Fall 2019 Conference and Competitions

Fall 2019 Conference and Competitions

“Passing the Torch: looking to the past and to the future”

October 31 – November 2, 2019

Old Dominion University
Norfolk,  VA

Hello, VMTA! I am pleased that you will be registering for our annual fall conference and am looking forward to seeing you in Norfolk. I hope to see everyone in Norfolk. Here is what you have been waiting for:


VMTA members:

  • Early Bird registration (deadline: Thursday, October 3, 2019, 11:59 PM) – $90.00
  • Registration after October 3, 2019 – $110.00
  • Daily registration – $75.00


  • Early Bird registration (deadline: Thursday, October 3, 2019, 11:59 PM) – $120.00
  • Registration after October 3, 2019 – $140.00
  • Daily registration – $95.00
  • Individual Workshops for non-members – $30.00 per workshop
  • Concert tickets for non-members – $25 per person per concert

Full registration includes:

  • All workshops
  • One ticket to the Concerto Winners Concert Saturday evening
  • The Commissioned Composer concert, Saturday 2:15 PM
  • Hospitality table throughout the day



I am absolutely thrilled to share with you that our 2019 Conference Artist will be Sergei Babayan! A brilliant pianist in his own right and veteran of all the major concert halls in the world, Babayan also is quite wellknown as Daniil Trifinov’s teacher and collaborates with him frequently. A Deutsche Grammophon exclusive artist, Babayan latest release of his own transcriptions of works by Prokofiev for two pianos, “Prokofiev for Two” features Babayan and Martha Argerich.

We are SO fortunate that that Mr. Babayan has agreed to join us in Norfolk and will perform for us “An Evening of Chopin” Friday, November 1. Please read the conference schedule below; he will also be available for a Q and A on Saturday morning.

Many, many thanks to Daniel Vesey, booking agent with Opus 3 Artists in NYC, who worked hard on our behalf to make this possible. Please click HERE to visit his website!



You already know that our featured conference speaker will be Keith Porter Snell — Keith will open and close our Friday sessions. Keith also needs no introduction, as he is world-renown pianist, teacher, and author of over 150 publications for Neil Kjos Music. Please click HERE to visit his website, and please consult the conference schedule below for details about his sessions!


NOTE: Competition schedule is in blue.

Thursday, October 31:

8:00 AM – 7:00 PM: 

MTNA Performance Competitions (Chandler Recital Hall)

  • MTNA Junior Woodwinds Competition
  • MTNA Senior Woodwinds Competition
  • Competition warm-up rooms: Modules 3, 8, and 9
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM: VMTA Leadership Summit (Webb Student Center: Executive Dining Room)
1:30 PM – 3:10 PM: Old Dominion University Symphony Orchestra rehearsal: VMTA Concerto Competition winners
4:00 – 5:00 PM: Conference session: William Rinehart: “Introducing Technology into the Piano Studio: Digital Devices & Apps and Their Application to Teaching and Learning Piano” (Diehn Composers Room)
5:30 – 8:00 PM: VMTA Executive Board Meeting and Dinner

Friday, November 1:

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM: 
9:00 AM – 7:00 PM: 

