50-Year Members - Georgia Music Teachers Association (2022)

GMTA has a number of members who have reached an important milestone in their lives. These very special persons have been members of GMTA and MTNA for 50 years and are our "golden" members. Please join us in recognizing these very deserving individuals.

If you believe that you are a 50-year member but your name is not listed below, please contact GMTA's Executive Director so that we can correct this oversight. Call 770-945-7504 or email .

50-Year Members - Georgia Music Teachers Association (1)

Sue Barnes, NCTM

Sue Barnes is a graduate of Tift College in Forsyth, Georgia where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. She had many influential teachers over the years including Leila Arrington from Bowdon, GA, Lois Lantz at Tift College, and Powell Everhart from Atlanta, GA. Sue has been an active member of GMTA for over 50 years. She served as the Certification Secretary for three years. She has also been an active member of Cobb County MTA, where she served as President, and Greater Marietta MTA, where she served as Secretary and Auditions Chair.

Sue was the pianist at Olive Springs Baptist Church in Marietta, GA for 11 years. She has been the pianist at Powder Springs First Baptist Church for the past 38 years.

Her parents are Mr. and Mrs. Dumah Adams from Carrollton, GA. Sue’s husband, Robbie Harold Barnes, is her best encourager. They have been married for 55 years. Together they have two daughters, Michelle Barnes Holt (Powder Springs, GA) and Jodie Barnes Hyde (Okinawa). Sue also has three grandchildren, two boys and one girl.

50-Year Members - Georgia Music Teachers Association (2)

Beverly Bradley

A native Atlantan, Beverly Bradley has been teaching flute and piano for 51 years. She began piano lessons with Aida DeBray at age five. Later at age 14, she started flute studies with Charles Bradley, whom she later married at age 26 in 1960. A few days after her graduation from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, she began teaching piano and her first flute student arrived just a few days later. She was a part-time instructor at Georgia State University in the mid 1960's. Today, she teaches in Sandy Springs and has many instruments in her home studio: Allen organ, Steinway grand piano, and two Wurlitzer pianos.

Beverly Bradley frequently attends the MTNA National conferences and has met many composers at these events: Alfred Reed; William Gillock; Lynn Freeman Olson; Jane and James Bastien; and Maurice Hinson, to name a few. Some of these composers have written pieces specifically for her. William Gillock wrote a piano solo for her in 1977, Viennese Rondo, and Alfred Reed wrote a flute solo for her in 1970. As a member of the Atlanta Music Teachers Association, she has rarely missed a meeting since she first became a member in 1957.

Beverly Bradley has played principal flute with the Band of Atlanta, Atlanta Community Orchestra, Emory Wind Ensemble, and the Lovett Wind Ensemble. Her husband, Charles, directed the latter two groups. In addition to membership in MTNA, Beverly also maintains a membership in Sigma Alpha Iota, Atlanta Federation of Musicians, National Flute Association, Atlanta Flute Club, Georgia Music Educators Association, and the Atlanta Music Club. When she's not attending music conferences or teaching, Beverly enjoys traveling, bike riding, and swimming.

50-Year Members - Georgia Music Teachers Association (3)

Barbara H. Fricks

Barbara H. Fricks graduated in 1960 from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Music degree. She taught piano in schools in Monroe and Toccoa. In 1964 she married Johnny Fricks and moved to Buford where she taught piano until retirement in 2001. With the help of her students, she earned national certification. She continues to encourage all the music students in her circle of friends, and she proudly wears the title Nationally Certified Teacher of Music.

50-Year Members - Georgia Music Teachers Association (4)

Jacquelyn Hutson

Jacquelyn Hutson earned an AB degree from Young Harris College, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Tift College. Jackie graduated from Mercer University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, where she studied with Lois Finlay.

Jackie has held many positions with Georgia Music Teachers Association including In-State Piano Chair, Fall Auditions High School Chair, and other various positions on the Executive Board. She has also been involved in her local associations, Greater Marietta MTA and Cobb County MTA. She served as President, Solo Festival Chair, and Auditions Chair for both local associations. She has also been the GMTA Theory Chair for Greater Marietta MTA.

Jackie has served as an adjudicator for local GMTA Auditions and Festivals, and GMEA festivals. She was the District Piano Chair for GMEA for many years.

Jackie was a high school choral director from 1961-1966. She has maintained a private piano studio from 1966 to present. Jackie has also served in various church positions such as pianist, organist, youth choir director, and adult choir.

50-Year Members - Georgia Music Teachers Association (5)

Donald L. Macey, B.M., M.M.

