2007 VMTA Conference

VMTA Conference, November 1-4, 2007

Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA

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A gorgeous scenic setting awaits you at Winchester, VA nestled in the Shenandoah Valley with great views of the mountains by the same name. We meet from November 1 through 4, 2007 as Shenandoah University welcomes our Virginia Music Teachers and the Shenandoah Chapter of VMTA to share the musical experience of this year’s conference. Just the sheer pleasure of the drive from all parts of Virginia to this glorious location is well worth the trip. However, once you arrive, all the splendid activities you expect will provide insights, practical knowledge and just plain fun for you to enjoy.

We will begin with the students at Shenandoah University proudly showing us their campus. The growth on the campus is just amazing. Then we get down to business with Samantha Luck taking us through IMTF issues of the day and then Nancy Longmyer helping us “Teach Students to Hear & Listen.” After shopping with the vendors and grabbing a bite of lunch there will be students everywhere. The afternoon starts us off with a presentation from the student chapter MTNA members of George Mason University. Dr. Anthony Olson and Eva Peng from Northwest Missouri State University will delight our musical ears with vocal arrangements of Chopin Mazurkas. Shenandoah University students are up next presenting themselves in a concert setting. What a great way to end the first afternoon of the conference by relaxing to studying artists. Revive yourself with dinner of your own choosing and make sure to return in the evening for the Concert Artist, Dr. Dmitri Shteinberg from VCU.

Saturday turns out to be busy, busy, and busy with Robert Vandall, our clinician for 2007. We start the morning MEMORIZING. Be sure to partake of a good breakfast before working those brain muscles. A surprise composition is next, a special one just for us Virginians. After lunch and buying all that Vandall music, we have a special treat from Dr. William Averitt, our Commissioned Composer. Students from the beautiful State of Virginia performing Robert Vandall’s duet and trio music in a monster Masterclass follows. Amy Work then takes hold of organizing these students into performing on three pianos at once, a session not to be missed. The business meeting finishes Saturday’s afternoon. Then join us for a lovely banquet at the Best Western. The day closes with the Shenandoah University’s Orchestra performing with our own winning students from Virginia.

Dr. Dmitri Sheinberg completes our conference on Sunday with insight at a Masterclass with our own Virginia students to be followed by the Winner’s Recital. I am truly awe struck by the talent in our State. Come share in the excitement of the VMTA Conference this fall—an unparalleled event not to be missed.

— Deborah Gunnerson

Conference Schedule


9:00 JR Woodwind Competition
1:00 SR Woodwind Competition
6:00 VMTA Executive Committee Dinner


8:30 – 4:00 Conference Registration Vendor Displays
8:45 – 9:45 Walk around campus with Shenandoah University students
9:00 JR Piano Competition
9:00 YA Woodwind Competition
10:00 – 11:00 IMTF – Samatha Luck
11:15 – 12:15 Teaching Students to Hear and Listen, Nancy Longmyer
12:15 – 1:45 Lunch/Vendors
1:00 YA Chamber Music Competition
2:00 – 3:00 GMU students, Joanne Haroutounian
3:15 – 4:15 Vocal arrangements of Chopin Mazurkas, Dr. Anthony Olson/Eva Peng
c. 4:30 JR Strings Competition
4:30 – 5:30 Shenandoah University student recital
5:30 – 7:45 Dinner on your own
8:00 Concert Artist Dr. Dmitri Shteinberg in recital
9:30 Reception


9:00 – 10:00 Memorizing – it takes more than muscles, Robert Vandall
10:15 – 11:15 Showcase, Robert Vandall
11:30 SR Piano Competition
11:30 – 1:00 Lunch/Vendors
1:15 – 2:00 Commissioned Composer Performance, Dr. William Averitt
2:15 – 3:15 Master class of duets and trios, Robert Vandall
3:30 – 5:00 VMTA Business Meeting
6:00 – 7:30 Banquet, Best Western
8:00 Shenandoah University Orchestra presents VMTA Concerto Winners


9:30 – 11:00 Master class with Dr. Dmitri Shteinberg and VMTA contestants
11:30 Winners Recital

Artists and Clinicians


William Averitt is the composer of more than seventy works that have received performances throughout the U.S. and around the world. He has received fellowships, grants, and commissions from numerous sources including the N.E.A. (twice), the Maryland Symphony, Opus 3 Trio (Washington, DC), the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, VMTA/MTNA (four times), and the Atlanta Chamber Players.

