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Richard Goode

posted Mar 25, 2017, 4:33 PM by Webmaster LMTA

Lied Center for Performing Arts
Richard Goode 

Sunday, April 2, 2017   3:00 pm

LMTA Members please note:

Student tickets purchased are eligible for reimbursement up to $8.00 per ticket.  For the best discount, purchase discounted tickets through the Lied Box Office ( using the promo code: FORTE. 

To avoid single ticket fees, purchase a block of 10 tickets (any combination of student/adult) through Matthew Boring at 402-472-4700 or ask for the Box Office Manager at 402-472-4747

Submit copies of student ticket receipts to Donna Gunn by April 15.

Tickets for MOP students will be reimbursed by Jessica Freeman

Bravo! Bösendorfer Piano Series KAREN KUSHNER

posted Mar 18, 2017, 12:04 PM by Webmaster LMTA   [ updated Mar 18, 2017, 12:09 PM ]

Saturday, March 25:  Piano master class from 1:00 to 3:30 PM for students of LMTA members 
presented by Dr. Karen Kushner from UMKC. FREE.  All invited

Sunday, March 263 pm: Bravo! Bösendorfer Piano Series
KAREN KUSHNER, pianist will play an all Chopin program.
     Admission: $12 adults, $10 senior citizens, $6 students
     NWU Students, Faculty and Staff admitted free

Karen Kushner is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Piano at UMKC Conservatory of Music. Kushner (The Juilliard School, MM; Northwestern University, BM) is active as soloist and chamber musician (Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall; Kosciuszko Foundation; Chopin Foundation; United Nations; National Gallery of Art; Phillips Collection; Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series). She toured internationally, recorded, and taught with the late Igor Kipnis as a member of the Kipnis-Kushner Duo, Piano: Four Hands. She participated in summer festivals in the United States (Aspen, Newport, Ravinia, Skaneateles) and, in Europe, festivals in Spain, France, and Poland.
In New York City, Kushner taught at the Mannes College of Music, Turtle Bay Music School, and for many years maintained a private studio. She is sought after as a writer of articles and book reviews, program notes (Carnegie Hall), and liner notes. She has been featured nationally on radio and television. Kushner’s recordings for Connoisseur Society, Epiphany, VAI, and Albany Records; as well as recordings by the Kipnis-Kushner Duo (Parnassus, Palatine); have been highly recommended by Newsday, Fanfare, and Stereophile.

Music Students to play at Barnes & Noble South Pointe Store to raise funds for Music Outreach

posted Feb 4, 2017, 12:27 PM by Webmaster LMTA

Music Students of Lincoln Music Teachers Association (LMTA) members will play from 1:00 to 5:00 PM at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore at SouthPointe Pavilion, 2910 Pine Lake Road, Lincoln, Nebraska on Sunday, February 12 to raise money for the LMTA Music Outreach Program (LMTA-MOP).


Barnes and Noble will donate a percentage of all sales made at this store on Feb 12 for those who identify themselves as friends of LMTA.  Online sales will also qualify for the donation from February 12th to February 17th.   Go to use Bookfair  ID 12091484.


LMTA is a nonprofit organization of independent music teachers and college faculty whose primary objective is to provide educational and performance opportunities for their member teachers and students.  The Music Outreach Program is administered by a nine-member volunteer committee of LMTA teachers, partnering with local music stores, piano tuners and businesses. Chet’s Moving and Storage houses donated MOP pianos and delivers them to student’s homes free of charge. Dietze Music donates free print music for MOP students. The Violin Shop, Capital City Strings and CGSmusic repair stringed instruments as needed and provide reduced-cost rental instruments for string students. Approximately five local piano tuners provide one free tuning and several will do extra reduced cost tunings. Scott Kerns, (That Tuning Guy) evaluates potential piano donations for suitability.


Presently, a maximum of 50 students are being served by 14 professional teachers who meet continuing education criteria. The annual cost of lessons for an individual student is approximately $850. The LMTA Music Outreach Program is supported in part by grants from the Nebraska Arts Council & the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the Lincoln Community Foundation, the Pearle Francis Finigan Foundation, the Cooper Foundation, the Harris Foundation, Viking Foundation, private donations and LMTA fundraisers.

