Conference Presenters

November 6 - 7, 2020, UMTA Online Conference

E L Lancaster
Guest Presenter

Dr. E.L. Lancaster is Executive Editor, Piano for Alfred Music and a piano faculty member at California State University Northridge. He holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University and established the masters and doctoral programs in piano pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma. Lancaster is a coauthor of Alfredís Premier Piano Course, Music for Little Mozarts, and Alfredís Group Piano for Adults. In July 2019, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. In addition, from 1981 to 1996, he and his wife, Dr. Gayle Kowalchyk, operated a large independent piano studio in Norman, Oklahoma.

Dr. Lancaster has served as National Chairman of Group Piano and National Chairman of Student Chapters for MTNA. He is the convention chair for the 2020 MTNA National Conference in Chicago. He has held offices in the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy, including Chair of the Administration/Pedagogy Liaison Committee. Dr. Lancaster has received numerous teaching awards from the University of Oklahoma, including the Regents Award for Superior Teaching (1984), Associated Distinguished Lectureship (1987), Provost's Outstanding Academic Advising Award (1996), and Outstanding Faculty Award in the College of Fine Arts (1996). In 1991 he was awarded a David Ross Boyd Professorship, named in honor of the first OU president, given to faculty members who excel in teaching, counseling and guiding students.

In 2013 he was named a Signature Sinfonian by Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, national music fraternity. This award honors members who exhibit high standards of excellence in representing the fraternity as an alumnus. Murray State University honored him in 2014 with a Distinguished Alumnus Award, the highest honor granted by the University. At their 2016 convention, the California Association of Professional Music Teachers presented him with their Lifetime Achievement Award. He was a 2019 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy and the Outstanding Alumnus in Fine Arts Award from Murray State University. Dr. Lancaster has presented workshops for teachers throughout the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, China, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. He is the author or co-author of more than 400 publications designed for students of all ages. He now lives in the Los Angeles area.

Martha Hilley, President MTNA
Keynote Speaker

Martha Hilley joined the faculty of The University of Texas School of Music in 1982 as coordinator of group piano and a member of the piano pedagogy faculty. Over the next 36 years she served two years as head of the keyboard division, five years as Associate Director of the School of Music as well as two different five-year terms as Director of Undergraduate Studies. Hilley was twice Chair of the UT Faculty Council. Martha retired from the UT Butler School of Music on August 31, 2019.

Over the last 49 years, Ms. Hilley has been an active participant in workshops, conferences and seminars on the international, national, state and local levels. She has been cocurriculum coordinator and presenter for International Pedagogy Workshops in Italy, Belgium, Norway, Australia, Austria and Hawaii and served as pedagogy faculty for the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival and Tunghai University's Summer Keyboard Institute in Taiwan. She was keynote speaker and presenter for the 2013 Encontro Internacional de Piano ed Grupo in Goiania, Brazil. She was also a keynote speaker at the 2018 SEMPRE Conference in London, England.

Professor Hilley's abilities as a teacher were recognized in 1983 when she received the Texas Excellence Teaching Award, and again in 1988 when she was awarded one of four Dad's Association Centennial Fellowships for excellence in undergraduate teaching. In 1992, Professor Hilley was recipient of the prestigious Orpheus Award presented by Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia in recognition of her contributions to the field of music. In 1997, she was awarded the Outstanding Collegiate Teacher Award by the Texas Music Teachers Association and in 1998, Hilley was awarded the William David Blunk Professorship in recognition of outstanding undergraduate teaching and research. Hilley was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at UT Austin in 2005 and awarded the Distinguished Service Award from MTNA in the spring of 2008. She was named recipient of the UT Austin Civitatis Award for 2011-2012 and named the 2014 MTNA Teacher of the Year. Martha is the 2019-2021 President of MTNA.

Articles by Professor Hilley have been published in Clavier, Piano Quarterly and Keyboard Companion and with anthologies published by Routledge Press. She is coauthor of two college piano texts: "Piano for the Developing Musician " and "Piano for Pleasure." The texts were the first to embrace digital sequencer technology through disks furnished to teachers as well as the first to provide web-based computer tutorials, downloadable pdf and mp3 files and dedicated web sites for each text. ( and )

Misha Galant
Guest Performer

Misha Galant began piano lessons at the age of six and continued to study for 16 years with his mother, Olya Katsman. Throughout high school, he also received guidance and coaching from Sharon Mann and Yoshikazu Nagai of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He is currently a senior at Columbia University, studying piano through the Columbia-Juilliard Exchange while also pursuing degrees in Data Science and Russian Literature. He studies with Joseph Kalichstein at the Juilliard School and with Yu-Jane Yang at Weber State University in Ogden, UT.

Misha gave his first full solo recital at age 12 and made his orchestral debut at age 13, performing Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Oakland East Bay Symphony. He has since performed with such orchestras as the Fort Worth Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Utah Symphony, and the California Youth Symphony, joining the latter on tour in Austria and Italy for performances of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. He has also won numerous awards at piano competitions, including multiple prizes in 2015 at the first Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and at the Eastman Young Artists International Competition, the latter resulting in a four-year, full-tuition scholarship offer to attend the Eastman School of Music. He was inducted into the MTACís selective Young Artist Guild, through which he performs frequently as a recitalist around California, and, most recently, was chosen as one of two Gilmore Young Artists for 2020.

Additionally, Mr. Galant is an active chamber musician, and he also performs benefit concerts for retirement communities as a member of the Music Students' Service League, an outreach program in Contra Costa County, CA. Beyond his musical and academic endeavors, he enjoys hiking and traveling and was a member of the Columbia University swim team, a D1 team that trains twenty hours per week.


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