Marie Burnette, age 77, died on April 7, 2017, in High Point. Marie, who
was the daughter of the late Herbert H. Burnette and Helen Esta Short Burnette,
was born on February 9, 1940, in Draper (now Eden). She was a graduate of
Morehead High School.
memorial service will be held on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at
Emerywood Baptist Church, with visitation in the Gathering Area following the
service. Rev. Dorothy Bowen Klass and Rev. Meg Lacy will officiate.
The committal service will be at 2:30 p.m. at Ridge-View Memorial Gardens in
Eden, next to her parents.
was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (formerly the
Woman’s College) where she earned a B.M. in Piano, a B.A. in Organ and Master
of Music in Organ. She was an independent music teacher in High Point,
and taught piano and organ for more than 50 years. Even from her
childhood, she knew she wanted to be a piano teacher. She would bring
students home from Junior High to teach them piano. She was certified by
the NC Music Teachers Association and the Music Teachers National Association.
was president of the NCMTA, the first independent music teacher to have that
position. She served as national secretary of MTNA and was the national
chair of the Independent Music Teachers Forum of MTNA and secretary-treasurer
of the Southern Division of MTNA. Marie was honored in 2004 as an MTNA
Foundation Fellow. In 2008 she was selected as the NCMTA Teacher of the
Year; she was the first recipient of this award. In 2009 she was selected
as the MTNA National Teacher of the Year. Mayor Becky Smothers declared a
resolution recognizing Marie for the national honor. She is listed in
several editions of Who’s Who. Included are the International Who’s Who in
Music, Who’s Who in America, and Outstanding Musicians of the 20th Century.
was a founding member of the High Point Piano Teachers Assoc. in 1972.
She held every office in the organization several times. She was honored
in 1997 for her 25 years of service to HPPTA. Marie performed the
premiere performance of Robert Vandall’s “High Point Toccata”, which the group
commissioned for its 25th anniversary. Margaret Goldston dedicated a
composition, “Danza de la Senorita”, to Marie in 1994.
planned special “theme recitals” for her students each year. Themes
included a play about Mozart, weather, ensembles, animals, cats, food, sports
and travel. She presented programs about theme recitals to music teacher
groups with a related article published in Keyboard Companion. Articles
were also published in the American Music Teacher and Music Educators Journal.
had served as organist and/or choir director at Asheboro Street Baptist Church
(now Friendly Avenue Baptist Church) in Greensboro, First Baptist Church in
Kernersville, Green Street Baptist Church in High Point, and First Church of
Christ Scientist in High Point. Marie retired after 16 years as music
associate/organist at Emerywood Baptist Church, where she was a member and also
sang in the Sanctuary Choir.
was on the boards of the High Point Community Chorus, Music for a Great Space,
NC Organ Festival, the Musical Arts Guild of UNCG, secretary of the Friends of
the High Point Library, vice-president of Piedmont Artists, and secretary of
the Musical Art Club of High Point. She was a member of Pi Kappa Lambda,
music honorary society; Mu Phi Epsilon, international music fraternity;
American Guild of Organists, Harriet Elliott Society of UNCG, NC Zoo Society,
Citizens for International Understanding and the High Point Literary League.
interests included reading, attending concerts and travel. She traveled
to all 50 states and 47 foreign countries. Highlights of her travel
included a safari to Kenya, with a hot-air balloon ride, a choir trip to
Europe, homestays in Japan and Indonesia, dog-sledding in Alaska, and riding a
camel in Egypt and an elephant in Thailand.
include her aunt, Mrs. Augusta Phelps of Lynchburg, VA; and 20 cousins.
Also surviving are her namesake, Amanda Marie Benson of Cary, and her mother
Myra Benson; as well as her goddaughter, Elizabeth Calvert of Salisbury, and
her mother Grey Calvert Ward. Myra and Grey were Marie’s college
friends. Other survivors include the Emerywood Birthday Club, the High
Point Piano Teachers and her special friends, Dorothy O’Connor, Dorothy Bowen
Klass and Diane Higgins, and her dear feline companion, Callie.
Appreciation is expressed to her caregivers, Rhonda Mock and Michele Aldrich.
contributions may be sent to UNCG, Office of University Advancement, for the
Marie Burnette Piano Scholarship, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170.
Gregory Campbell McCallum, 51, of Durham, N.C., died
Tuesday, February 9, 2016. Born on May
3, 1964, Gregory was the son of Martel B. and Ophelia McLean McCallum of
Rowland, NC. He is survived by his
brothers, Al McCallum and wife Christy of Woodruff, SC, and Stuart McCallum and
wife Kay of Rowland, NC, his nephew, Justin Reaves of Fort Mill, SC. , and his
partner, Dr. Jesus Gonzalez of Winston Salem, NC. He was preceded in death by his sister,
Gregory was a concert pianist and teacher who has performed
across North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia in some of the
world's most prestigious concert halls including the John F. Kennedy Center for
the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., Preston Bradley Hall in Chicago, New
York's Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and St. Martin-in-the-Fields in
London. He received music degrees from
the University of Maryland at College Park, the Eastman School of Music in
Rochester, New York, and the Hochschule für Musik in Würzburg, Germany. Some of his teachers included Grace Watson,
Michael Zenge, Arne Torger, Nelita True, Maria Curcio Diamand, and Ronald and
Carlyle Hodges. Gregory’s complete
biography may be viewed at www.gregmccallum.com.
