2008 Conference

Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln
October 16-19, 2008

Conference Registration Form (PDF, 136 KB)

Guest Artist
Ann Schein

Ann Schein

Pianist Ann Schein has been thrilling audiences since her sensational first recordings for Kapp Records and her highly acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut, launching a career that has earned her praise in major American and European music centers and in more than 50 countries around the world.

She has performed with conductors including George Szell, James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, James dePreist, David Zinman, Stanislaw Skrowacewski, Sir Colin Davis and with many orchestras world-wide including the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony, the National Symphony, the London Philharmonic, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

In 1980, in an inspiring artistic triumph, Ann Schein extended the legacy of her teachers, Mieczyslaw Munz, Arthur Rubinstein, and Dame Myra Hess, presenting the major Chopin repertoire in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall throughout an entire season, the first Chopin cycle heard in New York in 35 years.

With soprano Jessye Norman, Ms. Schein has toured in major cities of the United States in addition to a tour of Brazil. The pair can be heard on a release from Sony Classical in early songs of Alban Berg.

From 1980 to 2000 she was a member of the piano faculty at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. She has been an Artist-Faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School since 1984. During the summer of 2005, she opened the series of the complete Beethoven Sonatas performed by members of the piano faculty, in addition to performances of the Brahms g minor Piano Quartet with Earl Carlyss, Darrett Atkins, and Sabina Thatcher, and the Violin and Piano Sonata of John Corigliano with Herbert Greenberg. For the next two summers, she has been selected to receive the Distinguished Teacher’s Chair at the Aspen Music School established by Victoria and Ronald Sims.

Her recording of solo piano works of Schumann was released in 2001 on the Ivory Classics label to outstanding critical acclaim in the United States, Europe, and the Far East. A new recording of the Chopin Preludes and the B minor Sonata was released by MSR Classics in October 2005.

Guest Piano Pedagogue
Helen MarlaisHelen Marlais

Helen Marlais’s active performance schedule includes concerts in North America, Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. She is one of the most prolific authors in the field of educational piano publishing. Her critically acclaimed and award-winning piano series, Succeeding with the Masters®, The Festival Collection®, In Recital®, Sight Reading and Rhythm Every Day®, and The FJH Contemporary Keyboard Editions, among others, are exclusively published by The FJH Music Company. As well as being the Director of Keyboard Publications for The FJH Music Company, she is also an associate professor of piano at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she teaches studio piano, directs the piano pedagogy program, and coordinates the group piano programs. These group programs include keyboard musicianship for university music majors and the young beginner piano program. She has performed and given workshops and master classes at local, state, and national music teachers’ conventions and her articles can be read in Keyboard Companion, The American Music Teacher, and Clavier magazines.

Dr. Marlais has performed with members of the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Grand Rapids, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, and Beijing National Symphony Orchestras to name a few, and has recorded on Gasparo and Centaur record labels with her husband, clarinetist Arthur Campbell. She has given collaborative recitals throughout the U.S. and in Canada, Italy, France, Germany, Hungary, Turkey, Estonia, Lithuania, Russia, and China. Her educational piano CD’s for children are recorded on Stargrass Records®.

Dr. Marlais has also held full-time faculty piano positions at the Crane School of Music, S.U.N.Y. at Potsdam, Iowa State University, and Gustavus Adolphus College. She presents workshops at every national convention and is a featured presenter at state conventions. She has been a guest teacher and performer at leading music schools and conservatories throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. She received her DM in piano performance and pedagogy from Northwestern University and her MM in piano performance from Carnegie Mellon University.

Visit www.helenmarlais.com for more information.

Conference Hotel

Country Inn and Suites

Country Inn and Suites
5353 North 27th Street
Lincoln, NE 68521

Phone: 402-476-5353

Conference Rate: $89 per night plus tax