Louisiana Teachers Association
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA
October 17-18, 2019
Local Hosts: BRMTA


Staybridge Suites Baton Rouge - University at Southgates is located at 4001 Nicholson Drive (E Hwy 30), behind Walk-On's Bistreaux and Bar on Burbank Drive

To LSU from Hotel:

  • Turn right onto Nicholson Drive. Continue for 1 mile.
  • Turn right onto N Stadium Drive.
  • After the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto Field House Drive.
  • Turn right onto Dalyrymple Drive.
  • The School of Music is on the corner of Dalrymple Drive and Infirmary Drive. Parking is in the gated lot in front of the SOM building, or turn onto Infirmary Drive for street parking behind the SOM building, which is Chimes Street.
  • Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/fGWDUShy1FtdP6Vb6
  • Campus Map Link: https://map.concept3d.com/?id=743#!ct/40448

The Banquet will be held at LSU Club at Union Square, located at 2 Raphael Semmes Drive.

To the Club from School of Music Building, LSU:

  • Turn left onto Dalrymple Drive.
  • Turn right onto Highland Road.
  • Turn left onto Veterans Drive. Parking will be behind the building by turning left onto W Campus Drive.
  • Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/ymRJH59Q7EwmGRx1A
For the Upper Elementary State Competition:
The Upper Elementary State Competition will be held in the LSU School of Music Building, Choir Room #115. LSU School of Music is located on the corner of Dalrymple Drive and Infirmary Drive. Parking is in the lot in front of the SOM building, or turn onto Infirmary Drive for street parking along Chimes Street, which is behind the SOM building. The Choir Room #115 is located past the main lobby by following the corridor towards the back of the building; then continue along as you turn left down the hallway, and the choir room will be straight ahead.


There is limited parking at the visitor's center on the corner of Dalrymple and Highland. There is also some limited visitor's parking next to Thomas Boyd, just on the side of Tower Drive. Both are paid lots.

The Union Square garage would be the next closest visitor's parking. Here is some information about that lot:

The lot next to Koi Sushi may also be an option. It was once a private paid lot, but the university bought it some time back. It may have paid-per-use parking options as well.

Here is some information from LSU Parking & Transportation Service's website:

REGISTRATION: Deadline to register is Saturday, September 21, 2019

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Staybridge Suites-Baton Rouge/University Area
4001 Nicholson Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

In close proximity to the conference, this hotel offers complimentary breakfast, WiFi, and parking. All rooms in the hotel are fully equipped with full kitchens including full size refrigerator/freezers, microwave, dishwashers and all dishes and utensils needed.

Studio Suite with Queen Bed...$109
One Bedroom King...$118
One Bedroom Double...#138

Please call (225) 456-5430 and use group code "LMT" (Louisiana Music Teachers) to qualify for this unbelievable rate. Cutoff date is September 16th.

By staying a the conference hotel, you not only get the opportunity to stay with your colleagues and guest clinicians, you are supporting the conference by keeping our costs low.



A huge thank you to O'Neill's Music for sponsoring our LMTA Banquet! www.oneillsmusic.com

The Club at Union Square
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Kevin Olson

 Kevin Olson is an active pianist, composer, and member of the piano faculty at Utah State University, where he has taught courses in piano literature, pedagogy, accompanying, music theory, among others. In addition to his collegiate teaching responsibilities, Kevin coordinates the piano program at Utah State University, and oversees the Utah State University Youth Conservatory, which provides weekly group and private piano instruction to more than 200 pre-college community students. The National Association of Schools of Music has recently recognized the Conservatory as a model for pre-college piano instruction programs. Before teaching at Utah State, he was on the faculty at Elmhurst College near Chicago and Humboldt State University in northern California.

A native of Utah, Kevin began composing at age five. When he was twelve, his composition, An American Trainride, received the Overall First Prize at the 1983 National PTA Convention at Albuquerque, New Mexico. Since then he has been a Composer in Residence at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and has written music commissioned and performed by groups such as the Five Browns, American Piano Quartet, Chicago a cappella, the Rich Matteson Jazz Festival, Music Teachers National Association, the Festival for Creative Pianists, and several piano teacher associations around the country. He gives workshops and performances nationally and internationally, most recently in India, China, Canada, and Great Britain.

Kevin maintains a large piano studio, teaching students of a variety of ages and abilities. Many of the needs of his own piano students have inspired hundreds of books and solos published by the FJH Music Company, which he joined as a writer in 1994.


