The Richmond Music Teachers Association was established in 1973 as a local chapter of the Virginia Music Teachers Association and the Music Teachers National Association. RMTA is a nonprofit organization representing music teachers in Richmond and in surrounding communities.


Executive Committee

President Michelle Huang
First Vice President (Programs) Belle Elliott
Second Vice President (Membership) Jennifer Scott
Third Vice President (Student Recitals) Betty Ann Spiers
Corresponding Secretary Kristen Topham
Recording Secretary Michael Ireland
Treasurer Wesley Pollard

Appointed Officers and Committee Chairpersons

Advertising (Yearbook) Michelle Huang
Bach Competition Anna Evas
Magdalena Adamek
Belle Elliott
Bylaws Betty Ann Spiers
Central District Auditions Kim Cho
Certification Sharon Stewart
Collegiate Chapter Liason Michelle Huang
Fall Festival Savannah Hatcher
Ellis Dunton
Historian Ellis Dunton
IMTF Debbie Sacra
MusicLink Lois Broadwater
Newsletter Kristen Topham
Nominations (elected chair) Sharon Stewart
Fay Barss
Parliamentarian Betty Ann Spiers
Publicity Ruta Smedina-Starke
Referral Program Vivien Chen
RMTA Collegiate Chapter Scholarship Michelle Huang
Summer Music Camp Scholarship Anne James
Sightreading and Keyboard Skills Fay Barss
Single-line Instruments Skills Hope Armstrong Erb
Theory Jennifer Scott
Wesley Pollard
Yearbook Anna Evas
Website Jennifer Scott

State, Division and National Officers

VMTA President 2016-2018 Susan Atkins, NCTM
VMTA President-Elect Elizabeth Caluda, NCTM
MTNA Southern Division Director Kevin Chance, NCTM
MTNA President Rebecca Johnson, NCTM
MTNA President-Elect Scott McBride Smith, NCTM

Former Presidents

1973 - 1975 Jane Major
1975 - 1977 Anne James
1977 - 1979 Judith Siegel
1979 - 1981 Nancy Van Auken
1981 - 1982 Mary Lou Bartels
1982 - 1983 Peg Shaw
1983 - 1987 Fay Barss
1987 - 1989 Ginger Sandford
1989 - 1993 Debbie Sacra
1993 - 1995 Betsy Cole Wells
1995 - 1999 Kim Peachy
1999 - 2001 Gabriella Ryan
2001 - 2003 Vivien Chen
2003 - 2005 Suzanne Krauss
2005 - 2009 Sharon Stewart
2009 - 2011 Ellis Dunton
2011 - 2013 Lois Broadwater
2013 - 2017 Jennifer Scott


The mission of MTNA is to advance the value of music study and music making in society and to support the professionalism of music teachers.

The mission is accomplished by members who teach with competence, act with integrity, volunteer services to MTNA programs, provide professional support for colleagues and communities, and comply with all laws and regulations that impact the music teaching profession.


VCU MTNA collegiate chapter was established in the summer of 2013 by VCU keyboard coordinator, Dr. Yin Zheng and piano performance major, Savannah Hatcher. The organization was established with the goal of creating and supporting performing events, presenting scholarly research and presentations, developing professional collaboration and networking, and facilitating community music teaching by exchange activities led by the VCU Department of Music.

Upcoming Collegiate Chapter Events:

Collegiate Chapter events will be announced soon.


RMTA Constitution

Adopted 1975 - Revised 1976 - Revised 2011 - Revised 2014

Article I. Name

The name of this organization shall be Richmond Music Teachers Association, hereafter referred to as "RMTA."

Article II. Purpose

Richmond Music Teachers Association (RMTA) is established to support the aims and purposes of Virginia Music Teachers Association (VMTA) and the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) in the Richmond metropolitan area. This constitution conforms with the Bylaws of VMTA.

Article III. Membership and Dues

Section 1.

Members of the local chapter (RMTA) must also be members of the state association (VMTA) and the national association (MTNA). The membership classifications of RMTA are Active, Patron, Honorary, and Student. For descriptions of membership categories, please see Article III of the VMTA Bylaws. Only Active members may vote and hold office.

Section 2.

The dues of the organization shall be established by the Executive Committee with the consent of the active membership.

Section 3.

The fiscal year is the same as the membership year, July 1 through June 30. New members may join and pay dues at any time during the fiscal year. The privileges of membership are assumed by the new member immediately upon receipt of dues by MTNA. The deadline for renewing members for payment of local, state, and national dues is July 1. In order to be listed as an active member in the local and state yearbooks, the dues must have been received by MTNA no later than August 31. A member who is in arrears in paying his dues but has not been formally dropped from the membership rolls is entitled to vote. After August 31, non-payment of dues results in the loss of the privileges of membership. When dues are paid, the member is immediately reinstated.

