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Staff

The Frances Clark Center


Jennifer Snow

CEO and Executive Director

Dr. Jennifer Snow is an internationally recognized executive, artist, educator, and thought leader. She leads all divisions of the Frances Clark Center: Piano Magazine, NCKP: The Piano Conference, New School for Music Study, Piano Education Press, International Teacher Education, Piano Inspires, and Piano Stories on Stage concert series. Passionate about the transformative power of the arts, Jennifer is dedicated to serving and advancing the mission of the Center.

Leah Claiborne

Leah Claiborne

Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Leah Claiborne, D.M.A. promotes diversity in the arts by championing piano music by Black composers in her performances, research, and teaching. She serves as Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Frances Clark Center/National Conference of Keyboard Pedagogy.

Alejandro Cremaschi

Alejandro Cremaschi

Director, Research Advancement

Alejandro Cremaschi is Professor of Piano Pedagogy at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research areas include pedagogical technology and Latin American music. He has recorded for the labels IRCO, Ostinato, Marco Polo and Meridian Records. His pedagogical edition and publication of Alberto Ginastera’s Doce Preludios Americanos for piano was published by Carl Fisher in 2016.

Emanuel Lancaster

E.L. Lancaster

Director, Publication Projects

E. L. Lancaster is a piano faculty member at California State University, Northridge. Previous positions include Senior Vice President and Keyboard Editor-in-Chief for Alfred Music and David Ross Boyd Professor of Music at the University of Oklahoma. In 2019, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.

Sara Ernst

Sara Ernst

Director, Teacher Engagement

Sara Ernst, PhD, is an active pedagogue and pianist, and Associate Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the University of South Carolina. She is Director of Teacher Engagement for the Frances Clark Center and immediate past president of the South Carolina Music Teachers Association.

Shana Kirk

Director, Digital Operations

Shana Kirk is a Colorado-based pianist, teacher, and technology consultant. Exploring the convergence of technology and pedagogy, Shana frequently appears on programs across the US and Canada, serves as Director of Digital Operations for the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy, and co-authors Tech Connect for American Music Teacher.

Andrea McAlister

Andrea McAlister

Director, Digital Content; Senior Editor

Dr. Andrea McAlister serves as Director of Digital Programming for the Frances Clark Center and a Senior Editor for Piano Magazine. Dr. McAlister is Professor of Piano Pedagogy at Oberlin College and a member of the Yamaha Master Educator Collective.

Artina McCain

Artina McCain

Program Advisor, Advanced Repertoire

Artina McCain is an acclaimed pianist, educator and speaker. Known for promulgating the work of Black Composers, she has 5 award winning albums and arranged 24 African American Folk Songs for the Hal Leonard series. Currently, she is the coordinator of Keyboard Area at the University of Memphis.

Rebecca Mergen Pennington

Administrative Director, New School for Music Study

Rebecca Mergen Pennington has been a member of the faculty of the New School for Music Study since 2007 and currently serves as the Administrative Director. She holds a DMA and MM in Piano Performance from the University of Kansas, and a BM in Music Education from Concordia College.

Pamela Pike

Pamela Pike

Editor in Chief and Chief Content Director, Piano Magazine

Pamela D. Pike is the Spillman Professor of Piano Pedagogy and Associate Dean of Research at Louisiana State University. As an active researcher of pedagogical topics, she is a sought-after speaker and clinician. Pike has published articles, book chapters and full-length books, and is editor-in-chief of the Piano Magazine.

Craig Sale

Craig Sale

Director, Online Courses; Senior Editor

Craig Sale, NCTM, is a pianist, teacher, workshop clinician, adjudicator, author, and editor. For thirty years he served as Director of the Preparatory and Community Piano Program at Concordia University Chicago where he also taught university courses in piano pedagogy. He was a pedagogy student of Frances Clark and Louise Goss.

Luis Sanchez

Luis Sanchez

Director, International Engagement

Luis Sanchez has maintained an active performing and teaching career and appeared in concerts in the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia. He is currently Professor of Piano and Director of Keyboard Studies at Texas A&M University-Commerce and serves as Director of International Engagement for the Frances Clark Center.

Heather Smith

Heather Smith

Director, Development and Advancement

Heather Smith maintains a multi-faceted career as an educator, administrator, music examiner, and community arts advocate. She is the co-creator of The Frances Clark Center’s online course, A Pianist’s Guide to Studio Management. Heather holds advanced degrees in music and business and enjoys supporting communities through music fundraising initiatives.

Esther Hayter

Esther Hayter

Associate Director, Communications and Events

Esther Hayter currently serves as the Associate Director of Communications and Events for the Frances Clark Center and is a faculty member at the New School for Music Study in Kingston, NJ. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Washington State University and Texas Christian University.

Anna Beth Rucker

Anna Beth Rucker

Associate Director, Operations and Communications

Anna Beth Rucker is a pianist, educator, and administrator with a passion for promoting excellence and innovation in the field of piano teaching. She was formerly on faculty at Faber Piano Institute and Associate Director of Southeastern Piano Festival. She holds multiple degrees in Piano Performance and Pedagogy.

