50-Year Members

GMTA has a number of members who have reached an important milestone in their lives. These very special persons have been members of GMTA and MTNA for 50 years and are our "golden" members. Please join us in recognizing these very deserving individuals.

If you believe that you are a 50-year member but your name is not listed below, please contact GMTA's Executive Director so that we can correct this oversight. Call 770-945-7504 or email .


Daisy Aukerman

Daisy Luckey Aukerman

Daisy Luckey Aukerman grew up in Harlem, Georgia and began piano study at the age of eight years old. She gained recognition in her early years by winning many local and state honors under the instruction of Mrs. Jule Hatcher. She was the recipient of three scholarships and chose to study at LaGrange College with Rosa Muller of the Leipzig Conservatory. Organ study was with Katherine Cline, a student of Virgil Fox.

At LaGrange College, she was named College Superlative and was elected President of the student body. After graduation, she began her teaching career at Druid Hills School in DeKalb County and also served as accompanist for The Atlanta Boys Choir at their debut in New York's Town Hall. Until recently, she served as organist for 34 years at Atlanta's historic First Methodist Church on Peachtree.

She maintains membership in GMTA, MTNA, Atlanta Music Club, Pro-Mozart Society, American Guild of Organists, Steinway Society, Mu Phi Epsilon and National Guild of Piano Teachers. In 2004, she received the Wall of Outstanding Alumni Award in a ceremony at LaGrange College.


Ila Berenson

Ila Berenson

I have been teaching in Columbus, Georgia since I joined MTNA in 1956. I have been teaching piano and music theory for 60 years. For ten years I taught the Music Playshop at Columbus State University and could hop up and down with the darling four- to six-year-olds I taught. Now my knees have failed me (partially), and I can no longer hop up and down, but I'm still loving and challenged with piano teaching and hope to do so for many years. I received my BA in Music in the early 80s when our four children were in high school. For the past seventeen years I've been the pianist for the Columbus Community Orchestra. Some of our ten grandchildren play beautifully and that pleases us. I'm teaching one of our great-grandchildren and that is so satisfying. My husband is also studying and music has been part of our home for many years quite seriously. It's enjoyable associating with my piano teaching colleagues these many years.


Beverly Bradley

Beverly Bradley

A native Atlantan, Beverly Bradley has been teaching flute and piano for 51 years. She began piano lessons with Aida DeBray at age five. Later at age 14, she started flute studies with Charles Bradley, whom she later married at age 26 in 1950. A few days after her graduation from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, she began teaching piano and her first flute student arrived just a few days later. She was a part-time instructor at Georgia State University in the mid 1960's. Today, she teaches in Sandy Springs and has many instruments in her home studio: Allen organ, Steinway grand piano, and two Wurlitzer pianos.

Beverly Bradley frequently attends the MTNA National conferences and has met many composers at these events: Alfred Reed; William Gillock; Lynn Freeman Olson; Jane and James Bastien; and Maurice Hinson, to name a few. Some of these composers have written pieces specifically for her. William Gillock wrote a piano solo for her in 1977, Viennese Rondo, and Alfred Reed wrote a flute solo for her in 1970. As a member of the Atlanta Music Teachers Association, she has rarely missed a meeting since she first became a member in 1957.

Beverly Bradley has played principal flute with the Band of Atlanta, Atlanta Community Orchestra, Emory Wind Ensemble, and the Lovett Wind Ensemble. Her husband, Charles, directed the latter two groups. In addition to membership in MTNA, Beverly also maintains a membership in Sigma Alpha Iota, Atlanta Federation of Musicians, National Flute Association, Atlanta Flute Club, Georgia Music Educators Association, and the Atlanta Music Club. When she's not attending music conferences or teaching, Beverly enjoys traveling, bike riding, and swimming.


Aurelia Campbell

Aurelia Campbell, NCTM

Aurelia Campbell first joined GMTA/MTNA as a collegiate member while a student at the University of Georgia and has been an active member of GMTA/MTNA since 1956. She has served GMTA in the offices of Secretary, Vice-President-Auditions, President-elect, and President, and more recently as a member of the Finance-Advisory Committee (charter member.) She is a member of the Northeast Georgia MTA and has served her local association in many capacities including President and currently serves as Certification Chairman. Aurelia Campbell is a nationally certified teacher, being the first teacher in the state to receive national certification.

Aurelia Campbell served as MTNA Southern Division Junior Performance Competition Coordinator and assisted the MTNA President (Dr. R. Wayne Gibson, 2001-03) with structuring the successful "Music for Everyone" program. In 2004, she was named a MTNA Foundation Fellow.

Aurelia Campbell holds the bachelor's degree in piano performance from UGA with graduate studies in piano pedagogy. A native of Hartwell, GA, she has been an independent music teacher (piano) there for fifty-one years and is currently teaching thirty students. She was a student at UGA when GMTA was established in 1954 and was a student of Despy Karlas who was one of the first members and who later served as GMTA President.

