Archived – MTNA Foundation Fellow


DR. NANCY ALLRED, NCTM, is Professor of Music, Director of Piano Studies, and Associate Dean for the College of the Arts at Dixie State University. She has developed an outstanding piano program and mentors a wonderful studio of piano majors.

Dr. Allred has developed courses in piano pedagogy, literature, ensemble, accompanying, group piano and private piano. Recently, she developed a “Piano Pedagogy Certificate Program” for DSU.

An accomplished soloist and chamber musician, Dr. Allred is a distinguished collaborator of vocal, choral and instrumental music. She holds advanced degrees from BYU and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, studying piano with Paul Pollei, Robert Smith, and renowned professor Joanne Baker. Nancy is the director for Castle Rock Piano Camps, held annually at Dixie State. She is also the co-director with Dr. Christian Bohnenstengel, for the annual Southern Utah Pedagogy Conference.

Nancy was president of the BYU Student Chapter of UMTA as a graduate student, and directed the first and second annual BYU Piano Festivals, 1987 and 1988.

After moving to St. George, Dr. Allred organized the St. George Chapter of UMTA. The first meeting was held at the Tuacahn Center for the Arts in 1994. With support from her mentor, Dr. Paul Pollei, she was the first president of the St. George Chapter. Nancy was UMTA Performance Competitions Coordinator, 2006-07. She frequently presents at chapter meetings and state conferences. Dr. Allred continuously sponsors UMTA chapter meetings, performance evaluations, and honors recitals held at the DSU Eccles Fine Arts Center.


PATRICE HUNT, NCTM, has spent 12 of the 16 years she has been teaching serving on the UMTA State Board as Website Chair, 2nd Vice President-Competitions, MTNA Piano Performance Competitions chair, MTNA Instrumental Performance Competitions chair, and Instrumental Concerto Competition chair. She served as St. George Chapter President (4 years) and has been a presenter for the UMTA State Conference and local chapters.

Patrice lifts everyone with her welcoming spirit. The St. George chapter doubled in size in one year due to her befriending of teachers in the area. She provides numerous opportunities for her students’ growth, including holding duet recitals outdoors with keyboards 6 feet apart or loading a piano into a horse trailer to provide “moving” recitals during COVID19 restrictions. She leads with her positive, we-can-do-that attitude!

Patrice’s incredible sacrifice of nearly one thousand hours to renovate the website has greatly impacted UMTA’s communication abilities. She has mentored every member of the state by providing information they need in a clear and timely manner.

Patrice is truly without guile and constantly puts the needs of others ahead of her own. She is a hard worker, doing everything from the most complex responsibilities to the most menial work without any complaint. She strives to make each individual feel like they are the most important person in the world. UMTA would not be what it is today (or in the future) without her! Patrice is married to Roderick Hunt. They have 7 children and 13 grandchildren.


JANIS HADERLIE SIGGARD, NCTM, was born in Afton, Wyoming and moved with her parents to Logan, Utah when she was 12. She studied piano with Irving Wassermann. She has accompanied many singers from church music to Broadway shows and operas, a concert violinist, and many other instrumentalists. She met her band director husband, Derral Siggard, at Utah State, when he needed an accompanist for his clarinet solo.
After they were married in 1958, they lived in Price, Utah for 40 years, where she was an adjunct professor of piano at CEU. She had the wonderful privilege of teaching hundreds of great piano students in Carbon and Emery counties and helping them develop their skills and love of music. Included among her students were Jan Johnson and Karen Bunnell who have been piano teachers in the Salt Lake Valley, Clay Christiansen and Mack Wilberg of the Choir at Temple Square.
In 1999, she and Derral moved back to Logan to be closer to some of their 5 children and 21 grandchildren. They now have almost 7 great- granddaughters. Janis has been active in UMTA for over 50 years and has attended most of the conventions/conferences. She helped organize a chapter in Price in the 1960’s, served almost continuously as an officer and had her students participate in AIM. She also served on the state AIM Committee and the state Certification Committee (1990’s).
Janis still teaches a few students. Music gives wonderful opportunities to meet great people and live life with enthusiasm and joy!


