KMTA State Conference


2017 KMTA State Conference

Information for the 2017 Conference is here!

Conference Announcement

I hope everyone is gearing up for the 2017 KMTA State Conference, November 5-6, as we head back to Lexington and Transylvania University! With an overwhelming number of proposals this year, we have programmed a fabulous line up of sessions, lightning rounds, collegiate posters, concerts, and more.

We are honored and excited to have Nancy Reese, former Lexington piano teacher and colleague, as our Guest Pedagogy Speaker and Clinician this year! An avid clinician and speaker at conferences, universities, and local music teacher’s associations, Ms. Reese has developed her own unique method of teaching piano technique: “Effortless Playing”. She will present two sessions titled Colorful Playing… Painting at the Piano and Chunking – A Magic Bullet for Reading, Technique, and Artistry, as well as an afternoon master-class.

Our very own Dr. Greg Partain, acclaimed pianist and professor at Transylvania University, is this year’s featured KMTA Conference Artist. He will present a concert Monday evening featuring Schumann’s awe inspiring Fantasie in C Major and more – this is a can’t miss event! In addition, Dr. Timothy Polashek, Associate Professor of Music at Transylvania University and multimedia specialist, is our featured Commissioned Composer for our Sunday evening Composer’s Concert.

Online registration is preferred and can be done on the KMTA website by following this link. Paper registration is also available and will be sent with the Fall KMTA Newsletter.

I hope you join us for an insightful and engaging 2017 KMTA State Conference! I look forward to seeing everyone in November and don’t forget to check out the full schedule of events on our homepage!

Zachary Lopes, DMA
Vice President, Kentucky Music Teachers Association
Assistant Professor of Music (Piano)
Western Kentucky University

Conference Schedule

The 2017 KMTA conference sessions open at Transylvania University on Sunday, November 5th with our Kickoff Coffee at 12:30 pm, and finishes with our Conference Artist recital by Dr. Greg Partain.

A complete schedule can be viewed, downloaded, and printed here.

Conference Distinguished Guests Bios

2017 KMTA State Conference Distinguished Guests

Featured Guest Pedagogy Clinician: Nancy Reese
Nancy’s passion is helping pianists play with total physical ease and musicality. She holds a B.M. from Philadelphia Musical Academy and M.M. in Piano Performance from the University of KY. Years of rigorous technical training in the direct lineage of Isabelle Vengerova, von Sauer, and Rudolf Serkin led not to better playing or a performing career, but led instead to two hand surgeries and being told she would not play again. But after a 13-year hiatus from playing and consumed by a strong desire to regain what she had lost, she ultimately went on to study piano technique for 11 years in New York City, Amherst College, and Williams College with Edna Golandsky.

While achieving extraordinary and rapid success with her students who had the most severe of the piano-related repetitive stress injuries, focal dystonia, Nancy developed her own unique method of teaching piano technique: “Effortless Playing.” In the U.S and Australia, she has taught performers, university faculty, doctoral degree candidates, and students of all levels to play with freedom, comfort, and color. Her ability to enable every pianist to reach his/her full technical and artistic potential draws students to her studio from several countries. She has judged numerous competitions and festivals, including Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Guild, National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC), NC Young Artists Competition, Boulder International Festival for Young Artists, and Musicians West Annual Piano Competition. Her U.S. lectures, master classes and workshops on piano technique have been presented to MTNA, NFMC, Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts, University of Colorado, Transylvania University, University of KY, Marshall University, University of North Carolina, BYU-Idaho, Idaho State University and the Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Featured Commission Composer: Dr. Timothy Polashek
Dr. Timothy Polashek is a composer, music technologist, and professor of music. He produces works in a variety of media and styles, including vocal, instrumental, electroacoustic, multimedia, and text/sound music and poetry, as well as music for interactive performance systems and sound installations, which are performed throughout North and South America, Asia, and Europe. Passionate about developing new sounds and exploring new musical ideas, he designs computer programs to build innovative digital instruments and synthesizers.

Professor Polashek has held research and teaching appointments at Columbia University, City University of New York, Gibbs College, Transylvania University, and College- Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. He was also a staff audio engineer at BR Productions in New York City, working on a variety of commercial recording projects, including Silver Burdett’s “Making Music” textbook series and the Grammy nominated album “Beautiful Star,” featuring The Century Men.

Polashek’s music can be heard on the compact disks “Wood and Wire,” released by Albany Records, and Electric Music Collective albums “Incandescence” and “Defiant.” His research projects in audio synthesis and text/sound music are published in the Journal of the Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States and the Leonardo Music Journal, published by MIT Press. Interactive and computer music by Polashek is referenced and discussed in The Oxford History of Western Music encyclopedia, published by Oxford University Press, and in reviews by the Computer Music Journal and the New York Times. He is the author of the “The Word Rhythm Dictionary: A Resource for Writers, Rappers, Poets, and Lyricists,” a book published by Rowman & Littlefield.

