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Starting in September, Beatrice Long will join the faculty of the Music Conservatory of Brooklyn College, CUNY.
Sophia Agranovich will perform a solo concert at BargeMusic - 'the floating concert hall' in Brooklyn, NY, on September 15 at 8 PM.
Please join Jacqueline Schiller-Audi and Diane Battersby when they perform their annual concert, Double Take!, on September 24 at 2 PM at the First Presbyterian Church of Verona. Works by Bizet, Leroy Anderson, Cole Porter, Liszt, Khachaturian and more.
Michelle Kuo and her son, Christopher Kuo, will be launching their fall concert season with a two piano recital at the Steinway Gallery in Paramus on Saturday, September 30 at 7 PM. They will be performing an all Rachmaninoff duo program. View PDF
Michelle Kuo and her son, Christopher Kuo, continue their fall concert season in Boston when they are presented by Berklee College of Music on October 7.
Michelle Kuo and her son, Christopher Kuo, continue their fall concert season performing at the San Francisco War Memorial Performing Arts Center.
Nancy Modell will present Creative Composing: Embracing Creativity, Nurturing Musicality on November 10 under the NJMEA group at the NJEA Convention in Atlantic City.
Nancy Modell will present Creative Composing: Embracing Creativity, Nurturing Musicality on November 18 at the NJMTA State Conference in Princeton.
Between August 5-9, Beatrice Long joined her sister Christina Long as the Long Duo, performing duo piano recitals in the Chamber Music Series at Sala Héctor Tosar in Montevideo; and Conciertos del Este at Punta del Este, Uruguay.
Jacqueline Schiller-Audi and Diane Battersby performed their annual concert, Double Take! Two Baby Grands in the Gazebo, in Tenafly’s Davis-Johnson Park on August 31. Selections included: Carmen by Bizet, some Leroy Anderson, Cole Porter, a little bit of West Side Story, Liszt, Khachaturian and more. Please see details on this flyer.
Sophia Agranovich's interview and four rave reviews were published in May-June issue of Fanfare Magazine.
Beatrice Long performed and taught at Piedmont, Italy’s InterHarmony International Music Festival from July 5-17. Works were by Chopin, Brahms and Ligeti; the master class was titled 'Articulation and Ornamentation in Baroque Keyboard Music'.
Nancy Modell taught ECC! (Every Child Can!©) on July 7 and conducted student master classes July 8-9 at the New Jersey Suzuki Workshop at the Lawrenceville School.
Sophia Agranovich performed a 2-hour solo recital at the festival Les Cabardiese de Pennautier in Pennautier, France on July 25.
On June 4 and June 11 Birgit Matzerath gave two presentations in the adult education series at All Souls Unitarian Church in New York City titled: Calm and Conflict - J.S. Bach's Preludes and Fugues in B-flat major and B-flat minor from the Well-Tempered Clavier II (BWV 890 and BWV 891). The musical means Bach used to convey different emotions in both pieces were examined, including a chance to reflect on the energies of calm and conflict in our lives, as listeners familiarized themselves with the music. Ms. Matzerath performed both works at each session.
Nancy Modell conducted teacher training workshops and taught student master classes at the Colorado Suzuki Institute in Beaver Creek, CO from June 12-24.
David Witten, Artistic Director, announced the Sixth Dorothy Taubman Festival, June 23-25 featuring: Master Classes with Professor Robert Shannon of Oberlin Conservatory; Technique Clinics and Lectures with Sondra Tammam, Festival Director; Children's Repertoire with Dragica Curcic; Jazz Standards reworked with the Taubman Concepts with Dan Crisci, and Guest Jackie Herbein, National presenter of Body Mapping/Yoga at MTNA National Conferences. For further information, please contact Dr. David Witten at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday, May 6, Pianists Yuka Yanagi and Amir Mortezai performed Romance and Tarantella (from Suite No.2, Op. 17) and Concerto No.2, Op.18, (1st movement) by Rachmaninoff on two pianos, and Pianist Yuly Verbitsky performed Piano Sonata Op. 57 ('Appasionata') by Beethoven, Sonnet 104 and Concert Etude 'Un Sospiro' by Liszt at Steinway Piano Gallery in Paramus, NJ.
Seymour Bernstein's cantata, Song of Nature (with a new orchestration by Artistic Director Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez), was presented in Musica Viva NY's final concert on May 7. Preceding the concert, Ethan Hawke's critically acclaimed 2015 documentary Seymour: An Introduction, was screened. The screening was followed by a Q & A session with Seymour and members of the production team.
