2024 State Conference

We are so excited to let you know that Saint Mary’s College in South Bend will be hosting us this year on October 4-5, 2024! Please mark your calendars…music teachers need time connecting with one another. Let’s dispel “aloneness” in our profession!

For questions regarding the IMTA State Conferences, please contact the IMTA Conference Chair, Caroline Ahn.

On this page you will find the following information for the IMTA State Conference:

  • Conference Artist/Clinician - Mackenzie Melemed
  • Conference Pedagogy Clinician - Catherine Rollin
  • MTNA/IMTA Commissioned Composer - Miho Sasaki
  • Keynote Speaker - TBD
  • Conference Session Descriptions
  • Hotels - (See Below)

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Conference Artist/Clinician - Mackenzie Melemed

Recipient of the 2022 Avery Fisher Career Grant, 29-year-old American pianist Mackenzie Melemed’s international career continues to flourish. In the press, Melemed is consistently lauded as a consummate solo artist, a remarkably sensitive chamber musician and first-class soloist with orchestra. Melemed, with “pianistic maturity twice his age,” is a “magician for romance and sweet lyricism.” His “crystal-clear pianism” is “nothing short of thrilling” with “unflagging commitment and deep understanding.”

Melemed was the winner of Juilliard’s 2019 Leo B. Ruiz Carnegie Hall Recital Prize and 2018 Arthur Rubinstein Prize, as well as the Jade Medal at the 2019 China International Music Competition and the first prize and chamber music prize at Finland's 2017 Maj Lind International Piano Competition. Praised by the New York Times as an "excellent young pianist" Melemed, a Steinway Artist, has performed in venues such as The White House (2004-2008), Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, and the Helsinki Music Centre. He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and KBS Symphony. Melemed was a laureate of the 2021 American Pianists Awards and received a cash prize of $50,000 for the distinction.

Melemed’s 2023-2024 season includes several debuts and numerous re-engagements with orchestras in the United States, Canada and Finland. Notable performances include Sinfonia Lahti with Hannu Lintu, Edmonton Symphony with Michael Stern (Canadian premiere of Avner Dorman’s Piano Concerto No.3), Symphony Tacoma with Sarah Ioannides, and Tampere Philharmonic with Matthew Halls.

In recent seasons, Melemed performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Tapiola Sinfonietta and Tarmo Peltokoski, and The Helsinki Philharmonic and Mei-Ann Chen. An avid chamber musician, he’s appeared on the San Diego Symphony and Billings Symphony chamber music series, at the YeolMaru Chamber Music Festival in Korea, as well as with the Dover Quartet. Melemed looks forward to a busy summer of chamber music at Rockport Music, Finland’s Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, the Tallinn Chamber Music Festival, and Poland’s Ensemble Festival.

In 2020, Melemed commissioned a Piano Concerto from Israeli-American composer Avner Dorman. The world-premiere performances were given with the Thüringen Philharmonie Gotha-Eisenach under Dorman’s baton to rave reviews. Since the premiere, additional performances have been given in Finland, Poland and soon in Canada.

Melemed is a graduate of the Bachelor of Music degree, Master of Music degree, and Artist Diploma program at The Juilliard School, where he studied with Robert McDonald and Emanuel Ax.

Since 2020, Melemed has lived in Helsinki, Finland. His success following the 2017 Maj Lind Piano Competition, coupled with his fluency in Finnish from Columbia University language courses, launched his successful performance career with invitations to perform with most of Finland’s orchestras and at major music festivals.

At the age of three, Melemed’s grandfather bought him a keyboard at a yard sale, leading to his enrollment in a beginner piano course. Performances at local senior centers soon became a weekly occurrence, and by the time Melemed turned seven, he had given over 200 concerts for senior citizens and charitable organizations. A series of small local performances connected Melemed with Washington D.C. in 2004, and he was invited to perform at the White House Holiday Open House for five consecutive years. In 2007, just a year after beginning classical training, Melemed won the grand prize at the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition and gave his Carnegie Hall debut.

Conference Pedagogy Clinician - Catherine Rollin

Catherine Rollin is a pianist, composer, clinician, author and dedicated teacher. Her more than 400 published pedagogical compositions are recognized worldwide for their combination of musicality and "teachability." As a clinician, Catherine has given over 300 workshops and masterclasses throughout the U.S., Canada, Japan and Taiwan. Her efforts as a composer, clinician and author are an outgrowth of her work as a teacher. Finding the answers to help her students develop artistic, relaxed and confident technical skills led Catherine to insights featured in her ground breaking series, "Pathways to Artistry." Catherine's ASCAP award winning books, "Museum Masterpieces" feature her original piano works inspired by great art masterpieces from museums around the world. Catherine wrote this series after seeing how her students' creativity was sparked by artwork imagery. She is also the co-author of the 2011 edition of the highly regarded college text, "Creative Piano Teaching." All of the many facets of Catherine's work emanate from her central passion for teaching.