Pianist, teacher, composer, arranger, performer, accomplished in classical, popular and jazz instruction, musician extraordinaire

Donald Macey rejected the idea of piano lessons when he was six. He thought better of it when he turned eight! From that moment on, he dedicated his life to music.

Donald graduated from Phoenix College in Phoenix, Arizona then spent the next four years in the Air Force. In Iceland he played trombone in the band and piano for various gigs including a weekly classical radio program and church services, playing both piano and organ. After four years of service, he received an honorable discharge with high recommendations! On his return to Phoenix, he studied piano again and continued working, playing for Broadway shows, clubs, weddings and various events. He was fortunate to work with some of the finest musicians at that time which added to his knowledge and growth in the music world. Relocating to Tucson, he enrolled at the University of Arizona, School of Music. He worked his way through school by forming his own trio and was, perhaps, the first pianist in Tucson to introduce classical and jazz in a single concert. Upon completing the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance, the University invited him to join the faculty. His teaching schedules included, History of Jazz, Jazz Improvisation (all instruments), and Piano Class.

Donald’s achievements are fourfold. Some of his professional organizations include Arizona Music Educators National Conference, National Association of Jazz Educators, lecturer, counselor, adjudicator, Music Series on Careers for Junior High Schools, visiting Professor, Summer Music Programs and performance, plus numerous concerts both classical and jazz throughout the United States.

He left the University of Arizona to open The Don Macey School of Piano. Many talented young, and not so young students passed through these doors taking with them music to nourish and sustain them for the rest of their lives. Moving to Augusta, Georgia, Donald continued his quest to enhance people’s lives with music. At John Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School, he introduced them to their first Electronic Piano Class Lab, which consisted of sixteen pianos! He also instructed theory, composing and improvisation. Augusta University offered Donald a position to teach the music section of Humanities, which he accepted. He made it mandatory for students to attend concerts when he heard many of them had never attended a concert of classical music! Once again his own piano studio became a hub for students ranging in age from seven years to eighty years. Donald continues to present music with his trio working with some of Augusta’s talented musicians from Augusta University. With Covid 19 looming over all our lives the music industry has been hit hard. Fortunately, with Zoom and Facetime Donald continues to keep his students hard at work with their lessons.

50-Year Members - Georgia Music Teachers Association (6)

Eugene Martin

Eugene Martin is a graduate of the University of Evansville (Indiana), with a BME in Piano and Choral Music. He holds an MSM degree in Piano Performance from the School of Church Music from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He did further graduate study in choral music at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, and in theory at Georgia State University. He studied the Alexander Principles of Relaxation with Adam Knott and Alan Rowlands, also at the Royal College of Music. He holds a certificate in Early Keyboard Studies from the Accademia de Musica Italiana per Organ in Pistonia, Italy.

Mr. Martin has taught piano and theory at Truett-McConnell College, has taught piano at Clayton State College, and has taught theory at the Atlanta Boy Choir School. He is a licensed Kindermusik teacher.

Mr. Martin has been active in church music in the Atlanta area for many years, directing choirs from pre-school age through adults. He served as Minister of Music at the following churches: College Park First Baptist, 1957-1972, Druid Hills Baptist, 1972-1992, Rivercliff Lutheran Church, Roswell, 1992-1993, Oakhurst Baptist, 1993-2000, Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2000-2002 (Interim), and North Decatur Presbyterian Church, 2002-2004; 2007-2008 (Interim). He maintains an active Piano Studio.

50-Year Members - Georgia Music Teachers Association (7)

Sarah Martin

Sarah Martin is a retired Assistant Professor of Music/Organ from Georgia State University. She received the MM degree in Organ Performance from Emory University and the BA degree in Music with Honors from Agnes Scott College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She also holds certificates for study from the Italian Organ Academy in Pistoia, Italy and from the French Organ Institute in Souvigny and Lyon, France. She was Dean of the Atlanta Chapter AGO from 1984-1986 and General Coordinator for the 1992 National AGO Convention in Atlanta. She maintains an independent piano and organ studio.

Sarah grew up in Decatur and received her early piano training from a Decatur piano teacher, Mrs. Weyman (Jeanette) Gower. She and her husband, Eugene Martin, have served at several churches in the Atlanta area over a period of 43 years as organist and Minister of Music respectively. Since retirement in 2000 from full-time church positions, they have served several churches in interim positions.

Sarah Martin has been active in GMTA for over 50 years. She has had several students as winners in the state piano auditions as well as in the American Guild of Organists national competitions. Many of her piano and organ students hold important positions in universities and churches today and are recognized as leaders in their profession. In her continued teacher today, she is working with young students, not only teaching them the mechanics of playing, but trying to instill in them the love of music that can help shape their lives now as well as in the future as adults. Teaching is a continual learning experience not only for the student but for the teacher also, and is a great enrichment for anyone's life.

