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MTNA national officers election.

In accordance with Article VI, Sec. 2 of the MTNA Bylaws, this slate of two candidates per office was prepared by the MTNA Nominating Committee consisting of Phyllis I. Pieffer, Aberdeen, Washington, chair; Marilyn Brossard, NCTM, Burlington, Washington; Geri Cheney, North Salt Lake, Utah; Carleen Graff, NCTM, Plymouth, New Hampshire; Gloria Johnson, NCTM, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Sigrid Luther, NCTM, Dayton, Tennessee; Laura Melton, Bowling Green, Ohio; Darlene Vlasek, NCTM, Rancho Palos Verdes, California; Nancy Whitman, NCTM, Lincoln, Nebraska; and Ken Williams, NCTM, Columbus, Ohio.


* Only active members may cast a vote.

* Vote for one candidate per office.

* Ballots must arrive at MTNA national headquarters by 12:00 midnight EST, March 12, 2007.

To vote electronically:

* Go to the MTNA website at, click on "National Elections" and follow the instructions.


* Send an e-mail to containing your name, state and the name of the candidates you are voting for.

To vote via mail:

* Detach the ballot below along dotted lines.


* Download a PDF version of the ballot from the MTNA website at by clicking on "National Elections."


* Complete the ballot.

* Affix a first-class stamp and mail.

To vote via fax:

* Detach the ballot below along dotted lines.


* Download a PDF version of the ballot from the MTNA website at by clicking on "National Elections."


* Complete the ballot.

* Fax to the MTNA national headquarters at (513) 421-2503. No mailing required.


Benjamin D. Caton, NCTM, holds a Ph.D. degree from The Ohio State University and a pedagogy and musicianship certificate in Kodaly. He is professor of music at East Tennessee State University, where he teaches aural skills, piano and related courses. His teaching experiences range from first-grade public school music classes to graduate music courses. He maintains a studio of pre-college students. Caton has served as president of his local Music Teachers Association for two biennia; Tennessee state MTA president; Southern Division president, president-elect, secretary and collegiate competitions chair; and a member of the MTNA Board of Directors and FOUNDATION Board of Trustees (2000-2002) and MTNA Secretary/Treasurer (2003-2005). Honors include the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs Foundation for the Advancement of Music Award for Excellence, the John Phillip Sousa Award (while playing trombone in high school band) and being named an MTNA FOUNDATION Fellow. His most memorable performance was accompanying the ETSU Men's Ensemble in the Chicago Symphony's Orchestra Hall at the 1999 American Choral Directors Association national convention. His articles have appeared in Clavier, Music Educators Journal, American Music Teacher and The Tennessee Musician.

"I am so grateful to the many MTNA members who give so much of themselves to their profession, to their students and to MTNA. Our society is indebted to them more than we can ever imagine. It is an honor to be a candidate for this office, and if elected, I promise my very best as MTNA continues to advance the cause of music and music education for the profession, for our students and for the general public. MTNA plays a crucial role in preserving our cultural heritage and leading the profession as we face the demands and challenges of an ever-changing society," he says.

Ann M. Gipson, NCTM, is associate professor of music and director of piano pedagogy studies at Texas Christian University. She has held faculty positions at Baylor University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Delta State University and the University of Kentucky, teaching applied piano, class piano and piano pedagogy. Gipson holds a bachelor of music degree from Eastern Illinois University and both an M.M. in piano performance and pedagogy and a Ph.D. in music education/piano pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma. A frequent adjudicator and clinician, she has presented sessions at MTNA national conferences, the National Group Piano/Piano Pedagogy Forum, and various state and local venues. Her articles have appeared in AMT, Clavier, Keyboard Companion and Piano Pedagogy Forum.

Gipson has been an active member of MTNA since joining as a collegiate member in 1978, while attending Eastern Illinois University. She has actively supported collegiate members by serving as faculty advisor of MTNA Collegiate Chapters at Oklahoma Baptist University and Baylor University. As a member of the Oklahoma MTA, she became active at the state level holding offices of president, vice president of membership and certification/president-elect, and vice president of local associations and collegiate chapters. She has held positions in local MTAs and currently serves as a director on the Fort Worth MTA board. Nationally, she was Conference Program chair for both the 2004 and 2005 MTNA National Conferences and currently serves on the task force for Collegiate Certification and as chair of a program sub-committee for the 2007 Conference.

"My participation in MTNA throughout the years has played an important role in enriching my personal life and my professional development. While serving in a variety of local, state, and national leadership positions, I have had the occasion to meet colleagues and develop friendships throughout the country. The association's membership is quite varied and therefore brings many perspectives to the music teaching profession. MTNA's rich history of supporting teaching and enriching the musical, professional, and personal lives of its members continues due to its great respect for the diverse membership and viewpoints of its dedicated professionals. I am proud to be a member of MTNA and am honored to have been nominated to serve MTNA as president-elect. I look forward to the possibility of serving the membership in this most important role," she says.


Geri Cheney, NCTM, is an independent music teacher, active adjudicator, lecturer and church musician. She resides in North Salt Lake, Utah, where she has operated a large studio for more than 35 years. Many of her students have won local, state and national competitions in performance and composition and gone on to become professional musicians and teachers.

Educated at the University of Utah, Cheney has performed internationally in Great Britain, Europe and Australia. She has designed music curriculum for both public and private school systems and is currently teaching theory certification classes for her local association. Cheney has provided many years of leadership as a local association president, Utah MTA state president and served on the national advisory committee for the Independent Music Teachers Forum. She was Southwest Division competition coordinator, president-elect and president and recently completed a term on the MTNA Board of Directors, chairing the Independent Music Teachers Forum.

