Music Educators Association of New Jersey

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Member News

As teachers, we are always learning and honing our skills so that we can be the best we can be - whether it is in the studio or on the stage. To that end, we invite MEA members to submit photos and/or short articles about concerts, recitals and other related musical activities that may be of interest to fellow MEA colleagues. Click HERE to read the Guidelines and Submit Member News. As stated in the Guidelines, Member News will be posted on the website and submitted to The Glissando.

2022

September 2022

Sophia Agranovich will release a new album Franz Liszt: Rhapsodies, Études and Transcriptions on September 2. It contains Hungarian Rhapsodies No. 6 and No. 12, Transcendental Etudes "Ricordanza" and "Mazeppa", Schubert/Liszt Ständchen (“Serenade”), Erlkönig and Die Forelle and will be available via all major distributors. 
Excellent reviews of this album will be published by OneWorldMusic Radio and MaunlyPiano.

Michelle Kuo and her son Christopher Kuo have relaunched their in-person Two Piano Journey tour. In April, they hosted their first in-person concert since 2020 for Minds Matter San Francisco, raising $110,000. This fall, the tour will bring them to New York, Florida, Massachusetts, and California as they perform concerts for the Chinese-American Planning Council, Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida, the Adams Theater, and Wu Yee Children’s Services. The project is projected to reach the $2MM fundraising mark by December. Michelle and Chris have established new fundraising partnerships with Embrella and the Greater Newburgh Symphony. Learn more at twopianojourney.com

October 2022

Sophia Agranovich will perform a solo concert at the famed "floating concert hall" BargeMusic in Brooklyn, NY, on October 2 at 4 PM. Visit http://bargemusic.org for more details.

November 2022

Four rave reviews of Sophia Agranovich's album Franz Liszt: Rhapsodies, Études and Transcriptions and an interview will be published in the Nov-Dec issue of the Fanfare Magazine.

Danette Whelan, along with MTNA members, Laura Amoriello, Phd. and Dr. Fernanda Nieto-Pulido, will present From Heart to Hands: How Mindfulness Can Revitalize Your Teaching, at Jacobs Music in Princeton on November 4th, at 9:45 am sponsored by The Piano Teachers Forum of Central NJ. 

Nancy Modell will teach ECC! (Every Child Can!), the introductory course to the Suzuki Approach, online on Nov. 5-6 for the NJ Suzuki Workshop.

What you may have missed...

August 2022

Sophia Agranovich will perform a solo concert at BargeMusic in Brooklyn, NY, on August 6 at 6 pm. Visit http://bargemusic.org for more details.

 

July 2022

Sophia Agranovich was one of the featured pianists in "Between the Keys" episode #0368 by Jed Distler on WWFM - The Classical Network.

June 2022

Members Dr. David Witten and Sondra Tammam, Co-Directors of The 11th Taubman Piano Festival 2022 at the Cali School of Music, Montclair State University, announce this annual event to be held on Fri/Sat/Sun - June 24 - 26.
MEA members Nancy Modell, Dragica Ćurčić, and Dan Crisci are Festival Presenters.

There will be Master Classes for children. Open Workshops for students and teachers every day. Guest Master Class teachers and recitalists are Robert Shannon, Oberlin College, Professor of Piano, and Dr. Mika Sasaki, Juilliard School Evening Division. Workshop and lecture by Guest Ben Steinhardt, Faculty: Father Paul Maillet, recognized Taubman Institute Faculty and former Fleisher student. Jackie Herbein, NCTM, Alexander Technique, and Certified Yoga teacher of Pittsburgh, will begin each day with Body Mapping participant warm-ups.

New events include Small Group Workshops and Healthy Computer Habits.
Single-day attendance is welcome! This year’s events are in Leshowitz Concert Hall and "live" on ZOOM.
For registration and more information visit: https://taubmanuniversalapproach.org

Sophia Agranovich will give a solo concert at the Watchung Arts Center, Watchung, NJ at 8 PM.

May 2022

The album Ludwig van Beethoven – In Celebration of the 250th Anniversary of his Birth by Sophia Agranovich is charting for 12 months across all the genres on One World Music Radio. It won Best Classical Album award.

