On February 11, 1919, Betty Maraget Ferris Nolting was born in Wisconsin to Harry and Florence Ferris. She graduated from Lawrence University and Eastman School of Music where she studied with Joseph Lhevinne, Adele Marcus, and John Elvin. After graduation, she began her career as a music teacher. For 75 years, Mrs. Nolting passed along her wisdom, high professional standards, and love of music to her students and fellow teachers. She was known for her performance class, which served as a "venue for other teachers to perform, learn and share their love of music with each other."* Through this class and her presentations at local and state conferences and meetings, Mrs. Nolting was able to influence hundreds of students across the state.
During her career, Mrs. Nolting served as president of the Atlanta Music Teachers Association and the Metropolitan Atlanta Music Teachers Association. She also served as the president of the Georgia Music Teachers Association from 1978-1980. In 2002, Mrs. Nolting was the first recipient of the Georgia Music Teachers Association's Teacher of the Year award.
Mrs. Nolting passed away in April 2017.
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* "2002 Betty Nolting Bio & Teaching Tips," GMTA Teacher of the Year Award. https://georgiamta.org/teachersOfTheYear/2002bettynolting.pdf.
**For more information about Betty Nolting's life and career, please see Roxanne Rea's documentary "All I Ever Wanted: Memories of Betty Nolting in words and music" at https://youtu.be/sWsQ62KqHs8.