Alabama Music Teachers Association
Affiliated with Music Teachers National Association

Division I Winners Recital

Division II Winners Recital

Division III Winners Recital

MTNA Winners Recital

College Master Class

Poster Presentation College Groups

Commissioned Composer Award

Teacher of the Year

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2020 Virtual Conference

AMTA Statewide Music Weekend

February 21-23, 2020 (scroll to end of President's Report)


Welcome to the Alabama Music Teachers Association!

I am honored to have the opportunity to serve our wonderful state organization as your AMTA President from 2018 – 2020. Eight years ago I joined AMTA both as a member and board member and my first impression of the teachers of AMTA still ring true today.  Our organization is filled with member teachers who are compassionate, genuine, kind, dedicated, and passionate about enrichening the lives of students and teachers through education, professional development, musical performance, community building, creating opportunities, volunteering unselfishly, and celebrating the success of our students. 

As members of AMTA, we are all a part of Music Teachers National Association.  MTNA is committed to advancing the VALUE of music teaching and music making to society and to supporting the professionalism of music teachers.  Both MTNA and AMTA provide many opportunities for both students and teachers such as: competitions, conferences, continuing education, certification, webinars, networking, leadership, support, mentoring, grants, publications, performance opportunities, presentation opportunities, scholarship opportunities, and many member benefits. 

One of my goals is to grow our organization.  Membership in both MTNA and AMTA are continuing to decline and I believe that AMTA can be a leading force within Southern Division in growing our numbers.  We are a strong state that is doing many great things.  So I am calling upon each and every one of you to help me in this mission of growth.  I was welcomed into AMTA with great excitement, kindness, and mentorship.  Growth of our organization begins at the Local Association level.   When one person reaches out to another and shares their excitement and passion the people we meet and touch get excited too.  This excitement is contagious and can be utilized for the growth of AMTA, one member at a time. 

AMTA has 10 active Local Associations that provide a wide variety of excellent programs for both students and teachers.  At our annual state conference, we bring in world class musicians and pedagogues to provide enrichening experiences and professional development for our members and students.  We come together at the conference to not only kindle friendships and reconnect, but to be inspired, share our expertise, hear world class performances, and celebrate our student successes.

This past year AMTA presented five ASRA Awards to our accomplished students, gave out three Local Association Grants, had a Southern Division winner, and two Southern Division Honorable mentions during the MTNA Competitions. We had three new members obtain their National Certification, and we received a grant for the third year in a row from the Alabama State Council of the Arts and the National Endowment of the Arts to help with the cost for our state conference.   AMTA publishes an online journal called the “Soundboard” to keep all of our members informed throughout the year. 

AMTA has six Collegiate Chapters of which many work together with local associations and our board members by volunteering their time at festivals, competitions, and the state conference.  Our collegiate members have presented poster sessions and given collegiate member presentations at our state conferences, as well reached out into to the communities through music on their own.  Our students and these collegiate members are the future of AMTA. 

AMTA has a large 26-member Board and this year we have six brand new members serving on our Board and 13 new positions being taken on by our members who devote their time and efforts on a volunteer status.  As President I am fortunate to have such wonderful people surrounding and supporting me who are dedicated and generous in giving to AMTA and serving each and every member and student in our great state of Alabama.  I look forward to working closely with the board the next two years to continue keeping our organization strong.  Myself and the AMTA Board exists to serve each and every AMTA Member and the students we all teach and inspire. Please do not hesitate to contact myself or any board member with concerns, questions, and ideas you may have.  Let us know how we as your AMTA Board can assist you in your pursuit of excellence.  I thank each and every one of you for your dedication and commitment to sharing your love for music and creating lifelong learners. 

With respect,

Joshua K. Pifer, your AMTA President

“Music is the social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is.”  Malcom Arnold


AMTA Statewide Music Weekend, February 21-23, 2020

Six Local Associations will host musical events open and free to the public during our first AMTA Statewide Music Weekend.

Northeast Alabama Music Teachers Association

Friday, February 21st, 2020, 1:45-2:45pm

First Baptist Church, Jacksonville AL. 230 7th Street NE, Jacksonville AL. 

Lecture: “Performing Your Best on All Fronts!”

This lecture presentation by Dr. Cynthia MacCrae was to help participants perform with more confidence, focused intent and enthusiasm.  She discussed how to use the heart, mind and body to help reach new heights on and off the stage.  The presentation was geared to musicians but is also applicable to actors, and beneficial to people from all walks of life. 


Mobile Music Teachers Association

Saturday, February 22nd, 2020, 9:00a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

University of South Alabama in Laidlaw Performing Arts Center.

Competition:  51st Annual Sonata Competition

This contest is for students aged 7 through adult


Shoals Area Music Teachers Forum

Saturday, February 22

Kennedy Douglass Center for the Arts in Florence

217 East Tuscaloosa Street, Florence, Alabama 35630 

Community Concert: 

An afternoon of music was presented by students playing 1-3 pieces each in 30- minute recitals.  In addition to the piano students, others performed on string, brass, and woodwind instruments as well as guitar.  Libby Counts and Linda Lightsey chaired the event.  The beautiful Kennedy Douglass Center opens onto Wilson Park in downtown Florence, which is a regular community gathering place for music and arts festivals.


West Alabama Music Teachers Association

Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Recital Hall in the Moody Music Building at the University of Alabama. 

Lecture Recital:  Mr. Omar Roy, Instructor at the University of Alabama, presenter

“Narrative in the Piano Literature of Franz Liszt.”  He discussed literary influences in Liszt’s piano music and concluded with a performance of “Vallee d’Obermann” from Annees de Pelerinage I (Suisse).  Mr. Roy was a major prize winner at the EMTA Collegiate Scholarship Competition in 2009 and 2011.  He is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma, where he studied piano with Jeongwang Ham and Edward Gates, and Pedagogy with Jane McGrath and Barbara Fast. 


Birmingham Metro Music Forum

Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 3:00 PM

Birmingham Southern College, Hill Recital Hall

 Concert:  featuring a group of performers from University of North Georgia

The 1716 Collective presented music from a wide array of music styles and genres featuring faculty from the University of North Georgia.  Works included solos and chamber music for voice, violin, cello, saxophone, bass, and piano.  The collective champions and presents music throughout the world.  They offer an exciting blend of music that features their instruments while touching the soul with endearing melodies.  The collective members include Benjamin Schoening, Serena Scibelli, Esther Morgan-Ellis, Luca Lombardi, Diana Peoples, Jose Garcia, and David Peoples.


Wiregrass Music Teachers Forum

Sunday, February 23rd, 2020 at 2:00PM

Covenant Methodist Church,

3610 W. Main Street, Dothan, AL

Concert:  The Brickle Duo in Concert

The Brickle Duo is a husband and wife team from Tallahassee, Florida.  Violinist Marianna Brickle holds a Doctor of Music degree from Florida State University and maintains a vibrant studio at Thomasville Road Academy of the Arts.  Pianist David Brickle is a candidate for the Doctor of Music in Piano Performance from Florida State University and serves as Adjunct Professor of Piano at Wallace Community College in Dothan.  The concert featured both solo and duo works by several composers including J. S. Bach, Franz Liszt, and Aaron Copland.