2018 Conference

2018 NMTA State Conference

October 11-12, 2018

Kearney, Nebraska

State Conference Registration Form
2018 Conference Schedule (tentative)

Conference Guest Artist: Ian Hobson

Pianist and conductor Ian Hobson is recognized internationally for his extraordinarily comprehensive repertoire and his consummate performances of the Romantic masters.  In addition to being a celebrated performer, Mr. Hobson is a dedicated scholar and educator who has pioneered a renewed interest in the music of such lesser known masters as Ignaz Moscheles and Johann Hummel, He is also an effective advocate of the works written for him by a number of today’s noted composers, Benjamin Lees, John Gardner, David Liptake, Alan Ridout and Yehudi Wyner.

As guest soloist, Ian Hobson has appeared with many of the world’s major orchestras; in the United States these include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and The Philadelphia Orchestra,  the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Florida, Houston, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and the American Symphony Orchestra and Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico. Abroad, he has been heard with Great Britain’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Hallé Orchestra, ORF-Vienna, Orchester der Beethovenhalle, Moscow Chopin Orchestra, Israeli Sinfonietta and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Since his debut in the double role of Conductor and soloist with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra in 1996, Maestro Hobson has been invited to lead the English Chamber Orchestra, the Sinfonia Varsovia (including an appearance at Carnegie Hall), the Pomeranian Philharmonic (Poland), the Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra (Bass Hall), and the Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra of Israel, among others.

An artist of prodigious energy and resource, Mr. Hobson has to date amassed a discography of some 60 releases, including the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven and Schumann and a complete edition of Brahms’s variations for piano.  Mr. Hobson is also in the process of recording a complete edition of the works of Frédéric Chopin.

Mr. Hobson continues his concerts as music director of the Sinfonia da Camera, a professional chamber orchestra affiliated with the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and College of Fine and Applied Arts of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where Mr. Hobson is the Swanlund Emeritus Professor of Music. Further recital and teaching engagements this season take Mr. Hobson throughout the United States and several times to South Korea, where he is a professor at the National University of Seoul.

One of the youngest ever graduates of the Royal Academy of Music, Mr. Hobson began his international career in 1981 when he won First Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition, after having earned silver medals at both the Arthur Rubinstein and Vienna-Beethoven competitions. Born in Wolverhampton, England, he studied at Cambridge University (England), and at Yale University, in addition to his earlier studies at the Royal Academy of Music.  A professor in the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), Hobson received the endowed chair of Swanlund Professor of Music in 2000.

Conference Clinician: Christine Barden

An internationally recognized authority on early childhood music, Christine H. Barden is currently an independent piano teacher in Reno, Nevada. In addition to Music for Little Mozarts preschool classes, she teaches numerous prize – winning students in piano and composition. She holds a degree in piano performance from San Francisco State University and spent four years studying, performing, and teaching in Europe. She is the lead composer of the music in Music for Little Mozarts.

Christine was one of the first teachers from the United States to study with Yamaha Music Foundation Instructors in Japan. She subsequently served as a national staff member with Yamaha for 17 years. Her responsibilities included Director of Curriculum and National Chief Instructor for the Yamaha Music Education System. A popular clinician, Christine has presented workshops for piano teachers at professional conferences throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, England, Norway, Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. Her published music with Alfred includes the Music for Little Mozarts course and piano solos included in the National Federation of Music Club’s Junior Festival selections.



Country Inn & Suites
105 Talmadge Street
Kearney, NE 68847

Special Rate:
2 Queen $79.00
1 King $79.00
Suite: $89.00

Be sure to ask for the NMTA Conference Rate!

Reservation cut-off date: September 30, 2018

After September 30, 2018 any rooms not booked will be cancelled and guests will book at the regular rate based on availability.

If cancellation of the booking becomes necessary, to avoid forfeiture of any deposits paid or payment penalties, the hotel must receive notification by September 30, 2018.

Download the NMTA SUMMER BULLETIN 2018.

Download the conference registration.