History

In June of 1966, a group of people having the common interest of music met together for the purpose of forming the Nevada Music Teachers Association. Those present were:

The Constitution and By-Laws were prepared, approved, and voted on in December of that year, making Nevada the 48th state chapter of the Music Teachers National Association.

Conventions were held from 1967 to 1972 in Las Vegas. The first Baldwin Junior piano representative was Lana Smith, a student of Silvia Roetter. Joanne Gaizutis, a student of Ely Haimowitz, was the high school winner.

In April of 1973, the first organization meeting of the Northern Nevada Music Teachers Association was held at St. John's Presbyterian Church in Reno. The purpose was to encourage teachers in Reno and surrounding areas to meet monthly and improve standards of teaching and performance. Under the direction of Dr. Ronald Williams, the charter members were: Nancy Taylor (President), Cheryl Toti, Joyce Williams, Margaret Sampson, Kellene Gallagher, Gay Goaslind, Florence Billinghurst, Louis Ronchetti, Kim Wynant, and Kathleen Legere.

The first joint state convention with the Las Vegas Music Teachers Association was held in 1975. In 1978 the decision was made to affiliate with the Music Teachers National Association and the local Reno branch became the Silver Circle Chapter.

Advantages of this new status for the entire Nevada Association were: 1) to receive the American Music Teacher magazine, 2) to have opportunities to attend the National Conventions of MTNA, and 3) to broaden opportunities for the students of all NMTA.