Special Events


Potter Reception - 8 p.m.

Sponsored by the Randy Potter School of Piano Technology

Everyone is welcome to join in this casual gathering. Catch up with old friends and make some new ones. It’s a great way to start off the week.



Opening Session - 7 p.m.

We’ll announce PTG award recipients for 2016 and kick off the convention with a preview of what’s to come. Take a chance on some nice prizes and learn more about what’s planned for this year’s Convention and Institute.

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

Sponsored in part by Abel Hammers, Brooks LTD. Piano Products  Pianos Bolduc

Featuring Scott Jones and the Pitchlock Piano Bar

PTG President Phil Bondi invites you to join him in a fun-filled evening of food and entertainment. Back again by popular demand, Scott Jones will lead us in some amazing karaoke. You’ll have plenty of time to socialize and there’ll be more opportunities to take home a great prize. Everyone is welcome!



American Rover Evening Sailboat Cruise - 7 - 9 p.m. 

Set sail with a tradition of excellence aboard the Sailing Ship American Rover. Since 1986, the American Rover’s red “tan bark” sails have been one of the signature sights of the Hampton Roads area. You’ll enjoy an intimate evening with friends and family during a two-hour sunset cruise that also includes music, appetizers and narration. Cash bar available. On board, you can lend a hand with the sails, take a turn at the helm or just sit back, relax and enjoy the experience. Your cruise departs from Norfolk’s Waterside and sails the smooth waters of the Elizabeth River and Hampton Roads Harbor. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot early. Tickets are $40 per person.

PTG Foundation Concert - 8 p.m.

Sponsored by the Piano Technicians Guild Foundation

Early Romantic Piano Music Performed on Period Instruments by David Kim

Piano music before the middle of the 19th century was written for an instrument far different from today’s concert grand, less powerful, but with other expressive capabilities. This concert will showcase the musical possibilities of instruments of that time, using an original 1791 Broadwood and a reproduction “Grafendorfer" (based on 1830s Graf and Bösendorfer). The performer, fortepianist David Hyun-su Kim, has been hailed by Malcolm Bilson as a musician "who will doubtless make an important contribution to the musical life of this country,” and holds degrees from Harvard, Yale, and Cornell Universities, and a doctorate from the New England Conservatory of Music. Admittance free.


Colonial Williamsburg Tour

A special opportunity exists to tour the Colonial Williamsburg museum on Sunday, July 24. John Watson, Curator of Musical Instruments, will be our guide through the Changing Keys exhibit. The exhibit includes pianos, harpsichords and other keyboards manufactured from around 1770 to 1830. The cost includes entrance to the museum, a two hour guided tour and round trip transportation from the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. We will leave at 8:45 a.m. and return to Norfolk by 1:30 p.m.  If you are interested in joining please contact Douglas Laing by May 20 at douglas@magnumopuspianoworks.com or 727-539-9602. Space is limited.



General Session - 8 a.m.

You’ll be motivated and encouraged during this special session designed to provide a unique start to our second day of Institute classes. Our featured speaker will focus on things that can directly benefit you and your business.

In Concert Tanya Gabrielian, Pianist  - 8 p.m.

Sponsored by Kawai

Tanya Gabrielian has captivated audiences worldwide with her gripping performances. She has performed on four continents in acclaimed venues including Carnegie Hall in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Sydney Opera House, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, and the Salle Cortot in Paris, with such orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, New London Sinfonia, and the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra. Tanya completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the Royal Academy of Music in London, originally studying both piano and viola. She then finished her studies at The Juilliard School as the only candidate accepted for the prestigious Artist Diploma, an extraordinarily selective post-graduate residency program. She currently lives in New York City and is a Shigeru Kawai Recording Artist. Her performance will include selections from her soon to be released CD of piano transcriptions of music by J.S. Bach. Admittance free.



Barbershop Chorus Concert - 8:15 p.m.

Get set for some splendid harmony featuring barbershop standards and some surprises with a PTG-twist. Led by Larry Crabb, 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 - 9 p.m.

Sponsored by Yamaha Pianos

Follow up the Barbershop Concert with another opportunity to enjoy time with friends in an informal setting. Enjoy the complimentary dessert bar and music. Take a swing around the dance floor if you dare! Cash bar available.



Golden Hammer Banquet  - 6 / 7 p.m.

6 – 7 p.m. Cocktail Hour – cash bar

6 - 7 p.m. Photo Booth ­– free

7 p.m. Join us as we celebrate this year’s Golden Hammer Award recipient. After a full course dinner, we’ll wrap up another successful PTG Convention and Technical Institute and provide a sneak peek at our 2017 event. Banquet tickets are included with full registrations. Additional tickets $45 each.



Chapel Service - 8 a.m.

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

PTG Jeopardy - 9 a.m.

This fun, interactive game was premiered last year and was so well received that we’ve included it again in Norfolk. Play for prizes or be a part of the audience as we find out how much we really know about pianos and PTG.