Presenters



Kate Acone, NCTM, is a DMA student at the University of Toronto. She has presented at the MTNA National Conference and was the recipient of the 2018 MarySue Harris Studio Teacher Fellowship. Lightning Talk: Zone Up Before They Zone Out
Mijung An, NCTM, holds degrees from Texas State University (MM) and Ewha Womans University (BM), which included extensive studies in piano performance/pedagogy. She is an active member of Austin District Music Teachers Association in Texas. Session: Concert
Michaela Boros is pursuing a DMA in piano pedagogy at the University of South Carolina. She maintains a graduate assistantship in research and accompanying and serves as administrative assistant for University of South Carolina's Center for Piano Studies. Poster Session: Accomplishing Arpeggio Accompaniments: Suggested Repertoire for Lyrical Playing, Levels 1-10
Drew Boyd, formerly at Johnson & Johnson in marketing, mergers and acquisitions, and international development, now trains, consults and speaks widely in the fields of innovation, persuasion and social media. He is associate professor of marketing and innovation at the University of Cincinnati. Plenary Session: Thinking Inside the Box
David Cartledge, NCTM, is associate professor and co-chair of piano at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, teaching courses and directing the secondary piano program. He performs, gives master classes, serves as juror and presents at conferences. Lightning Talk: Three Laws of Piano Technique; Rotation Session: Accommodating Disabilities in College Group Piano
Fen-Fang Chen, PhD, DA, is an associate professor of piano and the director of the piano proficiency program at Florida Southern College. Her research focuses on efficient and effective ways of teaching and learning piano. Lightning Talk: A Better Way to Know and Change Your Piano Students’ Practice Behavior
Chee Hyeon Choi, NCTM, is the vice president of Illinois State MTA and on the piano faculty at Bradley University. Choi has taught group piano classes at the University of Illinois, Millikin University and various summer camps. Lightning Talk: Catering Group Piano Curriculum through Technology for the New Generation
Grace Choi presented at the 2019 College Music Society’s National Conference. Her previous presentations include: CMS Regional Conference, McGill Music Graduate Symposium, and European Piano Teachers Association Conference. Lightning Talk: Encouraging Improvisation in Collegiate Class Piano
Michael Clark, NCTM, is a DMA student at Rice University. His writing has appeared in the MTNA e-Journal and on claviercompanion.com. Clark has presented at the MTNA National Conference and NCKP. Lightning Talk: Zone Up Before They Zone Out
Michelle Conda, NCTM, is keyboard division head at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she chairs the secondary piano and pedagogy departments. She is a co-founder of GP3. Session: Expect the Unexpected
Courtney Crappell, NCTM, is the director of the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston, where he serves as professor of piano and piano pedagogy. Session: Expect the Unexpected
Lisa Damour, PhD, is a psychologist, author, teacher, speaker and consultant. She is a senior advisor to the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University and executive director of Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls. Plenary Session: Untangled: Guiding Adolescents into Adulthood
Evelyn Dias has performed in the United States, France, Czech Republic and India. A former group piano instructor at Northwestern University, she is currently assistant professor of music at Divine Word College in Iowa. Poster Session: Method or Madness?: Rediscovering The Virgil Practice Clavier
Barbara Fast, NCTM, director of piano pedagogy and piano chair, holds the Grant Endowed Chair of Music at the University of Oklahoma, where she coordinates the group piano program and teaches graduate piano pedagogy. Rotation Session: Utilizing Singing and Solfège in the Group Piano Classroom
Meg Gray, NCTM, PhD, is on the faculty at Wichita State University, where she teaches piano pedagogy and coordinates the undergraduate class piano program. She has been a presenter at MTNA and NASM national conferences. and GP3 Forums. Lightning Talk: Undergraduate vs. Graduate Pedagogy Curricula: What’s the Same? What’s Not?
