2011 Milwaukee: Music Teachers National Association: National Conference * NATS Spring Workshop * March 26-30

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MTNA heads to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for this year's National Conference and NATS Spring Workshop, March 26-30, 2011, at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center and the Frontier Airlines Center.

The Year of Collaborative Music, introduced at the 2010 MTNA Conference, will culminate on Saturday, March 26, with a special Salute to Collaborative Music. Join MTNA and 2,000 of your friends and colleagues in Milwaukee, as we present a program focused on the needs of today's music-teaching professional. Whether you've attended before or will be coming for the first time, there is truly something for everyone, a mix of fun and education. MTNA offers an exciting program with a recital by the ARC Ensemble from Canada's Royal Conservatory of Music on Saturday after the Opening Session and a Tuesday night recital by mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves and pianist Warren Jones. Performance coach Bill Moore will give the conference's keynote address. Preconference event Pedagogy Saturday will feature a theme of "All Together Now" and focus on teaching collaborative performance. Popular sessions such as the MTNA Technology, Recreational Music Making and Group Teaching Tracks also will be offered. And nearly 100 exhibitors will be on hand. The five-day event will also feature educational sessions, teaching demonstrations and master classes and industry showcases. And don't forget about the national student competitions finals and winners concerts.

Join your friends and colleagues for this special annual event!

Conference Planning Committee

Chair: Benjamin D. Caton, NCTM, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee

Geri Gibbs, NCTM, independent music teacher, North Salt Lake City, Utah

Ann Gipson, NCTM, Texas Christian University, Aledo, Texas

Allen Henderson, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Jacksonville, Florida

Gary Ingle, Music Teachers National Association, Cincinnati, Ohio

Alexandra Nguyen, University of Colorado, Longmont, Colorado

Jeffrey Price, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Jacksonville, Florida

Denyce Graves and Warren Jones Recital

Tuesday, 8:00 P.M.

Mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves will perform with pianist Warren Jones in recital Tuesday, March 29.

Graves is one of the world's biggest vocal stars, and has played at many of the world's great opera houses and concert halls. She has become particularly well known to operatic audiences for her portrayals of the title roles in


Carmen and Samson et Dalila. Graves made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in the 1995-96 season in the title role of Carmen. She has worked with leading symphony orchestras and conductors throughout the world in a wide range of repertoire. Graves also appears regularly on radio and television as a musical performer, celebrity guest and as the subject of documentaries and other special programming.

Graves is a native of Washington, D.C., where she attended the Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts. She continued her education at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and the New England Conservatory. In 1998, she received an honorary doctorate degree from Oberlin. Graves was named one of the "50 Leaders of Tomorrow" by Ebony magazine and was one of Glamour magazine's 1997 "Women of the Year." In 1999, WQXR Radio in New York named her as one of classical music's "Standard Bearers for the 21st Century." Graves has received many awards, including the Grand Prix du Concours International de Chant de Paris, the Eleanor Steber Music Award in the Opera Columbus Vocal Competition and a Jacobson Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. In 1991, she received the Grand Prix Lyrique, awarded once every three years by the Association des amis de l'opera de Monte-Carlo, and the Marian Anderson Award.

Graves sang in celebration of Pope Benedict XVI's first visit to the United States at an open-air Mass in Washington, D. …