State Conference

2021 Conference Information

The 2021 KyMTA/OhioMTA Joint State Conference will be held at Northern Kentucky University from October 17-19, 2021.

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Hotel Information

Five hotels in Northern Kentucky will be offering discounts for the KYMTA/OhioMTA Conference scheduled from October 17-19. You may register by phone at the number listed. If a link has been provided, you may choose to register online. The two Hotels in Newport are close to the riverfront with better access to entertainment and dining. The three located in Wilder are closer to NKU. Feel free to register at the hotel that best fits your needs.

Conference Hotel List


2021 Conference Artist

Aaron Diehl
Piano

Recital Performance: Monday, October 18, 2021 at 8:00 pm in Greaves Concert Hall

Pianist and composer Aaron Diehl mystifies listeners with his layered artistry. At once temporal and ethereal, his expression transforms the piano into an orchestral vessel in the spirit of beloved predecessors Ahmad Jamal, Erroll Garner and Jelly Roll Morton. Following three critically-acclaimed leader albums on Mack Avenue Records — and live appearances at historic venues from Jazz at Lincoln Center and The Village Vanguard to New York Philharmonic and the Philharmonie de Paris — the American Pianist Association’s 2011 Cole Porter fellow now focuses his attention on what it means to be present within himself. His forthcoming solo record promises an expansion of that exploration in a setting at once unbound and intimate.

Aaron conjures three-dimensional expansion of melody, counterpoint and movement through time. Rather than choose one sound or another, he invites listeners into the chambered whole of his artistry. Born in Columbus, Ohio, Aaron traveled to New York in 2003, following his success as a finalist in JALC’s Essentially Ellington competition and a subsequent European tour with Wynton Marsalis. His love affair with rub and tension prompted a years-long immersion in distinctive repertoire from Monk and Ravel to Gershwin and William Grant Still. Among other towering figures, Still in particular inspires Aaron’s ongoing curation of Black American composers in his own performance programming, unveiled this past fall at 92nd St. Y.

Aaron has enjoyed artistic associations with Wynton Marsalis, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Buster Williams, Branford Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, Philip Glass and multi GRAMMY award-winning artist Cecile McLorin Salvant. He recently appeared with the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra as featured soloist.

Aaron holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Juilliard. A licensed pilot, when he’s not at the studio or on the road, he’s likely in the air. Follow both his earthbound and aerial exploits via Instagram at www.instagram.com/aaronjdiehl.

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Conference Educator

Todd Haydon

Two sessions:
“If B.F. Skinner taught piano: Using behavior principles during piano lessons”
“Keep your students: Strategies for dealing with frustration, lack of motivation and attrition”

Monday, October 18, 10:00 to 11:50

Todd Haydon PhD, BCBA-D, LISW is a Professor in the Special Education Program. He earned his doctorate from the University of Florida in Special Education with a focus on emotional and behavioral disorders and Autism. Dr. Haydon’s current research interests include effective teaching practices, functional behavior assessments, positive behavior and supports, and mental health services for students with Autism.


Conference Pedagogue

Catherine Rollin

Session and MasterClass
“Technique and Artistry: You Cannot Have One Without the Other”
Sunday, October 17, 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
“Early Intermediate through Early Advanced Master Class”
Sunday, October 17, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm


Host Site

Richard Van Dyke
Northern Kentucky University

Conference Coordinators

Richard Van Dyke
Conference Chair
vandyker1@nku.edu

Natasha Pence
Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, KY 41099
pencen1@nku.edu

Conference Committee

Polina Bespalko, OhioMTA
Nina Belle Durr, KMTA ex-officio
Holly Kessis, OhioMTA ex-officio
Rita Larkin, KMTA
Clinton Pratt, OhioMTA
Becky Lins Slater, KMTA
Andy Villemez, OMTA

Conference Composition Coordinator

Matthew Herman
matthew.herman@wku.edu
(270) 745-5400


Past State Conferences

Looking for info about a past conference?

This list has the current president, location, conference artist, and commissioned composer of each KMTA conference along with a link to more information, if available.

  • 2020 Zachary Lopes, Online, Ann Schein, Dr. Matthew Herman
  • 2019 Zachary Lopes, Central Lexington Public Library, Carr-Petrova Duo, Gyuli Kambarova
  • 2018 Bernardo Scarambone, Galt House/KMAC, Sylvia Thereza, Dr. Steve Rouse
  • 2017 Bernardo Scarambone, Transylvania U, Dr. Gregory Partain, Dr. Timothy Polashek
  • 2016 Diana Aubrey, Courtyard by Marriott Hotel/UofL/Bellarmine, Harry Pickens, Richard Crosby
  • 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