COILA ROBINSON joined UMTA in October, 1973, on the suggestion of her husband, and has been greatly blessed with much knowledge and wonderful friends. She served as Chapter President in Walla Walla WSMTA Chapter, 1978- 1981, and Davis/UMTA, 1989-1991; UMTA Secretary, 1994-2004; UMTA Historian, 1994-2010 & 2012-2016, Newsletter editor 1995-2004; served on 6 UMTA Conference committees, and 2008 & 2009 state conference chair; President 2010-2012; co-compiler with Lezlee Bishop of Utah Music Teachers Association Through the Years, a 50 year history published 2006; copresented with several colleagues in state conferences, and with Cheryl Norman at 2008 MTNA Conference. She was the recipient of the 2015 UMTA Legacy Award. She has also served on MTNA Task Force on PreCollege Student Membership, and MTNA Teacher of the Year committees, 2014-15, chair 2016-2017. She has a Bachelor of Music/Choral and Vocal Performance Secondary Option, from Utah State University.

Coila taught piano for 43 years, in 5 locations, and loved working with young people; ensemble work was a required studio activity for all students. Her other interests include US and international travel with her husband, reading, quilt making, singing with the choir, Utah Voices, and family history. She and her husband are currently serving LDS Church Service Missions at FamilySearch/Scan.


MTNA proudly honors LYNDA CHILDS BROADBENT, NCTM, of Santaquin Utah with the 2017–2018 Foundation Fellow award. Lynda has taught music and the art of piano for 40 years. A member of Utah Music Teachers Association for over 30 years, she has had the honor of serving in many capacities, first as a dedicated president in the Nebo chapter, and then as Vice President over state conferences and UMTA State President (2006–2008). Lynda has also been MTNA Foundation Chair and Publicity chair on the UMTA state board. She served nationally as the MTNA State Affiliate Award chairman, and recently accepted the position of MTNA Southwest Division Junior Competitions chairman. She enjoys serving in these capacities and especially making new friends.

Lynda believes in teaching music composition to her students and bringing music to her community. Her students often win UMTA Composition contests, and participate in the PTA Reflections contest where they win awards locally and on the state level. Of note, Lynda has organized a bi-annual piano festival in her city for the past 31 years, with over 100 students participating. As a trumpet player, she gives community service with the American Legion and plays “Taps” at the graveside of war veterans, a final act of respect and honor.

Two of Lynda’s greatest athletic accomplishments are finishing the St. George Marathon at 54, and completing a 70-mile biking course. She loves her family, husband David, her 5 children, and 15 grandchildren, for each of whom she has composed piano solos and lullabies.


SUSAN GOODFELLOW is Emeritus Professor of Flute at the University of Utah, where she formed and conducted the “runnin’ flUTES” flute choir, which played at National Flute Association conventions. Formerly, she taught at Chicago State College and Brigham Young University. She holds degrees from Juilliard and the University of Chicago, having studied with William Kincaid, Robert Willoughby and Julius Baker. She has performed as soloist with the Carmel Bach Festival, as principal flute with the New York City Symphony, with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, as a substitute player with the Utah Symphony, and has made radio and TV appearances in Salt Lake City.

Susan worked in music research for Encyclopaedia Britannica and was assistant editor of The Britannica Book of Music. Her articles or book reviews have appeared there and in Flutist Quarterly, Flute Talk, and The American Music Teacher. She has served on the national editorial board for The American Music Teacher, and now for Flutist Quarterly. She has performed and lectured at national conventions of MTNA and the National Flute Association.

Susan was awarded the Master Teacher Certificate from MTNA in 1984 and the Legacy Award from UMTA in 2005. Her students have consistently been state, division and national winners in many competitions, including two MTNA national winners.

Susan grew up in Westbury, New York. Following her retirement from the University of Utah, she served an LDS Church Service Mission in Family and Church History. She is married to the late William S. Goodfellow, long-time music critic of the Deseret News.


GERALD R. “SKIP” DAYNES, has been the President of Daynes Music Company since 1967. Daynes Music has been representing Steinway & Sons since 1873, and is the oldest Steinway dealership west of the Mississippi, the second-oldest music store in the country, and the oldest family owned Steinway business. With this legacy of providing such high quality instruments, Daynes Music has been an integral, generous supporter of UMTA and the UMTA Annual Conference.

In addition, and perhaps unknown to many, Daynes donated office space to Ballet West and the Utah Opera Company in their downtown building for decades, and his father and grandfather helped fund and found the Utah Symphony. Besides supporting all our UMTA events, Skip has generously donated prize money and pianos to the International Bachauer Competition for many years, recently provided 17 pianos for the national ACDA convention, the Grand Teton Music Festival, and the 2002 SLC Winter Olympics. Skip provides a music scholarship at a local college, and supports numerous music outreach programs in the Utah community.


