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UIC and UIUC alumna Emi Murata honored as MTNA Foundation Fellow

UIC and UIUC alumna Emi Murata honored as MTNA Foundation Fellow

Emi Murata of Oak Park, Illinois, was recently honored by Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) as an MTNA FOUNDATION Fellow at the 2014 MTNA National Conference in Chicago, Illinois, March 22–26.

Murata, a nationally certified teacher of music (NCTM), debuted at age 16 as soloist with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra. Currently a member of Piano à la Quartette, she co-organizes the Glorious Grands, an eight-piano concert held at College of DuPage and Chicago’s Symphony Center. She has taught at Columbia College, College of DuPage, Sherwood Conservatory and her own studio. Murata is an experienced clinician, has published articles and enjoys presenting master classes. An active member of several performing/educational organizations, she served as president of the Salt Creek Music Teachers Association and Musicians Club of Women, and was chosen as Member of the Year by the Chicago Area Music Teachers Association and the Salt Creek Music Teachers Association.

Murata holds a Bachelor’s degree from UIC in Math & Computer Science and a Master of Music from UIUC.

The MTNA FOUNDATION Fellow program offers a meaningful method of recognition for individuals who have made outstanding contributions to music teaching. The award is bestowed when a peer or group of peers donates $1,000 to the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND in an individual’s name. 

MTNA is a nonprofit organization of nearly 22,000 independent and collegiate music teachers committed to furthering the art of music through teaching, performance, composition and scholarly research. Founded in 1876, MTNA is the oldest professional music teachers’ association in the United States.

For additional information about MTNA or the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND, please contact MTNA national headquarters at (888) 512-5278, mtnanet@mtna.org or visit the website at www.mtna.org.

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