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How to Engage and Inspire Teens through Ensemble Playing

Pedagogue Carmen Hall, NCTM, will share her secrets of working with ensembles. She will bring a high school piano quartet all the way from Utah to perform for us! Learn from both teacher and student perspective how four instrumentalists found a new passion for music through ensemble playing.

Carmen Hall, NCTM is currently a Doctoral Student at the University of Utah.  She has a Masters Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Brigham Young University where she studied with Paul Pollei, founder of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition.  She teaches in American Fork, Utah. Her students have become piano majors, some receiving full music tuition scholarships at a university level. Others have presented recitals on Temple Square in Salt Lake City and received honors and awards in festivals and competitions at state and local levels.

Carmen most recently participated in Summerfest at the University of Utah and won first place in Video Teaching and first place in Collaborative Piano.  She also won first place in the Utah International Youth Piano Competition (Adult Division). She has performed with the Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra as winner of their Concerto Competition, Adult Division.

She founded Young Pianists International in 1996 with the goal of sharing cultural experiences and performance opportunities with other music students throughout the world.  The group has travelled to China (1996, 1997), Japan (1997, 2014), Mexico (1998) and Oregon (2002, 2009, 2016) and Virginia (2018).