ATHENS, Ohio (April 10, 2007) -- Ohio University Professor of Piano Gail Berenson has been elected national president of Music Teachers National Association. MTNA, a professional organization of more than 24,000 music teachers, was founded in 1876 and is America's oldest professional music teachers organization.
She was installed as president in Toronto, Canada, at MTNA's 2007 conference. It was the first time MTNA has held a conference outside of the United States. The conference's location was the result of the historic collaboration of MTNA with the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers and the Royal Conservatory of Music, making this the largest and most diverse conference in MTNA history.
"I joined MTNA directly out of college and have the greatest respect for this professional organization and its mission," Berenson said. "Throughout the years, my students and I have benefited from MTNA?s many offerings, so I am honored and privileged to have been elected President and am very excited to continue expanding the legacy of this outstanding organization."
Berenson is an active performer and passionate chamber music collaborator, as well as a noted expert on musician wellness issues and is in demand as a performer, clinician, master class artist and adjudicator. She has performed and lectured in over 30 states, as well as Canada, Great Britain, Belgium, Switzerland, Portugal and Israel.
She performs in the Ohio University Cardinal Trio (with colleagues Marjorie Bagley, violin and Michael Carrera, cello) and the Ohio University Lyric Duo (with colleague Alison Brown Sincoff). She is one of the co-authors of "A Symposium for Pianists and Teachers: Strategies to Develop Mind and Body for Optimal Performance."
Berenson will serve a two-year term as president, followed by another two years on the MTNA Board of Directors, serving as immediate past president.