50-Year Members - Georgia Music Teachers Association (8)

Jeannine Morrison, NCTM

A founding member of the South Metro Atlanta MTA, Jeannine Morrison is a current member of the Decatur MTA. She is Professor Emeritus of Music at Clayton State University, where she began teaching in 1972 and a Past President of the Atlanta Music Club. In 2003, she received the GMTA Teacher of the Year Award. Jeannine holds MTNA Master Certification and has assisted numerous other teachers in their preparations for certification.

Jeannine Morrison received degrees from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and Columbia University in New York, and the Licentiate Diploma from the Royal Academy of Music in London. She continued with additional study under Dr. Edwin Hughes of New York.

Jeannine was the first Georgia pianist to be named to the Baldwin Piano Company Artist's roster. She has given debut recitals in New York's Town Hall and the National Gallery of Arts in Washington, D. C. She is well known for her collaborative endeavors with duo-piano partner Joanne Rogers.

Jeannine remains active in recital work, performing mainly with her son, Alan Morrison, Concert Organist and Head of the Organ Department at The Curtis Institute of Music. Jeannine and Alan performed at The National Convention of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) in Chicago in July 2006. Next Sept. 2008, they will perform at Ursinus College, in Augusta, Georgia and in Spivey Hall in Atlanta.

50-Year Members - Georgia Music Teachers Association (9)

LaNelle Nash

LaNelle, a native of Mississippi, moved to Roswell, Georgia in 1977. A graduate of Mississippi State College for Women, she also did graduate work at North Texas State University and Georgia State University. Previously she taught music in Shaw, Mississippi and Dallas, Texas. She has been a private piano teacher since 1959. She served as a clinician for Dr. Robert Pace instructing teachers in this method.

She has actively participated in Mississippi State Music Teachers Association and was instrumental in starting the Music Forum of Jackson, Mississippi, a local association. LaNelle, representing the Music Forum, gave an address for the State Presidents at the national convention of MTNA.

Since being in Georgia, she has been an active member of North Dekalb Music Teachers Association, North Fulton Music Teachers, as well as the Atlanta Music Club. She also served on the state board under Aurelia Campbell as editor of the the GMTA Newsletter. Certified professionally by GMTA and MTNA, she also is certified by the American College of Musicians and is listed in the Guild Hall of Fame. In 2013 LaNelle was honored to be named GMTA Teacher of the Year. As a church musician, she has played the piano and organ since she was eleven years old. Active in her music fraternity, Mu Phi Epsilon, she has served as president of the Atlanta chapter and scholarship chairman as well as co-chair of the Mu Phi Epsilon International Convention held in Atlanta in 1986.

Teaching brings her much joy and she has no plans to retire!

LaNelle is married to Tom Nash who has been a tremendous help throughout her career. They have two children, Donna, married to Stuart Safier, and David, also a piano teacher who lives in Roswell.

50-Year Members - Georgia Music Teachers Association (10)

Carole Hyde Roach, NCTM

Carole Hyde Roach graduated from Decatur High School in Decatur, Georgia. She attended Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia where she received a Bachelor of Music degree. Carole continued her education at Florida State University, and received a Master of Music degree. Carole also took courses at Stetson University and the University of Georgia.

Carole held the position of Art in Residence for Voice at Mary Hardin Baylor College in Belton, Texas. She also taught at Kennesaw State University. Throughout all the other jobs she has always maintained a private studio for voice and piano students. Carole is still teaching daily. Her financial advisor asked when she was planning to quit teaching, and she said, "The day after I fall off the bench. That’s my plan!"

Carole owned Studio Music (a sheet music store) for 35 years. After the first three years, she moved into Southern Keyboards and was there until she closed the store.

Carole has also held various church jobs since she was 18 years old. She had the privilege of being part of some wonderful church music programs. In the early years Carole was the mezzo soloist and became director of music later in life. The churches Carole worked at are Peachtree Presbyterian Church (14 years as mezzo soloist), Peachtree United Methodist (3 years as mezzo soloist), Church of the Ascension in Cartersville (3 years as the Director of Music), St. Teresa Episcopal Church in Acworth (17 years as the Director of Music), and John Knox Presbyterian in Marietta.

After college Carole sang with the Fletcher Wolff Chorale, the Atlanta Chamber Opera, and the pro Mozart Society.

Carol states, "I am grateful to have been able to follow my passion all my working life (which is still ongoing!). I love music and working with my talented students to make music not just a part of their life but a part of their being. Within the music we find love, grief, consolation, forgiveness, anger, retribution, and on and on. In today's world the gift of music can be an emotional anchor. Our ever-increasing ability to communicate seems to only make people lonelier, more insular, and more insecure. Perhaps music can bring the solace we need."

