Dr. Lori Rhoden Awarded IMTA Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award is a very special award that is given at the discretion of the IMTA State President and presented on rare occasions to recognize outstanding service to IMTA. Recipients receive a plaque, a lifetime waiver of state dues, and will be featured in a post on the IMTA Website.

Dr. Lori Rhoden was awarded the Distinguished Service Award this past weekend at the IMTA State Conference.

Dr. Rhoden has been a member of MTNA since 1993 and of Indiana MTA since 1999. Prior to coming to Indiana, she was a member of Georgia and South Georgia MTA’s. She first started on the state board as Editor of the Indiana Music Teacher Newsletter (yes, the PRINT edition of the newsletter) and served in that role from 1999-2004. In 2001 she started the Ball State Collegiate Chapter – and in 2002 she became the Collegiate Chapters chair – both positions of which she still holds to this day.

In 2004 she served a three-year term as state President and, as is the process, was a trustee following for an additional six years.

Rhoden has always been a strong advocate for this organization. Not only has she encouraged many graduate students and helped them see the value of being an active part of the organization, but she has advocated for and perhaps even “bugged” many University faculty trying to get more collegiate chapters going in the state.

Dr. Rhoden is a tenured professor of Music Performance at Ball State University and regularly attends and presents at both National and State Conferences. Not only does she impact students at Ball State, but since 2002, she has been part of the piano faculty at the summer international MasterWorks Festival and has been the Piano Program Director for MasterWorks since 2006.

This year marks 20 years of service that Lori has given to IMTA. She has been and is still a highly valued part of the Indiana Music Teachers Association Board of Directors.

Former recipients include Jack Eaton (1995), Verna Abe, Carolyn Hertzler, and Karen Thickstun (2002), Juliana Lockman (2005), Margaret Roby (2014), and Douglas Sperry (2018)

Pictured below from left to right is Douglas Sperry (2018), Karen Thickstun (2002), Lori Rhoden (2019), Juliana Lockman (2005), and Margy Roby (2014).

Have You Ever Wondered…

Have you ever wondered any of the following?

  • What you would do if your studio was struck by a national disaster?
  • Where you could find money to pay for music lessons for yourself?
  • How you could afford to attend an MTNA national conference?
  • How your area could launch a community program aimed at bringing music lessons to those in need?

The answer is the MTNA Foundation. The Foundation funds numerous programs that help members by enriching their professional lives, help communities through musical engagement,  recognize high achievement in the profession, and help teachers afflicted by disaster to get back on their feet.

So, when you donate, know that you are contributing to many funds that work to sustain a high level of music-making in the United States. Chances are you have already benefited from the MTNA Foundation, or will in the future, be able to benefit from its funds. For more information, click the “Donate” button, and read about the many places where your money can go to help others in the profession.

For questions regarding the MTNA Foundation Fund, please contact IMTA’s Foundation Fund Chair, Janet Palmberg janet.palmberg@indstate.edu.

2020 Hoosier Auditions District Information

The dates and locations for many of the districts competitions around the state have been announced as well as the state competition in May. See details below.

View the district map here.

Please note that we are looking for a new chairman for District C (Indianapolis). If you are interested or know anyone who may be interested, please contact Daniel Lin, Hoosier Auditions Chair.



District Auditions

District A - Valparaiso

Chairperson: Nicole Lee
Date: Saturday, April 4th, 2020
Postmark Deadline: Tuesday, March 24th, 2020
Location: Valparaiso University Center for the Arts. 1709 Chapel Dr., Valparaiso, IN 46383

District B - Goshen

Chairperson: Luke Norell
Audition Date: Saturday, March 28, 2020
Postmark Deadline: Friday, March 13, 2020
Location: Zook Choral Hall MC 153, Goshen College

District C - Indianapolis

Chairperson & Dates: TBA

District D - Anderson

Chairperson: Reginald Rodgers
Audition Date: Saturday, April 4, 2020
Postmark Deadline: Saturday, March 21, 2020
Location: Anderson University, York Performance Hall

