COLUMBUS, Miss.-- Dr. Valentin M. Bogdan, associate professor of music at Mississippi University for Women, has been elected president of the Mississippi Music Teachers Association.

“I am honored and humbled to be elected in such an important position. I am inspired by the faith and confidence that my music teacher colleagues have in me to lead this organization. I will work hard and ensure that MMTA not only maintains its role as the premier music teaching organization in our state, but it will also expand its role, develop new audiences for classical music, embark on innovative endeavors and continue to use music and the teaching of music as a tool for good,” said Bogdan.

Bogdan’s term will begin in January 2021 and will last for two years. He served as president-elect for the previous two years and was in charge of organizing and hosting the 2019 MMTA State Conference hosted by The W. Bogdan also organized the 2020 Virtual State Conference, which took place Nov. 6 and 7. Additionally, he served as a co-host for the 2019 MMTA pre-collegiate finals in May 2019, which brought hundreds of music students, teachers and parents to The W. Over the years, he has severed as a judge and clinician for many events organized by MMTA and its local affiliates.

“I have been a musician all of my life, from the age of 4, and this art form gave me a remarkable chance to build a career and do what I love for a living. I constantly aim to give back, and this position represents a tremendous chance for me to serve my students, my community and my profession,” explained Bogdan.

Founded in 1954, Mississippi Music Teachers Association is the state branch of the Music Teachers National Association, one of the preeminent organizations for music teachers, performers and scholars in the United States. There are approximately 200 members in Mississippi, including music faculty from the state’s universities and community colleges, pre-college music teachers, students and independent musicians.

The W has a long-standing relationship with both Mississippi Music Teachers Association and the Music Teachers National Association (the umbrella organization). Many of W music alumni are members of MMTA and have held important positions on the Executive Board over the years. In 1976, Dr. Sigfred Matson (professor emeritus), one of the most influential W music pedagogues of the last century, became the president of the MTNA Southern Division. In 1985, he became president of the national organization.

The purpose and goals of the Mississippi Music Teachers Association are to further the art of music and promote the growth and professional development of its members by providing programs that encourage and support teaching, performance, composition and research.


Nov. 16, 2020