Conference Presenters

Theme: "A Measure in Time"
Date: November 8-9, 2019
Location: Ashton Gardens Visitor Center, Thanksgiving Point

Brian Chung is Senior Vice President of Kawai America Corporation. He is a two-term president of the Piano Manufacturers Association International, a past member of the Board of Directors for NAMM (the Int'l Music Products Association), a former chair of the MTNA Foundation Fund Development Committee (1999-2019), a 2004 MTNA Foundation Fellow, a 2015 MTNA Endowment Fellow, recipient of the 2010 MTNA Distinguished Service Award and recipient of the 2019 MTNA Citation for Leadership. A frequent conference speaker, he is also co-author of Improvisation at the Piano (2007) and Recreational Music Making Handbook (2009), and author of Expressions of Faith: Eight Inventive Explorations of Classic Hymns (2008) and Expressions of Christmas (2011) -- all published by Alfred Music.

Mr. Chung has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan, where he combined his musical and business interests. In addition to performing in the top jazz band at Michigan, he spent summers as a pianist and musical director at Walt Disney World. After college, he traveled to London, England to study piano, conducting and improvisation at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a Rotary Foundation Scholar. Upon his return to the States, he was privileged to pursue jazz studies as the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

After several years as a professional musician and independent piano teacher, he continued his business education by completing a Master of Management Degree at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. His business pursuits eventually led him to Kawai America Corporation, where he has spent the past 31 years. He and his wife, Jo Anne, have three grown sons and four energetic grandchildren.

With a diverse career that includes experience as a performer, arranger, teacher, author, speaker and music industry executive, Mr. Chung is devoted to the cause of advancing music participation across America.

Nancy O'Neill Breth teaches piano and chamber music in Washington DC; her students range in age from 6 to 88. Her publications and videos on practicing are known worldwide.

As a faculty member of Washington’s Levine School of Music for 25 years, Nancy taught chamber music, piano, and pedagogy and led Levine’s chamber music program. Earlier, while living in the Philippines, Mexico City, and New York City, she was founder and pianist of chamber ensembles that performed to critical acclaim.

Nancy’s teaching always includes ensemble work, either on piano or in chamber music. Three Breth Studio teams have won the Music Teachers National Association Senior Piano Duet competition. She has been a member of the judges’ panel herself at three national MTNA competitions. Nancy serves on the faculty of the Kinhaven Adult Piano Workshop in Weston, Vermont, an annual workshop for adults playing piano four hands.

Breth students have been winners or finalists in local, national and international piano and chamber music competitions such as the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Eastman International Piano Competition, International Institute for Young Musicians, National Symphony Orchestra Young Soloists. Several of her students appeared on National Public Radio’s “From the Top.”

Nancy’s work with teachers takes her to state and regional conferences around the country. Hers is a familiar face as clinician or judge at national conferences of MTNA: she presented this year in Spokane for the fourth time, and also spoke this summer at National Keyboard Pedagogy Conference. Florida State University conferred an Outstanding Teacher award on her and invited her to speak to the University’s piano and pedagogy faculty on practicing. Nancy grew up in Spokane, Washington, and one of her most cherished experiences is adjudicating the prestigious, week-long Musicfest Northwest that inspired her as a child. The year 2021 will mark her fifth appearance as judge at Musicfest.

Nancy’s major piano teachers were Margaret Saunders Ott, Bela Nagy, Gyorgy Sebok, and Carroll Chilton. Joseph Gingold, Janos Starker and Rudolf Kolisch coached her in chamber music. Her performance degrees are from Indiana University and the University of Wisconsin.

Nancy has written for Clavier, American Music Teacher and Clavier Explorer. Her publications include Practicing the Piano; The Piano Student's Guide to Effective Practicing; and Parent’s Guide to Effective Practicing plus a set of trios for beginning piano trio, The Beggar’s Opera, all published by Hal Leonard Corp.