KMTA 2020 State Conference

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Friday, Sept 25

8:45 am – KMTA President’s Welcome

Zachary Lopes, the current President of KMTA, is an Associate Professor of Piano at Western Kentucky University, where he teaches applied piano and music theory.

8:50 am – Southern Division Director’s Welcome

Linda Li-Bleuel,  MTNA Southern Division Director, began her music teaching career as an independent piano teacher and is currently a professor of music at Clemson University.

8:55 am – Host’s Welcome

Wesley Roberts, Professor of Music at Campbellsville University, teaches courses in piano, organ, and musicology, and has been a member of the faculty since 1982.  His students have won awards in solo piano, solo organ, and piano ensemble competitions. 

9:00 am – Beethoven: Chameleon

For well over two centuries, perhaps no other composer has seriously challenged Beethoven’s preeminence as the dominant symbol of Western Classical Music nor rivaled his grip on the popular imagination. But as the world has changed, so Beethoven has changed.

Gregory Partain has performed recitals, concertos, and chamber music throughout the United States, as well as in Germany, Poland, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Russia, and Greece. He has taught at Transylvania University since 1991 and currently chairs the Music Program.

10:00 am – Beyond “Fur Elise”: The Pedagogical Works of Beethoven

This session will provide an overview of Beethoven’s pedagogical compositions appropriate for young students, from his easiest Ecossaises and German Dances to his most accessible sonatas, along with a discussion of his keyboard style and articulation.

Dr. William Budai is professor of piano and associate dean of the School of Music at Campbellsville University (Kentucky), where he teaches both undergraduate and graduate piano and piano pedagogy classes, as well as class piano and music literature.

11:00 am – An Orchestra At Your Fingertips

Have you ever wanted to play with or in an orchestra? Needed an “in-studio” helper to work on technique, balance, expression, memory work?  Learn how to do this and how you can be your own orchestra by using the features of the Clavinova in your performance and teaching. 

Nina Belle Durr is an independent piano teacher at Nina Belle’s Music Academy in Georgetown, KY, and also an adjunct instructor at Georgetown College, teaching individual piano and liberal arts piano class.  She is also a church musician having served at three Kentucky churches, and a freelance accompanist.

Annual Business Meeting and Installation of Officers

Zoom link TBA

2:00 pm – America’s Beethoven – Anthony Philip Heinrich

A discussion of Kentucky’s Beethoven, Anthony Philip Heinrich, (1781-1861) and his major work, The Dawning of Music in Kentucky, and performance of one of his piano compositions.

Janet Bass Smith holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Conservatory of Music, the Masters of Music from UNC-Greensboro, and the Bachelor of Music from the University of Wyoming. She has served on several university faculties, has taught piano for 68 years, and currently maintains an independent piano studio in Bowling Green, KY.

3:00 pm – Unlocking the Leadership Legacy of Beethoven@250

Beethoven made quite an impression on those he encountered! His leadership legacy can teach us about influencing our students; even during that one opportunity to make a first impression!

Gerald L. Chafin serves as Conductor of Choral Ensembles as well as Assistant to the President for Church Relations at. Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY.

4:00 pm – Lightning Round Session

– Once Upon A Time
– Meet the Board
– Follow Me Teachers, Follow Me!

Wesley takes us on a tour of instruments of long ago…..
Campbellsville University’s Vogt-Farr Historic Keyboard Collection
Our KMTA Secretary introduces the members of the executive board
giving a brief descriptions of what they are doing for you!
Follow Wesley as he takes us on a Virtual Organ Crawl of the Farrand and Votey Pipe Organ in Ransdal Chapel at Campbellsville University

Wesley Roberts, host of the 2020 conference, is Professor of Music at Campbellsville University, where he teaches courses in piano, organ, and musicology, and has been a member of the faculty since 1982. A past president of KMTA, he was awarded the 2005 Distinguished Service Award and 2012 Distinguished Teaching Award KMTA.

A native of Calera, Alabama, Jessica Litwiniec Dorman is an Adjunct Piano and Voice Instructor at Indiana University Southeast and maintains a private teaching studio at her home in Louisville.  As well as being a staff accompanist at the University of Louisville, Jessica is an active freelancer in the Louisville area.

5:00 pm – Beethoven…My Musical Journey

Since our conference artist was unable to be with us, Ann will share how Beethoven was a companion to her during her musical journey in life. She will also share a recording of her performance of Beethoven’s music.

Ann Schein’s amazing career has earned her praise in major American and European cities and in more than 50 countries around the world. The last time she was KMTA’s Conference Artist was in 1986 at Morehead State University. In November 2018, she was honored with a Lifetime Achievement in the Performing Arts by the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. In December 2019, she was honored for her 80th birthday at Peabody Conservatory performing the Chopin f minor Concerto with Edward Polochick, conductor.

Listen to Ann Schein’s performance of Les Adieux on Youtube.

Read Ann Schien’s full biography here.

Saturday, Sept 26

9:00 am – What We Can Learn From Historical Pianos

Wes Golightly holds a DMA in piano performance from Ohio State University. It was at OSU that Wes began a long-term interest in historical pianos.

11:00 am – Chamber Music Concert

A Celebration of Beethoven’s Chamber Music
Presented for the Kentucky Music Teachers Association

Jacob Coleman is Assistant Professor of Piano and Collaborative Piano at the University of Kentucky. He maintains a busy schedule performing throughout the U.S. and abroad with various instrumental and vocal partners.

12:30 pm – IMTF Meeting/Roundtable

Online Teaching and Benefits of KMTA

Join teachers across the state and share your questions and/or your tips concerning online teaching. Log in to a live Zoom meeting discussion where we will share our ideas and questions regarding online teaching and the benefits of joining KMTA. 

Ray Grimm has maintained an independent music studio in Madisonville since 1979.  Prior to that, he was instructor of piano and accompanist for the Conservatory of Music in Tifton, Georgia.

Rebecca Slater is an active piano and voice instructor, collaborative pianist, singer, choral director, organist, and liturgical musician in the Greater Cincinnati area. She is currently the owner/director of Rebecca Slater Music in Edgewood, KY, and the music director at St. Pius X Church in Edgewood, KY.

2:00 pm- Kentucky Composers Concert

Including the KMTA Commissioned Composer premier.

Thomas Couvillon‘s works have been performed in venues throughout the United States and Canada and has been broadcast as part of an NPR affiliate concert series.

Dr. Matthew Herman is the Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Theory Division Coordinator at Western Kentucky University, and our Commissioned Composer for 2020!

3:00 pm – Executive Board Meeting

Zoom link will be emailed before conference

To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy

Ludwig van Beethoven

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks, and invents.

Ludwig van Beethoven