Monthly Meetings & Programs


Meetings are on the 2nd Friday of each month except April 2020.

PianoForte, 1335 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605, unless otherwise noted.

Business Meetings 10:00 AM, Pre-Program Topics 10:30 AM, and Programs 11:00 AM unless otherwise noted.

Please feel free to join us for lunch at 12:15 PM following the day’s program.


September 13, 2019

9:30 AM Pre-Program Topic: ISMTA CAMTA AIM Program, CAMTA AIM Committee

Diagnosing Learning Styles to Foster Talent”

Christie Chiles Twillie, Professional Pianist, Theatre Director, Educator


October 11, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Workshop: Entrepreneurship!

“Create Your Dream Studio!” Laurie M Marshall, The Children’s Academy

“Your Studio: Financial Basics” Ellen Naber, ChFC, CLU, Financial Advisor

“Starting a Business: The Tax Side” Jason Kuennen, Financial Advisor, Managing Partner

“Plan for the Future” Jason Kuennen and Ellen Naber, Kuennen, Naber & Associates

“Marketing Your Studio” Yelena P. Wells, DMA, Marketing Strategist, Elite One Media


November 8, 2019

9:30 AM Pre-Program Topic: Adjudicating AIM!

10:45 AM Savler Literature

Svetlana Belsky, Concert Artist, Educator, University of Chicago


December 13, 2019

“The Composer and Pianist Maria Szymanoqska” (1789-1831)

Slawomir Dobrzanski, Professor of Piano, Kansas State University


January 10, 2020

“Establishing and Maintaining a Successful Piano Studio”

Christopher Narloch, Independent Piano Teacher, Performing Artist

“Music Technology: Music Teachers Guide to a “Professional” Recording for Auditions

and Competitions”

Jeremy Whetstone, PianoForte Studios


February 14, 2020

“Elementary and Intermediate Contemporary Piano Repertoire”

Louise Chan, Solo and Chamber Concert Pianist, Educator


March 13, 2020

9:30 AM Pre-Program Topic: Adjudicating Performance Techniques and AIM!

“Beethoven: A 250th Anniversary Celebration – Taking Another Look at

Beethoven’s Opus 10 Piano Sonatas”

Ruth Goveia, DMA, Concert Artist, Educator, Kalamazoo College


April 17, 2020

“Connecting Technique to Artistry at All Levels of Learning”

THIRD FRIDAY! Dr. Susan Tang, Artistic Director, Educator, Northeastern University, Chicago


May 8, 2020

Aubrey Faith Slaker, Independent Piano Teacher


June 12, 2020

Surprise Guest Speaker!