In 1989, the Hans Kindler Foundation of the Library of Congress commissioned Tripartita for the Verdehr Trio, who performed the score extensively and recorded it for Crystal. Averitt’s Afro-American Fragments won the 1992 Roger Wagner Center for Choral Studies Composition Competition and has been performed by numerous choruses, collegiate and professional, including Conspirare who released three of its movements on a 2004 Clarion compact disc. His two-hour St. Matthew Passion for choruses, soloists and orchestra (commissioned by a consortium of eleven southeastern university choruses) was premiered in April, 2000 in Columbia, SC.

In the Fall, 2002 Dr. Averitt, Professor of Music at Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University since 1973, was selected by The Virginia Commission for the Arts as the recipient of one of twelve Virginia Artist Fellowships. He is a member of ASCAP and an annual ASCAPlus Award recipient since 1991. His works are published by Treble Clef, ALRY, Gentry, Concordia, Michigan State University Press, Little Piper, and MMB.


For the past ten years, Amy Work has been a private piano instructor in the Chantilly, Virginia area and currently teaches thirty-two students at her home studio. She has received a Bachelor’s degree from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and a Piano Pedagogy degree from the Levine School of Music in Washington, DC and regularly attends professional development seminars. She is a member of the Virginia and Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association, National Guild of Piano Teachers, and has been a member of the Fairfax- Loudoun Music Fellowship for the past four years. She is the chairman for Sight-reading and Keyboard Skills Day for the Northern Virginia’s Music Teacher Association and specializes in theory, music history, ear training, sight-reading, group lessons, music technology, technical development, music artistry, and concert performing. She participates in numerous piano festivals throughout the year and hosts two annual recitals during the winter and spring months. She is a professional dedicated to finding new and exciting approaches for instructing students on how to become successful and skilled musicians.


Pianist Anthony Olson has performed throughout the United States and China and has even had live recordings broadcast on National Public Radio. Active as both a soloist and a chamber musician, he explores a wide range of solo and chamber works, including new music written especially for him. He also judges piano competitions, presents masterclasses and lectures at professional music conferences.

Being an active stage director and conductor as well as a pianist, he has directed and conducted numerous operas including Samuel Barber’s A Hand of Bridge, George Gershwin’s Blue Monday and Mozart’s Bastien and Bastienna.

A dedicated educator, Anthony Olson is currently Associate Professor of Piano at Northwest Missouri State University and an Adjunct Online Instructor at Adelphi University. In the fall of 2005, he taught at Imperial College in London and will return to Europe next summer to teach at Teikyo University in Holland. He studied at the University of Southern California, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Minnesota— Twin Cities, and the University of North Dakota. His principle teachers have included Daniel Pollack, Arthur Houle and Greg Allen.


Lyric soprano Eva Peng served, for many years, as the resident soprano soloist for the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in her native China. During her tenure with the company, she was able to sing and study under the direction of numerous world-famous conductors including the late Herbert van Karajan. She was the subject of a cover story in China’s TV Guide following a nationally televised concert at Guangzhou’s Friendship Theatre and appeared in a special command performance for former Chinese premier Jiang Zemin. In the United States, Ms. Peng has appeared in many recitals and concerts with orchestras. Equally at home on the theatrical stage, she has starred in numerous productions, most recently as “Maria” in The Sound of Music and as “Bastienna” in Mozart’s Bastien and Bastienna. Ms. Peng currently teaches voice at Northwest Missouri State University and at North Central Missouri College. She studied at the University of Southern California, the University of Nebraska at Omaha and at the Wu Han Conservatory of Music. Her primary teachers have included Natalie Limonick, Bard Suverkrop and Xiao Yan Zhou.


