2018 WSMTA – OMTA Joint Conference

June 20 – 23, 2018

Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, WA

Washington and Oregon are collaborating to bring you a joint state conference for 2018.

The last joint venture was 1997 so after 20 years we are excited to be working together again!

The location is a beautiful rustic hotel (but with all the modern amenities!) called the Heathman Lodge. It is located in the heart of Vancouver but the property sits amongst tall evergreens creating a private oasis amidst all the bustle of a city. It is the unexpected urban retreat!

Our guest artist will be Hans Boepple from Santa Clara University, California. He is Steinway International Artist and Master Teacher. As an extra treat we will be featuring up and coming stars of our Northwest: Charlie Albright, pianist; Kenji Bunch, violist/composer; and Monica Ohuchi, pianist.

There will be timeslots available for other presentations so please consider submitting a proposal.

Save the date and plan ahead! This will be a great opportunity to share music and friendships with our colleagues in Oregon.



American pianist Hans Boepple is an artist who shows rich musicality along side stunning technical command.  His debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at age 10 set in motion collaboration with orchestras and conductors of international reputation. Boepple is guest artist on solo and orchestral concert series across the United States.

A Steinway International Artist, Hans Boepple has received numerous performance honors, most notably First Prize in the International J.S. Bach Competition (Washington, DC). He is a prizewinner in the Kosciuszko Chopin (NYC), the MTNA national competitions and a six-time winner of the Coleman Chamber Music Award (Los Angeles). National Public Radio and Voice of America have broadcast his live performances.

Mr. Boepple earned both a Bachelor and Master of Music in Piano Performance and received the honor of a Performer’s Certificate from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he studied with renowned American pianist Sidney Foster. A full-time member of the piano faculty at the IU l974-78, Boepple joined the faculty of Santa Clara University (CA) in 1978.

In demand as an adjudicator, lecturer, and master teacher, Mr. Boepple balances his performance calendar with being a dedicated teacher. His students have earned more than 160 state, national, and international awards. He has received the Master Teacher Certificate from the Music Teachers National Association and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Association of Professional Music Teachers.


Hailed as “among the most gifted musicians of his generation” with a “dazzling natural keyboard affinity” who “made quite an impression” by the Washington Post, American pianist/composer/improviser Charlie Albright has been praised for his “jaw-dropping technique and virtuosity meshed with a distinctive musicality” by The New York Times. Recipient of the prestigious 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant and 2010 Gilmore Young Artist Award, Albright won the 2014 Ruhr Klavier Festival Young Artist Award presented by Marc-André Hamelin (Germany) and the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.  In addition to performing, Albright is sought after as a speaker, masterclass instructor, teacher, and competition judge.  His debut commercial recording, Vivace, has sold thousands of copies worldwide and the first of a 3-part Schubert Series of live, all-Schubert recordings was released in 2017.

Albright’s 2017-2018 Season includes solo debuts at the Bergen International Festival (Norway), with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, as well as return engagements with the Seattle, Des Moines, and Hilton Head Symphony Orchestras.  He begins a third 3-concert series of concerts at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum entitled Chopin and Albright, consisting of all Chopin works and an entirely improvised concert by the pianist.  Among many other concerts, Albright’s other engagements include a talk on improvisation at the 2017 National Conference for Keyboard Pedagogy and judging the 2018 Northwest Chopin Festival National Piano Competition.

Albright has appeared as a guest artist with such innumerable orchestras and regularly works with artists from all genres, including vocalist/conductor Bobby McFerrin, violinist Joshua Bell, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Albright’s compositions and improvisations have been likened to “the great Romantic-era composer-pianists” by Classical Source and have been praised as “thrilling” by the DC Metro Theatre Arts.

A firm believer in education, Albright founded the Charlie Albright Scholarship and Charlie Albright Piano, in collaboration with the Centralia College Foundation in his hometown. The Scholarship provides financial aid to music students, and money was raised to purchase a new 9-foot Steinway Piano for the college’s Corbet Hall.

Born in Centralia, Washington, Albright began piano lessons at the age of 3. He studied with Nancy Adsit and earned an Associate of Science degree at Centralia College while still in high school. He was the first classical pianist in the Harvard College/New England Conservatory 5-Year AB/MM Joint Program, completing a Bachelor’s Degree as an Economics major and Pre-Med student at Harvard in 2011, and a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance at NEC in 2012, having studied with Wha-Kyung Byun. He graduated with the prestigious Artist Diploma (A.D.) from The Juilliard School in 2014, having studied with Yoheved Kaplinsky.   For the latest information, please visit CharlieAlbright.com and Facebook.com/CharlieAlbrightPianist.



Composer/performer Kenji Bunch has received acclaim from audiences, performers, and critics alike for his work combining vernacular American influences with techniques from his classical training to create a unique vocabulary of New American music. His compositions have been performed by over fifty American orchestras, and in premiere venues on six continents. Recordings of his music are regularly broadcast on radio worldwide and are available on 18 different record labels.

Mr. Bunch maintains an active performing career, and is recognized for his own groundbreaking works for viola. Deeply committed to exploring connections with musicians from other backgrounds as well as artists of other disciplines, Mr. Bunch has collaborated with choreographers, film directors, actors, and prominent rock, jazz, folk, and experimental musicians.

A graduate of the Juilliard School and a 20-year veteran of the New York City musical world, he returned in 2013 to his native Portland, Oregon, where he lives with his wife, concert pianist Monica Ohuchi, their two children, and their dog, Coffee.

Mr. Bunch has served as Artistic Director of Fear No Music since 2014, and teaches viola and composition at Reed College and Portland State University, and is the head music theory teacher for the Portland Youth Philharmonic.

Monica Ohuchi, a native of Seattle, Washington, Ms. Ohuchi began her piano studies at the age of two with her mother, Sumiyo Ohuchi.  Her past teachers include Marc Duran, Martin Canin, Bela Siki and David A. Brown.

Monica Ohuchi’s “commanding pianism” (The New York Times, Anthony Tommasini) allows her an active career as a piano soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. She is the pianist and Executive Director of Fear No Music, a founding member of the piano quartet Thunder Egg Consort, and performs locally with 45th Parallel, Chintimini Chamber Music Festival, and is a frequent guest on Portland ‘s All-Classical radio station. Her past engagements include soloing with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Marin Symphony Orchestra, Newport Symphony Orchestra, and the New Millennium Symphony Orchestra of Spain. Her solo album released on Helicon records label, “Monica’s Notebook”, is a series of piano Etudes written expressly for her by Kenji Bunch. Monica holds advanced degrees from the Juilliard School.  After fifteen years in New York City, Ms. Ohuchi recently relocated to Portland, Oregon where she now lives with her husband Kenji, their two young children and Pitbull-mix rescue dog.