Schmitt Music’s 80th Annual EXPO

EXPO 2017: Free Workshops for Piano, Sacred Choral

NO REGISTRATION FEE!  EXPO IS FREE!

Join us for Schmitt Music’s 80th Annual EXPO on Monday, August 7 through Sunday, August 13 – great deals on sheet music & books, plus special new music events at select stores!

During EXPO, you can GET 20% OFF on all in-stock sheet music & books at your Schmitt Music store, all week long! New titles in stock now!

EXPO 2017 events will be held at Schmitt Music Edina on 8/7 through 8/10, with select events at Schmitt Music stores in Virginia (8/8), Duluth (8/9), Sioux Falls (8/10), and Fargo (8/11). Click below to expand Expo event information, and RSVP to your EXPO 2017 sessions today!


Monday, August 7th

PIANO TEACHER WORKSHOPS - Schmitt Music Edina

Randall Hartsell (Willis Music)

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.RSVP NOW!

Schmitt Music Edina

Energize Every Student

Motivating students to practice can be exhausting. The solution is easy: give them exciting, inspiring pieces! Students will come into every lesson with more enthusiasm than ever. Join Randall Hartsell for an entertaining session packed with captivating music and valuable teaching tips.

Randall Hartsell Bio:

Randall HartsellRandall Hartsell began his music career as a piano performance and pedagogy major at East Carolina University. His attention turned quickly to the joys of piano composition. Growing up in North Carolina provided inspiration to express the beauty of his native state with lyrical, romantic pieces. His music has expanded beyond the expressive melodic music to also include more advanced and technically demanding compositions as well as clever and creative elementary pieces. As a past adjunct faculty member of Pfeiffer University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Mr. Hartsell brings a wide range of experiences that enrich the lives of both students and teachers.

Mr. Hartsell has been a featured composer and contributor to Clavier Companion, and he is a frequent judge for local composition contests and the National Guild of Piano Teachers composition division.

His workshops center on helping students and teachers foster creativity, interest in composition, polish essential technical skills, and develop ease in improvisation. In addition, his broad experience as music director of a Lutheran church has enabled him to pen best-selling Christmas, hymn and wedding collections.



Joyce Grill (Alfred Music)

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.RSVP NOW!

Schmitt Music Edina

The Music of Joyce Grill – New Music from Multiple Publishers

Join us in celebrating the music of our favorite presenter, Joyce Grill, in her 26th year of EXPO! Hear Joyce play her own compositions and share her experiences.

Joyce Grill Bio:

Joyce GrillJoyce Grill, a former faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, provides practical suggestions from her extensive teaching experience as she presents workshops to teachers and students across the country. Grill holds the MTNA Master Teacher Certificate and has been active in MTNA serving as the Wisconsin State President and the Division Vice-President. She also founded the La Crosse Area Music Teachers Association and serves on several arts advisory boards. In 2006, she was named a MTNA Foundation Fellow.

Grill holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has also received training at the School of Fine Arts in Fontainebleau, France, where she studied theory and composition with Nadia Boulanger and piano with Robert and Jean Casadesus.

Known for her ensemble writing, Grill is also a frequent guest conductor for multi-piano concerts. Some of her best-known publications originally published by Warner Bros. Publications, including In Style, Down the Road, and Accompanist (Yes, It Really Happens), are now available from Alfred Music Publishing.

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Chrissy Ricker (Piano Pronto Composers Community)

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.RSVP NOW!

Schmitt Music Edina

Piano Pronto Composers Community

Chrissy Ricker Bio:

Chrissy RickerChrissy Ricker is a pianist, teacher, and composer from North Carolina. She received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. Chrissy is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) and an active member of the Music Teachers National Association, North Carolina Music Teachers Association, and Raleigh Piano Teachers Association. Chrissy runs an independent piano studio in the Raleigh area, where she focuses on sharing her love of all types of music with her students.

Chrissy enjoys composing music in a variety of styles, from Classical to rock. She has published several collections of piano music for students, as well as works for piano solo, piano duet, and chamber music for a variety of instruments. Her piano music has been featured on the contest lists of many state and national organizations, including the National Federation of Music Clubs, the Minnesota Music Teachers Association, and the Iowa Music Teachers Association.

In addition to teaching and composing, Chrissy enjoys writing about topics related to piano pedagogy. Her articles on teaching have appeared in American Music Teacher magazine, and her blog – learn more at chrissyricker.com.

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SACRED CHORAL SESSIONS - Schmitt Music Edina

Mark Cabaniss (Jubilate Music Group & Alfred Music)

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.RSVP NOW!

Schmitt Music Edina

New Sacred Choral Music Sessions featuring the latest titles from our most popular publishers.

