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!”

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, Beverly Reaves.


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


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.

NCMTA Voice Section master class

On Saturday, April 12th, NCMTA Voice Section hosted a master class with the very talented Jeffery Alani Stanfill.  It was a successful night with four different students performing pop and musical theater song selections such as “Superboy and the Invisible Girl” from Next to Normal, “Memory” from Cats, “Shy” from Once Upon a Mattress and “Far Away” by Nickelback.  Mr. Stanfill expertly lead each student through exercises that directly met the needs of their voices.  Overall, it was a positive experience for each student performing and a useful and educational event for all other teachers and students that were fortunate to attend.  Annette Stowe stated about the event, “I enjoyed the master class, and felt the techniques demonstrated were consistent with classical training, even though the performances were of musical theatre and pop songs. I was able to take several warm ups and apply them to my own teaching, and can already hear a difference in several students.”  We are very appreciative of Mr. Stanfill for sharing his time and knowledge with us as well as grateful to the School of Rock and Roll for providing a fantastic stage, sound and seating for our event.

May Journal Additional Reports

Membership News

Tonya Kirk, Vice-President (Membership)


Current Membership Report (as of March 20, 2015)

Total Members: 531


Teaching Status:

            Church Music                                     1

            College/University Faculty                  89

            Commercial Studio                             1

            Independent                                                    400

            Other                                                               25

            Public School                                      1

            Retired                                                            2

            Student                                                            11

            None listed                                                      1

Certified Teachers (NCTM): 96


Dues Information

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.


Local Associations

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



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:

    Pamela Mullins

    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 

   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)