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CAPMT 2023 State Conference

Beyond Musical Boundaries

Friday, October 27 - Saturday, October 28

Santa Clara University School, Department of Music

Register Now to our 2023 CAPMT State Conference!

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Ginger Kroft

Ginger Kroft is Principal Clarinet with Sacramento Philharmonic and Carmel Bach Festival, and is a member of Oakland Symphony. Mrs. Kroft regularly performed with San Francisco Ballet Orchestra for six seasons and has performed with San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera. She directs chamber programs at Carmel Bach Festival and has been on stage with Andrea Bocelli, Carlos Santana, Ray Charles, and Diana Krall among others.

Mrs. Kroft is a faculty member at San Francisco Conservatory of Music and at Santa Clara University. She is a competition adjudicator, most recently for USIMC and Berkeley Piano Club. Mrs. Kroft maintains a private teaching studio: An education advocate, Mrs. Kroft serves on the CAPMT State Board; formerly on MTAC and CAPMT district boards. A featured Presenter at CAPMT State Conference, Mrs. Kroft is a sought-after lecturer at universities and music schools. She’s a Vandoren International Artist and performs on M15 mouthpieces & Traditional reeds; and holds degrees with distinction from Northwestern University and San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

“I have never in my life heard a clarinet played so beautifully, with such elegant shaping of phrases and such refined and musical control of dynamics. It was a performance to bring tears to your eyes and a lump to your throat! Wow!” —  (Mozart Concerto at Carmel Bach Festival)

Interested in performing at Ginger Kroft's masterclass? Apply at the QR code below or click link here

Dominic Cheli

Dominic Cheli's playing has been described as “spontaneous yet perfect, the best of how a young person can play.” (Symphony Magazine). His rapidly advancing career included his Walt Disney Concert Hall Debut where Dominic was described as “mesmerizing.” He enjoys roles as performer, producer and music editor for several commercial albums on Naxos and Delos including his latest album “Shapeshifter” with James Conlon.

With a fascination and appreciation for the benefits of technology especially in our new virtual age, Dominic was appointed Live Director of Tonebase Piano. As a result, he is the host and presenter of numerous virtual events each month to the 8,000+ subscribers on the platform. As an educator, Dominic is on faculty of the Colburn Community Music School and strives for his students to be imaginative, knowledgeable and have healthy relationships with their instruments.

In his spare time, Dominic enjoys cooking and training for Ironman triathlons.

Commissioned Composer

Nate May

Nate May (b. 1987) is a versatile American composer, keyboardist, and educator whose music has been heard across four continents: in jazz clubs and DIY spaces, on national television, in museums and modern dance venues, and on mainstage classical events at New York’s Sheen Center and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. His chamber, choral, and orchestral music, characterized by textural intricacy, rhythmic drive, and repurposed sounds, has been performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble Dal Niente, Wild UP, the Yale Philharmonia, Patchwork Duo, and Quartetto Indaco. Raised in Huntington, West Virginia, much of his work stems from a “fascination, love, and respect for the people” of Appalachia (Soapbox), including his oratorio State, the result of interviews he conducted with Appalachian migrants on a fellowship from the Berea Sound Archives, and “Licorice Parikrama,” a networked performance featuring West Virginians affected by the 2014 Elk River chemical spill.

Also an award-winning educator, he has served as a teaching artist with the American Composers Orchestra and taught courses at Yale University, Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, Montclair State University, the Walden School, and the Thurnauer school. In 2021 he founded Synthase, a school that nurtures musical creativity for young people through online lessons, classes, and interactive technology.

He holds a doctorate in composition from Yale, supported in part by a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He also earned degrees from Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (M.M., Composition) and the University of Michigan (B.F.A., Jazz and Contemplative Studies). His teachers have included Aaron Jay Kernis, David Lang, Christopher Theofanidis, Geri Allen, Stephen Rush, and Michael Fiday.

2023 State Conference Schedule

Friday, October 27th

9:30AM-12:00PM Executive Board Meeting

Location: Music Rehearsal Hall

1:00-2:45PM CAPMT Leadership Meeting

Location: Music Rehearsal Hall

3:00PM Conference Welcome

3:15-3:45PM Dr. Jacqueline Petitto and Hans Boepple: Piano Duet Romance del Plata by Carlos Guastavino

4:00-5:00PM Nate May, Composition Masterclass and Panel Discussion

Location: Recital Hall

5:00-5:30PM Meet, Greet, and Mingle!