 More information regarding the LMTA Music Outreach Program may be found at Tax-deductible donations may also be made through to support the Music Outreach Program.  

A student plays at the Barnes & Noble fundraiser last year.

  B&N will donate a percentage of their profits to the LMTA Music Outreach Program for sales by LMTA supporters at the South Pavillion Store on Feb 12, or online sales from Feb 12 to Feb 17 with Bookfair ID 12091484.

Jo Riecker-Karl
​, PR Chair

LMTA selected as the 2017 MTNA Local Association of the Year

posted Dec 31, 2016, 5:43 PM by Webmaster LMTA   [ updated Dec 31, 2016, 5:44 PM ]

Congratulations to the Lincoln Music Teachers Association for their accomplishments and recognition as the 2017 Music Teachers National Association Local Association of the Year!



    On behalf of MTNA President Rebecca Grooms Johnson and the Board of Directors, it is my pleasure to inform you that the Lincoln Music Teachers Association has been selected as the 2017 MTNA Local Association of the Year.  Your selection recognizes the significant accomplishments and important work of the Lincoln Music Teachers Association for Nebraska MTA, MTNA, and the music teaching profession.  Your local and its membership exemplify the very best in MTNA through your activities, participation in state and national programs, and membership growth.


Lincoln Music Teachers Association will be recognized at the MTNA National Conference in Baltimore, Maryland during the Annual Business Meeting of the Association.  At the presentation, President Johnson will present the Lincoln MTA a check in the amount of $1,000 in recognition of its accomplishments.  

Congratulations to you, the Board of Directors, and the membership of Lincoln Music Teachers Association upon receiving this significant honor.  I look forward to seeing you in Baltimore.




Gary L. Ingle

Executive Director & CEO

Extravaganza 2017 "Dance!"

posted Dec 20, 2016, 1:14 PM by Webmaster LMTA

The Lincoln Music Teachers Association [LMTA] will host an “Extravaganza” at 3:00 PM on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at the O’Donnell Auditorium in the Vance D. Rogers Center for Fine Arts, Nebraska Wesleyan University Campus, 50th & Huntington, Lincoln, Nebraska. The “monster concert” will feature a multi-keyboard orchestra and a string ensemble composed of approximately students of LMTA piano and string teachers and LMTA teachers themselves.  Del Whitman, Music Department Chair at Lincoln East High School and string teacher at Lincoln East and Lux Middle School will be the conductor. Radio personality Joe Skare will narrate the event.

This year’s theme is entitled “Dance!”  The program will feature pieces representing a wide variety of dance styles as well as music inspired by dance. Fourteen separate groups of students and teachers will play duets simultaneously on fifteen digital keyboards donated by Dietze Music House and several duets will be accompanied by strings.

The concert highlight will be the world premiere of a special work entitled “Vals Melódico”, commissioned by and written for LMTA by FJH Composer Martín Cuéllar, Assistant Professor of Piano at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas.

The public is cordially invited.  General Admission tickets may be purchased at the door for $5.00 for adult; $3.00 for ages 4-16 and under. Children 3 and under are free. Doors open at 2:00 PM.

LMTA, a nonprofit organization, was founded in 1942 and will be celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2017.  The mission of LMTA is to provide quality music instruction, continuing education and mutual support among members and their students, and community outreach for the promotion of the arts.  

More information about this event and the Lincoln Music Teachers Association may be found at

Give to Lincoln Day Fundraising Party at Kuck Motorsports on May 25

posted May 18, 2016, 5:42 PM by Webmaster LMTA


What:   Give to Lincoln Day Party at Kuck Motorsports. Nine arts organizations will provide food and musical entertainment.  Cool cars from famous movies and TV shows will be on display.  

 When:  Wednesday, May 25, doors open 5 PM, close at 9 PM

 Where: Kuck Motorsports, 2251 Humphrey Avenue, Lincoln, Ne

 Time:   Musical performances start at 5:15 and go to 8:30 PM

 Who:  Come out and support the Lincoln Music Teachers Association Music Outreach Program and 8 other arts organizations: Friends of Opera, Lincoln Friends of Chamber Music, Nebraska Chamber Players, The Angels Theatre Company, Camp Summergold, PANgea, Lincoln Boys Choir, Lincoln Youth symphony

 How:     Admission:  $30 Donation per family or group unit.  You may donate online starting NOW at and show your receipt when you arrive, or donate at the door to your favorite or all the participating organizations.

