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Quad State 2019 Schedule


BONUS EVENTS:  Friday, October 4, 2019

for those who can come early!

  Enjoy this extra day, and explore the seacoast, with the historic towns of

Beverly and Salem, just minutes away!


12:00 pm, Friday, October 4, 2019

FREE!  Solo piano recital by Dr. William Westney


PROGRAM: Beethoven (Op. 10, No.1), Grieg, and

selected song arrangements by Gershwin. 

LOCATION: Rose Performance Hall

Manninen Center for the Arts

Endicott College, Beverly, MA 01915

This is a FREE recital and no tickets are required.

7:00 p.m., Friday, October 4, 2019

Welcome Reception

Please join MMTA and Quad State Conference Chair, Alison Barr, for a reception

to welcome all Conference attendees! 

MMTA will provide hors d’oeuvres at the welcome reception. 

(Dinner not included, but guests can find additional food & drink at the hotel cafe).

LOCATION: Courtyard by Marriott, (Conference Hotel)

275 Independence Way, Danvers MA 01923

Closer to the date, MMTA will email registered attendees to confirm the specific location in the hotel.

Quad State Conference Program

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Manninen Center for the Arts,  Endicott College


“Collaboration, Empowerment and Motivation in the Studio”

 Dr. William Westney, Presenter

Author of “The Perfect Wrong Note”

Creator of  The Un-Master Class®


Dr. Westney is a concert pianist, university professor, author, researcher, studio teacher, workshop facilitator, and keynote speaker.  An internationally noted educator, he was awarded a grant from the U.S. State Department's Fulbright "Senior Specialist" program (Council for International Exchange of Scholars,) to teach throughout Korea and China in 2006.

Westney has been recognized with multiple awards, including the 2012 MTNA “Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award”, and three special teaching honors from Texas Tech University – the Chancellor’s Council distinguished Teaching Award, the Paul Whitfield Horn Distinguished Professor of Piano, and the Eva Browning Artist-in-Residence.




8:30 a.m.

Rose Performance Hall

Registration and Morning Refreshments


9:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Rose Performance Hall

Keynote Presentation:  Dr. William Westney

“The Powerful Key Ingredient for High Achievement and Motivation: Enjoyment!”

Among the huge benefits of physical and mental “enjoyment” at the piano: technical health and problem-solving, rich and satisfying tone, relaxation and virtuosity, motivation to practice, spontaneous communication with an audience. William Westney will demonstrate with many illustrations - and citations from scientific research - just what he means by the term “enjoyment” in the context of piano study (at all levels).


10:30-10:45 a.m. 



10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

Rose Performance Hall

Commissioned Composers’ Concert


12:00-1:00 p.m.

The Callahan Center


Cafeteria style, with ample choices, including: Vegetarian, Gluten-Free and Vegan.  ($15 - must register in advance)


1:15 – 2:00 p.m.

Rose Performance Hall

The Power of Musical Collaboration:

A Concert by our Members


2:00 – 3:45 p.m.

Rose Performance Hall

The Un-Master Class®

with Dr. William Westney

Participants from all four states.

The Un-Master Class® is a popular and unique performance workshop, developed by William Westney, and designed as a lively, engaging alternative to the traditional master-class.  Starting with interactive group warm-ups, an environment is created that builds trust and breaks down barriers to artistic expression.  The class then focuses on prepared performances by selected participants.


3:45 – 4:15 p.m.

Rose Performance Hall

Q & A with Dr. William Westney


4:15 p.m.

Conference Adjournment

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