Contest Workshops

NCMTA Piano Performance Festival


Piano teachers, please plan now to attend one of the NCMTA 2017-18 Piano Performance Festival Workshops to be held in September 2017.  The workshops are an opportunity for you and your students to hear Festival works performed and discussed by experienced teacher/performers.  Teachers who will be judging should plan to attend.  And even if you have no students participating in the festival, 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, Cynthia Lawing and Olga Keiankina, 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 9, 2017

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 16, 2017

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

Local host: Lib Hughston (

Lunch: Bring your own sandwich or order a deli sandwich after you arrive.  Drinks and dessert provided. 

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:
Olga Kleiankina

Olga Kleiankina’s talents were marked early when at the age of ten she won the Republic of Moldova’s National composition contest. Following her early successes, she received degrees from St. Neaga College of Music in Chishinau, Moldova, and the Academy of Music Gh. Dima in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.  She continued her musical training by receiving a Master of Music from Bowling Green State University and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan. Over her career, Dr. Kleiankina has obtained various awards and prizes for performance, accompanying, chamber music, jazz, composition and arrangements.

Dr. Kleiankina is currently the Assistant Professor of Piano at North Carolina State University. She has presented numerous lectures, lecture-recitals, and master classes internationally and in the United States at events such as the 2008 MTNA Conference in Denver and the 2011 CMS Conference in Richmond.

Kleiankina is an active solo and chamber music performer with an international career. She has performed with orchestras from Moldova, Romania, United States and Russia with conductors Emil Simon, Robert Houlihan, Zsolt Janko, Randolph Foy and Jeffrey Meyer. Besides her interest and expertise in Classical and Romantic music, she is an enthusiastic performer of new music promoting works of North Carolinian composers Karel Husa, Rodney Waschka, Mark Scearce. She has appeared in new music festivals such as 2002 Sigismund Toduta Festival in Romania, 2010 Sound Ways Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, 2012 New Music Festival in Moldova, 2014 Modern Music Festival in Santiago, Chile.

Recent Highlights:

“Kleiankina's keyboard mastery was simply breathtaking. With seeming ease, she moved from one style to another...”

                 Classical Voice of North Carolina, 6 December 2015


 “Olga Kleankina is a pianist with a very special feeling for jazz, …with a strong technique and imposing touch, an artist capable of launching herself into breath taking tempi, contrasting changes of rhythms and colors or folding perfectly in lyrical parts.”

                Faclia (Romania), 28 May 2011


“…strong technique and a sophisticated sense of rhythm…”

               DN Artes, (Portugal), 16 July 2010


Kleiankina possessed a fine sense of timing, rubato and phrasing which fit the piece beautifully.”

Classical Voice of North Carolina, 18 April 2010

Cynthia Lawing

Cynthia Lawing is an active recitalist,  performed throughout the United States, Europe, South America and Asia in solo and concerto appearances.

As a chamber musician Lawing regularly performs recitals with Bill Lawing, trumpet, professor of music at Davidson College.  The Lawings will be performing in Switzerland this summer.

She is a member of the Bechtler Ensemble and the Duo piano team Cook-Lawing, the piano-duo recently performed Poulenc’s Two piano concerto with the Bach Festival Orchestra .

Cynthia Lawing is Applied Music instructor at Davidson College; served as NCMTA State clinician twice, serves on the MTNA board and is a frequent judge in piano and chamber music competitions.