Congratulations to our 2020 Teacher of the Year, John Morrison

John Morrison is an Assistant Professor of Music in the Department of Performing Arts at Fairmont State University where he teaches piano and strings and serves as choral and recital accompanist.  He is also an instructor in the FSU Academy for the Arts, and the Music Director/Organist at First Presbyterian Church of Fairmont.  He has previously served in the roles of WVTMA President, conference site coordinator, and secretary.  An active collaborative pianist, he has accompanied at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, for the WV Collegiate Honor Choirs, the WV All State Children's Choruses, and the WV Governor's School for the Arts.  John received a double Bachelors in Piano Performance and French and a Masters in Piano Performance from WVU.  His piano studies were with Dr. Marina DiPretoro (Lupinacci), Dr. Peter Amstutz, and Dr. Christine Kefferstan.

Prof. Morrison was recently recognized in a Times West Virginian feature on "20 People to Know in 2020".    

Congratulations to our 2020 Distinguished Leader of the Year, Vicki Cavendish

Victoria Berneking-Cavendish is Professor of Music Emerita at James Madison University, where she taught piano, music theory, music honors seminars and directed the Accompanying Program for 21 years.  Her principal teachers were John Wustman, Dalton Baldwin, Thomas Mastroianni, and Wesley True.  She has also participated in masterclasses by such major artists as Menahem Pressler, Samuel Sanders, and Joan Dornemann.  Ms. Berneking-Cavendish has performed extensively as a collaborative pianist in the United States, Europe, and the Virgin Islands.  Her pianism and highly sensitive chamber playing have earned her much critical acclaim.  The Staunton News Leader often referred to Ms. Berneking-Cavendish as a "cultural treasure".  She has performed with such notable music artists as Jean-Pierre Rampal, Michel DeBost, Harold Robinson, Joseph Robinson, Pablo Elvira, and Sharon Christman.  Ms. Berneking-Cavendish served as accompanist for the annual Peter Lloyd Flute Masterclasses for twelve years and has premiered a number of compositions, including runningtheEdge by Jennifer Higdon, and San Antonio by John Harbison.  She also collaborated with Rostropovitch and the National Symphony in the premier of the concerto for double bass, Jack and the Beanstalk, by Jon Deak.  She has recorded for the Golden Crest and Roncorp labels, and has recordings with Steven Seward, Harold Robinson, and Sonya Baker.  Ms. Berneking-Cavendish also maintains a private studio in her home.  

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