Dan Crisci has released a new album of original compositions and
improvisations. A Day’s Journey is a solo piano album that is a musical depiction
of a day, from morning songs through evening songs. It is available as a CD, a
digital download, or it can be heard on all of the major streaming platforms.
You can purchase it at Dan’s website at https://dancrisci.com/music

As part of the Frances Clark Teacher Education Webinar Series, Dr. Patricio F. Molina will present ARABIC MUSIC AND THE PIANO: THE USE OF THE PIANO IN LEBANON AND EGYPT DURING THE GOLDEN AGE OF ARABIC MUSIC on May 11 at 11 AM.  He will discuss the introduction of the piano, and equal temperament, into Arabic music in the 1930s-60s. This new combination made a deep impact on the structure of Arabic music.  Dr. Molina will compare Western and Arabic music theory and explore how the piano influenced the composition of Arabic music. Dr. Molina is a Chilean-Syrian composer, pianist, and educator based in New Jersey. The New Jersey Youth Symphony and White Snake Projects are among the many institutions that have recognized his talents with commissioned works. Dr. Molina serves as Conservatory Director at Newark School of the Arts. He is a Yamaha Artist.

Sophia Agranovich is a Platinum Winner in Best Classical Pianist and Best Instrumental Artist categories and a Gold Winner in Best Female Instrumental Artist Category at LIT International Talent Awards 2022. She is also a winner of the overall Instrumental Category of the year 2022.

Sophia Agranovich is one of the featured performers on ‘Piano Matters’ with David Dubal at WWFM.ORG radio station at 12 PM.

Sophia Agranovich is a Winner of the Indie Music Channel Radio Music Awards 2022 in Best Classical Artist, Best Classical Recording, and Best Instrumental Recording categories.

April 2022

Sophia Agranovich is one of the featured performers on ‘Piano Matters’ with David Dubal at WWFM.ORG radio station at 10 PM.

Sophia Agranovich will be performing at the Indie Collaborative Event celebrating Earth Day at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall at 8 PM.
A limited number of complimentary tickets are available. 

“Mixing It with Nicki Chris” on Blogtalkradio will air a pre-recorded interview and performance by Sophia Agranowich at 8 PM.  The broadcast will be available on-demand.

March 2022

Danette Whelan’s former student, Kailyn Williams, currently a student at NYU, has been accepted to NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development’s music composition program. 

Kailyn won first place in both the 2020 NJMTA State Composition Competition for her string quartet, Silver Bells & Golden Sand, and the 2021 ESOCC for her piano composition titled Metamorphosis. Silver Bells & Golden Sand was also performed professionally by the Montclair State Orchestra’s string ensemble last summer at the Morris Museum. 

Nancy Modell’s student, Ella Zhang, won the Young Maestro Composition Competition silver medal after performing her composition, Under the Night Sky, at Merkin Hall, NYC.

Nancy Modell is teaching Suzuki student masterclasses, group classes, and a teacher workshop on creative composing at the Massachusetts Suzuki Festival, March 12-13.

The album, Ludwig van Beethoven – In Celebration of the 250th Anniversary of his Birth by Sophia Agranowich, is nominated by the One World Music Radio as the Best Classical Album 2022.

Members Dr. David Witten and Sondra Tammam, Co-Directors of The 11th Taubman Piano Festival 2022 at the Cali School of Music, Montclair State University, announce this annual event to be held on Fri/Sat/Sun - June 24 - 26.
MEA members Nancy Modell, Dragica Ćurčić, and Dan Crisci are Festival Presenters.
 
There will be  Master Classes for children. Open Workshops for students and teachers every day.Guest Master Class teachers and recitalists are Robert Shannon, Oberlin College, Professor of Piano, and Dr. Mika Sasaki, Juilliard School Evening Division.  Workshop and lecture by Guest Ben SteinhardtFaculty: Father Paul Maillet, recognized Taubman Institute Faculty and former Fleisher student. Jackie Herbein, NCTM, Alexander Technique, and Certified Yoga teacher of Pittsburgh, will begin each day with Body Mapping participant warm-ups. 

New events include Small Group Workshops and Healthy Computer Habits. 
Single-day attendance is welcome!  This year’s events are in Leshowitz Concert Hall and "live" on ZOOM.
For registration and more information visit: https://taubmanuniversalapproach.org

February 2022

Nancy Modell is teaching online Suzuki student masterclasses and group classes at the NJ Suzuki Workshop, February 26-27.

Sondra Tammam has been awarded the 2022 Steinway Top Teacher Award

Beginning on Feb. 13, Sophia Agranovich is one of the featured artists on ‘Lite Lounge with Dimitri K.’- a podcast and live show on multiple US and international radio stations. 

January 2022

Sophia Agranovich is one of the featured performers on ‘Piano Matters’ with David Dubal at 12 PM on WWFM.ORG radio station, playing works by Schumann and Scriabin.

