Since 1991, the PianoTexas Teachers Program has pioneered the creation of stimulating outlets for teachers to perform. There are numerous opportunities to share and to delve into a large variety of music topics such as style, technique methods and the art of teaching through lecture demonstrations and presentations. For the first time in history, PianoTexas will introduce a concerto component of the program with concerto performances accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

The 2007 Teachers Program

June 14 to June 17

The faculty includes:


Thursday, June 14 at 9:00 a.m.

French pianist Philippe Bianconi will concentrate on the "Teaching and Interpreting of French Piano Music". Silver-Medalist of the 1985 Van Cliburn Piano Competition, Mr. Bianconi has dazzled his audiences with his interpretations of Debussy and Ravel. He will give practical information on understanding the French style with excerpts from Debussy's Preludes and Ravel's Miroirs, and Valses Nobles et Sentimentales.


Thursday, June 14 at 3:00 p.m.

Yoheved Kaplinsky
, Head of Piano at Julliard School of Music will present ideas on
“Injury free practice habits”. This is a very timely topic as more and more students are finding that the way they practice is detrimental to their progress. Information from the latest findings regarding biomechanics of the hands and their impact on practice habits will be extremely valuable to both teachers and performers.


Friday, June 15 at 2:00 p.m.

Legendary pianist Paul Badura-Skoda has numerous publications and editions concentrating on Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin. His wealth of knowledge is far-reaching and he has been greatly influential in revising the authentic musical practices of the Classical Period. His lecture-demonstration on performance traditions “right and wrong” will concentrate on Mozart, specifically his piano concertos. He will also have an extensive question and answer session on STYLE and URTEXT editions.

9:00 a.m. Session

Saturday, June 16 – Teaching Demonstrations

1:00 p.m. Session
Yoheved Kaplinsky
Four students were selected by the Fort Worth Music Teachers Association based on performances during their Piano Solo Contest and Winners' Recital. Professors Kaplinsky and True will each teach two students followed by a “Frequently Asked Questions on Piano Playing” session.

Nelita True

Fourth Grade student                   Ninth Grade student
Anthony Liu                                    Michael Taylor
student of Cordelia Owings        student of Tamás Ungár
Beethoven:                                     Beethoven:
Sonata No.20 in G major,           Sonata No.6 in F major,
                        Op.49, No.2                                Op.10, No.2
(1. Allegro ma non troppo)                               (1. Allegro)

12 year old                                              Eleventh Grade student
Sam Hong                                               Jonathan Pinto
student of John Owings                        student of Maureda Travis
Beethoven:                                               Rachmaninoff:
Sonata No.5 in C minor,                       Élégie in E-flat minor,
                       Op.10 No.1                                             Op.3 No.1
(1. Allegro molto e con brio)

Sunday, June 17 at 9:00 a.m.

One of the most popular lecturers, Nelita True will present “Reliable Memory”. This presentation offers one way to secure music memorization through a step-by-step process that looks to the music for mnemonic clues.

Extra Presentation:
Sunday, June 17 at 11:00 a.m.

Pianists Class  - “Don't worry, Its Just 12,000 Parts”
This class deals with the maintenance issues for professionals.  Piano problems are noted as the pianist would experience them and solutions are given so that communication with the technician is simplified.  Piano construction theory, regulation and voicing issues and their application for performance use are demystified.  Common misconceptions are clarified making keeping the piano playable and in tune easier than ever.

Tips on last minute repairs, institutional use issues and environmental tuning problems make this class a must for professional pianists. 

                    Sally Phillips
has been a piano technician since 1974.                     She trained at the North Bennett Street School in                     Boston and did concert and recording work in New                     York City . She has been a consultant to                     manufacturers, a dealer and a rebuilder. She has                     lectured at Piano Technicians conventions on                     regulation and voicing and specializes in concert                     preparation.

                    Since 2004 she has represented Bechstein                     Pianofortefabrik, AG here in the US and Canada in                     both the technical field and sales