and classical performer and authored the bookJazz Piano: A Primer for Classical Pianists. Larsen has served in many South Dakota MTA state offices since 1978, including state president. She continues to have an active role in the state and local MTNA organizations.

Mack _Peter

Peter Mack, NCTM, born in Dublin, Ireland, is professor of piano at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington. Mack has performed throughout the United States and Europe, as well as in Australia and the former Soviet Union. He is the winner of the New Orleans, Young Keyboard Artists and Pacific International Piano competitions. His prize in the Sherman-Clay competition included a Steinway grand piano. Mack is well-known for his extensive repertoire, having performed 25 concertos with orchestras. The winner of several international piano competitions, he is in high demand as a performer, teacher, adjudicator, conference artist and clinician.

Mahaffy _Dorothy

Dorothy Morris Mahaffy, NCTM, received a bachelor’s degree from the College of New Rochelle for Women in New York and a master’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University. She has been an active member of MTNA and the Tennessee MTA since 1975. Mahaffy has served the Middle Tennessee MTA and Tennessee MTA as president. Tennessee MTA honored her as Teacher of the Year in 1986 and with the Distinguished Service Award in 2013. Mahaffy is in her 39th year as organist/pianist at her church.

Rotondi _Ruth

Ruth Rotondi, NCTM, was born in 1923 in Brooklyn, New York. She attended Oberlin College, where she majored in political science, minored in music and gave a senior recital in the Music Conservatory at Oberlin in 1945. Rotondi earned a certificate in piano pedagogy from the Diller-Quaile School of Music, where she also taught piano. She later moved to Butte, Montana, where she became a member of Montana State MTA, serving as competitions chair, Foundation chair and historian. She has served two terms as president of her local association and is currently secretary. Rotondi has twice been named MSMTA Teacher of the Year.

Rovner _Uri _Ayn

Uri Ayn Rovner graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in music education. He taught band in public schools before moving to Colorado in 1978, where he became a member of the Colorado State MTA and the Aurora MTA. He has served as AMTA president and CSMTA vice president. Since 1985, Rovner has been proprietor of Calliope Music Studios, a music school that helps support 20 independent music teachers and their students. He also teaches classical and jazz piano, trombone and Torah chant. His books for jazz, blues, classics and French tangos are published by Mel Bay Publications and Jade Press.

Schultz _Robert

Robert R. Shultz, professor emeritus, was a member of the piano faculty at Drake University from 1946–1984, serving part of that time as assistant dean for the music department. He also served as president of the Iowa MTA, the Civic Music Association of Des Moines and was a member of the Des Moines Symphony Board. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Kansas City Conservatory of Music, and he was a Ford Foundation Scholar at Columbia University, where he earned his MME and EdD degrees with additional studies at Juilliard. Shultz authored the manual The Pianist’s Interpretation of Bach.

Smith _Scott _Mc Bride

Scott McBride Smith, NCTM, is past vice president of conferences and past president of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers. He is currently the Cordelia Brown Murphy Professor of Piano at the University of Kansas. A recognized leader in music education, Smith’s philosophical and cognitive approach, combined with a sense of humor, has made him an audience favorite in workshops and master classes around the world. He is president of the International Institute for Young Musicians, co-author of the college pedagogy textThe Well-Tempered Keyboard Teacher, associate editor of Clavier Companion and co-author of American Popular Piano.

Swenson _Thomas

Thomas Swenson, NCTM, is president of North Carolina MTA. He received a bachelor of music degree from Minnesota State University, master of music degree from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and a PhD from the University of Oklahoma. Swenson chairs the piano department and serves as director of the Music Academy of North Carolina, working with pre-college and adult students. He also serves as adjunct instructor at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Swenson has presented sessions at the MTNA National Conference and has written several articles for Clavier Companion and the online Piano Pedagogy Forum.

Thomas _Martha

Martha L. Thomas, NCTM, is associate director for academic programs and professor of piano at the University of Georgia. Immediate past MTNA Southern Division director, she has served as president of the Georgia MTA and president of the Athens MTA. She began her teaching career at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and was a founding member of the Stevens Point Area MTA, still in existence today. A native Texan, she holds degrees through the doctorate from the Universities of Texas and Wisconsin and studied piano with William Race, Danielle Martin and Howard Karp. In 2012, she received the GMTA Teacher of the Year Award.

Vlasek _Darlene

Darlene Vlasek, NCTM, of Ranchos Palos Verdes, California, has been an independent piano and organ teacher for more than 50 years. She has served on the California Association of Professional Music Teachers executive board for more than 22 years and was state president from 2003–2007. Currently, Vlasek is the state parliamentarian and on the CAPMT District 3 board. Since 1984, she has been active in Music Teachers Association of California South Bay Branch and has been on its board most of those years, including serving as president from 1988–1991 and 1992–1993. Vlasek belongs to Romania’s Musicians Hall of Fame.

Walker _Regina

Regina Walker, NCTM, received bachelor of music education and master of piano degrees from Louisiana State University. She is the recipient of the 1997 Distinguished Contributions to Music Education Award by the LSU School of Music Alumni Association. In addition, Walker was Louisiana MTA’s Outstanding Teacher for 2007. A past president of Baton Rouge MTA, she co-authored thePiano Teacher Certification Planfor Louisiana and co-authored the firstLMTA Piano Rally Handbook. As a choral director, Walker’s choirs have been recognized nationally and internationally. Her former students are in every music genre possible today.

Williams _Ron

Ronald R. Williams, NCTM, a native of central Kentucky and reared in the Lincoln country of southern Indiana, has academic credentials from DePauw University and Indiana University’s School of Music. Joining the University of Nevada, Reno faculty in 1958, he was a founding member of Nevada’s Argenta Trio and has concertized throughout the state and central California. He was instrumental in organizing the Northern Nevada MTA, serving as chapter and state president, and three times being commissioned as Nevada Composer of the Year. Since retiring in 1998, he continues both to perform regularly and to maintain a private studio in Reno.

Winerock _Jack

Jack Winerock received undergraduate and master’s degrees at the Julliard School and a doctorate from the University of Michigan. Currently professor of piano at the University of Kansas School of Music, he has received numerous awards and much national and international acclaim as a performer, teacher and lecturer. His students have won prizes in national and international competitions, including the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, MTNA, the National Federation of Music Clubs and the Joanna Hodges. Winerock is also the artistic director of the International Institute for Young Musicians Piano Competition and Festival held annually at the University of Kansas.

Witherspoon _Ann

Ann Rivers Witherspoon holds master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees from Rice University and a bachelor of science degree in fashion design from the University of Texas at Austin. Witherspoon teaches composition and piano performance in her private studio. She has taught at Houston Baptist University and Rice University. Her compositions, which have been performed in Europe, Canada and the United States, include chamber music solos, sacred music, musical theater and opera. Her students have won competitions on the national, multi-state region, state and local levels. Witherspoon has served on numerous committees on the local and national level. She chairs MTNA’s Composer Commissioning program.

Young _Kate

Catherine Young, NCTM, an independent piano teacher in Cincinnati, Ohio, established Music Makers in 1994, a business with 24 instructors teaching 180 private students, group classes and Kindermusik. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Hiram College in Ohio and is a member of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education. A member of MTNA since 1977, Young has held many leadership positions with Ohio MTA Southwest District and Ohio MTA, including Ohio MTA president. She is a member of the Mt. Washington Business Association. Young was the recipient of the 2010 MTNA-PTG RMM Scholarship.