Utah Music Teachers Association
Know Of A Success?
Patrice Hunt, NCTM
Salt Lake City, UT – March 31, 2017 – Associate Professor (Lecturer) Pamela Palmer Jones, DMA, a member of the Salt Lake Chapter of UMTA, has been named the 2016-17 recipient of the University of Utah College of Fine Arts Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, given primarily for her innovative work with undergraduate students in music theory and musicianship courses. Currently she is Coordinator for Aural Skills & Musicianship, and also teaches music theory and the doctoral performance practice seminar. Jones also served as Coordinator for Class piano for several years. Prior to her teaching appointment at the University of Utah, Jones was a piano professor at Salt Lake Community College, and also at Harper College, and the College of Lake County, both located in the greater Chicagoland area.

Jones performs professionally as pianist and harpsichordist with the Beethoven Park City Chamber Music Festival, The Vivaldi Virtuosi, Salt Lake Symphony, and Utah's new professional chamber orchestra, Sinfonia Salt Lake. She has studied at UCLA, the University of Utah, and The Royal College of Music in London, England. She also maintains a thriving private piano studio, and in 2011 she was awarded the Permanent Professional Certified Teacher of Music in Piano, conferred by MTNA.

Congratulations 2016-2017 MTNA Foundation Fellow!

SUSAN GOODFELLOW is Emeritus Professor of Flute at the University of Utah, where she formed and conducted the “runnin’ flUTES” flute choir, which played at National Flute Association conventions. Formerly, she taught at Chicago State College and Brigham Young University. She holds degrees from Juilliard and the University of Chicago, having studied with William Kincaid, Robert Willoughby and Julius Baker. She has performed as soloist with the Carmel Bach Festival, as principal flute with the New York City Symphony, with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, as a substitute player with the Utah Symphony, and has made radio and TV appearances in Salt Lake City.

Susan worked in music research for Encyclopaedia Britannica and was assistant editor of The Britannica Book of Music. Her articles or book reviews have appeared there and in Flutist Quarterly, Flute Talk, and The American Music Teacher. She has served on the national editorial board for The American Music Teacher, and now for Flutist Quarterly. She has performed and lectured at national conventions of MTNA and the National Flute Association.

Susan was awarded the Master Teacher Certificate from MTNA in 1984 and the Legacy Award from UMTA in 2005. Her students have consistently been state, division and national winners in many competitions, including two MTNA national winners.

Susan grew up in Westbury, New York. Following her retirement from the University of Utah, she served an LDS Church Service Mission in Family and Church History. She is married to the late William S. Goodfellow, long-time music critic of the Deseret News.

Congratulations 2015-2016 MTNA Foundation Fellow!

2015 MTNA Foundation Fellow - Skip Daynes 

GERALD R. "SKIP" DAYNES,has been the President of Daynes Music Company since 1967. Daynes Music has been representing Steinway & Sons since 1873, and is the oldest Steinway dealership west of the Mississippi, the second-oldest music store in the country, and the oldest family owned Steinway business. With this legacy of providing such high quality instruments, Daynes Music has been an integral, generous supporter of UMTA and the UMTA Annual Conference. In addition, and perhaps unknown to many, Daynes donated office space to Ballet West and the Utah Opera Company in their downtown building for decades, and his father and grandfather helped fund and found the Utah Symphony. Besides supporting all our UMTA events, Skip has generously donated prize money and pianos to the International Bachauer Competition for many years, recently provided 17 pianos for the national ACDA convention, the Grand Teton Music Festival, and the 2002 SLC Winter Olympics. Skip provides a music scholarship at a local college, and supports numerous music outreach programs in the Utah community.

Congratulations 2014 Legacy Award Recipients!

2014 Legacy Award - Mary Kay Harper 
MARY KAY HARPER was born in North Carolina, but grew up in Ogden Canyon. At Weber High School she was the accompanist for the a Capella choir and participated in the National Federation of Music Clubs solo and concerto events as well as solo and ensemble festivals. She attended Brigham Young University receiving a minor in music. While at BYU she accompanied the Women's Chorus under Maughan McMurdie and had duet lessons from Dr. Reid Nibley.

She opened her own private studio in the late 1960's teaching her own children and many others. Her students have participated in festivals as she did as a youth, and she is co-chair of her local festival group, involved with scheduling venues and judging students.

She joined UMTA in 1974, and was privileged to hear many wonderful presentations over the years from Dr. Paul Pollei, Dr. Bryce Rytting and many others. Attending State UMTA Conference has always been and still is a great priority in her busy schedule. Her students entered Student Achievement, and now Achievement in Music. She served as chapter president, vice-president, and AIM chair local and regionally. She has been state recording secretary in 2004 and enjoys working with the state and local officers, many great musical friends.

A quote given to her by a former piano student shares one of her personal beliefs; "Without Music Life would B flat (using a flat symbol)." She plans to continue to teach many students and share the joy of music with them throughout the rest of her life.

2014 Legacy Award - Cheryl Rytting

CHERYL GRAHAM RYTTING, BM, NCTM, has been teaching music in her independent music studio for over 40 years. she received a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Utah with an emphasis in Musicology. While at the University, she studied piano with Lennox Larsen and organ with Dr. Alexander Schreiner, Roy Darley, and Dr. Clay Christiansen. She is MTNA Certified and Piano and Organ.