Derek Polischuk

 Derek Kealii Polischuk is associate professor of piano and director of piano pedagogy at the Michigan State University College of Music. Originally from San Diego, Polischuk studied with Krzysztof Brzuza before attending the University of Southern California, where he received the Doctor of Music Arts degree in Piano Performance with distinction under the tutelage of Daniel Pollack.

Polischuk’s 2013 solo piano recording “Terra Incognita” for the Blue Griffin label has received international critical acclaim. Colin Clark of Fanfare Magazine wrote, “The Schubert receives an excellent performance from Polischuk. Shadings are perfectly judged, and Schubert’s sense of timelessness is superbly judged, finding the pianist testing the boundaries of what constitutes too much without actually transgressing. The playful F-Minor offers pure joy.” Lawrence Consentino wrote, “Polischuk hits every chord with a sweet weight. Every now and then, a set of notes tumbles down like flecks of snow breezed from a crow’s nest, with no evident human touch. With a warm but not ingratiating touch, he lets the music resound as if it were coming from inside your mind... ‘Terra Incognita’ is a thought-provoking mix of sensual pleasure and deep reflection.”

An enthusiastic supporter of the education of musicians at every age, ability and background, Polischuk has presented at conferences around the world, including the Music Teachers National Association, the National Group Piano and Pedagogy Conference, the Multidisciplinary Research in Music Pedagogy Conference, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, the DOCTRID Conference in Ireland, the ABLE Assembly at Berklee College, and at universities and conservatories across China. Polischuk serves on NCKP’s Committee for Teaching Students with Special Needs and the Advisory Board of the Orange County School of the Arts Pianist Program. Polischuk is a founder and director of the “Celebrating the Spectrum” Piano Festival for advanced pianists on the Autism Spectrum. Polischuk’s book “Transformational Piano Teaching,” described by Dr. Alice M. Hammel of James Madison University as “a world of piano pedagogy where anyone and everyone is welcome and included in the art and joy of playing the piano” and Stewart Gordon of the University of Southern California as “a landmark in the field of piano pedagogy” is available from Oxford University Press. At Michigan State University, Polischuk has been the recipient of the Curricular Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Award, and the Teacher-Scholar Award, given in recognition of exceptional skill in teaching.


Chad Braud

 Since beginning a career in music in 1997, drummer Chad Braud has established himself as a first-call musician. The list of recording artists he's worked with is as diverse as the musical genres he's navigated in his 20+ year career. Chad has worked with Harry Connick, Jr. (1999), Shania Twain (2004), Keith Urban (2005), KC & the Sunshine Band (1998), The Four Tops (1998), Dr. John (2003), The Coasters (2018), and Regis Philbin (2014) to name a few. He is also a member of the Cool Winter Nights, Hot Jazz big band that features several LSU faculty members and alumni. Chad has been a member of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra since 2011 and regularly performs with other orchestras in the area including Louisiana Philharmonic, Acadiana Symphony, and Rapides Symphony Orchestra.

While maintaining a rigorous performance schedule, Chad is also a force in the area of jazz education where his private students garner All-State honors in Louisiana and Texas and earn scholarships from the nation's most prestigious jazz programs. Most recently Chad has worked as the percussion instructor and jazz band instructor for Livingston Parish where he teaches percussion classes at a number of middle and high schools. His percussion sections regularly attain superior ratings.

Chad currently resides in Baton Rouge with his wife Dr. Lauren Braud and son Parker. He continues to arrange music for jazz bands, percussion ensembles, and marching bands and he is currently writing interactive jazz method software for middle and high schools.


Willis Delony

 In a performing career spanning over four decades, pianist Willis Delony has won acclaim as one of the nation's leading classical/jazz crossover artists. His innovative concert explorations of the two musical worlds are showcased in a series of solo piano recordings on the Centaur label. A New World A' Comin' - Classical and Jazz Connections was released in 2011. Double Dance - Classical and Jazz Connections II was released in 2008. Out of Character - Classical and Jazz Connections III was released in October 2014. His most recent recording is an independent release entitled Butterfly Room - Connections for Solo Piano. Previous album credits include a recording of sonatas by Samuel Barber and Sergei Prokofiev, also on the Centaur label, and a jazz album entitled Civilized Conversations, featuring Delony and bassist Bill Grimes. He collaborated with bassoonist William Ludwig on the Mark Records release, Rhapsody in Bassoon, which features the world premiere recording of Andre' Previn's Sonata for Bassoon and Piano. His most recent recorded collaboration is with LSU colleague, oboist Johanna Cox Pennington, on her new album Orion Nocturne, released by Albany Records.

