2016 State Conference
"Breathing New Life Into Old Masterworks"
June 2-4, 2016
2100 South Priest Drive, Tempe, AZ 85282
Conference Guest Artist
Internationally-respected pianist and recording artist Robert Hamilton has had the distinction of being enthusiastically reviewed by two chief music critics for The New York Times. Harold Schonberg wrote: "He is a very fine artist. All of Hamilton's playing has color and sensitivity...one of the best of the million or so around." And Donal Henahan reported: "It was an enthralling listening experience. We must hear this major talent again, and soon!"
Mr. Hamilton's performance career beginnings were comparatively modest, but varied. Fluent as a high school student on piano, clarinet and bassoon, he performed five standard concerti representing his three solo areas. He studied at Indiana University with Sidney Foster, and graduated summa cum laude. A move to New York City brought studies with Dora Zaslavsky of the Manhattan School, coaching from legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz, and awards from the Rockefeller Fund and U.S. State Department. Five prizes in major international competitions added more concerts and opportunities.
Hamilton has made countless concert tours of four continents, appearing in the major halls of most music capitals. His orchestral engagements have included the Chicago Symphony, National Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Grant Park Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony and S.O.D.R.E. An appearance at the great hall of the Moscow Conservatory brought a ten-minute standing ovation, and he made an appearance in St. Petersburg that was televised across Russia. Mr. Hamilton has been heard over numerous radio networks including NPR, ABC, BBC London, Voice of America, Armed Forces Network, DRS Zurich and Radio Warsaw. He has recorded for Phillips, Orion and Summit Records.
Hamilton currently has an exciting class of international students at ASU, and has given master classes throughout the world. Robert Hamilton is a Steinway Artist.
Conference Chair: Dr. Jessica Yam
Pianist Dr. Jessica Yam began her musical studies at age nine. She has a particular affinity for Chopin and was one of two national recipients of the Chopin Foundation of the United States Scholarship in the early 2000s. She is currently on faculty at Arizona State University, maintains a private teaching studio, and has taught as piano professor at Southwestern College. She also serves as the chairman of the Arizona State Music Teachers Association Conference and on the ASMTA Board of Directors as the Third Vice President.
Dr. Yam received her education from New England Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Arizona State University; her primary teachers include Robert Hamilton, Douglas Humpherys, Faina Kofman, and Yoshikazu Nagai.
Facilities and Food Chair: Dr. Nadia Feeken
Registration Chair: Dr. Jennifer Waleczek
Exhibitor Chair: Wei Xing