Congratulations to our 2021 WVMTA Teacher of the Year, Ian Jessee

Ian has served as WVMTA 1st vice president and competitions chair. He is a professional violinist, award-winning music educator, administrator, and, since summer 2021, the newly appointed Executive Director and CEO of the Huntington Symphony Orchestra. He maintains an active private violin studio and serves as the conductor for the West Virginia Youth Symphony’s (WVYS) middle-tier ensemble, Youth Strings. He formed the Cadet Strings, the youngest string orchestra ensemble tailored for beginner students within the WVYS after cultivating a robust Elementary School Strings Program throughout Kanawha County in Charleston, West Virginia through the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Kanawha County Board of Education joint String Education Program. He received his formal training in violin performance at The Ohio State University. We are grateful for Ian Jessee’s abundant involvement in string education in the State of West Virginia and congratulate him to this well-deserved award!

Congratulations to our 2021 Distinguished Leader of the Year, Dr. Jacob Womack, NCTM

Dr. Jacob Womack joined WVMTA in 2007 and has been active as president-elect 2013-2015, president 2015-2017, and as immediate past president 2017-2019. He served as Certification Commissioner of the MTNA Eastern Division 2019-2021, and he is nominated as WVMTA treasurer for the 2021-2023 term. Jacob teaches Piano Pedagogy, Applied Piano, and Introduction to Music as assistant professor at Concord University. He received the MTNA Star Award for demonstrating excellence as a graduate teaching assistant in 2009 and, as an undergraduate student, the first prize in the West Virginia Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) “Young Artist Competition”, representing the state in the MTNA Eastern regional competition. He received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from West Virginia University, a Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from The Pennsylvania State University, and a Bachelor in Music Education from West Virginia University. His teachers include Dr. James Miltenberger, Dr. Steven Smith, and Marylène Dosse. Please join us in thanking Dr. Womack for his dedicated leadership and continued service to WVMTA. Congratulations!

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. 

2020: John Morrison

2019: Dr. Jacob Womack, NCTM

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

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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. 

2020: Vicki Cavendish

2019: Dr. Hooi Yin Boey

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