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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

Fundraising Party at Kuck Motorsports

posted Apr 21, 2017, 2:07 PM by Webmaster LMTA   [ updated Apr 21, 2017, 2:27 PM ]

Pre-Give to Lincoln Day Fundraising Party at Kuck Motorsports

    On May 17, six arts organizations will host a pre-Give to Lincoln Day fundraising party from 5:30 to 8:00 PM at Kuck Motorsports, 2251 Humphrey Avenue, Lincoln, Nebraska.  The public is invited to attend, enjoy refreshments and view an amazing line up of cars, many from famous movies and TV shows.  Music will begin at 5:45 PM with Chad Houk as Master of Ceremonies.  

    Admission is a donation of $30 or more cash or check directed to the arts organization of choice or to all collectively.  A minimum $30 donation can be made online starting May 1 to one or all of the six hosting organizations at  Show your receipt at the door.

    New this year is a first-come, first-served VIP tour given by Gary Kuck at 4:15 PM for a $75 donation. Contact Talea Bloch, 402-440-9163.  

    Arts organizations involved this year include:  Friends of Opera, Lincoln Boys Choir, Lincoln Friends of Chamber Music, Lincoln Music Teachers Association Music Outreach Program, Lincoln Youth Symphony, and Nebraska Chamber Players.

    Dietze Music will donate a keyboard, and Word of Life Lutheran Church will donate the sound system for the event.  

The actual Give to Lincoln Day is May 18.

Promoting the May 17 pre-Give to Lincoln Day fundraising party at Kuck Motorsports are: L to R Becky Van de Bogart, Friends of Chamber Music and Nebraska Chamber Players; Talea Bloch, Friends of Opera; Jo Riecker-Karl, Lincoln Music Teachers Association for their Music Outreach Program; and Kirsten Drennon, Lincoln Boys Choir.  Not pictured:  Alex Fall, Lincoln Friends of Chamber Music and Clark Potter, Lincoln Youth Symphony

Please download this flyer to post and share about this event: Kuck Motorsports Flyer

Composition Contest Winners Recital

posted Apr 17, 2017, 9:48 AM by Webmaster LMTA   [ updated Apr 17, 2017, 9:49 AM ]

Winners in the 2017 LMTA Composition Contest recently showcased their compositions in a recital held at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church. There were thirty-seven total student entries in divisions elementary through adult.  All compositions will be published in the 2017 LMTA Composition Volume publication which will also be available to the public.  Inquire at The following student compositions were performed:  Their teachers are in parenthesis:

First Row left to right: Penelope Willis, Grair Meranda, Zander A. Ferguson, Josiah Rabe, Emily Lovegrove.

Second Row left to right:  Marge Underwood, Jessica Freeman, Sarah Webb, Grace Niebuhr, Noah Robb, Gabriel Marks

Third Row left to right:  Marina Fabrikant, David Campbell, Julia Ehlers, Nathan Makinson, Ella Shaddick, Dorothy Marks

Fourth Row left to right:  Marcia Wiebers, David von Kampen, Jane Sonneland, Daniel Ikpeama, Alex Arstrong, Nancy Schoen, Charlotte Heermann, Svetlana YashirinNot pictured:  Martha Walstad and Elise Friesen

Early Elementary (though grade 2):  1st  place tie, Emily Lovegrove (Marcia Wiebers) with Josiah Rabe (Jessica Freeman);  2nd place tie: Zander A. Ferguson (Nancy Schoen) with Grair Merand (Wiebers); 3rd place, Penelope Willis (Charlotte Heermann).

Late Elementary (grades 3-5):  1st place: Gabriel Marks (Jessica Freeman); 2nd place: Sarah Webb; 3rd place: Noah Robb; Honorable Mention: Grace Niebuhr (all Marcia Wiebers).

Junior Division (grades 6-8):  1st place: Dorothy Marks (Freeman); 2nd place: Ella Shaddick (Wiebers); 3rd place: Nathan J. Mackinson (Wiebers); Julia Ehlers (Jane Sonneland).

