Thursday June 1 to Saturday June 3, 2017. Greeley, Colorado
University of Northern Colorado
School of Music, Frasier Hall
1710 9th Ave., Greeley, CO

Conference Clinicians

Featured Artists: Lomazov Rackers Piano Duo

The Lomazov Rackers Piano Duo garnered wide attention as the Second Prize Winners of the Sixth Biennial Ellis Duo Piano Competition, the only national competition for piano duo in the United States at that time. Since then, they have performed as recitalists and in concert with orchestras throughout the United States and Europe, including performances at the Kiev International Music Festival (Ukraine), Varna International Piano Festival (Bulgaria), Moulin d’Andé Arts Festival (France), Burgos International Music Festival (Spain) and Infiorata di Genzano (Italy) in addition to appearances in every region of the United States.Lomazov and Rackers are Steinway Artists. Recent engagements include performances at the Society of Composers International Conference, the Chernigov Philharmonic (Ukraine), South Carolina Philharmonic, Piccolo Spoleto Festival and numerous others. Their performances have been described as “splendid” (Rochester, NY, WXXI radio), and a review of a performance of the Poulenc Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra said simply: “The soloists? Amazing” (The State). The Lomazov Rackers duo has premiered numerous works across the United States, including several works written specifically for them. Their broad repertoire ranges from important works by Bach, Brahms, Mozart and Schubert to wide-ranging performances of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Petrushka, leading one critic to write that the duo “really lit up the audience…demonstrated that nearly 100 years after it was written, this modernist touchstone can still sound modern” (Free Times).Praised as a “diva of the piano” (Salt Lake City Tribune), Marina Lomazov has performed throughout the United States, Europe, South America and China. She has won prizes in the Gina Bachauer, Cleveland, William Kapell and Hilton Head international piano competitions and was the first pianist to be awarded the Artist Diploma at the Eastman School of Music in nearly two decades. Praised for “unflappable virtuosity” (American Record Guide), Joseph Rackers has performed throughout the United States, Bulgaria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Spain and Ukraine at venues including the Shanghai and Sichuan Conservatories of Music (China), Dame Myra Hess Concert Series (Chicago), Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), Yantai International Music Festival (China). He is the recipient of the prestigious Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music.Ms. Lomazov and Mr. Rackers each hold the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance from the Eastman School of Music and both serve on the piano faculty of the University of South Carolina School of Music where they co-direct the Southeastern Piano Festival.

Keynote Speaker: Vanessa Cornett-Murtada

Vanessa Cornett is the Director of Keyboard Studies and Associate Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the University of St. Thomas. An international clinician, Dr. Cornett has presented workshops and masterclasses in 15 of the United States and in the U.K., Canada, Ireland, Finland, Serbia, Croatia, Greece, Argentina, Taiwan, and South Africa. She is an active clinician for national conferences of the Music Teachers National Association, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and the College Music Society. She has also presented at the World Piano Conference, International Society of Music Education World Congress, International Conference on Spirituality and Music Education, International Conference of the Arts in Society, Annual Symposium of the Performing Arts Medical Association, the Centre for the Study of International Governance, and at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum.
Her publications include book chapters in the fourth edition of Creative Piano Teaching, papers in American Music Teacher, the MTNA eJournal, Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education, College Music Symposium, Clavier Companion, The Canadian Music Teacher / Le Professeur de Musique Canadien, and in proceedings and reference journals for the Music Teachers National Association and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.  She is also a regular reviewer of new music, books, and recordings for Clavier Companion.  She chairs the Committee on Wellness for the Pianist for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, serves on the College Music Society Committee on Musician’s Health, chairs the Wellness Forum for the Minnesota Music Teachers Association, and serves on the editorial board for the MTNA eJournal. She received outstanding teaching awards from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the Music Academy of North Carolina.
Dr. Cornett obtained the D.M.A. degree in piano performance and literature from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She earned her B.M. degree in piano performance and M.M. degree in piano pedagogy from West Virginia University. She is a licensed hypnotherapist and a certified meditation instructor who specializes in the treatment of performance anxiety for musicians. Her current research focuses on mindfulness, musician health and wellness, and mental skills training for performers.

Conference Meal and Lodging Options

Master Class with Conference Artists

  • CSMTA teachers are invited to enter their students in the Conference Master Class with Guest Artists on June 3, 9:30-11:20am, at UNC. The application deadline is April 15. This will be an Intermediate to Advanced level Piano master class. Click here to access the application or scroll to the top of this page for the pdf version. 

Call for Conference Presentations

To submit an application for a formal session, presentation, or to make a recommendation, PLEASE open and read the Call for Presentations (PDF) carefully before submitting.

Formal Session: DEADLINE NOVEMBER 1, 2016. A 50-minute presentation in a classroom setting on a music-related topic. Topics to consider include (but are not limited to): composition, technique, repertoire, collaborative performance, business policies, or other studio and performance-related topics that address the needs and interests of music instructors.

Poster Presentation: DEADLINE MAY 1, 2017. A visual presentation of information for display. Authors present and describe the work, provide handouts, and answer questions at the designated Poster Session times. Typical categories include (but are not limited to): research, studio/pedagogy projects, and practical teaching information.

Conference Exhibitor Form

2017 Conference Exhibitor Form

2017 Conference Chair

Conference Chair: Dr. Justin Krawitz.

Exhibits and Showcases: Bonnie J. Hoffman, NCTM. 

Conference Advertisement Chair: Nathan Smith.

2016 Conference Photos

Click here for the 2016 conference photos