Music Conference and State Level of National Competitions to be held at the University of Nebraska at Kearney

Post date: Sep 29, 2018 4:58:15 PM

Ian Hobson, NMTA Conference Guest Artist, will perform a Recital at 7:30 pm on Thursday in the University of Nebraska at Kearney Fine Arts Building in Connection with Concerts on the Platte. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact: Katherine Shinn, 308-865-8618,

The 2018 Nebraska Music Teachers Association [NMTA] State Conference and state level of the Music Teachers National Association [MTNA] Competitions will be held on Thursday and Friday, October 11 and 12, at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The NMTA State Conference will include workshop sessions, performances, as well as a master class for the winning soloists of the MTNA Junior, Senior and Young Artists Piano Competitions. The main highlights of the conference include the following guests:

Conference Guest Artist Ian Hobson, Professor of Music at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, earned the First Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 1981 after having earned silver medals at both the Arthur Rubinstein and Vienna-Beethoven Competitions. He has appeared as guest soloist with many of the world’s major orchestras. In the United States these include the orchestras of Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Florida, Houston, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis. Abroad, he has been heard in London, Scotland, Liverpool, Vienna, Moscow, Israel, and New Zealand. He has released some 60 recordings, including the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven and Schumann and a complete edition of Brahms.

Conference Clinician Christine Barden, an internationally recognized authority on early childhood music, is the lead composer of the music in Music for Little Mozarts. She is currently an independent piano teacher in Reno, Nevada.

Conference goers will hear the world premiere of Commissioned Composer Greg Simon’s work. Simon is Assistant Professor of Composition in the Glenn Korff School of Music. Simon has been a featured composer at the Mizzou International Composers’ Festival and was the young composer-in-residence for the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings. His music is published by Hal Leonard, and recordings are available from the Fifth House, SMS Classical, and Terpsichore labels, as well as in the Naxos of America catalogue.

NMTA members, Kristin Taylor, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Brenda Wristen, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Frahm-Lewis Trio (UNK Faculty Piano Trio) will also present sessions.

A conference schedule and registration form may be downloaded at [2018 Conference]. Bios of the headliners may also be accessed at the website. Nonmembers are invited to attend and may register up to the day of the conference. MTNA Students receive a significant discount and may attend all sessions and attend the concert for $10.00.