2023 Conference

2023 NMTA State Conference

October 19-20, 2023

Omaha, Nebraska
2023 NMTA Conference Competition and Festival Bulletin

2023 NMTA Conference Registration Form

The campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha in Omaha, NE is co-sponsoring our conference. Most events will take place in the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

NMTA State Conference: Thursday & Friday October 19-20
MTNA Performance Competitions: Friday (evening) & Saturday October 20-21
NMTA Performance Competition: Saturday October 21

NMTA State Festival: Saturday & Sunday October 21-22

Conference Guests, Artist and Presenters

Vanessa Cornett guest clinician:

Vanessa Cornett is Director of Keyboard Studies and Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis–St. Paul. She is author of the book The Mindful Musician: Mental Skills for Peak Performance (Oxford University Press, 2019) and is a 2022-2023 Fulbright U.S. Scholar. An international clinician and educator, Dr. Cornett has presented workshops, seminars, and masterclasses in 23 of the United States and in 18 countries across six continents. She has published widely on the intersection of contemplative practices, sport psychology, peak performance, performance anxiety management, and the mental health and well-being of musicians.

Angela Cheng, guest artist:

Hailed as one of Canada’s most distinguished pianists, Angela Cheng has appeared with numerous orchestras, including the Israel Philharmonic, Boston Pops, and the symphonies of Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and St. Louis. She has also performed at Wigmore Hall (London) the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Musikverein (Vienna), and Mariinsky Concert Hall (St. Petersburg). She studied extensively with Menahem Pressler at Indiana University.

Marti Epstein, commissioned composer

Marti Epstein is a Boston-based composer whose music has been performed by the San Francisco Symphony, The Radio Symphony Orchestra of Frankfurt, Ensemble Modern, Trinity Wall Street, and the Boston Symphony Chamber Players. Marti was a two-time fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center (1986 and 1988) and a three-time fellow at the MacDowell Colony (1998, 1999, 2022). In 2020, Marti was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. Nebraska Impromptu, an album of Marti’s chamber music for clarinet, was just released this past April on New Focus Recordings. Marti is Professor of Composition at Berklee College of Music/Boston Conservatory of Music.

Sessions by NMTA members Kristín Jónína Taylor, Krista Clark, and Oscar Vázquez Medrano.


Hampton Inn & Suites Aksarben
1401 S. 72nd St. Omaha, NE 68124
Phone: (402)-933-5510
Rate: Two Queen Beds or King Room $99 plus tax—includes breakfast

Call and give group code Nebraska Music Teachers Association or make your reservation using the following link:

Please note that the link defaults automatically to a Wed. October 18-Saturday October 22 stay. However, you can adjust these dates at the top of the page as necessary. Individual reservations must be canceled a minimum of 48 hours prior to arrival. Any rooms canceled less than 48 hours prior to arrival will be subject to a first-night penalty fee.
Cut-off date for group rate: Sunday, October 1, 2023. There are a limited number of rooms available at the group rate.

Download the 2023 Conference Bulletin with schedule.

Download the 2023 Conference Registration Form.