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Sunday, August 28, 2022  •  10 AM - 5 PM
Santa Clara University Music Building
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CAPMT SCV is excited to present our inaugural Discovery Day to kick off the 2022-2023 year! Come and be inspired!

Our theme for this year is "Bridging Divides" -- between genres of music, music and other aspects of life, approaches to studying and teaching music, and more!


We invite teachers, students, and parents to attend or participate in one of our exciting programs:

  • Student Recitals

    • Solo & Ensemble Recital - open repertoire

    • Creativity/Pops Recital - improvisation/arranging/composing/pop/jazz/musical/movie/anime

    • Emerging Performers Recital - informal recital for beginner students of all ages

    • Teacher and Collegiate Recital - teachers and college students

  • Panel on Student/Teacher/Parent Success

  • Member Presentations - Want to present something you are passionate about?  

    • Looking for teachers or students to give a 20-minute session on "Bridging Divides" 

  • Exhibit Hall/Poster Session - Want to promote something or showcase artwork or a project you did?

    • Student Artwork​

    • Student Projects & Posters

    • Community Groups

  • CAPMT SCV Logo Contest - Calling all student artists to update our CAPMT SCV logo!

    • $50 Prize to the Winner and logo to be featured on our website!

    • Must be digitally created, or hand-drawn and scanned at high resolution​.  Color preferred.

    • Should have a hint of modern, professional, and fun! 

    • Should also have either "CAPMT SCV" or "CAPMT Santa Clara Valley" in the logo

    • Must register for Discovery Day to enter Logo Contest.


There are also masterclasses in piano, winds, and voice, a feature recital including winners of our competitions, an info session on all CAPMT SCV programs, and much more!   Participants for the Masterclasses and Feature Recital will be selected by the CAPMT SCV Discovery Day Committee.



















Also visit our Exhibit Foyer!

-  Booths from local organizations

-  Student artwork & projects

- CAPMT SCV Info Table & Teacher Referral List

- CAPMT SCV Logo Contest Voting


Registration Fees


CAPMT Teachers                        $55

Non-CAPMT Teachers*             $75

Recital Performers

Deadline has passed.

--- $5 for each guest (family and friends) accompanying performers ---


Students/Parents of CAPMT Teachers                   $25

Students/Parents of Non-CAPMT Teachers**       $35


*Optional Lunch Add-On for Students & Parents    (Deadline has passed.)

**If you join CAPMT/MTNA during Discovery Day, the non-CAPMT surcharge will be waived!

Registration Deadline

Late Registration Deadline: August 26, 2022 (Friday)

Teacher lunches are no longer included in registration.  

Main Recital Hall
Ensemble Room
9:30 AM
10:00 - 10:50 AM
Welcome, Programs Overview, Opening Performance
11:00 - 11:50 AM
Advanced Piano Masterclass
Presentations: Nate May & Ting Luo
12:00 - 12:50 PM
Solo & Ensemble Recital
Lunch + Exhibit Hall
1:00 - 1:50 PM
Solo & Ensemble Recital
Pedagogy & Play: "Student vs. Teacher-Directed Lessons"
Lunch + Exhibit Hall
2:00 - 2:50 PM
Creativity & Pops Recital
Panel: "Teacher/Parent/Student Success"
3:00 - 3:50 PM
Teacher & Collegiate Recital
Voice & Wind Masterclass
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Feature Recital
5:00 PM
Closing Remarks



Recital Hall

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Ensemble Room



Masterclass Teachers

Robert Schwartz

Advanced Piano Masterclass

Pianist Robert Schwartz has pursued an active career as a performer and teacher that has spanned five decades and covered four continents.  His concerts and masterclass engagements have brought him to Argentina, China, France, and numerous cities in the United States. A native of California, he lived in Bloomington Indiana, Paris and New York City before settling in San Francisco where he now teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and maintains a private studio.  He holds degrees from Indiana University, Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music and his teachers have included Abbey Simon, Pierre Sancan and György Sebok. In his spare time, Schwartz enjoys cooking, reading and listening to opera as well as jazz and popular vocal music.

