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2018 NDMTA Conference

June 13-15, 2018

The Badlands MTA will host the 2018 NDMTA Conference at Dickinson State University in Dickinson. Featured clinicians include Dr. Kenneth Boulton, Dean of the School of Fine Arts at Northern State University in South Dakota; JoAnne Barry, performer and clinician; and Dr. Robert Groves, a member of the North Dakota State University piano faculty.

The Conference recitalists are Dr. Brent Rogers and Kelsey Rogers.

Michael Langer, the NDMTA Commissioned Composer will premiere his composition at the conference.

PDF Conference Program

PDF Conference Registration Form

Hotel Information:
Towneplace Suites, 240 29th St. W., Dickinson, ND 701-483-6098
$84 per night (plus tax) UNTIL MAY 23, 2018. Free full, hot breakfast.
Block of room available under "ND Music Teachers Assoc."

Ramada Grand Dakota Hotel, 532 15th St. W., Dickinson, ND 701-483-5600
$79 per night (plus tax) UNTIL JUNE 1, 2018. Complimentary breakfast.
Block of rooms available under "ND Music Teachers Assoc."

Dr. Kenneth Boulton, Conference Clinitian

Dr. Kenneth Boulton, Conference Clinitian

Dr. Kenneth Boulton, Dean of the School of Fine Arts at Northern State University, Aberdeen, SD will present four sessions: "They Wrote for Kids, Too"; "American Music After WWII"; and two masterclasses, one for elementary level students and one for intermediate level students.

Dr. Boulton is a Grammy nominated pianist who has presented solo and chamber music recitals in many major U.S. cities. He has performed internationally and also routinely appears with his wife, JoAnne Barry in recitals and lectures of piano duet and duo music.

Born in Seattle, Dr. Boulton has degrees from Washington State U., and University of Maryland at College Park. Among those he has studied with are David Yeomans, Nelita True and Thomas Schumacher.

JoAnne Barry, Conference Clinitian

JoAnne Barry will join with her husband, Dr. Kenneth Boulton, in presenting two sessions at the 2018 NDMTA Conference: "They Wrote for Kids, Too", and "American Music After WWII."

Ms. Barry, with her husband has presented piano duet and duo concerts both in the U.S. and Europe. They are in demand for their lecture-demonstrations of four-hand technique and repertoire, especially works appropriate for student use.

JoAnne Barry is a native of Virginia, and holds degrees in organ from James Madison U. in Harrisonburg, Virginia, musicology and organ from Radford U., Virginia and a Master of Library Science from U. of Maryland.

Robert Groves, Conference Presenter

Robert Groves, Conference Presenter

Our own beloved Dr. Robert Groves will present a session on "Reflections on 50 Years of Teaching Young Students the Basics." Dr. Groves, a member of the NDSU piano faculty since 1972, has always maintained a studio of young students as well as his university students. He has garnered a lifetime of wisdom on teaching piano to students of all ages. Last spring he hooded two doctor students at the NDSU graduation ceremony.

Robert Groves has been an active solo and collaborative performer, clinician, adjudicator and author and of course teacher. An interesting sideline is his personal library of original popular sheet music, comprised of approximately 45,000 titles grouped and cross-reference into 200+ areas of historical interest.

Dr. Groves has piano performance degrees from San Diego State University, and University of Iowa, and keyboard literature from University of Iowa. His teaching and research specialties include piano performance, pedagogy and relief from tendon stress.

Michael Langer 2018 Commissioned Composer

Michael Langer 2018 Commissioned Composer

Michael Langer will premiere his commissioned composition at the concert on Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 at the NDMTA State Conference in Dickinson. More details will follow.

Kelsey and Brent Rogers are Conference Recitalist

Kelsey and Brent Rogers are Conference Recitalist

Dr. Brent Rogers, with his wife, Kelsey Rogers will present the conference recital of vocal music.

Dr. Rogers is the Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at DSU. He received his degrees from Brigham Young University and the University of Arizona with Music Education: Secondary Choral Emphasis and Choral Conducting as his majors. While pursuing his degrees, Rogers has had many experiences singing in high level vocal groups in a broad range of repertoire. He continues to perform whenever the opportunity presents.

Dr. Rogers' research interests include choral music in the Medieval period and the nineteenth-century French Requiem tradition.

Conference Recitalist, Kelsey Rogers

Conference Recitalist, Kelsey Rogers

Kelsey Rogers will join with her husband, Brent Rogers in concert on Thursday, June 14th at Beck Auditorium on the DSU campus.

Kelsey, a soprano, has performed extensively as a soloist with choirs and orchestras in the U.S. and Europe and has enjoyed many accolades for her work. She is passionate about collaboration and community involvement in many settings and particularly enjoys the collaborative environment of choral singing.

Ms. Rogers presently teaches voice and music at Dickinson State University and received her Bachelor of Music degree in Choral Education from Brigham Young University, and her Masters of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Arizona.

Past Conferences

2017: June 7-9 in Fargo
2016: June 15-17 in Bismarck
2015: June 24-26 in Grand Forks
2014: June 18-20 in Dickinson
2013: June 19-21 in Fargo
2012: June 21-23 at Bismarck State College
2011: June 15-17 in Grand Forks
2010: October 28-30 at Dickinson State University
2009: June 10-12 in Fargo
2008: June 11-13 at Bismarck State College
2007: June 6-8 at Williston State College
2006: June 9-10 in Grand Forks
2004: October 29-31 at Concordia College
2003: October 31-November 2 at Bismarck State College
2002: October 25-27 at Valley City Music Teachers

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