A Note from the President
We live in an area that is rich in music history, with roots that reach deep and spread far across the globe. The famous Louisiana Hayride radio show brought such acts as Elvis Presley, Lead Belly, Sam Cooke, and James Burton to the world, and the days of Louisiana Hayride put Shreveport on the music map of America. Classical music icon Van Cliburn was born in Shreveport and made history as the first American pianist to win the gold medal at the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Russia. Centenary College from its founding days has been well-known for its music program; the Centenary College Choir has traveled all around the world and continues to tour regularly. For several decades, Centenary College has hosted the Wideman International Piano Competition bringing outstanding musicians from around the world to Shreveport. Shreveport is also fortunate to have an amazing symphony orchestra and opera company.
The Greater Shreveport Music Teachers Association is a part of this colorful tapestry of music history. For over sixty years, this group has been an excellent asset and a resource for the community by uniting music-teaching professionals. We welcome current and future teachers, parents and students to get to know the Greater Shreveport Music Teachers Association.
“Let’s make some music”
Gulya Chandler, Ed.D., NCTM
President of GSMTA
Professor and Director of Music at Bossier Parish Community College
The object of this organization shall be to unite the teachers of music in Shreveport and vicinity, to protect their interests, to improve teaching methods, encourage participation in the MTNA and LMTA Certification programs, develop higher degrees of musical education and culture in the community, and broaden social relationships among the members.