We are back to the beach for our 2020 OMTA State Conference!

Thursday, June 25 – Saturday, June 27, 2020

We are excited to announce that Dr. Peter Mack will be our 2020 Conference artist!


Driftwood Shores Resort
88416 1st Avenue
Florence, OR 97439

          AND THE

Florence Events Center
715 Quince Street
Florence, OR 97439

Business meetings will be held Wednesday, June 24.

For more information about our location, check out the following materials: Driftwood Shores Resort Brochure, Driftwood Shores Resort Group Activities, Florence Events Center Brochure.


Registration will open in April! Register by May 9 to take advantage of early bird rates.

Rates: Early Bird Rate/Regular Rate

  • OMTA Member (lunch included) $135/$165
  • Non-Member Teacher (lunch included) $185
  • OMTA Member–One Day Pass (lunch included) (Thur or Fri) $70/$85
  • Family Member (lunch not included) $60/$75
  • New MTNA/OMTA Member (joined since June 1, 2019, lunch included) Complimentary
  • College Music Student (lunch not included) Complimentary

Registrations that include food orders (lunches or dinner tickets) must be received by June 7, 2020. Meal additions or changes will not be available after June 7 nor onsite. All full conference registrations and day passes will not include the lunch buffet if ordered after June 7.


Driftwood Shores Resort
88416 1st Avenue
Florence, OR 97439

Room Options Include:

  • Single Queen with micro fridge, microwave, coffee maker $135.00
  • King Room with Full Kitchen and loveseat $169.00
  • Double Queen and Full Kitchen $199.00
  • Three bedroom condo with Living Room and Full Kitchen $359.00

Hotel Reservations are available now!
Online Reservations: https://reservations.driftwoodshores.com/ (desktop computer only-no mobile devices)
Group Code: 312740
Pin: 8263
Phone Reservations: 541-902-6443, mention “Oregon Music Teachers Association”

Cutoff date for hotel reservations is May 11, 2020. After that date, reservations may still be made, based on availability, at the hotel’s regular rate. Before May 11, the discount rate is also available for one day before and after the block dates.



Breakfast is not included with your registration and is on your own. Some rooms in the Driftwood Shores Resort have kitchenettes, and there is a Fred Meyer a short drive from the resort. Breakfast is also available for purchase at the resort at the Surfside Restaurant.


Unless otherwise noted, a buffet lunch on Thursday and Friday is included in your registration when ordered by June 1. Those who attend on a College or Family Member Pass may purchase lunches during online registration by June 1. Vegetarian and gluten-free options available.


Nacho Thursday
On Thursday night, attendees and their families have the option of joining us for a Nacho Bar at the Driftwood Shores Resort from 5:00-6:30pm with live folk music. The cost is $15/person, children under the age of five are free. Tickets must be pre-ordered for this family-friendly event.

Friday Awards Banquet
On Friday night, you are invited to join the OMTA community for our annual Awards Banquet at 6:00pm at the Florence Events Center. Feast with colleagues at this important dinner where OMTA honors various member achievements, including lifetime membership award recipients and our 2021 Foundation Fellow. Don’t forget our silent auction and wall-of-wine raffle. This will be a catered, buffet-style dinner with vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options (see menu below). Banquet tickets are available as an additional ticket option when you register and cost $30.00/person.

Savory Northwest Menu

  • Herb Crusted Pork Loin with Honey Glaze (GF)
  • Seared Chicken Breast with Mushroom Sauce (GF)
  • Torta Rustica – Potatoes layered with Spinach, mozzarella, roasted red peppers and Parmesan. (GF/V)
  • Seasonal Fresh Vegetable (GF/VG)
  • Cheddar Potato Gratin (GF/V)
  • Apple Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette (GF/VG)
  • Green Salad with Assorted Dressings (GF/VG)
  • Rolls and Butter (V)
  • Apple Tart (V)

Additional Events

New Members/Young Professionals Meet Up
For new OMTA members, or teachers under the age of 40, we will be serving complimentary hors d’oeuvres at a special reception on Thursday, June 25,
at 3:45pm at Florence Events Center. We hope you’ll join us for this opportunity to make connections and network with other colleagues of a similar demographic. An opportunity to RSVP is available to you when you register.

Conference Artist Recital
You won’t want to miss the dynamic performance of Irish pianist Peter Mack in concert on Friday, June 26 at 8pm at the Florence Events Center! This much anticipated recital is included with all registration passes. Additional tickets for guests not attending the conference are available for $15/ticket through the registration link above. See Peter’s Mack’s biography below.

2020 Conference Presenters/Artists

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!

[expand title=”Read More…” swaptitle=” “]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[/expand]


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.

[expand title=”Read More…” swaptitle=” “]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).[/expand]

Stay tuned for more announcements regarding our exciting lineup of 2020 OMTA Conference presenters!

See you at the beach!