MartiAhernPhotoMTNA2016-1.jpg   Martha Mortensen Ahern 




1979-1983   Westminster Choir College   Princeton, NJ 08540

 Bachelor of Music Degree in Church Music; Piano Major, Voice Minor; emphasis in accompanying, organ study. Piano student of Martin Katz and Harold Zabrack.

Who's Who, Dean’s List; Chapel & Oratorio Choir Accompanist

Professional experience


1981 to present - Private Piano, Voice, and Organ Instructor; Accompanist/Coach; Princeton, NJ, Columbus, OH, Austin, TX

Prepared students to enter and receive scholarships as college music majors; Student participated in  Master Class for MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) National Conference, Austin, TX March 2006; Coached artists for performances and auditions

January 2015

           Interview on KMFA 89.5FM Austin, TX for Austin Chamber                    Ensemble Season

April 2014

                Austin District Music Teachers Association (ADMTA)                             Workshop Presenter

February 2014

                Pianist/Master Class Artist-In-Residence University of                           Louisiana at Monroe    

January 2014

                Live performance on KMFA 89.5FM Austin, TX of trio                             selections to promote Austin Chamber Ensemble                                 performances - ‘The Three Martha’s’ (piano, viola,                             clarinet)

June 2013

                American Guild of Organists Region VII Session Presenter,                   Austin, TX

March 2013

                MTNA National Conference Pedagogy Saturday Session                         Presenter, Anaheim, CA

March 2012

               MTNA National Conference IMTF (Independent Music                         Teacher Forum) Session Presenter, New York, New York

September 2010

              Pianist for LDS Composers Trust inaugural concerts; Brigham               Young University Madsen Hall, Provo, UT; Baldassin Concert                 Hall, Salt Lake City, UT

June 2008, 2009, 2010

                Texas Music Teachers Association(TMTA) State Convention                   Session Presenter

March 2008 to present

                 Artistic Director, Austin Chamber Ensemble; Pianist 2001 –                  present

September 2007 to present

              Pianist, Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin                                        (Musicales, Wand’ ring Minstrels)

June 2006

                 The Grammy Foundation ProSessions Piano Master Class                      Presenter, Austin, TX


Additional professional activities


¨       Substitute Organist for Austin area churches January 1994 – present: First Presbyterian Church; University Presbyterian Church; Westminster Presbyterian Church; Covenant Presbyterian Church; Westlake United Methodist Church; St. Ignatius, Martyr, Catholic Church; First Baptist Church; The Lakeway Church; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

¨       2015 and 2014 MTNA Teacher Enrichment Grant Recipient to be used for Chamber Music programs presented in Austin area elementary schools

¨       Adjudicator: Piano Guild January 2010 – present; Texas Federation of Music Clubs State Festivals May 2008 – present; ADMTA December 2006 - present

¨       Article “Begins with T’ in Southwestern Musician Magazine, August 2005

¨       “Music and Literature” Vol. I and II, CD’s of solo classical piano music, recorded at The Production Block Recording Studio, Austin, TX for Holt, Rinehart & Winston Publishing Company, Fall 2004 and 2005. Premiered live at the National Conference for Teachers of English; Indianapolis, IN November 2004 and Pittsburgh, PA November 2005, respectively.

¨       "This Land…America!" CD recorded live at International Festival Institute,  Roundtop, TX  November 11, 1995 with Austin Choral Union Chamber Ensemble

¨       Performed live on KMFA (89.5) and KUT (90.5) radio stations, Austin, TX

¨       Leadership Positions with Austin District Music Teachers Association (President, Vice-President, Honors Recital Chair, Mentor); Texas Music Teachers Association (Arts Advocacy & Awareness Chair; Independent Music Teachers Forum Chair); Mu Phi Epsilon Austin Alumni Chapter (Treasurer); American Guild of Organists Austin Chapter (Newsletter Editor, Convention Session Presenter)

¨       September 2014 Austin Symphony Orchestra Keyboard Audition Candidate

Professional memberships


Music Teachers National Association; Texas Music Teachers Association; Austin District Music Teachers Association; American Guild of Organists; National and Texas Federation of Music Clubs; Mu Phi Epsilon (Austin Alumni Chapter)