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

Thursday, June 25 – Saturday, June 27, 2020


Driftwood Shores Resort
88416 1st Avenue
Florence, OR 97439

          AND THE

Florence Events Center
715 Quince Street
Florence, OR 97439

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

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.

Check back for more information.


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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 for one day before and after the block dates.

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!

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).

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

See you at the beach!