Board of Trustees
Leslie Vial Owsley
Former Assistant General Counsel for Verizon, handling federal regulatory matters; Student at The New School for Music Study (ages 7-18); Past President, Community Concerts at Second, Inc.
Dean, Meadows School of the Arts, and Algur H. Meadows Chair and Professor of Music, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX; educator, clinician, co-author of over 75 critically recognized publications including The Music Tree.
CEO of Lingraphica, provider of devices and software for people who have lost their ability to speak due to stroke; spent 10 years in the music business starting a band, recording studio and record label. Currently a student at the New School for Music Study.
Marvin R. Blickenstaff
Past President, Director of Program for Excellence in Piano Study (PEPS), The New School for Music Study; clinician, author and editor.
E. L. Lancaster
Piano faculty member at California State University Northridge. He holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University and established the masters and doctoral programs in piano pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma. Lancaster is a co-author of Alfred’s Premier Piano Course, Music for Little Mozarts, and Alfred’s Group Piano for Adults. In 2019, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy and the Outstanding Alumnus in Fine Arts Award from Murray State University.
Jane Magrath is professor and director of piano pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma. Her book The Pianist’s Guide to Standard Teaching and Performance Literature has become a classic reference work for pianists throughout the country. Magrath earned her DMA in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University. She was named the first recipient of MTNA’s Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award for the Outstanding Contribution to Piano Pedagogy.
William Chapman Nyaho
William Chapman Nyaho serves as piano faculty at Pacific Lutheran University and summer faculty of Interlochen Center for the Arts and maintains a private studio. An active performer, he gives recitals and concerts in Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean and in cities across the United States where he advocates music by composers of African descent.
Teacher, adjudicator, workshop clinician and performer. Senior Editor for the Piano Magazine; co-author of The Music Tree 3: Activities and The Music Tree 4: Activities (Alfred Publishing); Educational Consultant for the Frances Clark Library for Piano Students; former Director and Instructor, Preparatory and Community Piano Program, Concordia University Chicago; Visiting Professor, Piano Pedagogy, Concordia University Chicago.
Chee-Hwa Tan has served as the Head of Piano Pedagogy at the University of Denver Lamont School of Music, as well as on the piano pedagogy faculties at the Oberlin Conservatory and Southern Methodist University. Ms. Tan is the author of internationally acclaimed A Child’s Garden of Verses and other piano collections. Her music is published by Piano Safari; with selections included in the Repertoire and Study series of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Canada, and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London.