Featured Conference Artist: Dr. Gregory Partain
In his three decades on the concert stage, Gregory Partain has performed as a recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber music collaborator throughout the United States, as well as in Germany, Poland, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Russia, and Greece. Recent solo projects include Beethoven’s Odyssey—a seven-evening lecture-recital series comprising 22 Beethoven sonatas, with performances in Portland (OR), Boston, Chicago, Lexington (KY) and other U.S. cities. He also served as the Hawaii State MTA convention artist and as visiting artist-in-residence at Boston College. Partain has appeared with the Seattle Symphony, orchestras of Yaroslavl (Russia) and Athens (Greece), the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sunriver and Peter Britt summer festival orchestras, and the Eugene (OR) Symphony, among others. He has garnered consistent critical acclaim for his recordings of a wide-ranging repertoire that spans the 17th to 21st centuries: “…some of the best Scarlatti I’ve ever heard…” (American Record Guide); “…suave and comfortable performances of three Rachmaninoff Preludes. In the Brahms, the tempo relationships and transition emerge in a seamless cumulative arc” (Gramophone); “Gregory Partain is a gifted pianist, and every item is intelligently and sympathetically played” (BBC Music Magazine).
Partain made his formal debut as a composer in 1998 with performances of Two Songs for Harp and Soprano on Poems of William Butler Yeats, followed by Come to the Garden in Spring, a song cycle based on love poems of Rumi, the 13th-century Islamic mystic. As the 2005 Kentucky Music Teachers Association Commissioned Composer, he composed a large-scale concert Requiem for choir; a greatly expanded iteration of Requiem for choir and full orchestra was premiered in Lexington’s Singletary Center in 2015 by 250 performers. Dr. Partain received his B.M. degree in Piano Performance from the University of Washington, and Masters and Doctoral degrees from The University of Texas at Austin. His principal teachers include Gregory Allen, Nancy Burton Garrett, and John T. Moore. He also coached privately with Claude Frank and studied with Jerome Lowenthal and Paul Schenly at the Music Academy of the West. He has taught at Transylvania University since 1991.

Conference Hotels, Parking, and Transportation

The weekend of the conference is the same weekend as a UK home football game, so hotel space will likely be at a premium. If you’re planning to attend (and don’t want a long drive) book your hotel now!

Here is a list of nearby hotels along with KMTA discounted rates – book now!

For those KMTA members driving in from out of town, here are links to driving directions, a campus map, and a parking pass for KMTA members.

Conference Registration

In order to streamline the registration process, we are asking as many KMTA members as possible to register online. You can do this by clicking the button below. Fill out the form, and pay online with Paypal. You do not need a Paypal account to pay – you can simply use your credit or debit card.

If you would prefer to pay by mail, you can print out this conference registration form and mail it in, along with your payment, to the address on the form. Again, please consider paying online, since it really streamlines the process. If you have any questions about online registration, you can contact the webmaster, Colin Dorman.

Exhibitor and Advertiser Information

If you are interested in advertising in our conference booklet (and on this website), the ad order form is now available online. Don’t delay – the deadline for ad submissions is September 29! Click here to order and pay for your ad!

If you want to be an exhibitor at the 2017 KMTA conference, you can now apply and pay for that online too! The deadline for exhibitor submissions is September 29thClick here to reserve your space for exhibits!

