2021 Conference Welcome!

Augustana University and the AU School of Music invite you to attend the 68th annual SDMTA conference, November 4-6, 2021 in Sioux Falls. We are excited to open up and share our newly renovated Fryxell Humanities Center that features our state-of-the-art Hamre Recital Hall, Pederson/Homan Composition Lab, Studio 47, Lillehaug Instrumental Room, Winden Choir Room, Midco Media campus and Midco Production Center, the Lund Music Practice area, and the Knutson Student Lounge. Our SDMTA conference recitalist will be Dr. Richard Steinbach from Briar Cliff University. Dr. Steinbach will be presenting a masterclass in Hamre Recital Hall on Thursday afternoon as a part of the AU Knutson Masterclass Series and performing a recital on Friday evening of the conference with a reception to follow.

We look forward to seeing everyone and gathering together in person again!

Mark your calendars!

Dr. Lisa Grevlos - Site Host

2021 Guest Artist

Pianist Richard Steinbach will be our guest artist at the 2021 South Dakota Music Teachers Conference. Pianist Richard Steinbach performed his solo debut recital at Carnegie Hall in New York in June 2015. Steinbach’s Carnegie Hall debut featured the premiere of his seventh CD titled FUSION: New Music for a New Age and was the culminating event for the international “Fusion Project” that Steinbach launched in 2013. Dr. Steinbach made his second appearance at Carnegie Hall in June 2019 with violinist, Eric Grossman of The Julliard School. Steinbach has performed extensively as both soloist and collaborative artist in concerts throughout the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Great Britain, South America (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru), Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, India, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan and The People’s Republic of China. As the grand prizewinner in the France Piano International Competition, he performed his solo debut recital at the Salle Cortot in Paris in January 1996.

Throughout his career, Steinbach has established himself as an extraordinarily versatile artist whose insightful interpretations of contemporary music have been widely acclaimed. The Gazetta del Mezzogiorno (Bari, Italy) stated that Steinbach’s performance exhibited “sonorous expressivity, consummate clarity and insightful sensitivity...” Richard Steinbach’s past performances have included collaborations with such prestigious international artists as violinist Charles Castleman, cellist Nathaniel Rosen, flautists Michel Bellavance, Philippa Davies and Martha Councell-Vargas, conductor Xian Zhang and pianist Emanuele Arciuli.

Dr. Steinbach served as Professor of Music at Briar Cliff University from 1980 – 2021. He holds degrees in piano performance from the University of Colorado, the Eastman School of Music, and the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Iowa. Post-doctoral work includes study and master classes with Dominique Merlet, Noel Lee, Roy Howat, Pascal Devoyon, Dorothy Taubman, Edna Golandsky and John Bloomfield. Currently Dr. Steinbach is the Executive Director of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra.

“...a mesmerizing performance by an artist who both totally understands the composer’s magical world, and also possesses the virtuosity to present it to us. Any composer—myself included—would be privileged by an interpretation as intelligent and powerful as Mr. Steinbach’s.” —American Composer, John Corigliano

Conference Presenter

Unlocking the Secrets of Modern Music: Exploring Contemporary Repertoire in the Teaching Studio

Dr. Mark Stevens serves as Assistant Professor of Piano and Director of Keyboard Studies at South Dakota State University. Dr. Stevens’ experience as a pianist ranges from traditional piano repertoire to contemporary music, including living composers. As an advocate for 20th and 21st century music, he performs a diverse range of repertoire, with a special affinity for American composers. In recital, he engages audiences through thematic programming, juxtapositions of unique repertoire, and colorful insights about music, composers, and cultural context. As a collaborative pianist, he routinely performs with vocalists, instrumentalists and chamber groups.

An active and dedicated teacher for two decades, Dr. Stevens has repeatedly been awarded for the quality of his instruction. His students have won more than 20 prizes in competitions including the Seattle Young Artists Music Festival, the Washington State Music Teachers Association’s State Recitalist Competition, and the Northwest Bach, Viennese Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary Piano Festivals. He is regularly invited to adjudicate and teach throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. He regularly presents masterclasses and workshops for universities, professional music teaching organizations, private studios, and music academies.

Save the dates!

November 4-6, 2021 Augustana University, Sioux Falls
November 3-5, 2022 University of South Dakota, Vermillion
November 2-4, 2023 South Dakota State University, Brookings
November 7-9, 2024 Black Hills State University, Spearfish
November 6-8, 2025 Northern State University, Aberdeen