We have so many members who have served our state and local associations in many areas. Linda is one of those people that fits the phrase: “If you need something done, ask a busy person.” She reflects on these past busy years saying: “When I thought about all the volunteer positions and activities I have held or participated in over the years for MTNA, CSMTA and GAMTA, I realized the key was just saying yes when asked to do something. I understood that I could reach out to others if I had questions or needed assistance or advice. I’ve always known that organizations only thrive and remain beneficial to their members if everyone takes an active part.”
Linda is a nationally certified teacher of music in piano…we recognize NCTM after her name. She maintained a piano studio in Windsor, Colorado from 1990-2014 and relocated to Fort Collins in May of 2014. She is a member of Music Teachers National Association, Colorado State Music Teachers Association and Greeley Area Music Teachers Association. During 2000-2002 she served as Colorado State Music Teachers Association President. Currently she holds the position of Historian Chair in this organization and compiled their 90th anniversary book which is online at comusicteachers.net. She updates this online history annually. Linda has also served as the West Central Division Young Artist and Chamber Music Coordinator for three years and served as the West Central Division Competitions Chair in 2012 which involves students from the eight states in the division.
She shares insights on what it meant to her, the giving of time and effort for the benefit of our organizations. Linda reflects: “So many benefits came from volunteering. I learned how important it was to thoroughly understand the duties of what I was being asked to do, to be detail oriented and be prepared to handle unexpected situations. I feel the best benefit of choosing to be a volunteer was meeting members from across the state and other states. I got a bigger picture of the purpose of the organization at all levels. To this day I treasure the friendships I formed through these activities.”
“I thoroughly enjoyed the three years I served as West Central Division Young Artists and Chamber Music Coordinator. Even though it was a lot of work for several months leading up to the competitions, the culmination of the multi-state competition was inspiring to witness. In 2012 when Linda Stump asked me to be the West Central Division Chair, once again I found myself saying yes. In 2019 when I was asked to be Senior Coordinator for the MTNA Colorado Performance Competitions, I heard myself saying yes one more time. I was honored to be asked to present programs at our state conference two times with other members. I realize now how fast time goes because the conferences were both at Silver Creek a long time ago.”
Linda shares her personal story: She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary Education and a minor in music. In the fall of 1999, she completed the necessary tests to become nationally certified in piano by MTNA.
In addition to teaching, piano, Linda is an adjudicator for various local and state festivals in Colorado and Wyoming,
Linda’s family: “My husband, Ron, and I both love music and look forward to attending concerts again once the pandemic is over. We enjoy traveling and visiting Rocky Mountain National Park and staying at our condo in Estes Park. Our son Peter and his family live near us in Fort Collins and our son David and his family live in Castle Pines. We feel so lucky that our four grandchildren live so close to us.”