Summer can’t come fast enough for our 2019 annual state conference.

Thursday, August 22 – Saturday, August 24, 2019


EMU Ballroom where our lectures, masterclass, and recitals will take place.


University of Oregon
Erb Memorial Union Building
1395 University St
Eugene, OR 97403

The 2019 OMTA State Conference will be held at the beautiful new Erb Memorial Union Building at the University of Oregon in Eugene!

One of the many meeting spaces in the EMU will be rearranged to host our business meetings and our Young Professionals Meet-Up event.

We’ve booked pianist and prolific FJH author Dr. Helen Marlais from Grand Rapids Michigan; Alfred composer and clinician Dennis Alexander from Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Joy Morin, twice the recipient of MTNA Teacher Enrichment Grants and student of Edwin Gordon’s work in Music Learning Theory.

The conference artist will be Dr. Oksana Ezhokina, Chair of Piano Faculty at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, and Artistic Director of several flagship classical music programs at Icicle Creek Center for the Arts in Leavenworth, WA.

Redwood Auditorium where our banquet dinner will be held.

Business meetings will be held Wednesday, August 21.


Now only available at the on-site registration desk. Credit cards, checks or cash accepted. We’re sorry, but we cannot issue refunds after August 11, 2019.


  • OMTA Member (lunch not included) $165
  • Non-Member Teacher (lunch not included) $185
  • OMTA Member–One Day Pass (lunch not included) (Thur or Fri) $85
  • Family Member (lunch not included) $75
  • New MTNA/OMTA Member (joined since June 1, 2018, lunch not included) Complimentary
  • College Music Student (lunch not included) Complimentary

Housing and Parking

Requests for housing, food and parking permits are no longer available. Metered parking is available on streets nearby or in U of O lots.

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Accommodations are available through University of Oregon Student Housing. Conference goers have the option of staying right on the beautiful UO campus in Kalapuya Ilihi Residence Hall. You will have the choice of a private ($60/night) or shared room ($48/night) both with a private bathroom. You are able to reserve and pay for this type of accommodation at the same time you register. Housing registrations will not be available after August 11 and may not be purchased onsite. On-campus parking permits may be purchased online through August 11. After August 11 on-campus parking will be available in metered slots only. No parking permits will be issued onsite.

If you have already registered for the Conference but did not purchase on-campus housing or parking permits at that time, you may purchase either of those using the button here:


Kalapuya Ilihi Hall                             

  • Beautiful brand new building
  • Linens and towels provided
  • Private baths
  • Wi-Fi in every room
  • State-of-the-art community kitchen available for use by conference participants
  • Comfortable common spaces
  • Laundry facilities on-site
Common spaces within Kalapuya Ilahe Residence Hall



Breakfast is not included with your registration or your housing but may be purchased at various campus vendors. For those staying in the residence hall, you may also make your own meals using the community kitchen.

As an on-campus dining option, Dux Bistro, located in LLC North Building near the Erb Memorial Union Building (where the conference events are taking place), will be open from 7:00am-8:00pm daily. Meals may be purchased by individuals on a walk-in basis. Menu includes breakfast sandwiches, breakfast burritos, soups, sandwiches, salads, café, bowls and other specials as well as grab-n-go items.
Inside the Erb Memorial Union, on the floor below where our conference events are taking place, these food and retail outlets will be open during their regular hours of 7:00am-5:30pm.


Unless otherwise noted, a buffet lunch on Thursday and Friday is included in your registration when ordered by August 11. Those who attend on a College or Family Member Pass may purchase lunches during online registration by August 11.

UO’s award-winning catering services will be on hand to provide conference attendees beverages, lunches, receptions, and the banquet dinner.


Dinners are on your own throughout the conference. However, on Friday night, you are invited to join the OMTA community for the annual Awards Banquet.

Friday Night Awards Banquet — $40

Join us on Friday night for a catered dinner and awards banquet. We’ll honor our lifetime membership award recipients and our 2020 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 $40.00/person.

Banquet Choices (entrees include mixed green salad with spun vegetables and assorted dressings, rolls and butter, lemon and fresh raspberry tart, and coffee)

  • Roast French Cut Chicken Breast
    with lemon kale sauce on tarragon rice served with seasonal vegetables
  • Herb Rubbed Beef Tenderloin
    with an Oregon Pinot Noir sauce served on rosemary scented mashed potatoes
  • Polenta Tempeh (Vegan, made without gluten, contains soy)
    Roasted garlic polenta with tempeh core, deep fried and topped with tomato jam and roasted cherry tomatoes, served with
    seasonal vegetables

Schedule of Conference Sessions and Pre-Conference Meetings

Detailed Daily Schedule
Session Descriptions

Wednesday, August 21

Lunch for Syllabus Committee
Meeting of Syllabus Committee
Meeting of Syllabus Adjudicators
Meeting of District Syllabus Chairs
Meeting of Presidents’ Round Table
OMTA State Board Meeting

Thursday, August 22

Check in & Registration (registration desk opens at 7:45 AM)
President’s Welcome and Opening
Session 1 | Joy Morin | Teaching the Way We Learn: Applications of Gordon’s Music Learning Theory (MLT)
Session 2 | Dr. Helen Marlais | The Essentials for Success: Self-directed and Intelligent Practicing
Session 3 | Dennis Alexander | Teaching the Romantics to Young Pianists
Composer of the Year Concert and Reception.
Independent Music Teachers Forum (IMTF)
Young Professionals/New Members Meet-Up
Optional walk/easy hike in nearby park

