Check out highlights from our 2021 conference!

Thursday, June 23 – Friday, June 24, 2022

Our 2022 OMTA Conference will be a hybrid model that includes in-person attendees joining us in one of our favorite coastal towns of Florence, as well as a virtual option. Conference presentations and concerts will be presented at the Florence Events Center, and accommodations will be available at the Driftwood Shores Resort. This conference will stimulate and inspire as colleagues from around the state gather to collaborate, refine their craft, and refresh themselves.


Florence Events Center
715 Quince St
Florence, OR 97439


EARLY BIRD PRICING (through May 22) Lunch is included for in-person registrations unless otherwise specified below.

· In-person Registration, OMTA Member | $150
· In-person Registration, Family Member | $60 (No lunches included) 
· In-person or Virtual Registration, New Member of MTNA and OMTA | FREE (Joined after April 1, 2021)
· In-person or Virtual Registration, Collegiate Student | FREE (No lunches included) 
· In-person Registration, Non-OMTA Member | $185
· Virtual Streaming Online | $75

PRICING (after May 22) Lunch is included for in-person registrations unless you sign up after June 9 or otherwise specified below.

· In-person Registration, OMTA Member | $185
· In-person Registration, Family Member | $75 (No lunches included) 
· In-person or Virtual Registration, New Member of MTNA and OMTA | FREE (Joined after April 1, 2021)
· In-person or Virtual Registration, Collegiate Student | FREE (No lunches included) 
· In-person Registration, Non-OMTA Member | $220
· Virtual Streaming Online | $75

In-person registration includes access to attend all sessions and concerts, a printed conference program, as well as lunch on Thursday and Friday, unless otherwise specified. Virtual attendance includes access to the live stream for all sessions and concerts and, for those who register by May 30, a printed conference program mailed to you prior to the conference. (Registrations received after May 30 will receive a program while supplies last.) When not provided, lunches are available for purchase at registration before June 10.

Financial Incentives for OMTA Members

  • New members of OMTA/MTNA since April 1, 2021 get free registration.
  • Room rebates of $50/night (3 night max) are available thanks to the Nellie Tholen Grant to help defray hotel costs. The application form will be in the registration packets at conference.


Driftwood Shores Resort
88416 1st Ave
Florence, OR 97439

Lodging choices for June 2022 (discounted rate before tax)

  • Single Queen with microwave, fridge, coffee maker. $148/night
  • Single Queen with Full Kitchen. $215/night
  • King Room with Full Kitchen and loveseat. $215/night
  • Double Queen w/Full Kitchen. $224/night
  • Three-bedroom Condo with Living Room and Full Kitchen. $371/night

It is possible to make reservations right now! All you need to do is go to the Driftwood Shores website,, or call 1-800-422-5091. Use our group code of 349589 with the PIN number 8263 to make your reservation and receive our discounted rate.

(If you encounter a blank page, scroll down to find the form. You cannot make reservations using a mobile browser.)

Pier Point Best Western
85625 US-101
Florence, OR 97439

OMTA also has a block of 10 rooms reserved at the Pier Point Best Western for members. The Best Western does offer a nice breakfast with each room, and it is closer to both the Florence Events Center and the historic section of Florence with many nice restaurants on the riverfront. The prices at the Best Western do increase for Friday night lodging.

The double queens and King rooms are $177.99 (before taxes and fees) for Wednesday and Thursday nights, and $224.99 for Friday night.

Be sure to mention the OMTA group when you call. The phone number is: 541-997-7191.

These rooms are only available to us until May 22 then they will revert to the seasonal price.

Awards Banquet

In-person attendees, we hope you’ll join us on Thursday night for a special catered dinner and awards banquet. We’ll honor our lifetime membership award recipients and our 2023 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 $35.00/person.

This will be a buffet style dinner with advance main course selection required. Entrées include the following sides: Mashed Potatoes (V), Green Salad w/Assorted Dressings (GF/VG), Rolls and Butter (V), and Marionberry Cobbler (V). Entrée selections:

  • Salmon with Chef’s Glaze (GF)
  • Seared Chicken Breast with Mushroom Sauce (GF)
  • Torta Rustica (Vegetarian but not Vegan)
    Thinly sliced potatoes layered w/spinach, mozzarella, roasted red peppers & parmesan

Advertise in the 2022 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 8, 2022.

