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Recent Activities

  • Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)
    Albuquerque, NM
    March 20-24, 2010

    George teamed up with Shana Kirk and Stella Sick to present a session called:

    • Second Life And Other Virtual Realities:
      A New Performance Venue For You Or Your Students

      Nowadays, live concerts take place in all sorts of venues, including virtual reality environments. Learn how to locate a virtual concert space, invite an audience, perform live for friends and strangers, and even make money!

      Click here to see the electronic handout.

  • National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP)
    Lombard, IL
    July 29-August 1, 2009

    George headed the Technology Committee for this conference, coordinating a substantial number of technology sessions.

    In addition, he was involved in these presentations:

  • West Virginia Rural Music Education Initiative
    Buckhannon, WV
    August 22, 2008

    For a dozen or so years, George has worked with the Lyell B. & Patricia K. Clay Foundation, Inc. and Yamaha to improve music education in the state of West Virginia. The current initiative is focused on empowering K-12 music teachers in the poorest counties in the central part of the state.

    On this occasion George participated in training teachers who were recipients of a package consisting of a laptop computer (with built-in webcam), projector, MIDI/audio/music notation software, digital audio recorder, portable speaker, and full featured, portable digital piano.

    Articles are available here and here.

  • In-service Training for Houston Public School Teachers
    Houston, TX
    August 19, 2008

    George joined other clinicians in providing a day-long in-service training day for Houston public school teachers. The focus was on using modern, technology-based musical instruments, such as piano lab controllers, silent instruments, and interactive music presentation software.

  • Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition
    St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN
    June 19/July, 3-11, 2008

    George continued his work with the Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition, supporting the new e-Piano Junior version of the competition by providing a variety of technical services.

    On June 19, George set up a Remote Lesson connection between Disklavier pianos at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis and Yamaha Artist Services in New York City. This made it possible for the 11-year old Alice Burla to perform in Minneapolis from New York.

    During the competition, George recorded all of the solo piano performances on the Disklavier with coordinate video. On July 8, he gave a presentation on the history of the piano titled 300 Years and Counting!

  • A World Record?
    Rehoboth, MA
    June 17, 2008

    During the spring, one of George's piano students took remote lessons with from George's studio with Shana Kirk in Denver, Jennifer Snow in Los Angeles, Stella Sick in Maple Grove (MN), Mario Ajero in Nacogdoches (TX), and Lisa Yui in New York. These lessons were made possible by virtue of video conferencing and piano-to-piano connections using the unreleased Remote Lesson feature of the Mark IV Disklavier.

    On June 17, a 5-piano connection was set up so this particular student could do a run-through of Debussy's Passepied for four of these teachers--all at one time!

  • Music Teachers National Association Presentations
    Denver, CO
    March 29-April 2, 2008

    George was involved in four presentations at MTNA this year. Two of them contain links (below) to electronic handouts.

  • Multimedia in Concert Performance
    George and his piano duet partner, Shana Kirk, presented artistic and practical ways for professionals and students to engage audiences fully and build a popular following by adding a multimedia dimension to their concerts.

    The session included performances of:

    • Little Fugue in G Minor (organ) by Bach, arranged by George for piano 4-hands

    • Footprints in the Snow, by Debussy

    • Waltz from Masquerade by Khachaturian, arranged for piano 4-hands

    • The Sunken Cathedral by Debussy, arranged by Shana for piano and digital piano

    • Themes from the Planets by Holst, arranged by Phillip Keveren for piano and tone module with additional arrangement for digital piano by Shana.

      Click here for the electronic handout.

  • Cultivating Musical Imagination
    Musical imagination is an elusive quality that separates enchanting performances from very good performances. Janet Lopinski and George were joined by colleagues Scott McBride Smith and Peteris Zarins of the Before and After team from MTNA's Pedagogy Friday 2007. Together they shared their insights into the development of this musical dimension.

    Click here for the electronic handout.