Friday, August 23

Session 4 | Dr. Oksana Ezhokina | Master Class
Session 5 | Dr. Helen Marlais | Sound, Physical Gesture, and Imagination
Session 6 | Joy Morin | “♩ = 1 Beat” And Other Lies My Music Teacher Told Me
Session 7 | Dennis Alexander | Tips for Teaching Alexander’s 24 Character Preludes”
UO Mini Concert
No-Host Happy Hour
Banquet Dinner & Honorary Lifetime Awards
Recital: Dr. Oksana Ezhokina, piano and Marie Wang, violin

Saturday, August 24

Annual General Membership Meeting
Session 8 | Dennis Alexander | Why Didn’t I Think of That?
President’s Closing Remarks
Conference End

2019 Conference Presenters/Artists

OMTA is honored to welcome the following acclaimed artists to our 2019 conference.

Helen Marlais


Pianist and FJH Music Company Author

Dr. Marlais is one of the most prolific authors in the field of educational piano books and an exclusive writer for The FJH Music Company Inc. The critically acclaimed and award-winning piano series, Succeeding at the Piano® A Method for Everyone, Succeeding with the Masters®, The Festival Collection®, In Recital®, Sight Reading and Rhythm Every Day®, Write, Play, and Hear Your Theory Every Day®, and The FJH Contemporary Keyboard Editions, among others, included in The FJH Pianist’s Curriculum® by Helen Marlais, are designed to guide students from the beginner through advanced levels. Dr. Marlais has given pedagogical workshops in virtually every state in the country and is an FJH showcase presenter at the national piano teachers’ conventions.



Composer and Clinician

Since his affiliation with Alfred Publishing Company in 1986 as a composer and clinician, Dennis Alexander has earned an international reputation as one of North America’s most prolific and popular composers of educational piano music for students at all levels. Professor Alexander retired from his position at the University of Montana in May 1996 where he taught piano and piano pedagogy for 24 years. Upon moving to California, he taught privately in addition to serving on the faculties of Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Northridge. He currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he maintains an active composing and touring schedule for Alfred Publishing Company.

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Teacher, Pianist, Speaker, Writer

Joy Morin is a teacher, pianist, speaker, and writer of a blog at She teaches students of all ages at her independent piano studio in Bowling Green, Ohio. A devoted teacher and lifelong learner, Joy has twice been the recipient of MTNA Teacher Enrichment Grants, enabling her to further pursue her interest in Edwin Gordon’s work in Music Learning Theory (MLT) and complete certifications from the Gordon Institute for Music Learning ( in both Piano and Early Childhood Music. An active member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Joy currently serves as VP of Affiliated Associations for OhioMTA and Co-President of the Toledo Piano Teachers Association. She has given presentations on the topics of music learning theory, piano teaching literature, studio business, and piano method books at local, state, and national association levels. Joy holds a Master’s degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant, Michigan) and a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from Hope College (Holland, Michigan).

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Recitalist and Chamber Musician
Chair of Piano Faculty at Pacific Lutheran University

Russian-born pianist Oksana Ezhokina is Chair of the Piano Faculty and Assistant Professor of Music at Pacific Lutheran University. An artist of great breadth and versatility, she appears frequently as guest recitalist and chamber musician on concert series across the United States and abroad. She has soloed with the Seattle Symphony, St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic in Russia, Tacoma Symphony, and performed in venues such as the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Davies Orchestra Hall in San Francisco, and Klassik Keyifler Festival in Turkey. A dedicated performer of new music, she has premiered works by Marilyn Shrude, Wayne Horvitz, Bern Herbolsheimer, and Laura Kaminsky, among others. She has been featured on multiple live radio broadcasts on such stations as WFMT-Chicago, KUOW and KING FM in Seattle, Maine Public Radio and NPR Performance Today. Her collaborations have included concerts with the Seattle Chamber Players, Avalon String Quartet, violinists Ian Swensen and Andrew Jennings, and cellists Johannes Moser and Anthony Elliott.

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Violinist, Associate Professor at Northern Illinois University

Violinist Marie Wang, has been in the Avalon String Quartet since its inception in 1995. As a member of this award winning ensemble, she has captured top prizes at the Concert Artists Guild and the Munich ARD international competitions. The quartet has been invited to perform at Wigmore Hall, Carnegie & Weill Halls, Alice Tully, 92nd St Y, Herculessaal (Munich),and the Library of Congress, among others. Marie has collaborated with artists such as Gilbert Kalish, Juilliard and Pacifica Quartets and members of the Emerson Quartet. Her recordings with the quartet can be found on Cedille Records, Albany Records and on Channel Classics.
Marie’s solo recitals have been broadcast on NPR and her Concerto appearances have been broadcast on CBC Radio Canada. She was a finalist in the CIBC National Music Competition and was a “Berol Rising Star” at the Caramoor Music Festival, NY.
Ms. Wang received a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from McGill University, a master’s degree in performance from Northern Illinois University. She also holds an Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School in Quartet Studies while she served as a teaching assistant to the Juilliard Quartet as a part of the Lisa Arnold Graduate Quartet Residency. Presently, Marie serves as an Associate Professor of Violin at Northern Illinois University. Prior to her appointment at NIU, she was an Artist in Residence at Indiana University South Bend.


See you in Eugene!