Master Lessons

Student Programs

Master Lessons with Dr. Peter Mack


Dates: Master Lessons: Sept. 29-Oct. 2
Master Lessons Concert: Oct. 1 at 5 p.m.
Workshop: Oct. 3 at 10 a.m.
Registration: Aug. 1-September 9, 2017
Times: Friday, Sept. 29: 3 p.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 30: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, October 1: 10 a.m.-noon; 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Monday, October 2: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fee: $55 for 45 minutes or $70 for 60 minutes
Locations: Schmitt Music Center, Overland Park, KS.(Sept. 29-30, Oct.2)
Grant Hall, UMKC (Oct. 1)
White Recital Hall, UMKC for the concert
Schmitt Music for the workshop
Chair: Melody Stroth,

Peter Mack


Irish pianist Peter Mack is in great demand as a performer, clinician, convention artist, adjudicator, and teacher.  Celebrated for his moving playing, and his easy rapport with audiences, he has performed throughout the United States and Europe, as well as in Australia, India, and the former Soviet Union.  He is the winner of the New Orleans, Young Keyboard Artists, and Pacific International Piano Competitions. His prize in the Sherman-Clay competition included a Steinway grand piano.  Naturally, he is a Steinway artist!

Peter Mack is well known for his extensive repertoire, having performed twenty-six concertos with orchestras.  A choral scholar at Trinity College Dublin, and a fellow of Trinity College London, he has a doctorate in piano performance from the University of Washington.  His principal teachers are Frank Heneghan and Bela Siki.

Dr. Mack is the only clinician who has been asked to deliver both the Advanced Piano Masterclass at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) annual convention in California, and the Advanced Masterclass for MTNA Winners at the biennial National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP) in the same year.  His students are frequent winners of local, national, and international competitions. He is the proud teacher of twenty MTNA national finalists, and three MTNA national first place winners.

A board member of MTNA, Peter Mack was the chair of the MTNA National Conference Planning Committee for the 2014 Chicago conference.  In 2015, he was selected as an MTNA Foundation Fellow, a program that “honors deserving individuals who have made significant contributions to the music world and the music teaching profession.”  He is currently the national vice president of MTNA.

Peter Mack’s recent engagements include performances in two of the most acoustically perfect performance spaces in Europe; the Salle Cortot of the Ecole Normale in Paris, and the Haydnsaal of the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt, Austria.   Dr. Mack is Professor of Piano Performance at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.

“Mack is one of those lucky ones, born with a completely balanced set of talents.  He has perfect piano hands, his technique is all but infallible, he has boundless temperament, style and taste, and above all, he communicates directly….  In all capacities he is indefatigable….”

Priority is given to school-age intermediate to advanced students.  If space allows, adult students and teachers may also be eligible to enroll.  One or two compositions are required for the Master Lessons. Dr. Mack will choose three to four students to play at the Sunday concert.

Please bring the music with the measures numbered.  Memory is optional for the lesson, but required to be selected for the recital October 1 or the workshop on Tuesday morning, October 3.  Strict adherence to lesson times will be necessary.  Teachers and parents may quietly observe.  Outstanding students will be chosen to perform in concert with Dr. Mack.

Fees and Scheduling for Master Lessons

Lesson fees are $55.00 for 45 minutes or $70.00 for 60 minutes.  Please see the enrollment form for further information.

Master Lessons Concert

Sunday, October 1 , 2017, 5 p.m.
White Recital Hall, UMKC
4949 Cherry St.,
Kansas City, MO

Send enrollments postmarked between Aug. 1 and September 9, 2017. Lesson times will be scheduled in the order received. You will be notified by email to confirm your lesson time(s). Early entries are NOT accepted.

Make checks payable to “KCMTA” and mail the completed Enrollment Form to:

Melody Stroth
13117 Hemlock
Overland Park, KS, 66213

Master Lesson Enrollment Form (PDF)