Carole Flatau was a composer, publisher, editor, educator and proponent of American Folk Music.
As an editor, she served in an executive position of keyboard instruction for Columbia Pictures Publications (CPP/Belwin) and Warner Brothers Publications. Later, was an editor for Alfred Music Publishing. Her contributions with the National Federation of Music Clubs included serving on the National Board of Directors, lecturer, contributor as composer, editor and publisher of works with her own company Noteworthy Publications, now published through Nouvelle Music Publishing, whose works continue to be a part of the NFMC Bulletins.
Carrie Kraft won her first composition contest when she was in seventh grade, the year that North Dakota Music Teachers Association held its first composition contest. Her winning entry for junior high category was "Carry ON!" for two pianos, eight hands. She taught the piece with her own students through the years.
Carrie Kraft of Jamestown, North Dakota is nationally recognized for her compositions and arrangements, especially for keyboard ensemble. Besides numerous listings in the Federation Bulletin, her solos and ensembles appeared on many different state lists. "Whistlestop Junction", a 1993 work for one piano, four hands and two whistles, has been the highlight of multi-piano concerts all over the country.
Carrie grew up in Valley City, North Dakota, the daughter of Carole and Don Flatau. A piano performance graduate of University of North Dakota in 1985, she lived in Jamestown, ND until 2017 when she moved to Iowa. Active in almost every kind of music, Carrie directed a choir at one church, played organ for several others, accompanied the Choralaires (men's community chorus) for 25 years, co-wrote a mass (Trinity Mass), served on the board of directors for Rotary, was an officer in Jamestown Music Teachers Association, as well as music director for a local children's theater. She served several terms as state treasurer of North Dakota Music Teachers Association. She held professional certification. Her students were active on the local music scene and many won state honors including composition and Baldwin competitions.
Carrie currently lives in Knoxville, Iowa where she still enjoys playing the piano.
Jane Hergo began her career in music by obtaining a Bachelor of Music with a double major in Piano and Music Theory as well as a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Dayton. Her Master of Music was granted by Wright State University.
Jane is a member of the Ohio Music Teachers Association, Music Teachers’ National Association for which she is nationally certified in piano, ASCAP, Sigma Alpha Iota,
Dayton Music Club in which she established the Active Composer membership. For years she adjudicated in the Junior Music Club festivals. She is also listed in several Who’s Who lists.
In addition to maintaining an independent piano studio, she taught kindergarten, elementary music (K-8), and preschool music. She was active as a summer class piano instructor and piano accompanist for ballet and modern dance classes at Sinclair Community College.
Students of Ms. Hergo have won local, regional, state, and national composition contests including winner in 2003 for the Lynn Freeman Olson Composition Contest for the high school category. Two of her students won the Piano Explorer Composition Contest which featured their music.
Her students have gone on to edit music magazine, to work in higher education, church organist, serve on a foundation for a conservatory of music, publish and compose music for multimedia that has been placed on numerous major networks for television and streaming services.
Her compositions have received numerous awards. Most recently her late intermediate piano solo Skeleton Skedaddle, which received a certificate of achievement in the 1991 Billboard Song Contest. In 2017 Snow Swirls took first place and then two years late took third place with Fantasy Flight, a piece composed in honor of the Wright Brothers, in the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs Adult Composer category. The duet, Gems On The Lake, has also won the Ohio Music Teachers’ State Duet Composition Contest along with Skeleton Skedaddle was chosen for inclusion in the National Federation of Music Club 2020-2024 Bulletin. Other awards include the Award of Merit from the National Federation of Music Clubs’ Parade of American Music, and Honorable Mention from Billboard Song Contest, Composers’ Guild International Composition Contest, John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and National Federation of Music Clubs Adult Composers Contest.
Ms. Hergo’s piano music have been published over the years by The Boston Music Company/Music Sales (now distributed by Hal Leonard) and CPP/Belwin/Warner Bros. Nouvelle Music Publishing is now releasing new collections of her works and compositions that have been previously out of print.
William Allen Myers
Dr. Allen Myers educational background includes a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and Music Education from Baldwin-Wallace University, formerly Baldwin-Wallace College, Conservatory of Music, Master in Music degree in Jazz Studies from Indiana University School of Music and a Doctoral of Musical Arts in Composition from University of Missouri at Kansas City.
As a composer, he was named Composer of the Year 2000-2001 from the Music Teachers National Association/Missouri Music Teachers Association. His commissioned work for the MMTA convention Trio of Time for flute, piano and cello went on to win the 2003 Chamber Music Composition Contest at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. In that same year his doctoral dissertation Kaleidoscope for solo alto saxophone and chamber orchestra took first place in the 2003 Orchestral Music Composition Contest at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. In 2008 he was invited to participate in the International Jazz Composers’ Symposium Poster Session in Tampa, Florida. His music has been featured at Society of Composers Incorporated regional conference as well as at the Indiana Music Educators Conference.
Allen has studied composition with the great Manny Albam, David Baker, Dominic Spera, Mike Parkinson, Chen Yi, Zhou Long, James Mobberly, Paul Rudy, John Eaton and Loris Chobanian. His works and recordings can be found in numerous music production libraries and a regular contributor of original recordings to Studio 51 Music which is known for its seven year relationship as exclusive music provider for the Oprah Winfrey Show. Allen’s music has aired on ABC, Animal Planet, CBS, CNBC, E TV, Investigation Discovery, MTV, NBC, Showtime, Weather Channel, and Amazon streaming.
As an educator and performer, Allen has taught as an adjunct faculty member teaching Business of Music, Orchestration, and a variety of jazz courses at William Jewell College. On occasion he leads and performs with the Allen Myers Jazz Orchestra.
Allen currently is president of Nouvelle Music Publishing, LLC.