Virginia Adye honored for 45 years of membership

Venita Hooper, president of the Greater Evansville Music Teachers Association presented Virginia Adye with a certificate honoring her 45-year membership in the Indiana Music Teachers Association. Hooper commented “Virginia has been a real influence in my life. During those exciting high school years, she afforded me many cultural opportunities, prepared me for college, and introduced me to many great piano works I love to this day. She has continued to be a friend and mentor in my life. She still has an active studio of about 20 students, with an enery level and attitude that is energizing” IMTA extends its warm congratulations to Virginia.

Condolences to the family of Nancy Spahr

Robert A. Spahr, husband of Nancy Spahr, passed away on Monday, September 3 in Peru, Indiana.  The online obituary can be found on the Eddy Funeral Home website. Nancy serves on the Indiana Music Teachers Association Board of Directors as the Recording Secretary.

South Bend Area Music Teachers Association names Snyder 2011 Member of the Year

Bonnie Snyder, (right) SBAMTA Member of the Year, 2011
The South Bend Area Music Teachers Association named Bonnie Snyder Member of the Year. Bonnie began piano lessons at the age of six. She was the accompanist for her junior high and high school choirs and attended Moody Bible College as an organ performance major, where she received instruction in both organ and piano. Following graduation, Bonnie was the first music teacher at Grace Baptist Christian School.  She directed the high school choir and taught elementary music classes for many years. Currently Mrs. Snyder is an independent piano instructor.  She also gives lessons at Community Baptist Church and School, where she has been teaching and accompanying church services for the past twelve years. Bonnie is an active member of the South Bend Area Music Teachers Association. Bonnie was recital chair in 2004-2005, and on the ensemble team 2006-2007. Bonnie chaired the Stickley Piano Competition for the past five years and served as the association’s Vice President last year. The award was presented by SBAMTA president Juliana Lockman.

In Memoriam Douglas Strong

Douglas Strong passed away on Wednesday, April 20th in Minneapolis.
Doug was a retired head piano technician at the Jacobs School of Music, where he worked for nearly 30 years. For many years he played french horn in the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. Doug was also a life-long member of the Friends of Music.
Doug was the recipient of the Marge Counsilman Service Award in 2007. A former swimmer at Northwestern and a 1949 graduate of the University of Texas, Strong was an accomplished masters swimmer. He holds a number of state masters records, especially in the 75-79 and 80-84 year old age groups. He was ranked top 10 nationally in dozens of events, going back as far as 1971. Last summer (2010) he placed in the top 10 nationally in four long-course events in the 85-89 age category. He is survived by his wife Margaret Strong, a longtime member of IMTA.

Time to renew your dues!

Membership News
It is time to think about renewing your MTNA/IMTA and local association membership for the 2011-2012 year. The national office sends renewal notices in April every year and hopefully you’ve received yours via email and/or postal mail. I encourage you to renew as soon as possible so that you’ll be sure to be in our current IMTA Directory/Membership Handbook.
Renewing membership is FAST and EASY online. Visit Be sure to update any personal information while you are there. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me.
Becky Baker, VP of Membership
(317) 432-2029

Member Profile: Rachel Donahue

Name: Rachel Donahue
Degrees Earned: General Music degree from the University of Indianapolis; Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy from Butler University
Years of Teaching Experience: Started teaching in 1999. There were several families from my home town who contacted me wanting lessons. I started with ten students that fall. I later taught in the community music centers at UIndy and Butler. During my year between UIndy and Butler I taught for a small new business. There I got experience teaching group piano classes. Since then I have taught independently and have added two teachers to my studio.Continue reading

In Memoriam Mavorette Fummerfelt

Mavorette Fummerfelt, 96, NCTM, piano teacher for over 70 years and a member of MTNA for over 50 years, died December 19, 2009.  Mavorette taught piano in Vincennes, Indiana, raised four children, was an accompanist, played piano for church and other organizations, and ran a funeral home with her husband Ross from 1944-1975.
Honored in March of 2002 at the Music Teachers National Association Conference in Cincinnati, the following is from an article in the American Music Teacher, December 2002, beginning with with Mavorette commenting “I will be 90, but I’m very, very young with lots of spirit.”
After attending Indiana State Teacher’s College, where she studied musical education, Mavorette earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Evansville. She also studied piano pedagogy at The New School for Music Study in Princeton, New Jersey, and she follows the “Music Tree” approach of Louise Goss and the late Frances Clark.
“They’ve revised their books several times, but I started hearing of Frances Clark way back in 1957,” she says. “I’ve used other approaches, but I favor the interval approach, learning to play all over the keyboard from the very first lesson, rather than the middle-C approach. I also like to teach their way of combining private and group lessons.”
As an active member of the Indiana Music Teachers Association, Flummerfelt served on the certification committee and as corresponding secretary. She also is a member of the Wabash Valley MTA in Terre Haute, and was named Co-Member of the Year in 1999. Of her many students, the two she is proud of are her daughter, Carol, who plays the flute and her son, Joseph Flummerfelt, director of choral groups that sing with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center in New York City and past conductor of the Westminster Choir at Ryder University in New Jersey.