  • TimeWarp Technologies Showcase
    Shana and George did a showcase presentation in which they demonstrated the forthcoming, long distance teaching program called Internet MIDI as well as Classroom Maestro and Home Concert Xtreme. Teacher interest was keen.

  • Keyboard Companion Showcase
    George is the Technology Editor for Keyboard Companion, a publication for piano teachers. He made a brief contribution to the showcase.

  • Virtual Audition Recordings for the e-Piano Junior Competition
    New York City
    Buena Park, CA
    January 7-February 1, 2008

    This year, the Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition is sponsoring a junior competition that is open to young pianists who are no older than 17 years of age as of July 4, 2008.

    During the virtual auditions, George will record the contestants using a Mark IV Pro Disklavier that is synchronized to digital video. From February 14-16, 2007, the screening during will listen to and watch the playback at Yamaha Artists Services in New York City. Contestants who pass this round will be invited to the United States to continue the competition in person.

Activities in 2007

  • College Music Society/Association for Technology in Music Instruction
    Salt Lake City, UT
    November 14-18, 2007
    George joined Dr. Jennifer Snow (UCLA) in a presentation called:

    Transcending Geography: Utilizing the Yamaha Disklavier, iChat, and Remote Learning Possibilities

    This session included a live, Internet connection between two Disklavier pianos with synchronized video conferencing.

    Piano Instruction and Performance without Boundaries: Real-time Linking of Acoustic Pianos over the Internet is Now a Reality

    This was an e-poster session that
    George presented on a forthcoming software program called Internet MIDI, formerly from TimeWarp Technologies.

  • Long Distance Music Business Lecture
    Valley City, ND/Rehoboth, MA
    October 8, 2007
    Dr. Sara Hagen (Valley City State University) has invited George to make a video conference presentation to her Music Business Seminar class on the subject of music software development.

  • National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy
    Oakbrook, IL
    August 1-4, 2007
    George headed a team of esteemed piano pedagogues who organized a dozen technology sessions and an additional pre-conference day that was devoted to technology in piano instruction and performance.

    George, with colleagues Shana Kirk and Dr. Mario Ajero (Stephen F. Austin State University), presented on the topic:

    Teaching Outside the Box: Long-Distance Technologies to Connect Your Studio to Students across Town or around the Globe

    George also co-presented with Dr. Linda Christensen (Wayne State College) who could not make it to the conference due to a case of the flu. George brought Linda into the session via iChat video conferencing, presented her PowerPoint slides, and demonstrated the software that was covered in her topic:

    Studying Piano Concerti: the Power of Virtual Reality

  • Keyboard Companion Cover Story
    June 1, 2007
    George wrote the cover story for the Summer 2007 issue of Keyboard Companion magazine. The title of the article is Three Generations of Piano Teachers on Teaching with Technology.

    The article profiles Serena Mackey, George Litterst, and Paul Sheftel. It includes narratives detailing their professional use of technology, lists of their studio tools, and a timeline called Technology Highlights in the History of Pianism.

  • Phoenix Symphony
    Phoenix, AZ
    May 11 and 12, 2007
    George assisted guest conductor, Loras John Schissel, and the Phoenix Symphony in a performance of Rhapsody in Blue in which George Gershwin made a rare posthumous appearance. Read about it here.

  • Long Distance Music History Lecture
    St. Paul, MN/Rehoboth, MA
    April 13, 2007
    Responding to increasing requests for long distance lectures to be presented via video conference, George gave a multimedia music history lecture to Dr. Stella Sick's music history class at Hamline University. Details can be found here.

  • Teaching in the Future
    January 18-21, 2007
    George presented the concept of teaching piano over the Internet at the recent NAMM show in Anaheim. Click here to watch the video and discover how a teacher in Los Angeles can teach a student in New York City.

    If both you and your student have a Disklavier Mark IV piano, you can have a real-time lesson over the Internet in which you each play each other's instrument.

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