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Leslie Vial Owsley, Chair, formerly served as Assistant General Counsel for Verizon, handling federal regulatory matters. A student at The New School for Music Study from age 7-18, she is a Past President of Community Concerts at Second, Inc.

Scott Price, President, chairs the piano department at the University of South Carolina where he is Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy. Dr. Price is creator and editor-in-chief of the on-line journal, Piano Pedagogy Forum, which received the 2008 MTNA Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award. His work with students with autism has been featured on national television (Dateline NBC) and at the national conventions of MTNA and NCKP.

Marvin R. Blickenstaff, Past President, teaches at The New School for Music Study in Kingston, NJ and in his home studio in Pennsylvania. Blickenstaff's teaching career is associated with the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and with Goshen College. 2007, Piano Pedagogy Forum published tributes to Blickenstaff honoring his contribution to piano teaching in America. In that same year he was named Fellow of the Royal Conservatory of Music at Toronto. In 2009, the MTNA selected him for their highest honor, the Achievement Award.

samholland 1Sam Holland, Executive Director is an award-winning professor of music and Dean of the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. He is author of over 70 critically-acclaimed piano method and repertoire collections. Holland is the 2015 MTNA Teacher of the Year.

Nina Melker, Treasurer, is Senior Vice President-Commercial Loan Officer of The Bank of Princeton in Princeton, NJ.  She serves as Chair of the East Windsor Chapter of the Mercer County Chamber of Commerce and is the Vice-President of Development and a Board member of the Trenton Public Education Foundation.

Donna K AlexanderDonna K. Alexander, President and CEO of Advoxum Global Strategies, a global financial services advisory firm; member, Bretton Woods Committee; past member, United States Export-Import Bank advisory council; Member of the Bar, District of Columbia and US Supreme Court; Board member, Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Chapter; past service on various not-for-profit boards; concert artist; author.

Andrew Hisey has served on the piano faculties of the Oberlin Conservatory and St. Olaf College, and currently teaches at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota while maintaining a small private studio.  An active soloist and collaborative performer, Dr. Hisey is a regional leader and senior adjudicator for The Achievement Program.  As editor, Andrew has played a major role in the creation of The Composer Editions, Christopher Norton: Connections for Piano, and Pattern Play: Inspiring Creativity at the Piano.

Mitchell Kleiman is Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at ADP and a parent of New School for Music Study students.

Beverly Lapp teaches applied piano, piano pedagogy and music theory at Goshen College. She is a frequent workshop clinician for piano teachers’ associations in the Midwest and presented a paper on models for music programs in liberal arts colleges at the 2010 College Music Society National Conference.  She holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from Goshen College and Westminster Choir College of Rider University and recently completed a doctor of education in music at Columbia University’s Teachers College. Lapp co-coordinates the annual Goshen College Piano Workshop and Academy for piano teachers and high-school pianists.

George Litterst is a nationally known music educator, clinician, author, performer, and music software developer. A classically-trained pianist, he is also co-author of the intelligent music display and accompaniment software program Home Concert Xtreme, the musical presentation program Classroom Maestro, and the long distance teaching program Internet MIDI.

Craig Sale, NCTM, is Director of the Preparatory & Community Piano Program at Concordia University Chicago, where he also teaches courses in piano pedagogy. He holds degrees from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois, and a Professional Teaching Certificate from The New School for Music Study, where he received his pedagogical training from Frances Clark. He is an Associate Editor for Clavier Companion magazine.

MaryKelleyMary Kelly, Secretary, is Vice President of the R.J.K. Foundation. She serves on the Advisory Board of The Norman Rockwell Museum and is a member of the Director’s Circle of The Smithsonian American Art Museum. She works as Defense Consulting for the US government.