MTNA Performance Competitions
Chandler Recital Hall and Band Room — 1105

  • MTNA Junior Piano Competition (Chandler)
  • MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition (Chandler)
  • MNTA Junior Strings Competition (Band Room)
  • MTNA Senior Strings Competition (Band Room)
  • MTNA Young Artists Strings Competition (Band Room)
  • MTNA Senior Piano Duet Competition (Band Room)
  • Competition warm-up rooms: Modules 3, 8, and 9; ensemble rooms 1206 and 1208
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Conference exhibitors (Diehn Center for the Performing Arts Lobby)
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Coffee, Tea, and Conversation (Diehn Center for the Performing Arts Lobby)
9:30 AM – 10:45 AM: OPENING SESSION: Keith Snell, Featured Conference Speaker: “Preparing Successful Performance: Learning Strategies, Memorization, and Performing Experience” (Diehn Composer Room)
11:00 AM – 11:50 PM: Conference session: Sarah Rushing: “Debussy’s Pianistic Palette: Understanding his Innovative Notation” (Choir Room – 1201)
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Certification roundtable and Lunch (Portsmouth Room, 2nd floor, Webb Student Center)
Local Associations Presidents’ Lunch (Chesapeake Room, 2nd floor, Webb Student Center)
Lunch on your own
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Conference session: Susan Adkins and Karstan Bock: “Looking for a way to make music theory fun? Turn their love of technology into music theory success!” (Diehn Composers Room)
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM: Conference session: Jeanette Winsor: Happy 200th Birthday, Clara Wieck Schumann!” (Choir Room – 1201)
4:20 PM – 5:20 PM: Conference session: Keith Snell: “Sight Reading: Piano Music for Sight Reading and Short Study” – the new series by Keith Snell and Diane Hidy (Diehn Composers Room)
5:20 PM – 8:00 PM: Dinner on your own
8:00 PM: SERGEI BABAYAN, Featured Conference Artist (Chandler Recital Hall):
“An Evening of Chopin”
Purchase tickets for the Babayan recital HERE.
Post-recital reception

Saturday, November 2:

8:00 AM – 8:00 PM: 

MTNA and VMTA Performance Competitions

  • MTNA Senior Piano Competition (Choir Room 1201)
  • VMTA State Auditions (Band Room – 1105)
  • Competition warm-up rooms: Modules 3, 8, and 9; ensemble rooms 1206, 1208, 1210
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM: VMTA Business Meeting (Diehn Composers Room)
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM: Q and A with Keith Snell (Diehn Composers Room)
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM: Collegiate Chapters Meeting and lunch: Rebecca Edmiston: “Developing a Plan of Community Outreach for Collegiate Chapters” (Chesapeake Room, 2nd Floor, Webb Student Center)
Lunch on your own
1:00 PM: Conference session: Christy Tallamy: “So you want to be famous? How to use composition and celebrity culture to inspire growth” (Diehn Composers Room)
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM: Commissioned Composer Concert rehearsal (Chandler Recital Hall)
2:15 PM – 3:15 PM: Commissioned Composer Concert, featuring VMTA 2019 Commissioned composer John Winsor (Chandler Recital Hall)
4:30 PM: Competition Winners’ Recital (Chandler Recital Hall)
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM: Dinner on your own
7:30 PM: Conference closing gala: Old Dominion University Symphony Orchestra Concert featuring 2019 VMTA Concerto Competition Winners (University Theatre)
Post-concert closing reception



VMTA members are invited to stay at our conference hotel:

SpringHill Suites by Marriott
4500 Hampton Blvd.
Norfolk, VA 23508
Phone: 757.423.4100
  • SpringHill Suites is located on campus, about an 8-minute walk from the Diehn Center for the Performing Arts
  • $128.00 per night plus 14% + $3.00
  • Parking is $8.00 per night
  • Hot and Continental breakfast each morning
  • All suites have a sink, microwave, cooler, and living room style seating
  • Indoor pool, whirlpool, Fitness Center and Business Center
  • Springhill Suites has its own restaurant and bar at the hotel – Monarch Sports Grill
  • Cut-off date: September 30, 2019. After this date, reservations will be made on space available.

You can call the hotel directly to book your room or reserve your room online through the link below. If you call directly to reserve your room, make sure you mention that you are booking with the VMTA conference so you can secure the $128.00 room rate. Reservations must be guaranteed by credit card or advance deposit received 30 days prior to arrilval.

You can also reserve a room by clicking or tapping on the link here:

Book your group rate for VA Music Teachers Association.

As you can see, this is a link that is already exclusively designated for VMTA members; if you follow the link you will find that all you have to do is select your check-in and check-out from the calendar, select the number of rooms and guests you would like from the drop-down menu, and check availability. The link also includes check-in time (3 PM) and check-out time (noon).

More information is coming very soon! I hope to see all of you in Norfolk!

Narciso Solero
President-elect, Virginia Music Teachers Association
Studio: 703 820 3308
Cell: 703 655 1017