50-Year Members - Georgia Music Teachers Association (11)

Judith Siegel, NCTM

Dr. Siegel, a native of Richmond, VA, has been teaching for 53 years, is a Master Teacher and is Certified five different ways:

  1. Nationally Certified by Music Teachers National Association, Master Level (NCTM)
  2. State Certified by Florida State Music Teachers Association (FSCTM)
  3. State Certified by Virginia Music Teachers Association (VACTM), her home state
  4. Nationally Certified by the American College of Musicians, National Guild of Piano Teachers (ACM)
  5. Nationally Certified in teaching the Russian Technical Regimen by world-renown composer, concert pianist, author and teacher, Alexander Peskanov (RTR)

Using all the letters available after her name (NCTM, FSCTM, VACTM, ACM, RTR) became much too long to include, so she just uses the national designation, NCTM and her doctorate in her signature.

Over the years, Dr. Siegel was privileged to study with many distinguished teachers including such greats as Dr. Robert Pace, Madame Lili Kraus, Maestro Aaron Copland, Frau Ilse Koller Leschtizky (granddaughter of the great pedagogue, Theodor Leschetizky), Florence Robertson Givens, Professor Hilton Rufty, Dr. Joanne Haroutounian, and most recently with composer and concert pianist, Alexander Peskanov. As a tribute to her, Maestro Peskanov composed a special work (Andante and Variations) for her 40th anniversary recital in 2004 and in 2011, composed his Concerto No. 7 in honor of Judith and Murray Siegel's 50th wedding anniversary.

Dr. Siegel's education includes two Doctorates - in Piano Performance and Music Theory. She studied at the University of Maryland, University of North Carolina in Greensboro, University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Columbia University Teachers College. She also studied privately at the artist level for over 15 years. Realizing there is no deadline on a dream, she also studied the pedal harp with master teacher, Jan Jennings.

A charter member of the Virginia Music Teachers Association, she held the presidency of the Richmond Music Teachers Association (RMTA) for two years. In Florida, she was President of the Brevard County Music Teachers Association for seven years before moving to Georgia where she is Secretary in the Greater Marietta Music Teachers Association and also a member of Cobb County Music Teachers Association.

Dr. Siegel was responsible for the historic musical find of an unknown piano concerto by Theodor Leschetizky and devoted many years of her life to bringing this music to the world. Related events were noted internationally by musicologists as "her major contribution to musical history." Her former student, Dr. Scott Beard, NCTM continues this mission.

Because of her extensive work in ensemble repertoire, The Siegel-Hoffman Concerto Competition, an annual event in West Virginia, was named in her honor.

50-Year Members - Georgia Music Teachers Association (12)

Sandy Yeargan, NCTM

Sandy Yeargan is currently the Coordinator of the Preparatory Department at Shorter University, Rome, GA. She supervises student piano and voice teachers through the Preparatory Department.

Sandy has degrees from Young Harris College, Georgia Southern University, and a Masters in Music Education from Shorter College. She studied with Dr. Jack Broucek, Mrs. Mary Ann Fox, Mrs. Elizabeth Buday, Mrs. Mary Ann Knight, and Mrs. Helen Ramsaur.

Sandy is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Piano, has a Lifetime Teaching Certificate form the Sate of Georgia in Music for K-12, is certified in Orff Level 1, and has taught Kindermusik. She is experienced in working with piano students with various learning problems and completed more than 45 hours on the Master Level in Learning Disabilities.

Sandy is a member of Georgia Music Teachers Association, Rome Music Teachers Association, Music Teachers National Association, National Federation of Music Clubs, and Pi Kappa Lambda.

Sandy is currently a teacher of over 40 piano students. Her students receive mostly Superior Ratings at Festival, and her students have placed at the state level in GMTA Auditions.

Past 50-Year Members and Years of Membership
Daisy Luckey Aukerman (1950-2019)
Ila Berenson (1956-2017)
Aurelia Campbell (1956-2021)
Letitia Colglazier (1966-2017)
Jackie Conley (1956-2009)
Karlas Despy (1947-2010)
Lila Ivester (1960-2010)
Ann Jones (1959-2020)
Louise Jones (1961-2011)
Mary Ann Knight (1964-2016)
Barbara Korzan (1961-2017)
George Lucktenberg (1957-2013)
Betty Nolting (1965-2017)
Helen Ramscur (1964-2015)
Janet Robinson (1961-2014)
Anne Shepherd (1960-2015)
Ronald Waln (1959-2009)

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