Board of Directors

Following is a list of the current 2017-2018 SMTA Board of Directors.

evelyn150wEvelyn Hartwell, President
Evelyn Hartwell is currently serving the SMTA as Board President. She has been a member of the SMTA since 2011 and has enjoyed her leadership roles as V.P. of Student Development and President Elect. She is very passionate about creating an enriching SMTA environment that fosters the musical growth of teachers and students. Evelyn is an independent voice and piano teacher with a home studio in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle. She is also the children’s choir director at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church and a professional musician. Contact


ericbranner150wEric Branner, President Elect
Eric is the CEO/Co-Founder of Fons Inc. ( He’s taught guitar for twenty years, and owns the Blackforrest Music School. Eric has also taught for Holy Names Academy, American Music School, and Shenandoah Academy. He’s the author of Blackforrest Guitar Companion. Eric has also worked in marketing/development for Seattle Opera, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Symphony, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and ACT Theatre. Contact



rosemarie150wRoseMarie Tamburri, Immediate Past President
RoseMarie has been teaching piano and the study of music for most of her adult life. Two of her main goals for her students are to help them create a life-long love of music and develop the skill for self-expression through music. RoseMarie’s teaching philosophy is based on a simple formula: “Creativity + Skill + Fun + Relevance = Learning”. She actively participates in SMTA to nurture and enhance these same traits in herself. In short, this vibrant community of professionals offers learning and connection. Contact



annsimonson150horizAnn Simonson, Treasurer
Ann Simonson is a long time SMTA member, currently serving as Treasurer on the Board. She teaches piano in the south end of Seattle, and is the Director of Music at Magnolia Lutheran Church. In her many years as a member of SMTA she has served as President, and as Adjudications Chair. Contact




Nancy LindskogNancy Lindskog, Secretary
Nancy Lindskog is serving on the SMTA Board as Recording Secretary. She recently moved to Seattle having taught piano actively in the Bay Area for 23 years. In addition, she was the choir accompanist for the Los Gatos High School choir and LGUSD school district for many years as well. She is excited to have joined SMTA as a means to begin networking with other teachers and to learn more about music education in Seattle. Nancy is building her piano studio in West Seattle, where she loves the views of the city and Sound, walking to the Junction, and making new friends! Contact


Marsha WrightMarsha Wright, V.P of Recitals
Marsha Wright, classical pianist, has been a Board Member at Large since being elected in 2013. After participating for a year or so as a member of the Dorothy Woodcock Committee to reinvision SMTA’s use of this generous gift, she accepted the position as Chair of this standing Oversight Committee. It has greatly enhanced the awareness of our gratitude for the gift of these funds, and put to excellent use funds to support both teachers and students (MusicLink Teachers Stipend, National Certification Grant, and support of the new Teacher Performance Showcases). Marsha also created and directed, with help from the Board, our Sonatina Festival held each Spring since 2015. A very popular, more casual recital opportunity for students of all ages, we continue to seek out the participation of all instruments and the premiere of newly composed sonatinas. A University trained pianist, Ms. Wright is an active performer and, since 1995, has specialized in teaching adults exclusively. She is also a 19 year member of Seattle’s Ladies Musical Club, a non-profit which supports and nurtures the professional performance of classical music for free in the Seattle area and continues to reach underserved communities. Contact


pamchang150wPamela Chang, Board Member at Large
Pamela Chang has been an active member of SMTA for about 30 years and teaches Suzuki piano out of her home studio in North Seattle. She has been enjoying playing chamber music as an amateur cellist and also sings in no fewer than three choral groups! Pam served formerly as secretary of SMTA. Impressed with the energy and leadership of her fellow board members, she has elected to remain on the board in a Board-Member-at-Large position to support SMTA programs in whatever way she can. Contact




KathyMortensenKathy Mortensen, V.P. of Student Development
Kathy has held many positions in SMTA. She enjoys being on the Board of Directors. When her term was up as Immediate Past-President, she was pleased to find a place on the Board as VP of Student Development. Kathy is your liaison between the Board and the Chairs of Adjudications and Musicianship Exams. Kathy is also Chair of Volunteer Engagement. She likes finding a good match of a person with a task or program. On the WSMTA Board, Kathy is Vice-President of District II. She represents four chapters – Seattle, Lake Washington, Eastside, and South King County. Kathy is organizing the Junior Level Performance Competitions for the NW Division. Winners from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming will compete in January to represent their Division at the MTNA National competitions in March. Contact


Nancy KernNancy Kern, V.P. of Teacher Development
Nancy Kern is the Vice President of Teacher Development of SMTA and teaches students of all ages piano, organ, voice, and music theory; exploring classical, pop, blues, and jazz. Nancy offers music teachers the tools and experiences they need to more successfully further their goals in music and in running their music studios. She also serves on the Board and Selection Committee of Ars Nova Music Publishing. Nancy lived, studied, and performed on early organs, harpsichord, piano and as a vocalist in Europe and the United States, both as solo musician and with bands, and has a Master’s in Organ Performance, University of Washington. Contact


Sooonmee KwonSoonmee Kim, V.P of Competitions
Soonmee is the VP of Competitions. She moved to Seattle in 2014 and joined the SMTA Board in 2015. Soonmee oversees the Simon-Fiset Competition and is working to expand the competition by adding a voice division and making improvements to attract more teachers and students to participate. Growing up as a performer and competitor herself, Soonmee is excited to create and launch new competitions in the next two years for the next generation of musicians. Contact


KirstenCarlsonKirsten Carlson, V.P. of Membership
Kirsten Carlson is the VP Recitals for SMTA. The students recitals are masterfully organized by GraceAnn Cummings, Nancy Kubo, Marsha Wright, and Martha Garrett which means that Kirsten also has time to be the coordinator for the coffee, treats, and music at the seven SMTA general meetings. She has been involved with the board since mid 2013 and has enjoyed the support and energy of this dynamic group. Kirsten has taught flute in Seattle since 2012 and since November 2015, has been working for the Washington State Music Teachers Association as Executive Manager. Kirsten loves cats, dogs, and Seattle parks, and has been a Sounders fan since she moved to Seattle. Contact


Katie Levine, Board Member At Large
Katie Levine is an avid composer, performer, and teacher. She has performed in various jazz ensembles, classical chamber ensembles, and in musical theatre productions. Katie graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from Cornish College of the Arts, where she studied jazz piano and composition. She currently teaches piano, composition, and improvisation in Seattle and Bellevue. Contact