Thursday May 31 to Saturday June 2, 2018. Greeley, Colorado
University of Northern Colorado
School of Music, Frasier Hall
1710 9th Ave., Greeley, CO

Online conference registration now available at
Those who prefer to register by regular mail can use use this application form.

Featured Artists: Timothy Fallon, lyric tenor & Ammiel Bushakevitz, piano

Timothy Fallon, lyric tenor, has been hailed by the New York Times as possessing an "elegant sense of phrasing and luminous tone with his surehanded control of timbre, from velvety pianissimos to bright confident high notes." Mr. Fallon devotes time to both the operatic and concert stages. Recent concert work has included performances of Bach’s B-Minor Mass in Helsinki, as well as collaborating with the Israeli Schubertiade giving recitals throughout Israel. Mr. Fallon has collaborated with the 900-year-old Thomanerchor of Leipzig on tour in Hong Kong and at the St. Thomas Church of Leipzig. He has performed internationally in some of the world’s esteemed concert halls with such conductors as Helmut Rilling, Herbert Blomstedt, Marin Alsop, and Masaaki Suzuki. Mr. Fallon was born in Binghamton, New York. He holds a B.A. in Music from Westminster Choir College, an M.M. in Opera from Binghamton University, and an Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School.
Ammiel Bushakevitz, pianist, is in international demand as a soloist, chamber musician, and vocal collaborator. He performs at notable venues across Europe, North America, Africa, and Asia. Festival appearances include the Bayreuth and Salzburg Festivals, the Festival d'Automne à Paris, the Jerusalem Schubertiade, the South African National Arts Festival, the Pontino di Latina Festival (Italy), the Heidelberger Frühling Festival (Germany), the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence (France), and the Vancouver Chamber Music Series (Canada).
Born in Jerusalem and raised in South Africa, Ammiel furthered his studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig, Germany, under Phillip Moll. Thereafter he completed his studies under Jean-Frédéric Neuburger and Pierre-Laurent Aimard at the Conservatoire Nationale Supérieur de Musique in Paris, France. He received further mentorship from Boris Berman, Bruno Canino, and Alfred Brendel.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jessica Johnson
Jessica Johnson serves on the piano faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy and Director of Graduate Studies. In 2006, she was the recipient of UW-Madison’s prestigious Emil Steiger Distinguished Teaching Award for excellence in teaching. Johnson has formerly been on the faculties of Augustana College (Illinois), Sterling College, and the Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts. An active clinician, she has given workshops and presentations at the European Piano Teachers Association International Conference, World Piano Pedagogy Conference, ISME International Conference, MTNA National Conferences, Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA), National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP), and Portland International Piano Festival, as well as held residencies at major universities and colleges throughout North America, Europe, and China. Johnson has articles published in American Music Teacher, Piano Journal of the European Piano Teachers Association, Clavier Companion, Piano Pedagogy Forum and Piano Adventures Teacher Newsletter. She is a two-time winner of American Music Teacher’s Article of the Year Award for “Feeling the Sound: Reflections on Claiming One’s Own Musical Voice (2014) and “The Art of Listening with Depth, Understanding, Flow and Imagery” (2007 – in collaboration with Midori Koga, University of Toronto). 
Johnson received the MM in Piano Performance and DMA in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Michigan. She holds the BM in Piano Performance, magna cum laude, from East Carolina University. Her principal teachers include Arthur Greene, Charles Fisher, and Donna Coleman, and piano pedagogy studies with Joanne Smith and Kerry Carlin. She lives in Madison with her husband, Anthony Di Sanza (UW-Madison Professor of Percussion), and her daughter, Maggie.