Sophia Agranovich is one of the featured performers on ‘Piano Matters’ with David Dubal at 10 PM on WWFM.ORG radio station, playing works by Schumann and Scriabin.

Registration is now open for Piano Pedagogy - Exploring the Taubman Approach, a course taught by Sondra Tammam at the Cali School of Music of Montclair University from January 18 - May 10, on Tuesdays from 4 - 5:40 PM. The class is open to auditors, high school age, and teachers, via ZOOM and In-Person (proof of vaccination required).

The 15 classes for $150. Auditors receive a certificate upon completion. MUPR-437-01 (2 credits)
Contact either Sondra or the Extension Division Director, Letitia Stancu,  stancul@montclair.edu for the registration form.
tammams@mail.montclair.edu    www.montclair.edu/~tammams

 

Nancy Modell is teaching Suzuki student masterclasses and group classes at the Levine School in Washington, D.C., January 15-16.

The album, Ludwig van Beethoven – In Celebration of the 250th Anniversary of his Birth by Sophia Agranovich, is in the Top 10 Albums chart across all the genres on One World Music Radio - one of the top European stations.
It is listed in the top 10 albums for 8 consecutive months.

2021

November 2021

Sondra Tammam will present a “bite-sized” presentation at the NJMTA Annual State Conference on Saturday, November 13, held on ZOOM.
For more info: www.njmta.com

Sophia Agranovich was one of the featured performers on ‘Piano Matters’ with David Dubal at WWFM.ORG

On November 5, Sondra Tammam will be a guest presenter for the Piano Teacher Forum (PTF).  Her topic will be “Solving Technical Complexities in Piano Repertoire.” For further info: www.pianoteachersforum.org

Sophia Agranovich was one of the featured performers on ‘Piano Matters’ with David Dubal at WWFM.ORG.

October 2021

Transcendental Etude No.9 ‘Ricordanza’ by Franz Liszt, performed by Sophia Agranovich, was selected as the Juilliard School Alumni video for the month of October.

August 2021

Sophia Agranovich received 2 Silver Medals for Outstanding Achievement from the Global Music Awards for her latest albums:
‘Ludwig van Beethoven – In Celebration of the 250th Anniversary of his Birth’
and ‘Frédéric Chopin – In Celebration of 210th Anniversary of His Birth.’

July 2021

Sophia Agranovich was one of the featured performers on ‘Reflections from the Keyboard’ with David Dubal at WQXR and WQXR.org.

Nancy Modell will teach ECC! (Every Child Can!) ONLINE at the NJ Suzuki Workshop, July 8-9 (12:30-5 PM both days).

June 2021

Members David Witten and Sondra Tammam, Co-Directors of The 10th Taubman Piano Festival 2021 at the Cali School of Music, Montclair State University, held its annual event t on Fri/Sat/Sun - June 25-27. Three daily sessions were held from 9 am until 5:30 pm. Free Concerts on Friday and Saturday with Yilan Zhao, 2019 Prizewinner Viotti International Piano Competition and  Dr. Lisa Yui, Yamaha Artist and Faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music.

MEA members Dan Crisci, Dragica Ćurčić, and Nancy Modell were Festival Presenters featuring Open Workshops and Presentations for students and teachers. Daily Master Classes for children. Guest Master Class teachers were Dr. Lisa Yui, Yamaha Artis, Dr. Cristina Gerling, Dept. Chair Porto Allegre University, Brazil, and Father Paul Maillet, recognized Taubman Institute Faculty and Leon Fleisher student.

Jackie Herbein, NCTM, Alexander Technique, and Certified Yoga teacher, began each day with Body Mapping participant warm-ups.

This year’s events were in Leshowitz Concert Hall and "live" on ZOOM.
For more information, visit https://taubmanuniversalapproach.org

May 2021

Sophia Agranovich is one of the featured performers in ‘Piano Matters’ with David Dubal at WWFM.ORG. She will play Scherzo No.3 in C-sharp minor by Chopin in comparative performances.

Sophia Agranovich will perform a solo recital via ZOOM on Sat., May 22 at 8 PM, sponsored by the Watchung Arts Center.

In the program:

Sonata No. 17 in D minor ‘Tempest’ by Beethoven, Hungarian Rhapsodies No. 6 and 13 by Liszt, works by Schubert/Liszt, Schumann/Liszt, and Mendelssohn. 

