National Officer Slate
Kevin Chance, NCTM
Kevin Chance, NCTM, serves as coordinator of the Gloria Narramore Moody Piano Area at the University of Alabama, where he has been recognized with the Walter R. Guyton Award for Excellence in Student Service. He has performed throughout North America, Europe and Asia as soloist and collaborator. An active chamber musician, Kevin frequently collaborates at the national conferences of MTNA, the National Flute Association and the National Opera Association.
Named the 2015–2016 Teacher of the Year by the Alabama Music Teachers Association and recently inducted into the inaugural class of the Steinway & Sons Music Teacher Hall of Fame in 2020, Kevin is a dedicated teacher maintaining a prize-winning studio of collegiate and pre-collegiate students. As a clinician and adjudicator, he presents workshops for local and state music teacher associations throughout the country.
At the national level, he serves as the vice president (2019–2021) of MTNA. In the past, he was elected Southern Division director (2016–2018) and served the MTNA Finance Committee from 2016–2018 and 2019–2021. Kevin has been a member of the Conference Planning Committee, and he is currently the national chair of the MTNA-Stecher and Horowitz Two Piano Competition. Kevin has been in involved with the Southern Division Competitions for the past 11 years as Competitions chair and Senior Competitions coordinator. Remaining active in the Alabama Music Teachers Association, he served as the president and Certification chair and currently chairs the state auditions and serves as the state clinician.
“Each day I walk into my studio, I am struck with a profound sense of how many of the past leaders in MTNA contributed to molding me into the musician and teacher I am today. Each encouraging word and hour of organization that went into creating each opportunity I cherished as a student are deeply appreciated. I am humbled to serve in my leadership roles with MTNA as I view each opportunity as an investment in the future of music and of MTNA. The face of music teaching is evolving quickly. We have been deeply challenged as we confront the realities of COVID-19. While our traditions must be acknowledged and embraced, we must seek unique approaches and opportunities for our students and for ourselves as we train 21st century musicians in a changing society. We must strive to offer the services and opportunities that our members and their students need to ensure the success of many future generations of musicians, he says.”
Peter Mack, NCTM
Peter Mack, NCTM, is a nationally renowned performer, clinician and convention artist. Originally from Ireland, he now lives in Seattle, Washington, where he runs a successful private studio. He was professor of piano at Cornish College for 33 years.
A choral scholar at Trinity College Dublin, Peter received his master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and his doctorate from the University of Washington. His students frequently win local, national and even international competitions. Peter is the proud teacher of 20 MTNA Competition national finalists and of three MTNA national first-place winners. He has written for Keyboard Companion, the Clarion and American Music Teacher.
For MTNA, Peter served on the national board as vice president (2017–2019) and as Northwest Division director (2010–2012). He chaired the planning committee for the 2014 Chicago National Conference, coordinated Pedagogy Saturday for the 2012 New York Conference and has led the Artistry Track multiple times. The 2015 Las Vegas conference saw him honored as a surprise MTNA Foundation Fellow.
For Washington State, he has served as district vice president (organizing two district conferences), education board member (two five-year terms), and adjudicator chair (organizing two adjudicator conferences). Peter is currently Washington State’s Foundation chair and serves on its nominating committee. He is especially honored to administer the state’s needy student MAP subsidy program. Peter has adjudicated for Washington’s amazing MAP/adjudications program for 23 years.
“With the Covid-19 emergency, many of us found that we had to reinvent completely our ways of teaching and to do it immediately! Retooling the national conference into an online event further demonstrated our ability to change, to adapt to the unexpected. We know the future is bringing new challenges. With MTNA, we can face them together. I am thrilled to be considered for an MTNA office because I personally owe the organization so much. I got my bachelor’s in Ireland, moving to the USA for my master’s and doctorate. The education I received in college (studying with excellent teachers) was wonderfully stimulating, but it was primarily geared to making me a performer. Thank heavens for MTNA! That’s where I got my main practical teaching skills, ones I use every single day. I am unbelievably grateful for the individual help, mentoring, stimulation and support of my MTNA colleagues. In addition, as an unexpected bonus, I gained incredible friends through the organization. I am truly thankful; it is an honor to be nominated,” he says.
