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UMTA Performance Judges List
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
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.
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
North Logan, UT 84341
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.
Penni Daun Eads, NCTM
Kaysville Piano Academy
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
Evelyn has been teaching for 30 + years
Member UMTA, UFMC
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
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 Utahís 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 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
Susan Schofield, NCTM
Susan Schofield attended the Eastman School of Music Preparatory Department and then
later Peabody Conservatory Preparatory Department where she received her certificate in
piano. She then studied with Mona Smith at Brigham Young University and received a
Bachelor of Music degree in piano pedagogy. She later earned a Masters of Music in
piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Utah studying with Janet Mann.
Dr. Pamela P. Jones
2969 Craig Drive
SLC, UT 84109
Dr. Pamela Palmer Jones is a much sought-after collaborative keyboardist in the Intermountain area, and has also worked extensively as a solo and collaborative pianist in Los Angeles, London, St. Louis, and Chicago. She performs regularly with the Beethoven Park City Chamber Music Festival, Ensemble Iris, Utopia Early Music, The Vivaldi Virtuosi, and Utah's new professional chamber orchestra, Sinfonia Salt Lake.
Currently Dr. Jones is a music professor at the University of Utah School of Music. Dr. Jones has previously taught at Salt Lake Community College, Harper College, and College of Lake County. In 2011, Dr. Jones earned the Permanent Professional Certified Teacher of Music in Piano, conferred by the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).
Park City, UT 84098
Chari has judged for NATS and Federation.
Tricia West received her Bachelorís Degree in Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Utah in 1991. She studied piano with Bonnie Gritton and Susan Duehlmeier. She has been teaching piano for 36 years and currently has 65 students she teaches each week. Tricia is a member of the Sandy Music Teachers Association and is the Chairperson for the Sandy MTA Piano Festival. She runs the Progressive Artist Competition in that festival as well.
Tricia enjoys accompanying instrumentals and playing music with her 4 daughters, 2 of which are majoring in Piano as well.
Tricia has judged for the State Piano Solo and Ensemble, Davis and Sandy Music Teachers Associations AIM evaluations and Encore evaluations.
UMTA Instrumental/Voice Judges
Lisa Smith 801 916-9885
Violin & Viola:
Carol Ann Allred