UMTA Adjudicators

The UMTA Adjudicators List is a compilation of potential judges for piano, instrumental or vocal judges. It is not all-inclusive. It is provided simply to facilitate finding qualified judges. Individuals or groups seeking judges for their events may find this a useful resource. Adjudicators on this list are current members of UMTA.

Lehi, UT 84043
Cell: 801-787-5322

Melissa Bearden, NCTM maintains a private piano studio in Lehi, Utah. She has adjudicated Solo, Ensemble, Concerto, and Hymn performances for Utah Federation of Music Clubs, as well as Performance and Technique requirements for UMTA's AIM program. She is currently the AIM Chair for the Timpanogos Chapter of UMTA.

Cedar City, UT 84720
Cell: 402-613-4675

Dr. Bohnenstengel earned graduate degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has been teaching at Southern Utah University since 2008, and currently serves as Director of Keyboard Studies at SUU. He has adjudicated for various AIM testing and Performance Evaluations.

American Fork, UT 84003
Cell: 801-368-2337

Jan Chamberlin is nationally certified in voice through MTNA. She has a voice teaching teaching degree from BYU and has been teaching voice privately for 40 years. She has judged the vocal competitions for MTNA southwest division.

Kaysville, UT 84037-9680
Home: 385-245-5974

Associate Degree, Ricks College, 1981, student of Del Parkinson, Piano Performance Major, had several students while attending Ricks College (younger students, teens, and adults), nominated student of the year from the Music Department, performed Rachmaninoff 2nd Piano Concerto, 2nd mvt, with the Ricks College symphony. Bachelor of Music Degree, USU, 1983, student of Gary Amano, Piano Performance Major, taught in the Youth Conservatory, taught college students piano for credit, performed Prokofiev 3rd Piano Concerto, 3rd mvt, with the USU symphony. Currently at Kaysville Piano Academy.

Park City, UT 84098
Cell: 801-210-0288

Chari has judged for NATS and Federation.

North Logan, UT 84341
Home: 435.753.2171

Miho was a student of Jorg Demus and has won numerous competitions including the All Japan soloist contest. She studied with Dr. Susan Duelmeirer. Miho has accompanied various instruments, voices, operas, orchestra and bands. She was an accompanist for the "Beethoven's 9th with a cast of 10,000". She also taught lessons at Yamaha music school in Osaka Japan. See Miho Everitt for more information.

Ephraim, UT 84627-1289
Cell: 215-272-4474

Mary judged in Pennsylvania for the Dorothy Sutton Preliminary Piano Festival. She was chairperson for the Connie Murray Piano Festival for eight years, a total of 604 students at one point! She is currently chairperson of the Central Utah NFMC.

Orem, UT 84058
Cell: 385-204-1064

Emily Jorgensen earned both her BM in Piano Performance and MA in Music Education from BYU. She has maintained a private studio in the Provo/Orem area for over 25 years. She has extensive adjudicating experience across the Wasatch Front. She is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education.

Salt Lake City, UT 84108-2344
Home: 801-259-5107

Dr. Pamela Palmer Jones is a much sought-after collaborative keyboardist in the Intermountain area, and has also worked extensively as a solo and collaborative pianist in Los Angeles, London, St. Louis, and Chicago. She performs regularly with the Beethoven Park City Chamber Music Festival, Ensemble Iris, Utopia Early Music, The Vivaldi Virtuosi, and Utah's new professional chamber orchestra, Sinfonia Salt Lake. Currently Dr. Jones is a music professor at the University of Utah School of Music. Dr. Jones has previously taught at Salt Lake Community College, Harper College, and College of Lake County. In 2011, Dr. Jones earned the Permanent Professional Certified Teacher of Music in Piano, conferred by the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).

Orem, UT 84058
Cell: 801-755-7381

Ms. Preston holds a Masters degree in Piano Performance from the University of Texas at Austin and has had 20 years professional judging experience, including MTNA Regional Competition, UMTA Concerto Competition, Salt Lake Piano Competition, Performance Evaluations, Encore Concerto Competition, Utah State Fair Talent Competition, and AIM Performance Evaluations.

South Jordan, UT 84009
Cell: 801-419-2767

Susan Schofield attended the Eastman School of Music Preparatory Department and then later Peabody Conservatory Preparatory Department where she received her certificate in piano. She then studied with Mona Smith at Brigham Young University and received a Bachelor of Music degree in piano pedagogy. She later earned a Masters of Music in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Utah studying with Janet Mann.

Centerville, UT 84014
Cell: 801-671-7287

Heather K. Smith, NCTM is an independent music teacher. She maintains a piano studio in her home in Centerville, Utah. Studying under the direction of Professor Lenora Ford Brown, Heather received a Master of Music and Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at the University of Utah. While in school, Heather was the Assistant Director and an Associate Instructor at the University of Utahís School of Music Preparatory Division. She is active in her professional organizations and serves on several executive boards including: Utah Music Teachers Association, Mundi Project, and Bountiful Davis Art Center. In addition, she is a member of the Utah Division of Arts and Museums Change Leader Program. As part of her Change Leader certification, Heather oversaw the fundraising and creation of a recital space at Bountiful Davis Art Center. Heather was recognized for her teaching and was honored with the National MTNA Student Achievement Recognition Award. She was also awarded the Student Teacher of the Year by the Utah Music Teachers Association. She is a certified teacher through the Music Teachers National Association and the Royal Conservatory of Music.

American Fork, UT 84003
Cell: 801-915-5137

Dr. Christie Sowby, NCTM, is a professional piano coach, chamber musician, pianist, and accompanist. She has performed throughout the world and is an adjudicator, music advocate, and a winner of piano competitions. Dr. Sowby has won state and national awards for her teaching and has presented at local, university, state, national, and international music conferences. She strives to be at the cutting edge of music technology, pedagogy, new music, and performance. Dr. Sowby attended Brigham Young University, the New England Conservatory of Music, Harvard University, and the University of Utah

Ogden, UT 84403
Cell: 801-644-1126

Sean R. Steiner has served as an adjudicator for piano competitions and events for Encore and UMTA groups from Salt Lake City to Vernal. He is also a frequent judge for Utah State University's Piano Festival, the The Salt Lake Piano Competition, and most recently, the new Utah International Piano Academy and Competition held at the University of Utah. Mr. Steiner holds a Bachelor's degree in performance from Eastman School of Music and currently operates Steiner Piano Studio and also teaches as adjunct faculty at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.

Riverton, UT 84065
Cell: 801-680-1456

Tricia West received her Bachelorís Degree in Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Utah in 1991. She studied piano with Bonnie Gritton and Susan Duehlmeier. She has been teaching piano for 36 years and currently has 65 students she teaches each week. Tricia is a member of the Sandy Music Teachers Association and is the Chairperson for the Sandy MTA Piano Festival. She runs the Progressive Artist Competition in that festival as well. Tricia enjoys accompanying instrumentals and playing music with her four daughters, two of which are majoring in piano as well. Tricia has judged for the State Piano Solo and Ensemble, Davis and Sandy Music Teachers Associations AIM evaluations and Encore evaluations.

Taylorsville, UT 84123
Cell: 801-243-8821

Evelyn has been teaching for 30-plus years, is a member of UMTA, UFMC and teaches beginner to early advanced students. She has been an NCTM for 10 years and was an assistant conductor for the Choral Arts Society of Utah, CASU, under the direction of Sterling Poulson.