2022 Conference

2022 NMTA State Conference

October 20-21, 2022

Kearney, Nebraska
2022 Conference Bulletin with schedule

2022 Conference Registration Form

UNK campus map

The campus of the University of Nebraska at Kearney in Kearney, NE is co-sponsoring our conference. Most events will take place in the Fine Arts Building.

NMTA State Conference: Thursday & Friday October 20-21
NMTA Performance Competition: Saturday October 22
MTNA Performance Competitions: Saturday & Sunday October 22-23 NMTA State Festival: Saturday & Sunday October 22-23

Conference Guests, Artist and Presenters

Melody Bober, guest clinician:

As a composer, Melody Bober enjoys creating motivational piano pieces that foster her students’ understanding and love of music.

Melody graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana with a bachelor’s degree in music education. She later received a Master of Arts degree in piano performance from Minnesota State University, Moorhead. Melody credits much of her success to her influential teachers who include Joel Shapiro and Andrew Froelich (piano), Mary Hoffman (music education), and Tony Caramia (jazz).

An active church pianist and accompanist, Melody has also held the position of church music director. In addition to teaching piano in her private studio, Melody’s music-teaching experience includes 20 years of public school and two years at the university level.

A dynamic clinician and innovative composer, Melody is in great demand at conventions and workshops for piano teachers across North America. She resides in Minnesota with her husband Jeff.

Frahm-Lewis Trio, conference artists

Ting-Lan Chen, violin 

Noah Rogoff, cello 

Nathan Buckner, piano 

The University of Nebraska–Kearney resident Faculty Piano Trio was founded in 2008, but the ensemble received true institutional standing beginning in 2012 when a generous grant was made to UNK to this end in the name of longtime Central Nebraska cellist Bettelee Frahm Lewis, ensuring the trio’s future. The Frahm-Lewis Trio has represented U.N.K. through annual faculty recitals on the U.N.K. campus, as well as in performances in schools and public venues throughout Nebraska. Its repertoire includes much of the standard piano trio literature (Beethoven, Brahms, Dvořák, Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, Shostakovich), lesser-known works (Frank Bridge, Philip Antony Corri, Ernesto Halffter, Edouard Lalo, Ignaz Pleyel, Ferdinand Ries, Joaquin Turina, Charles-Marie Widor), contemporary works, adaptations for piano trio, and works for piano quartet and other expanded ensemble combinations.  Engagements include a series of recitals and masterclasses in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (November 2018), performances and lectures for the Musical Intersections in Practice Conference in Cambridge, England (October 2019 and March 2021), a recital in conjunction with the American Composers’ Alliance in New York (September 2021), and recitals at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, and the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha.

Pianist Nathan Buckner has performed in recital in major venues throughout Taiwan, Mexico, and the United States, as well as in Belarus, China, Hong Kong, Korea, and Slovenia. American recitals include New York’s Alice Tully Hall and Washington’s Kennedy Center. His recording with Ting-Lan Chen (violin) featuring violin sonatas of Rubin Goldmark and Alexander Reinagle was released by Albany Records in 2020. He has edited for Philadelphia’s Kallisti Music Press and written for the New Grove Dictionary of Music. Buckner holds a B.M. from The Juilliard School, an M.M. from Indiana University, and a D.M.A. from the University of Maryland. 

Violinist Ting-Lan Chen holds M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in violin and chamber music performance from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. As a soloist and chamber musician, she appeared in the Young Musician’s Concerts at the White House and United Nations. Her recording of  violin sonatas of Rubin Goldmark and Alexander Reinagle with Nathan Buckner (piano) was released by Albany Records in 2020. As an orchestral performer, she has appeared with numerous orchestras including the Dayton Philharmonic as a regular member, and in such venues as the Concertgebouw, Gewand-haus, Vienna Konzert-haus, Berlin Schauspielhaus, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Avery Fisher Hall, and Boston Symphony Hall.

Cellist Noah Turner Rogoff holds an M.A. in Music Theory and a D.M.A. in Cello Performance from the University of Minnesota, and a B.M. from Northwestern University. He is the winner of many honors at competitions including first prizes at the Schubert Club, Society of American Musicians, and Beethoven Club. He has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra and has concertized with principal players of the New York Philharmonic, and as Assistant Principal of the Elisa Fukuda Camerata of São Paulo, Brazil. He has performed chamber works with members of the Saint Louis Symphony, Eighth Blackbird, and Prague’s Dynamic Penguin Quartet. 

The 2022 NMTA Commissioned Composer is Matthew Fuerst, who will be premiering his composition on Friday. Other events include sessions by NMTA member Dr. Paul Zeller and Michigan MTA member Lia Jensen-Abbott, as well as a round table discussion by NMTA members moderated by Jerri Niver.


Microtel Inn & Suites

104 Talmadge Street

Kearney, NE 68847

(308)698-3003 phone
Rate: Two Queen Beds, $84
Includes parking, internet, fitness center, and breakfast. Pet-friendly rooms available for additional charge.
Call 1-308-698-3033 and give group code NEmusicteach

Cut-off date: Monday, October 10, 2022

Download the 2022 Conference Bulletin with schedule.

Download the 2022 Conference Registration Form.