Archived Legacy Awards


SHAWN BASTIAN, NCTM, grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. She began piano lessons at age 5 and became a Nationally Certified Music Teacher through MTNA in 2013. She has been a member of UMTA for over 25 years, has taught piano for over 30 years and continues to teach today. She is an active member of the Timpanogos chapter, and has served as president, and the State and Chapter AIM Chair.

“My mom, Zina Riches, brought me to my first UMTA conference in 1992 and pointed me down this musical path, a path that I am truly thankful for. I have been blessed to teach so many truly talented students and work with great teachers and friends. You have all impacted every aspect of my musical career and my life. THANK YOU!!” Shawn Bastian


BONNIE SLAUGHTER, NCTM, has been a piano teacher for over 40 years. She is active in the Utah Music Teachers Association where she has served as President of the Bridgerland and Ogden Chapters and on the Utah MTA State Board and Region FAIM (Future Artists in Music) Coordinator. She was the Northern Utah Coordinator for the renowned international pedagogue N. Jane Tan.

Bonnie is the director of the Oakwood Performing Arts Academy. She has over 100 students including “The Oakwood 88’s” 5 Piano Teams. Members of the teams have enjoyed performing at area events including opening for Jon Schmidt. The teams have also competed at state and international levels.

She has published 5 music camps, a series of Theory Workbooks called “Theory Strips” and a set of CDs about Surviving the Music Lesson Rollercoaster. She enjoys sharing them with music teachers across the country. She has given workshops and presentations to teachers across Utah, California, Colorado and New Mexico. She is married and has five children and 21 grandchildren.


JUDITH (JUDY) JOHNSON, a member of the Provo/Orem chapter, has a long history with music and UMTA. Judy grew up in Wyoming, next door to her grandmother, who was the town piano teacher. When Judy was 12, her father was choir director and Judy accompanied. She learned early on to transpose pieces to a lower key so the choir could sing them.

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.”


JUNE CHRISTENSEN always knew she wanted to be a piano teacher—and she learned from the best, studying with Martha Greene, Florence Brinton and Gladys Gladstone. In high school, she accepted the challenge to learn the Grieg Concerto within a month and perform it as a substitute soloist with the Granite Youth Symphony. She placed twice in the Utah State Fair Competition.

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.


JANE H. CALDER grew up in the beautiful little town of Springville, Utah. At the age of seven she started taking piano lessons from her aunt, Helen Hales Hawkins. At twelve she began studying with Professor J. J. Keeler at Brigham Young University and remained with him throughout college. He was a wonderful teacher who influenced Jane’s life in many positive ways. During those busy high school and college years she played in two string trios, two dance bands, accompanied many fine soloists and played the organ at church.

After high school Jane attended BYU, graduating with a degree in English and a minor in music. Following graduation she married Richard Calder and embarked on a busy career combining marriage, motherhood and piano teaching. Jane started giving piano lessons as a teenager and has now taught for sixty-eight years.

Through the years Jane created games and teaching aids for her own students to increase their knowledge of famous composers, counting, key signatures, musical terms and other aspects of theory. In 1993 she published her first book, “Scales & Stuff,” and launched her business, Making Music Fun. Having her own booth at national music teacher conventions all over the United States has been one of the most fun, exciting and exhausting things she’s ever done.

Jane lives now with two cats and a dog, lovingly supported by her wonderful family of four children, thirteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. “Music has given me the most wonderful life imaginable!”


DR. DAVID GLAN HATCH, NCTM, master teacher of piano, is a four-time Grammy nominee, international concert and recording artist and enjoys a distinguished performance and teaching career on six continents. Dr. Hatch is listed as one of the Best Teachers in America in volumes of Who’s Who Among American Music Teachers and International Who’s Who in Music and was awarded the Master Teacher certificate by MTNA. His students have been winners in state, regional, national, and international competitions.

In addition to his independent teaching studio, Dr. Hatch has given lecture presentations, master classes, and solo recitals at the World Piano Conference sponsored by the European Music Teachers Association (London & Serbia), Music Hall of Composers (Moscow), National Conservatory of Bulgaria (Sofia International Music Festival), and Conservatories of Hobart, Tasmania; Shanghai, China; Bordeaux, France; Donetsk, Ukraine; and Santiago, Chile.

