New Jersey MTNA Collegiate Chapter

Chairperson: Ingrid Clarfield


An MTNA collegiate chapter is the future music teacher's connection with the larger community of committed music professionals—a community committed to inspiring and developing the utmost professionalism in all its members. MTNA collegiate chapters provide a way to fill gaps—to provide the information and experience necessary to complete an education as both a knowledgeable, inspiring music teacher and a successful entrepreneur.

MTNA collegiate chapters provide educational, musical, social and professional experiences that augment the student’s formal course of study, acquaint students with professional opportunities and career options in the field of music, and develop professional leadership skills. Collegiate chapters also provide an important opportunity for MTNA college faculty members to increase their participation in MTNA activities by becoming a collegiate chapter advisor.

The New Jersey MTNA Collegiate Chapter is under the direction of Professor Ingrid Clarfield. As collegiate members, students have the opportunity to expand their professional careers in pedagogical and musical events with other great musicians from around the country.
The Collegiate Chapter has a variety of new members this year, both undergraduate and graduate students, who are very enthusiastic about how their experiences in NJMTA and MTNA will help them with their future.

This year's members of the NJMTA Collegiate Chapter of Westminster Choir College include Hannah Lanese (Jr. Faculty Advisor and Community Outreach), Erica Tran (President), and Audric Baal (Vice President). The NJMTA Collegiate Chapter has been active in community outreach programs this past year in such locations as The Pavilions at Forrestal Assisted Living Facility in Princeton, NJ. We have enjoyed giving outreach recitals to the patients and staff there who are always excited to have us and eager to see us as many times during the year as possible. We are also pursuing other opportunities for community outreach at facilities in Princeton, Montgomery, South Brunswick, and Cranbury. Our chapter actively participated in the 2016 NJMTA state conference hosted by Westminster Choir College. Collegiate Members volunteered to support conference staff with organizing the event and learned a great deal from the musicians who presented and performed. We look forward to similar participation in this year’s NJMTA 2017 conference hosted by Westminster Choir College. Other upcoming activities include preparing for various fundraising endeavors: we will be selling used music and maintaining a silent auction for Master Classes given by Westminster Choir College piano faculty members at the NJMTA conference. All proceeds will go to the chapter to help finance our attendance at the 2018 MTNA National Conference in Lake Buena Vista Florida this March. Each member is passionate about the chapter and excited to be a part of this organization.