Nancy Longmyer, a nationally certified, independent music teacher, maintains a studio in Falls Church, Virginia. She is a former faculty member at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and is a past president of the Washington Music Teachers Association. She is author of the ear training program, Listen and Learn, a series of ear training CDs, tutorials and tests designed to develop the student’s listening skills. Ms. Longmyer holds Masters degrees in vocal and choral music from Teachers College, Columbia University, and in music history from Temple University. She has studied at the Musik Hochschule in Cologne, Germany and has studied voice with Eleanor Steber, Jenny Tourel and Todd Duncan. Ms. Longmyer has given many workshops and presentations to professional and college groups on such subjects as “The Skills Connection: Developing the Complete Musician,” “The Independent Music Teacher: A Guide To Setting Up A Studio,” “The Independent Music Teacher: A Guide To Financial Security,” “Teaching Students To Hear and Listen” and “Teaching Students To Sightread And Sightsing.”


Robert Vandall and his wife Karen teach 100 students in their independent studio in New Philadelphia, Ohio. Robert was born in Akron, Ohio, but now enjoys living on the dairy farm where his wife was raised. Before moving to New Philadelphia in 1977 and starting over as an independent piano teacher, Mr. Vandall taught music theory, group piano, music literature and listening, and directed the choral program at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Illinois, for seven years. Prior to that, he taught music at Mineral Area College in Flat River, Missouri.

His writing and arranging of piano education materials comes directly from his contact with his own students. He currently has more than 400 works in publication. He and his wife have presented workshops for piano teachers in 30 states and the District of Columbia, and he continues to be in demand as a clinician. His compositions are on many piano teacher organizations’ required lists as well as the National Federation of Music Clubs Junior Festivals Bulletin. He holds a Permanent Professional Certification as a member of the Music Teachers National Association, is an active member of his local piano teachers association, and is an active member of the National Federation of Music Clubs. He has appeared on MTNA national conventions as well as state convention programs in Ohio, Kansas, Florida, Iowa, Oklahoma, Utah, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Texas. Additionally, he has directed large piano ensembles in New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Ohio, and Kansas. He was a faculty member of the International Workshop in Biarritz and a clinician for the Goshen College Piano Workshop, which featured him as its first Composer of the Year. Piano teacher organizations from Ohio, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Iowa, North Carolina, Kansas, California, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Missouri, and Texas have commissioned solos and duets from Mr. Vandall for their students. He and his wife have been faculty members for the Junior Student Seminars at the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, Colorado. Mr. and Mrs. Vandall are the adult advisors of a Federation junior music club. Robert earned his B.M. in piano performance in 1966 from Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio, and his M.M. in piano performance in 1968 from the University of Illinois. He is a recipient of the University of Illinois School of Music Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award in 1990 and, with his wife, the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music Achievement Award in 1991.


Dmitri Shteinberg is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Piano at VCU Music. He holds Doctorate and Master of Music degrees in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Tel-Aviv Rubin Academy of Music. Among his teachers are Victor Derevianko and Nina Svetlanova, both students of Heinrich Neuhaus. Before coming to Virginia Commonwealth University, Shteinberg taught elective piano at the Manhattan School of Music and was on the faculty of the Piano School of New York City. Shteinberg has appeared across North America, Germany, England, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, Portugal, Russia, Bulgaria and Israel. His career includes solo performances with the Jerusalem Symphony, the Italian Philarmonica Marchetiana, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Israel Camerata Orchestra and the Porto National Symphony. He was a guest artist at the Sarasota and Summit Music Festivals, the Music Festival of the Hamptons, the “Oleg Kagan” Festival in Germany and the Festival Aix-en-Provence in France, among others. He has recorded for the WQXR, WHMT radio stations, the Bavarian Radio and the Yamaha Disklavier; and collaborated with New York Philharmonic members and the cellist Natalia Gutman. Shteinberg is an active as a performer of new music, having world premieres and commissioned works to his credit. He also performs on harpsichord and period pianos. He is a prizewinner in 20 competitions worldwide, including the first prize in “Citta de Senigallia” International Competition in Italy. In the United States, he won the Naomi Foundation Competition, the Artists International Debut Award, the Manhattan School of Music Helen Cohn Award and received the Salon De Virtuosi Fellowship Grant.


