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The current pay rate is a minimum of $30.00 per hour of judging.

Mileage coverage is also recommended at $.50 /mile.

The UMTA Piano/Instrumental Judges List is a suggestion of potential piano and instrumental/vocal judges. It is not all-inclusive, and is provided simply to facilitate finding qualified judges. Individuals or groups seeking judges for their events may find this list useful. However, please be aware that you are responsible for making sure the judge/s you select are a good fit for your need.

To remain on this list you must be a current member of UMTA. If your dues lapse, you will be removed. If there are written complaints about your judging, you will be removed.
Dr. Christian Bohnenstengel, NCTM
Cedar City/St. George
(816) 344-3652

Dr. Christian Bohnenstengel earned graduate degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has been teaching at Southern Utah University since 2008, and currently serves as Director of Keyboard Studies.
Dr. Christie Sowby
Salt Lake City (willing to travel)

Dr. Christie Sowby, NCTM, is a professional piano coach, chamber musician, pianist, and accompanist. She has performed throughout the world and is an adjudicator, music advocate, and a winner of piano competitions. Dr. Sowby has won state and national awards for her teaching and has presented at local, university, state, national, and international music conferences. She strives to be at the cutting edge of music technology, pedagogy, new music, and performance. Dr. Sowby attended Brigham Young University, the New England Conservatory of Music, Harvard University, and the University of Utah.

Mary Hood
Ephraim, UT 84627
(215) 272-4474 (cell)

Mary judged in Pennsylvania for the Dorothy Sutton Preliminary Piano Festival. She was chairperson for the Connie Murray Piano Festival for 8 years...a total of 604 students at one point! She is currently chairperson of the Central Utah NFMC.
Melanee Ardizzone, NCTM
Pleasant View, UT 84414
Cell: 801.458.4604

Miho Everitt
North Logan, UT 84341
Home: 435.753.2171
Cell: 435.764.2960

Miho was a student of Jorg Demus. and has won numerous competitions including the All Japan soloist contest. She studied with Dr. Susan Duelmeirer. Miho has accompanied various instruments , voices, operas, orchestra and bands. She was an accompanist for the "Beethoven's 9th with a cast of 10,000". She also taught lessons at Yamaha music school in Osaka Japan. Miho Everitt
Penni Daun Eads, NCTM
Kaysville Piano Academy
Davis County

Associate Degree, Ricks College, 1981, student of Del Parkinson, Piano Performance Major, had several students while attending Ricks College (younger students, teens, and adults),nominated student of the year from the Music Dept, performed Rachmaninoff 2nd Piano Concerto, 2nd mvt, with the Ricks College symphony

Bachelor of Music Degree, USU, 1983, student of Gary Amano, Piano Performance Major, taught in the Youth Conservatory, taught college students piano for credit, performed Prokofiev 3rd Piano Concerto, 3rd mvt, with the USU symphony.
Evelyn Westwood, NCTM
Member of Jordan River Chapter
801 262-6243 home
801-243-8821 call or text
Taylorsville, UT

Evelyn has been teaching for 30 + years
Teaches beginner - Early Advanced
NCTM 10 years
Assistant conductor for the Choral Arts Society of Utah, CASU, under the direction of Sterling Poulson.
Sean R. Steiner
4666 South 1050 East
Ogden, Utah 84403

Sean R. Steiner has served as an adjudicator for piano competitions and events for Encore and UMTA groups from Salt Lake City to Vernal. He is also a frequent judge for Utah State University's Piano Festival, the The Salt Lake Piano Competition, and most recently, the new Utah International Piano Academy and Competition held at the University of Utah. Mr. Steiner holds a Bachelor's degree in performance from Eastman School of Music and currently operates Steiner Piano Studio and also teaches as adjunct faculty at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.
Heather K. Smith, NCTM
Centerville, Utah

Heather K. Smith, NCTM is an independent music teacher. She maintains a piano studio in her home in Centerville, Utah. Studying under the direction of Professor Lenora Ford Brown, Heather received a Master of Music and Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at the University of Utah.

While in school, Heather was the Assistant Director and an Associate Instructor at the University of Utah’s School of Music Preparatory Division. She is active in her professional organizations and serves on several executive boards including: Utah Music Teachers Association, Mundi Project, and Bountiful Davis Art Center. In addition, she is a member of the Utah Division of Arts and Museums Change Leader Program. As part of her Change Leader certification, Heather oversaw the fundraising and creation of a recital space at Bountiful Davis Art Center.

Heather was recognized for her teaching and was honored with the National MTNA Student Achievement Recognition Award. She was also awarded the Student Teacher of the Year by the Utah Music Teachers Association. She is a certified teacher through the Music Teachers National Association and the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith is an international concert pianist and has performed concerts throughout South America, South Africa, and Europe. Nathan is an adjudicator, including local and international competitions, arranger, and pedagogue. Nathan currently lives Orem Utah, USA

UMTA Instrumental/Voice Judges Flute:

Tina Castellanos
702 321-5427

Carlton Vickers

Lorinda Atwater
801 543-3253

Sally Humphreys
801 355-8859

Nancy Toone
801 292-9105

Caitlin Valovick-Moore

Lisa Smith 801 916-9885


Bonnie Schroeder
801 518-1542

Justin Torres
801 475-7777

Holly Gornik
801 809-4415

Daron Bradford

Kathy Pope
801 484-1252

Henry Caceras
801 702-3003


Mark Ely

Violin & Viola:

Marilyn Anderson
801 295-0942

Joel Rosenberg
801 581-0113

Meredith Campbell
801 573-1310

Francine Potter
801 277-4654

Hasse Borup
801 587-9375

Kasia Sokol
801 916-2149

Jack Ashton
801 588-9920

Gerald Elias
413 717-7103

Kelly Parkinson
801 913-3566

Judy Rich
801 287-8636

Elizabeth Palmer
801 942-4883


Larissa Humphreys
801 573-0620

Elliott Cheney
801 703-8943

Richard Hoyt
801 262-5534

Cassie Olson
801 712-4739

Kevin Shumway
801 531-9663

Ellen Bridger
801 364-6118


Carol Ann Allred
801 274-7772


Jeb Wallace

Cary Campbell
801 626-6790