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Jan Mittelstaedt, music teacher and composer


Jan Mittelstaedt Jan Mittelstaedt holds a BS in education from Bucknell University, a BA in music from Marylhurst University, and a MM in composition from the University of Portland. She has studied composition with Sister Anne Cecile Daigle at Marylhurst University and with Dr. Walter B. Saul II at the University of Portland and independently.

An independent teacher of piano and Nationally Certified in piano by the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Jan Mittelstaedt is on the syllabus adjudicating staff of the Oregon Music Teachers Association (OMTA). She also gives programs for teachers in various OMTA districts on contemporary music for syllabus, ensemble music, teaching and practice ideas, the hemiola in piano music, and composition pedagogy. Besides adjudicating piano syllabus exams, she adjudicates student compositions.

Ms. Mittelstaedt is the composer of numerous educational pieces for piano. Among these, The Boston Music Co. has published four collections: Solo Snips; Splashes Of Color (featured in Piano and Keyboard magazine: May/June 1993); Sonatina For Youth; and Fabric And Frills. Schaum Music also published two titles: "Beehive" and "Animal Antics." She also composes chamber music and sacred compositions. In 1993, she participated in the Ernest Bloch Composers Symposium with her Saxophone Quartet and in 1994, she was chosen Composer of the Year by the Oregon Music Teachers Association (OMTA). Her composition for flute and piano, Journey Through A Shadow, was performed at the OMTA state convention in June of that year.

Nationally certified in piano and composition by the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), she has received many ASCAP Special Awards. She is a member of the Oregon Federation of Music Clubs, Mu Phi Epsilon, and the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers (CFAMC). Her biography is included in the Marquis Who's Who of American Women and Marquis Who's Who in America.

Awards and Recognitions

Ernest Bloch Music Festival and Composers Symposium, 1993
Jan Mittelstaedt was chosen to attend this prestigious gathering on the Oregon Coast and was further honored by having her Saxophone Quartet performed by the Composers' Symposium Ensemble.

OMTA Composer of the Year, 1994
As Composer of the Year, Jan Mittelstaedt was commissioned to write a piece which she entitled Journey Through a Shadow.

ASCAP Special Awards, 1998 - 2006

Featured Alumna, Bucknell World, March 1997
Jan Mittelstaedt's alumni publication, Bucknell World, published a profile of her that detailed her many accomplishments and honors as a composer and as a piano teacher.

Who's Who of American Women and Who's Who in America (Marquis)


To read some of the following articles, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. Click the article's link to view it in Adobe PDF format using Acrobat Reader.
"Studio Profile: Jan Mittelstaedt" Clavier 44:7 (Oct. 2005).
"Starting a Studio." Clavier 44:1 (Jan. 2005).
"Practice Can Be a Pleasure." Clavier 43:7 (Sept. 2004).
"Coaching Children as They Create a Musical Composition," The Oregon Musician, OMTA (Spring 2000).
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"Steps in the Creative Process," The Oregon Musician, OMTA (Spring 1995).
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"A Recital of Original Compositions" (1993)
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"Splashes of Color" by Rae Imamura, Piano and Keyboard magazine (1993)
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What is Sint Sink?

Robert Ryder map of Long Island, 1674

"Sint Sink" was the Matinecock (Algonquin) Indian tribe name for the Cow Neck Peninsula on the north shore of Long Island, an area that extends from Hempstead Harbor to Manhasset Bay. "Sint Sink" means "place of many rocks." In 1644, the Matinecocks sold the land to the Dutch who later sold it to the English. In 1674, the first settler to build a house was Englishman Richard Cornwall. His house was the first in a settlement that would eventually become the beginnings of Port Washington, New York, the birthplace of Jan (Rugen) Mittelstaedt. She resided here until the age of 22, and the town is where she met and married her husband

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