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CAPMT Lifetime Achievement Award

CAPMT Lifetime Achievement Award for service in music recognizes an individual or a group residing in the same geographic area where the CAPMT State Conference will be held during the award year.


Recognition of deserving individuals and/or groups 

• Increase public awareness for "classical music” in general 

• Increased visibility of CAPMT 


The individual or group nominated for an award should have demonstrated leadership and service in the music community of his or her geographical area over a significant period of time. This might include work as an administrator, donor, volunteer, teacher or performer. Private companies, government agencies and arts support groups are eligible. 


A three-member committee composed of the VP Conferences, as Chairman, the President, and a Member at Large from the area presents a recommendation to the CAPMT Board of Directors at its fall meeting where a final decision is made. (Suggestions from CAPMT members may be submitted to the committee for consideration.) The award will be a plaque or a custom, artistically designed certificate, handsomely framed, citing accomplishments of the individual or group. 

Current  Lifetime Achievement Award Winner



Kathryn B. Hull, NCTM, a teacher of piano and theory, has an active music studio in La Quinta, CA. She has taught music in elementary school (K-6) and in college. She is a founding member of CAPMT serving as its first Secretary and then as the third President. She was responsible for developing CAPMT’s first music theory program. After holding several different positions, she was elected to the National Board of Directors where she served for18 years as Director, Treasurer (the MTNA Foundation also) and then Vice President. She visited nearly every state as the National Representative at their state conferences.

Kathryn has been involved in community arts since founding the Glendale Regional Arts Council in 1974. She is a composer, having written music for five stage musicals, and several piano solos, and is the author of children’s books; four published, two about musicians. At 95 she has no plan to retire.

Past Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

 2022 Dr. Martha Baker-Jordan, Pianist, Educator-Piano Pedagogy, Author of Practical Piano Pedagogy, Curriculum Designer, Past Piano Faculty at California State University, Fullerton
 2022 Marienne Uszler, Pianist, Composer, Editor of Piano & Keyboard magazine, Co-author of The Well-Tempered Keyboard Teacher and other books, Past Piano Faculty at the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music
 2021Antoinette Perry, Pianist, Recitalist, Soloist, Chamber Musician, Educator, Past Piano Faculty at UCLA, Current Piano Faculty at University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music
 2020Dr. Charles Asche, Pianist, Recitalist, Soloist, Chamber Musician, Educator, Senior Continuing Lecturer in the Keyboard Program at UC Santa Barbara
Gwendolyn Mok, Concert Pianist, Recording Artist, Chamber Musician, Educator, Keyboard Studies Coordinator at San Jose State University
 2018Christopher O’Riley, Pianist, Arranger, Collaborative Artist, Composer, Educator and Media Personality.  Host of NPR’s From the Top for nearly 20 years
 2017William Wellborn, Pianist, Educator, Recording Artist. Wellborn is founding president of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the American Liszt Society; he also serves as Vice-President for the San Francisco Council of the Chopin Foundation.
 2016Morty and Iris Manus, Founder of Alfred Music Publishing
 Dr. E.L. Lancaster, Senior Vice President and Keyboard Editor-in-Chief of Alfred Music
 2015Frederica von Stade, World-Renowned Mezzo Soprano
 Edward A Francis, Pianist, Educator, Administrator, Arts Advocate
 2014Stephen McCurry, Executive Director of Pasadena Conservatory of Music

Barbara Day Turner, Music Director of San Jose Chamber Orchestra 


Dorothy Barnhouse, Singer, Teacher, Founder of Musica en los Barrios, Managua
 2011Francoise Regnat, Pianist, Master Teacher 
 2010Jane Smisor Bastien, Master Teacher
 Joseph Matthews, Master Teacher 
 2009Vance George, Choral Conductor, Master Teacher
 2008Stewart Gordon, Pianist, Teacher, Recording Artist, Author
 2007Hans Boepple, Concert Pianist, Master Teacher, Recording Artist
 2006Daniel Pollack, Concert Artist, Master Teacher, International Juror