Summer can’t come fast enough for our 2019 annual state conference.

Thursday, August 22 – Saturday, August 24, 2019

The 2019 OMTA State Conference will be held at the beautiful new Erb Memorial Union Building at the University of Oregon in Eugene! We’ve booked pianist and prolific FJH author Dr. Helen Marlais from Grand Rapids Michigan; Alfred composer and clinician Dennis Alexander from Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Joy Morin, twice the recipient of MTNA Teacher Enrichment Grants and student of Edwin Gordon’s work in Music Learning Theory. The conference artist will be Dr. Oksana Ezhokina, Chair of Piano Faculty at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, and Artistic Director of several flagship classical music programs at Icicle Creek Center for the Arts in Leavenworth, WA.

More details about the 2019 conference schedule and presenters to come. Stay tuned!

Business meetings will be held Wednesday, August 21.


University of Oregon
Erb Memorial Union Building
1395 University St
Eugene, OR 97403


Registration will open in spring of 2019

2019 Conference Presenters/Artists

OMTA is honored to welcome the following acclaimed artists to our 2019 conference.

Helen Marlais


Pianist and FJH Music Company Author

Dr. Marlais is one of the most prolific authors in the field of educational piano books and an exclusive writer for The FJH Music Company Inc. The critically acclaimed and award-winning piano series, Succeeding at the Piano® A Method for Everyone, Succeeding with the Masters®, The Festival Collection®, In Recital®, Sight Reading and Rhythm Every Day®, Write, Play, and Hear Your Theory Every Day®, and The FJH Contemporary Keyboard Editions, among others, included in The FJH Pianist’s Curriculum® by Helen Marlais, are designed to guide students from the beginner through advanced levels. Dr. Marlais has given pedagogical workshops in virtually every state in the country and is an FJH showcase presenter at the national piano teachers’ conventions.



Composer and Clinician

Since his affiliation with Alfred Publishing Company in 1986 as a composer and clinician, Dennis Alexander has earned an international reputation as one of North America’s most prolific and popular composers of educational piano music for students at all levels. Professor Alexander retired from his position at the University of Montana in May 1996 where he taught piano and piano pedagogy for 24 years. Upon moving to California, he taught privately in addition to serving on the faculties of Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Northridge. He currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he maintains an active composing and touring schedule for Alfred Publishing Company.

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Teacher, Pianist, Speaker, Writer

Joy Morin is a teacher, pianist, speaker, and writer of a blog at She teaches students of all ages at her independent piano studio in Bowling Green, Ohio. A devoted teacher and lifelong learner, Joy has twice been the recipient of MTNA Teacher Enrichment Grants, enabling her to further pursue her interest in Edwin Gordon’s work in Music Learning Theory (MLT) and complete certifications from the Gordon Institute for Music Learning ( in both Piano and Early Childhood Music. An active member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Joy currently serves as VP of Affiliated Associations for OhioMTA and Co-President of the Toledo Piano Teachers Association. She has given presentations on the topics of music learning theory, piano teaching literature, studio business, and piano method books at local, state, and national association levels. Joy holds a Master’s degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant, Michigan) and a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from Hope College (Holland, Michigan).

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Recitalist and Chamber Musician
Chair of Piano Faculty at Pacific Lutheran University

Russian-born pianist Oksana Ezhokina is Chair of the Piano Faculty and Assistant Professor of Music at Pacific Lutheran University. An artist of great breadth and versatility, she appears frequently as guest recitalist and chamber musician on concert series across the United States and abroad. She has soloed with the Seattle Symphony, St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic in Russia, Tacoma Symphony, and performed in venues such as the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Davies Orchestra Hall in San Francisco, and Klassik Keyifler Festival in Turkey. A dedicated performer of new music, she has premiered works by Marilyn Shrude, Wayne Horvitz, Bern Herbolsheimer, and Laura Kaminsky, among others. She has been featured on multiple live radio broadcasts on such stations as WFMT-Chicago, KUOW and KING FM in Seattle, Maine Public Radio and NPR Performance Today. Her collaborations have included concerts with the Seattle Chamber Players, Avalon String Quartet, violinists Ian Swensen and Andrew Jennings, and cellists Johannes Moser and Anthony Elliott.

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Violinist, Associate Professor at Northern Illinois University

Violinist Marie Wang, has been in the Avalon String Quartet since its inception in 1995. As a member of this award winning ensemble, she has captured top prizes at the Concert Artists Guild and the Munich ARD international competitions. The quartet has been invited to perform at Wigmore Hall, Carnegie & Weill Halls, Alice Tully, 92nd St Y, Herculessaal (Munich),and the Library of Congress, among others. Marie has collaborated with artists such as Gilbert Kalish, Juilliard and Pacifica Quartets and members of the Emerson Quartet. Her recordings with the quartet can be found on Cedille Records, Albany Records and on Channel Classics.
Marie’s solo recitals have been broadcast on NPR and her Concerto appearances have been broadcast on CBC Radio Canada. She was a finalist in the CIBC National Music Competition and was a “Berol Rising Star” at the Caramoor Music Festival, NY.
Ms. Wang received a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from McGill University, a master’s degree in performance from Northern Illinois University. She also holds an Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School in Quartet Studies while she served as a teaching assistant to the Juilliard Quartet as a part of the Lisa Arnold Graduate Quartet Residency. Presently, Marie serves as an Associate Professor of Violin at Northern Illinois University. Prior to her appointment at NIU, she was an Artist in Residence at Indiana University South Bend.


See you in Eugene in August 2019!