 Donations to LMTA Music Outreach may be made at: 

 Note:  The actual Give to Lincoln Day is May 26.


Dr. Paul Barnes to present a masterclass October 31, 2015

posted Oct 27, 2015, 7:21 PM by Webmaster LMTA   [ updated Oct 27, 2015, 7:24 PM ]

Dr. Paul Barnes will present a masterclass for students of Lincoln Music Teachers Association (LMTA) members at the UNL Westbrook Recital Hall Saturday, October 31, from 1:30 to 3:30 PM.  All are invited.



Praised by the New York Times for his “Lisztian thunder and deft fluidity,” and the San Francisco Chronicle as “ferociously virtuosic,” pianist Paul Barnes has electrified audiences with his intensely expressive playing and cutting-edge programming. He has been featured four times on APM’s Performance Today and on the cover of Clavier Magazine and his recordings are broadcast worldwide.   He has performed in England, China, Korea, Taiwan, Austria, Russia, Greece, Italy, Serbia, Hungary, and in all major cities throughout the US.

Deeply inspired by the aesthetic challenge of minimalism, Barnes commissioned and gave the world premiere of Philip Glass’s Piano Concerto No. 2 (After Lewis and Clark). The Omaha World Herald praised Barnes playing for his “driving intensity and exhilaration.” Nebraska Educational Telecommunications' production "The Lewis and Clark Concerto," a documentary/performance of the concerto featuring Barnes, won an Emmy for Best Performance Production. Additional performances included collaborations with conductor Marin Alsop at the prestigious Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and also the Northwest Chamber Orchestra where the Seattle Times called Barnes' performance "an impressive feat." The world-premier recording with the NWCO was released by Orange Mountain Music. Gramophone Magazine remarked that this recording is "certainly one of the most enjoyable recent releases of Glass's music...Paul Barnes is a shining soloist."

Orange Mountain Music also released Barnes' recording of his transcriptions from the operas of Philip Glass, including both the Trilogy Sonata and the Orphée Suite for Piano.Gramophone Magazine observed that “Barnes offers a surprisingly expressive reading…. Atmosphere and rhythmic vitality are important, and these qualities Barnes has in abundance.” The American Record noted that "Barnes is an expressive pianist with a lovely tone and a flair for the dramatic." New York critic Joseph Dalton described Barnes' playing of the Glass transcriptions as "atmospheric and elegant," while San Francisco critic Michael McDonagh hailed Barnes' performance as "remarkably effective, highly expressive.” The Trilogy Sonata and the Orphée Suite for Piano are published by Chester Music of London and are available at  Barnes’ eleventh CD The American Virtuoso featuring the music of Philip Glass, Samuel Barber, and Joan Tower was released on Orange Mountain Music to much critical acclaim. The American Record Guide wrote, "Another fine release from the amazing pianist Paul Barnes...with a pianist like this, new American music is in good hands."

Barnes also serves as head chanter at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Lincoln where his fascination with Byzantine chant led to a commissioned piano concerto "Ancient Keys" written by Victoria Bond based on a Greek chant. The world-premier recording of this concerto as well as Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue was released on Albany Records.

With performances throughout Europe, the Near East, the Far East, and the U.S., Barnes' unique lecture/recitals have received international acclaim. Liszt and the Cross: Music as Sacrament in the B Minor Sonata explores the fascinating relationship between music, theology, and the Orthodox icon. Barnes' live recording of this lecture recital was recently released on the Liszt Digital label. The British Society Newsletter reviewed the recording and wrote that Barnes was “a fine pianist and gives us a performance of resounding conviction.” Clavier Magazine wrote "It is a majestic, reverential performance that elevates listeners to the sacred experience Barnes so eloquently describes in the lecture."

Barnes is Marguerite Scribante Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Glenn Korff School of Music. He teaches during the summer at the Vienna International Piano Academy and also coaches the students of Menahem Pressler, Barnes' own teacher, at Indiana University where Barnes received his doctorate in Piano Performance. In great demand as a pedagogue and clinician, Barnes has served as convention artist at several state MTNA conventions and was recently named ‘Teacher of the Year” by the Nebraska Music Teachers Association. Barnes also teaches and performs regularly at the famedAmalfi Coast Festival in Italy.