Vendor Opportunities

Your organization is invited to be an exhibitor at the 2022 OMTA Conference. Our vendors will enjoy excellent hours and close proximity to every room hosting workshops, recitals, classes, and dining. Food is NOT included in your vendor registration.

Conference Content

Conference presenters, Jeeyoon Kim, Andrew Brownell, and others are assembling fantastic presentations and concerts for you! Take a peek at a handful of what is coming your way…

  • An Entrepreneurial Mindset in a Disrupted World — Karen Thickstun, NCTM, President MTNA
  • Mentoring Young Musicians Through the Fast-changing Musical Landscape of the 21st Century — Dr. Jeeyoon Kim
  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel, A Reconsideration — Dr. Andrew Brownell
  • Leveling Repertoire for OMTA Syllabus –- Panel Discussion
  • Intermediate Master Class with Dr. Jeeyoon Kim
  • Advanced Master Class with Dr. Andrew Brownell
  • Three recitals presented by our distinguished conference artists and our Composer of the Year!

Conference Schedule

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

2022 Conference Presenters/Artists Bios

OMTA is honored to welcome the following acclaimed artists to our 2022 conference.


Award-winning classical pianist Jeeyoon Kim has delighted audiences across the U.S. and around the world with her sparkling combination of sensitive artistry, broad emotional range, impeccable technique, and uniquely engaging and innovative concert experiences.

From the start of her career, beginning with her celebrated 2016 debut album, 10 More Minutes, Jeeyoon has thrilled classical music fans with her artful performances and connected with attendees who are decidedly younger than average by engaging in a conversation with her audience from onstage. Her second album and concert project, Over. Above. Beyond., further stretched the mold for classical piano performances by collaborating with New York-based artist Moonsub Shin to deliver a multi-media experience that was also captured in an award-winning music video.

Kim’s next project, 시음 /si-úm/, has started during her 2020 residency in the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity for their Concert in the 21st Century program, and it incorporates poetry and black & white photography. Her dedication to pushing the boundaries of traditional classical music to connect with new audiences has inspired a dedicated and passionate fan base that defies conventional wisdom.

Jeeyoon began studying the piano when she was just four years old, and her love of music and the piano propelled her through her undergraduate studies in piano performance in her native Korea. After moving to the U.S., she graduated with distinction with a Master’s Degree and a Doctorate Degree in Piano Performance with a full scholarship from Indiana University’s renowned Jacob School of Music.

In pursuit of an even deeper understanding of music and refining her ability to share it with others, she earned another Master’s Degree in music education, Piano Pedagogy, with a full scholarship from Butler University, where she also simultaneously served as a faculty member. A testament to Jeeyoon’s abilities as an educator: she was recognized with the ‘Top Music Teacher Award’ from Steinway and Sons for 3 years in a row from 2016 to 2018.

Today, between performances at venues like Carnegie Hall, the Chamber Music Society in San Francisco, and the Stradivari Society in Chicago, Jeeyoon remains focused on finding new ways to connect with audiences and bring a fresh perspective to the magic of classical piano music. Her fast-growing podcast, Journey through Classical Piano, is dedicated to helping people of all musical tastes and backgrounds discover the beauty of classical music. It delivers 15-minute episodes that feature concert-like musical experiences and in-depth exploration of classical compositions, hosted by Jeeyoon.

In 2021, Jeeyoon released her first book, Whenever You’re Ready, to gives readers a personal glimpse into her life, shares wisdom and insights she’s gained from her experiences, and shows people how to achieve their own personal and professional success. “In the rarified world of classical music, talent is never enough,” says Tim Wilson, Executive Director of Western Arts Alliance. “With Whenever You’re Ready, she reveals the secrets of success in five life-changing movements.” Kim’s passion and youth bring a refreshing and accessible perspective to the classical music genre, helping to bridge the generation gap and deliver her ideas to audiences beyond the music world.

Jeeyoon also continues to use her pedigree as an educator with a community residency. In her role as an active visiting artist, she connects with students in a classroom teaching “how to listen to and appreciate classical music,” motivating and inspiring the new generation of audiences. She has led numerous master classes and workshops nationally for music organizations and conferences such as MTNA (Music Teachers’ National Association) and MTAC (Music Teachers’ Association of California). In March 2022, she will be featured as a session speaker at the MTNA national conference in Minneapolis, speaking on the topic: “Pie in the Sky: Untold Recipes for a Successful Life in Music.