Senior Division (grades 9-12):  1st place: David Campbell (Wiebers); 2nd Place: Martha Walstad (Nancy Schoen); 3rd place: Elise Friesen (Heermann).

Adult Student Division:  1st place: Alex Armstrong; 2nd place Daniel Ikpeama (both Marina Fabrikant).

David von Kampen adjudicated the event. He is a Lincoln-based composer whose work spans a wide variety of genres and styles, including jazz, choral music, hymnody and liturgy, solo voice, chamber music, and musical theater.  

First, second and third place winners won cash prizes.  Honorable Mention awards were given gift certificates donated by Dietze Music House.  All students received a certificate of participate in addition to helpful comments by the judge.

Participating teachers included Nancy Buxton, Marina Fabrikant, Jessica Freeman, Charlotte Heermann, Nancy L. Schoen, Jane Sonneland and Marcia Wiebers. The event was co-chaired by Marcia Wiebers, Marina Fabrikant and Marjorie Underwood.

For PDF of Program please follow this Link.

LMTA Wins National Award

posted Apr 8, 2017, 3:49 PM by Webmaster LMTA   [ updated Apr 17, 2017, 9:53 AM ]

By Jo Riecker-Karl

The Lincoln Music Teachers Association [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 on March 21. This 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".


Charlotte Heermann (left) with LMTA President Svetlana Yashirin. Heermann (left), 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 on March 21.

The MTNA Local Association award comes at a special time in LMTA history. Founded in 1942, LMTA is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year. On May 17th LMTA will host a celebratory luncheon catered by Greta’s Gourmet Catering from 11:30-1:00 PM at Fellowship Community, 8601 Holdrege, Lincoln, Nebraska.  Joan Reist and Charlotte Heermann will present reflections of LMTA history. Marcelo Lian, pianist, will play tangos. Past LMTA Presidents will be recognized and scrapbooks and awards displayed. Interested parties may contact for more information and to register.

As another way to celebrate its 75 years, LMTA will reimburse the ticket cost for students of LMTA members who attended the Piano Lied Series concert by artist Richard Goode on April 2.

LMTA is a nonprofit organization of independent music teachers and college faculty whose mission is to provide quality music instruction, continuing education and mutual support among members and their students, and community outreach for the promotion of the arts. The highlights for the 2016-17 school year include the LMTA Extravaganza (a monster concert consisting of a keyboard orchestra and strings) and the biennial LMTA Composition Contest.  

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 Viking Foundation in addition to private donations, 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. 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.

LMTA Board of Directors:  First Row left to right:  Jo Riecker-Karl, Publicity Chair; Lois Burger, Corresponding Secretary; Svetlana Yashirin, President; Jessica Freeman (Assistant Treasurer/Music Outreach Chair); Cindy Matz (Member at Large); Charlotte Heermann (Lincoln Arts Council Representative); Wanda Mandigo (MOP Grants Chair), Karen DeJabet (Treasurer); Second Row left to right:  Marcelo Lian (Vice President/(Membership); Marcia Wiebers (Teacher Information Secretary); Chad Houk (Advisory); Jane Sonneland (Immediate Past President/Advisory); Priscilla Kliewer (Historian)

Not pictured:  Marina Fabrikant (President –Elect/Programs); Shoira Khamidova (Notification Secretary); Nancy Schoen (Recording Secretary/Advisory); Lisa Myers (Member at Large); Alice Miller (Yearbook Sponsorship Ads)

Dr. Mark Clinton Masterclass

posted Apr 1, 2017, 12:10 PM by Webmaster LMTA   [ updated Apr 6, 2017, 1:36 PM ]

On April 8, 2017 Dr. Mark Clinton will be presenting piano Masterclass for LMTA students and teachers. This masterclass is free and open to the public. Its starts at 10:00 a.m. at UNL Glen Korff school of music . 

