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The Interior Alaska Keyboard Teachers offer a variety of activities for both students and their member teachers.

Most recent past events:

Piano Festival 2015!

We are eagerly preparing for our upcoming Interior Alaska Keyboard Teachers' Piano Festival 2015. The dates for this event are April 27th through May 3rd. This year, we are honored to host Dr. Jeff Savage and Dr. Karen Savage from Washington State University School of Music. In addition to being wonderful faculty, they are known for their beautiful duet performances and are called "88 Squared." Karen will be our adjudicator, and Jeff will be our competition judge. Following is a bio:

882 is comprised of married pianists Jeffrey Savage and Karen Hsiao Savage, both of whom completed master’s and doctoral degrees from The Juilliard School. While at Juilliard, Jeffrey and Karen were invited to perform for Juilliard’s board of directors and donors, where they shared the stage with Peter Schickele (PDQ Bach.) Individually, they have performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, Shanghai Grand Theater, Merkin Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Kyoto’s International Chamber Music Festival, and they have been top prizewinners in national Canadian and American competitions. Their teachers include Yoheved Kaplinsky, Jonathan Feldman, Angela Cheng, Robin and Winifred Wood. Jeffrey and Karen both serve on the piano faculty of Washington State University’s School of Music. Upcoming projects include international premieres of Lowell Liebermann’s Sonata for Two Pianos (2011) commissioned through grants from Washington State University, Artist Trust, Washington State Music Teachers Association, and the National Federation of Music Clubs, and a new CD recording of Liebermann’s two-piano works with the composer serving as producer. Their website:

We have a week packed with fun and educational activities for both teachers and students. Here is a brief outline of what the week includes:

Monday, April 27 - Adjudications followed by evening workshop (Colors in Music Lecture by Karen)
Tuesday, April 28 - Adjudications
Wednesday, April 29 - Adjudications
Thursday, April 30 - Adjudications followed by Ribbon Festival in the evening
Friday, May 1 - Competition
Saturday, May 2 - Competition followed by recital w/ 88 Squared including a Pedaling Workshop by Jeff
Sunday, May 3 - Gold Medal & Honors Recital

Adjudications: Each student will be given a choice of three time increments: 20 min for $30 ($20 for AMTA - Alaska Music Teachers Association and $10 for our group - IAKT), 30 min for $40 ($30 for AMTA and $10 for IAKT), or 40 min for $50 ($40 for AMTA and $10 for IAKT). AMTA receives $1 per minute. The $10 surcharge for IAKT helps to cover costs to put this together. This event is non-competitive and involves only the adjudicator, the student, the student's parents, and the student's teacher. The student will play two pieces - at least one of them memorized. This is a very low stress but educational event for both students and teachers. Only IAKT members are eligible to participate in this event.

Competition: This event is in master class format. A small group of students of similar age who are playing pieces in the same genre will gather around the piano; they will take turns playing their pieces followed by a short lesson from the competition judge. Each piece played must be an original composition of the masters (no arrangements) and must be memorized. Fees will depend upon the level and type of piece being played and are indicated on the forms you will receive soon. Our competition judge (Jeff) will award one gold medal and one silver medal per group. Those who receive gold medals will play their pieces for our Gold Medal & Honors Recital on the following Sunday.

Ribbon Festival: The Ribbon Festival is an exciting and entertaining event for students and teachers involving games and prizes. Students will be given the choice to participate in scales, theory games, theory tests, sight reading, duets, music history jeopardy, rhythm games, improvising, playing popular and jazz repertoire, and more. Ribbons are awarded as students achieve their goals. There will be a one time charge of $10 no matter how many activities you choose to enjoy.

I will be sending adjudication, competition, and ribbon festival forms out shortly. Payment needs to be included with the forms, and payment and forms need to be postmarked no later than March 31st. All checks should be made out to IAKT. Forms for both adjudication and competition entries should be mailed to: Heather Weber, 2930 Freeman Rd., North Pole, 99705. Forms for the Ribbon Festival are to be mailed to Patti Gallagher, 716 Aspen Heights Drive, Fairbanks, 99712.

I anticipate yet another wonderful IAKT Piano Festival and hope you will participate. Looking forward to hearing from you by March 31st!

Heather Weber

Music History Faire
Monday October 20, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
For all music students –– For everyone who loves music
A Music Faire, about the 1600 - 1750 Baroque Era of Music.

What a beautiful sight!

Beth Seniva, Heather Weber, Hannah Wagar, and Patti Gallagher (in case you couldn't tell!)

Merrie Lynn—right out of a time machine!

Marsha Dynes stayed in the 21st century to help keep everything running!

Scavenger Hunt
Facts about the Composers
Facts about Baroque History
Characteristics of Baroque Music
5-minute composer presentations
Recommended, not required
$10 Hot Licks Coupon
for the best costume!
Food for Sale!
Crossroads Baptist Church:
From Fairbanks: Go 6 miles on the Richardson Hwy.
Right exit onto Badger Road. Go 5 miles to the
intersection of Badger, Peede & Holmes.
On the right, across from Badger Gas.
From North Pole: Go 6 miles on Badger Road.
Left at the intersection of Badger, Peede & Holmes,
to get to the church driveway.
Only $5.00 entry fee
Pre-register by Email to Heather Weber by
October 13:
Sponsored by Interior Alaska Keyboard Teachers