Keynote Speakers

Alan Walker
Liszt the Pedagogue

Franz Liszt was perhaps the greatest pianoforte teacher of the nineteenth century. More than 400 pupils are known to have passed through his hands, and a number of them became eminent. Pianists of the calibre of Bülow, Tausig, Klindworth, Rosenthal, Friedheim, and Siloti were among the roll-call of celebrities who were proud to describe themselves as "pupils of Liszt".

What was Liszt like as a teacher? In this talk, Alan Walker takes us inside Liszt's Weimar masterclasses (a concept that Liszt invented), and by looking at the pupils' diaries and archival recordings, attempts to revive the atmosphere of those stimulating times.

Alan Walker is Professor Emeritus of Music at McMaster University, Canada. Before settling in North America he was on the staff of the Music Division of the British Broadcasting Corporation in London. He has broadcast for the BBC, for the CBC, and for CJRT - FM (Toronto), and gives regular public lectures on the music of the Romantic Era, a period in which he specializes. His thirteen published books include A Study in Musical Analysis, An Anatomy of Musical Criticism, and symposia on Chopin, Schumann, and Liszt.

Time Magazine hailed Dr. Walker's three-volume, prize-winning biography of Franz Liszt, published by Alfred A. Knopf (New York), as "a textured portrait of Liszt and his times without rival". The Wall Street Journal called it "The definitive work to which all subsequent Liszt biographies will aspire." The Washington Post selected it as a Book of the Year.

Alan Walker's personal archives, containing many letters to and from musicians, may be consulted at the following website:

Mona and Richard Rejino
What Music Means to Me: Changing Lives Through Music

"What Music Means to Me" celebrates the value of music in education and in the quality of our lives using photographic images and personal statements. This motivational session will remind you of the profound impact teachers have on students and how their futures are shaped by a teacher's presence in their lives. Reconnect with the passions of the students you teach and rediscover why those passions should govern the way we approach our craft.

For more information on this project, visit:
What Music Means To Me Project.

Richard Rejino has been in the retail print music business for 28 years. He was Co-Owner of Brook Mays Print Music from 1989 to 2006 and managed 18 print locations within Brook Mays Music Co. Richard is now employed with Pender's Music Co. and is manager of their newest location in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Rejino has been active in the Retail Print Music Dealers Association since 1991 and served as its President from 2003 to 2004. He was elected to serve on the National Association Music Merchants Board of Directors for three years. He received his B.M.E. from West Texas State University and his M.M. in piano from the University of North Texas. He has been a teacher and adjudicator for many years. Mr. Rejino is Associate Director of the National Piano Teachers Institute, a position he has held for 26 years; and he also serves as a consultant for the Hal Leonard Student Piano Library. Rejino's new book, What Music Means to Me is published by Hal Leonard.

His wife, Mona, and two children, Maggie and Adam, keep him very humbled outside of work, which leaves him precious little time for photography, running and writing.

An accomplished pianist and teacher, Mona Rejino is co-author and contributing composer and arranger for the Hal Leonard Student Piano Library and Adult Piano Method. Ms. Rejino maintains an independent piano studio in Carrollton, Texas, where she has taught students of all ages and levels since 1983, as well as teaching privately at the Hockaday School in Dallas. She frequently adjudicates festivals and competitions throughout the area. Mona is a member of Who's Who of American Women. Other professional achievements include two recordings, "Music for the Adult Student" and "Pupil Savers", produced and distributed by the National Piano Foundation. Her compositions have been featured in Keys magazine.

Ms. Rejino received her Bachelor's Degree in Music at West Texas State University, and completed her Master of Music in Piano Performance at the University of North Texas under pianist Joseph Banowetz. She and her husband, Richard, often work together presenting programs on a variety of topics for music teacher associations throughout the Dallas area and at state and national conventions.

Sherrill Martin
The Unknown Horowitz: New Insights into the Man and his Music

Although Vladimir Horowitz is one of the most renowned pianists in history, much that is known about him is tangled in a web of absurdities. However, a wealth of information has recently become available that sheds new light on this pianist, composer, humanitarian, philanthropist, and American patriot. This program features treasures gleaned from the Horowitz Papers at Yale University and the Russian archives. A highlight is the World Premiere of two of Horowitz's compositions.

Sherrill Martin is Professor of Musicology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Passionate about her teaching and scholarship, she received The Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007, the highest teaching award given by the University of North Carolina system. Dr. Martin has presented lectures and concerts throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. The author of numerous books and articles, she is currently completing a book on Vladimir Horowitz.