Contest Workshops

NCMTA Piano Performance Festival


Piano teachers, please plan now to attend one of the NCMTA 2017-18 Piano Performance Festival Workshops to be held in September 2018.  The workshops are an opportunity for you and your students to hear Festival works performed and discussed by experienced teacher/performers.  Teachers who will be judging should plan to attend.  And even if you have no students participating in the festival, attending a workshop is an excellent opportunity to experience a broad range of select repertoire and meet with other area teachers.

NCMTA is proud to feature two excellent clinicians, Khoo Hye Lim and Eden Esters Brown, to present the Junior and Senior literature this year.  The clinicians will perform works from the list and offer pedagogical insights for each piece.


Saturday, September 8, 2018

Location: Ruggero Piano - 4720 Hargrove Road, Raleigh; map at

Local host:  Betty White  (

Lunch: Bring your own sandwich or plan to use one of the many eating establishments located nearly on US 1. 

Registration: Fee is $30 ($5 for students). All teachers and students are to register at the door on the day of the clinic.  No partial fees will be permitted.  Check are to be made payable to NCMTA.  If paying in cash, please make every effort to bring the exact amount.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Location:  Miller Piano Company – 5236 Independence Blvd., Charlotte; map at

Local host: Lib Hughston (

Lunch: Bring your own sandwich or order a deli sandwich after you arrive.  Drinks and dessert provided. 

Registration: Fee is $30 ($5 for students). All teachers and students are to register at the door on the day of the clinic.  No partial fees will be permitted.  Check are to be made payable to NCMTA.  If paying in cash, please make every effort to bring the exact amount.

(Schedule is the same for both workshops)


8:30     Registration

9:00     Junior A literature

10:20   Break (approximate time)

10:30   Junior B literature (the presentation of Junior B music may begin earlier, allowing for a longer lunch break)

12:00   LUNCH

1:00     Senior A literature

2:50     Break (approximate time)

3:00     Senior B literature (approximate time)

5:00     End of workshop
Workshop Clinicians:
Kyoo Hye Lim

Korean-born pianist Kyoo Hye Lim has been described as a performer who “possesses that rare and delicate artistry” by the Fanfare Magazine, with the Amalfi Festival Concert Review praising her for her ability to “evoke fantastical colors from the instrument, creating a most distinctive and exotic atmosphere”

Lim has appeared to public acclaim in recital and academic venues on four continents, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, Salle Cortot in Paris, Singapore’s Esplanade, the Cathedral Museum in Amalfi, Italy, Conservatorio Municipal “José Iturbi de Valencia, Spain, Kumho Art Hall in Seoul, Wellington Town Hall in New Zealand, and various concert venues in South Korea, USA and Canada. An avid performer of solo and collaborative works, she embraces a wide range of repertoire and styles from Scarlatti and Bach to the most contemporary twenty-first century works. Lim has a particular interest in the music of Spain, having performed and given presentations on the music of Albéniz, De Falla and Granados. She has won top awards in competitions including Ibiza International Piano Competition (Spain), IKIF Competition (USA), American Protégé Romantic Music Competition (USA) and Kapiti Coast Piano Competition (New Zealand) among others.


Over the last fourteen years, she has enjoyed her teaching experience, working with piano students in a variety of settings both in the United States as well as in South Korea, Singapore, Italy and New Zealand. She has presented public masterclasses in the United States as well as in international music festivals such as the Amalfi Coast Festival of Music and Arts.


With her interest and passion for academic research on piano pedagogy, she has given presentations in the state and local affiliates of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). Besides her passion for teaching, she feels strongly about working with students to develop other professional skills, such as teaching and research skills. She currently serves as the faculty advisor for the MTNA Collegiate Chapter of University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), which is one of the most active chapters of the state.


Lim’s primary piano professors include Logan Skelton, Yong Hi Moon, and Thomas Hecht. Additional studies have been with Leon Fleisher, John Perry, Roy Howat, Jacques Rouvier and Anton Kuerti. As Singapore’s National Arts council scholar, she received full scholarships for her Bachelor’s degree from Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore, and Master’s degree from Peabody Conservatory. She also has been fully supported by Rackham Graduate Fellowship during her studies in University of Michigan where she received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree. In fall of 2016, she joined the piano faculty at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Lim teaches piano and piano pedagogy, and coordinates class piano area.

Eden Esters Brown

Eden Esters Brown, NCTM is a pianist and independent music teacher in Elon, NC. Raised in New Jersey, she received classical and jazz training from the late, Mr. Morris Nanton, a nationally renowned jazz artist and Julliard graduate. In 2007, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance at Elon University in North Carolina, under the tutelage of Dr. Victoria Fischer Faw. In 2009, she completed a Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy at Louisiana State University under the acclaimed classical and jazz artist, Dr. Willis Delony. While at LSU, Eden coordinated the LSU Music Academy, served as a graduate teaching assistant in Group Piano for music majors, and taught a studio of 18 private students ranging from age four through adult.

Ms. Brown is an adjunct instructor at Elon University, teaching applied piano to non-piano music majors and non-majors, as well as class piano and piano pedagogy. Eden is experienced in teaching students of all ages and ability levels, in private and group settings; however, she has a special affinity towards elementary school-aged children. Her professional affiliations include the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) with national certification, Pi Kappa Lambda national music honor society, and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Eden is the current president of the Alamance County Piano Teachers Association, and is the Certification Chair for the North Carolina Music Teachers Association.

Eden also teaches a private studio of beginner and intermediate students based in Elon, NC since 2009, and she is committed to cultivating the arts in Alamance County. She is the Director of Children's Music and Handbells at Elon Community Church, which includes a preschool Musikgarten class. Making music at the piano is a true passion of hers, and she is dedicated to increasing the availability of classical music training for children and families of all socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds.