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Support Dr. Ouida Keck as a 2016 MTNA Fellow


Dear “Friends of Dr. Ouida Keck”,

This summer, the Executive Board of ASMTA voted to nominate Ouida as a MTNA “Fellow” for 2016. We would like your help in designating Ouida Keck as a Music Teachers National Association Foundation Fellow. This national program is designed to honor those outstanding individuals who have made a significant contribution to music and the music teaching profession, while supporting the programs of the MTNA Foundation.

Ouida Keck has been a great asset of the Arkansas State Music Teachers Association. She has helped student musicians to realize their potential and has served her community, state and nation in many different capacities.  Each of you would have examples of what her time and talents have meant to you.

Each “Fellow” is recognized in the MTNA magazine, American Music Teacher, and each name is placed on a plaque at the national headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition, each “Fellow” receives a free ticket to the MTNA Foundation Gala during the MTNA National Conference, where they are recognized with a framed certificate and a “Fellow” pin.  When you make a contribution to the MTNA Foundation Fund, you are helping us work for a more musical tomorrow through programs that nurture the creation, performance, study and teaching of music.  The MTNA Foundation Fund provides support for the MTNA Student Performance Competitions, MTNA Composer Commissioning Program, and numerous awards recognizing music teachers of excellence.

To honor Ouida, please send your contribution to the MTNA Foundation.  Be sure to indicate on your check “Ouida Keck Fellow 2016.”  You may also make your contribution on-line at Look for a field labeled “fellow”. Type her full name there. All contributions are deductible to the extent allowed by law, and all donations of any size are welcome.  All contributions need to be in the MTNA office by January 15, 2016.  Ouida will be notified of your contribution.

Thank you for your help,

Sharon Ard

Funds to honor Ouida Keck can be made by check or online.
By mail:  please send your contribution to the MTNA Foundation at MTNA National Headquarters, 1 West 4th Street,Ste.1550, Cincinnati, OH 45202  Be sure to include “Ouida Keck Fellow 2016” in the memo line to insure proper credit.

Interesting Articles Posted to Forums


We have some thought-provoking articles posted to our new ASMTA forums. Two are in the Wellness Forum and one is in the Musicianship Forum.

Take a few minutes to read the articles and leave a comment on our website. We look forward to reading the stimulating conversation!

Lauren Schack Clark Named 2015 MTNA Foundation Fellow


Congratulations to
Lauren Schack Clark
2015 MTNA Foundation Fellow

Please show your support to our fellow teacher by joining us at the ASMTA table at the Conference Gala at Rio Hotel in Las Vegas on March 23, 2015!

Photo of Lauren Schack ClarkLauren Schack Clark is Professor of Music, Director of Keyboard Studies, and Director of Graduate Studies at Arkansas State University.  She has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist throughout the United States and Europe.  Solo performances have included recitals in Italy, at Berklee College of Music, Boston, and at Dickinson College, PA.  She will play a concert tour in China this year with violinist Sarah Jones-Hayes.  She has collaborated with faculty members of over 20 universities throughout the world, including Eastman School of Music and the University of Michigan, and with principal symphonic players from such ensembles as the Boston Symphony and Cincinnati Orchestra.  She has presented at the World Piano Conference and the MTNA National Conference.  Dr. Clark is very active in MTNA.  She is the South Central Division Competition Chair and Young Artist/Chamber Music Competition Coordinator for Arkansas. She was President of the Arkansas State Music Teachers Association from 2009-2011.  She holds a DMA is from Boston University, a Master's from Northwestern, a Graduate Diploma from the Longy School of Music, and a Bachelor’s from the Hartt School of Music.  Her principle piano teachers were Raymond Hanson, Eda Mazo-Shlyam, Deborah Sobol, and Thomas Stumpf, and her major pedagogy teachers were Frances Larimer and Elvina Pearce.  Dr. Clark has recorded on the Centaur, Vienna Modern Masters, Emeritus, and Mark Records labels, and her book, Keyboard Theory and Piano Technique, 2nded., is co-authored with Brian Henkelmann.

MTNA 2014 South Central Division Composition Winners


Senior Category

Alexander Mueller
Robert Mueller, teacher 

Congratulations, Alexander!

In Memorium: Nancy Patterson Campbell


Nancy Patterson Campbell

BORN: August 6, 1922
DIED: October 25, 2013
LOCATION: Austin, Texas

Mrs. Nancy Patterson Campbell, age 91, late of Magnolia, Arkansas, and widow of Dr. Robert Gordon Campbell, passed away quietly Friday, October 25, 2013 at her home in Austin, Texas. She is survived by her four children: daughter Shirley Campbell Gerber, and David Gerber of Austin, Texas; daughter Catherine Campbell Hill and husband Mark of Knoxville, Tennessee; son Gordon Brough Campbell and wife Jane of Honolulu, Hawaii; and daughter Helen Elizabeth (Betty) Campbell of Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was the proud grandmother of Christopher Howard, Kevin Gerber, Elisabeth Gerber, Matthew Paul Gerber, Laura Hill Davis and husband Shelton, Robert Hill and wife Emily, and Matthew Gordon Campbell, and great-grandchildren, Mariko Howard, John Howard, Christopher David Gerber, and Juliette Grace Davis. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, and sisters Evelyn Patterson Sachs and Shirley Patterson.

Born in Jonesboro, Arkansas on August 6, 1922 to Brough Patterson and Gertrude Kline Patterson, she was the youngest of three children. She attended Hendrix College in Conway, where she met her future husband, Bob Campbell. She was a graduate of Redlands College in Redlands, California and achieved her life's ambition in becoming a piano teacher, a calling that gave her great joy. Mrs. Campbell was a person of strong character and great compassion, with an inquiring mind and a lifelong interest in music and culture. She served as an officer in many music organizations during her career. She took great pleasure in the beauty of nature, and was an avid birdwatcher. She has been a member of St. James Episcopal Church since 1952, served on the Altar Guild and took part in the traditional soup luncheons. She said that her role as a loving mother and wife was the most important part of her life tasks.

A memorial service was held at St. James Episcopal Church in Magnolia on February 22.

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