1460 University Drive, Winchester, VA 22601

From the North:

  • Take Interstate 81 South to Exit 313 B.
  • Off exit ramp, school is on right at bottom of the hill.
  • Take first right into the school (in front of the brick Shenandoah University sign).
  • Ruebush Hall (Conservatory Building) is on left.

From the South:

  • Take Interstate 81 North to Exit 313.
  • Off exit ramp, cross over I-81 and descend to bottom of hill. School is on right.
  • Take first right into the school (in front of the brick Shenandoah University sign).
  • Ruebush Hall (Conservatory Building) is on left.

Via Interstate 95 South (Washington, DC metro area):

  • I-95 to Interstate 66 W to Exit 23 Paris/Delaplane (Route 17)
  • Route 17 North for approx. eight miles.
  • At Traffic Light, take left onto Route 50 West.
  • Take Route 50 West into Winchester. Cross over Interstate 81.
  • School is on right at bottom of hill.

Via Interstate 95 North (Richmond, Virginia Beach and points south):

  • I-95 North to Fredericksburg.
  • Take Warrenton Route 17 North Exit.
  • Route 17 North to I-66 West.
  • I-66 West to Exit 23 Paris/Delaplane (Route 17)
  • Route 17 North for approx. eight miles.
  • At Traffic Light, take left onto Route 50 West.
  • Take Route 50 West into Winchester. Cross over Interstate 81.
  • School is on right at bottom of hill. From Baltimore:
  • I-695 to I-70 West towards Frederick.
  • In Hagerstown, I-70 West to I-81 South
  • Take Interstate 81 South to Exit 313 B.
  • Off exit ramp, school is on right at bottom of the hill.
  • Take first right into the school (in front of the brick Shenandoah University sign).
  • Ruebush Hall (Conservatory Building) is on left.

Alternate Route from Baltimore:

  • I-695 to I-70 West towards Frederick.
  • In Frederick, take Exit 52 Route 340 South toward Charles Town, WV.
  • In Charles Town, make sure to exit back onto Route 340 South toward Berryville, VA.
  • Route 340 South to Route 7 West.
  • Route 7 West into Winchester; Take Interstate 81 South to Exit 313 B. (approx. 2 miles)
  • I-81 South, Exit 313 B follow above directions.

From Dulles Airport (Washington, DC):

  • Dulles Toll Road (Dulles Greenway) West to Leesburg.
  • Route 7 West to Winchester.
  • Interstate 81 South to Exit 313B.
  • Off exit ramp, school is on right at bottom of the hill.
  • Take first right into the school (in front of the brick Shenandoah University sign).
  • Ruebush Hall (Conservatory Building) is on left.

Directions from Shenandoah University,
1460 University Dr, Winchester, VA 22601,
to Wingate Inn, 150 Wingate Drive, Winchester,
VA 22601-4457, US

  • Start out going NORTHEAST on UNIVERSITY DR toward LOWRY DR. (<0.1 miles)
  • Turn LEFT onto LOWRY DR. (0.2 miles)
  • Turn RIGHT onto MILLWOOD AVE / US-17 N / US-50 W / US-522 N. (<0.1 miles)
  • Turn LEFT onto APPLE BLOSSOM DR / US-17 / US-50 / US-522. (<0.1 miles)
  • Turn RIGHT onto E JUBAL EARLY DR. (0.5 miles)
  • Make a U-TURN at S LOUDOUN ST onto E JUBAL EARLY DR. (0.3 miles)
  • End at 150 Wingate Dr., Winchester, VA 22601-4457