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 Institute All-Stars  
Dr. Trevor Stephenson
The Healthy-Tempered Piano and How to Get it That Way
 Learn about keyboard tunings and repertoire from the 16th to the 20th century. Focus on how subtle variations in keyboard temperament – when applied in the structured ways of the 20th century – can help provide a palette of beautiful interpretive and tonal colors.. Dr. Stephenson will perform in concert on Thursday, July 11 at 7:00 p.m. (Sponsored by the PTG Foundation, Schaff Piano Supply and Music Teachers National Assoc.)

Heather Walker
Introduction to the Alexander Technique

Do you have a tight neck, sore arms, or injuries from tuning pianos? Explore efficient movement using the Alexander Technique. Use practical experiments to learn how to notice tightening, release muscle tension, re-establish better balance and move with ease. Find out how to apply this awareness and efficiency of movement to your piano tuning and repair work, as well as your daily life. 

Dan Levitan, RPT
The Craft of Piano Tuning
This all-day class, based on Dan’s recent book, The Craft of Piano Tuning, is an in-depth look into both the manual and the aural skills needed for the successful practice of the craft. In the course of the day, Dan will tune a complete piano. You’ll see simple and effective ways to understand the theory behind the practices being demonstrated. We’ll also focus on the more mysterious aspects of tuning technique and inharmonicity.
*Plus classes from RPTs Eric Schandall, Ward Guthrie, Anne Garee, Jack Stebbins, Rick Baldassin, Nick Gravagne and many more! Click here for a full list!

   Convention Highlights  
Opening Session & Awards PresentationTuesday, July 9, 7:00 p.m.

Who will be the 2013 Golden Hammer Award recipient? Who will take home a Hall of Fame Award? Come find out the answers to these questions and more as we kick off the convention. Don’t miss your chance to win some prizes and get a sneak peak at the great events ahead.

Welcome Reception • Tuesday, July 9, 8:30 p.m.
Quickly becoming a favorite of the convention, the Welcome Reception is a time to reconnect. Enjoy food, fun and entertainment, greet your old friends and meet new ones.

Connecting Teachers and Technicians
 • Thursday, July 11
Join us for a unique event focusing on the wonders of one of the world's favorite instruments. 
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Chicago Tour (Sponsored by the PTG Auxiliary)• Thursday, July 11, All Day
This year the PTG Auxiliary has scheduled activities sure to please everyone. We will be visiting Willis Tower Skydeck (formerly the Sears Tower), an authentic deep-dish pizzeria,  the Navy Pier,  the Stained Glass Window Museum and taking a unique tour of downtown.

Golden Hammer Banquet • Friday, July 12, 7:00 p.m. - $35 per person
The Golden Hammer Banquet honors the 2013 recipient of this coveted award. This honor is given to an outstanding member of PTG for their service, dedication, and many years of outstanding contributions to the PTG and the piano industry. Don’t miss this elegant dining experience as we share time with friends and enjoy great food.

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             Your registration includes:

   •  4-1/2 days of classes
   •  Over 100 different sessions featuring
       top instructors in the field
   •  Free entrance to the Exhibit Hall
   •  Evening receptions & concerts
   •  Networking opportunities
   •  Giveaways, prize drawings & more

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Monday, July 8 - Tuesday, July 9
  Annual Council Meeting

Tuesday, July 9
  Opening Ceremony & Reception

Wednesday, July 10 - Sunday, July 14
  Institute Classes

Wednesday, July 10
  Exhibit Hall Grand Opening

Thursday, July 11 - Saturday, July 13
  Dr. Stephenson In Concert

Friday, July 12
  Golden Hammer Banquet

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The Hotel
            Hyatt Regency O'Hare

• Newly-remodelled guest rooms and meeting
• Free internet in guest rooms.
• $10 per day parking for all attendees.
• 15% discount for the American Grill buffets.
• Free shuttle to and from O'Hare Airport.
• Minutes away from downtown Chicago via
  nearby L-Train stop.
• The entire Convention conveniently located
   under one roof.

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Area Attractions

Chicago, IL

America's third largest city should always come up first as a travel destination. The shear variety of things to do and see is unparalleled. Chicago offers some of the best museums, theaters, art, music, live comedy, sports venues, dining, and nightlife available. 

Click here for an Official Visitor's Guide so you can start planning your trip today!