February 2024

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The Best Deal in Years!

2024 PTG Convention & Technical Institute Info Now Online

July 17 - 19

Nugget Casino Resort, Reno, NV

Registration Opens March 1

Visit convention.ptg.org for class descriptions,

hotel reservation info, updates, registration link and more.

PTG is aware of scammers e-mailing PTG members about booking hotel rooms for the upcoming PTG Annual Convention and Technical Institute in Reno, NV. DO NOT BOOK ROOMS THROUGH ANY THIRD-PARTY PROVIDERS. They are not affiliated with PTG in any way.

PTGF Offers Convention Scholarships

Know someone hoping to take their final RPT Exam at the 2024 PTG Convention and Technical Institute in Reno, Nevada?  Tell them about the PTGF Convention Scholarship! The Piano Technicians Guild Foundation offers scholarships each year to members intending to take their final RPT examination during the current year’s PTG Annual Convention & Institute. The scholarships provide individual recipients with funds for the convention registration fee, as well as examination fees to cover the applicant’s choice of either the PTG Technical Exam or Tuning Exam. Up to eight scholarships are awarded annually. Applications are due by April 30, 2024. Visit ptgfoundation.org/outreach/scholarships for details and to apply online.

Reaching Out to New and Potential Technicians

On Saturday, January 27, the St Louis Chapter welcomed 15 registrants to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for hands-on skill mastering. The food was great, the teachers were great, and the students were terrific. We had technicians from three states attend the all-day event: Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana.

Participant Michael Pitts had this to say: “As someone just starting my path as a piano technician, the all day format to review the PACE Repair lessons was excellent way to get an overview of repair skills I need to practice. It was well worth the four hour drive from Indianapolis to St Louis to join everyone at this great event! Hopefully I’ll be able to attend future events like this.”


At Brigham Young University, nearly 100 people from across three states participated in the Salt Lake City Chapter Technicians Playground Event in late January. The chapter ordered all 14 playground stations and BYU provided tools and jigs to double the number of stations. Experienced chapter members were recruited to serve as facilitators for each station and several spouses volunteered their time to staff the registration booth. Lunch was provided on site and Jim Busby even had some of his DIY tools available to anyone who completed a required number of stations. The four-hour event was attended by both PTG members and many complete beginners, including students of the BYU School of Music. The Technicians Playground and PACE lesson plans are great ready-to-use hands-on programs or you can create your own.

Share your events in the Chapter Leaders community at my.ptg.org or send updates/photos of your chapter activities to marketingcom@ptg.org

Planning A Chapter Event?

Your event can be listed on the PTG Events Calendar and we'll even help publicize your event through blast emails to PTG members. Download the Chapter Seminar Request form, fill it out, and send the PDF form to Kathy Maxwell at kathy@ptg.org. Call Kathy at 913-276-5202 for more information.

Chapter Dues

Chapter treasurers can expect to receive chapter dues checks around April 30. An up-to-date roster will also be included.

Winter Board Meeting

The PTG Board of Directors met January 30 - February 1 at the PTG Home office for their winter meeting and planning session. Once approved, minutes will be posted online in Forms and Documents in the Member Area of www.ptg.org. You’ll also be able to read a summary of the Board meeting in your RVP newsletter. It will be posted in your regional community at my.ptg.org when available.

New Member Directory Includes Chapter Officers

The online PTG Member Directory that was available before the database change is back! You can access it by going to the PTG Member menu at www.ptg.org and clicking on Member Directory or clicking on My Portal and choosing Directory. Whether you’re looking for a chapter officer or a local referral, you’ll be able to find all PTG members by zip code, chapter, and other parameters. If you find any issues, please document those by sending an email to ptg@ptg.org. The new online Industry Directory is also live.

Deadlines and Events

5/10/2024 | All proposed amendments to Bylaws and Organizational Policies are due to the Bylaws Committee for the Pre-Council Board meeting. Bylaws Committee pageUse the downloadable RFA form found in the Forms & Documents library in the Members Area at www.ptg.org.

6/1/2024 | Committee Reports due for the 2024 Pre-Council Board meeting. Download a Committee Report form. Forward to barbara@ptg.org in Word format.

RVP Contact Information

Region 1 - Northeast - Will Roper, RVP nervp@ptg.org - Online Community

Region 2 - Southeast - Ashley Turner, RVP servp@ptg.org - Online Community

Region 3 - South Central - Doug Snook, RVP scrvp@ptg.org - Online Community

Region 4 - Central East - Maria Pollock, RVP cervp@ptg.org - Online Community

Region 5 - Central West - Torger Baland, RVP cwrvp@ptg.org - Online Community

Region 6 - Western - Lisa Weller, RVP wrvp@ptg.org - Online Community

Region 7 - Pacific Northwest - Aaron Heppler, RVP pnwrvp@ptg.org - Online Community

Norman Cantrell, RPT, President, pres@ptg.org

David Stoneman, RPT, Vice President, vp@ptg.org

Ricki Klos, RPT, Secretary-Treasurer, sec@ptg.org

Executive Director, Barbara Cassaday, exec@ptg.org