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, John Salmon 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:
John Salmon

Pianist John Salmon (, on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, has distinguished himself on four continents, as both a classical and jazz artist.

His performances have been heard on many radio stations in the U.S., including National Public Radio, WNYC in New York, WFMT in Chicago, and KUSC in Los Angeles; and on the national radio stations of Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Moldova, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the Ukraine.

Salmon is a frequent guest performer at festivals in the U.S. and Europe, having appeared at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival (Charleston, South Carolina), Piano Festival Northwest (Portland, Oregon), Interlochen Piano Festival (Interlochen, Michigan), Festival for Creative Pianists (Denver, Colorado), Festival Internacional de Música del Mediterráneo (Cartagena, Spain), and the International Bartók Festival (Szombathely, Hungary).   He has toured China six times, with concerts in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenyang, and Hangzhou.

Other special appearances include an all-Liszt recital in Mexico City for the American Liszt Society and an all-Brubeck recital in Washington, DC for the Music Teachers National Association, after which he jammed at two pianos with Dave Brubeck in a spontaneous version of Duke Ellington’s “Things Ain’t What They Used to Be.”  

He has also been the featured artist for the Music Teachers National Association state conferences in California (CAPMT), Virginia (VMTA), and Minnesota (MMTA). 

He has recorded four compact discs of Dave Brubeck’s classical piano music, on the Phoenix, Naxos, and Albany labels.  Brubeck dedicated two compositions to Salmon—“The Salmon Strikes” and “Bach Again.” Salmon’s CD of piano pieces by Nikolai Kapustin is also on the Naxos label, and his CD of his own jazz compositions, Salmon Is A Jumpin’, was released by Albany Records in November 2010.

As guest lecturer, Salmon has spoken on a wide array of topics including “Beethoven’s Shadow” (The Juilliard School), “September 1828: Schubert’s Last Three Piano Sonatas” (Boston Conservatory), and “Adding Notes to Classical Scores” (Conservatorio de Música, Morelia, Mexico).

As author, he has covered such subjects as “What Brubeck Got From Milhaud” and “Urtext, que me veux tu?” and his articles have appeared in American Music Teacher, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Clavier, College Music Society Newsletter, Piano & Keyboard, and Piano Today.  His book The Piano Sonatas of Carl Loewe is published by Peter Lang.  Add On Bach (, called “playful, creative, and unique” by Clavier Companion, contains Salmon’s added lines, varied reprises, and cadenzas to keyboard works of J.S. Bach.  Jazz Up the Inventions ( and Jazz Up the Sinfonias ( have Salmon’s jazzy accompaniments to J.S. Bach’s Two-Part Inventions and Three-Part Inventions.  Jazz Standards ( has his arrangements of twelve classic pieces from the American songbook, including “All of Me,” “Blue Moon,” and “Over the Rainbow.”

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.