We are excited to announce that we’ll be holding a joint conference with our colleagues up north as OMTA joins forces with WSMTA for our 2018 State Conferences! It has been 20 years since the last joint venture, so we look forward to the magic that will ensue!

Thursday, June 21 – Saturday, June 23, 2018

Conference check-in and our opening session begin Thursday morning. The conference will conclude around noon on Saturday. Business meetings will occur Wednesday, June 20. Wednesday will also offer some free conference extras, for those available. (See the conference schedule below for more information.)


Heathman Lodge
7801 NE Greenwood Dr
Vancouver, WA  98662



Early Bird Registration is open through May 15. Register early to get the best rate! Lunches are included unless otherwise noted below.

Rates: Before May 15/After May 15

  • OMTA Member  $135/$165
  • New MTNA/OMTA Member (joined since June 1, 2017)  $0/$0
  • OMTA Member–One Day Pass (Fri or Sat)  $70/$85
  • Non-Member Teacher  $185
  • Family Member (lunch not included)  $60/$75
  • College Music Student (lunch not included)  $0/$0

Registrations that include food orders (lunches or banquet tickets) must be received by June 10, 2018. Meal additions or changes will not be available after June 10 nor onsite. All full conference registrations and day passes will not include the lunch buffet if ordered after June 10.



Housing at the beautiful Heathman Lodge will be available to OMTA members at the reduced rate of $144 + tax. It is located in the heart of Vancouver, but the property sits amongst tall evergreens creating a private oasis amidst all the bustle of a city. It is the unexpected urban retreat! To make your reservations, click here or call the Lodge directly at 1-888-475-3100. Be sure to mention that you are part of WSMTA/OMTA to receive our group rate.


2018 WSTMA/OMTA State Conference Schedule (subject to change)



Breakfast is not included with your registration.


Unless otherwise noted, a buffet lunch on Thursday and Friday is included in your registration when ordered by June 10. Those who attend on a College or Family Member Pass may purchase lunches during online registration by June 10.


On Friday night, you are invited to join the OMTA community for our annual Awards Banquet. (More information about this ticketed event below.)

Special Events

Young Composers Project/Commissioned Composer Recital

On Thursday afternoon, 4:00-5:30pm, join us as we hear the next generation of Northwest composers share their work. This recital is included in your registration fee, but additional tickets may be purchased for friends, students, and family members.

Guest Artist Recital

On Thursday evening at 8:00pm, you are invited to hear American pianist, Hans Boepple perform, with a reception following. This recital is included in your registration fee, but additional tickets may be purchased for friends, students, and family members.

Friday Night Awards Banquet — $40

Join us on Friday night for a catered dinner and awards banquet. We’ll honor our lifetime membership award recipients and our 2019 Foundation Fellow. Don’t forget our silent auction and wall-of-wine raffle. Banquet options are below. Banquet tickets are available as an additional ticket option when you register and cost $40.00/person.

Banquet Choices (entrees include salad and coffee or tea)

  • Grilled Chicken Breast
    Parmesan Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Braising Greens, Cipoline Onions, Cherry Tomatoes and Herbed Relish
  • Grilled Portobello Ravioli With Basil Cream Sauce (Vegetarian)
    Micro Greens, Walnuts and White Truffle Oil
  • Oven Roasted Niman Ranch Pork Loin
    Sherry Creamed Potatoes, Braising Greens & Port Wine Sauce

Rising NW Stars Concert

Following the Friday banquet, at 8:00pm, we will enjoy a concert by Charlie Albright, Monica Ohuchi, and Kenji Bunch, with a reception following. Monica and Kenji will premiere the piece commissioned by OMTA to commemorate our designation as 2016 MTNA State Affiliate of the Year. The concert is included in your registration fee, but additional tickets may be purchased for friends, students, and family members.

2018 Conference Artists

OMTA and WSMTA are honored to welcome the following acclaimed artists to our 2018 conference.


Professor and Department Chair
Piano Faculty, Music History
Santa Clara University (CA)

American pianist Hans Boepple is an artist who shows rich musicality alongside stunning technical command.  His debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at age 10 set in motion collaboration with orchestras and conductors of international reputation. Boepple is a guest artist on solo and orchestral concert series across the United States.

A Steinway International Artist, Hans Boepple has received numerous performance honors, most notably First Prize in the International J.S. Bach Competition (Washington, DC). He is a prizewinner in the Kosciuszko Chopin (NYC), the MTNA national competitions and a six-time winner of the Coleman Chamber Music Award (Los Angeles). National Public Radio and Voice of America have broadcast his live performances.

Mr. Boepple earned both a Bachelor and Master of Music in Piano Performance and received the honor of a Performer’s Certificate from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he studied with renowned American pianist Sidney Foster. A full-time member of the piano faculty at the IU l974-78, Boepple joined the faculty of Santa Clara University (CA) in 1978.

