Join us at our 2021 State Conference!

Thursday, June 24 – Friday, June 25, 2021


Our 2021 OMTA Conference will be a hybrid model that includes both virtual attendees and a limited number of in-person attendees joining us in the beautiful setting of Bend, OR. Hosted at the Riverhouse Hotel where modern sophistication and world-class amenities meets the relaxing location on the banks of the Deschutes River, this conference will stimulate and inspire as colleagues from around the state gather to collaborate, refine their craft, and refresh themselves.

We are excited about this year’s conference. See below for all the details.


In-person registration is closed.

Virtual attendance costs $50.00 and includes access to the live stream throughout the conference and, for those who register prior to May 28, a printed conference program mailed to you prior to the conference. (Registrants after May 28 will receive a program while supplies last.)

Advertise in the 2021 Conference Program

Conference registrants and advertisers benefit from a beautiful, printed program book available to all registrants. This full color program booklet, with a finished size of 8.5”x11”, includes schedules, artist bios, recital programs, annual honors, and more!

Advertising orders and ad copy must be received by April 29, 2021.

Conference Content

Conference presenters, Dr. William Chapman Nyaho, Dr. Artina McCain, and others are putting together fantastic presentations for you! Take a peek at a handful of what is coming your way…

  • Performance Anxiety: Tips on Combating ‘The Shakes’ by Dr. William Chapman Nyaho
  • Kaleidoscope: Introducing Students to Underrepresented Composers by Dr. Artina McCain
  • Building Healthy Practice Techniques from Injury to Prevention by Dr. Artina McCain
  • Concert by Dr. William Chapman Nyaho
  • Heritage Concert by Dr. Artina McCain
  • The Beatles Reimagined by Gary Ruppert
  • Advanced and Intermediate Master Classes
  • And more!

Conference Schedule

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

2021 Conference Presenters/Artists Bios

OMTA is honored to welcome the following acclaimed artists to our 2021 conference.


Dr. William Chapman Nyaho grew up in Ghana, West Africa where he attended Achimota School. He later earned his degrees from St. Peter’s College, Oxford University, the Eastman School of Music and the University of Texas at Austin. He also studied at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève, Switzerland.

He currently serves on the piano faculty at Pacific Lutheran University as well as on the summer faculty of Interlochen Center for the Arts. He also has his private piano studio in Seattle, Washington and teaches students of all levels and ages. His students have been prizewinners at competitions and have been well placed in universities and colleges.

Chapman Nyaho’s professional experience includes being a North Carolina Visiting Artist and Associate Professor of Music at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he held the Heymann Endowed Professorship and was the recipient of the Distinguished Professor Award. He has served as Visiting Professor of Piano at Colby College, Maine, Artist-in-Residence at Willamette University, Oregon and piano professor at Adamant Music School, Vermont.

Chapman Nyaho is an active solo recitalist, duo pianist and chamber musician giving recitals and concerts in Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean and in cities across the United States where he advocates music by composers of African descent. He actively serves as a regular guest clinician at colleges and universities around the United States and has been an adjudicator for several national and international piano competitions. He has served on national committees for the College Music Society, Music Teachers’ National Association and the National Endowment for the Arts. Chapman Nyaho also serves on the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy board of trustees.

As an advocate for music of Africa and its diaspora, Chapman Nyaho’s publications include a five-volume anthology Piano Music of Africa and the African Diaspora published by Oxford University Press. His recordings include Aaron Copland: Music for Two Pianos, Senku: Piano Music by Composers of African Descent, Asa: Piano Music by Composers of African Descent, and Kete: Piano Music of Africa and the African Diaspora.


Described as a pianist with “power and finesse” (Dallas Arts Society), “beautiful and fiery” (KMFA Austin) and having a “sense of color, balance and texture” (Austin Chamber Music Center) Artina McCain, has a built a three-fold career as a performer, educator and speaker. Recent performance highlights include guest appearances with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Oregon East Symphony, and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. As a recitalist, her credits include performances at the Mahidol University in Bangkok, Hatch Recital Hall in Rochester, Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens in Jacksonville, FL and the Desoto Arts Commission in Desoto,TX. In 2022, she will have her debut at Wigmore Hall in London performing the works of Fred O.

