Schmitt Music’s EXPO is once again LIVE and in-person for our 85th year celebrating new music! Join us for several sessions this August 8th and 9th.
Join us Monday, August 8 and Tuesday, August 9 for a selection of events featuring exceptional local composers in the choral and piano worlds.
Here’s the schedule of EXPO events at Schmitt Music Brooklyn Center and Embassy Suites Brooklyn Center:
Monday, August 8
Sacred Choral Session with Lloyd Larson
Lloyd Larson earned a B.A. from Anderson University of Anderson, Indiana in 1976 and a M.C.M. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary of Louisville, Kentucky in 1979. He has done additional graduate work at Southern Baptist Seminary, The Ohio State University, and Northern Baptist Seminary, Chicago, Illinois.
Since 1982, Lloyd has been an active composer and arranger for several major publishing companies of church and school music. His compositions and arrangements include well over 1,500 published works—including choral anthems, numerous extended Christmas, Easter and non‑seasonal works, keyboard collections, vocal solo and duet collections, instrumental works for solo and ensembles, orchestrations, and handbell settings. The resulting notoriety has placed him in constant demand as a clinician throughout North America. It is Lloyd’s work in his local church that continues to be the catalyst for much of his writing. He currently directs the adult choir in his home church in addition to being involved in worship planning and leadership.
Lloyd and his wife, Marci, live in Maple Grove, Minnesota. They have three children: Stephanie, married to Brandt; Philip, married to Kylee; and Jeff, married to Jacquelyn. They also have four grandchildren, Addie, Eli, Izzy, and Oliver.
- Monday, August 8 (9:00 AM – 1:00 PM) at Embassy Suites by Hilton Minneapolis North
Melody’s Melodies and Practice Tips for Every Level with Melody Bober
As a composer, Melody Bober enjoys creating motivational piano pieces that foster her students’ understanding and love of music.
Melody graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana with a bachelor’s degree in music education. She later received a Master of Arts degree in piano performance from Minnesota State University, Moorhead. Melody credits much of her success to her influential teachers who include Joel Shapiro and Andrew Froelich (piano), Mary Hoffman (music education), and Tony Caramia (jazz).
An active church pianist and accompanist, Melody has also held the position of church music director. In addition to teaching piano in her private studio, Melody’s music-teaching experience includes 20 years of public school and two years at the university level.
A dynamic clinician and innovative composer, Melody is in great demand at conventions and workshops for piano teachers across North America. She resides in Minnesota with her husband Jeff.
- Monday, August 8 (9:00 AM – 11:00 AM) at Schmitt Music Brooklyn Center
Dancing Through New Music with Wynn-Anne Rossi
Wynn-Anne Rossi is a Minnesota composer with vibrant educational outreach. She has a respect for all genres of music, and her diversity of experience and love of discovery reflect in her expressions as a pianist, composer and presenter. She has over 150 piano publications which are widely distributed online and in music stores. Her repertoire also includes works for vocal and chamber groups, concert band and orchestra. Commissions include works sponsored by Minnesota Public Radio, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Composers Forum.
Wynn-Anne has a strong commitment to musical education. She has been offering composition residencies since 2003, inspiring thousands of students to create their own music. Partnerships have included the MUNDI Project (UT), Linda Luebke String Festival (IN) and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (MN). Her innovative video series, Wednesdays with Wynn-Anne, offers two seasons on creative self-expression and jazz history/improvisation. Links can be found on YouTube and through her website: www.rossi-music.com.
Wynn-Anne owns and manages a piano/composition studio in Wayzata, MN where regional wildlife and 10,000 lakes continue to inspire her music. She brings wildly creative ideas to numerous webinars, lectures and workshops across the country and around the world.
- Monday, August 8 (12:00 PM – 2:00 PM) at Schmitt Music Brooklyn Center
Tuesday, August 9
From Toccatas to Christmas and Everything Between – New Music at Every Level with Dennis Alexander
Dennis Alexander began his affiliation with Alfred Music Publishing in 1986. Mr., Alexander’s over 400 publications and recordings created with Alfred have earned him an international reputation as one of the world’s most prolific and popular composers of educational piano music for students at all levels.
Professor Alexander retired from his position at the University of Montana in May 1996 where he taught piano pedagogy for 24 years. Upon moving to California, he taught privately in addition to serving on the faculties of Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Northridge. He currently lives in Albuquerque, NM where he maintains an active composing and touring schedule for Alfred Music Publishing.
Professor Alexander is a native Kansan, having graduated from the University of Kansas where he was a student of Richard Reber. In 1972, he was invited to join the faculty at the University of Montana and served as piano department chair in addition to his teaching duties in applied piano, class piano, and piano pedagogy. In 1987, he made his New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall with violinist Walter Olivares and continues to be active as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. He has served as a collaborative artist for numerous internationally recognized soloists, instrumentalists, and chamber groups. A former president of the Montana State Music Teachers Association, he is a popular clinician at state and national music teachers conventions. In 2009, he was invited to MTNA to conduct the intermediate level master class at their national convention in Atlanta. In 2014, Professor Alexander was invited to judge a national piano competition in India called “MusiQuest” and has toured twice to the far East where he performed recitals and workshops in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia and South Korea.
Over the years, numerous organizations and state associations have commissioned him to write compositions. His “Concertante in G Major” was commissioned by the Montana Music Teachers organization for the state convention, and his 2-piano work, “Fanfare Toccata Rondo” was commissioned by Goshen College. Many of his compositions are included in the National Federation of Music Study Clubs Festival required list and his music is being performed by students throughout the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia, Asia, and Europe. One of Mr. Alexander’s most significant contributions to the repertoire is “24 Character Preludes” in all major and minor keys which includes a CD with Dennis Alexander as a soloist. He is also a co-author of an exciting and innovative piano method entitled “Alfred’s Premier Piano Course.” MTNA commissioned him to compose a chamber music work for piano, violin, and cello entitled “Dance Suite” and this work was premiered at the 2013 national conference in Anaheim, California. In the summer of 2015, he was awarded a “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in recognition of his extraordinary service to the music teaching profession. Mr. Alexander’s personal website, DennisAlexander.com, has become a favorite with piano teachers and features recordings, videos, teaching tips, and much more!
- Tuesday, August 9 (9:00 AM – 12:00 PM) at Schmitt Music Brooklyn Center
New Piano Music from Multiple Publishers with Lorna Wolthoff
Explore new piano music from various publishers with print music expert, Lorna Wolthoff.
- Tuesday, August 9 (1:00 PM – 2:30 PM) at Schmitt Music Brooklyn Center