Catherine has received numerous commissions from state and local associations as well as Clavier Magazine and from the Music Teacher National Association. (MTNA) . In 2018 her MTNA commissioned trio for flute, alto saxophone and piano, "Suite Detroit" was featured at the MTNA Conference in Orlando, FL.. Catherine has been honored to have her works featured on the National Federation of Music (NFMC)Clubs Festival Bulletin in the solo, duet, concerto, one hand and Patriotic categories. Additionally, Catherine has been honored to have her works featured on lists of the Trinity Exams based in England, the ABRSM Exams in the U.K. and the Royal Conservatory in Canada. Her two concertos, "Concerto Romantique" and "Concerto in C" are published in 2 piano form and also have full orchestrations available. The concertos have been performed with piano and orchestra in the U.S., Canada, Ukraine, Thailand, Brazil, Czechoslovakia, Russia, Israel and S. Africa. A great thrill for Catherine was having her “Concerto Romantique” performed with piano soloist and orchestra at Carnegie Hall!

Catherine's students have won many honors. Among these are national finalists in solo piano, duet and composition competitions of the MTNA. At the 2024 MTNA National Finals, one of her students was the first person to win the Chopin Prize awarded by the U.S. Chopin Foundation for two consecutive years. Another one of her students was awarded the prestigious National Thelma Byrum Award (first place pianist) as well as two other national awards from the National Federation of Music Clubs in 2023.

Catherine received her principle training with Detroit Symphony pianist, Mischa Kottler, a disciple of von Sauer and Cortot. While still in high school, her interest in Baroque performance practice led her to study harpsichord for two summers with the world renowned harpsichordist, Dorothy Lane at Northwestern University. Rollin holds the BMA degree with distinction from U. of Michigan and the MM from Oakland University where she was the recipient of the distinguished alumni award.

As of 2023, Catherine officially launched her own publishing company: Catherine Rollin Music with the publication of “Museum Masterpieces: The Premier Exhibition and in 2024 she released “Museum Masterpieces: Celebrating Women Artists Through The Ages, books 1 and 2 .” Catherine is honored to have all three of these books represented in the National Federation of Music Clubs Festival Bulletin for 2024-2028.

MTNA/IMTA Commissioned Composer - Miho Sasaki

A native of Japan, Miho Sasaki’s music has been commissioned and performed across the US and abroad, including in Japan, South America and Europe for various music festivals including by APA, the American Pianists Association, Conservatorio Superior de Música Félix Tomás Garzón (Argentina), San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Colombian Embassy in Tokyo chamber music series, the Indiana Wind Symphony, Music by Women Festival (Mississippi University) and the International Double Reed Society in Flagstaff (AZ). She has collaborated as composer and performed as pianist with many contemporary music festivals including Tokyo to New York concert series, Aichi University of Music and Fine Arts, Nagoya University in Japan, NOW Music Festivals (OH), Back Cove Contemporary Music Festival at the Portland Conservatory of Music (ME), Manhattan Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, Bargemusic (Brooklyn, NY) and the RAM (Random Access Music) Queens New Music Festival concert series.

She was invited to participate in a five-year international commissioning project by pianist Susanne Kessel (Bonn, Germany) commemorating the 250th birthday of Beethoven: Sasaki’s work, Sanshisuimei (山紫水明) is published by Editions Musica Ferrum (London). Her orchestral work, Sacrosanct, was commercially recorded by the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic) and released on Ablaze Records in 2022. She was awarded a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship grant from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, which supported her exploration of classical accordion for performance and composition. She has premiered her own works as well as new music by many living composers. Sasaki has been working on the large project, Cycle of Five Pieces supported by the St. Paul’s Faith, Justice and the Arts grant, including works that had been performed by the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Choir, the Indianapolis Women’s Chorus, Butler University Choir, and professional chamber ensembles. Her choral music is published by Colla Voce, Inc.

As a solo pianist, she has presented numerous recitals and participated in various chamber programs, and has performed Michael Schelle’s piano concerto, Wright Flight, with multiple orchestras across the US and in five cities throughout China. Recently she performed Igor Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments under the director of Michael Colburn, former Director of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, with the Wind Ensemble at Butler University. Sasaki teaches piano and composition at Butler Community Arts School and holds her private music studio at home in Indianapolis.

Hotel Reservations

The following hotels have room blocks reserved for us on Thursday Oct. 3rd AND/OR Friday Oct. 4th.

The Inn at Saint Mary’s ($134/night for either 2 queen beds or 1 king bed, includes complimentary breakfast)
53993 State Hwy 933, South Bend, IN 46637 (574) 232-4000
Reserve before Sept. 2nd for this discounted rate.
innatsaintmarys.com

Hilton Garden Inn ($134/night for either 2 queen beds or 1 king bed)
53995 State Hwy 933, South Bend, IN 46637 (574) 232-7700
Reserve before Sept. 2nd for this discounted rate.
www.hilton.com/en/hotels/sbningi-hilton-garden-inn-south-bend/

Comfort Suites ($84/Thursday night for either 2 queens or 1 king bed, $89/Friday night for either 2 queens or 1 king bed, all rooms include sofa sleeper & complimentary breakfast)
52939 State Hwy 933, South Bend, IN 46637 (574) 303-1226
Reserve before Sept. 3rd for this discounted rate. Use group #QS21L4 when you call, or book online directly:
www.choicehotels.com/reservations/groups/QS21L4

If you have any difficulty reserving with the discounted rates, please contact Linda Witchie, 269-240-4004 (call or text) or lindawitchie@aol.com.