The Building Blocks of Artistry
September 27 and 28, 2019

Black Knight Inn
2929 50th Avenue
Red Deer, AB

Friday, September 27
8:00 a.m. Registration Opens
9:00 a.m. Session #1 – Not Your Mama’s Music Lesson (Gail Berenson)
11:00 am. Session #2  – Healthy Practicing Strategies (Gail Berenson)
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Session #3  – Solfege in the Piano Studio (Ardelle Ries)
3:30 p.m. Session #4  – Memorization (Deanna Oye)
5:30 p.m. Banquet and Scholarship Presentation
8:00 p.m. Concert at Red Deer College – Gail Berenson & Alison Brown Sincoff

Saturday, September 29
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Session #5 – From Bach to Bartok: Part 1 (Gail Berenson)
11:00 a.m. Creative Music Writing Concert
12:00 p.m. Lunch and AGM
2:00 p.m. Session #6 – Music and Drama (Eric Nyland)
3:15 p.m. Session #7 – From Bach to Bartok: Part 2 (Gail Berenson)
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 15)
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

To get the best rates possible, first pay your 2019-2020 membership dues online or by mail.


Conference Headliner and Concert Artist

Gail Berenson is Professor Emerita of Piano at Ohio University, Athens, where she was awarded the “Distinguished Teacher of the Year” Award in 2000 and the “Distinguished Service” Award in 2016. Prior to coming to Ohio, she was on the faculty of the University of Illinois, Urbana. An active performer and passionate chamber music collaborator, she performs with flutist, Alison Brown Sincoff, as a member of the Ohio University Lyric Duo. As a result of her distinguished work as a piano pedagogue, along with her reputation as an expert on musician wellness issues, she is much in demand as a performer, clinician, master class artist, adjudicator, author, reviewer and pedagogy consultant. She has performed and lectured in over thirty-three states and eleven countries. She has also served as a piano instructor in Yamaha’s Passport to Music program, in cooperation with Crystal Cruise Lines.

Ms. Berenson is one of the co-authors of A Symposium for Pianists and Teachers: Strategies to Develop Mind and Body for Optimal Performance and she contributed to the innovative piano method, Piano Discoveries, and is co-author of “Ask the Professor”. She has also authored three chapters for the fourth edition of the Lyke, Haydon, Rollin book, Creative Piano Teaching, published in spring 2011. She is a Past President of Music Teachers National Association, and in 2015 was awarded MTNA’s prestigious “Distinguished Service Award”. She has also held the position of President-Elect, President, Vice President, Chair of the 2002 and 2003 MTNA National Conference Committees and was one of the founding members of the MTNA Pedagogy Committee. A powerful advocate for musicians’ health, she has served as the founding chair of numerous wellness committees, helping associations begin their foray into this topic. She is a representative for the International Society of Music Education’s Forum on Instrumental and Vocal Teaching and founded/chairs the Musicians’ Health and Wellness Special Interest Group. She initiated the College Music Society’s Committee on Musicians’ Health, established in 2015. She has held several national posts with the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy and the World Piano Pedagogy Conference and has chaired the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy’s Committee for Pianists’ Wellness. A Past President of the Ohio Music Teachers Association, she holds MTNA’s Master Certificate in piano and piano pedagogy and was the recipient of the 1999 OMTA “Certified Teacher of the Year” award and the 2004 OMTA “Collegiate Teacher of the Year” award. In recognition of her significant contributions to the music world and the music teaching profession, she was awarded an MTNA “Foundation Fellow Award” in 2007. Her students are performing and teaching in independent studios and on college faculties throughout the world.