Dean Named OMTA East District Co-President

Michael Dean, Oklahoma Baptist University assistant professor of music and coordinator of keyboard studies, recently was named co-president of the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association East District. He will serve with Danny Calhoun, a 1994 OBU graduate.

Dean will serve in a president-elect role during the first year of the two-year term, and then lead the district during the second year of the term. His current OMTA responsibilities include helping organize and host the East District Conference at OBU in the fall and helping host senior auditions, also at OBU, in the spring.

He earned two bachelor degrees, in piano performance and mathematics, at Minnesota State University-Moorhead, and he earned his master of music degree at the University of Oklahoma. He is pursuing a doctor of musical arts degree at OU. He joined the OBU faculty in 2006.

Dean maintains an active schedule as a workshop clinician, adjudicator, solo performer, collaborative artist and faculty at summer music camps throughout the United States and Canada, and he is a member of the Manno/Dean Piano Duo. He previously taught at the Wheaton College Conservatory. His principal teachers include Alan Chow, Edward Gates, Jane Magrath, Terri Manno and Gary Sipes.

His upcoming events include performances with Dr. David Carter, clarinet, at the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith, in September; with Dr. Jennifer McQuade and Dr. Kristen Todd in October; with Nancy Stizza-Ortega, flute, in October; with Alice Sanders, piano, at the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith, in February; and with Dr. Kevin Pruiett, trumpet, in March (The Digby Bell Memorial Recital). He also will be presenting workshops this year to various music teachers' associations in the state, as well as judging at piano festivals and contests.

The Oklahoma Music Teachers Association is an affiliate of the Music Teachers National Association. Its purpose is to further the art of music and to promote the growth and professional development of its members by providing programs that encourage and support teaching, performance, composition and research. OMTA has more than 400 members. More than 100 of these are nationally certified through Music Teachers National Association.

Three OBU music faculty members have served OMTA as president-elect and president: Dr. Sandra Meyer, OBU associate professor of music; Dr. Ron Lewis, who retired from OBU's music faculty in 2006; and former faculty member Dr. Ann Gipson.