His students have participated and won prizes in local, state, national, and international piano and piano teams competitions; have performed local, regional, national, and international solo recitals; have been concerto soloists with chamber and symphony orchestras; have performed in master classes of world-renowned teachers, and have performed internationally with Dr. Hatch on his summer concert tours. Many have pursued concert careers at music schools and conservatories including The Manhattan School of Music, The Julliard School, Indiana Jacobs School of Music, University of Michigan, the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio, the University of California at Fullerton, Brigham Young University, University of Utah and Utah State University, including some who have acquired university and college teaching positions nationwide. “His teaching is incredibly personal and engaging. He does this through his sincere caring about his students and their personal and musical well-being…”–former student


MARY LOUISE BECKSTRAND began her piano studies at the age of 6 in Kanosh, Utah. She continued her studies through college at USU, where she studied with Dr. Irving Wasserman and Betty Beecher, then the University of Utah, where she studied with Lenora Ford Brown.

Following college, Mary Louise and her husband, Linford settled in Bountiful, Utah with their seven children, where she opened her teaching studio. She joined UMTA and MTNA in 1981, and became active in chapter leadership – serving as Davis Chapter President from 1984-1985. She was UMTA State Vice President under Debra Gamero, and became UMTA State President from 1998-2000. Mary Louise served as UMTA State Competition Chair, and then MTNA Southwest Division Competition Chair, and organized the only competition to take place in Honolulu, Hawaii.

As UMTA President, Mary Louise suggested lowering the cost of state conference attendance to $25.00, which resulted in record numbers of UMTA members who attended the state conference during her term of office. She was also instrumental in creating a website for UMTA, which was the birth of Mrs. Beckstrand also initiated the teacher recognition program which recognized teachers at the state conference banquet who had been members of UMTA/MTNA for 10,20,30, and 40 years.

Mrs. Beckstrand retired from teaching in 2010 and served 3 missions with her husband for their church. They served in The Netherlands, as directors of the Mesa Temple Visitors’ Center, and in Johannesburg, South Africa. After returning from South Africa, Mrs. Beckstrand resumed teaching her grandsons, the oldest of which will be finishing Level 10 of AIM in the spring of 2020.


When she joined MTNA in 1981, ELAINE LEGGAT had already been teaching piano lessons for over twenty years. Throughout her 55-year career, she believed in the power of music to enrich the lives of her students, and helped each one develop a genuine love for all kinds of music, from classical to religious to popular. She felt that each student, regardless of their future professional pursuits, should have basic skills that could be used in their homes and communities – playing by ear, leading music, composing, sightreading, accompanying. LDS students learned to play 20 hymns before leaving on a mission.

Her years were organized around major music events: Student Achievement and AIM preparation began in the fall, Halloween and Christmas concerts happened during the holidays, mega piano duet rehearsals led to the annual ‘monster’ concert each Spring. Summertime, organized around a unique theme each year, included specific learning goals, a plethora of prizes from giant candy bars to movie tickets, and culminated with a “Concert under the Stars” in her backyard, with blankets, chairs, doughnuts and juice her husband, Robert, always arranged. Each student felt Elaine’s individual love for them, and when necessary, Elaine quietly and happily taught students free of charge. A committed and enthusiastic member of the Sandy Chapter of UMTA, Elaine served in almost every position available there, including President, and also served on the UMTA state board. Elaine taught out of her home studio until her husband’s aggressive cancer diagnosis, and her own cognitive decline, led her to retirement in 2016.


CINDY HARTLEY, NCTM, is the Utah MTA State Treasurer, having served since 2001. She is also the UFMC State Treasurer, having serve since 2011. She has also served in the Ogden Chapter as Vice President over programs.
For 8 years she worked as the Lowrey Organ Company Program Director at the Piano Gallery in Riverdale, Utah. She worked weekly with approximately 150 senior citizens in the beginning music classes at the Piano Gallery. She has served as the “Yamaha, Say Yes to Music” program coordinator for Weber county. She has been active in the PTA, having served as the Farr West Elementary PTA President. She has also served as a Farr West Community Council Member.

She continues to be active in her community and church service. She served for 18 months as a proselyting/welfare service missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Guayaquil, Ecuador. While serving there, she and her companion were asked to write a basic music program to teach music/piano lesson. Years later, that program was expanded by the church and is now taught worldwide in many languages.

