Contest Workshops

NCMTA Piano Performance Festival


Piano teachers, please plan now to attend the NCMTA Piano Performance Festival Workshop to be held at Ruggero Piano in Raleigh this September. The workshop is 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 the 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, Dr. Yong Im Lee Federle and Dr. Karen Allred, 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 7, 2019

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

Local host:  Chrissy Ricker (

Lunch: Bring your own sandwich or plan to use one of the many eating establishments located nearby 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.  Checks are to be made payable to NCMTA.  If paying in cash, please make every effort to bring the exact amount.



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:
Yong Im Lee Federle

Dr. Yong Im Lee Federle, NCTM, has performed numerous solo piano and chamber recitals throughout the United States and South America. The press has described her performances as “white hot” and “with command and intensity.”


Dr. Federle is a two-time recipient of the Steinway & Sons Top Teacher Award for the consecutive years of 2016 and 2017. She is a frequent adjudicator at piano festivals and competitions and she has given lecture-recitals at numerous conferences and workshops throughout North Carolina.  Her area of special interest is in the music of Chile and has released a CD containing piano works by Chilean composer, Pedro Humberto Allende and was also featured in a Documentary Film about the life and music of another Chilean composer, Enrique Soro, entitled “En Busca del Piano Perdido.”


Born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in Santiago, Chile, she holds a Bachelor of Music with High Distinction from Indiana University South Bend, a Masters of Music with Distinction and a Graduate Performance Diploma from Longy School of Music, and a Doctoral of Musical Arts from UNC-Greensboro in Piano Performance. She is currently on the piano faculty at both Wake Forest University and Salem College, maintains a private piano studio in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and serves as the Student Activities Chair for the North Carolina Music Teachers Association.

Karen A. Allred

Karen A. Allred received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in May 2007, and the Master of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where her teachers were Joseph DiPiazza and Michael Zenge. Further studies include work with Edna Golandsky and John Bloomfield in New York City. She is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music through MTNA (

Allred was awarded an Emerging Artist Grant from the City of Raleigh Arts Commission in 1991-1992 in the area of piano performance. In 1991 she was a semi-finalist in the National Beethoven Piano Sonata Competition as well as an alternate in 1993. Performances in master classes have included work with Ruth Laredo, Paul Schenley, Menahem Pressler, Clifton Matthews, John Perry, Walter Hautzig, and most recently, John O’Conor.

Dr. Allred served on the faculty of Meredith College for 22 years through August 2011. She currently maintains a private studio in Chapel Hill where she enjoys teaching students of all ages. Her students have received awards at state, regional, and international levels, and have performed as soloists with area symphonies.

Allred is an active festival and master class clinician, adjudicator, and recitalist. She has been a clinician for the Wilmington Piano Teachers Association, the Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum, the Raleigh Piano Teachers Association, and the High-Point Piano Teachers Association. She presented a session on Sergei Lyapunov’s Preludes, Op. 6, at the UNC-G Focus on Piano Literature in the summer of 2006. 

Dr. Allred has served on the Board of Directors of the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild, and has also served on the Advisory Board and as a faculty member of the Mallarmé Youth Chamber Orchestra. She has also coached chamber music for  S.C.O.R.E., a summer music workshop for children in Chapel Hill, NC.

Allred enjoys collaborative work, and has appeared as a solo recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and chamber musician in Colorado, South Carolina, New York, New Mexico, North Dakota, Washington, D.C., and North Carolina. Critics have described her playing as “stunning,” having a “lovingly produced sound that circled and enveloped the listeners” and presenting a “confident mastery” (CVNC). She performed an all-Chopin recital in Bougival, France, just outside of Paris in the spring of 2008 at the Ivan Tourgueniev Museum.

Dr. Allred resides on a small farm with her husband, four horses, four cats, and two dogs.