Lois has taught private piano for 51 years, full-time for the last 30 years. Her students have participated in several International PianoTeams® competitions, including Gina Bachauer, where her teachers' team, The Rocky Mountain PianoTeam, placed in the finals, and KSL interviewed her students. She is a Permanent Professional Certified Teacher of Music with the National Music Teachers Association as well as a licensed teacher of the Well-Prepared Pianist. She has studied with N. Jane Tan, Seymour Fink, David Engle, Paul Pollei and Seymour Bernstein. Earlier, she enjoyed studying with Barbara Stucki, Lenora Brown and Madelyn Taylor.
Her dual membership in the Ogden/Davis Chapters, service as UMTA President and ongoing service, have provided opportunities for further musical growth and great associations. Maintaining a large and varied clientele of private students, coaching PianoTeams® and performing at community events helps fulfill her lifelong pursuit of music. She is proud to claim six children, sixteen grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
In 1985, Carla joined UMTA. In the Vernal/Roosevelt chapter she served as president (3x), vice-president, secretary, program chair, recruitment, and public relations director. Carla was chair of UFMC Vernal Piano Area for 10 years. In 2012, she became co-founder and Board Secretary for the Uintah Basin Orchestra and instructor through USU, a high school choir accompanist, elementary music specialist, and a professional development partner through the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program.
Carla has served for over 50 years in church music by teaching children and youth, accompanying, directing choirs (including the Vernal Temple Ground-breaking and Dedication choirs), and training church musicians in conducting, organ and accompanying.
Carla continues learning through organ study and as rehearsal accompanist and member of Utah Millenial Choirs and Orchestra/Provo. She currently resides and teaches in Salem. She loves to travel and spend time with her husband, children and grandchildren. She is grateful for her husband's support and encouragement along this musical path.
Coila graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor of Music in Choral Performance with Secondary Education Option, having attended Boise State College for lower division classes. Along with vocal and choral studies, she studied piano with Irving Wasserman; her favorite class at USU was Piano Ensemble!
Coila joined Utah Music Teachers Association (UMTA) and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) in 1973, and has beenactive through the years. She belonged to Washington State Music Teachers Association the 7 years her family lived in Washington State, serving as President of the Walla Walla, WA chapter for 3 years.
She served as President of Davis Chapter (UMTA) 1989-1991, and Treasurer 2002-2004. She served as UMTA Recording Secretary, 1994-2004; UMTA Newsletter Editor 1995-2004; and UMTA Historian 1994-2010. She also served 2012-present as co-compiler of the UMTA 50 year History, published in 2006. She was UMTA President 2010-2012.
Coila has served on 3 MTNA committees: IMTF 2007-8; MTNA Task force - Pre-College Student Membership 2009; MTNA Teacher of the Year 2014-2015.
Coila has directed church choirs, served as a Family History Consultant, and is currently Humanitarian liaison for her LDS ward. Her husband is retired and they love to travel.
She opened her own private studio in the late 1960's teaching her own children and many others. Her students have participated in festivals as she did as a youth, and she is co-chair of her local festival group, involved with scheduling venues and judging students.
She joined UMTA in 1974, and was privileged to hear many wonderful presentations over the years from Dr. Paul Pollei, Dr. Bryce Rytting and many others. Attending State UMTA Conference has always been and still is a great priority in her busy schedule. Her students entered Student Achievement, and now Achievement in Music. She served as chapter president, vice-president, and AIM chair local and regionally. She has been state recording secretary in 2004 and enjoys working with the state and local officers, many great musical friends.
A quote given to her by a former piano student shares one of her personal beliefs; "Without Music Life would B flat (using a flat symbol)." She plans to continue to teach many students and share the joy of music with them throughout the rest of her life.
Cheryl has been a member of UMTA for over 30 years and has always felt it is important to contribute to UMTA by serving where she can. She has served in her local associations as Jordan River Chapter President, Sandy Chapter Certification Chair, and Salt Lake Chapter 2nd Vice-President Membership. She has been on the UMTA State Board as Certification Chair and is currently serving as UMTA First Vice-President Elect and Conference Chair. Cheryl had the opportunity to serve nationally on the MTNA Certification Commission as Southwest Commissioner (2010-2014). She is also an active member of Utah Federation of Music Clubs, having served as Salt Lake West Chair for 16 years and currently serving on the UFMC State Board. She is also a member of the American Guild of Organists.
She loves to continually learn by attending chapter meetings, classes, workshops and most importantly, through her interaction with her students. She enjoys sharing what she learns with her students and colleagues. She is actively engaged in providing music in the community and for church services. She and her very supportive husband, Todd are parents of five married children and have nine grandchildren. Her family is the joy of her life.
Most of Barbara's musical training was under Professor J.J. Keeler, Organ professor at Brigham Young University. She studied piano with him for 13 years. She credits her pedagogy training to tons of workshops, UMTA meetings, State Music Conferences, other teachers with ideas to share, and especially Jane Tan who for six years taught a group of piano teachers in the area. Taking Robert Pace classes were also a big help in organizing the teaching of musical concepts and inspiring creative, fun ways of involving students in their music. While at BYU, Barbara was a member of the Organ Guild and rehearsal accompanist for Opera Workshop.
Barbara has received two awards for serving the community through teaching piano: the SCERA which is an arts organization that blesses the area with classes, musical productions and other music-related programs for children and adults; and "Citizen of the Year," which she received with her husband, Jerry Elison for community service to the arts.
Barbara's two famous students, Kurt Bestor and David Glen Hatch still give her hugs every time they see her. Barbara feels her greatest accomplishment, however, has been the rearing of 7 children. It has been a joy for her to pass on her love of music.
UMTA Legacy Award Winners - List
2018 Cindy Hartley, NCTM
2017 Lois Matthews, NCTM
2016 Carla Cleavinger, NCTM
2015 Coila Robinson, NCTM
2014 Mary Kay Harper / Cheryl Graham Rytting, NCTM
2013 Lezlee Bishop, NCTM / Barbara Elison
2012 Lynn Dean, NCTM, / Carolee G. Eriksson, NCTM / Sandra Preysz, NCTM
2011 Debra Gamero, NCTM / Eleanor Marshall
2010 Kathie Caldwell / Yu-Jane Yang, NCTM
2009 Jenny Bennett, NCTM (Posthumous) / Bernice Williams, NCTM (Posthumous)
2008 Karen Gygi, NCTM (Posthumous) / Iris Moon, NCTM (Posthumous)
2007 Jeffrey Shumway
2006 Dora Curtis, NCTM / Beverly Nelson, NCTM (Posthumous)
2005 Susan Goodfellow, NCTM / Yvonne Egbert (Posthumous) / William and Norma Foxley, NCTM (Posthumous)
2004 Paul Pollei, NCTM / Katharine Brough, NCTM (Posthumous)
2003 Solveig Madsen, NCTM