Snoqualmie piano teacher wins national music scholarship
March 6, 2013
Bob Pajer, of Snoqualmie, will be awarded the Music Teachers National Association-Piano Technicians Guild Teacher Recreational Music Making Workshop scholarship at the Awards Brunch of the 2013 MTNA National Conference at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, Calif., March 13.
He will receive a $750 grant from PTG, which provides piano-related advanced study opportunities to Nationally Certified Teachers of Music.
Pajer, a nationally certified teacher of music, is a freelance pianist and piano teacher. He is founder and owner of Snoqualmie Piano Studio on the Ridge, established in 1999, where he has taught a full complement of students since its beginning.
In 2007, Pajer was designated Founding Teacher in the National Music Certificate Program, now the Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory of Music Achievement Program. He is active in the program with his students, who have received numerous honors in Washington state programs and competitions, including honorable mention in the 2012 Seattle International Piano Competition.
Pajer has been teaching piano for more than 60 years, beginning his career as a teacher at the Williamsburg Settlement Music School in Brooklyn, N.Y. He is a graduate of Rutgers University, from which he holds a Bachelor of Arts.
Prior to university training, Pajer attended Mannes College of Music in New York City, where he studied piano, bassoon, theory, composition and harmony.
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 Salish Lodge, Cedarbrook, The Willows, the Sorrento Hotel and many more. He has performed frequently as pianist for Boeing Corp. 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 a former jazz pianist for the United States Air Force Band and served as assistant band director for the 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, Calif., March 9–13.
The 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, the MTNA is the oldest professional music teachers’ association in the United States.
Learn more information about the MTNA or the MTNA National Conference at www.mtna.org.