Butler University will be the site of the annual Indiana Music Teachers Association’s conference Nov. 1-2.

_D7W1078Registration is required to attend. Online registration is available here. Participants may also choose same-day registration at the conference in the lobby of Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall.

The conference will feature the world premiere of the 2013 Music Teachers National Association/Indiana Music Teachers Association-commissioned work by John Berners, a piano solo entitled “Star Harp Tender” that will be performed by Richard Ratliff, a concert by the winners of the Hoosier Auditions and Opus Composition Festival competition, a banquet honoring the 2013 Teacher of the Year, and keynote address by Joel Harrison, president and artistic director of the American Pianists Association.

 Also scheduled are:

-A performance by Gilbert Kalish at 8 p.m. Nov. 1 in the new Schrott Center for the Arts. The concert will include a Haydn sonata, Brahms Op. 117, and the Ives “Concord” Sonata. Kalish also will offer a master class from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 2 in the Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall.

-A talk by renowned musicologist and Ives scholar J. Peter Burkholder about the Ives “Concord” Sonata (4:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall).

-Three sessions with Bradley Sowash, educator, jazz musician, and author of “That’s Jazz!”  These sessions are ideal for those wondering how to include improvisation in the studio, or how to do more with lead sheets besides block chord accompaniments. His final session of the day will be a hands-on, “let’s try it!” session in the keyboard lab.

The conference will also feature sessions on baroque articulation, piano works by Scriabin, motivation, piano ensemble strategies, effective practicing, ragtime piano duets, injury prevention, Russian piano methods, the importance of the arts in a digital age, and more.

The full schedule is available here.

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