Michaela Boros

Michaela Boros

Manager, Courses, Publications, and Digital Initiatives

Michaela Boros earned a DMA in Piano Pedagogy from the University of South Carolina, studying under Sara Ernst and Scott Price. She has presented at MTNA and NCKP conferences, been published in American Music Teacher, and won Runner-Up in Piano Magazine’s 2019 Collegiate Writing Contest.

Jessie Welsh

Jessie Welsh

Manager, Digital Programming

Jessie Welsh, DMA, NCTM, holds five music degrees in piano pedagogy, piano performance, and music education. Her research, presentations, and publications have been featured by national conferences and journals. Jessie has received both the MarySue Harris Studio Teacher Fellowship and American Music Teacher Article of the Year Awards through MTNA.

Curtis Pavey

Curtis Pavey

Manager, Online Publications

Dr. Curtis Pavey is a pianist, harpsichordist, and educator. A performer of works from the 16th through the 21st centuries, he feels equally at home performing or teaching at the piano and the harpsichord. Curtis is based currently in the Cincinnati area and maintains a private studio of thirty-five students.

Sarah Jenkins

Sarah Jenkins

Coordinator, Advertising and Community Engagement

Sarah Jenkins is the Coordinator of Advertising and Community Engagement for the Frances Clark Center. She serves as a faculty member at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, regularly performs as a collaborative pianist, and works as an independent piano teacher.

Morgan Murdock

Morgan Murdock

Coordinator, Subscriber Support and Fulfillment

Morgan Murdock received her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Idaho and went on to finish her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at Samford University. Morgan currently serves as piano faculty at the New School for Music Study, where she delights in celebrating the joy of music with her students.

Ricardo-Pozenatto

Ricardo Pozenatto

Coordinator, International Engagement

Dr. Ricardo Pozenatto, a native of Brazil, is on faculty at the New Tampa Piano and Pedagogy Academy, in Florida. He serves as the Coordinator of International Engagement for the Frances Clark Center and as the Florida State MTA Teacher Awards Chair.

Owen Zhou

Owen Zhou

Coordinator, Audio and Video

Owen Zhou holds degrees in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Owen maintains a full teaching studio. He also runs an audio and video production business, serving high profile clients. Owen is also an avid mountaineer and skier.

Peter Groch

Peter Groch

Administrative Support

Peter Groch is a faculty member at the New School for Music Study in Kingston, N.J. He holds a M.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma, and a B.M. in Piano Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Lauren Koszyk

Lauren Koszyk

Administrative Support

Lauren Koszyk currently maintains a versatile career as a collaborative pianist, educator, and arts administrator based in Dallas, Texas. She earned her Master of Music in Collaborative Piano at the University of North Texas and Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Bachelor of Arts in German from Illinois State University.

Sarah Leonard

Sarah Leonard

Administrative Support

Sarah Leonard began working for Piano Magazine as a student intern in 2021. She has since graduated with her Master’s in Piano Pedagogy from LSU, where she focused her research on small-handed pianists. Currently, she teaches in Baton Rouge.

Qin Ling

Qin Ling

Administrative Support

Qin Ling is a faculty member at the New School for Music Study. She has a combination of administrative background and piano teaching and performing experiences. She is passionate about working with diverse learners, engaging communities, and connecting Chinese and American piano pedagogy field.

Adam Salas

Adam Salas

Administrative Support

Adam Salas is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music and instructs students of all ages in both individual and group lessons though his private studio. Salas is President Elect of the Dallas Music Teachers Association and is a recipient of the MTNA 2022 MarySue Harris Teaching Fellowship Award. Adam was the 2020-2021 Teaching Fellow at the New School for Music Study. He serves as administrative support for the Frances Clark Center.

Karen Yong

Karen Yong

Administrative Support

Karen Yong, DMA, currently serves as a piano instructor and accompanist at Bellarmine University. She is also a Music Director at the Kentucky Country Day Middle School. While being dedicated to teaching, she performs regularly and has made numerous national and international appearances in USA, Germany, Korea, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

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Nicole Greene

Student Intern

Ms. Nicole Lynette Greene is a native of Washington, DC and began studying classical piano at the age of nine. She attended Duke Ellington School of the Arts adding jazz studies to her education. She studied piano performance at New England Conservatory and Howard University. After sixteen years of leading music ministries, she returned to her classical music studies at University of the District of Columbia majoring in piano performance.

Fanarelia Guerrero

Fanarelia Guerrero

Student Intern

Fanarelia Guerrero has dedicated part of her career to piano pedagogy, and to the research of Nicaraguan and Latin American music. She holds degrees from the University of Costa Rica and Texas State University (Piano Performance). Guerrero is a Doctoral Candidate in Piano Pedagogy at the University of South Carolina.