McCain’s performances have been heard on radio CKWR Toronto, KMFA Classical Austin, and Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK). Television appearances include features on CSPAN for the MLK 50 Commemoration. McCain is a three-time Global Music Awards winner including collaborative projects “I, Too” (Naxos), with soprano Icy Monroe, focused on African American Spirituals and Art Songs and “Shades” a collaboration with her husband and duo partner Martin McCain.

Dedicated to promoting the works of Black and other underrepresented composers, McCain curates Black Composers Concerts for multiple arts organizations and is an American Prize winner for her solo piano recordings of these works and won a Gold Global Music Award for her recent album project Heritage. She has also won performance awards for curating the Austin Chamber Music Centers’ Black Composers Concert from the Austin Critics Table. In 2021, Hal Leonard will publish her transcriptions of African American Folk Songs.

McCain was a featured inspirational leader in the award-winning PBS documentary series Roadtrip Nation: Degree of Impact in an episode exploring the real-world impact of professionals with doctoral degrees in and outside of academia.

After years of battling a performance injury and now enjoying 10 years of full recovery, McCain is an advocate for musicians’ wellness. Her article on performance injury and Muscle Activation Techniques was published in Clavier Companion and she is a regular contributor for the Piano Magazine. To help other musicians, she hosts an annual Musicians Wellness Forum in Austin, TX which explores the benefits and options for alternative care. McCain has presented on these topics and others at the Music Teachers National Association Conference and the National Conference of Keyboard Pedagogy.

McCain has performed and served on the faculty of numerous summer festivals including the Austin Chamber Music Festival, the Illinois Summer Youth Music, the Gateways Music Festival in Rochester, NY, and the Walled City Music International Piano Festival and Competition in Ireland. McCain graduated cum laude from Southern Methodist University. She received her Master of Music from Cleveland Institute of Music and holds a doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Currently, she is Assistant Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis and Co-Founder/Director of the Memphis International Piano Festival and Competition.

Artina McCain is a Yamaha Artist.


Gary, a classical and jazz pianist, has been a performer and educator in Oregon for more than 45 years. He is a multifaceted musician, having worked as Assistant Musical Director in professional summer stock theater, guest soloist with the Corvallis/OSU Symphony on multiple occasions, a church choir director, and jazz performer in many locations around Oregon and California.

His entire career has been centered around helping audiences better understand and appreciate what they are listening to, no matter what style that may be. As a past president of Oregon Music Teachers’ Association and original author of their jazz syllabus, he has been actively engaged with teachers and students. As a music faculty member, Chair of Performing Arts, and later Dean of Liberal Arts, Gary has a comprehensive grasp of education and the need for a broad-based understanding of all the arts. He and his wife reside in the Bend/Redmond area.


Cindy Peterson-Peart, NCTM, holds a Bachelor’s degree in music from Willamette University. As an independent teacher, she has maintained a vibrant and busy piano studio for more than 30 years. She is active as an adjudicator and clinician, judging exams and festivals and giving presentations throughout Oregon. Cindy currently holds the office of Music Teachers National Association Vice President.

She is an active member of OMTA and serves on several state and local committees. Previous leadership positions include MTNA Northwest Division Director, MTNA Collegiate Chapters Forum Chair, Chair of the MTNA State Presidents Advisory Council, MTNA Membership Committee member, Senior Coordinator for the MTNA Performance Competition at the state and division levels, OMTA Conference Chair, OMTA President and President of Portland District. She was honored to be named Oregon’s 2020 Foundation Fellow. In her spare time, Cindy enjoys performing with Too Grand!, an eight hand piano ensemble that donates private concerts to benefit local charitable organizations. To date, Too Grand! has raised over four hundred thousand dollars for local charities.

About our organization, Cindy says “Now more than ever, I think we all value connection and support. For me, OMTA and MTNA have always provided that. The continuing education opportunities they offer, as well as the mentoring I’ve received from wonderful colleagues, have shaped and continue to influence who I am as a teacher. Personally, many of my closest friendships have grown from connections I made through OMTA. We’ve raised our families together, supported each other through bad times and good, celebrated each other’s accomplishments, and shared our lifelong love of music. I’m excited to share with you the innovative resources MTNA has to offer as we explore what the future holds.”


See you in June!