2017 Conference Details

Friday, July 14 — Sunday, July 16, 2017

Conference check-in begins at 8:30am on Friday, with the first session beginning at 9:30am. The conference will conclude at 12:00pm on Sunday, July 16.

Business meetings will occur Thursday, July 13 in the oceanfront Sandpiper and Neptune rooms.

LocationChinook Winds Casino Resort

Chinook Winds Casino Resort
1777 NW 44th St
Lincoln City, OR



Early Bird Registration is open through May 31. Register early to get the best rate! Lunches are included unless otherwise noted below.

Rates: Before May 31/After May 31

  • OMTA Member  $135/$165
  • New MTNA/OMTA Member (since July 1, 2015)  $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 23, 2017. Meal additions or changes will not be available after June 23 nor onsite. All full conference registrations and day passes will not include the lunch buffet after June 23.



Hotel rooms are available to reserve now! The Chinook Winds Hotel features Deluxe rooms offering a single king or double queen beds and full ocean view. They also have budget-friendly, compact rooms featuring a single queen bed and casino view. Rates for Chinook Winds Hotel are $154 per night for a Deluxe room and $79 per night for a Compact room. Their sister hotel, Liberty Inn, located just down the street, features Deluxe rooms for $149 per night. These rooms offer single king, single queen, and double queen beds, with distant ocean view or forest view. Hotel stays can be extended for three days before or after the conference for the same reduced rates!

Please reference the OMTA State Conference to receive these rates.

To reserve a room contact:

Chinook Winds Casino Resort Hotel
(541) 994-3655

Liberty Inn
(541) 994-1777
Please have your credit card available when making a reservation.
Guest room check-in is 4:00pm
Guest room check-out is 11:00am

Roommate for Conference?

If you need a roommate for Conference, check out the Conference roommate list for others who may be looking. Either add your name to the list or contact someone whose name is already on the list by looking them up in the OMTA Directory.

2017 Conference Roommate Request List

Housing Rebates

Don’t let the cost of a hotel room keep you from coming to the conference. We can help!

Thanks to a grant from the Nellie Tholen Fund at the Oregon Community Foundation, OMTA members for whom housing costs present a burden are invited to apply for a housing rebate of up to half of the cost of a shared room.

2017 Conference Housing Rebate Form



Breakfast is not included with your registration. However, for those staying in the Chinook Winds Casino Resort Hotel, there are multiple restaurants onsite that are open for breakfast. For those staying at the Liberty Inn, there is a complimentary full breakfast buffet.


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


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

Special Events

Composer Of The Year Recital — Free

You are invited to join us on Friday at 2:00pm as we honor and hear OMTA Composer of the Year, Alexander Schwarzkopf and his winning composition. A reception will follow this recital. Find out more about Alexander Schwarzkopf in the bio section below.

Friday Night Lincoln County Evening Concert

Presented by our Lincoln County district hosts, you won’t want to miss this spotlight concert of local members on Friday at 7:00pm.

Saturday Night Awards Banquet — $30

Join us on Saturday night for a catered dinner and awards banquet. There will be a no-host happy hour immediately preceding the banquet. We’ll honor our lifetime membership award recipients and our 2018 Foundation Fellow. Don’t forget our silent auction and wall-of-wine raffle. Banquet options are below. Baquet tickets are available as an additional ticket option when you register and cost $30.00/person.

Banquet Choices

  • Marinated Bone-In Chicken Breast
    Seared chicken served atop a soft corn pudding served with a rich elderberry reduction
  • Cornmeal Dusted Pacific Cod
    Cornmeal dusted cod served with a tarragon-scented potato cake and finished with a tomato-fennel cream
  • Three Sisters in Puff Pastry (Vegetarian)
    The Native American farming combination of corn, beans and squash are bound together with fresh herbs in gold brown puff pastry

Saturday Night Concert

Following the banquet, at 8:00pm, we will enjoy a concert by our conference artist, Dr. Kiyoshi Tamagawa, with a reception following. The concert is included in your registration fee, but additional tickets may be purchased for friends, students and family members.

Schedule of Conference Sessions and Pre-Conference Meetings

Click here for a detailed schedule of Conference sessions as well as session descriptions.

Thursday, July 13
Meeting of Syllabus Committee
Meeting of Syllabus Adjudicators
Meeting of District Syllabus Chairs
Meeting of Presidents’ Round Table
Long Range Planning Session/Board Meeting

Friday, July 14

Opening Remarks
From AMB to WTC: Teaching the Basics of Contrapuntal Playing at the Keyboard | Dr. Kiyoshi Tamagawa

The Birth of Piano Technique Through Piano Repertoire | Dr. Margarita Denenburg

Fear No Music’s Young Composers Project

Composer of the Year Concert | Alexander Schwarzkopf

Lost Gems of the Teaching Repertoire | Dr. Julie Knerr

Saturday, July 15
Helpful Tips for Any Website Design | Dr. Margarita Denenburg (Be sure to bring your laptops!)