Upcoming projects include the release of Barnes’ twelfth CD:  New Generations: The New Etudes of Philip Glass and Music of the Next Generation.  Produced by Glass’s label Orange Mountain Music, the recording features a selection of Glass’s etudes juxtaposed with works by N. Lincoln Hanks, Lucas Floyd, Jason Bahr, Zack Stanton, and Jonah Gallagher.   The sonic result is a breathtaking panorama of the energetic and expressive landscape that is twenty-first century piano music.  Barnes has already performed the recital version ofNew Generations in Los Angeles, Seoul, and New York and is touring the US with the program during the 2015-16 season.  Barnes performed and lectured on New Generations at the Konservatorium Wien in June of 2015.

In celebration of twenty years of collaboration, Barnes is also commissioning Philip Glass to write a piano quintet to be premiered with the Chiara Quartet in September of 2017 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln. Barnes’ recordings are available on Pandora, ITunes, YouTube, and Amazon.

Dr. Jane Solose to Present Master Class for LMTA and Piano Recital

posted Sep 29, 2015, 7:43 AM by Webmaster LMTA   [ updated Sep 29, 2015, 7:50 AM ]

Dr. Jane Solose will present a piano recital on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 3 pm in O’Donnell Auditorium, Rogers Center for Fine Arts, North 50th & Huntington Avenue, as guest artist on the Bravo! Bösendorfer Piano Series at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Tickets are available at the door: $12 Adults, $10 Senior Citizens, $6 Students.   A program can be downloaded below.

On Saturday, October 10 from 10:00 am to noon, Solose will conduct a master class with students of Lincoln Music Teachers Association (LMTA) members.  The master class is free and open to the public.  See for more information.


Jane Solose leads an active career as a featured concerto soloist, solo recitalist, chamber musician, duo pianist and master teacher that has taken her to Korea, Japan, Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary, Serbia, Russia, Argentina, Canada, and around the U.S. A native of Niagara Falls, Canada, she is a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music, the University of Toronto and the University of Western Ontario in Canada. Dr. Solose received her DMA from the Eastman School of Music, where she was awarded their prestigious Performer's Certificate and was David Burge’s first teaching assistant. She also studied with William Aide, Myrtle Guerrero, Patricia Parr, George Lucktenberg (piano and harpsichord), and harpsichord with Greta Kraus and Arthur Haas, and performed in lessons, masterclasses and summer festivals for Guido Agosti, Damiana Bratuz, Leon Fleisher, Grant Johannesen, Peter Katin, Adele Marcus, Gyorgy Sebok, Abbey Simon, and Rosalyn Tureck.

Dr. Solose is listed on the distinguished international roster of Steinway Artists. Her three solo CDs were released by Capstone Records, Eroica Classical Recordings and Ravello Records. In 2011, Dr. Solose toured Eastern Europe where she presented solo recitals and master classes in Bulgaria and Hungary, and performed at the World Piano Conference in Serbia. In 2005 she presented solo recitals, lectures and master classes in South Korea, and performed Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with the Gwangju Symphony. She has performed and presented at College Music Society conferences in Austria, Argentina, Japan, and in the U.S., at American Liszt Festivals and Alan Walker’s Great Romantics Festival in Canada. Her articles have been published in the journals 20th Century Music, Clavier and American Music Teacher.

Duo Solose, a duo-piano collaboration with her sister, Kathleen have performed to enthusiastic ovations. In 2008 they were invited to perform in St. Petersburg, Russia at the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory and at Sheremetev Palace. In 2003 they toured Hungary, presenting concerts, master classes and lectures at universities and conservatories throughout the country. Their CD of duo piano works was released by Eroica Classical Recordings.

Dr. Solose is Professor of Piano and Keyboard Coordinator of Chamber Music at the Conservatory of Music and Dance, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and served as Chair of the Keyboard Division for over four years. She teaches undergraduate and graduate students as well as piano literature and pedagogy classes. Students of Dr. Solose have received high honors and awards in competitions and pursue academic and performing careers. Many of her former students currently hold teaching positions at universities and colleges worldwide. 

