MTNA/OMTA - Mary Sallee has been a member of Music Teachers National Association and the Oklahoma Music Teachers association since 1987 and became nationally certified (NCTM) in 1988. Through her tenure she has served as chairman of various OMTA and Scholarship Auditions and served as President of the Central Oklahoma Music Teachers for three years. She has also served as MTNA Foundation and the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma (CFO) Chair on the OMTA Board.
For two years she served as President-elect where she was responsible for planning two OMTA state conferences. From 2004-06, she served as OMTA President and started the State Composition Festival. Soon afterward, she became the chair of the OMTA Senior Competitions which she continues to chair. In 2007, the state association made her an Honorary Member and a MTNA Foundation Fellow at the MTNA Conference in Toronto.
In 2012, she was elected to serve a 4 year term representing the South-Central Division as Director-elect and Director on the MTNA National Board. A few years later she became a member of the MTNA Legacy Society.
Summer Board Meeting in Bar Harbor, Maine
Mary accompanying the Norman North Jazz Choir as they rehearse her arrangment of the The BC Clark Jingle Jangle for an upcoming concert.
Locally, Mary has been active in the Norman Area Music Teachers Association (NAMTA) where she has served as the Fall Festival Chair as well as Pres. for 3 terms and Vice Pres. of Programs for 2 terms. In 2016, the association made her a CFO Fellow to acknowledge her contributions in running the Fall Festival.
In 1996, Mary joined the Norman Sooner Rotary Club and has had perfect attendance ever since. She has served her club as pianist since 1998 and has served on the Board of Directors for two years in the capacity of Fellowship Chair and NEXUS Chair. As a previous Ambassadorial Scholar, she has spoken and featured as the entertainer for various district conferences in both the United States and Austria.
In recent years, she has entertained for several special events including banquets hosting the International Presidents of Rotary. In 2004, she was featured in concert with former Miss America, Susan Powell at the District 5770 Conference held in Elk City.
Mary is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and became a member of the Paul Harris Society and Bequest Society. In 2003, her club presented her with the Nancy Chess Award for outstanding community service.
For 7 years, Mary was invited by the International Rotary President-elect to serve as the official accompanist for the International Rotary Assembly in Anaheim and San Diego, CA.
Final Evening Rotary Assembly - San Diego
2011 International Assembly with RI Pres. Ray Klingensmith
As a member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) since 2003, Mary and has attended numerous national and division conventions. She has served as accompanist for various selection committees, recording sessions, honor choirs and reading sessions.
Sigma Alpha Iota Professional Music Fraternity
While in graduate school at OU, Mrs. Sallee served her college chapter as president and received the Ruby Sword of Honor for her leadership skills. Later, she became a founding member of the Norman Alumnae Chapter. In 1995 she helped organize the Nancy Neal Piano Scholarship and continued to chair the competition in Norman for many years.
In 2004, her one piano-four hands duet, Happy Birthday, SAI! was selected as a winning composition in the Centennial Composition Contest and was later featured at the SAI National Convention held in Ann Arbor, MI.