A Look Back at our 25th Annual APTA Conference

September 28 and 29, 2018

Black Knight Inn
2929 50th Avenue
Red Deer, AB

Friday, September 28
8:00 a.m. Registration Opens
9:00 a.m. Session #1 – North American Piano Technique: Defining a New Paradigm (Faber & Karpoff)
11:00 am. Session #2  – Developing Musical Minds and Hearts (Faber)
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Session #3  – Professional-Level Arpeggios + Effortless Trills and Tremolos (Karpoff)
3:30 p.m. Session #4  – Panel Discussion – topics submitted by APTA members
5:30 p.m. Banquet and Scholarship Presentation
8:00 p.m. Concert at Red Deer College – Randall Faber & Fred Karpoff

Saturday, September 29
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Session #5 – Balancing Clarity and Resonance with Artistic Pedalling (Karpoff)
11:00 a.m. Creative Music Writing Concert
12:00 p.m. Lunch and AGM
2:00 p.m. Session #6 – Tapping the Creative Core (Faber)
3:15 p.m. Session #7 – Teaching Demonstration (Faber & Karpoff)
4:30 p.m. Conference ends


APTA Member Rates
Full Conference – $295 ($350 after August 15)
Partial Conference – $195
Per Session Fee – $50

Non-Member Rates
Full Conference – $375 ($425 after August 150)
Partial Conference – $225
Per Session Fee – $50

Special fees for students (with ID) — $20 per session or $175 for full conference

Bursaries, scholarships, hotel room-sharing and car-pooling assistance are available to help make this a do-not-miss event.  The Black Knight Inn as a limited number of Single and Double Queen rooms available for APTA Conference attendees at $120 (plus taxes) per night.  There are other hotels in the immediate district as well as AirBnbs throughout the city.  Please make arrangements directly with the accommodation provider of your choice.

Carly Henry 403.554.5991or Nadine Harshenin 403.363.4311



Fred Karpoff and Randall Faber, Conference Headliners

Fred Karpoff is professor of piano at the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University in New York and has served as visiting professor at the Eastman School of Music.  He is a Steinway artist, director of professional development at the Faber Piano Institute, and winner of the Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award presented by Music Teachers National Association.  Karpoff is the artistic producer of Entrada Piano Technique, an online video resource for teachers and students to achieve effortless piano technique.  Entrada is partnering with Faber Piano Adventures to produce Technique & Artistry Online in the fall of 2017.

Karpoff has performed as soloist and collaborative pianist on four continents, including venues in Germany, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Ireland, Finland, Italy, China, India and the United States.  We are very proud to be hosting him at our 25th Annual Conference next September alongside Randall Faber who headlined for us in 2009.

Randall Faber has appeared as special guest at universities throughout North America and Asia, including the Beijing Central Conservatory, the Shanghai Conservatory and the Royal Conservatory of Canada. He has been Convention Artist for the Music Teachers National Association Conference and master teacher for the World Conference on Piano Pedagogy, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference and the USA National Piano Teachers Institute.

A Steinway Artist, Faber has given recitals throughout the United States, Canada and Asia. He has appeared on international television and on public radio in live recital broadcast.  Randall and his wife Nancy are well known as authors of the best-selling Piano Adventures® teaching method. Translated to seven languages, their books have sold tens of millions of copies around the world.  The Fabers are co-founders of the Faber Piano Institute.