Originally from Northwest Iowa, Dr. Patrice Ewoldt joined the Music Department of Messiah College this fall as Assistant Professor of Music. She heads the piano area, teaches piano-related courses and coordinates the accompanying needs of the department. Prior to joining Messiah College, Dr. Ewoldt taught at Central College, Grinnell College and Truman State University. She received her DMA from the University of Maryland and MM degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music – both degrees in Piano Performance/Collaborative Piano. Her BA degree in Music Education and Clarinet Performance was completed at the University of Northern Iowa. She is an MTNA Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) and is actively involved with adjudicating student competitions, teaching master classes, and giving presentations on piano pedagogical topics.