Ginger Kroft

Winds Masterclass

Ginger Kroft is Principal Clarinet of Carmel Bach Festival and Sacramento Philharmonic. As a chamber musician, she’s collaborated with Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Bridge Players, ADORNO, and Avenue Winds. Mrs. Kroft is on faculty at San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Santa Clara University. She also directs a private teaching studio, An education advocate, Mrs. Kroft is a frequent adjudicator of solo competitions and serves on the Board of Directors for CAPMT. Outside of music, Mrs. Kroft loves swimming and has ‘escaped’ from Alcatraz numerous times — making it to shore, of course.

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Joseph Frank

Voice Masterclass

Since his 1974 San Francisco Opera debut, tenor Joseph Frank has specialized in the lyric character tenor repertoire.  In a career spanning over 40 years, the tenor has garnered acclaim in over 80 roles. He has sung with many of the world’s greatest voices, including Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Leontyne Price, Jose Carreras to name a few. He has sung at the most prestigious opera venues including the Metropolitan Opera and the opera companies of Los Angeles, Houston, Seattle, Washington, San Diego, London, and Paris. 


His DVD discography include Ariadne auf Naxos (with Jessye Norman and Katthleen Battle,) and Der Rosenkavalier with Dame Kiri TeKanawa and Luciano Pavarotti both for the Metropolitan Opera, Turandot (with Eva Marton) for the San Francisco Opera.  Recordings include Boris Godunov, Adriana Lecouvreur, Madama Butterfly, Pagliacci (with Domingo) and Turandot (with Pavarotti).


As a professor of voice, art song and opera, Joseph Frank recently retired from San Jose State University with a tenure of 28 years. Last year he inaugurated the Joseph Frank Opera Excellence Endowment which has raised over $137,000.00.


Mr. Frank received a Bachelor of Music, Masters of Music and the coveted Performers Certificate from Indiana University and an Opera Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music.


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Ting Luo

Discussion and Showcase:
Creative Piano Works with Audio Visuals and Multimedia Meet

Ting Luo is a pianist and the director of New Arts Collaboration. She has performed and lectured in prestigious venues in China and the U.S., advocating contemporary and classical music. Her interdisciplinary art project New Arts Collaboration has been featured in many contemporary music and film festivals around the U.S. and internationally. Ting also enjoys walking, traveling and ice cream. 

Ting will discuss the interdisciplinary art project New Arts Collaboration around the topics of project curation, the creative approaches to visuals and multimedia, and showcase a few works from the project. New Arts Collaboration is a not-for-profit interdisciplinary art project for sound and multimedia that has been featured widely in national and international festivals, exhibitions and conferences.

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Nate May

Think With Your Fingers:
A New/Ancient Approach to Music Fundamentals

Recognized by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Yale School of Music, Nate May is a versatile American composer, improviser, and educator whose music has been heard across four continents: in jazz clubs and DIY spaces, on radio and television, in museums and modern dance venues, and on mainstage classical events at New York’s Sheen Center, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and others. His music spans a wide array of genres: he has composed orchestral, choral, chamber, electronic, and experimental music, scored a feature film, played in a post-rock band, and given fully-improvised performances on piano and Fender Rhodes. Also an award-winning educator, he served on faculty at Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, Montclair State University, and the Walden School, before founding his own online music school, Synthase. He is currently a doctoral candidate in composition at Yale. 

One of the earliest known music pedagogy devices is the Guidonian hand. Dating from over 1,000 years ago, it is a way of mapping pitches from musical scales onto the fingers of the hand. Today research in neuroscience has demonstrated a strong link between mathematical ability and the parts of the brain used for representing fingers, suggesting an embrace of the age-old practice of counting on one’s fingers to learn abstract operations. As students struggle to wrap their heads around staff-based approaches to scales and chords, is it time for a 21st-century return to the Guidonian hand? How can technology unlock this ancient potential?

Feature Student Performers -- View Program above!

Music Performance

Acknowledgements and Gratitude

Planning Committee

Alli Gessner

Kyra Johnson

Grant Kondo

Julie Poklewski

Yvonne Reddy

Karin Swanson



Karin Swanson

Photo Credit

Linus L.

Aki Y.




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