Bethel College


Bethel College
North Newton
September 16-17, 2022



               Kansas Music Teachers Association
            Call for Masterclass Performers

The Kansas Music Teachers Association invites you to nominate young pianists to perform in this year’s KMTA State Conference Masterclass with Spencer Myer! Spencer Meyer photoLauded for “superb playing” and “poised, alert musicianship” by the Boston Globe, and labeled “definitely a man to watch” by London’s The Independent after his 2012 Wigmore Hall recital debut, Myer is one of the most respected and sought-after artists on today’s concert stage. Myer has been soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra; Cape Town and Johannesburg philharmonics; Indianapolis, New Haven and Phoenix symphony orchestras; and Beijing’s China National Symphony. He has collaborated with conductors including Michael Christie, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Thomas Wilkins, among others. Myer’s 2005 tour of South Africa included a performance of Beethoven’s five piano concerti with the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa, followed by six return tours. An in-demand chamber musician, he has appeared at the Lev Aronson Legacy Festival with cellists Lynn Harrell, Ralph Kirshbaum, Amit Peled and Brian Thornton, and enjoys a recurring partnership with the Miami String Quartet at the Kent/Blossom Music Festival. A Steinway Artist, Myer has released four CDs on the Steinway & Sons label: “Piano Rags of William Bolcom” plus three discs with cellist Thornton featuring repertoire of Brahms, Debussy and Schumann. An enthusiastic supporter of the education of young musicians, Spencer Myer has served as a guest faculty at the Oberlin and Baldwin-Wallace Conservatories of Music, and was a member of the piano faculty at Boston's Longy School of Music of Bard College from 2016 to 2022. He is currently Associate Professor of Piano at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. 

Please submit YouTube links of your students. Applicants should not only play well—they should also be able to respond well in a public master class. Students should be secure performers who can change on the spot, and who are not overly sensitive to public criticism. Performers must be studying with a current KMTA member. Pieces should be from the standard repertoire and should be polished and securely memorized. 

The deadline for receipt of application is 5:00 PM Central Time, August 20, 2022. Accepted applicants will be notified by September 2, 2022 and will agree to pay the $25 participation fee to confirm their acceptance. Please use this link to apply. Google Form



                                            Conference Schedule

Friday, Sept. 16
12 PM:        Registration Opens

1 PM:          Opening Session - Spencer Myer: Go Forward and Make Beautiful Music

2 PM:          a) Slawomir Dobrzanski: Unknown Teaching Repertoire by Selected Eastern European Composers
                   b) Dawn Ivers: Business Strategies for Independent Music Teachers

3 PM:          a) Po Sim Head: The Peruvian Sounds In Francisco Pulgar-Vidal’s Piano Works
                   b) Gloria Tham-Haines: Trauma-Informed Pedagogy: A Path to Healing

4 PM:          a) KMTA/MTNA Commissioned Composer plus Q & A
                   b) Agnieszka Lasko: Ideas For Firing Children’s Imagination and Creativity

5 PM:          Poster/Exhibit Hall

6 PM:          Dinner Banquet

7:30 PM:     Recital - Spencer Myer

9 PM:          Reception

Saturday, Sept 17
8 AM:           Poster/Exhibit Hall
                    Registration Opens

9 AM:          a) Scott McBride Smith: User-Friendly Technical Training for Early Level Students
                   b) Timothy Shook: Let's Certify! The Nuts and Bolts of becoming an MTNA National Certified Teacher of Music

10 AM:        Masterclass - Spencer Myer

12 PM:        Lunch

1 PM:          a) Lucy Tan: Using Cognitive Science to Facilitate More Efficient Practice
                   b) Ivy Lu Wang: What Judges Hear at Competitions

2 PM:           a) Jeffrey Savage: Discovering Chopin's Multiple Facets
                    b) Matteo Generani: Martucci: An Italian Treasure

3 PM:            a) Karen Savage: Collaborative Piano Troubleshooting
                     b) KU Collegiate Chapter: The Art of Efficient Practice

4 PM:            a) Gjergji Gaqi: The Collaborative Pianist in Ballet Class
                      b) Bridget O’Leary: Teaching Canada: The Pedagogical Piano Works of Jean Coulthard and Barbara Pentland