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2007 MTNA Foundation Fellows.

The MTNA FOUNDATION FUND Fellow Program honors deserving individuals who have made significant contributions to the music world and the music teaching profession. In its eighth year, this program supports the efforts of MTNA through donations to the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND in an individual's name.

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.

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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.

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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 for Musik in Vienna, Austria. As a composer and arranger, Sallee writes piano and choral music for Willis, Alfred, FJH, Walton, Alliance and Carl Fischer.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 as 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.

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The late 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 credited 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.

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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.

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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.

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Editor's Note: This list is the second half of the 2007 MTNA FOUNDATION Fellows. The first half was published in the August/September 2007 AMT.

2008 Grant Guidelines and Forms Now Available

Guidelines and application forms for the 2008 MTNA FOUNDATION FUND grants are now available on the FOUNDATION FUND website at www.mtnafoundation.org.

Teacher Enrichment Grants are provided to music teachers for private study, specific college-level course work or other projects that will enhance the performing and teaching skills of the applicant.

The MTNA FOUNDATION FUND awards grants to MTNA-affiliated local associations for projects that provide educational opportunities for students and teachers. Grants also are given for projects that support the promotion of music in the immediate community. Matching grants are available for established associations. Start-up grants are available for associations in the process of being formed.

The purpose of the State Affiliate Matching Grants is to provide assistance to MTNA-affiliated state associations for professional and educational development of their state membership, along with the creation of innovative programs that will promote and enhance music and the development of music technology throughout the state, and to enhance and strengthen MTNA membership alliances in state associations.

Questions regarding the grants may be directed to the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND at (888) 512-5278 or mtnafoundation@mtna.org.
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