Pre-Conference Immersion Session with Presenter: Mary Kogen
Ms. Mary Kogen is Professor Emerita of Music at Portland State University and has been one of the most prominent pedagogues in the Northwest for the past thirty years. She has pioneered innovative programs in how to teach music and piano, and in 1994, developed a national award winning summer music camp for urban youth “Let Music Be the Food of Peace” in collaboration with Self Enhancement Inc. Ms. Kogen’s belief in the power of rhythm and movement led her to become a proponent of TaKeTiNa, an experiential rhythm system that develops musical creativity and wellbeing by awakening and strengthening body rhythms. As an Advanced Certified Teacher, she has taken TaKeTiNa to diverse audiences from K-12 learners to incarcerated women to college students of music therapy. For the past 9 years, Mary has presented embodying rhythm sessions at the Body Mapping National Conferences (Andover Educators). Ms. Kogen continues to present workshops throughout the United States, teaches pedagogy and maintains a private studio in Portland.
Session Title: Embody Rhythm From the Inside Out!
Move! Get your students off the bench – no matter what their age. Begin movement and embodying rhythm at lesson one, and make it an integral part of every lesson. It has been proven that movement supports our mental processes, and it follows that – as educators ­– we need to be aware of the body’s role in learning. Throughout our lives, movement plays a fundamental role in the creation of the nerve cell networks that are the essence of learning. Movement activates mental capacities, integrates new information and anchors new experiences. In this workshop, you will learn how to teach your students to embody rhythm through movement, at all levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced. You will learn how to get your students more physically involved in the learning process, how to incorporate rhythmical audiation in the learning process, and how to teach polyrhythms with the whole body as the instrument.

Commissioned Composer: Eric Scott Alexander
Eric Scott Alexander is Assistant Professor of Composition and Music Theory at Boise State University.  He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from Boston University, and a Bachelor of Music Composition from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He studied composition with Lukas Foss, Richard Cornell, Charles Fussell, Richard Toensing, and Louis Gonzalez.            
Before joining the Boise State Music Department, Eric taught applied music composition and music theory at the University of Northern Colorado where he also co-directed the Open Space Festival of New Music.  Previously, he taught music theory and aural skills at Boston University and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.  His teaching and research interests include music theory pedagogy, twentieth and twenty-first century music, and musical form.  Eric is an active composer of instrumental and vocal works, and his music has been performed across the United States, Europe and Asia.  In July 2016, Eric was a guest composer at the 12th Thailand International Composition Festival, where his Sonatina for flute and piano was performed.  He also presented masterclasses at Mahidol and Chulalongkorn Universities in Bangkok.  He has collaborated with numerous performing groups and solo musicians including the Playground Ensemble of Denver, Classical Revolution Northern Colorado, the Northern Colorado Artists Concert Series, the Harvest Trio of the University of Nebraska, Omaha, and Doriot Anthony Dwyer, former principal flutist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  His music has been performed at conferences and new music festivals including the Florida State University Festival of New Music, the Open Space Festival of New Music, and the Aquila Summer Concert Series of Contemporary Music.  He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society in Music.

Conference Meal and Lodging Options

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Master Class with Conference Artists

    Saturday, June 2, 2018
    Application Deadline: April 15, 2018
    Featured conference artist Ammiel Bushakevitz will present a piano master class on Saturday, June 2, 2018, during the CSMTA state conference. We welcome applications from Colorado teachers for appropriate students to participate in the conference master class. For Mr. Bushakevitz’s master class, we will consider students of all ages. Master class repertoire will be limited to works for solo piano from the Classical period through the 21st century.
    Teachers should submit a separate application for each student proposed for participation. You will be required to provide links to two separate samples of your student’s playing. We accept links to video or audio clips on YouTube, SoundCloud, Vimeo, DropBox or GoogleDrive. To access the application form, please click here.

    Friday, June 1, 2018
    Application Deadline: April 15, 2018
    Featured conference artist Timothy Fallon will present a voice master class on Friday, June 1, 2018, during the CSMTA state conference. We welcome applications from Colorado teachers for appropriate students to participate in the conference master class. For Mr. Fallon’s master class, we will consider students aged 15 years and older. Students of all voice types are eligible to participate. Any work from the classical voice repertoire (Baroque through 21st century) may be proposed for this master class.
    Teachers should submit a separate application for each student proposed for participation. You will be required to provide links to two separate samples of your student’s singing. We accept links to video or audio clips on YouTube, SoundCloud, Vimeo, DropBox or GoogleDrive. Please note that students selected to participate in the master class will be responsible for securing their own collaborative pianist for the session. To access the application form, please click here.

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, 2017. 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, 2018. 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

The 2018 CSMTA State Conference invites applications from music businesses and organizations to exhibit their products and services with music teachers from across the state and beyond. Please read the Exhibitor Information page for more details.

We are now accepting applications online at

If you prefer to send in your application using regular mail, please complete this print Exhibitor Registration Form

2018 Conference Chair

Conference Chair: Dr. Justin Krawitz

Exhibits and Showcases: Bonnie J. Hoffman, NCTM 

Conference Advertisement Chair: Dr. Lucy Tan

2017 Conference Photos

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