Cheryl has been a member of UMTA for over 30 years and has always felt it is important to contribute to UMTA by serving where she can. She has served in her local associations as Jordan River Chapter President, Sandy Chapter Certification Chair, and Salt Lake Chapter 2nd Vice-President Membership. She has been on the UMTA State Board as Certification Chair and is currently serving as UMTA First Vice-President Elect and Conference Chair. Cheryl had the opportunity to serve nationally on the MTNA Certification Commission as Southwest Commissioner (2010-2014). She is also an active member of Utah Federation of Music Clubs, having served as Slat Lake West Chair for 16 years and currently serving on the UFMC State Board. She is also a member of the American Guild of Organists.

She loves to continually learn by attending chapter meetings, classes, workshops and most importantly, through her interaction with her students. She enjoys sharing what she learns with her students and colleagues. She is actively engaged in providing music in the community and for church services. She and her very supportive husband, Todd are parents of five married children and have nine grandchildren. Her family is the joy of her life.

Congratulations 2013 Legacy Award Recipients!

Barbara Elison has been a member of UMTA for over 25 years and her love for music and children has grown over the 64 years she has been teaching. An active member of the Provo/Orem chapter, she has served as president and also secretary. Barbara also served a term on the state UMTA board and presented workshops at the state conference. She has also been pleased to prepare and present workshops for other UMTA chapters throughout the state and at piano stores.

Most of Barbara's musical training was under Professor J.J. Keeler, Organ professor at Brigham Young University. She studied piano with him for 13 years. She credits her pedagogy training to tons of workshops, UMTA meetings, State Music Conferences, other teachers with ideas to share, and especially Jane Tan who for six years taught a group of piano teachers in the area. Taking Robert Pace classes were also a big help in organizing the teaching of musical concepts and inspiring creative, fun ways of involving students in their music. While at BYU, Barbara was a member of the Organ Guild and rehearsal accompanist for Opera Workshop.

Barbara has received two awards for serving the community through teaching piano: the SCERA which is an arts organization that blesses the area with classes, musical productions and other music-related programs for children and adults; and "Citizen of the Year," which she received with her husband, Jerry Elison for community service to the arts.

Barbara's two famous students, Kurt Bestor and David Glen Hatch still give her hugs every time they see her. Barbara feels her greatest accomplishment, however, has been the rearing of 7 children. It has been a joy for her to pass on her love of music.

Congratulations 2014 MTNA Foundation Fellow!

2014 MTNA Foundation Fellow - Lezlee Bishop
LEZLEE JOHNSEN BISHOP, NCTM, is an independent music teacher of over 35 years, with a degree in Piano Pedagogy from Utah State University, and a minor in Music Composition. She taught for several years in the U.S.U. Youth Conservatory, and studied piano with Betty Beecher and Professor Gary Amano while living in Logan. After moving to Salt Lake City, she continued her piano study with Solveig Madsen, a student of Olga Samaroff, and Kira Merzhevskaya, formerly of the St. Petersburg Conservatory.

She has enjoyed service in many ways in Utah, as Salt Lake Chapter President, UMTA State Membership Chair and Conference Coordinator, as well as Utah MTA State President (2000 - 2002). She enjoys giving presentations and sharing ideas with fellow teachers, visiting all of the UMTA chapters while state president, and many times since. Lezlee has served nationally on the MTNA Teacher Enrichment Grant committee, IMT and Arts Advocacy Forums, the 2003 MTNA Conference Task Force, and has written 2 articles for the American Music Teacher magazine. She currently serves as chair of the MTNA Membership Committee, and as a member of the MTNA One for All Committee. She served for four years as MTNA Southwest Division Director Elect and as a member of the MTNA Board of Directors from 2008 to 2010. She traveled to all six Southwest Division states as Division Director, serving as a guest speaker, workshop presenter, and competition official. There are many wonderful people in our organization, in every state!

Lezlee enjoys her UMTA/MTNA friendships and family, along with theater performance, accompanying, composing and being inspired by great ideas and beautiful music. She believes that everyone can benefit from music study, and works to help her students and her own children become independent thinkers, performers and well-rounded musicians. She and Roger, her husband of 35 years, have “7” children after adding a son and daughter in law in 2012.

She is also the recipient of the 2013 Legacy Award.

Congratulations 2013 National MTNA Foundation Fellows!

C. Norman & G. Gibbs - 2014 Foundation Fellows

Geri Gibbs, NCTM, is an independent music teacher, active adjudicator, lecturer and church musician. Encouraged by exceptional teachers and educators, she knew early on that her passion for music, ability to explain it, and love for young people had found a compatible union in teaching. At age 14, while studying in England, she was awarded a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, but her family returned to the U.S., where she began teaching at age 15 and studied with Lennox Larson at the University of Utah.

