We are now going to stream our 2020 OMTA State Conference online!

Thursday, June 25 – Friday, June 26, 2020


We will not be meeting in person in Florence, OR this year. Instead, you are invited to join us in the comfy virtual space of your own home. We will be live-streaming the entire conference direct to you. Registrants will be sent directions for how to access the live feed through our website a week before the conference.

Our General Membership meeting will also be held via video conference on Friday morning, June 26. Check back for more information.

Business meetings will be held via video conferences prior to the conference. Contact your chair or board member for that information.


Registration is open! 

The early bird price to access the live stream is $15.00/person through May 25. After May 25, the price increases to $20.00/person. Registration will include access to the live stream throughout the conference and, for those early bird registrants, a printed conference program mailed to you prior to the conference. (Registrants after May 25 will receive a program while supplies last.)

Conference Content

Conference presenters, Dr. Peter Mack and Dr. Jessica Pachecho-Hjelmstad are putting together fantastic presentations for you! Take a peak at a handful of what is coming your way…

  • Lower the Rear End of the Elephant Slowly into the Keys – Part 2 by Dr. Peter Mack (picking up where he left off at our 2013 OMTA Conference)
  • Well-Known Intermediate Pieces and How I Teach Them by Dr. Peter Mack

  • The Flavor of Brazil: A Lecture-Recital on Solo Piano Pieces for Beginners and Beyond by Brazilian Composers by Dr. Jessica Pachecho-Hjelmstad
  • Brazilian Four-hands: the history, repertoire, and tradition of piano duets in Brazil by Dr. Jessica Pachecho-Hjelmstad
  • YouTube, Emojis, and Memes:  How to Be One of the New Decade’s Coolest Teachers by Melody Morrison NCTM
  • OMTA Composer of the Year Recital featuring composer Nick Yandell and his composition “A Quiet Place in the Rain” for harp and cello
  • A Closer Look at MTNA Certification: Who can do it, What’s the process, and Why should I? by Rebekah Carter NCTM

Conference Schedule

Click here for our full, two-day conference schedule.

Additional Events

Conference Artist Recital
You won’t want to miss the dynamic performance of Irish pianist Peter Mack, streaming live in concert on Friday, June 26 at 6:00pm. This much anticipated recital is included with your all-access streaming pass. See Peter’s Mack’s biography below.

Advertise in the 2020 Conference Program

Conference registrants and advertisers will still benefit from a beautiful, printed program book, mailed to them prior to the conference, to follow along with during the live stream. This full color program booklet, with a finished size of 8.5”x11”, includes schedules, artist bios, recital programs, annual honors, and more!

2020 Conference Presenters/Artists Bios

OMTA is honored to welcome the following acclaimed artists to our 2020 conference.


Irish pianist Peter Mack is in great demand as a performer, clinician, convention artist, adjudicator, and teacher. Celebrated for his moving playing, and his easy rapport with audiences, he has performed throughout the United States and Europe, as well as in Australia, India, and the former Soviet Union. He is the winner of the New Orleans, Young Keyboard Artists, and Pacific International Piano Competitions. His prize in the Sherman-Clay competition included a Steinway grand piano. Naturally, he is a Steinway artist!

Peter Mack is well known for his extensive repertoire, having performed twenty-six concertos with orchestras. A choral scholar at Trinity College Dublin, and a fellow of Trinity College London, he has a doctorate in piano performance from the University of Washington. His principal teachers were Frank Heneghan, and Bela Siki. Past engagements include performances in two of the most acoustically perfect performance spaces in Europe; the Salle Cortot of the Ecole Normale in Paris, and the Haydnsaal of the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt, Austria.

Recently, Dr. Mack received the extraordinary honor of being asked to deliver both the Advanced Piano Masterclass at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) annual convention, and the Masterclass for MTNA Winners at the biennial National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP) in Illinois. His students are frequent winners of local, national, and international competitions. He is the proud teacher of twenty MTNA national finalists, and three MTNA national first place winners. Dr. Mack is Professor of Piano Performance at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.

“Mack is one of those lucky ones, born with a completely balanced set of talents. He has perfect piano hands, his technique is all but infallible, he has boundless temperament, style and taste, and above all, he communicates directly…. In all capacities he is indefatigable….” —Los Angeles Times


Born in Maringá (PR – Brazil), Dr. Pacheco-Hjelmstad has performed internationally, including countries such as Austria, Germany, Brazil, and the United States of America. She has also performed in Master Classes across the globe, and is an award-winning pianist in Brazil.

She graduated in 2008 as a Bachelor of Piano at the School of Music and Performing Arts at UFG (Federal University of Goias) in the class of Luiz Medalha Filho. Dr. Pacheco-Hjelmstad completed her Master’s Degree in Piano Performance at the University of Wyoming, where she studied piano with Theresa Bogard and studied composition with Anne Guzzo. In 2015, Dr. Pacheco-Hjelmstad completed her Doctorate Degree in Piano Performance (with a minor in Chamber Music) at the University of Georgia, where she studied piano with Martha Thomas.

Among her professional experiences, while living in Brazil, Jessica Pacheco-Hjelmstad was a private piano teacher, accompanist, orchestra pianist, arranger, and also a member (as a singer) of a Symphonic Choir. After moving to the USA, in 2010, Dr. Pacheco-Hjelmstad has worked as choir accompanist, private piano teacher, chamber music collaborator, and at the college level, has taught class piano, aural theory, and applied piano lessons. Since 2014, she has been presenting at many different conferences, on the regional and national level, around the United States. Those presentations include the 2017 National College of Music Society Conference, in Texas, the 2019 MTNA Collegiate Chapters Piano Pedagogy Symposium, in Virginia, the 2019 MTNA National Conference, in Washington, and the 2019 Texas MTA Conference, in Texas. Finally, she served as an adjudicator for several piano competitions and MTA achievement days.

Currently, she keeps a busy schedule performing chamber music nationally, with many different performers. In addition to the performances, she is a faculty member at Laramie County Community College, she teaches private piano lessons and chamber music in northern Colorado, and during the summer, she is the Colorado Kodaly Institute pianist and recital coordinator (at CSU).

See you online on June 25!