Fisher Duo to be Featured Pedagogy Clinicians at IMTA State Conference

IMTA is pleased to announce we will be hosting Dr. Christopher and Katherine Fisher as our clinicians for the upcoming IMTA state conference to be held at Sweetwater Sound in Fort Wayne on October, 5, 6. Details will continue to be made available on the conference page. Online registration for the conference will be open no later than August 1 here on the IMTA website.

Dr. Christopher Fisher is Professor of Piano at Ohio University School of Music in Athens, Ohio where he chairs the Keyboard Division, directs the graduate piano performance and pedagogy programs, and coordinates the Ohio University Piano Pedagogy Seminar. He is Director of Studies for the Honors Tutorial College Music Program. Recognized for his teaching, Dr. Fisher was the 2010 recipient of the Ohio Music Teachers Association Collegiate Teacher of the Year and the Ohio University School of Music Distinguished Teaching Award.

Dr. Fisher is the author of Teaching Piano in Groups (Oxford University Press, 2010) and co-author of the revised and expanded edition of Piano Duet Repertoire (Indiana University Press, 2016). He has published in leading keyboard journals and is a contributing composer for the innovative piano method, Piano Safari (www.pianosafari.com), which is used by piano teachers and students around the globe. His educational compositions are published by Alfred Music and Piano Safari.

In demand as a workshop and master class clinician, Dr. Fisher has presented lectures internationally, including the national conferences of the Music Teachers National Association, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, the National Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Forum, the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference, and the Encontro Internacional de Pianistas de Piracicaba Brasil. Dr. Fisher has also served as a guest lecturer at leading conservatories and universities including recent engagements at The Juilliard School.

Katherine Fisher is co-author of the Piano Safari Method (www.pianosafari.com) for children. She and Dr. Julie Knerr have been working on their piano method since their time in school together at the University of Oklahoma when they both realized they had mutual dreams of writing a piano method that would incorporate all the best elements of the various methods they had been using in their teaching.

She is an affiliate faculty member of the Athens Community Music School at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.  Her responsibilities include teaching private piano lessons as well as coordinating the Piano Preparatory Program (group lessons) for children who are beginners at the instrument.

Katherine is an active member of the Music Teachers National Association and presently serves as the Wellness Forum Chair for the Ohio Music Teachers Association. She presently serves in the capacity of Vice-President for Membership for the Southeast District of OhioMTA.

A native of Ohio, Katherine obtained her degrees from the University of Oklahoma (Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy) and the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music (Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance).  Her former teachers include Jeongwon Ham, Jane Magrath, Barbara Fast, Karin R. Edwards, and Nancy Bachus.

2018 Hoosier Auditions State Competition Winners

The IMTA would like to congratulate and recognize all the winners of the 2018 Hoosier Auditions State Competition.  See you next year! Click here to see photos of the winners during the awards ceremony.

Piano Solo: Early Elementary
Winner: Tara Kim
Student of Nadya Dubikovsky

Alternate: Erica Lai
Student of Irina Gorin

Honorable Mention: Ethan He
Student of Dilya Meehan

Piano Solo: Elementary
Winner: Chloe Park
Student of Dr. Hamilton Tescarollo

Alternate: Jack Ma
Student of Mary Heller

Honorable Mention: Amy Mao
Student of Kimiko Nakamura
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2018 Hoosier Auditions – District B

Congratulations to all winners of the District B Hoosier auditions. There were a total of 22 performers in this event. A special thank you to District Chair, Dr. Luke Norell.

Early Elementary Piano
Winner: Albert Lu
Teacher: Linda Belleville

Alternate: Ezra Tice
Teacher: Dr. Luke Norell

Honorable Mention: Ingrid Lund
Teacher: Dr. Mary Rose Norell

Elementary Piano
Winner: Christa Scofield
Teacher: Dr. Mary Rose Norell

Alternate: Raymond Luo
Teacher: Linda Witchie

Honorable Mention: Lourdes Baltazar
Teacher: Dr. Mary Rose Norell

Honorable Mention: Jayden Wang
Teacher: Linda Belleville

Elementary Piano Duet
Winners:  Lourdes Baltazar
   Silvia Venturi
Teachers: Drs. Luke and Mary Rose Norell

Middle Piano
Winner: Felix Zhang
Teacher: Melissa Luan

Alternate: Elsa Lund
Teacher: Dr. Luke Norell

Honorable Mention: Yoonji Choe
Teacher: Dr. Pamela Haynes

Junior Piano
Winner: Peter Yang
Teacher: Patricia Jones Collins

Alternate: Rachel Yuan
Teacher: Linda Belleville

Honorable Mention: Keely Cox
Teacher: Dr. Luke Norell

Junior Piano Duet
Winners: Keely Cox
         Joya Drenth
Teachers: Drs. Luke and Mary Rose Norell

