Staff

sale Craig Sale, NCTM, is the Senior Editor of Clavier Companion. Before retiring, he was  Director of the Preparatory & Community Piano Program at Concordia University Chicago, where he also taught courses in piano pedagogy. He holds degrees from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois, and a Professional Teaching Certificate from The New School for Music Study, where he received his pedagogical training from Frances Clark.
betts Steve Betts, Managing editor, is Professor of Music and Associate Dean of the Shelby and Ferne Collinsworth School of Music at California Baptist University in Riverside, CA. He serves as a managing editor for Clavier Companion and is a contributing author to the Frances Clark Library for Piano Students.
geffen Susan Geffen is a managing editor of Clavier Companion. She is active as an educator, adjudicator, presenter, panelist, and writer. She is a specialist in Recreational Music Making and has also worked as a composer's assistant and orchestral score proofreader.
pete jutras Pete Jutras, Ph.D., NCTM, is the former Editor-in-Chief of Clavier Companion and now serves as the magazine's Senior Advisor. He is the Associate Director for Research and Graduate Studies at The Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia in Athens.


Associate Editors

bachus Nancy Bachus is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and has taught for twenty-seven years at the college and university level. She is the author of Alfred Publishing's "Spirit" series: the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Beyond the Romantic Spirit piano anthologies, and the Exploring Piano Classics series, graded literature with a cross-indexed technique book at each level. Certified as a Master Teacher by MTNA, she currently maintains an independent piano studio in Hudson, Ohio.
berr Bruce Berr has been an independent teacher and university professor of piano and pedagogy for a long time. He is known nationally as a clinician, educational composer and arranger, and author on a wide variety of topics related to teaching, music, and piano. His column on personal observations, "ad lib," appears regularly in American Music Teacher magazine, and he has been editor of the Rhythm department for Keyboard Companion and Clavier Companion since 1997.
conda Michelle Conda is Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Secondary Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music. Her area of expertise is the field of andragogy - teaching adults. She is a founding member of and on the Steering Committee of GP3: The National Group Piano/Piano Pedagogy Forum.
johnson Rebecca Grooms Johnson, Ph.D., NCTM, is a nationally respected leader in the field of piano pedagogy. She is an independent teacher and has taught extensively at the unviersity level. Active in the Music Teachers National Association, she has served as President of the Ohio MTA, National Chair of MTNA's Pedagogy Committee, and national Certification Chair.
litterst2 George Litterst is a nationally known music educator, clinician, author, performer, and music software developer. A classically trained pianist, he is co-author of the intelligent accompaniment software program, Home Concert Xtreme, the electronic music blackboard program, Classroom Maestro, and the long distance teaching and performing software, Internet MIDI.
Scott McBride Smith 2015 Scott McBride Smith is the Cordelia Brown Murphy Professor at the University of Kansas. A recognized leader in music education, his philosophical and cognitive approach, combined with a sense of humor, has made him an audience favorite around the world. His numerous practical initiatives to improve today's piano lesson experience include the series American Popular Piano and the summer program International Institute for Young Musicians.
t smith Helen Smith Tarchalski teaches in her independent studio in Maryland and on the faculty of Anne Arundel Community College, and has taught at the U.S. Naval Academy. She is a graduate of Peabody Conservatory and holds the MTNA Master Teacher Certificate. Her students have been featured performers with the National Philharmonic Orchestra and at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Terrace Theater. 


Contributing Editors

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Vanessa Cornett is the Director of Keyboard Studies and Associate Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis - St. Paul. The former Senior Editor for Clavier Companion, she now oversees the magazine's column on musician wellness, Healthy Playing, Healthy Teaching. She publishes and presents frequently on topics related to performance psychology, mindfulness, and anxiety management.

Nicholas Phillips sq Nicholas Phillips, serves as the Recording Editor for Clavier Companion. He is Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, has performed in solo recitals across the United States and abroad, is an active recording artist, and is a regular presenter at national and international conferences.
RichardZimdars Richard Zimdars has performed, lectured, broadcast and taught master classes in Europe and North and South America; released eight compact discs; published translations on the master classes of Liszt and von B├╝low; served on national Fulbright screening committees; directed the 2011 American Liszt Society Bicentennial Festival; received acclaim in the major newspapers of London, New York, Boston, Cologne, etc. His University of Georgia students hold college positions in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, and South Korea. He currently serves as Poetry Editor for Clavier Companion magazine.

Tony Caramia
Steve Hall
Geoffrey Haydon 
Phillip Keveren
Barbara Kreader
Jane Magrath 
Julie Jaffee Nagel
Christopher Norton
Bradley Sowash
Wendy Stevens
Leila Viss
Robert Weirich

Copy Editors
Carla Dean Day
Kristen Holland Shear

Design And Production

Trevor Roberson

Circulation
Publication Fulfillment Services

Staff at the Frances Clark Center

Jennifer Snow sq Jennifer Snow, is the first full-time Executive Director for the Frances Clark Center. Snow is a former Vice President, Teacher Education for the Royal Conservatory and previously was a member of the keyboard faculty at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. She holds a doctorate degree from Northwestern University. 
RyanGreene Ryan Greene is Director of NCKP and Director of Digital Operations and Advertising for Clavier Companion. He earned his BM in Piano Performance from Butler University and his MM in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Southern Methodist University. He coordinated the Young Professionals Track at the 2014 MTNA National Conference, and the 2015 MTNA Collegiate Chapters Piano Pedagogy Symposium.
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Allison Shinnick is The Frances Clark Center's Digital Communications and Marketing Coordinator. She teaches at The New School for Music Study in Kingston, New Jersey. She holds a Masters of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, where she studied piano with Dr. Robert Weirich. Allison completed a Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence University Conservatory of Music (Appleton, WI) with majors in piano performance and oboe performance and a minor in German. She studied piano with Dr. Catherine Kautsky, oboe with Howard Niblock, and pedagogy with Mary Van De Loo.

Angela Photo 175x175 Angela Triandafillou is Clavier Companion's Subscriber Support Coordinator. She joined the New School in 2011 and became Admissions Director in 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance and Music Education from Ithaca College and a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma. Her primary teachers include Jane Magrath, Barbara Fast, Ed Gates, Phiroze Mehta, and Sandra Wright Shen.




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