Special Events


Potter School Reception

8 p.m.

Sponsored by the 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 2019 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 2019 convention.

President’s Welcome Reception


8:30 p.m.

PTG President Paul Brown invites you to join him in a relaxing evening featuring classic rock band Triple Play with Paul Coates, Dave Delucia, Mickey McAdams and a special guest. Sample the food, socialize and enjoy the music. Everyone is welcome!


Exhibit Hall Opening

Noon – 4:30 p.m.

Get a first look at many of your favorite suppliers, manufacturers and vendors in the PTG Convention Exhibit Hall. Entry a drawing, consult with a company rep and start shopping.

Foundation Concert

Malcolm Bilson and Paul McNulty

8 p.m. Admittance Free

Sponsored by the Piano Technicians Guild Foundation

Join us for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear world-renowned Malcolm Bilson, one of the foremost proponents of the use of period pianos. He will perform on a reproduction of an 1815 Fritz grand piano, built by Paul McNulty. We are very excited to have the musical genius of Malcolm Bilson and the piano building genius of Paul McNulty come together for this concert at the 2019 PTG Convention.

Bilson is a pioneer in exploring the use of early pianos to understand how musical works would have sounded to their composers, and what that means for performance practices. He began specializing in this field in the 1970's as a professor at Cornell University, and was a major figure in bringing it into the mainstream and expanding beyond the piano of Mozart’s time to those of the early to mid 19th century. He has performed and lectured around the world on period instruments, both original and reproduction. His recordings include all the Mozart piano sonatas and concertos and the compete Schubert sonatas, among others. He taught for nearly 40 years at Cornell University, training many of the most prominent period pianists of today.

Paul McNulty began as a classical guitarist, and turned to piano technology, studying at the North Bennet Street school with Bill Garlick in 1978-80. He decided to focus on building fortepianos, and soon moved to Europe in search of better sources for materials. He now lives in the Czech Republic and has expanded the range of instruments he makes to include copies of pianos as late as an 1847 Boisselot (Liszt’s piano) and an 1869 Streicher (Brahms). His pianos are world-renowned, and owned by a who’s who of prominent pianists, institutions and concert venues.


Arizona State Museum & Mt. Lemmon Tour

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Cost: $148 per person 

Join us for an out-of-this-world day as we combine three of Tucson’s great venues! We begin with a visit to the cool, air-conditioned Arizona State Museum. Experience the ancient indigenous and enduring Native cultures of the region through content-rich exhibits, dynamic docent tours, engaging programs, enriching travel tours, hands-on workshops, a research library, and an educational museum store. Established in 1893, Arizona State Museum is the oldest and largest anthropological research museum in the Southwest, with expansive collections that are exceptional resources for the study, teaching, and appreciation of the region’s 13,000-year human history. Afterwards we enjoy a terrific lunch at the Tanque Verde Ranch – one of America’s old-time cattle and guest ranches and located on 60,000 acres of Tucson’s most breathtaking desert landscapes, nestled amongst the Rincon Mountains and adjacent to Saguaro National Park and Coronado National Forest. An expert guide and driver will then take you on a spectacular guided tour to the top of the (cooler) Santa Catalina Mountains to Mt Lemmon. Great photo ops! We see Saguaro, Ponderosa Pine, and deciduous forests, stunning peaks and varied fauna as we climb to 9200 ft. It’s usually 20 degrees cooler than at the mountain base, which is welcome summer relief. Includes transportation, Arizona State Museum admission, lunch, and Mt. Lemmon tour.


The Rice Brothers

Sponsored by Kawai

8 p.m.

Admittance free

The Rice Brothers feature a unique blend of classical music, gospel, jazz, ragtime and boogie-woogie, along with a historical perspective of the great composers and the times in which they lived. They have performed in the widest range of settings, including concert halls, churches, schools and house concerts. Their performances and presentations have been enthusiastically received by audiences of all ages and from all walks of life. They also greatly enjoy working with their piano, cello and violin students in their private teaching studio. Johnny and Chris have just released their third CD, "Great Works by Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Rachmaninoff and Gershwin." Learn more at www.the-rice-brothers.com.


Barbershop Chorus

7:15 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 p.m.

Sponsored by Yamaha Pianos

Yamaha Corporation of America invites you to enjoy dancing and desserts with an evening of music from PTG’s own Nick Gravagne Trio. Nick Gravagne, RPT, on drums and vocals, will be joined by Bill Kaye, RPT, on piano and Sheffey Gregory, RPT, on bass.

Please come and take a break from the grind, enjoy the casual conversation and a turn on the dance floor! Cash bar available.


Golden Hammer Banquet

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, celebrate this year’s convention and get a sneak peek at our 2020 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.