The Gateway Arch East Chapter of ISMTA was formerly known as the Springfield South Area Group and was chartered in April of 1981. As of October of that year there were 18 members. In July of 1990 the name of the group was changed to Gateway Arch East (GAE).


Over the past 28 years, GAE membership has averaged approximately 30 members, and student participation in ISMTA's Achievement In Music (AIM) Examinations has averaged around 110 students per year.


For current membership and contact information see below:

-Member of the Year Recipients 

-Current Officers & Committees 

-MTNA Certification





  • 1997-1998 Marian Chao

  • 1998-1999 Frances Tonnies

  • 1999-2000 Karen Rogers

  • 2000-2001 Amy Jo Sawyer

  • 2001-2002 LeAnn Halvorson

  • 2002-2003 Deborah Meier

  • 2003-2004 Karen Koch

  • 2004-2005 Marshall Gurley

  • 2005-2006 Heidi Shepherd

  • 2006-2007 Darice Palmier

  • 2007-2008 LeAnn Halvorson

  • 2008-2009 Donna Guillaume

  • 2009-2010 Deborah Meier and LeAnn Halvorson

  • 2010-2011 Linda Perry

  • 2011-2012 Susan Lipnick

  • 2012-2013 Mary Anderson

  • 2013-2014 Joan Witte

  • 2014-2015 LeAnn Halvorson and Amy Jo Sawyer

  • 2015-2016 Karen Koch

  • 2016-2017 Joan Witte

  • 2017-2018 Dr. Huei Li Chin

  • 2018-2019 Amy Jo Sawyer

  • 2019-2020 Gill Cerbin

  • 2021-2022  Marshall Gurley


Deborah Meier

Vice President/Programs

Gill Cerbin




Gill Cerbin

MTNA Certification

Gill Cerbin

Yearbook Editor

Deborah Meier

AIM Theory Scheduler and Aural Exam CD Recorder 

LeAnn Halvorson

AIM Performance Scheduler

Joan Witte

AIM Site Coordinator for SWIC

Gill Cerbin

AIM Site Coordinator for SIUE

Dr. Huei Li Chin



Deborah Meier

Newsletter Editor

Deborah Meier

Website Editor

Tara Wright

AIM Repertoire Checkers

Deborah Meier, Ruth Stith, Mary Anderson, Dr. Huei Li Chin

AIM Exam Printing, Collating, and Binder Preparation

Gill Cerbin

Certification Chair

Gill Cerbin



LeAnn Halvorson


Joan Witte


Elected Officers 2021-2022

Committees & Chairpersons


As members of the Music Teacher's National Association (MTNA), GAEMTA members have the opportunity to become Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM). This "Certification" is similar to a professional license to teach music, in that it demonstrates to peers and students that the NCTM has met certain professional standards regarding not just knowledge of music and some performance ability, but also the ability to teach.


Going through the Certification process makes sense for teachers who wish to:


  • gain confidence in knowledge of music history, music theory, and in teaching music;

  • have been teaching for a long time and want to challenge themselves or desire to refresh their knowledge and teaching of music;

  • live in or may be moving to an area where students and their families look for Certification as a teacher qualification;

  • need a good reason to justify a lesson fee increase; and

  • have time to complete the process.


For further information about the Certification process, please see the MTNA Certification website.

Certification form for MTNA is here.