Monica Demarco—State President/Composition and TAP Chairman

Monica Demarco is a graduate of the University of New Mexico with degrees in Piano Performance and Theory/Composition. She owns the Vivace Music Piano Studio in Albuquerque and performs in many different musical projects here in ABQ. She also enjoys collaboration with Air Dance New Mexico as the group’s resident composer. Visit for more info.


Lisa Villanueva—Gold Cup Chairman/Festival Chairman

Lisa Woromay Villanueva is passionate about teaching students of all ages and abilities. She has over 30 years of teaching experience In the Albuquerque Area, including her Vivace! Music Studio in the North Valley and 14 years as a 4th/5th grade teacher in the classroom. Her students enjoy learning piano, theory & composition and participate in Performance Classes, Recitals & the NMFMC Junior Festival. Lisa is a graduate of the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor’s in Music and a Masters degree in Education. Lisa also has a New Mexico Teaching License. She was previously a member of the NMFMC from 1990 to 2000. During this time she re-activated both the TAP program and the Jr. Composer’s Contest, serving as the chairperson for both. Lisa also held other various positions including Scholarship & Junior Festival Chairperson, State Convention Organizer & President. She enjoys working with her colleagues of the music world to promote the joy & self-expression to be found in music.


Jody Nelson—Treasurer

Nelson is an MTNA Permanent Professional Certified Teacher of Piano with many years of teaching experience with students of all ages. Students participate in NMFMC Music Festival, and perform in two private piano recitals per year.