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OHIO’s School of Music Reigns Winner at National Conference

OHIO’s School of Music Reigns Winner at National Conference

Erica Molfetto | Apr 21, 2015

Five students and two distinguished faculty members attended the Music Teachers National Association’s annual conference this March in Las Vegas, Nevada and received two prestigious honors.

Gail Berenson, Professor Emeritus of Piano Performance, was awarded the Music Teachers National Association’s Distinguished Service Award. This award, first presented in 2005, is given annually to an MTNA member whose service to the organization at the national level has been significant and long-term.

Berenson has been a devoted member of the organization, and has served in many leadership roles throughout her involvement with MTNA. She has served as president-elect, president, vice president, and chair of the 2002 and 2003 MTNA National Conference Committees. In addition, she was instrumental in the founding of the MTNA Pedagogy Committee. In 2000, Berenson was named “Distinguished Teacher of the Year” in 2000, as well as “MTNA Foundation Fellow” in 2007.

As a result of her notable work in the piano pedagogue field, she is a highly sought after performer, clinician, master class artist, adjudicator, author, reviewer and pedagogy consultant who continues to garner national accolades.

The second honor was awarded to the Ohio University’s Colligate chapter of MNTA. The chapter was named the Benjamin Whitten Collegiate Chapter of the Year Award; a tremendous honor that is given to a chapter of MTNA in recognition of their exceptional contributions to the profession.

Through their initiative called PROJECT INSPIRARE, Ohio University’s Colligate chapter of MNTA has made strides to engage Athens-area elementary school students in a comprehensive classical-music education program, thus earning them the prestigious award.

In addition to the conference, current and past students had the opportunity to both reminisce and network during an informal “alumni gathering,” hosted by Associate Professor of Piano Dr. Christopher Fisher, and notable piano alumni Dr. Gayle Kowalchyk, who now serves as the Senior Keyboard Editor at Alfred Music Publishing Co., the world’s largest education music publisher.

For more information about PROJECT INSPIRARE or Ohio University’s Colligate chapter of MNTA, please visit: http://www.projectinspirare.org/

For more information about Gail Berenson’s continued achievements, please visit: http://www.gailberenson.com

For more information about OHIO Fine Arts Events, please visit: www.ohio.edu/finearts

 
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