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2023-2024 NAMTA Programs

Please check each event if it will be held online or in-person. If you are not part of our membership and would like to attend an event, please email our President, Susan Yang

Saturday, September 16th at 10:00am - Steinway Piano Gallery, Nashville

Teacher Welcome & Enrichment Program

Join us for the start of our 2023-2024 year!

The Steinway Piano Gallery, Nashville will be hosting our Welcome Breakfast and Teacher Enrichment Program.  Please RSVP for this event and feel free to bring a friend who may be interested in joining NAMTA as well. 

Below is the meeting schedule for this morning:

10:00am - Meet & Greet
10:30am - Call to Order, Membership Meeting
10:45am - Latin Infusion: A Spotlight on Two Cuban Composers
11:45am - Q&A 
12:00pm - Adjournment 

We are excited to welcome Jeriel Jorguenson as our featured presenter! You won't want to miss his presentation, "Latin Influsion: A Spotlight on Two Cuban Composers."

Belizean-born pianist Jeriel Jorguenson is a promising young performer and teacher. He enjoys performing and competing, and was awarded the first place award in the Beethoven Music Club Competition in Memphis in 2018. Jorguenson has also competed in the MTNA Young Artist Competitions at Blair School of Music. His love of music has allowed him to travel far and wide, including the Governor’s School for the Arts in 2012, the Interharmony Music Festival in Italy in 2013, and a visit to the Steinway factory in New York City in 2015. He performed on “Live in Studio C,” a classical music radio station sponsored by NPR, in 2017.


As a graduate student at the University of Memphis, Jorguenson served as the principal pianist for the University of Memphis Wind Ensemble, and performed with the University of Memphis Collegiate Choir in the spring of 2018. He also taught undergraduate music majors in class piano. In addition to his performing, he served as adjudicator for the Piano and Harp Solo Competition at the Bellevue Baptist School of Performing Arts. Jorguenson is currently on the teaching staff at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, where he teaches class piano.


In December 2018, Jorguenson placed second in the inaugural George R. Johnson Concerto and Aria competition, and this victory allowed him a performance with the Cleveland Orchestra of Tennessee in April 2019. Jorguenson also placed second in the Metro Atlanta Musicians Association Competition in March 2020. In the summer of 2021, Jorguenson gave a solo presentation to the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA),. He joined with fellow colleagues to present at the Tennessee Music Teachers Association Conference in Memphis, TN in June 2022. He has twice presented to the Frances Clark Center’s National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP), in both 2021 and 2023.

Jorguenson received both his doctoral and master’s degrees in piano performance at the University of Memphis with Dr. Artina McCain and his Bachelor of Science degree from Lipscomb University, where he studied with Dr. Jerome Reed.

Teacher Enrichment Program and Membership Meeting
Saturday, February 3rd, 2024, 10:00am
Steinway Piano Gallery, Nashville

Below is the meeting schedule for this morning:

10:00am - Meet & Greet
10:30am - Call to Order, Membership Meeting
10:45am - Presentation with Sheri Stoner-Harris
11:45am - Q&A 
12:00pm - Adjournment 

We are excited to welcome Sheri Stoner-Harris as our presenter!

Taking Your Studio to a Championship Level: Applying Strategies of Winning Sports Teams to Improve Music Studio Outcomes in Productive and Diligent Practice, Correct Technique, and Overall Performance

Using winning sports teams as a template, this presentation will be a unique approach to equipping teachers with strategic solutions to fix what are common teaching frustrations. My goal is to empower and encourage teachers to take the reins on their studio's  progress.


Sheri Stoner-Harris has been an active prize-winning private studio teacher for
over 30 years. Her pedagogical ideas have helped numerous pre-c
students excel and realize their natural talents and gifts. Sheri received her
Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance at Centenary College of
Louisiana on full scholarship, where she won the Aria/Concerto competition, and
received both the Outstanding Junior Music Major and Outstanding Senior Music
Major awards. After being accepted as a graduate assistant to teach piano class at
Louisiana State University, she earned her Master of Music in Piano Performance
and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She was primarily a student of Constance
Knox Carroll but also studied with Jack Guerry, Nancy Garrett, and Michael Gurt.

Upon graduating, Sheri was hired at Centenary College of Louisiana’s pre-
collegiate piano department, where she developed new offerings that enhanced the
program and assisted the school financially. When she moved to St. Louis, MO,
Sheri continued to teach in the private studio setting as well as studio piano
classes and continued to be active in local organizations. After moving to
Murfreesboro, TN ten years ago, Sheri began teaching at MTSU as adjunct piano
faculty and continued her private studio. She has been a frequent adjudicator for
festivals and competitions, as well as a presenter and guest lecturer.

Sheri has been an active member of MTNA as well as NFMC for over 25 years.
She has served as Auditions chair in her local MTMTA for 10 years, Vice-
President for several years, and is the current President. She began the annual
PianoFest festival for MTMTA nine years ago to cater to all students, as well as
raise funds for the local chapter.

Her students have received awards such as MTNA State level winners, runners-up
and honorable mentions in Louisiana, Missouri and Tennessee. She has had
Tennessee area piano competition winners, acceptance to Governor’s school of
Tennessee and invitational piano camps, and scholarship recipients for collegiate
piano study. Most recently at the 2022 TMTA State competition she had the
Runner-up in the K-1 division, runner up in the 10 th grade division, and winner of
the 12 th grade division.

Friday, April 12th, 2024 at 10:00am- Steinway Piano Gallery, Nashville
Teacher Celebration!
Join us as we celebrate the end of the school year!
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