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Megan Rich

Student Intern

Megan Rich is a pianist, teacher, and DMA Candidate in Piano Pedagogy at the University of South Carolina. She teaches beginner and advanced group piano and assists in coordinating the Southeastern Piano Festival.

Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth Smith

Student Intern

Elizabeth Smith is pursuing a masters in piano performance and pedagogy at the University of Colorado – Boulder studying under Dr. Jennifer Hayghe. A native of Dallas, Texas, she completed her undergraduate degree in piano performance with Dr. Catharine Lysinger at Southern Methodist University.

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Florencia Zuloaga

Student Intern

Florencia Zuloaga is an active concert pianist in Argentina and the USA. Past soloist collaborations include the Arkansas Philharmonic and the Amadeus Radio Orchestra (Argentina). Her performances of music by Argentine women composers have been featured internationally. Florencia is a DMA Candidate in Piano Performance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Piano Magazine


Andrea McAlister

Andrea McAlister

Director, Digital Content; Senior Editor

Dr. Andrea McAlister serves as Director of Digital Programming for the Frances Clark Center and a Senior Editor for Piano Magazine. Dr. McAlister is Professor of Piano Pedagogy at Oberlin College and a member of the Yamaha Master Educator Collective.

Pamela Pike

Pamela Pike

Editor in Chief and Chief Content Director, Piano Magazine

Pamela D. Pike is the Spillman Professor of Piano Pedagogy and Associate Dean of Research at Louisiana State University. As an active researcher of pedagogical topics, she is a sought-after speaker and clinician. Pike has published articles, book chapters and full-length books, and is editor-in-chief of the Piano Magazine.

Craig Sale

Craig Sale

Director, Online Courses; Senior Editor

Craig Sale, NCTM, is a pianist, teacher, workshop clinician, adjudicator, author, and editor. For thirty years he served as Director of the Preparatory and Community Piano Program at Concordia University Chicago where he also taught university courses in piano pedagogy. He was a pedagogy student of Frances Clark and Louise Goss.

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Lesley McAllister, DMA

Column Editor

Lesley McAllister, DMA is Professor of Piano and Director of Piano Pedagogy at Baylor University. She has presented at national and international conferences and been published in the Piano Magazine and American Music Teacher as well as publishing two books: The Balanced Musician and Yoga in the Music Studio.

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Steve Betts

Senior Editor

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Linda Christensen

Column Editor

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Nicholas Phillips

Column Editor

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Helen Smith Tarchalski

Column Editor

Helen Smith Tarchalski teaches in her independent studio in Maryland and on the faculty of Anne Arundel Community College, and has taught at the U.S. Naval Academy. She is a graduate of Peabody Conservatory and holds the MTNA Master Teacher Certificate. Her students have been featured performers with the National Philharmonic Orchestra and at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Terrace Theater. 

Jerry Wong

Column Editor

Jerry Wong has gained critical acclaim for performances as soloist, chamber musician and recording artist on the MSR Classics label. His masterclasses have led him to Australia, China, Hong Kong, Italy, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan, as well as throughout the United States. Wong holds the position of Associate Professor of Piano and Co-Head of Keyboard at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in Australia.

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Barbara Fast

Editorial Board

Barbara Fast is Piano Chair and Director of Piano Pedagogy, coordinates the group piano program and teaches graduate piano pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma. An active workshop clinician, she co-founded the Group Piano/Piano Pedagogy (GP3) Forum. She is the co-author of iPractice: Technology in the 21st Century Music Practice Room.

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Rebecca Grooms Johnson

Editorial Board

Rebecca Grooms Johnson, Ph.D., NCTM, is a nationally respected leader in the field of piano pedagogy. She is an independent teacher and has taught extensively at the university level. Active in the Music Teachers National Association, she has served as President of the Ohio MTA, National Chair of MTNA’s Pedagogy Committee, and national Certification Chair.

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Scott McBride Smith

Editorial Board

Scott McBride Smith is the Cordelia Brown Murphy Professor at the University of Kansas. A recognized leader in music education, his philosophical and cognitive approach, combined with a sense of humor, has made him an audience favorite around the world. His numerous practical initiatives to improve today’s piano lesson experience include the series American Popular Piano and the summer program International Institute for Young Musicians.

The New School for Music Study


Rebecca Pennington, Administrative Director

Faculty

  • Gonzalo Aguilar
  • Marvin Blickenstaff
  • Kristin Cahill
  • Fiona Christano
  • Allison Fog
  • Jason Gallagher
  • Amy Glennon
  • Peter Groch
  • Esther Hayter
  • Denise Isaac
  • Kairy Koshoeva
  • Angela Leising-Catalan
  • Teresa Lim
  • Qin Ling
  • Charl Louw
  • Morgan Murdock
  • Margie Nelson
  • Rebecca Pennington
  • Emily Rudquist
  • Malissa Tong
  • Angela Triandafillou
  • Gregory Worthley
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