Article IV. Officers

Section 1.

The elected officers are President, First Vice-President (Programs), Second Vice-President (Membership), Third Vice-President (Student Recitals), Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, and Treasurer.

Section 2.

The appointed officers or consultants include Historian, Parliamentarian, and any others whom the President wishes to appoint.

Section 3.

The term of office for each elected officer is two years. No elected officer shall serve in that office for more than four consecutive years.

Article V. Duties of Officers

Section 1.

The President shall preside over meetings of the general membership, the Executive Committee and the Administrative Board, and perform all duties incumbent upon the office as described in the current edition of ROBERT'S RULES OF ORDER NEWLY REVISED. The President may appoint other officers, consultants, and standing and special committees as needed. The President serves as an ex-officio member of all committees except the Nominating Committee.

Section 2.

The First Vice-President plans and organizes all meeting programs and workshops. The First Vice-President assumes the duties of the President if the President is unable to serve.

Section 3.

The Second Vice-President maintains accurate membership data and assumes the duties of the President if the President and the First Vice-President are unable to serve.

Section 4.

The Third Vice-President plans and organizes the Student Recitals which are held periodically throughout the fiscal year. The Third Vice-President assumes the duties of the President if the President, First Vice-President, or Second Vice-President cannot serve.

Section 5.

The Recording Secretary takes the minutes of the meetings and keeps the minutes of the organization in good form.

Section 6.

The Corresponding Secretary provides communications to individual members as needed, including the publishing of four newsletters during the fiscal year.

Section 7.

The Treasurer keeps an itemized account of all receipts and disbursements, presents a financial report to the President and Executive Committee upon request. The Treasurer will appoint a Financial Review Committee annually and serve as advisor to this committee in forming a budget. The procedure for forming the budget will be as follows:

  • In early May, RMTA's treasurer will solicit recommendations from Administrative Board members for their individual budgets for the coming year.
  • The financial committee will then meet to prepare the budget.
  • The budget will be presented to the Executive Committee for preliminary discussion and possible amendment, then recommended to the Administrative Board at the June meeting for further discussion, amendment, and a vote of approval. The approved budget will take effect at the start of the next fiscal year on July 1.
  • The approved budget will be announced at the general meeting of the membership in September, and copies of the budget will be made available to the members upon request.
  • Comments concerning the budget may be submitted to the treasurer in writing.

The Auditing Committee, composed of two or more members of the Association who are not members of the Financial Committee, shall be appointed by the President. The report of the Auditing Committee shall be made at the fall general meeting and voted upon by the membership.

Article VI. Boards and Committees

Section 1.

The Executive Committee shall consist of the elected officers. This Committee shall be empowered to conduct the business of the Association as needed between meetings of the Administrative Board and general meetings.

Section 2.

The Administrative Board shall consist of the elected officers, the appointed officers, and all committee chairmen. This Board shall be empowered to conduct the business of the Association in regularly scheduled and called meetings. The President is an ex-officio member of all boards and committees except the Nominating Committee.

Section 3.

At the Administrative Board meeting near the end of the first fiscal year of the two-year term, three members who are not on the Executive Committee shall be elected to serve as the Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee shall present a slate of officers for election at the final Annual Meeting of the two-year term.

Article VII. Meetings

Section 1.

There shall be a minimum of two meetings of the general membership during the fiscal year. The first meeting shall be held no later than October 20. The general meeting nearest the end of the fiscal year shall be considered the Annual Meeting, which includes election and installation of officers. Annual reports are presented at an Administrative Board meeting before the end of the fiscal year, and are published in the Newsletter. Meetings of the Executive Committee, the Administrative Board, or the general membership may be called by the President, or when a minimum of three members requests it.

Section 2.

The quorum for a general meeting shall be ten (10) members, of which three (3) shall be members of the Executive Committee. A quorum for the Executive Committee shall be four (4); a quorum for the Administrative Board shall be five (5), including three (3) members of the Executive Committee.

Section 3.

Voting procedures shall be carried out as outlined in the current edition of ROBERT'S RULES OF ORDER NEWLY REVISED.

Article VIII. Authority and Amendments

Section 1.

The current edition of ROBERT'S RULES OF ORDER NEWLY REVISED shall stand as the governing authority for the rules of this organization.

Section 2.

This Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds majority vote. Proposed amendments must be submitted to the membership at least three days in advance of voting.

Student Membership

Revised September 2013

Student membership is open to all full-time college students currently involved in music study. Student members may attend all programs of the Association and will receive the Association publications. Student members shall not have the right to vote or hold office, but may enter students into competitions or other events of the Association.


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