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Aging Partners Volunteer Fair

posted May 12, 2018, 12:24 PM by Webmaster LMTA   [ updated May 12, 2018, 12:25 PM ]

Aging Partners Volunteer Fair
Tuesday, May 15
Give to Lincoln Day donations accepted now until 11:59PM May 31

Plan to visit the LMTA Music Outreach [LMTA-MOP] booth at the Aging Partners Volunteer Fair at Gateway Mall Tuesday, May 15 from 10:00AM to noon. LMTA-MOP is in search of nonmember [and member] professionals to assist our program which allows at-risk, low income students to study music with an LMTA Professional teacher at a nominal cost. Grants and private donations provide funds and instruments, and our partnerships with local businesses provide for sheet music, repairs, piano moving and other needs for the program.

How can you help LMTA-MOP?

1) Do you have a skill in administration, grant writing, accounting, tax preparation, legal work, public relations, human resources, coordination, policy, detail work? Please email or call 402-328-0102.

2) Support LMTA on Give to Lincoln Day now through May 31st. Donate to Lincoln Music Teachers Association through this website: Funds will be proportionally matched by the Lincoln Community Foundation after event closes on May 31st. Checks may be taken directly to LCF. Write LMTA in the memo line.

LMTA is a nonprofit organization of approximately 70 members which offers networking and continuing education for members and activities and performing opportunities for members and their students. The Aging Volunteer Fair event is presented in partnership by Leadership Lincoln, Volunteer Linc, Aging Partners and Gateway Mall. See for more information

"Discoveries from the Fortepiano" Summer Seminar

posted Mar 3, 2018, 12:31 PM by Webmaster LMTA   [ updated Mar 17, 2018, 1:57 PM ]

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Music Students to play at Barnes & Noble

posted Feb 7, 2018, 10:40 AM by Webmaster LMTA   [ updated Feb 7, 2018, 10:52 AM ]

Paola and Rocio Izaguirre, students of Jo Riecker-Karl, played a duet at last year’s Barnes and Noble Fundraiser.

Music Students of Lincoln Music Teachers Association (LMTA) members will play from 1:00 to 5:00 PM at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore at SouthPointe Pavilion, 2910 Pine Lake Road, Lincoln, Nebraska on Sunday, February 11 to raise money for the LMTA Music Outreach Program (LMTA-MOP).


Barnes and Noble will donate a percentage of all sales made at this store on Feb 11 for those who identify themselves as friends of LMTA.  Online sales will also qualify for the donation from February 11th to February 15.  Go to and use Bookfair ID 12326823.


LMTA is a nonprofit organization of independent music teachers and college faculty whose primary objective is to provide educational and performance opportunities for their member teachers and students.  The Music Outreach Program is administered by a nine-member volunteer committee of LMTA teachers, partnering with local music stores, piano tuners and businesses. Chet’s Moving and Storage houses donated MOP pianos and delivers them to student’s homes free of charge. Dietze Music donates free print music for MOP students. The Violin Shop, Capital City Strings and CGSmusic repair stringed instruments as needed and provide reduced-cost rental instruments for string students. Scott Kerns evaluates donated pianos, and Morgan Cowell and Dan Adkins provide free or reduced tuning.  

Presently, a maximum of 50 students are being served by 14 LMTA professional teachers who have met continuing education criteria. The annual cost of lessons for an individual student is approximately $850. The LMTA Music Outreach Program [LMTA-MOP] is supported in part by grants from the Nebraska Arts Council & the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the Lincoln Community Foundation, the Pearle Francis Finigan Foundation, the Cooper Foundation, the Harris Foundation, Viking Foundation, Woods Realty, large donations from General Dynamics, Elks Lodge #80, LMTA Fundraisers plus other private donations.   

More information regarding the LMTA Music Outreach Program may be found at Tax-deductible donations may also be made through to support the Music Outreach Program.  