Memorial services were held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday,
February 13, 2016, at United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr
Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 14, 2016, at
Ashpole Presbyterian Church, 192 Ashpole Church, Rowland, NC 28383. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be
made to his churches or to the Alzheimers Foundation 1305 Navaho Dr #101,
Raleigh, NC 27609.
Diane Blanchard, NCTM, has been elected as the
MTNA Southern Division Director-Elect for 2016-2018.
Her term will begin at the end of the MTNA National Conference on April 6, 2016. She will automatically become the Southern Division Director for the term 2018-2020. Diane would like to thank her friends and colleagues for their support during the election. She is honored to represent NCMTA and the Southern Division. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve at this level for an organization that has been such a huge part of her professional career and personal life.
She always says, “All my best friends are music teachers!”
May Journal Additional Reports
Tonya Kirk, Vice-President (Membership)
Current Membership Report (as of March 20, 2015)
Total Members: 531
Church Music 1
College/University Faculty 89
Commercial Studio 1
Public School 1
None listed 1
Certified Teachers (NCTM): 96
The following types of membership are available:
Membership Type National Dues State Dues Total
Individual $70 $30 $100
Student $16 $6 $22
Patron $75 *
Senior (70+ years of age) $52.50 *
Retired $35 *
*Information not available at time of publication.
Cape Fear Music Teachers Association
Chapel Hill Music Teachers Association
Charlotte Music Teachers Association
Durham Music Teachers Association
Greensboro Music Teachers Association
Raleigh Piano Teachers Association
PIANO SECTION NEWS
Dr. Karen Beres, NCTM, Piano Section Chair
We all look forward to the turning of the seasons – the first signs of spring, the lazy days of summer, cool nights ushering in the beauty of fall, that first frost… Finally, as we look upon the final stretch toward the end of the school year, the signs of spring appear to be more than a passing fancy… the trees are flowering, the grass is showing signs of needing to be mowed – and the 2015-16 Contest/Festival Repertoire List is here! You can find copies of the list both in the May journal and on the NCMTA website. My work with the volunteer committee was a joy once again, and I think we have some charming works that students and teachers will really enjoy. Many thanks go to the valuable efforts of this year’s selection committee: Julie Gorka (Junior A), Sheila Dacus (Junior B), Chad Leatherman (Senior A), and Greg McCallum (Senior B), who made my job as easy as it can be, and to Allen Herther, whose expertise and hospitality were greatly appreciated by everyone once again.
Thanks to Dr. Bradley Martin, Western Carolina University, and Dr. Barry Salwen, University of North Carolina-Wilmington, for presenting the Junior and Senior lists at this year’s fall workshops. Locations and time for the 2015-16 Contest/Festival Repertoire List Workshops are as follows:
Saturday, September 12, 2015 (Raleigh – Ruggero Piano)
Saturday, September 19, 2015 (Charlotte – Queens University)
Junior music (Bradley Martin) mornings, 9:00-12:00
Senior music (Barry Salwen) afternoons, 1:00-5:00
Many thanks to the leadership of Vice-Chair Brad Hunnicutt, who handled the arrangements for the workshops.
As we anticipate the first frost of the fall in October, we also look forward to gathering together at our NCMTA State Conference. Details for this year’s conference, at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC from October 15-18, 2015, are being ably shaped by President-Elect Kerry Carlin and Local Conference Chair Kent Lyman. I am excited to welcome our conference artist, Dr. Stephen Beus, for a Friday evening piano recital, followed on Saturday by a workshop and piano masterclass.
“Mesmerizing… explosive… intelligent… he belongs on the world stage” (Salt Lake Tribune). In the space of four months, American pianist Stephen Beus won first prize in the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, first place in the Vendome Prize Intermational Competition (Lisbon) and was awarded the Max I. Allen Fellowship of the American Pianists Association (Indianapolis). Currently on the piano faculty at the University of Oklahoma, Stephen brings his wealth of knowledge and depth of musicality to share with us. I have no doubt that we will all be inspired by his musical offerings!
So, enjoy your spring and summer, and I’ll look forward to joining you all at our fall repertoire list workshops and at the state conference in October!
Voice Section News
The Voice Section of NCMTA would like to invite all members to attend the 2015 NCMTA State Conference at Meredith College. Many enriching and valuable professional development sessions geared toward teaching voice will be offered. Most notably composers, conductors, teachers and husband & wife duo Sally Albrecht and Jay Althouse will present two not-to-be-missed sessions!
Vocal Performance Hour
Mark your calendars now and register online.
Date: May 31, 2015
Time: 2pm to 3pm
Location: Studio of Wendy Martelli; Apex, NC
Deadline to Register: May 15
More Performance Hours:
Nov 15, 2015 (location TBD)
Mar 6, 2016 (location TBD)
May 22, 2016 (location TBD)
Composition/Theory Section News
Young Composers' Contest
Please mail your entries to the following address:
909 Evian Lane
Matthews, NC 28105
Entry deadline is September 12, 2015
Winners will perform in a recital at the state convention, October 16-18, 2015, exact date/time to be decided.
MTNA Composition Competition
Please review rules for the competition at MTNA.org.
The application will be available August, 2015.
50-Year Members Honored at the 2012 NCMTA State Conference
hyllis Garriss, violin, viola
Ruth Sinclair, NCTM, piano
Isabel Samfield, voice, piano, violin
Dr. Paul Topper, violin
Marie Burnette, NCTM, piano
(Unable to attend conference: Nell Middleton, NCTM)