Cindy Peterson-Peart, NCTM
Cindy Peterson-Peart, NCTM, holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Willamette University. As an independent teacher, she has maintained a vibrant and busy piano studio for more than 30 years. She is active as an adjudicator and clinician, judging exams and festivals and giving presentations throughout Oregon. In addition to accompanying instrumental and vocal soloists, Cindy enjoys performing with the eight-hand piano ensemble, Too Grand, which gives concerts to raise money for local charities. Peterson-Peart most recently served as the MTNA Northwest Division director from 2018–2020. Previous leadership roles include MTNA Collegiate Chapters Forum chair, MTNA State Presidents Advisory Council chair, four years on the MTNA Membership Committee, Senior coordinator for the MTNA Performance Competition at the state and division levels, president of Oregon Music Teachers Association, OMTA State Conference chair, treasurer of Portland District MTA and president of Portland District MTA. She was honored to be Oregon’s 2020 Foundation Fellow.
“Now more than ever, I think we all value connection and support. For me, MTNA has always provided that. The continuing education opportunities MTNA offers, as well as the mentoring I’ve received from wonderful colleagues, have shaped and continue to influence who I am as a teacher. Personally, many of my closest friendships have grown from connections I made through MTNA. We’ve raised our families together, supported each other through bad times and good, celebrated each other’s accomplishments and shared our lifelong love of music. As Collegiate Chapters Forum chair, I was honored to attend the past two Collegiate Piano Pedagogy Symposiums. The energy, creativity and enthusiasm of these young professional members is truly amazing. Moreover, I was struck by how they are still seeking the same things I did at their age: connection, support and growth. MTNA continues to provide us with a place to connect, opportunities to grow and the support we need to thrive. I’m excited to see where this energetic, creative generation of music teachers, and MTNA, takes us next,” she says.
Yu-Jane Yang, NCTM
Yu-Jane Yang, NCTM, is a Brady Presidential Distinguished Professor, Endowed Scholar/Artist of the College of Arts & Humanities and the director of Keyboard Studies at Weber State University in Utah. Yu-Jane feels extremely privileged being selected as the national recipient of the 2020 MTNA Teacher of the Year, and being named as an MTNA Foundation Fellow in 2011. She served on the board of the Utah Music Teachers Association for more than 20 years, including serving as the state president, state Competition chair, state Conference chair and state Collegiate Faculty chair. Yu-Jane also served as a co-chair of the Collegiate Pedagogy Teaching Committee and the Internship Committee of the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy from 2007 to 2018. She was recognized with an Outstanding Service Award in 2019 by NCKP and was bestowed with UMTA’s Legacy Award in 2010 for her exceptional teaching, outstanding professional achievements and superior service to the music profession.
Much in demand as a presenter, performer and master class teacher, Yu-Jane has given numerous piano workshops, master classes and concert performances in Austria, Poland, Norway, Spain, Italy, Germany, Singapore, China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Canada and the United States. She also appears frequently as an adjudicator for piano competitions nationally and internationally, including judging the MTNA National Finals of the Senior Piano Duet Competition, MTNA Southwest Division Piano Competitions and Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition preliminary auditions.
Yu-Jane’s piano students have been top prizewinners in both collegiate and pre-college divisions in numerous state, national and international piano competitions, including the national first place winner of the 2010 MTNA Steinway Young Artist Collegiate Piano Competition, and the 2020 Gilmore Young Artist Award winner. Her WSU Pedagogy students have also won state and national recognition for their outstanding teaching, including seven state winners of the UMTA Collegiate Student Teacher of the Year, one national winner of the MTNA Studio Teaching Fellowship, and four-time national winners of the MTNA Collegiate Chapter of the Year.
“I believe Passion-Vision-Communication-Innovation-Transformation will be the five essential components for MTNA to lead the music teaching profession into a new era full of unpredictable challenges and exciting opportunities to expand our boundaries together! I will strive wholeheartedly to bridge the gaps among collegiate music teaching, professional music studio teaching, and the training of the next generation of music students to become the versatile music teachers of the 21st Century,” she says.”
