RPMDA

Michael Sagun, while attending the University of Portland,  began working for a couple of local music stores.  He worked as a part time shipping clerk at Barker Lynns Sheet Music Service of Portland, which he would later purchase and run until his retirement from the industry several decades later...
Denny Senseney is a passionate music retailer who began his career as a band director. When he formed Senseney Music in 1984, he sought to provide the service to band directors that he felt was missing when he was an educator. Over the years Denny has played a vital role within the industry serving...
Stephen Shorney grew up in the music publishing business that his great-grandfather established with a partner--Hope Publishing, which focused on church music.  The family has continued to focus on church music having started off printing and publishing hymnals and expanding to purchasing songs and...
Holger Siems has had a prolific career in music publishing. Beginning in his native Germany, Holger worked for several top publishing firms in key positions. Among his many accomplishments was establishing the United States branch of Henle Press. Re-locating to Missouri, Holger helped bring the...
Myrna Sislen is a professional musician who took advantage of the opportunity to purchase a struggling music store and bring it back to being an active and beloved part of the neighborhood of Washington DC.  Middle C Music was being sold by its founder in the 1990s when Myrna was inspired to take a...
Marcia Stearns is a regular attendee at the annual RPMDA conventions and can often be found volunteering to introduce a speaker or tallying the session surveys.  Her passion for the business is clear in all that she does, including running her own sheet music and gift shop called Bookmark Music.  ...
Eric Strouse's NAMM Oral History interview had several special moments, such as his reflection on the mentorship his father provided him during his own career running the family sheet music store.  Yet, one meaningful element of the interview was that it took place just hours before Eric received...
Jim Strouse is the president of Stranton’s Sheet Music in Columbus, Ohio, and a founding member of the Retail Print Music Dealers Association (RPMDA). Over the years the organization has provided unique presentations and classes to help expand the print music industry as well as providing a setting...
Lori Supinie has been an active music maker since she was a child. Throughout her life she has provided music and music lessons to others as well as being a strong leader within the music products industry. She began working for Senseney Music in Kansas and soon took an active role in the store’s...
Rick Valentine is the founder and president of Valentine’s House of Music, a retail store dedicated to piano sheet music and method books.  Over his career, Rick developed not only a true love of sheet music but a wonderful relationship with many of the key piano teachers and music educational...

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