In demand as an adjudicator, lecturer, and master teacher, Mr. Boepple balances his performance calendar with being a dedicated teacher. His students have earned more than 160 state, national, and international awards. He has received the Master Teacher Certificate from the Music Teachers National Association and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Association of Professional Music Teachers.

Charlie Albright


Hailed as “among the most gifted musicians of his generation” with a “dazzling natural keyboard affinity” who “made quite an impression” by the Washington Post, American pianist/composer/improviser Charlie Albright has been praised for his “jaw-dropping technique and virtuosity meshed with a distinctive musicality” by The New York Times. Recipient of the prestigious 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant and 2010 Gilmore Young Artist Award, Albright won the 2014 Ruhr Klavier Festival Young Artist Award presented by Marc-André Hamelin (Germany) and the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.  In addition to performing, Albright is sought after as a speaker, masterclass instructor, teacher, and competition judge.  His debut commercial recording, Vivace, has sold thousands of copies worldwide and the first of a 3-part Schubert Series of live, all-Schubert recordings was released in 2017.

Albright’s 2017-2018 Season includes solo debuts at the Bergen International Festival (Norway), with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, as well as return engagements with the Seattle, Des Moines, and Hilton Head Symphony Orchestras.  He begins a third 3-concert series of concerts at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum entitled Chopin and Albright, consisting of all Chopin works and an entirely improvised concert by the pianist.  Among many other concerts, Albright’s other engagements include a talk on improvisation at the 2017 National Conference for Keyboard Pedagogy and judging the 2018 Northwest Chopin Festival National Piano Competition.

Albright has appeared as a guest artist with such innumerable orchestras and regularly works with artists from all genres, including vocalist/conductor Bobby McFerrin, violinist Joshua Bell, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Albright’s compositions and improvisations have been likened to “the great Romantic-era composer-pianists” by Classical Source and have been praised as “thrilling” by the DC Metro Theatre Arts.

A firm believer in education, Albright founded the Charlie Albright Scholarship and Charlie Albright Piano, in collaboration with the Centralia College Foundation in his hometown. The Scholarship provides financial aid to music students, and money was raised to purchase a new 9-foot Steinway Piano for the college’s Corbet Hall.

Born in Centralia, Washington, Albright began piano lessons at the age of 3. He studied with Nancy Adsit and earned an Associate of Science degree at Centralia College while still in high school. He was the first classical pianist in the Harvard College/New England Conservatory 5-Year AB/MM Joint Program, completing a Bachelor’s Degree as an Economics major and Pre-Med student at Harvard in 2011, and a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance at NEC in 2012, having studied with Wha-Kyung Byun. He graduated with the prestigious Artist Diploma (A.D.) from The Juilliard School in 2014, having studied with Yoheved Kaplinsky.   For the latest information, please visit CharlieAlbright.com and Facebook.com/CharlieAlbrightPianist.

Kenji Bunch and Monica Ohuchi


Composer/performer Kenji Bunch has received acclaim from audiences, performers, and critics alike for his work combining vernacular American influences with techniques from his classical training to create a unique vocabulary of New American music. His compositions have been performed by over fifty American orchestras, and in premiere venues on six continents. Recordings of his music are regularly broadcast on radio worldwide and are available on 18 different record labels.

Mr. Bunch maintains an active performing career and is recognized for his own groundbreaking works for viola. Deeply committed to exploring connections with musicians from other backgrounds as well as artists of other disciplines, Mr. Bunch has collaborated with choreographers, film directors, actors, and prominent rock, jazz, folk, and experimental musicians.

A graduate of the Juilliard School and a 20-year veteran of the New York City musical world, he returned in 2013 to his native Portland, Oregon, where he lives with his wife, concert pianist Monica Ohuchi, their two children, and their dog, Coffee.

Mr. Bunch has served as Artistic Director of Fear No Music since 2014, and teaches viola and composition at Reed College and Portland State University, and is the head music theory teacher for the Portland Youth Philharmonic.

Monica Ohuchi, a native of Seattle, Washington, Ms. Ohuchi began her piano studies at the age of two with her mother, Sumiyo Ohuchi. Her past teachers include Marc Duran, Martin Canin, Bela Siki and David A. Brown.

Monica Ohuchi’s “commanding pianism” (The New York Times, Anthony Tommasini) allows her an active career as a piano soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. She is the pianist and Executive Director of Fear No Music, a founding member of the piano quartet Thunder Egg Consort, and performs locally with 45th Parallel, Chintimini Chamber Music Festival, and is a frequent guest on Portland ‘s All-Classical radio station. Her past engagements include soloing with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Marin Symphony Orchestra, Newport Symphony Orchestra, and the New Millennium Symphony Orchestra of Spain. Her solo album released on Helicon records label, “Monica’s Notebook”, is a series of piano Etudes written expressly for her by Kenji Bunch. Monica holds advanced degrees from the Juilliard School.  After fifteen years in New York City, Ms. Ohuchi recently relocated to Portland, Oregon where she now lives with her husband Kenji, their two young children and Pitbull-mix rescue dog.

See you in Vancouver in June!

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