Kentucky Music Teachers Association

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KMTA is a nonprofit educational organization representing music
teachers in studios, conservatories, music schools, public schools,
private schools, colleges, and universities. The purpose of KMTA is to
further music education in the state of Kentucky and to nurture growth
and professional development by providing programs that encourage
and support teaching, performance, composition, and research.

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Certification News

Congratulations to
Matthew Gianforte, Richard Crosby, Dror Biran, and Bernardo Scarambone,
our newest Nationally Certified Teachers of Music (NCTM)!

Recognized for his sensitivity and panache, pianist
Matthew Gianforte enjoys
an active career as a soloist, collaborator, and teacher, having performed across
the United States and abroad. Highlights of past seasons include successful
debut appearances at Weill Recital Hall (New York), Sarada and Philia Halls in
Japan, as well as appearances at several American universities. Recent world-
premiere performances include composer Brian Ciach’s prize-winning Piano
Sonata No. 2 at the American Liszt Society Bicentennial Festival, as well as a
new Trio by David DeBoor Canfield, with saxophonist Thomas Liley and violinist
Michèle Lekas. Dr. Gianforte is a graduate of the Catholic University of America
and Indiana University, where he worked with Marilyn Neeley and Karen Shaw.
A dedicated teacher of all ages and levels, Dr. Gianforte currently serves as the
coordinator of the keyboard division at Murray State University in Kentucky. In
addition to his collegiate teaching, Dr. Gianforte works each summer with
talented pre-college pianists at the Indiana University Piano Academy, and he
regularly presents master classes and serves as an adjudicator in competitions.

Richard Crosby was born in Ashland, Ohio and raised in Largo, Florida. He
holds the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education (1979), the Master of
Music degree in Piano and Wind Conducting (1981) and the Doctor of Musical
Arts degree in Piano (1990) from the University of Cincinnati’s College-
Conservatory of Music. His principal piano teachers at CCM were John Meretta
and Richard Morris, and his principal conducting training was with John
Leman and Terry Milligan. Dr. Crosby was appointed to the faculty of Eastern
Kentucky University in 1986 where he serves as Professor of Music teaching
piano and music history. He is an active adjudicator. Dr. Crosby also serves as
Director of the Stephen Collins Foster Hi School Piano Camps, held every
summer at EKU. Initiated in 1975 into the Eta-Omicron chapter of Phi Mu Alpha
Sinfonia, the fraternity for men in music, Dr. Crosby served as Collegiate
Province Representative for the fraternity’s Province 3, and has served since
1988 as Governor of Province 25. He was a trustee of the Sinfonia Educational
Foundation from 1988-97 and from 2003-present. He served as committeeman-
at-large and National Secretary/Treasurer on the National Executive Committee
from 1988-94, and served as National President from 1994-97 and 2003-09.Dr.
Crosby’s compact disc/cassette recording, “An American Portrait,” released in
1994, features works of Charles Griffes, Amy Beach, William Grant Still, David
Guion, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Lee Hoiby and George Gershwin. This disc has
since been re-released on the Capstone Record label and is being re-released on
the PARMA label. In the fall of 1998 he used his sabbatical to tour the country
promoting American music through lectures and performances of the works on
this CD. In 2003 Dr. Crosby received his first commission from the Kentucky
Music Teachers Association to write a piece to be premiered at their fall
convention. That work, the Sonata for Trombone and Piano Op. 1, was premiered
at the convention’s Kentucky Composers Concert with the composer
accompanying trombonist Ken Haddix, to whom the work is dedicated. It has
been published as part of Southern Music’s ITA Manuscript Press series.

Dror Biran's playing has been described in Die Bleed as "powerful, but also
beautifully sensitive, seductively lyrical but intensely dramatic". Born in Israel,
Dr. Biran studied piano with Mrs. Lily Dorfman, Mr. Arie Vardi, Mr. Paul Schenly
and Dr. Daniel Shapiro. In 2006, he received his Doctoral degree from The
Cleveland Institute of Music. Dr. Biran is a top prizewinner in M.K. Ciurlionis
International Piano Competition, the Cleveland International Piano
Competition, the Pilar Bayona International Piano Competition and the America-
Israel Cultural Foundation.Dr. Biran has performed with major orchestras
including the Lithuanian Philharmonic Orchestra, RTVE Symphony Orchestra of
Spain, Louisville Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Dr. Biran is
an Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Louisville and serves as the
artistic director of Music eX series. Future engagements include concerts in
USA, Europe and Israel.

Holding 13 prizes in national and international competitions, Dr.
has been performing and researching Brazilian music for over 16
years. With concerts and recitals in the US, Brazil, France, Spain and Germany,
Scarambone strives to maintain his career as a teacher, pianist, adjudicator and
researcher.  His recent research areas include contemporary repertoire for the
piano, entrepreneurial career options for musicians, student preparation to face
the job market and community engagement. As a researcher, Dr. Scarambone’s
personal contact with Marlos Nobre was a crucial element for the completion of
one of the most comprehensive studies of the composer’s piano works and
detailed biography in his book "Hidden treasures of Contemporary Music: The
piano Works by Marlos Nobre”, published during the Fall, 2012. His students
have won prizes in 7 national competitions in the United States, and are always
involved in community engagement projects. Dr. Scarambone earned a Doctoral
Degree in piano performance from the University of Houston, a Master’s degree
in Studio Teaching/Piano Performance from Indiana University, and the
Bachelor Degree from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, his home city in
Brazil.  He performs and teaches at Eastern Kentucky University.

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The mission of the Kentucky Music Teachers Association is to advance the
value of music study, music making, and music appreciation and enjoyment to
Kentuckians and to support the professionalism of Kentucky music teachers.

The Kentucky MTA believes music study is integral to the education,
development, and enhancement of each Kentuckian, and the rich cultural
history of the Commonwealth is ideal for the promotion of individual,
collective, and diverse artistic expression.

To lead our state in this vision, Kentucky MTA will:
1) improve the level of professionalism within the field of applied music
2) help the public readily identify competent music teachers in their
3) support programs to financially assist music teachers and students with
their educational pursuits
4) advocate for the support of music and music education
5) foster programs that provide diverse high quality musical experiences
6) support local associations and student chapters by providing incentive
funding programs and grant information

Approved Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Willis Music
Student Workshops  are
now the  State Honors
On-line live comprehensive training
and support to teach a
child-centered, group music-learning
system that integrates keyboard,
creative movement, rhythm, singing,
ear training, sight reading, music
theory and composition.
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