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Foundation fellows named at MTNA Conference. (Foundation News).

Ten new Fellows were named at the FOUNDATION Gala during the MTNA National Conference in Cincinnati in March. Jane Allen, Constance Knox Carroll, Benjamin Caton, Annette Conklin, James Edmonds, Dr. R. Wayne Gibson, Martha Hilley, Dr. Gary L. Ingle, Natalie Matovinovic and Mary Veverka were honored by friends and colleagues who made donations to the FOUNDATION in their names. Certificates and pins were awarded at the Gala in recognition of the significant contributions each of these individuals has made to the music profession.

Dr. Gary L. Ingle, of Covington, Kentucky, is the MTNA executive director. Prior to his December 1996 appointment with MTNA, Ingle was executive director of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity and the Sinfonia Foundation, headquartered in Evansville, Indiana. In the ten years he taught at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri, he attained the rank of full professor of music and served as chair of the Department of Music, dean of the School of Fine Arts and vice president for enrollment management. As a conductor, he directed choirs on four international tours, and while in Asia, his choir sang for the Far East Broadcasting Company and at the Baptist World Congress in Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Ingle holds a D.M.A. degree with emphasis in conducting, voice and higher education administration from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in music at Samford University in Birmingham.

Martha Hilley, of Austin, Texas, has been a teacher for thirty-three years. She joined The University of Texas School of Music faculty in 1982. During her tenure, she has served as coordinator of group piano, head of the keyboard division and associate director of the School of Music, as well as director of undergraduate studies. For the 1999-2000 academic year, she chaired the University of Texas Faculty Council, and she currently serves as south central vice president for the Texas Council of Faculty Senates. Hilley received B.M. and M.A. degrees from Sam Houston State University. A leader in MTNA on local, state and national levels, she is MTNA national collegiate chapters chair. She received the Texas Teaching Excellence Award in 1983, and she was awarded one of four Dad's Association Centennial Fellowships for excellence in undergraduate teaching in 1988. In 1997, the Texas MTA named her Outstanding Collegiate Teacher, and in 1998 she was awarded the William Blunk Endowed Professorship for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Hilley has been published in Clavier, Keyboard Companion and Piano Quarterly. She is the co-author of two college piano texts, Piano for the Developing Musician and Piano for Pleasure.

Benjamin D. Caton, III, of Johnson City, Tennessee, is professor of music at East Tennessee State University (ETSU), where he teaches piano, class piano, theory, ear training and music education methodology. He has taught for more than thirty years, and he is a former chair of the ETSU Department of Music. He regularly performs in various university chamber ensembles and has accompanied ETSU choral ensembles on several tours. In addition to earning doctorate and master's degrees from The Ohio State University, he holds the Musicianship/Pedagogy Certificate from the Kodaly Musical Training Institute and has studied in Exeter, England, and Kecskemet, Hungary. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Kappa Lambda honor societies. Caton has been a leader in local, state, division and national levels of MTNA, having just completed a two-year term on the MTNA Board of Directors and the MTNA FOUNDATION Board of Trustees. His articles have been published in Clavier, The Tennessee Musician, Music Educators Journal and American Music Teacher. He is editor and joint author of the 1996 Tennessee MTA Musicianship Manual.

Constance Knox Carroll, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has been teaching piano for forty-two years. She is the Aloysia Landry Barineau Professor of Keyboard Studies at Louisiana State University (LSU), and prior to her LSU appointment, she was artist-in-residence at Centenary College of Louisiana for twenty-one years. She also has served on the faculties at Wisconsin State University and Lenoir-Rhyne College. She has taught at Brevard Music Center in New Hampshire, the University of Houston High School Piano Camp, the Frank Mannheimer Piano Festival and the University of Kansas Piano Institute, and she has served as artist-juror at the New Orleans Institute for the Performing Arts. In March 2001, Carroll adjudicated the national finals of the MTNA Student Performance Competitions in Washington, D.C. A native of Arizona, Carroll received her principal training from Julia Rebeil at the University of Arizona. She went on to earn a master of music degree at the Eastman School of Music, along with winning a performer's certificate. Constance studied as a Fulbright scholar in Vienna and Salzburg, and she has won numerous awards and honors at national and international competitions. In the spring of 2001, LSU's Tiger Athletic Foundation gave her an Excellence in Teaching Award. In October of that year, the Louisiana MTA named her Outstanding Teacher of 2001.

The MTNA FOUNDATION Fellow program offers a meaningful method for honoring deserving individuals while supporting the efforts of the FOUNDATION through donations in the individual's name. To designate a Fellow, simply send a contribution of $1,000 to the FOUNDATION in the name of the individual to be honored. Please note that the Fellow distinction may not be established in the contributor's own name. For more information about this program, please contact the MTNA FOUNDATION at (888) 512-5278, ext. 242.
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Date:Aug 1, 2002
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