Dr. Rambo Sinn, Whitworth University
Deborah Rambo Sinn’s diverse career has taken her around the world. She has given concerts and masterclasses on four continents and has taught students from more than 14 different countries. She lived in Hamburg Germany for five years where she played concerts and musicals and operated two music studios for coaching and private instruction.
Her performing career includes giving concerts and masterclasses in four major cities with her piano/cello duo by invitation of the government of Mainland China. In addition to a lifetime of playing classical music, including performances of all five Beethoven Concerti, she has played for over 600 professional musical productions. This summer, she served as the Music Director and Keys 1 for Smokey Joe’s Cafe for Coeur d’Alene Summer Theater.
She holds a doctorate from Indiana University, where she studied with Menahem Pressler (Beaux Arts Trio). Before moving to Germany, she served on the music faculty of Angelo State University in Texas and taught one semester at Universität Lüneburg (Germany) as an exchange professor. She served as the 2015 Distinguished Professor for the Humanities at Missouri University for Science and Technology.
Currently, she teaches piano and entrepreneurial courses at Gonzaga University and plays for studio classes at Whitworth University. She is in high demand as a speaker and has presented at MTNA national, at numerous state conferences, and at the National Keyboard Pedagogy Conference.
Dr. Sinn is the author of Playing Beyond the Notes: A Pianist’s Guide to Musical Interpretation, published by Oxford University Press in 2013 (10th+ printing), widely used in university music programs and independent studios across the US, Canada, and Europe.
Dr. Eneida Larti, University of Idaho
Dr. Larti enjoys a varied career as a performer, educator, and chamber musician. After emigrating from Albania in 1995, Dr. Larti continued her studies in the U.S., subsequently completing her degrees at Oklahoma City University (BM Piano, Piano-pedagogy), Indiana University (MM Piano), and University of Colorado-Boulder (DMA Piano). Her major teachers include Dr. Andrew Cooperstock, Karen Shaw, and Ernestine Scott.
In recent years, Dr. Larti has held positions at the University of Colorado-Boulder and Ouachita Baptist University where she taught piano pedagogy, applied piano, and group piano classes. She has served as an adjudicator for state events in Colorado, Texas, Arkansas, and Indiana. An active member of the Music Teachers National Association, Dr. Larti has presented at the MTNA National Convention and was awarded a grant by the MTNA Foundation in order to create an edition of intermediate piano pieces by Albanian composers of the Communist Era. She has also received grants from the National Piano Foundation for her pedagogical research related to group teaching.
As a performer, Dr. Larti has earned prizes in many competitions, such as the Tunnel Concerto Competition, MTNA competition, and Ladies’ Music Club competition among others, and performed throughout the United States, her home country of Albania, Turkey, and Switzerland. As a chamber musician, she has worked with and performed in master classes for Ralph Kirschbaum, Anne Epperson, David Salness and the world-renowned Takács Quartet. An experienced teacher, Eneida has taught at the collegiate level for the past 10 years and privately for more than 20 years. Her students regularly participate in competitions where they are regularly awarded top prizes.
Dr. Larti has served as the coordinator for the MTNA Young Artist and Chamber Music competitions in the state of Colorado since 2013. She is co-founder of AIM Arts, a non-profit organization that provides educational opportunities and funding for underprivileged students who wish to pursue music.
Dr. Larti is on the piano faculty of the University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho.
Dr. Mark Stevens, Washington State University
Dr. Stevens enjoys a varied and vibrant career as a solo pianist, collaborative artist, teacher, adjudicator, and arts administrator. He is pleased to join the faculty of the Washington State University School of Music in August 2018. Dr. Stevens’ experience as a pianist ranges from traditional piano repertoire to contemporary music, including living composers. As an advocate for 20th and 21st century music, he performs a diverse range of repertoire, with a special affinity for American composers. In recital, he engages audiences through thematic programming, juxtapositions of unique repertoire, and colorful insights about music, composers, and cultural context. An active collaborative pianist, he routinely coaches and performs with both vocalists and instrumentalists. His passion for chamber music leads him to blend chamber and solo repertoire to create concert programs of unusual variety and depth.
An active and passionate teacher for almost two decades, Dr. Stevens has repeatedly been awarded for the quality of his instruction. He was selected to receive MTNA recognition for his teaching excellence while earning a Masters of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Most recently, he was honored in 2017 as the University of Oregon’s Outstanding Graduate Performer in Piano Pedagogy. His students have won nearly 20 prizes in competitions including the Seattle Young Artists Music Festival, and the Northwest Bach, Viennese Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary Piano Festivals. He is regularly invited to adjudicate and teach throughout the Pacific Northwest. In the past year, he has adjudicated for the MTNA, the Oregon Music Teachers Association, and the National Federation of Music Clubs. He has given masterclasses for private studios and music academies throughout Western Oregon, and was recently invited to deliver a guest lecture and workshop on the art of masterclass teaching to the University of Oregon graduate piano pedagogy program. His academic teaching experience includes class piano, functional keyboard skills, and aural skills. Most recently, he taught graduate piano literature at the University of Oregon.
Dr. Stevens holds graduate degrees in piano performance and piano pedagogy from the University of Oregon and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He completed his undergraduate studies in piano performance at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA. He has served as a member of the faculty at the University of Oregon, the Chopin Academy of Music, as an instructor of piano, class piano, and aural skills at Cornish College of the Arts, and as a graduate teaching fellow in collaborative piano and piano pedagogy at the University of Oregon and University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His primary teachers include Dean Kramer, Paul Barnes, David Riley, and Judith Schoepflin, and he has performed in masterclasses with artists including Jon Nakamatsu and the Chiara String Quartet.