"As a young student teacher, I was encouraged to join MTNA. Since then, my membership has impacted every aspect of my professional life, enhancing my teaching and therefore benefiting my students. My greatest sense of accomplishment comes from the many students who have gone on to become teachers, directly impacting the minds and lives of others. MTNA provides a unique venue where an independent music teacher from North Salt Lake can dialogue with the professor of a distinguished school of music, resulting in an electric exchange of ideas, heightened awareness and treasured camaraderie.

"By working daily, hand to hand with many students, and through the valuable experience gained while serving on the Board of Directors, I understand the needs of the teacher and the benefits MTNA provides:

* Reaching the teacher, bringing forth legitimate benefits to teachers on every level

* Supporting local and state associations

* Promoting professionalism through certification

* Encouraging Student Chapters, the future of the organization

* Recognizing outstanding students and teachers

* Advancing music making in our communities

"Receiving this nomination is the highest achievement of my professional career. The strength of this organization is in its members. It is my personal goal to listen intently, respond with the utmost integrity to your voices and uphold the high standards of our organization," she says.

Janice Wenger, NCTM, appears both as soloist and collaborative performer throughout the United States and recently performed at the Janacek Academy of Music in Brno, Czech Republic. She holds degrees in piano performance from Kansas State University, the Eastman School of Music and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. As professor of music at the University of Missouri-Columbia since 1978, she teaches studio piano, accompanying and piano literature, and she accompanies faculty recitals and serves as coordinator for the keyboard faculty.

Wenger has been selected to lecture for the American Liszt Society, the Missouri MTA and the College Music Society. She has judged performance competitions for MTNA, Missouri MTA, Kansas MTA, MTNA's West Central Division, Kansas City MTA, St. Louis Area MTA and the Missouri Federation of Music Clubs. She serves as executive director for the Missouri State Applied Music Program, a program for high school students to receive credit for applied study with independent teachers in the state.

For many years, Wenger served as official accompanist to the MTNA student competitions in the West Central Division and at the national finals. She has held multiple leadership positions throughout all levels of MTNA, including Missouri MTA secretary and treasurer; and West Central Division Group Piano chair, president-elect and president. Wenger has served as a member of the national board of directors and chair of the Collaborative Performance Forum and the Collaborative Performance Task Force.

"The officers of MTNA on the national level must be responsive to all of the general membership, but especially to the leadership from local, state, and division organizations. With such a long-standing, successful history to build upon, the national board of directors must allocate resources and energy on the national level to activities that promote music teaching while planning for changes in the future," she says.


Kenneth Williams, NCTM, is a faculty member in the school of music at The Ohio State University. He directs the graduate programs in piano pedagogy and coordinates the class piano program. Williams recently completed a term as interim chair for graduate studies in music at OSU. He has held offices in the Ohio MTA and recently completed a term on the MTNA Board of Directors. Williams has served on committees and task forces for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. He holds graduate degrees from the University of Maryland, Arizona State University and Northwestern University. He is a member of the summer music faculty at the Interlochen Center for the Arts.

An award-winning author, Williams has contributed articles to journals including College Music Society Symposium, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, Piano Quarterly and Keyboard Companion. He was the 2002 recipient of MTNA's Article of the Year Award. Williams has been invited to present papers at international conferences including the 2000 conference of the European Piano Teachers Association and the 2002 biennial meeting of the International Society for Music Education. He presented a paper at the 2006 conference of the International Society for Music Education in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. This summer Williams also performed as collaborative pianist at ClarinetFest 2006 with his wife Hild Peersen.

"I am honored and delighted to be nominated for Secretary/Treasurer. My experience as a board member has made me aware of how deeply committed the board members, officers and staff at the national office are to the issues affecting applied music teachers who are engaged in a variety of enterprises including independent teaching, college teaching and a myriad array of juggling acts that comprise the music teaching profession. Perhaps the most poignant example of our organization at work was the amazing success of the MTNA initiative to provide assistance to music teachers all along the Gulf Coast who were affected by Hurricane Katrina. While I have been a member of MTNA for many years, I am more convinced than ever that this organization plays a critical role in promoting music instruction and developing leadership potential among its members. I believe that MTNA is fulfilling its mission to 'advance the value of music study and music making in society and to support the professionalism of music teachers.' This mission becomes increasingly challenging as our society becomes increasingly global and multicultural. I am confident, though, that this organization will continue to provide the creativity required to meet this challenge," he says.

Judith A. Price, NCTM, from Olympia, Washington, holds a B.A. degree in music theory from Eastern Washington University and maintained an independent piano studio for 30 years. During her tenure as a private teacher, Price was very involved in her local associations, holding a number of positions including president and treasurer of two local associations. She has served Washington State MTA in many capacities including two terms as president.

Price is the executive manager of WSMTA, maintaining the business office for the association, which includes administrative activities, advertising and marketing as some of her duties. As chair of the WSMTA Investment committee, Price was instrumental in the development of the investment policies and procedures for the scholarship funds and investment accounts. She presently serves as treasurer of the investments.

Named an MTNA FOUNDATION Fellow at the 2006 MTNA National Conference, Price chairs the MTNA Ethics committee. She served on the MTNA Board of Directors (2000-2002), was a member of the Finance committee and a trustee on the MTNA FOUNDATION Board. Prior to service on these Boards, Price was chair of the National Certification Board, following four years as the Northwest Division certification representative on that Board, Northwest Division President, a member of the Leadership Summit Planning committee and the Membership committee.

"MTNA has been an important part of my professional life, providing opportunities for my continued education and growth as a teacher, projects and programs for my students, as well as the camaraderie I have enjoyed with the many dedicated professionals who comprise Music Teachers National Association. It would be an honor to serve as the Secretary/Treasurer of MTNA," she says.
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