Spiazzo Piano Trio

posted Nov 12, 2017, 1:55 PM by Webmaster LMTA   [ updated Nov 25, 2017, 11:18 AM ]

The Lincoln Music Teachers Association Presents the

Spiazzo Piano Trio

3:00 PM

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Holy Savior Lutheran Church

4710 N. 10th Street

Lincoln, Nebraska

General Seating.  Doors open at 2:30

The Spiazo Piano Trio will perform a mixture of Christmas, classical and original music.  A free-will offering will be taken to benefit the LMTA Music Outreach Program which offers low cost lessons, sheet music and instruments for children who could not otherwise afford them.


Music Conference and State Level of National Competitions to be held at Nebraska Wesleyan University

posted Sep 30, 2017, 11:21 AM by Webmaster LMTA   [ updated Sep 30, 2017, 11:22 AM ]

                            Marvin Blickenstaff                 Michael Stephens                     Andre Watts                     

The 2017 Nebraska Music Teachers Association [NMTA] State Conference and state level of the Music Teachers National Association [MTNA] Competitions will be held on Thursday and Friday, October 12 and 13, at Nebraska Wesleyan University.  Marvin Blickenstaff, nationally famous teacher, lecturer, publisher and performer, will be the Guest Artist/Clinician.  He will present three sessions dealing with pedagogy and interpretation, and conduct a master class with the MTNA Competition Winners. Michael Stephens, composer, and Professor of Music at Chadron State College, will present this year’s NMTA commissioned composition. Also included in this year’s registration fee is a ticket to the Lied Center for Performing Arts on Thursday, October 12, to see the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with Pianist Andre Watts.

Other sessions include “Phillip Glass at 80” by Dr. Paul Barnes, “The Science of Learning and the Art of Practicing” by Ruth Meints.  Jonathan Sokasits will discuss the Landler, German Dances and Polkas from Classical and Folk Traditions. There will also be a question/answer round table discussion on the private music studio with NMTA member panelists Dr. Paul Barnes, Regina Carnazzo, Charlotte Heermann, and Paul Parker.

A conference schedule and registration form may be downloaded at Click on 2017 Conference.  Bios of the headliners may also be accessed at the website.  Nonmembers are invited to attend.  

Students receive a significant discount and may attend all sessions and attend the concert for $10.00.   

Lincoln Music Teachers Association Recognizes Members Attaining Professional Status

posted Aug 26, 2017, 1:41 PM by Webmaster LMTA   [ updated Aug 26, 2017, 1:44 PM ]

by Jo Riecker-Karl, Publicity Chair

President Dr. Svetlana Yashirin presented certificates of appreciation to LMTA members who earned LMTA Professional Status the previous year.  Front Row L to R:  Nancy Schoen, Lois Burger, Marian Eschliman, Jessica Freeman, Deanna McClintick, Wanda Mandigo, Jo Riecker-Karl, Dr. Svetlana Yashirin;  Second Row L to R:  Chad Houk, Charlotte Heermann, Marcia Wiebers, Jane Sonneland, Debra DeFrain.  Not pictured:  Jennifer Bailey, Aleta Collier, Donna Gunn, Vicki Harris, Debra Heald, Shoira Khamidova, Pris Kliewer, Lisa Myers, and Heather Pedersen

LMTA Members who met continuing education and participation requirements last year were acknowledged with a certificate of appreciation at the LMTA Kickoff Potluck on August 19, 2017 at Fellowship Community Church.  Dr. Sergio Ruiz, Director of the Glenn Korff School of Music and Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, was the keynote speaker for the continuing education component of the meeting.    

There are six categories of LMTA membership: Professional, Entry, Supporting, Collegiate Faculty, Collegiate Student, Retired, and Honorary.  

Professional members are engaged in any field of music activity and have met the following requirements in the previous calendar year:  1) attended at least three continuing education worshops/meetings; 2) entered one of more students in at least one LMTA-sponsored event, and 3) served on one or more LMTA Committees. Teachers who wish to be active in the LMTA Music Outreach Program which serves children who could not otherwise afford lessons must maintain LMTA Professional Membership.