Sophia Agranovich performed a solo recital at the Lambert Castle of the Passaic County Historical Society on May 7 and at the Watching Arts Center on May 20. Works by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Liszt and Chopin.
Michelle Kuo and her son, Christopher Kuo, have completed their winter benefit tour, performing 5 recitals in New York, New Jersey, Boston, and San Francisco. In total, they were able to help raise close to $30,000 for nonprofits across the country. On May 11, they presented their two piano recital at Christopher's alma mater, NYU Stern School of Business.
MEA Members Audrey Schultz and Lisa Gonzalez were in the Morris Choral Society's "Peace, Triumphant Peace!" performance on May 20 at the Dorothy Young Center, Drew University, Madison, NJ. Music included was Mendelssohn's serene "Verleih uns Freiden" (Grant us Peace), Beethoven's majestic Choral Fantasy, and the New Jersey premiere of Karl Jenkins' monumental "The Peacemakers", a major work premiered at Carnegie Hall in 2012. Texts from such great advocates of peace as Mahatma Gandhi, Anne Frank, Rumi, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, and the Dalai Lama, combined with Jenkin's unique combination of the classical and world music, make this a work of great importance. Visit www.morrischoralsociety.org.
On May 21, under the title, Play-Practice-Perform, Birgit Matzerath gave a presentation on Seymour Bernstein's approach to teaching piano for the Adult Music Student Forum in Washington DC. Along the lines of her own story as a student of Seymour Bernstein, her talk focused on "The Four Stages of Learning" that Bernstein describes in his book With your Own Two Hands, and his approach to the technique as outlined in his Twenty Lessons on Keyboard Choreography.
On May 27 Sophia Agranovich performed a solo concert at BargeMusic - 'the floating concert hall' in Brooklyn, NY. The program included Sonata in D minor 'Tempest' by Beethoven, Sonata in Bb minor by Chopin, and works by Liszt and Rachmaninoff.
MEA members Dan Crisci and Lisa Gonzalez were part of the 2017 Canticles for Life AIDS Benefit Concerts in April. Ginny Johnston conducted the 26-voice Triad Vocal Ensemble, which featured a mix of styles including anthems, Broadway, and an inspiring new work, "I Choose Love" by New Jersey composer Mark Miller. The Dan Crisci Jazz Trio also performed. Free will offerings were accepted at each concert. The Canticles for Life AIDS Benefit Concert ministry, founded in 1997, has raised over $131,000 for the New Jersey AIDS charities. The concerts have featured over two-dozen pieces by New Jersey composers. For more information, visit the website www.canticlesforlife.org.
On April 22, Nancy Modell was invited to teach at the Greater Philadelphia Suzuki Association's Enrichment Day, a one-day musical experience "to light a spark and motivate students to pursue their practice with vigor and enthusiasm." Nancy taught Let Yourself Go!© sessions throughout the day to over 50 students, where students, ages 5-15, used their intuition to tap into their creativity and artistry. Over 180 students attended this event in Allentown, PA.
Beatrice Long performed at 6@6, a wonderful concert series, at the Yamaha Salon of NYC on April 25. Her program included Albeniz, Iberia Book 1, Ligeti, Capriccio, and Chopin, Étude Op. 25.
In honor of Seymour Bernstein's milestone 90th birthday, Council Member Helen Rosenthal presented him with a Proclamation from New York City. The ceremony took place on April 27 at the Bernie Wohl Community Center. Friends were invited and audience members contributed remarks of their own, following Council Rosenthal remarks about Seymour's contributions to the City.
Pianist Murray Present (1921-2012) was a loyal and distinguished long-time member of MEA. A life-long resident of Montclair, his teaching career included 44 years as a Piano Professor at Montclair State University. The John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University was pleased to announce to the MEA community of music teachers a new piano scholarship honoring the legacy of Professor Murray Present. The Murray Present Memorial Piano Scholarship will be awarded to an incoming pianist applying for undergraduate or graduate study at the Cali School of Music. The award will be in the amount of $5,000 per year. An undergraduate award may be extended for a total of four years, and a graduate award may be extended for two years. No special application is necessary; the recipient will be chosen from among those applying to the Cali School of Music.For further information, please contact Dr. David Witten at email@example.com.
