Make plans now to attend the 2018 GMTA State Conference held on the beautiful campus of the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. The conference schedule will highlight 20 presentations by member experts from around the state, along with Peter Mack and Laurene McCall. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will perform at UGA during our conference on Friday evening. Members will receive special discounts on tickets. The UGA Kaleidoscope Concert will take place on Thursday evening and will not require tickets.Advertise in the Conference Program or GMTA Newsletter Conference Exhibitor's Contract
Conference Recitalist and Pedagogy Headliner: Peter Mack was born in Ireland, where he had his early training with Frank Heneghan at the Dublin College of Music. Subsequent study was at Trinity College, Dublin, and with Bela Siki at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and at the University of Washington where he earned his doctorate in piano performance.
Mack has performed throughout the United States and Europe, as well as in Australia and the former Soviet Union. He is the winner of the New Orleans, Young Keyboard Artists and Pacific International Piano Competitions. His prize in the Sherman-Clay competition included a Steinway grand piano. Mack is well known for his extensive repertoire, having performed twenty-five concertos with orchestras. He is equally in demand as a performer, clinician, convention artist, and teacher, and his pupils are frequent winners of local, national, and international competitions.
Commissioned Composer: Lauren McCall is a composer and musician from Atlanta, Georgia. She studied music and science, receiving her master's degrees from the University of Georgia in 2010. She has had compositions performed around the world including her piano piece Shake the Earth, which was performed in Morehead, Kentucky at Morehead State University's Contemporary Piano Festival and in Eugene, Oregon at the Oregon Bach Festival Composers' Symposium. Lauren has also had an arrangement of the spiritual I'm Troubled performed in Lakeland, Florida at Florida Southern College for the Grady Rayam Prize in Sacred Music; her graphic score The Fish Wife performed in Montreal, Canada by the ensemble Amis Orgue Montreal; and her art song cycle The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufock performed in Munich, Germany, in addition to other compositions.
Currently Lauren is a music theory-teaching artist for the Atlanta Music Project. Lauren actively participates in the Atlanta 24 hour Opera Project as a composer and librettist, and recently Lauren was a composer in residence for the Grady Rayam Prize in Sacred Music. Lauren enjoys collaborating, writing chamber music, electronic music, and music for vocal ensembles and soloist. Along with composing, Lauren also enjoys playing classical and jazz music on the clarinet, saxophone, and piano.
We have reserved two options for Conference Lodging this year:
University of Georgia for Continuing Education & Hotel
1197 South Lumpkin St.
Athens, GA 30602-3603
$109 for a Classic Room with one queen or one king bed (sleeps 1-2)
$109 for a Classic Room with two single beds (sleeps 2)
$149 for a Select Room with two queen or two double beds (sleeps 2-4)
Additional taxes: The UGA hotel only charges 7% sales tax, no additional hotel/occupancy tax. They will also accept tax-exempt certificates for the sales tax if your institution has one.
Free Wifi. One parking pass in the nearby South Campus Parking deck is included per room, per night, in the hotel rate.
Group rates are guaranteed until October 3, 2018. Make reservations by calling (706)542-2134 or through the Georgia Center website using Group code 90516
Holiday Inn Athens
197 E Broad St
Athens, GA 30601
$114 for Standard Room with 2 Doubles (sleeps 2-4)
$114 for Standard Room with 1 Queen (sleeps 1-2)
Additional Taxes: 15% sales and occupancy taxes plus $5 per night Georgia Hotel Tax
Free Wifi and parking
Group rates are guaranteed October 11, 2018. Make reservations by calling (706)549-4433 and mentioning Group Code: GMT (GEORGIA MUSIC TEACHERS) or by clicking here: Holiday Inn Athens-University Area
Registration will open in August. GMTA members may register online or mail in a printed registration form. All GMTA members who pre-register by October 15 will receive free conference registration this year!