Master class


Above Photo:
Taylor Wang performs with members of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra



Below Photo:
Performers with Dr. Nagel
Left to Right:
Deborah Van Til-Macaulay (T), Vania Jiao (S), Daira Skriblis (T),
Jason Xiao (S), Dr. Nagel,
Christina Burks (S),
Taylor Wang (S)

Western District Hosts OhioMTA State Conference


The 2014 OhioMTA State Conference, hosted by Western District, was held on the beautiful campus of Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio. Steinway Artist Louis Nagel (Professor of Piano, University of Michigan) was the Conference Artist; his lecture-recital focused on piano music bridging the Baroque and Classical eras, and his formal recital featured the music of C.P.E Bach, Mozart and Mussorgsky. Highlighting the Saturday morning master class was a student performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 107, No. 2 with orchestral accompaniment from members of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Featured Presenter was Julie Jaffee Nagel, Ph.D., who spoke about performance anxiety issues and solutions. Ty Emerson was the 2014 Composer of the Year; his work Caliban was premiered by Kyra Kester, flute, and Eric Charnofsky, piano. An array of diverse topics rounded out the conference from presenters Dr. Cole Burger, Dr. Scott Donald, Rita Hauck, Amy Immerman, Rachel Kramer, Joy Morin, Clinton Pratt, Gloria Pugh, and Dr. Jerry Wong. Conference exhibitors included representatives from Willis Music, “Practicia” (practice app), Xavier University Music Series, Hailun USA, Cedarville College, Stanton’s Music, and local merchant “For a Song and a Story”. Corporate Donor Willis Music generously supplied the Steinway Model D’s for all sessions and recitals.

Special Thanks to Willis Music of Cincinnati, OH for providing the Steinway Pianos for the Conference Artist and Presenters.

Conference Artist and Presenter

Dr. Louis Nagel and Dr. Julie Jaffee Nagel


Conference Site and Hotel

Wilmington College, Hampton Inn and Nature Trail in Wilmington, Ohio

Photos Left to Right:
Louis Nagel and Sonya Reynolds: Judy Bede and Richard Van Dyke: Cole Burger, Presenter: Seth Parshall, Steinway: Richard Van Dyke and Rachel Kramer

Composer of the Year

 Ty Emerson

Caliban for Flute and Piano

Performers from Left to Right:
Ed Charnofsky, piano
Kyra Kester, Flute
Ty Emerson, Composer