Dr. Ann Chang talks about Lied Center Piano Series

posted Sep 29, 2015, 7:36 AM by Webmaster LMTA   [ updated Sep 29, 2015, 7:37 AM ]

The LMTA General Membership Meeting/Potluck Luncheon was held on Saturday, September 19 at Faith Bible Church in Lincoln. Guest speaker, Dr. Ann Chang, Artistic Director at the Lied Center, and Associate Professor of practice at Glenn Korff School of Music, UNL, spoke about a partnership between the Lied Center and LMTA whereby students, teachers and parents receive deeply discounted tickets. The first concert will be December 1, at 7:30 PM and feature Stephen Hough, Piano. Also, mark your calendar for February 27: Russian National Orchestra, featuring Yuja Wang, and April 6: Garrick Ohlson, Piano.


Ann Chang is an active soloist and lecturer in the U.S. and Europe.  Her curiosity and wide-ranging musical interests have taken her in many directions, allowing her to forge a unique career and establish a distinguished reputation. She received an appointment as a Fulbright Scholar in Belgium (Brussels) which gave her an opportunity to expand her interest in the study of Classic Performance Practice.  Ann is the Founder of the award-winning Meadowlark Music Festival, and is presently Artistic Director of the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln, Nebraska. 

In addition to her busy career as a performer and presenter, Dr. Chang is Artist-in-Residence at the University of Nebraska School of Music.  Leveraging her extensive knowledge in arts presenting and management, she is Director of the University's Arts Entrepreneurship Program where she helps the next generation of musicians think creatively and thrive in the performing arts. Recent performances include a recital series in Spain, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Russia, Croatia, and Argentina; and in celebrated U.S. venues in Spokane; Chicago; Portland, Oregon; and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.   Dr. Chang earned the degrees BM, MM, and DM from Indiana University-Bloomington.  Ann resides in Lincoln, Nebraska with her children Sarah, Hannah, and Peter.  

Music Student to perform for LMTA Music Outreach Program

posted Jun 15, 2015, 11:28 AM by Webmaster LMTA   [ updated Jun 15, 2015, 11:28 AM ]

Sean Lebita, student of Jo Riecker-Karl, will perform a piano recital at 3:00 PM on Saturday, June 27, 2015, for the benefit of the Lincoln Music Teachers Association Music Outreach Program (LMTA-MOP) at Fellowship Community Church, 8601 Holdrege Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.  The recital is open to the public and a free-will offering will be taken. The LMTA Music Outreach Program offers reduced lessons, instruments and sheet music to children who otherwise could not afford them.  For more information on LMTA-MOP, go and click on Music Outreach or M.U.S.I.C.

Lebita will enter the tenth grade at Lincoln North Star High School in the fall where he is active in the fine arts program. He has earned several honorable mentions in the Nebraska Music Teachers Association State Junior Piano Competitions and placed third in the 2013 LMTA Biennial Composition Contest. He received a purple ribbon three years consecutively at the Gathering of Talents at Concordia University and was a finalist in the State Fair Galaxy of Stars in 2014. He has recently received recognition for being in the top three percent of his freshman North Star Class. Hobbies include Nintendo, robotics, archery, playing cards, mathematics and hanging out with friends.

Over the last four years Sean regularly donated to and performed in fundraisers for the LMTA Music Outreach program. He performs in hospitals, nursing homes and retirement communities as a volunteer with the Young Lincoln Performers and also performs his own programs.

LMTA-MOP is supported in part by grants from the Nebraska Arts Council & the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the Lincoln Community Foundation, the Pearle Francis Finigan Foundation, the Cooper Foundation and the Harris Foundation in addition to private donations. It receives community support from Dietze Music House, CGSmusic, The Violin Shop, Marilyn Wallin, and local piano tuners: Adkins Piano Tuning, Larry Caldwell, Norman Dority, Scott Kerns and Rachel West. LMTA-MOP is administered by a volunteer LMTA committee. All donations are used to support scholarships for students who can document need. LMTA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation. Monetary, instrument and music donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. To make a donation, become a community partner, volunteer, make a student referral or request further information:

Checks made payable to LMTA may be sent to: LMTA Music Outreach Program, Jessica Freeman, LMTA-MOP Chair, 3022 Browning Street, Lincoln, NE  68516.   For more information:  Call 402-328-0102, email, or go to and click on Music Outreach or M.U.S.I.C.

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