Jeeyoon is an art activist, author, educator, podcaster, and award-winning performer who strives to connect with new audiences and help them discover the magic of classical music. Currently she is working on translating the book in Korean to be published in South Korea in the summer 2022. Her next album, 시음 /si-úm/, is scheduled to be released this April from Namus Classics. She is currently located in San Diego, where she maintains a lifestyle of daily walking and surfing with her private studio, Dr. Kim Piano Academy.

Praise and awards:

  • “One of the next great stars of the music world.” — Manistee News
  • “Exquisite, absolutely phenomenal! She is a perfect window for music to speak for itself. That is a rare gift to the world…” —Susan Kitterman, former Artistic Director from New World Youth Symphony
  • “I urge you to make Jeeyoon Kim’s acquaintance. She is very much her own artist, and possesses that most important quality, the ability to make you want to listen to her.” — Dave Saemann, Fanfare magazine
  • “Beautiful control of the instrument, superior technique, and all of that emotion shows up in her sound as well as watching her. I am awed by her talent. It would be criminal for the world not to hear Jeeyoon perform…” — Gary Walter, Jazz Pianist
  • “She brings not only a wealth of talent but also a fresh and wonderful way of presenting classical music to her audiences. She creates a conversation and connection between performer and audience. One feels as though they have been invited into her home.” — Matthew Thomas, Executive Director of the Shoreline Music Society in Michigan
  • The music video for Over. Above. Beyond. won the “Best Music Video” Platinum Award from the Independent Short Awards in Los Angeles, and was an Official Selection at the Red Wood Film Festival, the Rome Independent Prisma Award, the Cine Fern Film Festival, and others.
  • Double Gold Medal winner for Emerging Artist and Instrumentalist at Global Music Awards in 2018
  • Winner of the Beverly Hills National Competition of 2018

A final word from Jeeyoon:

“As a pianist, one of my most rewarding moments is when I feel that I am deeply connected with listeners in the very moment of sharing music. My mission as a pianist is to create a bridge between audiences and me as a performer, so they get to have a chance to discover the magic of music. I have always hoped that at some point, my music would be delivered to someone’s heart. I can’t think of better way of spending my life.”


Since winning 2nd Prize at the 2006 Leeds Competition, Andrew Brownell has pursued an active and varied international performing career. Critics regularly remark on his creative programming and interpretive insight. Musical Opinion has described him as “potentially one of the most significant pianists of his generation”, and The Oregonian wrote that Brownell “impresses as much with his mind as with his hands… the anti-Lang Lang.”

Mr. Brownell won 2nd Prize ex aequo at the 2002 International J. S. Bach Competition in Leipzig, making him the first American pianist to have ever won a prize in the history of the competition. He also won 1st Prize at the 2005 J.N. Hummel Competition in Bratislava, has since achieved widespread recognition as “one of the foremost Hummel interpreters of our time” (Hudobný Život), and is an honorary member of the Hummel Gesellschaft in Weimar. His edition of the Piano Concerto in a minor, Op. 85 was released by Breitkopf & Härtel in 2016.

Highlights for the current season include solo and chamber music appearances in Europe, Asia, and North America. Mr. Brownell’s performances have aired on BBC radio and television, Classic FM (UK), NPR, CBC, Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, and RBB KulturRadio. He has been soloist with orchestras such as the Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Slovak Philharmonic, and the Hermitage State Orchestra (Russia); and he has collaborated with such conductors as Sir Mark Elder, Owain Arwel Hughes CBE, André Bernard, and Murray Sidlin.

A native of Portland, Oregon, Andrew Brownell began studying the piano at the age of four. His teachers have included Nancy Weems and Horacio Gutiérrez at the University of Houston; John Perry at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles); and Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music in London, where he earned a doctorate. An enthusiastic collaborative artist, Andrew Brownell was a member of a prize-winning trio at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition (USA) and has appeared in concert with principals of orchestras such as the Philharmonia, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and Vienna Philharmonic. In 2017, he joined the faculty of the Butler School of Music, The University of Texas at Austin.


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