2020-2021 NAMTA Programs

Fall 2020 Events will be held online and a link to the event will be emailed to our membership prior to the event. If you are not part of our membership and would like to attend an event, please email our President, Nicholas Reynolds.

Friday, September 11, 2020, ONLINE

Join us for the start of our 2020-2021 year!

This online presentation of Tips and Technology for Online Teaching is one you won't want to miss!

Cahill Smith will present technology tips for teaching online and pedagogical advice for maximizing the value of applied lessons in an online format. 

Pianist Cahill Smith has performed in major venues in the United States and abroad, including four programs at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York, Chongqing’s PolyTheatre, Zhuhai’s Mozart Hall, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Calderwood Hall in Boston, Cleveland Museum of Art, the Royal Dublin Society’s Concert Hall, Buffalo’s Kleinhan’s Music Hall, and Birmingham’s Alys Stephens Center. Cahill has been featured as a concerto soloist with the National Ukranian Symphony Orchestra in Kiev, the Mongolian Symphony Orchestra in Hohhot, China, the Eastman Philharmonia, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the Chattanooga Symphony, the Butler Symphony Orchestra, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, and others. His live and studio recordings have been broadcast on WQXR, New York’s Classical Music Radio Station, WCRB, Classical Radio Boston, and WSMC, Chattanooga Public Radio.


Cahill completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the Eastman School of Music, where he served as the teaching assistant to Natalya Antonova. At Eastman, Cahill was the inaugural recipient of the Douglas Lowry award for excellence in degree recital performance, won the Eastman Concerto Competition, received honors in chamber music, and was awarded the Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Cahill completed his Master’s degree at the University of Michigan with Arthur Greene, and his Bachelor’s at the University of Alabama at Birmingham with Yakov Kasman. Cahill previously served as Keyboard Area Coordinator and Artistic Director of the International Piano Festival and Competition at Lee University. He joined the faculty of Utah State University in 2019. Cahill is a Yamaha Artist.

A link to the event will be emailed to our membership prior to the event. If you are not part of our membership and would like to attend an event, please email our President, Nicholas Reynolds.

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Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 2pm, ONLINE

Workshop and Master Class with pianist: Garnet Ungar 

Practicing Catalysts: Unusual Practice Strategies That Speed Change

Garnet Ungar has appeared throughout the world as piano soloist with orchestra, in recitals at major universities, and in broadcasts on American Public Radio, the CBC in Canada, and Hong Kong Radio. Highlights of recent seasons include giving recitals and masterclasses at Xinghai Conservatory in China, Kwassui University in Japan, Indiana University, the University of Michigan, the University of British Columbia, Hong Kong Baptist University, Tanglewood, the American Liszt Society in New York City, and the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto. He has also performed in Switzerland, Sweden, and England, and in 2019 toured South America, performing and teaching at major musical institutions in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Uruguay.


Dr. Ungar has served on the piano faculties of Mount Royal University in Calgary, the University Settlement House in Toronto, and the Music at Maple Mount Summer Institute in Kentucky. He is currently Professor of Music at the University of Evansville in Indiana. He regularly adjudicates piano competitions throughout the US, and has served as judge for the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival three times. In demand as a private teacher, his students have won several important local and state competitions. They have included six first prizewinners in the Evansville Philharmonic Competition, four finalists in the Indianapolis Symphony Competition, and first and second place winners in the Murray State/Paducah Symphony Competition. He has also taught multiple State MTNA and Evansville Schmidt Award winners.


Born in Montréal, Dr. Ungar obtained degrees in piano performance from the Universities of Toronto, Calgary, and Houston, where his principal teachers were William Aide, Marilyn Engle, Abbey Simon, and Ruth Tomfohrde. Additional studies include sessions at the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, where he obtained an Associate Performer’s diploma, with Marek Jablonski at the Banff School of Fine Arts, Marc Durand and Anton Kuerti at the Centre d’Arts Orford in Québec, and Bernard Ebert at the Académie de Musique de Sion in Switzerland.

Friday, February 12, 2021 at 10am, ONLINE

NAMTA Teacher Enrichment Workshop: A Seat at the Piano

A Seat at the Piano (ASAP) was founded in the summer of 2020 in the midst of social and racial reckoning around the world. ASAP’s mission is to promote and advocate for the inclusion, study, and performance of a more equitably representative body of piano works, and to broaden its audience’s knowledge of underrepresented composers and their works. Currently, the ASAP team consists of six pianists with varying backgrounds and experiences: Evan Hines, Brendan Jacklin, Annie Jeng, Clare Longendyke, Susan Yang, and Ashlee Young. 

Join us online via Zoom for an exciting workshop that will broaden your musical horizons!


Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 10am

End-of-Year Teacher Celebration

Two Rivers Park, Nashville- Shelter 4

Please join us for our Teacher Celebration on Saturday, May 15 at 10 AM! We will meet outdoors at Two Rivers Park in Nashville for a masked and socially-distanced gathering. During the meeting, we will announce the recipient of the Outstanding Service Award, in addition to honoring Amy Dorfman, the recipient of NAMTA's 2021 Teacher of the Year Award. 
Please RSVP using the button below so we know how many people to expect. We look forward to seeing you all in person again!