Mark Cabaniss Bio:

Mark CabanissMark Cabaniss is a music publisher, writer, producer, broadcaster, and speaker. He is President/CEO of Jubilate Music Group (distributed by Alfred Music) creating printed and digital music, recordings, and videos.

As an ASCAP composer and arranger, Mark’s published compositions have been performed nationally and abroad, and include musicals, cantatas, and instrumental works. His stage adaptation of the film “It’s a Wonderful Life” titled Miracle In Bedford Falls (co-written with Lowell Alexander) was premiered by the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre and has been subsequently performed coast-to-coast. Other musicals include The Homework Machine (co-written with Tony-nominated composer Keith Herrmann) and The Stardust Supper Club (featuring the music of Hoagy Carmichael) (co-written with Alan Bailey).

Mark is a multiple recipient of ASCAP’s Popular Music Award and is a Dove Award and Angel Award-winning producer. He is a member of The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammy), The Dramatists Guild, and serves on the Board of Advisors for “The Music Man Square”, a museum and foundation in Mason City, Iowa, dedicated to furthering music education and honoring the legacy of Meredith Willson (creator of Broadway’s The Music Man). Mark was named Outstanding Alumnus of the Year by Mars Hill University and serves on the University’s Board of Trustees. Mark is also the founder/donor of The Helen Cole Krause Music Scholarship, awarded annually to qualifying students who choose music as a college major.

Mark also serves as a correspondent for Hollywood 360, a weekly nationally-syndicated entertainment radio show based in Chicago.

Mark’s work in music business and broadcasting has led to collaborations with television icons Bob Barker, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Andy Griffith; Academy Award-winner Shirley Jones; legendary entertainer Steve Allen; Broadway/pop songwriter Rupert Holmes; jazz pianist/composer Loonis McGlohon; gospel singer Cynthia Clawson and others.

Mark also serves as an adjunct instructor of music business at Belmont University in Nashville. He holds bachelors and masters degrees in Music Education and Communications from Mars Hill University and The University of Tennessee – Knoxville. Mark resides in Nashville.

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Tuesday, August 8th

PIANO TEACHER WORKSHOPS - Schmitt Music Edina

Opportunities for Teachers and Students

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.RSVP NOW!

Schmitt Music Edina

APPI – Association of Professional Piano Instructors

The Association of Professional Piano Instructors (APPI) is a non-profit organization that enables piano instructors of all levels and abilities to network with others to energize and enhance the art of teaching piano. APPI energizes and enhances the art of teaching piano by providing affordable professional development opportunities for teachers and educational opportunities for their students. Learn more at appimn.org.

Dennis Alexander Piano Festival and Competition

Amy Grinsteiner and Ed Turley, piano faculty at College of St. Benedict / Saint John’s University will explain how this is a unique opportunity for students to participate in, at any level of their training. By meeting other kids who play, and having a variety of activities to participate in, the DAFC aims to be challenging and fun for each student. Pictures from the past three years’ events will be showcased! Learn more at csbsju.edu.

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Joyce Grill (Alfred Music)

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.RSVP NOW!

Schmitt Music Edina

The Music of Joyce Grill – New Music from Multiple Publishers

Join us in celebrating the music of our favorite presenter, Joyce Grill, in her 26th year of EXPO! In her second session, Joyce presents a variety of new music from various publishers. This sessions is always an EXPO favorite!

Joyce Grill Bio:

Joyce GrillJoyce Grill, a former faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, provides practical suggestions from her extensive teaching experience as she presents workshops to teachers and students across the country. Grill holds the MTNA Master Teacher Certificate and has been active in MTNA serving as the Wisconsin State President and the Division Vice-President. She also founded the La Crosse Area Music Teachers Association and serves on several arts advisory boards. In 2006, she was named a MTNA Foundation Fellow.

Grill holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has also received training at the School of Fine Arts in Fontainebleau, France, where she studied theory and composition with Nadia Boulanger and piano with Robert and Jean Casadesus.

Known for her ensemble writing, Grill is also a frequent guest conductor for multi-piano concerts. Some of her best-known publications originally published by Warner Bros. Publications, including In Style, Down the Road, and Accompanist (Yes, It Really Happens), are now available from Alfred Music Publishing.

Please CLICK HERE to RSVP to this session!



Debbie Center

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.RSVP NOW!

Schmitt Music Edina

Piano Pronto Composers Community

Debbie Center Bio:

Debbie CenterDebbie Center grew up in Littleton, Colorado, where she taught piano, zither, and served as the Director of Music for a Montessori preschool. Her music program, World of Harmony Music, is being enjoyed by musicians throughout the world. Inspired by the breathtaking scenery and wildlife of her current home in Northern Minnesota’s Lake Country, she combines her passions for music and photography into compositions that transport you to the tranquility of lake life and honor the beautiful music found in nature. Her CD, “In Harmony All Ways”, and her sheet music are carried by Schmitt Music.