Intermediate/Advanced Baroque Masterclass | Dr. Kiyoshi Tamagawa

Piano Safari Overview | Dr. Julie Knerr

Challenges and Solutions with Transfer Students | Dr. Margarita Denenburg

Sunday, July 16
General Membership Meeting

Echoes from the East: Claude Debussy and the Javanese Gamelan | Dr. Kiyoshi Tamagawa


Click here for a detailed schedule of Conference sessions as well as session descriptions.

Silent Auction & Wall-of-Wine Raffle

In support of the MTNA and OMTA Foundations, we are excited to announce that there will be silent auction offered through Saturday night of the Conference. You are invited to view the many wonderful items our districts have donated and bid on items that catch your fancy. Items can range from beautiful sculptures to gourmet foods to music CDs and tickets. If you would like to donate items to be included in the silent auction, please contact Rebecca Gooch.

We also will be conducting a Wall-of-Wine raffle to benefit our foundations. All attendees are invited to purchase and donate a favorite bottle of wine of their choosing that has a value of $15 or more (does not necessarily need to have cost you $15). They may drop it off at conference check-in. Raffle tickets will then be available for purchase through Saturday night. We will raffle off as many bottles as we receive with three special bottles added to the inventory and up for grabs!

Donations are tax-deductible. For more information about the MTNA Foundation click here.


Presenter and Conference Artist | Dr. Kiyoshi Tamagawa

14611_kiyoshi_tamagawaKIYOSHI TAMAGAWA is Professor of Music and past Associate Dean of the Sarofim School of Fine Arts at Southwestern University in Georgetown.

He has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist throughout North America, as well as Europe and Asia. His collaboration with the late violinist Eugene Fodor resulted in over thirty recitals and a CD, “Witches’ Brew.”

Among the venues at which he appeared are Bargemusic, Merkin Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York; Wigmore Hall in London; and the Chicago Cultural Center, on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts.

He has twice appeared with the Temple (TX) Symphony Orchestra as soloist in concertos by Rachmaninoff and Mozart. Other recent orchestra appearances have been with the Austin (TX) Symphony Orchestra in performances of the Piano Concerto in C major, K. 503 by Mozart, and with the Oahu Civic Orchestra, Honolulu, HI.

In 2015 he completed a tour of Asia and a CD recording with Southwestern University faculty cellist Hai Zheng.

Dr. Tamagawa received his early musical training in Connecticut, where he made his debut with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra at the age of thirteen. He holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory, Yale University School of Music, and The University of Texas at Austin.

His writings have appeared in American Music Teacher, American Suzuki Journal and American String Teacher, and he has presented papers and sessions at regional and national conferences, including those of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Music Teachers’ National Association, and College Music Society.

He is a past recipient of the Collegiate Teaching Award of the Texas Music Teachers’ Association. This fall he was awarded the Third Prize in a national competition, the Lorin Hollander Piano Concerto Award, one of the annual American Prize awards (theamericanprize.org).

Presenter | Dr. Margarita Denenburg, NCTM

Denenburg photo1MARGARITA DENENBURG, NCTM is Assistant Professor of Keyboard Studies at Heidelberg University, where she teaches applied piano and pedagogy among other courses. Dr. Denenburg was recognized for her teaching effectiveness through several campus and statewide awards, including the “Merit Faculty Award” (Fall 2015), the “Innovative Teaching Award” (Spring 2016), and the “Excellence in Education Award” for the state of Ohio (Fall 2016).

Dr. Denenburg has articles with American Music Teacher, Clavier Companion, and Piano Pedagogy Forum as well as reviewing More Classics to Moderns, Books 1-6, Second Series with AMT. Additionally, she served as a reviewer for the Rowman Littlefield, formerly Scarecrow in Fall 2016.

In Summer 2016, Dr. Denenburg created the very first Practical Piano Pedagogy Workshop at Heidelberg University, biennial three-day event that is designed in chronological manner, from the very first piano lesson until the more mature years of the pianist. The focus of this workshop is to promote healthy technique for young beginners, helping to raise awareness and spread the knowledge of healthy pianistic foundation.

