NMTA State Conference
NMTA holds a conference in early November each year for the benefit of NMTA members, alternating every other year between Reno and Las Vegas. The conference
is scheduled to coincide with the first round of the MTNA Performance Competitions, which is the state round. State winners proceed to the Southwest Division
in January, with the final National round coinciding with the national conference in late March.
Those who attend the state conference have the following opportunities:
- Grow musically from sessions on subjects ranging from technique and history to style and interpretation
- Grow professionally from sessions on subjects ranging from policy and taxes to zoning and insurance
- Observe masters of teaching in master classes, usually given by high-profile out-of-state judges for the competition
- Draw inspiration from the conference artist(s) who give a special concert for attendees of the conference
- Learn and be inspired by polished performances of junior high school, high school and college competitors
- Share lunch at the General Membership meeting and/or dinner at the banquet with colleagues from around the state, exchanging ideas and forming new bonds with like-minded people
- Possibly present a topic of your own so that your colleagues can benefit from your special experience or research in a particular area
The first state conference to include both the Las Vegas and Northern Nevada chapters was held in 1975, and various state conferences since then have been held in Reno, Las Vegas, Ely,
Bishop, and Tonopah. The conference was originally born as a result of two factors:
- The NMTA is required to organize the state round of the MTNA competition. Since the state is already paying for judges' hotel, airfare and food, and since so
many teachers are already gathering to watch the competition, it only makes sense for the competition gathering to double as an opportunity for NMTA members to benefit
from other teachers, the judges, and even the students.
- The NMTA is required to hold a general membership meeting annually.