Snoqualmie piano teacher Bob Pajer has been selected to receive a music workshop scholarship from the Music Teachers National Association and Pianot Technicians Guild (PTG). He will receive the award at an awards ceremony March 13 in Anaheim, Calif., as part of the MTNA national conference.
The scholarship award is as a $750 grant from PTG, which provides piano-related advanced study opportunities to Nationally Certified Teachers of Music (NCTM).
Pajer, a freelance pianist and teacher for more than 60 years, founded the Snoqualmie Piano Studio on the Ridge in 1999. In 2007, he was designated Founding Teacher in the National Music Certificate Program, now the Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory of Music Achievement Program. His students have received numerous honors in Washington programs and competitions, including honorable mention in the 2012 Seattle International Piano Competition.
A graduate of Rutgers University, Pajer began his teaching career at the Williamsburg Settlement Music School in Brooklyn, New York.
Prior to university training, he studied piano, bassoon, theory, composition and harmony at Mannes College of Music. He is a former member of the Mannes Orchestra, holding the second bassoon chair under the musical direction of Carl Bamberger, world renowned conductor. As a bassoonist, he has held principal and second chair positions in city and university orchestras throughout the country.
Pajer performs regularly as a pianist at numerous venues in the Seattle area, including the Salish Lodge, Cedarbrook, The Willows, the Sorrento Hotel and many more. He has performed frequently as pianist for Boeing Corporation banquets to commemorate its delivery of the new 777 aircraft to countries around the world. Pajer has served as banquet pianist for the University of Washington and Swedish Medical Center Hospitals. He is former jazz pianist for the United States Air Force Band and served as assistant band director for 592nd Air Force Band.
The five-day MTNA National Conference is an annual event, which takes place this year at the Disneyland® Hotel in Anaheim, California, March 9–13.MTNA is a nonprofit organization of nearly 24,000 independent and collegiate music teachers committed to furthering the art of music through teaching, performance, composition and scholarly research. Founded in 1876, MTNA is the oldest professional music teachers’ association in the United States.
For more information about MTNA, visit www.mtna.org.