Please CLICK HERE to RSVP to this session!

PIANO TEACHER WORKSHOP - Schmitt Music Virginia

Chrissy Ricker (Piano Pronto Composers Community)

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.RSVP NOW!

Schmitt Music Virginia

Piano Pronto Composers Community

Chrissy Ricker Bio:

Chrissy RickerChrissy Ricker is a pianist, teacher, and composer from North Carolina. She received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. Chrissy is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) and an active member of the Music Teachers National Association, North Carolina Music Teachers Association, and Raleigh Piano Teachers Association. Chrissy runs an independent piano studio in the Raleigh area, where she focuses on sharing her love of all types of music with her students.

Chrissy enjoys composing music in a variety of styles, from Classical to rock. She has published several collections of piano music for students, as well as works for piano solo, piano duet, and chamber music for a variety of instruments. Her piano music has been featured on the contest lists of many state and national organizations, including the National Federation of Music Clubs, the Minnesota Music Teachers Association, and the Iowa Music Teachers Association.

In addition to teaching and composing, Chrissy enjoys writing about topics related to piano pedagogy. Her articles on teaching have appeared in American Music Teacher magazine, and her blog – learn more at chrissyricker.com.

Please CLICK HERE to RSVP to this session!


Wednesday, August 9th

PIANO TEACHER WORKSHOPS - Schmitt Music Edina

Lori Bastien (Kjos)

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.RSVP NOW!

Schmitt Music Edina

Latest Titles from Kjos Publishing

Lori Bastien Bio:

Lori BastienPiano…piano…piano…playing the piano and placing importance on music in my life is truly a part of our family heritage. I grew up hearing music played every day by the students of my mother, Jane Smisor Bastien. As a young child, I also heard both of my parents practicing and performing regularly as a duo-piano team. My mother still continues to teach actively in La Jolla, California, and my father passed away in 2005.

I love to teach piano! I have a private studio in La Jolla, California, and every day, my students bring me great joy. On a daily basis, my goal is to try to inspire and motivate students of all ages as I teach piano and compose music along with my sister, Lisa Bastien and my mother, Jane Smisor Bastien.

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Laura Zaruta (Roland)

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.RSVP NOW!

Schmitt Music Edina

How Do You Keep the Music Playing?

Join us as we explore ways to partner tradition with technology to inspire creativity, accelerate progress, and enhance our students’ desire to make music. Leave with new ideas for the studio, while staying up to date with the technology your students are using every day!

Laura Zaruta Bio:

Laura ZarutaLaura Zaruta believes technology solutions inspire today’s students, reinforce the fundamentals, and maximize instructional time. Laura graduated with honors from Marywood University with a BM in Piano Performance. She received an MM in Piano Pedagogy from Temple University where she also worked as a vocal coach and accompanist. Laura’s workshops are influenced by her classical training and teaching experience, as they not only demonstrate technology tools, but also take into consideration curriculum, assessment, and different learning styles. She develops clinics and training sessions for private and group piano studios, as well as K-12 and higher education classrooms. Laura lives in Erie, PA with her husband and two labs.

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PIANO TEACHER WORKSHOPS - Schmitt Music Duluth

Chrissy Ricker (Piano Pronto Composers Community)

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.RSVP NOW!

Schmitt Music Duluth

Piano Pronto Composers Community

Chrissy Ricker Bio:

Chrissy RickerChrissy Ricker is a pianist, teacher, and composer from North Carolina. She received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. Chrissy is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) and an active member of the Music Teachers National Association, North Carolina Music Teachers Association, and Raleigh Piano Teachers Association. Chrissy runs an independent piano studio in the Raleigh area, where she focuses on sharing her love of all types of music with her students.

Chrissy enjoys composing music in a variety of styles, from Classical to rock. She has published several collections of piano music for students, as well as works for piano solo, piano duet, and chamber music for a variety of instruments. Her piano music has been featured on the contest lists of many state and national organizations, including the National Federation of Music Clubs, the Minnesota Music Teachers Association, and the Iowa Music Teachers Association.

In addition to teaching and composing, Chrissy enjoys writing about topics related to piano pedagogy. Her articles on teaching have appeared in American Music Teacher magazine, and her blog – learn more at chrissyricker.com.

Please CLICK HERE to RSVP to this session!



Debbie Center

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.RSVP NOW!

