Rebekah Jordan-Miller (PRESIDENT) was born and raised in Ontario, Canada and recently completed her doctoral studies in piano performance and pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma. She has performed widely, both as a soloist and as a collaborative artist in venues throughout Canada, the United States, including Vermont Public Radio, Austria, Australia, and Norway. In 2001, Jordan-Miller graduated with a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music. She completed a Masters degree in Music Criticism from McMaster University in June 2003. Her piano instructors include Gwen Beamish, Rebecca Penneys, Fernando Laires, Valerie Tryon, and Dr. Jane Magrath. During her doctoral studies, Jordan-Miller completed research in the area of performance psychology, developing a 12-week mental skills training program for advanced pianists. As an active member of the Music Teachers National Association, Jordan-Miller has presented this research at the MTNA state conferences for Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri. Rebekah Jordan-Miller is currently Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at Shorter University and was previously a staff accompanist at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY and an adjunct faculty member at Oklahoma City University where she taught group and applied piano.
Pianist, Kyla Cummins Zollitsch (SECRETARY) made her television debut on Anchorage Live at the age of 9. Kyla earned second place in both Junior and Senior divisions of the Margarite Downey Competition. At her young age, she became the featured pianist in Ernest Bloch’s piano concerto with East Anchorage High School of Fine Arts orchestra and was selected to be the piano accompanist for the Alaska State Honor Choir. Kyla has 20 years of experience playing for ballet studios across the country. Kyla was a pianist for Alaska Dance Theatre at the age of 13. She also played for the Oregon Ballet Theatre and Milwaukee Ballet Theatre in Wisconsin. Kyla earned her Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Portland State University and performed on many stages throughout the Northwest including the Arlene Schnitzer concert hall. She has also made television and radio appearances. Kyla is a member of the GMTA, RMTA, MTNA, National Federated Music Clubs and Guild. To contact Kyla, please visit www.kylacummins.com.
Jerico Vasquez (VICE-PRESIDENT) is Artist-in-Residence and Coordinator of the Keyboard Program at Shorter University in Rome, GA. He received his Bachelor of Music degree under Dr. Charles Asche at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Piano Performance, with a Minor in Music History and Literature, in the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston under Ruth Tomfohrde, Abbey Simon and Horacio Gutiérrez. As a pedagogue, Dr. Vasquez has been an active member of the Music Teachers National Association. He has served as President of the Houston Music Teachers Association and the Bayou City Federated Music Club. His students have won prizes from several competitions, including the HMTA/HYAC Concerto Competition, the Blinn College Young Pianist Competition, the GMTA Competitions, the Rome Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, and the Chopin International Youth Competition. The Santa Barbara News Press acclaimed him as a pianist of “intelligent ardor and exceptionally clear and bright technique.”
Glenda R. Potts (TREASURER), NCTM, is married to Willis J. Potts, Jr. They have three married sons and six grandchildren. Mrs. Potts earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Auburn University in piano and theory/composition with an organ minor in 1963. She recently endowed a piano performance scholarship to Auburn University.
Her teaching experience is as follows: Birmingham City Schools, grades 3 - 8 (1965-1966); Chattanooga City Schools, grades 7 - 9 (1966-1967); Private Piano Studios - Prattville, AL (1967-1993), Savannah, GA (1993-1999), and Rome, GA (1999 - present).
Mrs. Potts has the following certifications: American College of Musicians (1972) and she is nationally certified through the Music Teachers National Association. She has also held the following church positions: First Baptist Church, Prattville - 1969-1993 - Organist and Music Assistant; Bull Street Baptist, Savannah - 1994 - 1999 - Pianist and Children's Choirs; North Broad Baptist, Rome - 2009 to the present - Organist.
Mrs. Potts has held the following leadership positions: First Vice President - Montgomery Music Teachers Association (1991-1993); President - Savannah Music Teachers Association - 1996-1998; President (2001-2003) and Treasurer (2003 - present) - Rome Music Teachers Association.
She has founded and coordinated the following festivals: Scale & Hymn Festival (Prattville 1971, Savannah 1994, and Rome 2000); National Guild Piano Teacher auditions (Prattville 1968 and Rome 1999); and the Music Fair (Rome 2000).
Mrs. Potts has been awarded the following honors: Delta Omicron Music Honorary, Auburn University, President (1961-63); Hall of Fame - American College of Musicians 1990 (student honors plus 25 years as Guild Audition Chairperson); and 400 Women - Centennial of Women Students, Auburn University, 1992 "who have significantly contributed to their profession."