Beverly Rawles Memorial Service

Beverly Archer Rawles passed away on September 17, 2019 at the age of 89. She began piano lessons with Cynthia Adams at the age of 67 and at the age of 76 began lessons with Janice Cook. She never had music lessons as a child and was actually discouraged from singing by an elementary school music teacher (sad but true). She had a PhD in Adult Education – and a highly successful career – but found piano (and harp) study difficult. She wrote an article called “Advice to the Adult Who Plans to Begin Taking Piano Lessons” and it appeared in Keyboard Companion Magazine in the late 1990s.

When Cynthia served as CEOMTA President, Beverly joined as a Patron Member. She then got involved, serving as Publicity Chairman and working at the Ribbon Table at Scale Olympics three times. She LOVED seeing the kids being awarded their ribbons.

Beverly generously donated money to CEOMTA, and then about six years ago, set up a fund at The Columbus Foundation – the Beverly A. Rawles Fund for Music Education. CEOMTA administers the funds to help students with financial need, and for teachers who want to keep learning. You can read about it here:

On Saturday, January 11, 2020 a Memorial Service to celebrate Beverly’s life will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church – 2151 Dorset Rd Columbus, OH 43221 (Upper Arlington). Music will begin at 1:35 p.m. and the service will start at 2:00 p.m. There will be a brief reception afterwards where we can share stories about Bev, eat birthday cake, and sing to her. She LOVED birthdays and was looking forward to her 90th, which would have been on January 14.

If you would like to “pay it forward” and help others the way Bev helped us, you can make a donation to her fund here:

You can also contribute to the CEOMTA Endowment fund:

Music enriched Beverly’s life tremendously the last 22 years of her life. We were fortunate beyond measure to have her share her passion for music study with us.

Beverly’s complete obituary can be read at:


A message from the OhioMTA Foundation Fellow Chair

I am reaching out to you to ask you to help us honor Sheila Vail as our Foundation Fellow this year. We are $639 short of achieving our goal of $1,500 before January.

Donations to the Fellow program enable MTNA to fund awards for the association and its students, as well as provide grants for members and affiliate organizations to further the cause of music. Each year new MTNA Fellows are recognized at the MTNA National Conference.

As you know Sheila has served in many capacities at the local and state levels in addition to her role as professional teacher of piano. She is frequent clinician and guest speaker at college and university pedagogy departments, teacher organizations and professional conferences. Currently, she is serving on the Ohio Music Teachers Association State Executive Board as the State Student Certificate Program Chair.

Our goal is to raise at least $1,500 in Sheila’s name by January 11th, 2019. Contributions can be made with credit card online through the online donation system on the MTNA Foundation Fund website at, made payable to the MTNA Foundation Fellow. Be sure to indicate that your donation is for the Sheila Vail Foundation Fellow.

I hope that you will be able to contribute, so we can honor Sheila for all she has contributed to the music teaching profession.

Don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.


Dr. Olga Rua
MTNA Foundation Fellow Chair
(319) 621-7042

Out & About Updates including Blue Jacket’s Game

The March date for Out & About has been changed from March 12 to March 26.
The event will be a 3:00 pm recital at Brookdale Pinncale Senior Living in Grove City.
For more information, go to

Performance Opportunity at a Columbus Blue Jacket’s Game – UPDATES

  • To encourage participation, the decision was made to provide a keyboard.
  • The deadline to submit your projected studio interested has been extended.

Please read below for complete information.

Calling all Musicians and Blue Jacket Fans for an Out & About Performance event!

Who? Students of OMTA Teachers
Piano solos and other instruments.
We will bring our own keyboard.
Amplification will be provided

Where? Nationwide Arena
Near the concession stands overlooking the Ice Haus

When? Saturday, March 25, 2017 – Philadelphia team
Game is at 2:00 pm; Call time is 12:15-12:30; Performance is 1:00-1:30

$39 per ticket to the game on March 25
$10 of every ticket goes to CEOMTA
50 tickets must be sold to our block of seats in order to perform

All students, teacher members, performers, their families, and friends are invited to purchase a ticket on line to attend the game whether performing or not. CEOMTA supplies a $150 deposit to hold the block of 50 seats. It will be refunded after the seats are sold. As long as our group cancels 30 days out from the event date there will be no penalty and our $150 deposit will be refunded.

If we receive enough level of interest to attend the game, we would move forward with procuring the date.

Response Deadline: February 10, 2017

Click HERE to download a pdf sign-up sheet to hang in your studio. Remember – you don’t need to perform to purchase a ticket from our block! After you have received your responses, please fill out this survey (link below) with your projected studio interest by FEBRUARY 10th.

Questions? Please contact:
Miriam Brown, Out & About Chair