Location: Lobby

5:30-7:00PM Dominic Cheli, Guest Artist Recital Performance and Q&A session

Location: Recital Hall

Saturday, October 28th

 Recital Hall

 Rehearsal Hall


Conference Welcome




Ginger Kroft, Guest Artist Masterclass




Heidi Saario,

Piano Music from Finland-Exciting Alternatives to the Standard Teaching Repertoire



Jenny Soonjin Kim,

Edgard Varèse and Frank Zappa: Two Musical Worlds Collide

The positive influence of the traditional avant-garde music of Edgard Varèse and the impact on the avant-garde rock/improvisatory composer Frank Zappa



Amy Stephens and Grant Kondo,

Two Pianists, Three Lead Sheets:

Endless Possibilities and Interpretations



Sonya Schumann,

Performance and Anxiety:

Managing Stress Responses Before the Stage

~12:30-1:30PM Lunch Break~

Check out lunch options near Santa Clara University here.


Recital Hall


Rehearsal Hall



Special RCM Presentation




Justin McKay,

Making Minuets from Simple Materials



Tracy Wong and Erica Lee (USC Collegiate Chapter),

Mastering Your Mind to Maximize Your Value


Craig Richey,

Composing Music for Film



Fresno City College Chapter,

Momma Mia! The Che Bella Things We Learned in Italy





Brandon Bascom,

The ABC's of Teaching with Technology Online and Beyond





Tracy Wong,

From Appreciation to Activism:

Changing Music for a Changing World



Barbie Wong,

Parents and Teachers in Harmony:

The Key to Student Motivation and Success



Yvonne Reddy,

Serving the Underserved:

Bringing Music Education to Family Child Care Centers



Featured Performances:

Commissioned Composition by Nate May, YPLN Recital, and CAPMT State Final Winners



Banquet and Awards Ceremony at Fiorillo's Restaurant

(See below for details)

Saturday, October 28th at 7:00PM

Banquet and Awards Ceremony at Fiorillo's Restaurant

638 El Camino Real

Santa Clara, CA 95050


Delicious Italian-style banquet

Awards Ceremony

Guest speaker: Dr. Gary Ingle, Executive Director and CEO of MTNA

Gary L. Ingle is Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and is President & CEO of the American Classical Music Hall of Fame, both headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Ingle holds multiple volunteer leadership positions in organizations throughout the world. He is Immediate Past President and Chair of the Board of the National Music Council of the United States, Immediate Past President of the Music Council of the Three Americas, and currently serves as a Special Advisor to the Commission for Instrumental and Vocal Pedagogy of the International Society for Music Education.A frequent speaker and panelist, Dr. Ingle has given addresses in all 50 states as well as to music groups in Canada, the United Kingdom, China, Eastern and Western Europe, South America and Africa.

Santa Clara University Campus Map and Parking Info

All attendees can park at North Campus Garage at address below:

1065 Alviso St, Santa Clara, 95050

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Kathryn Hull

Kathryn B. Hull, NCTM, a teacher of piano and theory, has an active music studio in La Quinta, CA. She has taught music in elementary school (K-6) and in college. She is a founding member of CAPMT serving as its first Secretary and then as the third President. She was responsible for developing CAPMT’s first music theory program. After holding several different positions, she was elected to the National Board of Directors where she served for18 years as Director, Treasurer (the MTNA Foundation also) and then Vice President. She visited nearly every state as the National Representative at their state conferences.

Kathryn has been involved in community arts since founding the Glendale Regional Arts Council in 1974. She is a composer, having written music for five stage musicals, and several piano solos, and is the author of children’s books; four published, two about musicians. At 95 she has no plan to retire.

CAPMT Conference Hotel - DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose

Book a getaway at  our CAPMT Conference  Hotel -  The DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose at a special $169 rate,  including complimentary Wifi! This beautiful hotel features upscale selections of bars/lounges, gourmet restaurants, and an on-site Starbucks coffee and pastries shop to start off your day. Relax and engage with your CAPMT colleagues!

Book DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose Hotel $169 CAPMT Discount Rate Now! *Limited 

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