Delony has appeared as piano soloist, guest pianist/arranger or conductor with orchestras throughout the United States as well as orchestras in Canada, the former Soviet Union and China. As a solo and collaborative recitalist, he has performed classical and jazz concerts throughout the U.S. - including a solo recital at Carnegie Hall (October 2014) - as well as France, Germany, the former Soviet Union, Mexico, Costa Rica and Brazil. He has performed with many of the nation's leading jazz artists and is co-host/pianist for Louisiana State University's popular concert series Hot Summer Nights - cool Jazz. His pops orchestra arrangements have been performed throughout the U.S. and Canada, including over 50 scores written for the Minneapolis-based jazz vocal quintet Five By Design, with whom he has recorded two albums. he has worked for many years with Baton Rouge producer/sound engineer Joey Decker of Disk Productions, co-creating dozens of award-winning commercial soundtracks for clients nationwide. He collaborates regularly with leading contemporary composers, having recently premiered the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by Stephen Danker with the LSU Symphony Orchestra. He has recorded and performed solo piano works by Paris-based American composer Joseph Makholm, as well as solo piano works by jazz composer Les Hooper. In January 2017, he premiered Greg Yasinitsky's Jazz Concerto for piano and Orchestra with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. In part due to the strength of this performance, the work was awarded The American Prize in composition. In October of 2017, Delony was the featured performer and clinician for the North Carolina Music Teachers Association annual convention, and recently returned from Paris where he presented a lecture/recital on the music of Bill Evans at the IMEP Paris College of Music as well as a solo recital at the Bill Evans Piano Academy.

Delony was recently appointed Boyd Professor, Louisiana State University's highest faculty rank. He is the Virginia Martin Howard Professor of Piano and Professor of Jazz Studies in the School of Music, where he has been a member of the music faculty since 2000. From 1986-2000 he served on the music faculty at Southeastern Louisiana University and is a former member of the music faculty at Delta State University. He is a past recipient of an Artist Fellowship awarded by the Louisiana Division of the Arts, as well as the Edith Kirkpatrick Arts Leadership Award given by the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. He is also a recent recipient of the LSU Distinguished Faculty Award. Delony was a longtime student of the late Jack Guerry at Louisiana State University, and also studied with pianist Ann Schein at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD.

John Madere

 John Madere is a Bassist/Composer currently residing in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He grew up in Gonzales, Louisiana and began his musical studies at the age of ten on the saxophone. At the age of 15, Madere started to play the electric bass and later began studying the double bass at the age of 17. Madere holds the Bachelor of Music Degree from LSU (2005), the Master of Music Degree (Cincinatti College-Conservatory of Music) and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree with a Minor in Jazz Studies from LSU (2011).

Madere maintains a busy schedule of freelance bass playing. He is equally at home in both the jazz and classical idioms and performs both styles frequently. Madere is currently principal bassist of the Baton Rouge Symphony, and has held this position since his return to Louisiana in 2007. Along with regular performances with the Baton Rouge Symphony, he has also performed with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Rapides Symphony Orchestra, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Acadiana Symphony, and was formerly the principal bassist of the Louisiana Sinfonietta. He has appeared as a soloist with the new Louisiana Sinfonietta and the Baton Rouge Symphony and is currently commissioning a new solo work to be performed with the Southeastern University Symphony Orchestra.

Madere currently teachers in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System's Gifted and Talented program where he teaches music fundamentals, theory, history and performance skills to children of all ages and instruments. He is also a lecturer of double bass, instructor of music appreciation, and director of the Universiy Lab Band at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. He also teaches Jazz Improvisation lessons to any interested students at Southeastern.

Madere released his album, "Chemistry," in 2011. It contains seven original jazz compositions. The album features Madere along with LSU School of Music faculty Willis Delony and Brian Shaw as well as other LSU alumni. The CD was released on the Fora Sound label and is available on CD Baby and iTunes. He is currently working on an ambient music project that relies heavily on live looping and effects pedals. He plays the electric guitar, electric bass and various synthesizer and drum machines in this one-man show. For more information on this project and to hear Madere in action, please visit www.youtube.com/therealjohnnymad .

Madere has studied with the following double bass, jazz or composition teachers: Robert Nash, Yng-chiao Wei, Bill Grimes, Willis Delony, Albert Laszlo and Brian Shaw.


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