Reserve November 2-4 on your calendars for our annual SDMTA state conference and competitions to be held at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion! Our competitions will begin on Thursday, we will have Pedagogy Friday just for teachers and our Ages 10-18 piano competitions on Saturday. As in previous years, a specific competition schedule will be determined once we have our numbers of competitors. We are excited to feature two amazing guest artists: Pianist Read Gainsford and Dr. Claudia Deltrégia will be our featured pedagogue on Pedagogy Friday and will serve as an adjudicator.
Pianist Read Gainsford will present our artist recital, a masterclass and serve as adjudicator. Following studies in his native New Zealand, at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and at Indiana University, he has performed widely in the USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. His career includes successful solo debuts in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall, as well as playing in the Kennedy Center, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and others. He is described in the press as the possessor of “finger-numbing virtuosity and delicately chiseled precision” yet he is driven to pursue connections beyond the merely pianistic. Known for his insightful introductions from the stage, reaching beyond the footlights to be what a magazine profile described as “Pianist of the People” he pursues connections wherever he can find them. Highly in demand as a masterclass clinician and teacher, Dr. Gainsford is Associate Professor of Piano at Florida State University. Long fascinated by the use of the body in making music, he has studied the Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Method and yoga, as well as anatomy and physiology. His presentations have included As We Are Designed: use of the body in playing the piano and Music and Faith, as well as many lecture recitals on music ranging across the scope of piano repertoire.
Dr. Claudia Deltrégia will be our featured pedagogue on Pedagogy Friday and will serve as an adjudicator. She is an active piano pedagogue and researcher from Brazil and serves as an Associate Professor of Piano, Piano Pedagogy and Piano Literature at the Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (UFSM) – Brazil. She received her DMA in music in piano pedagogy (recital track) from the University of South Carolina after being awarded a scholarship from CAPES-Brazil and Fulbright – U.S.A. She studied with Scott Price, Charles Fugo and Marina Lomazov. During her undergraduate years at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas – Unicamp, she researched Brazilian contemporary music for piano beginners. Prior to becoming a professor at UFSM, she taught as a private piano teacher for children. In 2012 she founded “Piano Pedagogy Encounters”, an event that supports initial and continued education for piano teachers which now attracts teachers throughout the country. She also is the director of “Piano Project” which provides teaching models for UFSM students and school music programs while providing excellence in piano education for children from the community. Her students have been prize winners in regional and national competitions.