She remembers Michael McDowell (GMTA's first President) coming to UGA and meeting with Despy and other UGA Music Department faculty members to make various plans concerning GMTA. I have known each of the GMTA Presidents. I date back to the very beginning of GMTA!!


Ann Jones

Ann Jones

The goal of Ann Jones has always been to instill a love of good music in her students. She began her college studies in music education, and her most gratifying teaching experiences have come as a result of having studied piano pedagogy at Columbus College which is now Columbus State University. She has been a member of Georgia Music Teachers Association since October of 1959 and resides in Columbus.


Barbara Korzan

Barbara Korzan, NCTM

Barbara Krogland Korzan began music studies at the age of 5 with Columbus, GA piano teacher Alma McGee, continuing until high school graduation in 1955. During this time she played 10-piece National Guild programs for 11 years, earning the Paderewski Medal and the High School Diploma in piano. Barbara attended summer school classes and piano at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and later went on to attend Florida State University from 1955-59, studying piano under Robert Glotzbach, earning a BME (piano) in 1959. In 1980 she received a Master of Education Degree (piano) from Columbus State University studying piano with Rex Whiddon and piano pedagogy with John O'Brien. She also studied violin in Columbus, GA and at Florida State University from 1947-59, playing in the Columbus Symphony from 1969-72 and sang in the Orphues Club of Columbus Singers (Federated Music Club) for many years. She presently sings in the church choir.

Barbara has been active in both the Columbus Music Teachers' Association and GMTA for more than 50 years. She was formerly state certification chair for 3 years. For 20 years Barbara held GMTA and MTNA certification and has held permanent professional certification in piano from GMTA and MTNA since 2000. She has been teaching piano from 1959 until the present. Her students participate in recitals each year, the National Guild Auditions, and the local CMTA Festival and GMTA Theory Test. Some have participated in GMTA auditions as well. Several former students have gone on to become professional musicians and others are doctors, lawyers, homemakers, etc. who have not only learned to play the piano for their own and other's enjoyment, but love good music as a result of their studies.


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Jeannine Morrison, NCTM

A founding member of the South Metro Atlanta MTA, Jeannine Morrison is a current member of the Decatur MTA. She is Professor Emeritus of Music at Clayton State University, where she began teaching in 1972 and a Past President of the Atlanta Music Club. In 2003, she received the GMTA Teacher of the Year Award. Jeannine holds MTNA Master Certification and has assisted numerous other teachers in their preparations for certification.

Jeannine Morrison received degrees from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and Columbia University in New York, and the Licentiate Diploma from the Royal Academy of Music in London. She continued with additional study under Dr. Edwin Hughes of New York.

Jeannine was the first Georgia pianist to be named to the Baldwin Piano Company Artist's roster. She has given debut recitals in New York's Town Hall and the National Gallery of Arts in Washington, D. C. She is well known for her collaborative endeavors with duo-piano partner Joanne Rogers.

Jeannine remains active in recital work, performing mainly with her son, Alan Morrison, Concert Organist and Head of the Organ Department at The Curtis Institute of Music. Jeannine and Alan performed at The National Convention of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) in Chicago in July 2006. Next Sept. 2008, they will perform at Ursinus College, in Augusta, Georgia and in Spivey Hall in Atlanta.


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Betty Nolting, NCTM

Betty Nolting is a graduate of Lawrence University and Eastman School of Music. She has studied with renowned teachers Joseph Lhevinne, Adele Marcus and John Elvin. Throughout her 75-year teaching career, she has had many winners in GMTA auditions and competitions. Several of her former students currently have distinguished careers in music, including an accompanist with a major opera company, an orchestra conductor, the chairman of a university music department and the founder of a music school.

Most recently, a former student, now a saxophonist on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, performed with Yo Yo Ma. The father of one of her former students writes, "In an age of MTV, email and everything else, Betty Nolting has anchored our progeny to one of humanity's finest traditions, and so, to a meaningful life. Her students grow up to be not just fine musicians, but happy musicians, and fine citizens as well." As a result, Betty continues to receive appreciative phone calls and emails from students around the world.

For more than thirty years, her Teachers' Classes provided a venue for fellow teachers to perform, work through and discuss piano pedagogy and share music with each other. Through this program, Betty has had an influence upon hundreds of students. She has presented sessions at many state conferences and local association meetings, and was the recipient of the first GMTA Teacher of the Year award in 2002. Betty also served as president of the Atlanta MTA and MAMTA and was GMTA President from 1978-1980.

Betty has made an indelible imprint on the music community, the music teaching profession, and on the lives of her students. She comments, "I am so appreciative of the joy of being a member of GMTA for these 50 years!"