The Badlands Music Teachers Association, affiliate of the Music Teachers National Association, will be hosting the 66th annual North Dakota Music Teachers Association’s state conference in
Dickinson, June 7-9, 2023, co-hosted by Dickinson State University.
Conference Clinician is Catherine Rollin. Catherine, pianist, composer, clinician, author and dedicated teacher, received her principle training from Detroit Symphony pianist, Mischa
Kottler. She has degrees from the University of Michigan and Oakland University, and also Northwestern University where she studied harpsichord. Most recently she launched her own
publishing company featuring her “Museum Masterpiece” series.
Two concerts will be presented during the conference, both free and open to the public. The first will be Wednesday, June 7th, 7:00 p.m., in Beck Auditorium, Klinefelter Hall, DSU. Featured will be participants in the Popplers Music Competition, and a work by NDMTA’s commissioned composer, Dr. Lisa Bost-Sandberg, Teaching Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of North Dakota. Dr. Bost-Sandberg is in demand as a soloist and chamber
musician throughout the United States.
The second concert is on Thursday, June 8th, 7:30 p.m., also in Beck Auditorium and will feature Catherine Rollin, pianist, and Dickinson’s own Ubuntu Marimba Group, directed by Laurae Dykema. There will be receptions immediately following both concerts.
Also presenting workshops at the conference will be Beth Gigante Klingenstein of Bismarck who is an active member of MTNA and frequently contributes articles to the organization’s journal. A very popular publication of Beth’s is “The Independent Piano Teacher’s Studio Handbook”. Entertainment for the Thursday evening banquet will be provided by pianist Keith Traquair of Dickinson.