Entry members are first-year members working toward LMTA Professional or Supporting status. Supporting membership is open to all persons interested in teaching of music and in the purposes of LMTA. Collegiate Faculty are professionally engaged in teaching at the collegiate level and volunteer to facilitate LMTA workshops at least once every three years.  Collegiate Students are actively engaged in developing their teaching skills.  Honorary membership is limited to those who have given distinguished service to LMTA and the community and are selected by the LMTA Board.  

Members in all categories, except Honorary, have the right to vote, hold office, serve on committees and enter students in local, state and national events. Collegiate members, however, may not enter students in national competitions nor apply for MTNA national certification.

LMTA members are also members of its State and National affiliates, NMTA [Nebraska Music Teachers Association] and MTNA [Music Teachers National Association].  LMTA welcomes teachers from all disciplines, and specifically seeks string teachers for their Music Outreach Program. For detailed membership information and a checklist of benefits and expectations at each category, go to and click on membership information, or contact Svetlana Yashirin  To attend a meetings as a guest, inquire at the website or call 402-477-2346.  The calendar of events can be accessed on the website.

Dr. Sergio Ruiz to speak at LMTA Kickoff Potluck

posted Aug 14, 2017, 8:34 AM by Webmaster LMTA   [ updated Aug 14, 2017, 8:37 AM ]

The Lincoln Music Teachers Association will kickoff  2017-18 with a potluck on Saturday, August 19, 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM, at Fellowship Community Church, 8601 Holdrege Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.  The Keynote speaker will be pianist Dr. Sergio H. Ruiz, Director of the Glenn Korff School of Music and Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Guests are welcome.  Contact or 402-486-3450 for more information.

Biography - Dr. Sergio H. Ruiz

Dr. Sergio H. Ruiz is the Director of the Glenn Korff School of Music and Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

He holds degrees from Santa Clara University (BA), Cleveland Institute of Music (MM), and Rice University (DMA). He has previously served at Georgia College & State University, Sam Houston State University, and Sul Ross State University.

An International Steinway artist Ruiz has delighted audiences throughout the world. His performances on Spanish-speaking radio broadcasts have aired throughout South and Central America. Most recently, he performed concerts in México, Belgium, Germany, Colombia, Czech Republic, Bolivia, and Ecuador, and he has appeared live on KUHF 88.7, The Front Row and on WGTE FM: Live from FM 91. Dr. Ruiz studied piano in Barcelona, Spain under the tutelage of the late, legendary pianist Alicia de Larrocha. Dr. Ruiz was a member of the Hemingway Trio, a group dedicated to commissioning and performing works by American composers. They returned from a successful tour of Germany and Belgium in Summer 2015. With recent performances at Interlochen Arts Camp, Dr. Ruiz was also the soloist for Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with jazz orchestra, and he also completed a recording project of the chamber music of Bolivian composer Gustavo Navarre (1931-2006). Dr. Ruiz also enjoys interdisciplinary performances. He has performed in various projects with modern dancers. He also performed in a more recent project with a piano quintet arrangement of Spanish composer Manuel Da Falla’s (1876-1946), Nights in the Gardens of Spain, which included the poetry of Spanish poet Jorge Guillén (1893-1984), and newly-created drawings by American artist Ken Procter.

In demand as an adjudicator, lecturer, and master teacher, Dr. Ruiz balances his performance calendar with being a dedicated teacher. He has judged several piano competitions and festivals in the U.S. and South America. In 2009, he won the Texas Music Teachers Association Collegiate Teacher of the Year. In 2011, he won the Faculty Excellence in Service Award. He also served as Artistic Director of a Youth Music program in León, México and is summer faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp since 2008. Dr. Ruiz was the Creator and Artistic Director of a Latin American Arts and Humanities Festival—Festival (de) Inspiración. 

LMTA celebrates seventy-five years of excellence

posted Jun 5, 2017, 11:46 AM by Webmaster LMTA

Originating in 1942, The Lincoln Music Teachers Association is celebrating 75 years of excellence in 2017. Pictured are members in attendance who have served as LMTA President. First Row, L to R:  Alice Bowen, Charlotte Heermann, Wanda Mandigo, Lois Burger, Jo Riecker-Karl.  Second Row, L to R: Joan Reist, Shirley Ficke, Marcia Wiebers, Shirley Schulz, MarySue Harris, Barbara Rader, Chad Houk, Nancy Schoen, Present LMTA President Svetlana Yashirin, and MTNA Executive Director and CEO Gary Ingle.