Rachel Hahn, PhD, NCTM, is the associate director of music education at a K–8 school. An active teacher, performer and researcher, her interests include music curriculum development, piano pedagogy, non-profit music, classroom technology and higher education. Lightning Talk: Arpeggi-NO? Arpeggi-WHOA! Reaching Digital Native Students with Technique Video Portfolios
Grace Huang, NCTM, is assistant professor of piano pedagogy and class piano coordinator at the University of Georgia. She also owns and operates an independent studio in Athens, Georgia. She is in demand as a pianist, teacher, clinician and adjudicator. Session: Concert
Brendan Jacklin is a performer, teacher and new music advocate. He is assistant professor of music at Martin Methodist College and received a DMA degree from the University of Cincinnati. Lightning Talk: Contemporary Composers and Where to Find Them
Lynn Worcester Jones, NCTM, serves as assistant professor, keyboard area coordinator at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She holds degrees from the University of Oklahoma, Baylor University and California State University, Fullerton. Lightning Talk: Priming Gen Z to Save the Arts: Campaigning for the Undergraduate Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy Major
Leonidas Lagrimas is assistant professor of piano at SUNY-Fredonia, where he is coordinator of class piano and teaches piano pedagogy. He holds a PhD degree in piano pedagogy from Florida State University and is a district chair for NYSMTA. Lightning Talk: Lab Power Outage: The Benefits of Playing without Sound
Chan Kiat Lim, NCTM, holds the Steen-Villemez Professorship at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. A recipient of the University’s Distinguished Professor Award and LMTA Outstanding Teacher Award, he was honored as a 2020 MTNA Foundation Fellow. Rotation Session: Perk Up Your Ears

Andrea McAlister, NCTM, is associate professor of piano pedagogy at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and senior editor for The Piano Magazine. McAlister has presented at numerous state, national and international conferences. Session: Expect the Unexpected
John Patrick Murphy, NCTM, is an alumni fellow and graduate teaching assistant at the University of Oklahoma, where he is pursuing a DMA degree in piano performance and pedagogy as a student of Barbara Fast and Jane Magrath. Poster Session: Applying Orff-Schulwerk Pedagogy in the Group Piano Classroom
Caryn Ong, a native of Malaysia, is a doctoral student in piano pedagogy at the University of South Carolina. She studies piano with Joseph Rackers and pedagogy with Scott Price and Sara Ernst.Session: Concert
Tom Pearsall, NCTM, is professor of music at Georgia Southern University, where he teaches group piano and piano pedagogy. He holds a DMA degree from the University of Oklahoma and is a past president of the Georgia MTA. Session: Expect the Unexpected
Lark Powers, NCTM, pianist and harpsichordist, performs and presents extensively. Along with numerous collaborations with ensembles, she appears in frequent two-piano concerts. With degrees from Peabody, the University of Colorado and the Conservatoire National de Région Paris, she teaches piano and coordinates the group keyboard program at Pacific Lutheran University. Session: Concert
Ricardo Pozenatto is a PhD (piano pedagogy) student at Florida State University. He serves as the vice president of programs of MTNA@FSU, the collegiate chapter of the Music Teachers National Association at Florida State University. Poster Session: The Effect of a Paired Warm-Up Activity on Student’s Interaction During the Paired Practice of Scales in Class Piano
Clinton Pratt, NCTM, holds a master’s degree in piano and utilizes improvisation, multimedia and Eurhythmics in his teaching approach. He has served on several boards and committees and is an active presenter, adjudicator and RCM Examiner. Lightning Talk: Performing Under Pressure: Tips to Boost Memory, Security and Confidence
Kenneth Saxon has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist in Singapore, Italy, Mexico and the United States. He is an associate professor of music at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Session: Concert
Shitong Sigler is a DMA piano performance candidate at Ohio State University, where she has taught class piano for five years. She currently serves as piano faculty at Ashland University, teaching applied piano and class piano. Lightning Talk: Beyond the Buzzword—Exploring the Entrepreneurial Mindset
Eunsun So, a prize winner of The American Prize, has given concert tours in Asia, North America and Europe. So is a visiting professor of piano at Honam Theological University and Seminary in South Korea. Session: Concert
Christina Tan, DMA, is a pianist-composer-collaborator, educator and adjudicator. She has served on the music faculties of universities in Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Singapore. The immediate past vice-president of Singapore Music Teachers’ Association, she currently resides in Cincinnati. Session: Concert
Kenneth Williams NCTM, directs the graduate programs in piano pedagogy and coordinates the class piano program at Ohio State University. He received the 2002 AMT Article of the Year Award and serves on the MTNA e-Journal editorial committee. Rotation Session: Group Teaching and Group Learning from the Perspective of International Students
Sungsook Kim Yi studied under Maurice Hinson, Joanne Haroutounian and Linda Monson. She has been on the school of music faculty at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, since 2009, teaching functional keyboard skills and keyboard pedagogy courses. Poster Session: Micro Peer Teaching Demonstrations in University Group Curricula: A Practical Component to Explore
Karen Yong a native of Malaysia, is currently studying to attain her DMA degree in piano pedagogy at the University of South Carolina under tutelage of Joseph Rackers, Scott Price and Sara Ernst. Session: Concert
Lisa Zdechlik, NCTM, is professor of group piano and pedagogy at the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on the interaction between music analysis and performance and the applications of current technologies to music learning. Session: Expect the Unexpected
Agnieszka Zick is a faculty member in the piano pedagogy preparatory program and class piano coordinator at the University of Michigan. She holds degrees from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, University of South Florida and the University of Michigan. Session: Concert