2017-2018 OMTA Board of Directors
Ignacio Diaz, Jr., BM, MM
President, Olympia Music Teachers’ Association
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Ignacio holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, from Augustana College, Rock Island, Il. and a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from Northwestern University, Evanston, Il. Ignacio also completed a Suzuki Method apprenticeship with Yasuko Joichi, a student of Dr. Shinich Suzuki, Japan.
In addition to thirty-three years of teaching, Ignacio has experience performing as a solo and chamber musician. He has held a position as an assistant choir director and choir conducting instructor for 14 years at a local private school. Ignacio is a member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Washington State Music Teachers Association (WSMTA) and past Vice President (2015-2016), past President (2016-2017), and is current President (2017-2018) of the Olympia Music Teachers Association (OMTA).
Many of Ignacio’s students have gone on to study music at the collegiate and university level, won or placed in competitions or have careers in the music industry.
Jan Rowen Music, NCTM
Vice President, Olympia Music Teachers’ Association
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Jan Rowen Music is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (Piano).
She has taught piano and piano improvisation in the Olympia area for over 30 years. Jan is a Church Musician and Directs the women’s vocal ensemble, Joysong Victorian Carolers.
Jan has held office for many years in the Olympia Music Teachers’ Association. She also frequently presents programs and workshops on improvisation and teaching rhythm to teachers’ groups and at conventions. She is an Adjudicator for Federated Music Clubs of Oregon, and for The Young Composers Project in Washington State.
Jan serves OMTA this year (2016-2017) as Immediate Past President and is Vice President-Elect (2017-2018).
Treasurer, Olympia Music Teachers’ Association
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Joseph Murrow is a pianist from Olympia, Washington, with experience as a solo performer, an accompanist for soloists and ensembles, and provides live music for events in the Olympia/Tumwater/Lacey area. He is currently an accompanist for the Olympia Youth Chorus, Tumwater High School, Capital High School, Lacey Presbyterian Church, Olympia Dance Center, as well as for soloists and ensembles performing at local competitions and adjudications
Joseph has served as musical director for local musical theatre organizations and programs, including Apple Tree Productions and Capital Playhouse. He is a regular volunteer pianist at Bonaventure of Lacey Memory Care ward, where he performs for residents.
Joseph is completing his Bachelors of Arts degree at The Evergreen State College, where he is a recipient of The Evergreen State College Foundation scholarship. He is a collegiate member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), a professional music educator’s association. Joseph has studied piano with Ignacio Diaz, Jr. for eleven years and will be working as a teaching apprentice to Mr. Diaz.
Recording Secretary, Olympia Music Teachers’ Association
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Sue Dick is a private piano teacher in Tumwater, Washington with 35 years of teaching experience in the piano studio, elementary libraries, and elementary schools (as a substitute teacher and a 3rd grade teacher.) She has also played the piano for many church services, including accompanying and soloist work. Her favorite music trivia fact is that J.S. Bach signed every one of his works “Soli Deo Gloria” – – – Only for God’s Glory. She seeks to do well in her studio, to the glory of God.
In Sue’s spare time she can be found gardening, enjoying her two “Chorkies” (half Chihuahua and half Yorkie), or spending time with her family.