Dennis Alexander

October 19-20, 2018
Emporia State University, Emporia


Since his affiliation with Alfred Publishing Company in 1986 as a composer and clinician, Dennis Alexander has earned an international reputation as one of North America's most prolific and popular composers of educational piano music for students at all levels. Professor Alexander retired from his position at the University of Montana in May 1996 where he taught piano and piano pedagogy for 24 years. Upon moving to California, he taught privately in addition to serving on the faculties of Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Northridge. He currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he maintains an active composing and touring schedule for Alfred Publishing Company.

Professor Alexander is a native Kansan, having graduated from the University of Kansas where he was a student of Richard Reber. In 1972, he was invited to join the faculty at the University of Montana and served as piano department chair in addition to his teaching duties in applied piano, class piano and piano pedagogy. In 1987, he made his New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall with violinist Walter Olivares and continues to be active as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. He has served as a collaborative artist for numerous internationally recognized soloists, instrumentalists, and chamber groups. A former president of the Montana State Music Teachers Association, he is a popular clinician at state and national music teachers conventions. In 2009, he was invited by MTNA to conduct the intermediate level master class at their national convention in Atlanta.  In 2014, Professor Alexander was invited to judge a national piano competition in India called “Musiquest” and has toured twice to the far East where he performed recitals and workshops in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia and South Korea.

Many of his compositions are included in the National Federation of Music Study Clubs Festival required list and his music is being performed by students throughout the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia, Asia, and Europe. One of Mr. Alexander's most significant contributions to the repertoire is "24 Character Preludes" in all major and minor keys which includes a CD with Dennis Alexander  as soloist. He is also a co-author of an exciting and innovative piano method entitled "Alfred's Premier Piano Course". In July of 2015, he was honored by the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy with a “Lifetime Achievement Award”.

                                                            Schedule: KMTA Fall Conference 2018

Friday, 19 October:

            10:00 – KMTA Board Meeting

                                    Beech Hall Room 131A

            12:30 – Registration

                                    Beech Music Hall Front Lobby

            1:00 – Opening Session (speaker: Dennis Alexander)

                                    Heath Recital Hall

            1:30 – Workshop, J. Bradley Baker (development of the Ballade) (60)

                                    Heath Recital Hall

            2:30 – Break, Exhibits / District Cluster Meetings

                                    Front Lobby / Recital Hall & Conference Room

            3:00 – Showcase, “Practical, Purposeful, Plentiful” – Dennis Alexander (90)

                                    Heath Recital Hall

            4:30 – Break, Exhibits (30)

                                    Front Lobby

            5:00 – Dinner (on your own)


            7:30 – Recital, Muriago / Cuellar    See information about the Concert below.

                                    Heath Recital Hall

                         Reception to follow at First Christian Church


Saturday, 20 October:

            8:30 – Workshop, Dennis Alexander (Teaching the Romantics) (90)

                                    Heath Recital Hall

            10:00 – Break / Exhibits

                                    Front Lobby

            10:30 – Workshop, Dennis Alexander (Why Didn’t I Think of That?) (90)

                                    Heath Recital Hall

            12:00 – Luncheon (90)

                                    ESU Memorial Union, Preston Family Room

            1:30 – Master Class, Dennis Alexander (90)

                                    Heath Recital Hall





            A small block of rooms is available for Friday night, October 19, on a first come, first serve basis at the Hampton Inn, 2900 Eaglecrest Drive, Emporia, KS 66801 (tel. 620-412-9040). The rate is $139.00. Reservations must be completed no later than September 19, 2018.



Libertango                                                                                                       Astor Piazzolla
                                                                   (1921 – 1992)
Adiós Nonino

Tres Romances Argentinos                                                                             Carlos Guastavino
                                                                                                                        (1912 – 2000)
             I.     Las Niñas de Santa Fé
             II.    Muchacho Jujeño
             III.   Baile

Suite No. 2, Op. 17                                                                                          Sergei Rachmaninoff                                                                                                                                                               (1873 – 1943)
             I.     Introduction
             II.    Waltz
             III.   Romance
             IV.   Tarantella
Agustín Muriago & Martín Cuéllar, pianists

Agustín Muriago

Equally passionate as a performer, pedagogue, and scholar, Agustín Muriago is continuously developing these three facets of his career in music. In his native Argentina he earned degrees in piano performance, piano pedagogy, and composition. As a prize winner of the 2008 “Teachers del Norte-Pianists del Sur” auditions under the direction of Mirian Conti, he continued his studies in the United States, earning degrees in piano performance from The Hartt School (DMA), New York University (MM), and Rowan University (B.M. summa cum laude).

His major teachers include José Ramón Méndez, Luiz de Moura Castro, David Westfall, Veda Zuponcic, Aldo Antognazzi, and Marcela Fiorillo, having also received advice from Lilya Zilberstein, Frederic Chiu, Julian Martin, Solomon Mikowsky, Douglas Humpherys, and Seymour Bernstein. Dr. Muriago has performed throughout the United States, Spain, and Argentina. His repertoire ranges from standard piano works to contemporary music premieres, with an emphasis on Spanish and Argentinean piano music.

In addition to traditional instruction, Dr. Muriago is a certified Suzuki method teacher. He has offered master classes and adjudicated competitions in the U.S. and Argentina. He is a member of the Music Teachers National Association, College Music Society, and the National Music Honor Society Pi Kappa Lambda.

Prior to his appointment at Kansas State University, Dr. Muriago served on the faculties at The Hartt School community division and New York University.

​​​​​​​Martín Cuéllar

Martín Cuéllar enjoys an active career as performer, educator, clinician and composer.  He holds degrees in piano performance from The University of Texas at Austin (DMA, MM), The Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid, Spain (performance certificate) where he studied as a Rotary Scholar, and Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, TX (BM piano performance and theory and composition).  Dr. Cuéllar has also conducted research and piano studies on the music of Enrique Granados at the Marshall Academy of Music in Barcelona, Spain (formerly the Granados Academy).

As a performer, Dr. Cuéllar has played concerts in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Spain, Germany, China and South Korea.  He is also nationally recognized as a composer of pedagogical piano pieces and holds an exclusive writing contract with his publisher, the FJH Music Company of Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Dr. Cuéllar serves as Professor of Piano at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas.