Maribeth Gunning, organist at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Albuquerque, is a professional accompanist and master teacher. She recently retired as keyboardist for the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra after twenty five years of service. Her piano students are frequent winners in music competitions.
From 1983-1995, she served on the music faculty at the University of New Mexico. Ms. Gunning holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Oklahoma, where she studied organ with Mildred Andrews and piano with Lois Gauger. She holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, where she served on the piano faculty from 1968-1972. As a high school student, she attended Northwestern University and St. Louis Institute of Music and has done extensive work on piano technique at the Taubman School of Music.
Among her many scholarships and awards are the Paderewski Award and Guy Maier Award from the National Guild of Piano Teachers, the Outstanding Sophomore Woman Award and the Giard Memorial Award for best senior piano recital from the University of Oklahoma. For over twenty years she taught summer sessions at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas, and for several summers was a piano instructor at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma.
Maribeth has conducted workshops on piano technique, piano repertoire, the performance of Mozart’s piano music, and how to work with talented young pianists. She is frequently invited to judge piano competitions. She holds memberships in the American Guild of Organists, the International Music Fraternity of Mu Phi Epsilon, the Honorary Music Fraternity of Pi Kappa Lambda, the Music Teachers National Association, and the American College of Musicians.