The 66th Annual NDMTA State Conference will showcase music education excellence in Dickinson

Pianist Catherine Rollin and captivating concerts are featured in the prestigious event hosted by the Badlands Music Teachers Association.

Dickinson State University's forums are held in Klinefelter Hall.
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DICKINSON — The Badlands Music Teachers Association, in affiliation with the Music Teachers National Association, is proud to announce that it will be hosting the highly anticipated 66th annual North Dakota Music Teachers Association (NDMTA) State Conference. The event is scheduled to take place in Dickinson from June 7-9, and will be co-hosted by Dickinson State University.

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The conference, a significant gathering for music educators and enthusiasts, will offer a diverse range of activities and opportunities for participants. Highlighting the event as the Conference Clinician is the esteemed Catherine Rollin, a pianist, composer, clinician, author and dedicated teacher. With a background in training under Detroit Symphony pianist Mischa Kottler and holding degrees from prestigious institutions such as the University of Michigan, Oakland University, and Northwestern University, Rollin's expertise is widely recognized. Her recent accomplishment includes the launch of her own publishing company featuring the renowned "Museum Masterpiece" series.

Throughout the conference, attendees will have the chance to attend two exceptional concerts, both of which are free and open to the public. The first concert will be held on Wednesday, June 7 at 7 p.m. in the Beck Auditorium, at Klinefelter Hall on the Dickinson State University campus. This concert will showcase participants from the Popplers Music Competition, along with a composition by Dr. Lisa Bost-Sandberg, Teaching Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of North Dakota. Dr. Bost-Sandberg, recognized for her virtuosity as a soloist and chamber musician across the United States, has been commissioned by the NDMTA for this special performance.

The second concert, taking place on Thursday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m., will once again be held in Beck Auditorium and will feature the remarkable talents of Catherine Rollin, pianist extraordinaire. Joining her on stage will be Dickinson's very own Ubuntu Marimba Group, directed by the talented Laurae Dykema. Following both concerts, attendees will have the opportunity to mingle and engage with fellow music enthusiasts during the receptions.

In addition to the captivating concerts, the conference will offer workshops presented by Beth Gigante Klingenstein of Bismarck. Klingenstein, an active member of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association), is known for her valuable contributions to the organization's journal. Her work "The Independent Piano Teacher's Studio Handbook" has garnered substantial popularity among music educators. Furthermore, the Thursday evening banquet promises to be an entertaining affair with the presence of pianist Keith Traquair from Dickinson.


For those seeking more information about the 66th annual NDMTA State Conference, visit the official website at Alternatively, interested individuals may contact Priscilla Keogh at 483-9630 for any inquiries.

James B. Miller, Jr. is the Editor of The Dickinson Press in Dickinson, North Dakota. He strives to bring community-driven, professional and hyper-local focused news coverage of southwest North Dakota.
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