Previous State Conferences

  • Our 2016 KMTA State Conference is over, and it was a great success! Read about it here!
  • 2015 Diana Aubrey, WKU, Latitude 49, Steven Weimer
  • 2014 William Budai, Campbellsville, Stephen Beus, Larry Barnes
  • 2013 William Budai, MuSU, Frederic Chui, Kurt Sander
  • 2012 David Oyen, MoSu, Eunbyol Ko, Joseph Baber
  • 2011 David Oyen, EKU, Bernardo Scarambone, Thomas Couvillon
  • 2010 Krista Wallace-Boaz, U of L, Haochen Zhang, Richard Crosby
  • 2009 Krista Wallace-Boaz, NKU, Cincinnati Opera, Greg Danner
  • 2008 Vicki McVay, Campbellsville, Charles Rosen, Richard Burchard
  • 2007 Vicki McVay, Centre College, Orion Weiss and Bavarian Philharmonic, Teresa Tedder
  • 2006 Richard Scott, Transylvania U., showcase Recital, Joseph Barber
  • 2005 Richard Scott, MoSU, Phillip Kevern, Gregory Partian
  • 2004 Carol Dennes, MuSU, P. Karp and Eli Kalman, K. Holm-Hudson
  • 2003 Carol Dennes, UK, Irina Voro, Richard Crosby
  • 2002 Donald Speer, UofL, Stanislav Loudenitch, Michael Kallstom
  • 2001 Donald Speer, EKU, Hayward Mickens, Sonny Burnette
  • 2000 Diana Aubrey, NKU, Sergei Polusmiak, Charles W. Smith
  • 1999 Diana Aubrey, Campbellsville, Cate Arroe, Larry Bitensky
  • 1998 Denine LeBlanc, MuSU, Enid Katahn, Marc Satterwhite
  • 1997 Denine LeBlanc, BG/Warren Co. Cntr., S. Kersenbaum, J. Curnow
  • 1996 Janet Bass Smith, MoSU, Weekley and Arganbright, A.C. Moore
  • 1995 Janet Bass Smith, UK, Alan Hersh, James Moore
  • 1994 Stephen Brown, Ashland Plaza, Lee Luvisi, Frederick Speck
  • 1993 Stephen Brown, U of L, McHugh-Oliphant Duo, Steve Rouse
  • 1992 David Doran, WKU, S. Kersenbaum and E. Kersenbaum, J. Steffa
  • 1991 David Doran, EKU, Richard Crosby, Christopher White
  • 1990 Patricia Montgomery, MuSU, R. Slenczynska, M.N. McClellan
  • 1989 Patricia Montgomery, U of L, Brenda Kee, Michael Kallstrom
  • 1988 Wesley Roberts, UK, Nelita True, Larry Barnes
  • 1987 Wesley Roberts, SBTS, Anthony Thurman, David Doran
  • 1986 Ronald Boud, MoSU, Ann Schein, Nelson Keyes
  • 1985 Ronald Boud, Campbellsville, G. Lucktenberg, Paul Brink
  • 1984 Ronald Boud, EKU, Roe Van Boskirk, Kenneth Timm
  • 1983 Larry Schenck, UK, UK Orchestra with P. Montegomery, J. Flippin
  • 1982 Jean Huffman, Centre College, L. Keenan, M. Hinson, J. Chrisman, J. Carden
  • 1981 Jean Huffman, U of L, David Kaiserman, Richard Bromley
  • 1980 Marie Hargett, MuSU, A. and J. Paratore, Christopher Gallaher
  • 1979 Marie Hargett, MoSU, Larry Keenan, Theodore Diakonoff
  • 1978 Dorothy Hartsell, WKU, S. Kersenbaum, Claude Baker
  • 1977 Dorothy Hartsell, U of L, Lee Luvisi, Jerome Seig
  • 1976 Edgar Minor, UK, No record, Bennie Beach
  • 1975 Edgar Minor, UK, Enid Katahn, Dan Welcher
  • 1974 Larry Keenan, Louisville BG Cntr., No record, R. Hensel
  • 1973 Larry Keenan, EKU, No record, Nelson Keyes
  • 1972 Dorothy Spalding, SBTS, L. and I. Freundlich, Joseph Barber
  • 1971 Dorothy Spalding, Berea, Dorothy and Carl Lewis, V. Severy
  • 1970 John Winter, MuSU, No record, Paul Shahan
  • 1969 John Winter. UK, Stockholm University Chorus, J. Woodward
  • 1968 Glenn Fulbright, MoSU, Lenox Quartet, Frederick Mueller
  • 1967 Glenn Fulbright, U of L, Lee Luvisi, Phillip Landgrave
  • 1966 Glenn Fulbright, EKU, Grant Johannesen, NA
  • 1965 Glenn Fulbright, WKU, Ruth Slenczynska, Phillip Landgrave
  • 1964 Maurice Hinson, SBTS, SBTS Oratorio Chorus, NA
  • 1963 Maurice Hinson, UK, Jung Ja Kim, NA
  • 1962 John Chrisman, MoSU, William Newman, NA
  • 1961 John Chrisman, Berea, Janos Starker and Leon Pommers, NA
  • 1960 John Chrisman, MuSU, Louisville String Quartet, NA
  • 1959 John Chrisman, KY Hotel, Louisville, LO and KOA, NA
  • 1958 Jane Campbell, EKU, The Medley’s, NA
  • 1957 Jane Campbell, UK, No record, NA
  • 1956 Jane Campbell, U of L, Frances and Howard Karp, NA
  • 1955 Jane Campbell, Berea, Berea College Music Faculty, NA
  • 1954 Helen Greim, U of L, No record, NA
  • 1953 Helen Greim, UK, No record, NA
  • 1952 Helen Greim, UK, No record, NA