2019 CAPMT State Conference

Connecting Classical to Crossover: Beethoven and Beyond 


2019 CAPMT

State Conference


October 18-19, 2019


San José State University

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Online registration available until Oct 1!



8:15 AM
8:15 AM
Welcome & Coffee
First Rotation |  3 Sessions  |  45 min each
9:00 AM
12:00 PM
Masterclass with Peter Dugan



8:15 AM
8:15 AM
Welcome & Coffee
9:00 AM
Morning Rotation (3 Sessions,  45 min each)
  • Something on Beethoven  |  Dr. Erica Buurman
  • Awesome Presentation  |  Dr. Gwendolyn Mok
  • Collegiate Presentation  |  Collegiate Chapters
12:00 PM
Masterclass with Peter Dugan
1:30 PM
Poster Session  |  Lunch on own
2:30 PM
Quickfire Rotation (3 Sessions, 30 min each)
  • On Evaluating  |  Dr. Jennifer Snow
  • Beyond the Duet  |  Julie Poklewski
  • The Chair Himself  |  Dr. Stephen Pierce
4:30 PM
Student Winners and Commissioned Composer Recital


Peter Dugan

Featured Guest Artist

Artist Website

Photo Credit: Jacob Blickenstaff

Pianist Peter Dugan’s debut solo performances with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony were described by the Los Angeles Times as “stunning” and by the SF Chronicle as “fearlessly athletic.” He has appeared as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician across North America and abroad.  This season, he made his Houston Symphony debut, and can be heard nationwide as a guest host of NPR’s From The Top. Prizing versatility as the key to the future of classical music, Mr. Dugan is equally at home in classical, jazz, and pop idioms.


A sought-after multi-genre artist, Mr. Dugan has performed in duos and trios with artists ranging from Itzhak Perlman and Joshua Bell to Jesse Colin Young and Glenn Close. The Wall Street Journal described Mr. Dugan’s collaboration with violinist Charles Yang as a “classical-meets-rockstar duo.” Mr. Dugan’s recent chamber music recitals include the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach, Music at Menlo, and a Weill Hall debut presented by Carnegie Hall.  His debut album with baritone John Brancy –  A Silent Night: A WWI Memorial in Song – pays homage to composers who lived through, fought in, and died in the Great War.  Brancy and Dugan won first prize at the 2018 Montreal International Music Competition and second prize at the 2017 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition.


Mr. Dugan advocates the importance of music in the community and at all levels of society.  As a founding creator of Operation Superpower, a superhero opera for children, he has travelled to dozens of schools in the greater New York area, performing for students and encouraging them to use their talents – their superpowers – for good.


Mr. Dugan holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School, where he studied under Matti Raekallio. He resides in New York with his wife, mezzo-soprano Kara Dugan, and serves on the piano faculty at the Juilliard School Evening Division. Mr. Dugan is a Yamaha Artist.  

Feona Lee Jones

2019 CAPMT Commissioned Composer

Composer Website

As a composer, I strive to cross the cultural sound barrier, to erase existing boundaries between modern and ancient, East and West, masculine and feminine, physical and spiritual. Challenging norms and experimenting with possibilities in the sonic realm is at the core of my work as an artist. I hope to bridge disciplines working with and across disciplines. I avoid stereotypical ways of working with these media and have found my voice as a composer unifying them. Like most art forms, I believe the function of music is to create an experience, so that each work evokes a new conclusion, and is dynamic and evolving in nature.



Friday, October 18: 1:30 - 4 PM
Saturday, October 19: 7:30 AM - 4 PM


11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Board Meeting: State Executive Board & District Directors
2:00 - 5:00 PM
CAPMT Training Sessions (Open to ALL Conference Attendees)
2:00 - 3:00 PM: Competitive & Non-Competitive Events
  • Panel: Julie Ballard, Brandon Bascom, Mona DeCesare
3:00 - 4:00 PM: Officer Responsibilities
(District Director, Chapter President, Treasurer)
  • Panel: Amy Bhatnagar, Janisse Foresti
4:00 - 5:00 PM: Adjudicator Training Session
  • Panel: Teck-Mei Chong, Gail Lew, Stephen Pierce, Omri Shimron


8:15 AM
Welcome Reception & Coffee
9:00 AM
Morning Rotation (3 Sessions, 45 min each)
  • Exploring the Beethoven Center  |  Dr. Erica Buurman
  • Ravel Revealed |  Dr. Gwendolyn Mok
  • RCM Certificate Program: Updates & New Resources for 2019-2020  |  Royal Conservatory of Music
12:00 PM
Poster Session  |  Lunch on own
Deadline for Poster Proposals: September 15
Submit proposals here.
1:00 PM
Masterclass with Peter Dugan
2:40 PM
Afternoon Rotation (3 Sessions, 30 min each)
  • University of Southern California & Fresno City College Collegiate Presentations
  • Beyond the Duet: Building Community in the Independent Music Studio  |   Julie Poklewski
  • Zero to 50 Students in One Year: Maintaining a Thriving Music Studio  |     Grant Kondo
4:30 PM
Student Winners and Commissioned Composer Recital
CAPMT Award Ceremony
6:00 PM
Dinner on own
8:00 PM
Featured Artist Recital: Peter Dugan in Concert
  • Theme: Connecting Classical to Crossover
  • Featuring Bach, Beethoven, virtuosic arrangements of The Beatles, Britney Spears, and more!

Venue & Parking

Located in the heart of San Jose and Silicon Valley, SJSU is located just minutes away from SJC Airport and numerous hotels.

Convenient parking is available in the South Garage.

$8 on Weekdays, $5 on Weekends


Hotel &

Airport Info


Official Conference Hotel

Fairmont San José

Click HERE to book the Hotel Block rate of $199 / night


Reservations close on September 22 (or whenever the block fills up, so reserve early!)

Airports near San José State University


5 miles: San José, CA (SJC)

Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport

40 miles: San Francisco, CA (SFO)

San Francisco International Airport

39 miles: Oakland, CA (OAK)

Oakland International Airport

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