Dr. Mark Clinton is a Hixson-Lied Professor of Piano, Keyboard area head at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. For more information on Dr. Clinton click Here

Student Spring Recital

posted Apr 1, 2017, 12:04 PM by Webmaster LMTA

The Lincoln Music Teachers Association Spring Recital will be Sunday, April 9th at 3pm.  Enjoy students of all levels performing either one or two pieces.  LMTA has a spring recital each year where students of any LMTA member may participate

Richard Goode

posted Mar 25, 2017, 4:33 PM by Webmaster LMTA

Lied Center for Performing Arts
Richard Goode 

Sunday, April 2, 2017   3:00 pm

LMTA Members please note:

Student tickets purchased are eligible for reimbursement up to $8.00 per ticket.  For the best discount, purchase discounted tickets through the Lied Box Office ( using the promo code: FORTE. 

To avoid single ticket fees, purchase a block of 10 tickets (any combination of student/adult) through Matthew Boring at 402-472-4700 or ask for the Box Office Manager at 402-472-4747

Submit copies of student ticket receipts to Donna Gunn by April 15.

Tickets for MOP students will be reimbursed by Jessica Freeman

Bravo! Bösendorfer Piano Series KAREN KUSHNER

posted Mar 18, 2017, 12:04 PM by Webmaster LMTA   [ updated Mar 18, 2017, 12:09 PM ]

Saturday, March 25:  Piano master class from 1:00 to 3:30 PM for students of LMTA members 
presented by Dr. Karen Kushner from UMKC. FREE.  All invited

Sunday, March 263 pm: Bravo! Bösendorfer Piano Series
KAREN KUSHNER, pianist will play an all Chopin program.
     Admission: $12 adults, $10 senior citizens, $6 students
     NWU Students, Faculty and Staff admitted free

Karen Kushner is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Piano at UMKC Conservatory of Music. Kushner (The Juilliard School, MM; Northwestern University, BM) is active as soloist and chamber musician (Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall; Kosciuszko Foundation; Chopin Foundation; United Nations; National Gallery of Art; Phillips Collection; Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series). She toured internationally, recorded, and taught with the late Igor Kipnis as a member of the Kipnis-Kushner Duo, Piano: Four Hands. She participated in summer festivals in the United States (Aspen, Newport, Ravinia, Skaneateles) and, in Europe, festivals in Spain, France, and Poland.
In New York City, Kushner taught at the Mannes College of Music, Turtle Bay Music School, and for many years maintained a private studio. She is sought after as a writer of articles and book reviews, program notes (Carnegie Hall), and liner notes. She has been featured nationally on radio and television. Kushner’s recordings for Connoisseur Society, Epiphany, VAI, and Albany Records; as well as recordings by the Kipnis-Kushner Duo (Parnassus, Palatine); have been highly recommended by Newsday, Fanfare, and Stereophile.

Music Students to play at Barnes & Noble South Pointe Store to raise funds for Music Outreach

posted Feb 4, 2017, 12:27 PM by Webmaster LMTA

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 12 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 12 for those who identify themselves as friends of LMTA.  Online sales will also qualify for the donation from February 12th to February 17th.   Go to use Bookfair  ID 12091484.


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. Approximately five local piano tuners provide one free tuning and several will do extra reduced cost tunings. Scott Kerns, (That Tuning Guy) evaluates potential piano donations for suitability.


Presently, a maximum of 50 students are being served by 14 professional teachers who meet continuing education criteria. The annual cost of lessons for an individual student is approximately $850. The LMTA Music Outreach Program 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, private donations and LMTA fundraisers.

 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.  

A student plays at the Barnes & Noble fundraiser last year.

  B&N will donate a percentage of their profits to the LMTA Music Outreach Program for sales by LMTA supporters at the South Pavillion Store on Feb 12, or online sales from Feb 12 to Feb 17 with Bookfair ID 12091484.

Jo Riecker-Karl
​, PR Chair

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