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2021 NDMTA Conference at Minot State University

June 2-4, 2021

The 2021 NDMTA Conference will be a virtual conference. The decision was finalized at the February board meeting taking into consideration the uncertainly of where we will be in the vaccination process and with the safety of our members in mind. We will miss the camaraderie and shop talk of an in person conference but Minot State has prepared a great conference with wonderful, educational sessions to take advantage of and lots of music to enjoy.  Without the expense and time of travel, it is hoped that many more of you will be able to "attend" the state conference. 


The Popplers Competition will take place through recorded and submitted performances. Check the March Newsletter for the "how to do this" and tips for making your students performance a good recording. We look forward to many students entering as the time element and travel won't hinder them from performing. Just remember that May 14th is the deadline for videos to be uploaded for consideration. The application can be downloaded on the Events>Competitions Page of this website and is also in the March NDMTA Newsletter which our editor, Michelle, emailed this week. If you can't find the Newsletter Michelle sent, you can download it from the News Highlights Page of this website. 


Conference Program Schedule

Check out the many sessions and recitals and concerts (in the pdf below) that the 2021 NDMTA Virtual Conference will provide! Since the conference is virtual, arrange a lunch with your association members and watch the sessions together with good discussion during the breaks.  Do the same for the banquet and then listen to the recitals and concerts together. Someone can bring cookies to have a reception following. Just remember to send in your individual registrations if you watch as a group - the NDMTA still has to pay our presenters and recitalists.   

PDF Conference Program

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Registration for the 2021 NDMTA Conference

Members and non members can register for the NDMTA Conference in two ways.  Registration and payment can be done online by clicking on the "Register Online" link above. If you prefer to send in your registration and payment by mail, download, print and fill out the Registration Form to send with your payment to the address on the form. 

PDF Conference Registration Form


Music Presentations/Concerts at the 2021 NDMTA Conference

The Official Opening of the 2021 NDMTA Conference will be Wednesday evening, June 2, with the premiere performances of two compositions by the 2021 Commissioned Composer, Sean Neukom and the 2020 Commissioned Composer, Nicholaus Meyers.  Also performing in the Wednesday's concert will be the Popplers Competition participants.  


Featured in the Thursday, June 3rd concert will be the Beo String Quartet.  They will also be giving a  presentation on Thursday afternoon of the conference. 


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Autumn L. Zander will present at NDMTA Conference

Autumn L. Zander will present at NDMTA Conference

Autumn Zander will present three sessions at the NDMTA 2021 Virtual Conference: Mikrokosmos - Bartok's Practical Piano Legacy; Fostering Collaborations: Works for Elementary & Intermediate Level Pianists and Narrator; Scenes from Childhood 2.0--New Music for a New Generation. 


Autumn L. Zander, NCTM, is a pianist, teacher, writer and piano faculty member at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, MN. Her articles & interviews on piano pedagogy and music history appear in American Music Teacher, Clavier Companion, Faber Piano Adventures, Piano Journal of the European Piano Teachers Association and The Piano Teacher magazine of Australia.


A recipient of numerous grants including several MTNA Teacher Enrichment & James E. Ericksen Professional Development Grants, her most recent project has focused on the Taubman approach to piano technique, with particular emphasis on incorporating elements of the approach into beginning piano studies.


Autumn is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music and holds a M. M. in Piano Performance & Pedagogy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a B. M. in Piano Performance & Pedagogy from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin and has additional studies in Dalcroze Eurhythmics from Carnegie Mellon University. 


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Charles Young - Conference Presenter

Charles Young - Conference Presenter

An avid performer of solo and chamber works, Charlie Young plays five woodwind instruments, is an emerging composer, and an active arranger. Charlie serves as Assistant Professor of Woodwinds and Director of Jazz Studies at Minot State University and will be a presenter at the Conference on Friday, June 4th.  The attached pdf showcases Mr. Young's biography. 

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Sean Neukom, Commissioned Composer for 2021 Will Premiere

Sean Neukom, Commissioned Composer for 2021  Will Premiere

Sean Neukom will premiere his composition at the NDMTA State Conference in Minot. Sean is a composer and instrumentalist on the violin and a founding member of the Beo String Quartet for which he plays the viola. A native of Devils Lake, and a graduate of Minot State University, Sean went on to study at the Cleveland Institute of Music. As a composer, his works cover a great variety of styles. His composition effort with the Beo String Quartet is to "create one-of-a-kind chamber music." We look forward to the performance of his composition.  

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Nicholaus Meyers - 2020 Commissioned Composer

Nicholaus Meyers - 2020 Commissioned Composer

The 2020 Commissioned Composer, Dr. Nicholaus Meyers will premiere his composition on Wednesday, June 2, at the NDMTA 2021 Conference.  Dr. Meyers didn't have the opportunity to have his composition played in 2020 due to the cancellation of the 2020 Conference because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are delighted that we will get to hear the piece this year. Dr. Meyers is a percussion specialist and is currently Director of Bands and Percussion at East Central University in Ada, OK. Before going to Oklahoma, Dr. Meyers spent time teaching at NDSU and VCSU here in North Dakota and also served as a faculty member at International Music Camp at Bottineau. His biography is attached below. 

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Beo String Quartet will Present Thursday Afternoon and Perform Thursday Evening

Beo String Quartet will Present Thursday Afternoon and Perform Thursday Evening

The Beo String Quartet exists as a 21st Century quartet, collaborating with living composers to showcase the music of our time. Besides performances, music education outreach is part of their vision through educational tours of elementary, middle and high schools as well as residencies at colleges and universities. They are annual participants in the Dakota Chamber Music held at Minot State University. The members of the quartet include Jason Neukom, violin; Sean Neukom, viola; Ryan Ash, cello, and Aviva Hakanoglu, violin. Jason and Sean have North Dakota ties thru their father, Richard Neukom who just retired after teaching for 43 years in the strings program in the Devils Lake School System. We are excited to hear these wonderful musicians perform. See their complete biography below and explore their website here: www.beostringquartet.com   

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Past Conferences

2020: June 3-5 in Fargo
2019: June 19-21 in Grand Forks
2018: June 13-15 in Dickinson
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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