SERVICE TO UMTA/MTNA 1980-1985 UMTA Davis Chapter Board
1986-1987 UMTA Davis Chapter President Elect
1987-1988 UMTA Davis Chapter President
1991-1992 UMTA Davis Chapter AIM Chair
1992-1993 UMTA President Elect
1994-1995 UMTA State President
1995-1996 SW Division JR HIGH Competition Chair
1997-1998 SW Division High School Competition Chair
1999-2001 SW Division Competition Chair
2002-2003 SW Division President Elect
2003-2004 SW Division President, MTNA Independent Music Teacher Forum
2004-2005 MTNA Board of Director and Chair of IMTF
2006-2008 MTNA Teacher of the Year Committee and Chair
2009-2011 MTNA Student Teacher of the Year Committee
2011-2012 MTNA Conference Planning Committee
2009-2013 Editorial Committee of the American Music Teacher

Cheryl Norman mother’s love of music and sacrifice for piano lessons are the reason Cheryl loves music and teaching. She also loved her piano instructors growing up. Their enthusiasm and careful mentoring are the reason music is her passion and career. For the past 30 years Utah MTA and MTNA members are her “family”--sharing all that is beautiful in music, mentoring, love, and friendship. Her best friends (including her archaeologist husband) are musicians. Her students are her daily musical family—she feels privileged to have shared hours of music with many talented Utah students. Her greatest joy is her family of three married, musical and artistic daughters and 18 musical grandchildren (one has been accepted as a Composition major in the BYU Music Department).

Service to UMTA/MTNA Cheryl Norman-NCTM is grateful for opportunities to serve on the MTNA Board of Directors (2012-2014), National Certification Commission (2007-2010), MTNA-SPAC Chairman (2006-2007), UtahMTA State President (2004-2006), plus writing AMT Articles (2007, 2009). She earned a Masters Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy (BYU-1994) and has been an Adjunct Professor at BYU and UVU. Cheryl gives lectures on Music History and Certification at State, Division and National meetings, and has performed in the Western US (including Gina Bachauer Recital series-1994), China, Italy, Mexico and Guatemala. .

Congratulations 2014 "25 Year MTNA Members!"

Gina Barton
Cheryl Ann Blackley
Kathy Blommer
Jane Griffith
Carmen Hall, NCTM
Cindy Hughes
Karen Martineau
Barbara Shelton, NCTM
Julie Smith
Melanie Squires, NCTM
Molly Wilhelm, NCTM

Congratulations 2013 "25 Year MTNA Members!"

Seated L-R: Gloria Savage and Marie Harris.;
Standing L-R: Anna Anderson, Lois Matthews, Sandra Preysz and Michelle Thomas
(Susan Schofield not in attendance at the banquet)

Congratulations to the following members who have shown dedication and commitment to UMTA through their long-standing membership. these members were honored at the Friday Night Banquet and received a complimentary banquet meal as a token of their commitment.

Anna Anderson, NCTM (Ogden Chapter)
Lois Matthews, NCTM (Ogden/Davis Chapters)
Gloria Savage, NCTM (Jordan River Chapter)
Susan Schofield, NCTM (Sandy Chapter)
Michele Thomas (Timpanogos Chapter)
Marie-Ann Harris, NCTM (Sandy/Salt Lake Chapters)

Congratulations 2014 Certified MNTA Members (November 2013- September 2014)

Cynthia Coombs, NCTM (St. George Chapter
Danielle Dallas, NCTM (Davis Chapter)
Kim Fairbourn, NCTM (Sandy Chapter)
Diane Moon, NCTM (Davis Chapter)
Paula Stuart, NCTM (Jordan River, Salt Lake Chapters)
Brenda Tuttle, NCTM (Jordan River Chapter)

Congratulations 2013 Certified MNTA Members (November 2012- September 2013)

Shawn Bastian, NCTM (Davis/Timpanogos Chapters)
Christine Clayton, NCTM (Timpanogos Chapter)
Patrice Hunt, NCTM (St. George Chapter)
Lynda Broadbent, NCTM (Nebo Chapter)
Paula Manwaring, NCTM (Salt Lake/Sandy Chapters)
Yvette Zobell, NCTM (Timpanogos Chapter)


She was elected MTNA's Southwest Division Director, and will do an amazing job!!

Photo: © 2010 Harry Butler, Nashville

The new MTNA Director-Elects from the seven MTNA Divisions:
(L-R) Scott Beard (Eastern Division); Mary Sallee (South Central Division); Martha Thomas (Southern Division);
CHERYL NORMAN (Southwest Division); David French (Northwest Division); Timothy Shook (West Central Division);
Not pictured: Gerardo Ascheri (East Central Division)


Conlan Miller, student of Irene Perry-Fox, BYU, won FIRST PLACE in the Young Artist division, receiving the grand prize of a beautiful Steinway piano!!

Spencer Park, student of Lawerence Lowe, BYU, won FIRST PLACE COllegiate Brass

Weber State named Benjamin Whitten Collegiate Chapter of the Year
Weber State's Collegiate Chapter receives the Benjamin Whitten Collegiate Chapter of the Year Award from MTNA in 2009 for demonstrating excellence in its chapter activities. Utah's UMTA chapter also won Chapter of the Year in 2009.

UMTA receives State Affiliate of the Year.