Past Presidents not pictured:  Donna Gunn, Betty Little, Jean Hendersen, Margaret Nelson, Margot Peterson, Becky Seth and Susan Kerhli Moore.   Deceased:  Alice H.S. Rowell, Mrs. J.M. Neely, Mariel Jones, Ruth Dreamer, Daisy Sechrist, Grace Finch, Margaret McGregor, Marguerite Widener, Emma Loder, Mildred McFarland, Margaret Lindgren, Carol Work, Adelaide Spurgin, Ruth Dann, Lela Pierce and Ceil Brown.

By Jo Riecker-Karl

On May 17, 2017 the Lincoln Music Teachers Association [LMTA] hosted a luncheon to celebrate their seventy-fifth anniversary. Special guest Gary Ingle, Executive Director of MTNA [Music Teachers National Association] came from Cincinnati to join the festivities, and presented a plaque commemorating LMTA’s seventy-five years of excellence to LMTA President Svetlana Yashirin. Long-standing LMTA members Joan Reist and Charlotte Heermann presented a humorous account of how LMTA had evolved over the years, and Marcelo Lian, Argentinian-born pianist, performed tangos. Other special guests included retired past LMTA Presidents, faculty from UNL, UNK, Nebraska Wesleyan University, and Keith Heckman, retired part-owner of Dietze Music House. The event was catered by Greta’s Gourmet Catering. Committee members for the event included LMTA members Wanda Mandigo, Lois Burger, Joan Reist, Charlotte Heermann and Pris Kleiwer.   

This has been a banner year in which LMTA has been recognized for its many years of living up to their motto “Revere Excellence” and their mission to “provide quality music instruction, continuing education and mutual support among members and their students and community outreach for the promotion of the arts”. LMTA recently received the Music Teachers National Association [MTNA] 2017 Local Association of the Year Award. Charlotte Heermann, long standing LMTA member, accepted a $1,000 check and plaque from MTNA President Johnson on behalf of LMTA at the MTNA National Conference in Baltimore, Maryland during their Annual Business Meeting in the spring. This national award recognizes the significant accomplishments and important work of LMTA for Nebraska MTA, MTNA, and the music teaching profession.  MTNA stated in its congratulatory letter, "Your local association and its membership exemplify the very best in MTNA through your activities, participation in state and national programs, and membership growth". 

As another way to celebrate its 75 years, LMTA reimbursed the ticket cost for students of LMTA members who attended the Piano Lied Series at the Lied Center for Performing Arts concert by artist Richard Goode in April.

LMTA is a nonprofit organization of independent music teachers and college faculty, The highlights for the 2016-17 school year include the LMTA Extravaganza (a monster concert consisting of a keyboard orchestra and strings), a Music Outreach fundraiser at Barnes and Noble, the biennial LMTA Composition Contest, NMTA Lincoln District Festival and Honors Recital and the Pre-Give to Lincoln “friendraiser” party which LMTA co-hosted with five local arts organizations.

In 2016 The Lincoln Music Teachers Association won the Gladys Lux Education Award from the Mayor’s Arts Awards for its LMTA Music Outreach Program which offers deeply discounted lessons, instruments and free sheet music to children who could not otherwise afford them. LMTA-MOP is supported in part by grants from the Lincoln Arts Council, Nebraska Arts Council & the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the Lincoln Community Foundation, the Pearle Francis Finigan Foundation, the Cooper Foundation, the Harris Foundation and the Viking Foundation in addition to private donations, special gifts from General Dynamics and Elks Lodge #80, LMTA fundraisers and partnerships with local businesses. In 2011, the M.U.S.I.C. (Music for UnderServed Interested Children) Endowment was established with the Lincoln Community Foundation to benefit MOP.


