2011 Conference

October 13-14, 2011
Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, Nebraska

Tony CaramiaGuest Artist: Tony Caramia

Tony Caramia Program

Tony Caramia is Professor of Piano at the Eastman School of Music, where he is Director of Piano Pedagogy Studies and Coordinator of the Class Piano Program. In May 2003, he was a guest on Marian McPartland’s “Piano Jazz” on NPR. He has served as a judge for the American Jazz Piano Competition, sponsored by the American Pianists Association, the Crescendo Music Awards, and the Young Texas Artists Competition. In September of 2007, he was privileged to participate in the dedication concert on the new “Sorel” Steinway at SUNY Fredonia, in honor of his former teacher, Miss Claudette Sorel.

He received the 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award from SUNY Fredonia.

Mr. Caramia is featured in the Yamaha Clavinova on Campus series. He is a Contributing Editor for Clavier Companion magazine and on the Editorial Committee of American Music Teacher. His recent solo piano compositions—Suite Dreams and Jazz Moods—have been published by the Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation, for whom he is also a Keyboard Clinician.

He has conducted numerous workshops in jazz piano for teachers at MTNA National and State Conventions; the International Association for Jazz Educators (IAJE) Teacher Training Institutes; the National Piano Teachers Institute, and the International Workshops. He has lectured and performed at the European Piano Teachers Association International Conference in London, the Australian Piano Pedagogy Conference in Adelaide, and the Institute of Registered Music Teachers National Conference in New Zealand. In 2005 he returned to Adelaide, Australia, to perform and lecture at the 7th Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference; and was invited to perform at the International Stride Summit in Switzerland.

A strong advocate of theme recitals–he spoke at the CFMTA-MTNA Collaborative Conference in Toronto, Canada on the topic: The Art of Modern Recital Programming— he has presented multi-media tributes to composers Harold Arlen and Richard Rodgers, and the extraordinary pianist, Cy Walter. He was a featured performer at the prestigious Rochester International Jazz Festival, the 2007 and 2009 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in Chicago, and the 50th Anniversary of the New School for Music Study, in Princeton, NJ.

Guest Clinician: Barbara Lister-SinkBarbara Lister-Sink

Barbara Lister-Sink, Acting Director. Artist-in-Residence, Professor of Piano, director of the Certificate Program in Injury-Preventive Keyboard Technique, is an internationally acclaimed performer and a global leader in injury-preventive keyboard technique. Formerly keyboardist for the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Lister-Sink has taught at the Amsterdam Muziek Lyceum, Duke University, and the Brevard Music Center. She served on the Artist Piano Faculty of the Eastman School of Music from 1979 to 1986 before becoming the first female Dean of the School of Music at Salem College in 1986. She has performed to high critical acclaim as soloist throughout Europe and North America, including solo and chamber music recitals at Jordan Hall/Harvard, the Gardner Museum/Boston, the Phillips Collection/Washington, the Gina Bachauer-WFMT Series/Chicago, Treppenhaus Concerts/Frankfurt, the Concertgebouw Klein Zaal/Amsterdam, and Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall/New York.

Lister-Sink has collaborated with some of the world’s most distinguished musicians, including violinist Arnold Steinhardt, flutist Doriot Anthony Dwyer and mezzo-soprano Jan DeGaetani. She has performed with the Cleveland, Ciompi, Chester and Alexander string quartets and members of the Fine Arts, Lenox, Muir and Guarneri quartets, and with the Harvard Chamber Players, as well as at the New Hampshire, Skaneateles, Brevard and Chautauqua summer music festivals. She has been broadcast numerous times on National Public Radio, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Radio Netherlands, as well as Radio Europe. Her performances of 20th century music include collaboration with composers Gyorgy Ligeti, Leon Kirchner, Joseph Schwantner, Frank Martin, Samuel Adler, Vincent Persichetti, and Witold Lutoslawski, as well as with conductors Bernard Haitink, Carlo Maria Giulini, Bruno Maderna, David Zinman and Kiril Kondrashin in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam.

A graduate of Smith College and recipient of the Soloist Diploma and coveted Prix d’Excellence from Utrecht Conservatory, her teachers include Edith Lateiner-Grosz, John Duke, Margaret Mueller, Clemens Sandresky, and Guido Agosti. She also received private instruction from Alfred Brendel and Leon Fleisher and was a vocal performance degree candidate at the Amsterdam Conservatory. Her critically acclaimed video/DVD Freeing the Caged Bird – Developing Well-Coordinated, Injury-Preventive Piano Technique, is considered a classic work internationally in the field of piano technique and won the 2002 MTNA-Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy National Award. Renowned Russian pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy praised it as “A monumental work!”

As a world leader in teaching injury-preventive technique, Lister-Sink has given numerous presentations for national and international music organizations, including the Music Teachers National Association, National Keyboard Pedagogy Conference, World Piano Pedagogy Conference, the Canadian Professional Piano Teachers Association, the International Klavar Foundation, and the European Piano Teachers Association, London, England Chapter. She has appeared in 14 states as the Music Teachers National Association state convention artist, and in 1992 was a presenter and performer for the First World Congress of Arts and Medicine in New York City. She was featured pedagogue for the 2010 Piano Texas/Cliburn Institute International Piano Academy & Festival.

Lister-Sink’s articles, interviews and reviews have appeared in Piano & Keyboard, Clavier, American Music Teacher, and Keyboard Companion, as well as in the Southern Medical Journal and Current Research in Arts Medicine. She was invited in 2009 to write an article for the Music Teachers National Association E-Journal on the newly created Professional Certificate Program in Injury-Preventive Keyboard Technique at Salem College. In 2000, Lister-Sink was cited in the Centennial Edition of Piano & Keyboard as one of America’s pedagogical leaders of the 20th century.

Through her DVD, intensive training workshops, the Salem College Professional Certificate Program in Injury-Preventive Keyboard Technique, as well as hundreds of workshops at universities, conservatories, summer institutes, AGO chapters and professional organizations, Lister-Sink has helped thousands of keyboardists from around the world remove technical obstacles to their musical development. Her performances are eloquent demonstrations of the marriage of technical freedom and musical artistry.

Conference Hotel

New Victorian Suites pdf file

2011 Conference Schedule

Conference Schedule pdf file

Pre-Registration Form

Pre-Registration Form pdf file

NMTA Bulletin, Summer 2011

Summer Bulletin pdf file

Conference Handouts

Approaching Jazz pdf file
Jazz on the Web pdf file
How to Play Jazz pdf file
Jazz Piano Level 1 pdf file