One of the highlights of PASMAE-ISME Regional Conferences are the presentations at Plenary Sessions by invited Keynote Speakers.

We are delighted to announce the following Keynote Speakers:

A/Prof Akosua Addo
University of Minnesota


Galen Bresson
Creative Industries and National Events Agency


William Chapman Nyaho
Pacific Lutheran University
Professor Lee Higgins
International Centre of Community Music
A/Prof Akosua Addo

Akosua Addo currently works at the School of Music, University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Dr Addo’s research interests include international issues in arts education, collaborative and comparative research on the way children create and respond to the community and culture through arts play. Her current project is ‘International artists and pedagogues and teacher candidates’ intercultural music teaching.

Galen Bresson

Coming soon.

Dr. William Chapman Nyaho

Dr. William Chapman Nyaho, earned his degrees from St. Peter’s College, Oxford University, the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester and the University of Texas at Austin. He also studied at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève, Switzerland.

He currently serves on the piano faculty at Pacific Lutheran University as well as on the summer faculty of Interlochen Center for the Arts. Chapman Nyaho’s professional experience includes being a North Carolina Visiting Artist and Associate Professor of Music at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he held the Heymann Endowed Professorship and was the recipient of the Distinguished Professor Award. He has served as Visiting Professor of Piano at Colby College, Maine, Artist-in-Residence at Willamette University, Oregon and piano professor at Adamant Music School, Vermont. Chapman Nyaho currently runs his private piano studio in Seattle, Washington and teaches students of all levels. His students have been prizewinners at competitions and have been well placed in universities and colleges.

Chapman Nyaho is an active solo recitalist, duo pianist and chamber musician giving recitals and concerts in Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean and in cities across the United States where he advocates music by composers of African descent. He actively serves as a regular guest clinician at colleges and universities around the United States. He is also adjudicator for several national and international piano competitions. He has served on national committees for the College Music Society and the Music Teachers’ National Association and the National Endowment for the Arts.

As an advocate for music of Africa and its diaspora, Chapman Nyaho’s publications include a five-volume anthology Piano Music of Africa and the African Diaspora published by Oxford University Press. His recordings include Aaron Copland: Music for Two Pianos, Senku:Piano Music by Composers of African Descent and Asa: Piano Music by Composers of African Descent. His soon to be released new CD will comprise recordings of piano music from volumes 1 & 2 of his anthology.

Professor Lee Higgins

Professor Lee Higgins is the Director of the International Centre of Community Music based at York St John University, UK. As a community musician, he has worked across the education sector as well as within health settings, prison and probation service, youth and community, adult education, and arts organizations. As a presenter and guest speaker, Lee has worked on four continents in university, school, and NGO settings and was the President of the International Society of Music Education (ISME) from 2016-2018. He is the senior editor for the International Journal of Community Music and was author of Community Music: In Theory and in Practice (2012, Oxford University Press), co-author of Engagement in Community Music (2017, Routledge) and co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Community Music (2018).