Senior Piano
Winner: Joshua Catanzaro
Teacher: Nancy Spahr Huskey

Alternate: Rachel Miller
Teacher: Dr. Luke Norell

Honorable Mention: Haley Miller
Teacher: Dr. Luke Norell

Collegiate Piano
Winner: Cecilia Horner
Teacher: Kathleen Keasey

Middle Strings
Winners: Felix Zhang
Teacher: Melissa Luan

MTNA Performance Competitions

Indiana’s state round of the MTNA Performance Competitions will be held at Ball State University on Saturday, November 3, 2018. Entry deadline is 3:00 pm EASTERN TIME on Wednesday, September 12. Teacher dues must be paid by this time. For competition details please consult the website at mtna.org. Beyond this, you may direct questions to Jim Helton, MTNA Competitions Chairperson: jhelton@bsu.edu

2015 Conference Wrap-Up

2015 Conference wrap-up (Vincennes University – September 25-26, 2015)

A note from ITMA President, Christina Whitlock:2015 Conference image
The 2015 IMTA State Conference in Vincennes was a smashing success!
As your new State President, I want to sincerely thank you for attending.  I think we can all agree the weekend was full of new ideas, gracious colleagues, and inspiring artistry.  Each attendee brings original insights to the conference experience, so I appreciate your commitment to attend.  It wouldn’t have been the same without you!
I’m sure you’ve been busy buying Post-It notes and washi tape like crazy (thanks to Diane Hidy), and I know Logan Skelton has us all ready to teach more Bartok.  Vincennes University proved to be incredible first-time hosts (thank you, Matthew Latta, Lisa Miller, and Claudia Bossard!), and Caroline KyungA Ahn’s commissioned composition When the Ocean Speaks blew us away.
A few follow-ups:

  • If you have conference photos to share, please send them to me.  Members of the IMTA Board of Directors can upload them directly to our DropBox account, or you may reply to this message.
  • I would love to collect a few Conference Reflections to include on the IMTA website.  If you feel so moved, please reply to this message with a brief write-up of your Conference experience. You might find yourself published on the website soon!

Please spread the word of your positive conference experience to your friends and colleagues.  I hope to see many of you at the MTNA National Conference in San Antonio (April 2-6)!
Visit the Photo Gallery to see more images from this year’s conference.


Reflections from attendees:

There was an obvious theme throughout every presentation and performance at the 2015 IMTA State Conference at Vincennes University.  Music is powerful, music is joyful, music allows us to express ourselves – it unites us in spite of our differences.  As performers and teachers, it’s our job to demonstrate this power to students by tapping into our own creativity and inspiration for life long learning. 
 We celebrated 90 years of life and 50 years of teaching with member Lois Clous – a perfect exemplification of life-long learning.  Our piano clinician, Diane Hidy reminded us music is not taught for a “competitive advantage”, but to foster a “form of expression.” Interspersed with her brilliant, fun and creative ways to make music learning easier, Diane reminded us to take time to know our students, to meet them where they are, to be excited about what they’re excited about.  Keynote speaker, Greg Gilpin urged us to spread joy, to see ourselves in our students and to “play well with others”. Our conference artist, Logan Skelton exemplified the power of expression through a stunning recital performance and instilled in us new joy for the music of Bartok.  He left us with these powerful words to explain Bartok’s weaving together of folk music in his compositions – Bartok thought his job as a composer was to “bring together the brotherhood of all people in spite of war and conflicts”.  Lastly we connected, not only with new ideas, but with each other – we shared stories, we shared teaching ideas, we enjoyed the incredible hospitality of Vincennes University, we laughed and most importantly, we left renewed, feeling fortunate to be part of such an incredible community of music teachers and ready to breathe new life into our teaching.
Melissa Willis
Indianapolis, IN

 
As a newly teaching piano teacher, I found IMTA to be an invaluable experience which I intend to repeat annually.  Not only was the conference well-situated, well-organized and well-run, but the content was everything I had hoped it would be.  The master classes of Logan Skelton, the  teaching tips from Diane Hidy, the insightful exhortations from Greg Gilpin, web resources from Amy Chaplin, and the kinesthetic advice from Natalie Wood, Lori Rhoden, Kate Boyd and Vicki King were all extremely valuable.  Add to that the myriad tips from fellow attendees, and you have a “must-see” event.  Kudos to IMTA for a rich and productive conference.”
Kelly Havens
Granger, IN

Regional Summer Camp Information

Ohio University announces its Piano Pedagogy Seminar, June 15-16, 2012 at their campus in Athens, OH.  For more information visit the university website here. http://www.finearts.ohio.edu/music/home.htm
The event includes workshops, presentations and performances with Ohio University faculty and featured guest Dr. Bruce Berr.
IMTA does not the endorse summer programs noted above.