June 2024

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Greetings to Our New Members

If you're reading a PTG member e-newsletter for the first time, welcome! If you need anything, please get in touch with your chapter president, Regional Vice President, or the PTG Home Office. Be sure to check out some of the great benefits of PTG membership. To all members, check out the list of new members in each month's Journal and see who's new in your area.

Rates go up June 18

2024 PTG Convention & Technical Institute

Convention Registration Is Open!

Check out these quick links to start planning your

2024 PTG Convention & Technical Institute experience:

Registration - Fees go up June 18

Institute Classes - Daily Schedule

Hotel Reservations - Great rates!

Exams - Filling up fast!

Visit convention.ptg.org for updates and new items.

July 17 - 20 | Nugget Casino & Resort | Reno, NV

The Best Part of a PTG Convention?


Save Money

A Convention Roommate Connection community is available for those interested in sharing rooms. Check out the Convention Rideshare Connection community if you'd like to carpool.

 

Special Offer for First-Time Convention Attendees

PTG members can save $300 on any 2024 registration. You must call 913-432-9975 to register at the First-Timer Rate.

 

Looking for a Local Reno Area Tour?

Historic Virginia City Tour | Thursday, July 18, 2024 | $99 per person

Pickup from the lobby of the Nugget Casino. Open to everyone! Purchase tour tickets when you register for the convention.

Congratulations, 2024 PTGF Scholarship Recipients!

Emile Beaudet | Montreal, QC Chapter

David Brodrick | Austin, TX Chapter

Robert Cope | Los Angeles, CA Chapter

Glenn Doyle | Heart of Texas Chapter

Christine Guthrie | St. Louis, MO Chapter

Justus Mackintosh | Eugene, OR Chapter

Willis Krammer | Salt Lake City, UT Chapter

 

Did you know that the PTGF also offers up to 10 Leadership Scholarships for RPT exams each year to PTG members who hold office in their local chapters as President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer? Visit the PTGF website to learn more.

PTG Academy

Eight students recently completed the “Polyester & Lacquer Finish Touch Up Academy” at the PTG Home Office. The hands-on class taught attendees how to perform professional repair and touch up to damage on piano finishes. Topics covered included touching up edges, scratches and defects to more complex tasks like lacquer and polyester fill repair. Future classes are being planned. Visit the PTG Events Calendar for a list of upcoming educational events. Contact Kathy Maxwell at kathy@ptg.org if you're interested in attending future classes or have ideas for Home Office class offerings.

Help Wanted Bulletin Board

Looking for a job? Looking to fill open positions? Let us help you connect during the 2024 Annual PTG Convention and Technical Institute. We’ll have a dedicated bulletin board where job seekers and employers can post their information. There are no cost or registration requirements and you don’t have to be at the convention to participate. Send your help wanted or position wanted information to shawn@ptg.org or kathy@ptg.org and we’ll post it on the Jobs Board. 

Volunteers Wanted!

Interested in helping others have a wonderful convention experience? PTG is looking for volunteers to assist during the upcoming Convention and Technical Institute.

  • RPT’s are needed to assist with exams during the convention. This is a great way to see if you might be interested in becoming an examiner. Please visit the exam office (Room 450) to sign up.
  • Whether you are attending the PTG Convention this year or not, there are still plenty of opportunities for you to be a crucial part of the future success of PTG. Make a difference by volunteering for a PTG committee. All members are eligible to serve. Contact your RVP to volunteer or recommend someone else. View a committee list in the PTG Member Area.

What's in the June 2024 Journal?

  • Models for Vibrating Piano Wires, Part 4
  • The Aftertouch Ballgame, Part 1: Upright Pianos
  • Hell’s Piano in Priest River

The Piano Technicians Journal is always available 24-7. Read the June issue.

An Invitation from the Education Committee

Thursday, 9:30 a.m. (1st break) | Nugget Casino Resort, Sierra 2

Anyone currently involved in or interested in piano technician training is invited to participate in an open forum at the 2024 Reno Convention & Technical Institute. Share your experiences and needs. Learn more about what other educators do and what resources are available as you train the next generation of piano technicians. No RSVP needed. Just your ideas and questions.

Teaching the Next Generation

Are you one of the many PTG members currently training future piano technicians formally or informally? Are you a brand new PTG member looking for resources to improve your skills? PTG has numerous free and discounted resources available to you as part of your PTG membership.

Education Hub

PTG Academy Online Video Library

Journal PDFs

PACE Lesson Plans

Piano Parts and Their Functions

Visit the PTG Store for more educational materials.

2024 Key Convention Dates & Deadlines

  • June 16 | Council Delegate Forms due. Download a delegate form.
  • June 17 | Last day for best convention rate. | convention.ptg.org
  • July 14-15 | PTG Board of Directors Meeting
  • July 16 | Council Meeting and Opening Activities
  • July 17-20 | Institute Classes, Exhibit Hall, Concerts and Special Events

PIPPA Reduced Registration

PTG is pleased to offer its members $50 off registration for the 2025 PIPPA Show in Las Vegas. Scheduled for Jan 28-30, PIPPA is short for Piano Industry Professionals & Producers Affiliated and is a trade show event for piano dealers, piano salespeople, manufacturers, and others connected to the industry. The PTG discount code is PTG25. Register at www.pippaevent.org.

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