Tickets are $20. The box office will close on May 22 at 6:30 PM. The Zoom link will be sent via email to the ticket holders by 7 PM on the day of the event. Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended and can be purchased securely through Eventbrite:
https://tinyurl.com/yjst8eb8

Sophia Agranovich is one of the featured performers in ‘Piano Matters’ with David Dubal at WWFM.ORG. She will play Scherzo No.3 in C-sharp minor by Chopin in comparative performances.

Christopher & Michelle Kuo announce the launching of their Two Piano Journey YouTube channel. Their vision is to record the entirety of the two-piano repertoire and they hope it can serve as a resource to pianists and students who are interested in learning piano chamber music.

April 2021

Nancy Modell will present Creative Composing: Embracing Creativity, Nurturing Musicianship, to the Piano Teachers Forum of NJ at their online meeting.

March 2021

Members Dr. David Witten and Sondra Tammam, Co-Directors of The 10th Taubman Piano Festival 2021 at the Cali School of Music, Montclair State University, announce this annual event to be held on Fri/Sat/Sun - June 25 - 27. MEA members Dragica Ćurčić, Dan Crisci, and Nancy Modell are Festival Presenters and there will be Open Workshops for students and teachers, including Master Classes for children. Guest Master Class teachers are Dr. Lisa Yui, Yamaha Artist and Associate  Dean of Assessment and Academic programs at MSM, Dr. Cristina Gerling, Dept. Chair Porto Allegre University, Brazil, and, Father Paul Maillet, recognized Taubman Institute Faculty and former Fleisher student. Jackie Herbein, NCTM, Alexander Technique and Certified Yoga teacher of Pittsburgh, will begin each day with Body Mapping participant warm-ups. 
Included are three daily sessions (live at Leshowitz Concert Hall, or virtual, TBD), free concerts on Friday and Sunday at 5 pm, and a Saturday Gala Concert at 8 pm with Yilan Zhao, 2019 winner of the Viotti International Piano Competition.
New events include Small Group Concept Workshops and Healthy Computer Habits. 
Single-day attendance is welcome!  This year’s events are in Leshowitz Concert Hall and "live" on ZOOM.
For registration and more information visit: https://taubmanuniversalapproach.org

On Sunday, March 7 at 12:00 PM Sophia Agranovich will be again one of the featured performers at WWFM Classical Network program 'Piano Matters', hosted by David Dubal. She will play 2nd movement; Scherzo' of Sonata No. 3 in B minor by Chopin. This program was also aired on March 3.

An interview with Sophia Agranovich and 3 excellent reviews are published in Fanfare Magazine for her CD 'Beethoven: In Celebration of the 250th Anniversary of his Birth'. It is very popular on all the major distribution sites. From February 12 to February 28 this album was streamed 14000+ times just on Spotify. For more information and review quotes, see http://sophiagranovich.com/discography.

Sophia Agranovich received a wonderful review from the American Record Guide for her CD album 'Chopin: In Celebration of the 210th Anniversary of his Birth'.  For more information and review quotes, see http://sophiagranovich.com/discography.

Nancy Modell gave her online presentation, Creative Composing: Embracing Creativity, Nurturing Musicianship, to the Piano Area class at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

February 2021

Judy Kessler is excited to announce that her CD, Secret Words, is now available on Amazon Music.  It's  9 original songs with music and lyrics that she composed. Judy hired a musical director/producer to put her studio band together, write parts for the other musicians, and handle the recording details. For more information about Judy, click HERE.

Judy Kessler was honored to recently be interviewed for her town's podcast, called Hawthorne Towncast.  The interviewer, Flavio Romeo,  a professional actor, and international businessman, made it a very fun and interesting conversation. Please click HERE to listen to it.

On February 14 at 12 PM Sophia Agranovich will be one of the featured performers at WWFM Classical Network program 'Piano Matters', hosted by David Dubal. She will play Nocturne in C minor Op. 48 No.1 and 1st movement of Sonata No. 2 in B♭ minor, Op. 35 by Chopin.

Nancy Modell is the instructor for the NJ Suzuki Workshop's online course, Every Child Can!, as part of the NJSW WinterFest. She will also conduct master classes as part of WinterFest, a one-day workshop for Suzuki music students.

Sophia Agranovich's new CD album dedicated to Beethoven's 250th Anniversary is released. Program: Fantasia in G minor/B Major, Op. 77; Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op. 13 'Pathetique'; Sonata No. 14 in C♯ minor ‘Quasi una fantasia’, Op. 27, No. 2 'Moonlight'Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2, 'The Tempest'. This album will be available in hard copies, downloads and streaming via all the major distributors and online radio stations. It already had received multiple rave reviews.  Purchase link: https://amzn.to/3j75dnI

 

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