Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano, University of Kansas, Lawrence KS, May 1995 with honors. 

Final document:  A Survey of the Solo Piano Compositions of Louise Talma, Composed from 1943-1984, UMI publication #9540200).    Three D.M.A. recitals completed at the University of Kansas; French and German reading proficiencies required;  Piano study with Dr. Jack Winerock, Richard Reber

Additional doctoral studies:

52 credits of doctoral coursework and two D.M.A. recitals completed at the University of Minnesota, 1988-90.   (The Music Theory coursework at MN was later accepted by the Kansas committee and applied toward the D.M.A. degree at the University of Kansas, as  justified by my Music Theory entrance exams scores at KS.)  Piano study for two years with Alexander Braginsky.

Master of Music in Piano,  Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington IN, 1975  with high distinction.

Two full solo recitals; music theory minor (12 semester hours).  Piano study with Frederick Baldwin.

Bachelor of Music in Education, Grace College, Winona Lake  IN, 1973  summa cum laude, class salutatorian.

Major instrument: piano;  minor instrument: organ.  Two full solo recitals, and concerto performance; Piano study with Verna May Felts;  Organ study with Dr. Vance Yoder.

Additional Applied Keyboard Study

Piano study with Dr. Richard Ratliff, University of Indianapolis, 1984-88.

Harpsichord study with Amy Tharp, University of Indianapolis, 1986-88..

Master Class Performances:

  • Claude Frank, October 15, 1990;   January 21, 1991.
  • Einar Steen-Nokleberg,  February 12, 1990.
  • Dorothy Taubman,  April 14, 1989

Additional  Coursework

Keyboard Sequencing (3 graduate music credit hours, Duquesne University, 1995)

Music and the Related Arts (inter-disciplinary doctoral level course–U. of Minnesota, 1989)

Survey of Adult Education (doctoral level education course–U. of Minnesota, 1989)

Teaching Music Literature (doctoral level music education course –U. of Minnesota, 1989)

Microcomputers (Westmoreland County Community College, 1995)


“Childhood Scenes and Memories in Louise Talma’s Soundshots,”   Clavier, November 2002.   (pedagogical analysis)   Photo on cover of March 2003 issue. 

Edited manuscript, and wrote Introduction for Three Bagatelles by Louise Talma (first publication).  Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania:  Hildegard Publishing Company,  © 2003.

Introduction to Soundshots (reprint) by Louise Talma.  Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania:  Hildegard Publishing Company, © 2000.

Dissertation: published by University Microfilms, Inc. (A Survey  of the Solo Piano Compositions of Louise Talma, Composed from 1943-1984),  UMI #9540200, University of Kansas, 1995.

Recorded CD in April 2006:  Solo Piano Music of Juliette (Mrs. Crosby) Adams,  © 2006 Montreat  College.  (Recording, Production, Engineering by Jesse Teets)  Project partially sponsored by the Nelson Bell Library as an addition to the Crosby-Adams Archives. (Recording itself personally funded.) Participated in Faculty Development project at the Manor House on March 29, 2008 where these CD’s were for sale. (All proceeds help fund N. B. Library projects and scholarships.

Recorded in May, 2008:  CD of 14 hymn arrangements at the request of a BOT member (professionally recorded by Music Business major, Peter Councell, with supervision by professor Kevin Auman as a portfolio project.  Distributed privately.)

Honors and Awards

Promoted to rank of Professor of Music by Board of Trustees in Spring 2007

Granted a one-semester teaching sabbatical for Spring 2007, for the study of selected French piano music

David L. Parks Distinguished Professor Award, Montreat College, May 2, 2006. (As recipient of this award, served as keynote speaker for Honors Convocation on April 24, 2007 (“A Talent and a Calling,”) and also performed a solo piano work by Claude Debussy.)

Faculty Summer Scholarship Grant, Montreat College, 2004 (for research of the pedagogical music of Mrs. Crosby [Juliette] Adams.)

Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, awarded in 2018

Selected for inclusion in Marquis’ Who’s  of American Women (editions from 2006-2011);  Marquis’ Who’s Who in American Education ( 2007-2008) Marquis’ Who’s Who in America (2004-2006; 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018)and the 8th and 9th editions of ‘Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers  (nominated by a different Montreat College honor student each of two years:  2004, 2005 )

Faculty Summer Scholarship Grant, Montreat College, 2001. (for research and editing of unpublished manuscripts of Louise Talma).

ACA [travel] award for presentation of paper at Ruth Crawford [Seeger] Conference at Elmhurst College, Chicago, Illinois, November 2001

John R. Crawford Award (presented by the Advancement Office of Montreat College), May 1999

ACA [travel] award for presentation of paper at Twenty-Fourth National Conference of the Society for American Music in Kansas City, February 1998

Senior Music Award, Grace College,  May 1973

Eunice Wonderly Stackhouse education qualifications