OMTA State Conference
Thursday, June 22 – Friday, June 23, 2023
Join us in beautiful Ashland, Oregon, on June 22-23, Thursday & Friday, for our 2023 State Conference! Lodging will be in the Cox Hall dorm of Southern Oregon University for a very low price, and is available Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights.
Registration will open in April!
Southern Oregon University
1250 Siskiyou Blvd
Ashland, OR 97520
Cox Residence Hall
(On-Campus Housing. Prices coming soon.)
This residence hall on the Southern Oregon University campus includes suites with full-sized beds (linens provided) and private bathrooms with a shower. Each suite also contains a micro-fridge and a microwave. Downstairs in the basement is a communal kitchen area with a stove and a full-sized fridge.
Student Master Classes
We will have up to three master classes at our 2023 conference taught by clinicians Giorgi and Anna Latso: an intermediate, an advanced, and a duet masterclass. Advanced and intermediate students are invited to apply to participate. Student submitting applications need to be available to play in person at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, OR, for our clinicians.
To apply, submit your student’s name, age, repertoire and composer, along with a video (YouTube links are preferred), to Alexis Gibbons, NCTM by Friday, March 17 at email@example.com.
Special Add-on Event
Join us the night before our conference begins for Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night presented by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
8:00 PM | Wednesday, June 21, 2023
Allen Elizabethan Theatre at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (outdoor theater)
Groups Tickets are $32 and can be purchased when you register for the conference.
(Deadline for reserving tickets with the OMTA group is May 22.)
Twelfth Night, Shakespeare’s hilarious yet heartbreaking tale of unrequited love, takes over the Allen Elizabethan stage! A ship is wrecked on the rocks: Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. In a production by Dawn Monique Williams (The Merry Wives of Windsor) inspired by early Blues and Jazz greats like Bessie Smith, music is the food of love and nobody is quite what they seem.
More information available at www.osfashland.org/productions/2023-plays/twelfth-night.
2023 Conference Presenters/Artists Bios
OMTA is honored to welcome the following acclaimed artists to our 2023 conference.
THE LATSOS Piano Duo, recent winner of the Beverly Hills National Auditions, has been praised for its “brilliance and stylistic insight” by Los Angeles Weekly. The duo was enthusiastically formed in 2014 by pianists Giorgi Latso and his wife Anna Fedorova-Latso. Since then they have showcased a true passion, deep maturity and sensitivity in their interpretations. The Latsos are a favorite among many concert organizers and promoters with the Internationale Chopin-Gesellschaft calling their performances “thrilling and flamboyant” and the MTNA Society hails their “intelligence, liveliness and enormous charm’’.
The Latsos have performed and recorded a number of unusual and largely unknown treasures from the duo-piano repertoire, including all the Schubert duets and duos. “The Latsos shine in enchantingly intimate dialogue and impress with their expression of emotional unrest” as German Kreiszeitung describes them. The Latsos are often guests on radios such as K-USC Radio, “Classic FM” Sunday Live, NDR Kultur, America Matters, KCKQ-AM 1180 and many more. One of their recent concert presentation held at the historic Doheny Estate & Gardens as part of the Music in the Mansion Series was filmed by Beverly Hills Warner Cable Television and live-streamed worldwide on BHTV10 Channel. They have also arranged for 2 pianos and four-hands transcriptions from a selected American movie scores by the celebrated composers such as John Williams, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, John Sousa, etc. and has been hailed “one of the finest transcribers of our time” in the European press.
Giorgi and Anna Latso combine performance and teaching. As music educators, they have presented master classes and lectures at a number of universities in Europe, Russia, Asia, as well as across the United States and regularly invited to perform at prestigious music halls and scholarly conferences worldwide as well as served as judges at various international, national and regional piano competitions.
More info on www.thelatsos.com.
Kevin Olson is an active pianist, composer, and piano area coordinator at Utah State University, where he has taught courses in piano literature, pedagogy, accompanying, music theory, among others. In addition to his collegiate teaching responsibilities, Kevin directs the piano program at Utah State University, and oversees the Utah State University Youth Conservatory, which provides weekly group and private piano instruction to more than 200 pre-college community students. The National Association of Schools of Music has recently recognized the Conservatory as a model for pre-college piano instruction programs. Before teaching at Utah State, he was on the faculty at Elmhurst College near Chicago and Humboldt State University in northern California.
Kevin maintains a large piano studio, teaching students of a variety of ages and abilities. Many of the needs of his own piano students have inspired over 200 books and solos published by the FJH Music Company, which he joined as a writer in 1994.
More info on www.kevinolsonmusic.com.