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).

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

 

MTNA Competition Winners Headed to National

James Helton, MTNA Competitions Chair

Here are the Indiana Winners that passed through ECD and are headed to the National Finals this weekend!! Please wish them luck in Spokane, and stop by to hear their performances if you can.

Young Artist Piano
Dominic Muzzi – student of Robert Plano

Young Artist Strings
Elina Rubio Pentcheva, violin – student of Mauricio Fuks

Stay on the lookout for the results of the Young Artist Composition Competition. Our representative, Katherine Bodor (student of Don Freund), had no competition at the division level, so she went directly to the national finals. Her piece will be performed if she wins.

Marylee Morton named 2018 IMTA Teacher of the Year

Marylee Morton, an independent piano teacher from Fort Wayne Indiana was named the 2018 IMTA Teacher of the Year at the IMTA State Conference. Morton is a member of the Northeast Indiana Music Teacher’s Association (NIMTA).

2017 recipient Euni Rickey awarding 2018 recipient Marylee Morton

IMTA Teacher of the Year winners 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)

 

Douglas Sperry Honored with the IMTA Distinguished Service Award

IMTA Honored Douglas Sperry at the 2018 IMTA State Conference at Sweetwater Sound with the Distinguished Service Award. This award is a very special award that is given at the discretion of the IMTA State President and presented on rare occasion to recognize outstanding service to IMTA. Former recipients include Jack Eaton (1995), Verna Abe, Carolyn Hertzler, and Karen Thickstun (2002), Juliana Lockman (2005), and Margaret Roby (2014).

Doug Sperry receiving the Distinguished Service Award from IMTA President Amy Chaplin

Doug has been teaching private piano lessons since he was 15 years old. The only significant break he has taken from independent teaching was during the past year when he was undergoing aggressive treatment for cancer. His music degrees are a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Nebraska Wesleyan University, a Master of Music in piano performance from Michigan State University, and all the work except dissertation for a Ph.D. in Theory, Music History, and Piano, also from Michigan State University.

The beginning of his college teaching career in music was interrupted by the birth of his first child, Ethan, and a subsequent commitment to be the primary caregiver for his children (Emma was born seven years later). During these years while continuing to teach piano he also completed a Masters degree in Psychology at Catholic University. With the move to Terre Haute, he taught psychology courses at ISU and conducted research with his wife, Linda, who is also a psychologist on the faculty there. Later, at the age of 50 (when Emma headed off to college) he started his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of Illinois. While there he was a National Scholar Foundation recipient and was hired to teach at St. Mary of the Woods College outside Terre Haute.

Doug is currently a tenured Associate Professor at St. Mary’s where he also plays the organ for school ceremonies! With the return of his health, he has been able to return to piano teaching. Through all the years of leading this “double” life as a pianist and psychologist, he has guided countless piano students in their studies and in their “growing up”. He has also been generous to colleagues with fulfilling leadership positions in the Wabash Valley Music Teachers Association (ten years as its president) and with his countless hours of administrations at the state level for the AIM auditions program.

Previous Distinguished Award Winners, from left to right: Karen Thickstun (2002), Douglas Sperry (2018), Juliana Lockman (2005), Margy Roby (2014).

 

Call for Masterclass Performers, IMTA State Conference 2018

The 2018 State Conference planning committee would like to invite you to nominate talented young pianists to perform in this year’s IMTA Conference masterclasses with Christopher Fisher (Elementary/Intermediate) and Frederic Chiu (Advanced). This year’s state conference will take place October 5-6 at Sweetwater Sound in Fort Wayne, IN. Both masterclasses will be held in Sweetwater Sound’s beautiful Performance Theatre. The masterclass for elementary and intermediate pianists will take place at 3:10 pm on Friday, October 5 and the masterclass for advanced pianists will take place at 9:15 am on Saturday, October 6.

The deadline for receipt of application is Saturday, September 15. No extensions or exceptions are possible. This is an exceptional opportunity! If selected, you and your student will be notified by Saturday, September 22.

To submit an application for the Masterclass, please click here or on the link below.