LEZLEE JOHNSEN BISHOP, NCTM, is an independent music teacher of over 35 years, with a degree in Piano Pedagogy from Utah State University, and a minor in Music Composition. She taught for several years in the U.S.U. Youth Conservatory, and studied piano with Betty Beecher and Professor Gary Amano while living in Logan. After moving to Salt Lake City, she continued her piano study with Solveig Madsen, a student of Olga Samaroff, and Kira Merzhevskaya, formerly of the St. Petersburg Conservatory.

She has enjoyed service in many ways in Utah, as Salt Lake Chapter President, UMTA State Membership Chair and Conference Coordinator, as well as Utah MTA State President (2000 – 2002). She enjoys giving presentations and sharing ideas with fellow teachers, visiting all of the UMTA chapters while state president, and many times since. Lezlee has served nationally on the MTNA Teacher Enrichment Grant committee, IMT and Arts Advocacy Forums, the 2003 MTNA Conference Task Force, and has written 2 articles for the American Music Teacher magazine. She currently serves as chair of the MTNA Membership Committee, and as a member of the MTNA One for All Committee. She served for four years as MTNA Southwest Division Director Elect and as a member of the MTNA Board of Directors from 2008 to 2010. She traveled to all six Southwest Division states as Division Director, serving as a guest speaker, workshop presenter, and competition official. There are many wonderful people in our organization, in every state!

Lezlee enjoys her UMTA/MTNA friendships and family, along with theater performance, accompanying, composing and being inspired by great ideas and beautiful music. She believes that everyone can benefit from music study, and works to help her students and her own children become independent thinkers, performers and well-rounded musicians. She and Roger, her husband of 35 years, have “7” children after adding a son and daughter in law in 2012.

She is also the recipient of the 2013 Legacy Award.


GERI GIBBS, NCTM, is an independent music teacher, active adjudicator, lecturer and church musician. Encouraged by exceptional teachers and educators, she knew early on that her passion for music, ability to explain it, and love for young people had found a compatible union in teaching. At age 14, while studying in England, she was awarded a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, but her family returned to the U.S., where she began teaching at age 15 and studied with Lennox Larson at the University of Utah.

Service to UMTA/MTNA 1980-1985 UMTA Davis Chapter Board 1986-1987 UMTA Davis Chapter President Elect 1987-1988 UMTA Davis Chapter President 1991-1992 UMTA Davis Chapter AIM Chair 1992-1993 UMTA President Elect 1994-1995 UMTA State President 1995-1996 SW Division JR HIGH Competition Chair 1997-1998 SW Division High School Competition Chair 1999-2001 SW Division Competition Chair 2002-2003 SW Division President Elect 2003-2004 SW Division President, MTNA Independent Music Teacher Forum 2004-2005 MTNA Board of Director and Chair of IMTF 2006-2008 MTNA Teacher of the Year Committee and Chair 2009-2011 MTNA Student Teacher of the Year Committee 2011-2012 MTNA Conference Planning Committee 2009-2013 Editorial Committee of the American Music Teacher.

CHERYL NORMAN, NCTM, (left), had a mother whose love of music and sacrifice for piano lessons are the reason Cheryl loves music and teaching. She also loved her piano instructors growing up. Their enthusiasm and careful mentoring are the reason music is her passion and career. For the past 30 years Utah MTA and MTNA members are her “family”–sharing all that is beautiful in music, mentoring, love, and friendship. Her best friends (including her archaeologist husband) are musicians. Her students are her daily musical family—she feels privileged to have shared hours of music with many talented Utah students. Her greatest joy is her family of three married, musical and artistic daughters and 18 musical grandchildren (one has been accepted as a Composition major in the BYU Music Department).

Service to UMTA/MTNA Cheryl Norman-NCTM is grateful for opportunities to serve on the MTNA Board of Directors (2012-2014), National Certification Commission (2007-2010), MTNA-SPAC Chairman (2006-2007), UtahMTA State President (2004-2006), plus writing AMT Articles (2007, 2009). She earned a Masters Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy (BYU-1994) and has been an Adjunct Professor at BYU and UVU. Cheryl gives lectures on Music History and Certification at State, Division and National meetings, and has performed in the Western US (including Gina Bachauer Recital series-1994), China, Italy, Mexico and Guatemala.


Past MTNA Foundation Fellows

2012 – Lynn Dean, NCTM
2011 – Debra Gamero, NCTM / Yu-Jane Yang, NCTM
2010 – Soveig Madsen, NCTM
2009 – Paul Pollei, NCTM
2008 – Jeffrey Shumway
2007 – Susan Duehlmeier, NCTM
2006 – Gary Amano
2005 – Sandra A. Peterson, NCTM
2004 – None
2003 – Irene Peery-Fox, NCTM