Contest Workshops

NCMTA Piano Performance Festival

2016-17 Workshops

Piano teachers, please plan now to attend one of the NCMTA 2016-17 Piano Contest/ Festival Workshops to be held in September 2016.  You and your students will benefit greatly from all you can learn at one of the workshops.  Attending a workshop is of great benefit if you plan to enter students in the 2016-17 Piano Contest/Festival.  Even if you have no students participating, attending a workshop is an excellent opportunity to experience a broad range of select repertoire and meet with other area teachers. NCMTA is proud to feature two excellent clinicians, Tom Swenson and Kent Lyman, to present the Junior and Senior literature this year.  The clinicians will perform works from the list and offer pedagogical insights for each piece.



Saturday, September 10, 2016

Location: Ruggero Piano - 4720 Hargrove Road, Raleigh; map at

Local host:  Betty White (

Lunch: Bring your own sandwich or plan to use one of the many eating establishments located nearly on US 1.


Registration: Fee is $30 ($5 for students). All teachers and students are to register at the door on the day of the clinic.  No partial fees will be permitted.  Check are to be made payable to NCMTA.  If paying in cash, please make every effort to bring the exact amount.



Saturday, September 17, 2016

Location:  Miller Piano Company – 5236 Independence Blvd., Charlotte; map at

Local host: Lib Hughston (

Lunch: Bring your own sandwich


Registration: Fee is $30 ($5 for students). All teachers and students are to register at the door on the day of the clinic.  No partial fees will be permitted.  Check are to be made payable to NCMTA.  If paying in cash, please make every effort to bring the exact amount.



(Schedule is the same for both workshops)

8:30 Registration

9:00 Junior A literature

10:20 Break (approximate time)

10:30 Junior B literature (the presentation of Junior B music may begin earlier, allowing

for a longer lunch break)

12:00 LUNCH

1:00  Senior A literature

2:50  Break (approximate time)

3:00 Senior B literature (approximate time)

5:00 End of workshop

Workshop Clinicians:
Thomas Swenson, PhD, NCTM

Thomas Swenson, PhD, NCTM
, has distinguished himself as a national leader in the field of piano pedagogy through publications, leadership positions, presentations, workshops, performances, and the achievements of his students.  Thomas has instructed a wide variety of courses in colleges/universities for nearly two decades and has taught pre-college and adult students throughout the world for over 25 years.  He was honored in 2015 as a Music Teachers National Association Foundation Fellow while serving as President of the North Carolina Music Teachers Association.  At the Music Academy of North Carolina he chaired the Piano Department, directed the Accelerated Program, and served as the Artistic Director of the Constance Kotis Piano Competition.

Dr. Swenson holds degrees from Minnesota State University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the University of Oklahoma. Thomas can be heard live and in several recordings as a performer, composer, and producer. 

Kent Lyman

Kent Lyman is a Steinway Artist, and has distinguished himself as a soloist and chamber musician throughout much of the United States, in South Korea, China, Italy, and Brazil. He has performed and/or lectured in many venues, including the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, the National Conference of the Sonneck Society for American Music in Worcester, Massachusetts, and the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities in Honolulu, among many others. In the summer of 2015, he became the founding director of the Collaborative Piano Program of the International Young Artists Project, based in Monte San Savino, Italy. This program provides collaborative opportunities for young pianists to work with singers and other pianists in the preparation and performance of Italian opera, Italian art song, and solo and collaborative piano literature. He has made a number of trips to South Korea where he has taught master classes and performed as a soloist at universities and schools throughout the country, including Seoul National University, Sejong University, and many others. During a concert tour of Asia in the fall of 2007, he added China to his list of international venues, with concerts and master classes at conservatories of music in Shenyang and Guangzhou. He has toured Brazil, where he performed at the University of Campinas, and served as the opening concert artist and as a judge for the 22nd annual Paulo Giovanini National Piano Competition in Araçatuba, Brazil.

He has appeared with a number of orchestras, including the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony, the Raleigh Civic Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle (Raleigh, NC), the Broward Symphony Orchestra (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) and the Florence Symphony Orchestra (South Carolina). As one of twelve nationally selected finalists, he has performed at the Chicago Symphony’s Ravinia Festival in master classes with Menahem Pressler, Leon Fleisher, and Misha Dichter. He has toured the East coast with the Piedmont Trio in performances of a program commemorating the centenary of the death of Clara Schumann. Mr. Lyman has recorded for the Centaur label, and can be heard on a CD performing chamber works of the late American composer Virgil Thomson.

Kent Lyman is currently Professor of Music and Coordinator of Piano Studies at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina. A native of Utah, he received his bachelor's degree from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, and master's and doctoral degrees from Indiana University in Bloomington, where he studied with James Tocco.