CSMTA JOURNEY Linda joined MTNA/CSMTA in 1972 and started going to state conferences that fall. She met Phyllis Pieffer at a CSMTA Board Meeting and they quickly became good friends. They went through the Certification process together. They were nationally certified in 1974 and Linda was Permanently Certified in 1994.
When Linda joined the Pikes Peak Music Teachers Association (PPTMA) she immediately became very active and served as their president from 1976-1978. She was also the Chair of several student events for Pikes Peak.
Linda joined her good friend on many ventures in CSMTA and, like Phyllis she served as CSMTA President from 1993-1996. It was during this time that the State Board decided to switch from a fall State Convention to a Summer State Convention. The First Summer State Convention was in Snowmass in 1994.
Linda was honored as MTNA Foundation Fellow in 2006 at the National Conference in Austin, TX She received the MTNA Distinguished Service Award in 2012 at the National Conference in New York City.
COMPETITIONS: Linda was a dynamic force in the success of several State and National Competitions. These events were greatly enhanced by her leadership: CSMTA Competitions Chair for several years West Central Division Senior Coordinator 1996-1998 MTNA National Senior Coordinator 1999-2001 MTNA Director of Competitions 2001-present
VOLUNTEERING: Linda grew up volunteering in different organizations and capacities. This carried over when she started a private studio and joined MTNA/CSMTA/PPMTA.
She share with us: “These organizations cannot function without volunteers in all positions. I consider this a very important part of my life and service.”
PRIVATE TEACHING: Linda taught private piano for 35 years before retiring in 1999. She has a Bachelor of Music Education from Wichita State University where she studied with Dr. Robert Steinbauer.
FAMILY: Linda lives in a delightful household of musicians. Her Husband, Keith, is an oboist. They met at Wichita State University where they were both students. They were married in 1963. Oldest son, David, was a saxophone major at Indiana University and retired from the Air Force Band in DC after 26 years. His son is currently a French Horn major at the Curtis Institute of Music. Youngest son, Kent, was a jazz trombone major at the University of North Texas and is co-owner of a recording studio in Dallas.