Music Faculty Member Named RPTA Teacher of the Year

Margaret Evans, a member of the Meredith College piano faculty, has been awarded the first “Teacher of the Year Merit Prize” by the Raleigh Piano Teachers Association (RPTA). A stipend, sponsored by Ruggero Piano Company, and commemorative plaque were awarded to Evans at the most recent meeting of Raleigh Piano Teachers.

“To be selected by one’s peers for such an award is quite meaningful to me; and to have been chosen by RPTA, one of our nation’s most active professional music organizations, makes it even more special,” Evans said. “I am proud of RPTA’s long-standing association with Meredith College; many of RPTA’s leaders and finest teachers are our own Meredith graduates.”

Criteria for selection included excellence in teaching, commitment to students and significant contributions to professional organizations and outstanding support of the music community.

Evans’ students have won numerous awards at the state and regional level, both in solo playing and playing concertos with orchestra, and several have been recognized at the national and international level. Evans judges regularly in Hong Kong and throughout the United States. Her professional connections have enabled her to bring international concert artists such Olga Kern (Van Cliburn Gold Medalist), Christopher O’Riley, John Owings, and Sergei Babayan to Meredith at little or no cost to the College for concerts, master classes, and interaction with students.

The Raleigh Piano Teachers Association is a local affiliate of the North Carolina Music Teachers Association serving the professional piano teaching community of Raleigh, N.C., and surrounding areas.

Date Submitted: 2011-09-21

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