Christopher Goldston, NCTM, holds a master of music degree in piano performance and pedagogy from Northwestern University, and a bachelor of music degree in piano performance from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. He has taught at Columbia College Chicago and Sherwood Conservatory of Music and currently maintains an independent teaching studio in the historic Fine Arts Building in Chicago.
I n 1991, Christopher received the National Federation of Music Clubs Lynn Freeman Olson Composition Award for his first composition, “Night Train.” Since then he has written numerous pieces for piano, voice and chamber ensemble. His compositions are published by Alfred Music and the FJH Music Company. MTNA has commissioned Christopher for the Collaborative Music Commissioning Project for the 2022 MTNA National Conference.
Christopher has been the National Coordinator for the MTNA Composition Competition since 2010. He has also served as state and division coordinator for the competition. Christopher has been very active in the Chicago Area Music Teachers Association and has served in numerous roles, including president and vice president in charge of programs. He is current president (through the 2020 State Virtual Conference in the Fall) of Illinois State Music Teachers Association. He also has served on the MTNA National Conference Planning Committee. Christopher was named an MTNA Foundation Fellow in 2020.
Christopher is also in demand as a clinician and guest artist. He has presented for numerous music groups across the United States and has presented sessions at several MTNA state conferences as well as the MTNA National Conference. His students have won local, state and national composition competitions.
“MTNA has been an important part of my life for many years. I have been involved with MTNA competitions for over 20 years. When I was president-elect for Illinois, I headed up the project of combining and revising our constitution and bylaws into a single bylaws document, which included a major restructuring of the board. During my state presidency, together with the support of a strong and hardworking board, we have become more efficient, expanding our programs and offerings, while at the same time dramatically increasing our bank balance. I have met many fantastic friends and colleagues in MTNA. Now, more than ever, music teachers need the support of professional organizations like MTNA. I am extremely honored to be nominated for the position of MTNA Secretary-Treasurer,” he says.
Sharon T. Callahan has been active in MTNA for many years. She served as the South Central Division director on the MTNA Board and the MTNA Finance Committee (2018–2020). Her MTNA appointments include Wellness Forum chair, and the MTNA Foundation Development and Affiliate Grants committees. Sharon has also served as the South Central Division Performance Competition Senior coordinator and has written several reviews of recently published piano repertoire for American Music Teacher. In 2015, she was honored as an MTNA Foundation Fellow and joined the Legacy Society in 2016.
Sharon is very active in the Texas Music Teachers Association (TMTA) and has served as president, vice president for business activities, TMTA Board member and managing editor of the TMT magazine. Currently she is a TMTEF Trustee and TMTA Board member. In 2009, she was honored with TMTA’s “Teacher of the Year” award. At the local association level, she has served in almost every official capacity.
She collaborates as a piano accompanist for numerous civic and school groups and various choral and instrumental soloists. She is frequently requested as an adjudicator for many festivals and contests.
Sharon is a graduate of Baylor University earning a BBA degree in management and computer information systems. She and her husband, John, live in Montgomery, Texas, with their three cats.
“Being a member of MTNA provides so many opportunities for us, not only to grow as musicians and learn new and innovative teaching techniques, but also to network with colleagues. Meeting so many wonderful people from all across America has been key for me over the past 30 years of membership, and I will treasure those friendships for a lifetime. MTNA offers a myriad of options for teachers to get involved and volunteer their time and talents to help shape the musical society of tomorrow. Today’s world is facing dramatic change and music teachers organizations are caught up in it. MTNA and its affiliated associations exist to serve their members, but many of the tried-and-true benefits that have long served us no longer seem relevant in a 21st Century world. As a recent Board member, we faced many thought-provoking issues—a declining membership and the budgetary restraints that it causes. Our biggest challenge is “how do we remain relevant?” I am honored to be nominated for the position of Secretary-Treasurer; it would be a blessing to get the opportunity to live out my passion to serve my fellow MTNA members, especially during these challenging times,” she says.