Founded in 1953, Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum serves the greater Charlotte community of musicians and music lovers by providing a platform to encourage an exchange of current pedagogical trends and new piano literature, student scholarships, and performance opportunities for members and students.
Meeting Location: Miller Piano Company, 5236 E Independence Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28212
Meeting Times: 9:30 AM - Board Meeting 9:45 AM - Social Hour 10:15 AM - Forum Program
Meeting Dates: The Forum meets each month, September through May
November 6, 2020 December 3, 2020 January 8, 2021 February 5, 2021 March 5, 2021 April 8, 2021 May 6, 2021
**The September through December Forum meetings will be online. If you would like to attend, please send your email to Forum President Brittany Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send you a personal invitation to the meeting.
November 6th – Toni Skains & Friends: “New Federation Music”
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Michael Lehtinen has been on the faculty of Southern Park Music School in Charlotte since 1995, and has been the director since 2006. He is also the organist at St. Stephen United Methodist Church in Charlotte. Michael earned the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, and the Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance at Oberlin Conservatory. He studied piano with Mark Wait at the University of Colorado in Boulder and at the Taubman Institute.
Susan Lynch has been a CPTF member since 1994. She earned her BMus in Piano Performance from Converse College and her MM in Piano Pedagogy from Florida State University. When not teaching in her home studio, Susan enjoys crossword puzzles, playing tennis, and reading.
Pamela Mullins earned an MME with concentration in piano from Winthrop University and received intensive Suzuki teacher training. She is pianist/harpsichordist at Christ Covenant Church, manages a full and busy piano studio, judges piano events, such as SCMTNA and Guild, has served on the piano faculty at UNCG Summer Music Camp, and conducts Master Classes. She is current District 2 and State Division West Piano Performance Director and past Piano Section and Theory/Composition Chair. Also, she is chair of the Charlotte Area Guild. Pamela is married to David Mullins. She has three daughters, two sons,and seven grandchildren. Pamela and David love to travel in the states and abroad and also enjoy trips across America in their camper. Pamela loves to birdwatch, travel, garden, walk, and read great books while sipping tea.
Margaret Louise Norwood holds the Master of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Southern California and the Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Montevallo. Postgraduate studies include the Academy of Music in Sion, Switzerland, and the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, plus summer seminars and masterclasses at Winthrop University, University of Texas-Arlington, and Adamant Music School. She received an Emerging Artist grant from the Arts and Science Council of Charlotte/Mecklenburg, the North Carolina Arts Council and the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation. Margaret Louise is a three-time recipient of the NCMTA Independent Music Teachers Forum award and received a teacher enrichment grant from the Amanda Ward Penick Endowment of the MTNA Foundation Fund. She is a MTNA Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Piano and RCM Certified Teacher in Piano, and was named 2015 NCMTA Teacher of the Year.
Alina Marquez Rothenberg graduated from The University of Miami’s Frost School of Music with a degree in Piano Performance. She studied with Rosalina Sackstein. Alina, her husband Joe, and their two children moved to the mountains of North Carolina in 1997 where she taught in the Waynesville area for seven years. Her family moved to Charlotte in 2004. She continues to teach as well as participate with the CPTF. Alina has served as President of the CPTF and has chaired committees. Along with her teaching, she performed as the keyboardist of “Son De Cuba”, an Afro-Cuban band. Earlier in her career, Alina was co-director and keyboardist of St. Augustine Church in Coral Gables, Florida.
Toni Skains earned a BME from Loyola University of the South in New Orleans, where she was a member of Phi Beta Music Fraternity and Cardinal Key Honor Society. She studied with James Bastien and was active in the New Orleans Music Teachers Association and Louisiana Federation of Music Clubs. After moving to Charlotte, she joined the Forum in 1991 and has served the organization in several capacities. Retired for several years, she continues to play at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Ballantyne, enjoys long walks with Goldie, her Goldendoodle, and obsesses over daily sudoku and crossword puzzles.