Idaho Music Teachers Association



Past Conferences

2004 State Conference

Our 48th annual state conference was held June 10-12 at the Shiloh Inn in Idaho Falls. We had wonderful clinicians, guest speakers, an incredible concert artist and a very fun, yet informative Student Day Camp! A Saturday Showcase Session on new music available through Hal Leonard was presented by Jennifer Linn. Wonderful door prizes were awarded to attendees!

Conference Sessions


6:00pm – 7:30pm IMTA Board Meeting at O’Callahan’s at Shiloh Inn


8:30am Registration Table Opens / Accepts Silent Auction Donations / Breakfast Drinks
9:00am Opening Ceremony, Introductions, Announcements with the Mayor
9:30am “Choreography at the Keyboard” Jennifer Linn, Hal Leonard
11:00am “In the Mode – Different Learning Styles” Dr. Steve Allen, BYU-Idaho
12:00pm Catered Luncheon with live entertainment!
1:30pm “Off the Beaten Path” Jennifer Linn
2:30pm “Setting Up Your Website” Heidi Leben
3:30pm Student Honors Recital – Geri Harrison and Lyle Samuel
4:00 Break
4:15 Renae Lacey – “The Teacher’s Kit”
4:30 Technology Session – “Games People Play”
4:45 Gay Pool – “The Perfect Bench”
5:00 Niklaus Day – The Journey
5:15 Master Class on Duets – Dr. Steve Allen, BYU, Idaho
6:00 Silent Auction Updates
6:00pm – 6:15pm Meet Amir Khosrowpour, 2003 National Collegiate Level Piano Performance Winner!


8:30am Registration Table Open – Accepts Silent Auction Donations / Breakfast Drinks
9:00am Master Class, Elementary Levels – Jennifer Linn, Hal Leonard
10:00am “Putting Together Competitions from Beginning to End”, Mark Neiworth
10:45am The Charming, Amir Khosrowpour
11:15am Break
11:30am Scoring Music for Teachers – Tom Carruth, Coda
12:30pm Teachers Lunch Break
1:00pm – 4:00pm MTNA Teacher Certification Testing, Renae Lacey Monitoring
1:30pm Teaching Composition “Where Do I Begin?” – Elaine Mills

IMTA Benefits Of Membership Mini-Presentations

2:30pm “Certificate of Merit Program” Lyle Samuel and Geri Harrison
3:00pm “Sonatina/Sonata Competition” Laurel Roberts-Carroll
3:15pm “Piano Performance Competition” Georgia Blastock
3:30pm “National and State Conferences – Let’s Invade Seattle!” Gay Pool
3:45pm “Student Composition Competition” – David French
4:00pm “Approaching the Teacher Certification Program” – Debbie Wallace

4:15pm “Ensemble Concert” from the Day Camp Students!
4:30pm Break
4:45pm – 5:45pm General Membership Meeting & Elections
5:45pm Break
6:30pm IMTA Banquet: Silent Auction Winners, New Membership Invitation, Officer Turnover, and BANQUET CONCERT ARTIST: Amir Khosrowpour in Recital

Friday Student Camp

10:15am “Composing without Decomposing” – Elaine Mills, Music Maker Studios
11:30am Hands On Session – “YOU write the songs!”
12:15pm Pizza Party by the River
12:45pm “Scoring Music for Students” – Tom Carruth, Coda
1:45pm “Benefits of Competing” – Amir Khosrowpour, 2003 MTNA National Collegiate Piano Performance Winner
2:00pm – 2:30pm Explaining Basic Conducting Skills – Dr. George Adams, IF Symphony
2:30pm – 3:30pm Ensemble Play with Jennifer Linn, Hal Leonard


8:30am Registration Desk open for last day
9:00am Master Class, Intermediate Levels – Jennifer Linn, Hal Leonard
10:00am Technology: Recording Studios & Devices – “Getting a Clear Recording”
10:30am Special Showcase Session – Jennifer Linn
11:15am Special Session / Closing Charges – Gay Pool
11:45am Chesbro Tour – One of the Largest Music Distribution Centers in the Nation is in Idaho Falls! Come tour their facility with us and have lunch on them!

Guest Clinician: Steve Allen

Stephen Allen completed degrees in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music and San Jose State University. He earned his doctoral degree in piano pedagogy and literature from the University of Indiana, where he attained additional degrees in both music education and musicology.

His performances include appearances throughout North America, and recent tours of Yokosuka and Yokohama, Japan, where he presented master classes for Music International-Japan (associated with the National Federation of Music Clubs) as guest performer and adjudicator.

As an active chamber musician he performs frequently, including an invitational performance with the Trio Terra Nova for the International Double Reed Society in Banff, Canada. Dr. Allen is currently Director of Piano Studies at Brigham Young University-Idaho, where he has taught since 1986. He and his wife, Rebecca, are the parents of four children.

Guest Clinician: Jennifer Linn

An accomplished performer and composer in St. Louis, Missouri, Jennifer Linn is a contributing composer and arranger for the Hal Leonard Student Piano Library. Ms. Linn has maintained a private piano studio for over 20 years teaching beginning through advanced levels. Her compositions have been selected for the National Federation of Music Clubs’ festival list and have been featured in Keys magazine.

Jennifer has presented lectures and workshops for professional music teachers’ associations and conventions and frequently adjudicates festivals and competitions throughout the Midwest. As an active member of the St. Louis Area Music Teachers Association since 1992, she has served as Vice President. She also enjoys serving as a liturgical musician for St. Joseph’s Church of Manchester.

In 1999-2000, Ms. Linn served as Visiting Lecturer in Piano Pedagogy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently on the faculty for the 2004 Illinois Summer Youth Music Piano Camp where she has taught every summer since 1998. Ms. Linn received her B.M. and M.M. in Piano Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Conservatory of Music where she was the winner of the Concerto-Aria Competition. She was also awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence and Service. Jennifer resides in Chesterfield, Missouri with her husband Mark, and her two teenagers Andrew and Meaghan.

Conference Location

Shiloh Inn Conference Center
780 Lindsay Blvd.
Idaho Falls, ID
208 523-0088