According to "The Musicians' Journal" published in September, 1913, Volmer Hoffmeyer was the guiding spirit who shaped the birth and organization of the Music Teachers' Association, in October, 1894. Elected President, and elected to serve four terms, the Journal reports, "  He cast about to improve the organization, and with his forethought of the future, advised incorporation of "The Music Teachers' Association of California" in 1897.   He was a man with a genial smile and winning personality, not soon to be forgotten."


Until July of 1935, Mrs. Rose Hosley Ireland, of Turlock, was the only music teacher from Stanislaus County to be affiliated with this state-wide musical association. For fifteen years she had been a member, attending the state convention annually. Since there was no County Branch, and because of her active interest and support of the State organization, she had been given the distinction of becoming a County Vice-President. She had always hoped that a Stanislaus County Branch might be formed, but it was necessary to have a minimum enrollment of ten members to establish a Branch.


It was after the convention in 1935 held at Mills College in Oakland, that Mrs. Ireland and Richard Waring, a guest at the time, returned home filled with enthusiasm and hope--with visions of forming a Stanislaus County Branch. Mrs. Ireland, as county vice-president at Large, became the head of this organizing nucleus, and it was through her careful planning and directing, that the Stanislaus County Branch of MTAC became a reality. Later that year, on November 19, 1935, sixteen members proudly represented the MTAC in Stanislaus County, with Richard G. Waring as the first president.


Following is a list of all who have served as president of the Stanislaus County Branch:

Richard G. Waring         1936 - 1938

Rose Hosley Ireland        1938 - 1940

Frances Getty Zerillo      1940 - 1941

Laura Grandt                  1942 - 1943

Genevieve Lloyd-Jones   1943 - 1944

Pauline Cruickshank      1944 - 1945

Laura Grandt                  1945 - 1946

Genevieve Lloyd-Jones   1947 - 1949

Elizabeth M. Bernardo   1957 - 1959

Neva Carroll                    1959 - 1961

Helen Nutson                  1961 - 1964

Mary H. Cunningham    1964 - 1966

Lillian Keck                     1966 - 1968

Elizabeth M. Bernardo   1968 - 1970

Richard G. Waring         1970 - 1971

Beatrice Colton               1971 - 1973

Mileta Kilroy                   1973 - 1975

Charles Spears                1975 - 1977

Paul Copeland                 1977 - 1980

Frances Munsen              1980 - 1982

Betsy Laude                     1982 - 1984

Martha H. Ashleigh        1984 - 1986

Linda Johnson                1986 - 1988

Janice Trimble                1988 - 1990

Betsy Laude                     1990 - 1992

Pat Lanini                        1992 - 1994

Norma Blakely                 1994 - 1995

Erne Ruth Villa                1995 - 1996

Karon Potter                    1996 - 1998

Barbara Vieira                 1998 - 2000

David Dow                        2000 - 2002

Yvonne Thompson           2002 - 2004

Ronald Albert Nail           2004 - 2007

Yvonne Thompson           2007 - 2009

                                                Arvin N. Berner                2009 - 2014      

                                                Chuck Sheaffer                 2014 -  2016

                                                Karon Potter                     2016 -