Call for Masterclass Performers

Benjamin Krause’s Work for two pianos to be featured at Conference

IMTA is please to be premiering the commissioned composition Taxonomies of Pulse, a work for two pianos by Benjamin Krause at the 2018 State Conference!

Benjamin Krause’s work has been recognized through grants, commissions, and awards by the Houston Symphony, Copland House, Network for New Music, Presser Foundation, ASCAP, Da Camera of Houston, and The American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France. Drawing freely from varied traditions and aesthetics, his music is characterized by its visceral rhythmic drive, motivic control, and colorful, dense harmonies reminiscent of jazz. As a pianist, he regularly performs new music, jazz, and the classical repertoire, appearing at Carnegie Hall, Zilkha Hall (Houston), the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Menil Collection, and in collaboration with such artists as Molly Barth (Eighth Blackbird), Jeffrey Zeigler (the Kronos Quartet), Timothy McAllister (PRISM Saxophone Quartet), and Ronald Feldman (the Boston Symphony). He has held residencies and fellowships at the Oregon Bach Festival Composers’ Symposium, Lutheran Summer Music, and the Bennington Chamber Music Conference, and will be in residency at the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts (WY) in Fall 2018. He was also recently awarded the prestigious Copland House Residency Award, which will grant him time to work and reside at Aaron Copland’s New York home.

Krause holds composition degrees from Rice University (D.M.A.) and the University of Oregon (M.M.), and a B.M. in piano performance from Valparaiso University, where he also served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music (2015-2018). He lives in Chicago with his wife, pianist Christina Giuca Krause.

Visit the State Conference page for more details or to register!

Fisher Duo to be Featured Pedagogy Clinicians at IMTA State Conference

IMTA is pleased to announce we will be hosting Dr. Christopher and Katherine Fisher as our clinicians for the upcoming IMTA state conference to be held at Sweetwater Sound in Fort Wayne on October, 5, 6. Details will continue to be made available on the conference page. Online registration for the conference will be open no later than August 1 here on the IMTA website.

Dr. Christopher Fisher is Professor of Piano at Ohio University School of Music in Athens, Ohio where he chairs the Keyboard Division, directs the graduate piano performance and pedagogy programs, and coordinates the Ohio University Piano Pedagogy Seminar. He is Director of Studies for the Honors Tutorial College Music Program. Recognized for his teaching, Dr. Fisher was the 2010 recipient of the Ohio Music Teachers Association Collegiate Teacher of the Year and the Ohio University School of Music Distinguished Teaching Award.

Dr. Fisher is the author of Teaching Piano in Groups (Oxford University Press, 2010) and co-author of the revised and expanded edition of Piano Duet Repertoire (Indiana University Press, 2016). He has published in leading keyboard journals and is a contributing composer for the innovative piano method, Piano Safari (www.pianosafari.com), which is used by piano teachers and students around the globe. His educational compositions are published by Alfred Music and Piano Safari.

In demand as a workshop and master class clinician, Dr. Fisher has presented lectures internationally, including the national conferences of the Music Teachers National Association, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, the National Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Forum, the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference, and the Encontro Internacional de Pianistas de Piracicaba Brasil. Dr. Fisher has also served as a guest lecturer at leading conservatories and universities including recent engagements at The Juilliard School.

Katherine Fisher is co-author of the Piano Safari Method (www.pianosafari.com) for children. She and Dr. Julie Knerr have been working on their piano method since their time in school together at the University of Oklahoma when they both realized they had mutual dreams of writing a piano method that would incorporate all the best elements of the various methods they had been using in their teaching.

She is an affiliate faculty member of the Athens Community Music School at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.  Her responsibilities include teaching private piano lessons as well as coordinating the Piano Preparatory Program (group lessons) for children who are beginners at the instrument.

Katherine is an active member of the Music Teachers National Association and presently serves as the Wellness Forum Chair for the Ohio Music Teachers Association. She presently serves in the capacity of Vice-President for Membership for the Southeast District of OhioMTA.

A native of Ohio, Katherine obtained her degrees from the University of Oklahoma (Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy) and the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music (Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance).  Her former teachers include Jeongwon Ham, Jane Magrath, Barbara Fast, Karin R. Edwards, and Nancy Bachus.