Judy attended BYU, where she studied piano with Robert Cundick and theory with Crawford Gates. Judy also performed for the Program Bureau under Janie Thompson at BYU. Judy graduated in 1962 with an Elementary Education major and a Music minor.
Judy has been a member of UMTA/MTNA for over 50 years. Some of Judy’s earliest memories of UMTA include riding from Provo to Salt Lake to attend meetings with William Foxley (6th UMTA President: 1970-1974).
Judy has served as Secretary of the Provo/Orem chapter of UMTA. She also served as the Federation chair for 35 years. She has also played for many church and community functions over the years. Judy’s teaching career began when a neighbor asked her to teach a little boy that several piano teachers had given up on. Judy’s success with this student quickly led to many students. To better help her students, she completed extensive Robert Pace program training. She has also loved attending the UMTA conferences and chapter meetings. Judy said, “Music has opened so many doors for me my whole life. Music has been such a huge part of my life.”
Beginning as congregational pianist at age nine, June has shared music in her community playing for countless church meetings, funerals, and weddings. She has accompanied outstanding vocalists and instrumentalists, and directed and accompanied choirs.
June graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Music Composite Secondary Education. She began teaching at age 14—which led to 60+ years experience, 700 private students, 300 studio recitals, and exhibits at 50 state and national conventions. She credits much of her pedagogy to UMTA workshops, meetings, and conferences where she soaked in wisdom from master teachers and composers.
Dr. Paul Pollei’s amazing pedagogy class inspired June to create and market 100+ teaching aids that promote better reading, rhythm, and theory skills, plus insights about composers, history, the piano, and practicing.
June has presented in UMTA meetings statewide and served as Magazine Coordinator, Music.ed You Chair, Chapter Secretary, Salt Lake Chapter President, and UMTA State Publicity Board. June has five brilliant children who played the piano under her tutelage. They return the favor with technology assistance and strong opinions. June and her husband pay forward their love of the arts by funding scholarships for deserving students.