Schmitt Music Duluth

Piano Pronto Composers Community

Debbie Center Bio:

Debbie CenterDebbie Center grew up in Littleton, Colorado, where she taught piano, zither, and served as the Director of Music for a Montessori preschool. Her music program, World of Harmony Music, is being enjoyed by musicians throughout the world. Inspired by the breathtaking scenery and wildlife of her current home in Northern Minnesota’s Lake Country, she combines her passions for music and photography into compositions that transport you to the tranquility of lake life and honor the beautiful music found in nature. Her CD, “In Harmony All Ways”, and her sheet music are carried by Schmitt Music.

Please CLICK HERE to RSVP to this session!


Thursday, August 10th

PIANO TEACHER WORKSHOPS - Schmitt Music Edina

Jeremy Siskind (Hal Leonard)

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.RSVP NOW!

Schmitt Music Edina

The Music of Teaching

Every piano student is different and guiding them down a customized path that encourages creative and independent learning requires a wide variety of skills, music, and resources. Join one of our expert clinicians as they share their expertise, teaching tips and motivational strategies using new releases from Hal Leonard.

Jeremy Siskind Bio:

Jeremy SiskindJeremy Siskind is quickly becoming one of the top jazz pianists of his generation. He recently was named the winner of the Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition, a second-place finisher in the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition, and a two-time finalist for the American Pianist Association’s Cole Porter Fellowship. His 2012 recording, Finger-Songwriter, has been hailed as “one of the best albums I’ve heard all year” by Emusic and “one of the most remarkable records I’ve heard in a very long time” by the MinnPost.

Named a Professor of Piano at Western Michigan University in 2012, Siskind is an active educator – he’s a regular contributor to Clavier Companion magazine and a frequent clinician for Yamaha and Hal Leonard, who published his first book, Jazz Etude Inspirations, in 2011. In addition to his musical degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Siskind holds a degree from Columbia University in English and Comparative Literature.

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John Mlynczak (NoteFlight & Hal Leonard)

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.RSVP NOW!

Schmitt Music Edina

Retaining the Tech-Savvy Generation

Students today are highly engaged with technology, both at home and in school. How do we utilize technology to recruit and retain muysic students in secondary music programs? John Mlynczak will discuss current trends in student technology, demonstrate how to seamlessly integrate music technology lessons into a music class at any level, and provide a range of solutions for utilizing technology to increase student engagement and retention.

John Mlynczak Bio:

John MlynczakJohn Mlynczak offers an extensive range of experiences in music education. Mr. Mlynczak is the Director of Educational Technology for Noteflight, a Hal Leonard company. John is also currently an Adjunct Professor of Music Technology at LSU and is President-Elect of the Technology Institute for Music Educators. He is an active performer, maintains a steady clinician schedule in music technology, and is John is also a passionate advocate for music education, serving on the NAMM Support Music and State Advocacy Coalitions and the NAfME Advocacy Leadership Force. Mr. Mlynczak holds degrees in music education, music performance, and educational leadership.

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PIANO TEACHER WORKSHOP - Schmitt Music Sioux Falls

Lori Bastien (Kjos)

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.RSVP NOW!

Schmitt Music Sioux Falls

Latest Titles from Kjos Publishing

Lori Bastien Bio:

Lori BastienPiano…piano…piano…playing the piano and placing importance on music in my life is truly a part of our family heritage. I grew up hearing music played every day by the students of my mother, Jane Smisor Bastien. As a young child, I also heard both of my parents practicing and performing regularly as a duo-piano team. My mother still continues to teach actively in La Jolla, California, and my father passed away in 2005.

I love to teach piano! I have a private studio in La Jolla, California, and every day, my students bring me great joy. On a daily basis, my goal is to try to inspire and motivate students of all ages as I teach piano and compose music along with my sister, Lisa Bastien and my mother, Jane Smisor Bastien.

Please CLICK HERE to RSVP to this session!


Friday, August 11th

PIANO TEACHER WORKSHOP - Schmitt Music Fargo

Lori Bastien (Kjos)

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.RSVP NOW!

Schmitt Music Fargo

Latest Titles from Kjos Publishing

Lori Bastien Bio:

Lori BastienPiano…piano…piano…playing the piano and placing importance on music in my life is truly a part of our family heritage. I grew up hearing music played every day by the students of my mother, Jane Smisor Bastien. As a young child, I also heard both of my parents practicing and performing regularly as a duo-piano team. My mother still continues to teach actively in La Jolla, California, and my father passed away in 2005.

I love to teach piano! I have a private studio in La Jolla, California, and every day, my students bring me great joy. On a daily basis, my goal is to try to inspire and motivate students of all ages as I teach piano and compose music along with my sister, Lisa Bastien and my mother, Jane Smisor Bastien.

Please CLICK HERE to RSVP to this session!