On September 9, one of our local associations, the Main Line Music Teachers, marked the beginning of the teaching year with a 40th Anniversary Celebration at St. Peter’s Church in the Great Valley, Malvern. PMTA President Steven Smith, who was in attendance along with PMTA Vice President Deborah Rodgers, offered remarks and congratulations on behalf of the state organization. Members and guests then honored the association and its leaders by taking a look back at their past with a slide show, sharing memories and giving testimonials. This was followed by a recital given by MLMTA members, door prizes and a potluck brunch.
MLMTA was founded in 1974 with a handful of piano teachers gathered at the home of first president and long-time member Marguerite Pond. Ever since, MLMTA has been dedicated to “helping music to flourish in the community with programs and activities that benefit local music teachers and students,” notes current President Beth Peazzoni, adding that “MLMTA offers a variety of opportunities for teachers to connect, share ideas and make programs available to their students.” MLMTA joyfully anticipates its upcoming season which includes both local and out-of-state presenters.
Pictured from left to right are the past presidents of MLMTA who were in attendance. Seated: first president Marguerite Pond (Exton), Coralee Gaytan (Riverside, CA), Donnagay Lynn (Berwyn). Standing: current president Beth Peazzoni (Coatesville), Deborah Rodgers (West Chester), Nancy Gottshall Bodine (West Chester), Kathy Panek (Springfield), Janet Wait (Downingtown), Jane Heintzelman (Berwyn), Donna Kay Croddy-Jones (Swarthmore), Elaine Friedlander (West Chester), and Eileen Hickman (West Grove).
From left to right: MLMTA President Beth Peazzoni, MLMTA Vice President Joy Thiessen, PMTA Vice President Deborah Rodgers, PMTA President Steven Smith.
MLMTA members gave a recital to commemorate the association’s 40 years. Pictured left to right standing: Joy Huff (West Chester), Donna Beech and Martin Beech (Kennett Square), Marjorie Majka (Exton), Elyssa Gilmar, Annette Freeze (Elverson), Robert Bedford (West Chester), Donnagay Lynn (Berwyn), and Susannah Faust (West Chester). Seated: Marguerite Pond (Exton).