District E - Terre Haute

Chairperson: Lai Ping Jean Ho
Audition Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020
Postmark Deadline: Friday, April 3, 2020
Location: Indiana State University, Landini Center Recital Hall

District F - Columbus

Chairperson: Starla Raley
Audition Date: Saturday, April 4, 2020
Postmark Deadline: Friday, March 20, 2020
Location: History Center- Jefferson County Historical Society. 615 W. 1st Street. Madison, IN 47250

District G - Evansville

Chairperson: Grace Hemaida
Audition Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020
Postmark Deadline: Sunday, April 5, 2020
Location: University of Evansville, Krannert Fine Arts Center

District H - Fort Wayne

Chairperson: Joyanne Outland
Audition Date: Saturday, March 28, 2020
Postmark Deadline: Saturday, March 14, 2020
Location: Rhinehart Music Center and Recital Hall, Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne (IPFW)

District J - Lafayette

Chairperson: Aleksey Madan
Audition Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020
Postmark Deadline: Saturday, February 22, 2020
Location: Covenant Church. 211 Knox Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47906

Hoosier Auditions State Competition

Coordinator: Daniel Lin
Competition Date: Saturday, May 9, 2020
Postmark Deadline: Thursday, April 23, 2020
Location: Indiana Wesleyan University, Phillippe Performing Arts Center. 4201 S. Washington Street, Marion IN 46953

AIM Festival Dates for 2019-2020

The dates and deadlines for the 2019-2020 AIM Festivals around the state are now on the AIM Festival page.

They are:

South Bend Area MTA

Date  –  November 9, 2019
Entry Deadline  –  October 3, 2019
Location  –  Bethel College
Local Chairperson  –  Paula Laskowski
More information: SBAMTA.org

Greater Indianapolis MTA

Date  –  Saturday, November 23, 2019
Entry Deadline  –  September 30, 2019
Location  –  Butler University
Local Chairperson  –  Ginger Crook

Northeast Indiana MTA

Date  –  Saturday, March 14, 2020
Entry Deadline  –  February 8, 2020
Location  –  Purdue University Fort Wayne
Local Chairperson  –  Sandy Moser

Wabash Valley MTA

Date  –  Saturday, March 7, 2020
Entry Deadline  –  February 7, 2020
Location  –  Indiana State University
Local Chairperson  –  Lynette Brown

Registration is Now Open for the 2019 State Conference!

We are pleased to announce that registration is now OPEN for the 2019 IMTA State Conference!

Visit the conference page to register and to view all the information you need for the conference including:

  • Hotels and Parking (it has been recommended attendees book early as hotels are busy that weekend!
  • Schedule
  • Featured guest artists:
    • Drew Peterson, Concert Artist
    • Meagan Johnson, Alexander Technique
    • Benjamin Dean Taylor, Commissioned Composer

Options are available for both online and check payments.

Nominations Now Being Accepted for 2019 Teacher of the Year

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Indiana MTA Teacher of the Year. This award is given annually at the State Conference and is one of IMTA’s highest honors.

This award recognizes an individual who demonstrates excellence in teaching and service to the music teaching profession and community.  Recipients are nominated by current members (individuals and/or local associations) and selected by the Teacher of the Year Chair and State President.

To see a list of all past recipients as well as details for submission, please click here.


IMTA Teacher of the Year winners at the 2018 State Conference at Sweetwater. From left to right: Lori Rhoden 2010), Margy Roby (2005), Reginald Rodgers (2004), Jim Helton (2016), Euni Rickey (2017), Marylee Morton (2018), Juliana Lockman (2014), Hamilton Tescarollo (2015), Karen Thickstun (2008), Cheryl Everett (1999)~Anonymous IMTA Member who nominated a fellow colleague


2020 Collegiate Symposium to be held at Ball State