She began piano lessons at age 7 and continued on through her college years. She became a Nationally Certified Music Teacher through MTNA in November 2015. Cindy has taught piano for over 35 years and continues to teach today. She and her husband, Dan, have been married for 33 years and live in Farr West, Utah. They are the proud parents of 5 children. They are Nana and Papa to 4 adorable grandchildren.

“Many years ago, I was encouraged by a friend to join UMTA. It has been one of the greatest blessings in my life. It has impacted every aspect of my music career, enhancing my teaching and therefore benefitting my students. Perhaps my greatest sense of accomplishment comes from the many students who have gone on to become teachers, directly impacting the minds and lives of others.” – Cindy Hartley


ELIZABETH LUND graduated with honors from the University of Utah with a degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy where she was a student of Solveig Lunde Madsen. She has had a varied career in music as a soloist, ensemble performer and accompanist for vocalists and instrumentalists, including numerous choral, dance and theatre productions. Some highlights include playing the organ at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, accompanying the late Robert Petersen on “To Dream the Impossible Dream,” rocking the Assembly Hall with the Ivory Piano Quartet on “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” and being the pianist for operettas at Promised Valley Play House and Theatre 138.

She maintains a private piano studio in Salt Lake City and is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music with Music Teachers National Association. She has served on the board of Utah Music Teachers Association as Certification Chair, MTNA Foundation Chair, and MTNA Instrumental Performance Competition Chair. She has also served in numerous positions of Salt Lake Chapter UMTA including President, Vice President over programs, and Student Achievement Chair (AIM).

She is a member and past President of the Salt Lake Alumni Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon, Professional Music Fraternity and currently serves on the Honors Recital Committee of the Salt Lake Area Piano, Utah Federation of Music Clubs. She is also the mother of four children who comprise a string quartet. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, reading, going for long walks and being grammy to two perfect grandchildren.


LOIS MATTHEWS, NCTM was raised in the small town of Ashton, Idaho, and began taking piano lessons in the sixth grade, becoming church organist at age 14. After receiving her Associate of Arts Degree from Ricks College, attending the University of Wyoming and BYU, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Honors English/Communications from Weber State University. She worked for five years as an Admitting Coordinator at the LDS Hospital in SLC, two years as a bookkeeper at the Ramada Inn in Evanston, Wyoming, and five years as a Deputy Court Clerk in Layton, Utah.

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.


CARLA CLEAVENGER, NCTM, has served with MTNA for over 30 years and taught more than 400 piano students. With a BS in elementary education and a music minor from BYU, she began her career as a 3rd grade teacher in Wyoming. A year later she married Howard and moved to Colorado, where she “fell into” teaching piano. Finding the CSMTA/NW chapter was a godsend, as she was welcomed, mentored, appointed as secretary, and subsequently prepared for a lifetime of teaching.

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 ROBINSON, NCTM, a fifth generation native of Cache Valley, has lived in five states throughout her life, due to father’s and husband’s jobs, and has established studios in five locations. The Robinson family moved to Bountiful in 1987, where Coila opened her current studio, Coila’s Music Studio, and teaches private and group lessons. She involves her students in as much ensemble work as possible.

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.


MARY KAY HARPER was born in North Carolina, but grew up in Ogden Canyon. At Weber High School she was the accompanist for the a Capella choir and participated in the National Federation of Music Clubs solo and concerto events as well as solo and ensemble festivals. She attended Brigham Young University receiving a minor in music. While at BYU she accompanied the Women’s Chorus under Maughan McMurdie and had duet lessons from Dr. Reid Nibley.

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 GRAHAM RYTTING, BM, NCTM, has been teaching music in her independent music studio for over 40 years. she received a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Utah with an emphasis in Musicology. While at the University, she studied piano with Lennox Larsen and organ with Dr. Alexander Schreiner, Roy Darley, and Dr. Clay Christiansen. She is MTNA Certified and Piano and Organ.

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.


BARBARA ELISON has been a member of UMTA for over 25 years and her love for music and children has grown over the 64 years she has been teaching. An active member of the Provo/Orem chapter, she has served as president and also secretary. Barbara also served a term on the state UMTA board and presented workshops at the state conference. She has also been pleased to prepare and present workshops for other UMTA chapters throughout the state and at piano stores.

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.


Past UMTA Legacy Award Winners

2021 Judith (Judy) Johnson / June Christensen
2020 Jane H. Calder, / Dr. David Glen Hatch, NCTM
2019 Mary Louise Beckstrand / Elaine Leggat
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