SUU and Utah Tech Team Up for Southern Utah Piano Pedagogy Conference

Published: February 09, 2023 | Author: Kol Gibson | Read Time: 3 minutes

 Piano Pedagogy Rock

Southern Utah University (SUU) and Utah Tech University will co-host the Southern Utah Piano Pedagogy Conference on Utah Tech’s campus on Saturday, February 25, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The registration fee is $25 and can be paid online (preferred) or by cash or check at the conference. This conference is free for high school and college students. To register for the conference, please visit

The Southern Utah Piano Pedagogy Conference, which began in the spring of 2020, highlights different issues that piano teachers face within the industry and offers insights from experts in the field on how to improve their craft. This year’s conference will cover topics from music theory and improvisation to choosing piano repertoire and exploring careers in music. 

Dr. Christian Bohnenstengel leaning on a piano.“I am very grateful for Dr. Nancy Allred from Utah Tech for partnering up with SUU and hosting the third Southern Utah Piano Pedagogy Conference,” explains Dr. Christian Bohnenstengel, one of the conference’s founders and organizers. “The conference offers wonderful opportunities to connect with and learn from experts in our field such as the featured presenter, Dr. Carmen Hall. Professional learning opportunities are rare for piano teachers, especially in rural areas. Conference-goers will learn about topics outside of their regular music curriculum and will have the opportunity to network with other students and professionals.”

Dr. Carmen Hall is a pianist, speaker for state and national conferences, university and private studio teacher, and collaborative artist. She holds degrees from the University of Utah and Brigham Young University and is a faculty member at Utah Valley University. During the summers, she teaches at Mountain Springs Music Festival in Utah where she coaches chamber music groups. Carmen is the founder and director of the Timpanogos Chamber Music Series, presenting chamber concerts with other music professionals in Utah. She is currently Vice-President of the Utah Music Teachers Association. She will present three of the eight workshops available throughout the day.

The conference will end with a recital entitled “A Piano Extravaganza @ 5,” which will feature talented college and pre-college students and special performances by featured presenter Dr. Carmen Hall, SUU’s Dr. Christian Bohnenstengel, Utah Tech’s Associate Dean Nancy Allred, and panelist Tami Creamer.

About the recital, Dr. Bohnenstengel says, “The Piano Extravaganza will feature piano solos, duets, trios, and more, and gives many students the rare opportunity to perform on a Steinway concert grand piano in a wonderful recital hall. This is an event not to be missed!”

Please join Southern Utah University and Utah Tech University for this fantastic conference held on Utah Tech’s campus. For more information about the conference and to register, please visit


 About the College of Performing and Visual Arts

The College of Performing and Visual Arts (CPVA) at Southern Utah University comprises 41 academic programs including liberal arts (BA/BS) and professional (BFA, BM, BMEd) degrees in art, design, dance, filmmaking, music, and theatre. It includes graduate programs in the fields of arts administration (MFA, MA), music education (MME), and music technology (MM). More than 60 full-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring over 900 majors in the College. CPVA presents over 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions each year and is affiliated with the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA), Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the Center for Shakespeare Studies. Southern Utah University is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD), National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) making SUU the first public university in the state of Utah to be accredited by all four associations. For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, visit


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