Special Events


Opening Session
7 p.m.

We’ll announce PTG award recipients for 2022 and start the convention with a preview of the outstanding lineup of classes and special activities scheduled for this year. You’ll have an opportunity to win some nice prizes and join in the fun as we launch our 2022 convention.

President’s Welcome Reception
8:30 p.m.

PTG President Marc Poulin invites you to join him in a fun-filled evening featuring food, local entertainment and socializing. Everyone is welcome!


Exhibit Hall Opening
Noon – 4:30 p.m.

It’s your chance to see, touch, and feel the tools and instruments that make being a piano technician such a fun and unique career. Explore the latest in technology, catch up with friends and colleagues and help plan the future of your business. Be sure to stop by the PTG Store.

PTG Foundation Concert
8 p.m.Frederick Chiu
Frederic Chiu In Concert
Classical Smackdown: Heart and Soul, with music of Debussy and Prokofiev.
The audience will be voting throughout the program for their favorite composer. Frederic Chiu plays major venues on five continents: Lincoln Center in New York, Le Châtelet in Paris, the Mozarteum in Buenos Aires, and extensive tours in smaller and unusual venues. He collaborates with Classical music friends Joshua Bell, Pierre Amoyal and the St Lawrence String Quartet, as well as non-Classical friends like jazz pianist Bob James or storyteller David Gonzalez, to bring vivid live piano experiences to all audiences. Frederic Chiu recorded the most extensive complete piano works of Prokofiev, and his personal relationship with the Prokofiev family makes him a world-recognized advocate of the composer. Across 30+ albums, he has recorded works of Chopin, Liszt, Ravel, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Rossini and Grieg. His wide recording legacy is seen in his latest recordings: Beethoven/Liszt Symphonies V and VII, “Hymns and Dervishes,” music of Gurdjieff/de Hartmann, “Distant Voices: Music of Claude Debussy & Gao Ping,” and Schubert’s Fantasy for Violin and Piano. His innovative programming includes “Classical Smackdown,” where composers face off in head-to-head comparisons, with listeners voting for their favorite composer: Debussy vs. Prokofiev, Bach vs. Glass, Mendelssohn vs. Chopin before age 20. Results tracked at ClassicalSmackdown.com. With his wife, Jeanine Esposito, he co-created the arts non-profit, Beechwood Arts & Innovation to explore collaboration across art genres and the integration of arts and technology to foster community. His innovative vision of Romeo & Juliet – The Choice, an interactive production of the popular Prokofiev ballet, debuted in 2018. Frederic teaches at both Carnegie Mellon University and The Hartt School. www.fredericchiu.com. Photo credit: Chris Craymer


Alexander Agate In Concert
Sponsored by Kawai USA
8 p.m.

Alexander Agate
Alexander, b.1994, began studying piano at 11 and attended the Applied Music Scholarship program at Moorpark Community College at 13, working with Professor Mona DeCesare. He received lessons from concert pianist Robert Thies before studying with Dmitry Rachmanov at California State University, Northridge. He completed his Masters Degree at Manhattan School of Music and continues to study under Andre-Michel Schub as a recipient of the Eugene Istomen Endowed Capital Campaign Scholarship while working towards his Doctorate of Musical Arts. Alexander regularly competes on the international stage, most recently at the Sendai International Piano Competition (2019) and the National Chopin Competition (2020).


Larry Crabb Barbershop Chorus
7:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Get set for some splendid harmony featuring barbershop standards and some surprises with a PTG-twist. Led by Bill Davis, RPT, this volunteer group has filled the room and charmed PTG convention audiences for over 35 years. Like to sing? You can be a part of this co-ed group. Just sign up when you check in at the PTG Registration Desk.

Yamaha Reception
8:00 p.m.

Featuring Frederic Chiu
Follow up the Barbershop Concert with another opportunity to spend time with friends in an informal setting. Enjoy the complimentary dessert bar and music. Cash bar available.


Golden Hammer Banquet
6 - 7 p.m. Cocktail Hour – cash bar
6 - 7 p.m. Selfie Station
7 p.m. Banquet

Join us as we celebrate this year’s Golden Hammer Award recipient. After a full-course dinner, celebrate this year’s convention and get a sneak peek at our 2023 event. Banquet tickets are included with full registrations. Additional tickets are available for purchase from the PTG Registration Desk


Chapel Service
8 a.m.

PTG volunteers will be leading a 60-minute non-denominational service of music and inspiration.