In addition to Practical Piano Pedagogy Workshop, Dr. Denenburg is an active presenter and researcher. In 2017, Dr. Denenburg is presenting at three College Music Society conferences: Great Lakes Conference at Murray State University, KY, Rocky Mountain Conference at Eastern New Mexico University, NM, and Northeast Regional Conference at SUNY Plattsburgh University, NY (March-April). She is also invited as a guest speaker at the Oregon Music Teacher Association (August) and will present at the Ohio Music Teacher Association (October). Internationally, in Spring 2015, Dr. Denenburg presented at the University of Savoy and Chambery Conservatory, France.

Dr. Denenburg is on the College Music Society Great Lakes program review committee, and chairs the Commissioned Composer for Ohio Music Teachers Association as well as Ohio Federation Music Club MA Scholarship Award.

Margarita Denenburg enjoys the performance aspect of her profession. She presented Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” with pianist Dr. Gerald Evans, culminating with concerts in France, she continues to explore the music of holocaust, specifically the music by Gideon Klein, and maintains other solo as well as collaborative engagements.

After receiving her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in piano performance from Arizona State University, she graduated with distinction from University of Southern California in 2012 with a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance.

Presenter | Dr. Julie Knerr

Knerr photoJULIE KNERR teaches piano at her home studio in Windsor, Connecticut.

Julie taught applied piano, piano pedagogy, and group piano as a faculty member at the University of Missouri, Oklahoma City University, and Ohio University, and the Hartt Community Division.

She holds a PhD in Music Education with an Emphasis in Piano Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma, where her dissertation on elementary level piano technique was nominated for the Best PhD Dissertation Award in 2006. Additional degrees include MM degrees in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where Dr. Knerr studied piano and harpsichord; and a BM in Piano Performance from the University of Puget Sound. Her mentors in Piano Pedagogy include Jane Magrath, Barbara Fast, Christos Tsitsaros, and Reid Alexander.

Julie is the coauthor, with Katherine Fisher, of the Piano Safari Method, an innovative curriculum for beginning pianists.

She is a frequent adjudicator at festivals and competitions throughout the United States. Her current research interests include elementary level piano technique, lesser known pre-college piano repertoire, and group piano pedagogy.

OMTA Composer of the Year | Alexander Schwarzkopf

ALEXANDER SCHWARZKOPF was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to a family of creative artists.  His mother was a professional actress and puppeteer and his father is a prolific string player, painter and former architect during the late Bauhaus in Stuttgart, Germany.  Alexander wrote his first compositions at the age of 12 and has since premiered his works in the United States, Brazil and Germany, including at the Oregon Bach Festival Composer’s Symposium, Makrokosmos Project Festival, Zeitgeist Mad Hatter’s Composer-Pianist Series, Newton Free Library, Festival for Moving Arts (Commissioned by Bill Evans Dance), KiMo Theatre, Piano Perspectives Festival, Keller Hall at the University of New Mexico, Wheeler Hall at Casper College, and Perspectives of Sound- Cascadia Composers (NACUSA), in Brazil at the Instituto de Artes (UFRGS), in Porto Alegre, Germany at the Klavier Festival Lindlar, Piano Forte Köln and DeutscherTonKünstlerVerein “Musik Aktiv.”

Alexander is the founder and artistic director of “Piano Perspectives @ AMoCA,” a festival and masterclass held at the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art in Roswell, New Mexico. This festival focuses on the intersection of music and visual art, which inspired such compositions as Schwarzkopf’s recent work “T.P.” (2016) for Trumpet, Piano and Visual Artist, premiered with Brian McWhorter and Hannes Bend. Upcoming events featuring Schwarzkopf’s compositions during the 2017 season will take place at the John Donald Robb Composers Symposium at the University of New Mexico- “Recycled Wheels” (2015), a collaboration between Schwarzkopf and puppeteer Lisa Sturz at the Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville, North Carolina -“Dialogues” (2008) and “Recycled Wheels” (2015), and a concert at the Klavier Festival Lindlar in Germany- “Perspectives” (2016), “Intersections” (2016) and “Recycled Wheels” (2015).

Alexander was named the OMTA Composer of the Year for 2017 by the Oregon Music Teachers Association. Alexander has participated in composition and improvisation master classes with Anthony Braxton, Martin Bresnick, Robert Kyr,  Art Lande, Ellis Marsalis, John McDonald, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Kurt Schwaen (Berlin), Gary Smart and William Wood. Alexander holds the Degree Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance, with concentrations in Collaborative Piano and Piano Pedagogy from the University of Oregon. Alexander lives in Eugene, Oregon.

Alexander has recorded one compact disc, titled “Figures: 17 Choreographic Etudes for Piano” (2006) by Falko Steinbach, available on Centaur Records.  For further information on pianist, composer and teacher Alexander Schwarzkopf, please visit his website at: www.ajsmusic.org.



Hope to see you at the coast in 2017!

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