Congratulations to our 2018 Teacher of the Year, Mary Wilson


Mary Wilson grew up studying piano with her mother and violin at The Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM). Her teachers at CIM were Margaret Randall and Joseph Gingold. 

She received the Bachelor of Music Education degree at Northwestern University. After teaching in Chicago area public schools she moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where she began to develop a violin class. She continued study at CIM. 

Since moving to Morgantown she has taught violin and accompanied her students in the Community Music Program since 1977, and has had State Winners for the last 36 years in the competitions of the West Virginia Music Teachers Association (WVMTA) and the West Virginia chapter of the American String Teachers Association (WVSTA).  

She has been a mentor for violin students at the West Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts, most recently in 2007, 2008, and 2009. 

She received the WVMTA Outstanding Teacher Award in 1996, the WVU Community Music Program Outstanding Teacher Award in 2005, the WVSTA Studio Teacher of the Year Award in 2008, the WVMTA Distinguished Leader Award in 2008, and the WVSTA Outstanding Studio Teacher Award for 2011-2012 and 2017-18.  

She is the Founder and First Violinist of the Seneca String Quartet.

WVMTA Teacher of the Year

Our WVMTA Teacher of the Year is someone who demonstrates innovative teaching and creative musicianship, and has held membership in WVMTA for at least five years. 

2018: Mary Wilson

2017: Dr. Henning Vauth

2016: Dr. James Miltenberger

2015: No award given

2014: Carol Kreiwaldt

2013: Dr. Christine Kefferstan, NCTM

2012: Dr. Hooi Yin Boey

2011: Mary Ellen Morrison, NCTM

2010: Jan Jemison Smith, NCTM

2009: Harriet Tucker, NCTM

2008: Vicki Cavendish

2007: Elaine Tutt

2006: Dr. Scott Beard, NCTM

2005: Mila Markun, NCTM

2004: Olive meyer, NCTM

2003: Dr. Lya Cartwright

2002: No award given

2001: Bonnie Miltenberger

2000: Catherine Crotty, NCTM

1999: Ruth Carder, NCTM

1998: Dr. Leslie Petteys, NCTM

1997: Dr. Ray Martin, NCTM

1996: Mary Wilson

1995: Lena Lim, NCTM

1994: Linda Seime, NCTM

1993: Carol Beall, NCTM

1992: Dr. Christine Kefferstan, NCTM

1991: Peggy Johnston, NCTM

WVMTA Member of the Year/Distinguished Leader of the Year

Our WVMTA Member of the Year/Distinguished Leader of the Year award is based on leadership and service of ten or more years. 

2018: No award given

2017: Dr. Gerald Lee, NCTM

2016: Laura Hamm, NTCM

2015: Mary Ellen Morrison, NCTM

2014: No award given

2013: Dr. Mary Lynn Bennett, NCTM

2012: Dr. Scott Beard, NCTM

2011: Janna Kisner, NCTM

2010: Gary Mullenax, NCTM

2009: Karen Taddie, NCTM

2008: Mary Wilson

2007: Carol Beall, NCTM

2006: Barbara Heckert

2005: No award given

2004: No award given

2003: Dr. James Miltenberger

2002: No award given

2001: No award given

2000: Olive meyer, NCTM

1999: Dr. Connie Strum, NCTM

1998: Jean Douglass, NCTM

1997: Marguerite Bostonia, NCTM

1996: Marija Sommer, NCTM

1995: Mila Markun, NCTM

1994: Jane Mangus, NCTM and Sandra Hastings, NCTM

1993: Judy Lambert, NCTM

1992: Dr. Bobby Loftis, NCTM

1991: Mary Shep Mann, NCTM

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