Meetings with an educational component are held each month from September through May. Music teachers from all disciplines are invited to join as active or supporting members. More information may be found at  Tax-deductible donations to LMTA-MOP or the M.U.S.I.C. Endowment may be made through the website.

Give to Lincoln Day Donations for the Music Outreach Program

posted May 11, 2017, 1:42 PM by Webmaster LMTA   [ updated May 11, 2017, 1:43 PM ]

To donate to the Music Outreach Program this Give to Lincoln Day please go to Give to Lincoln Day

The Lincoln Music Teachers Association's Music Outreach Program serves at-risk kids by providing lessons, instruments, music, and performance opportunities to them for a minimal monthly fee.

The Lincoln Music Teachers Association's Music Outreach Program has been active in Lincoln since 1997. During this time students have had the opportunity to take private or small group lessons in piano, voice, violin, guitar, and a variety of other instruments. Lessons are taught by private teachers who are active as Professional Members of LMTA. Several businesses in town offer free music and instrument tuning/repair free or at a reduced cost. Pianos which are donated to the Music Outreach Program are moved by Chet's Movers and delivered to families who need an instrument. The collaboration with community businesses helps to make the program such a success. 

LMTA pays each teacher a reasonable fee for the lessons they teach. This is made possible by grants from Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the Lincoln Arts Council, the Pearle Francis Finigan Foundation, the Cooper Foundation, the Harris Foundation, and the Lincoln Community Foundation. Private donations and fundraisers make up the balance of the yearly cost of lessons and other expenses. 

Eligible families that are served qualify for the Federal Free or Reduced Lunch Program at their local school. Without this help, most of them would be unable to afford private music lessons for their children. Many of these students have excelled in their music study and have presented senior recitals, donor luncheon entertainment, and other service recitals to the community. We have also had several stories of parents who see their children become more confident in school and in relationships with their peers. 

This program can provide a life-line to those students who may otherwise not have the means to reach their full musical potential.

Nathan Morris Collier

posted Apr 27, 2017, 11:44 AM by Webmaster LMTA

Nathan Morris Collier, 92, of Lincoln since 1951, passed away April 23, 2017. Born to Lotan Morris and Annie Willsey Collier, Clinton, Okla., July 23, 1924, he served in the Navy 1943-46, then earned his B.A. in Music, U. of OK 1949, and M.A. in Music, Eastman School of Music 1951. He was “a dedicated, compassionate, and gentle man who influenced the lives of thousands of students and professional musicians over the last half-century,” (Maupin) whose students “never knew if they'd get a lesson in viola, music history, theory, or all three!” (Pfeiffer). An MTNA certified violin teacher, he was Neb. ASTA vice pres. 1965-68, pres. 1968-71, cofounded the Lincoln Youth Symphony, and taught strings 66 years privately, 17 in Lincoln Public Schools, 15 at Nebraska Wesleyan University, and 6 at St. John Lutheran School, plus terms at Concordia College and Kansas State University. He was assistant concertmaster of Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra 56 years, emeritus assistant concertmaster since 2002; played with The Lincoln String Quartet 56 years; first violin with the Omaha Symphony 23 years, the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra 17 years, the Nebraska Sinfonia and Hastings and Des Moines Symphonies, and the Joslyn Chamber Orchestra; and was the Nebraska Camerata Orchestra's Berlin tour concertmaster and violin soloist. Morry was honored in the NMEA Hall of Fame, as Teacher of the Year by the MTA and ASTA, and, with his wife Aleta, in the Hastings Symphony Hall of Fame, with the Lincoln Mayor's Arts Award, and with the first Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra Golden Baton award. He was listed in the Who's Who in Music of Midwest, America, and World. He is survived by Aleta, children Susan and Ray, and their families. Services: 
2 p.m. Thursday Christ United Methodist Church 45th & A St. Visitation: 12-9 Wednesday & 8-11 Thursday at Butherus, Maser & Love funeral home and 1 hour before services at church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra, Lincoln Youth Symphony, Lincoln Friends of Chamber Music, Neb. Chamber Players, UNL Wishnow Scholarship, or Morry's church for 65 years, Christ United Methodist

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