Women in the Music Industry

Sara Faust may be the only music retailer who has won both the Chopin Piano Competition's first prize as well as the Concert Artists Guild's first place award!  In 1996, after her career as a professional classical pianist, Sara and her husband formed Faust Harrison Pianos in New York.  In addition...
Nancy Felixson remembers attending concerts at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica in the early 1970s. The store has a wonderful reputation for selling great instruments and gear as well as a stage that has hosted a very impressive list of performers since 1969. While at a concert in 1978, Nancy...
Karen Feltz is one of the voices of Conn-Selmer as she serves in the customer service department.  She joined Selmer right out of high school and has worked for the company for over 40 years.  Music dealers around the world know Karen for her dedication to finding answers to their questions and for...
Phyllis Fender was married to Leo Fender, the great pioneer of the solid body electric guitar. After many publications on his life’s work, it was a refreshing treat to hear about the man behind the workbench. Mrs. Fender recalled his passion for his work and how he would wake up in the middle of...
Kathy Fernandes was lucky enough to have an inspiring flute teacher while in high school that helped encourage and foster Kathy’s interest in music.  In fact, Kathy pursued a career as a school music teacher thanks to those teachers she learned from.  While in graduate school, she was hired as a...
Elizabeth Fernando grew up in her parent’s retail music store.  By the age of ten she ordered special strings customers were asking for that her parents did not carry and sold them within the store as her side business.  This clever approach to customer service was the beginning of her successful...
Cheryl Filipek is the Band Director at Niles North High School. She speaks here about how to connect to students and how to create interest in music to recruit and retain for her program.
Bonnie Fitch has always considered herself a music teacher.  After her time in the classroom, she formed her own music store in Las Vegas and tried to make every customer experience a learning opportunity.  With passion and energy abounding, Bonnie has worked long and hard to serve not only her...
 Barbara Fitzgerald is a member of the NAMM family!  For years Barbara has been the trade show event coordinator who quietly in the background has made possible so many of the current services enjoyed during the annual shows.  She has worked on improving customer service for our members as well as...
Joan Flintoff LoPear joined the Southern California chapter of the Music Library Association (MLA) in 1967 just as the organization and the field of music librarians were recreating themselves in a new age of music. Joan helped in establishing the standard codes now used in music cataloging and has...

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