On March 2, Sondra Tammam presented a workshop for the Piano Teachers' Congress of NY on the 'Choreography of the Subtle In and Out Movements at the Keyboard' with the Taubman Approach held at the Yamaha Artists Headquarters. She was a guest presenter at the MTNA National Conference in Baltimore on March 19. Her student Maya Lily Knoller was a first prizewinner in the 1st Global Online Great Composers Competition in the Group 3 age-category, The Music of America.
The New York Piano Society gala fund-raising recital was March 4 in Weil Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, including a celebration of Seymour Bernstein's 90th birthday. Seymour performed the Schubert Fantasy for Four Hands with his pupil Alok Dutt.
Jackie Shiller presented a solo recital on March 5 at the Fort Lee Public Library. The program included Bach Partita No.1, Beethoven Op.2. No.3, Chopin Nocturne in D flat and Debussy Pour le Piano.
An interview with Sophia Agranovich about her new CD, Schumann; Carnaval and Fantasie, was published in the March-April issue of the Fanfare magazine. The sixth review of Sophia Agranovich's CD, Schumann; Carnaval and Fantasie, received an excellent review from the Audio Video Club of Atlanta. Sophia received a Gold Medal from the prestigious Global Music Awards for this CD."
Sophia Agranovich performed a solo recital at the Tenry Cultural Institute at the Leschetizky Association Concert Series on February 4. Works by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Liszt and Chopin.
Jackie Shiller and her father, Allan Schiller performed together on Sunday, Feb 5 at the Teaneck Public Library. Works for violin and piano include Beethoven, Bartok, and Vivaldi. Guests from the Alacorde Trio to join in the 2nd half with Mozart's Piano Quartet in E flat Major.
Barbara Landi Hause performed Bach's Italian Concerto for the Schumann Club on February 23 in the Union Congregational Church, Montclair.
Michelle Kuo and her son, Christopher, performed 15 duet recitals across the country supporting nonprofit organizations doing great work. They recently appeared at Whippany Park High School, NJ Jan. 14 and the San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center, CA Jan. 21. For more details visit: twopianojourney.com
Sondra Tammam is teaching Piano Pedagogy - Exploring the Taubman Approach, MUPR437-01 (2 credits), the only in-depth credit course on the Taubman Approach, at the Cali School of Music at Montclair State University on TUESDAYS, 4:00-5:40pm, from Jan. 17 - May 9. Auditors can contact: Dr. Marla Meissner, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 973-655-4443
Sophia Agranovich's video playing Ballade no.3 in A-flat Major by Chopin at the WQXR Chopin Marathon was chosen as the Juilliard Alumni video of the month in January 2017. http://www.juilliard.edu/alumni/video-month
Jacqueline Schiller-Audi performed in a series of concerts entitled "Beethoven, Bruch and All that Jazz" with the All Seasons Chamber Players, consisting of members Bob Lawrence, violin, Zoe Hassman, cello, Lisa Hansen, flute and Jean Strickholm, piano. On December 11, she performed the Prokofiev Flute and Piano Sonata and Paul Schoenfield's Cafe Music at the Ridgewood Public Library. allseasonschamberplayers.org
Sondra Tammam was nominated as NJMTA "Teacher of the Year".
For twenty years, Carmela Cecere has been chairing the Young Artist Invitational Festival on behalf of the Suburban Music Study Club. The purpose of the event is to seek out extraordinarily talented young musicians between the ages of 12 and 18 in order to offer them special recognition for their talents and accomplishments. On November 13, eight performers, including vocalists, oboists, violinists and pianists, were spotlighted and each received a small stipend of recognition. Pianists included students of members Beatrice Long, Tomoko Harada and Marina Young.
Sophia Agranovich gave a lecture/recital for PVMTA on November 2. Her new CD album was released on November 18 on Centaur/Naxos label - Robert Schumann: Carnaval, Op. 9 and Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17.
Beatrice Long performed a recital in support the annual scholarship program for the Greater Princeton Steinway Society on Sunday, November 6 at at Jacobs Music, 2540 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville, NJ. The program includes: Bach Italian Concerto, Albeniz - 'Evocation', 'El Puerto' and 'Corpus Christi Day in Seville' from Iberia I, 12 Études from Chopin Études Op. 25. steinwaysocietyprinceton.org. View PDF
In the 2016 MTNA NJ Composition Competition, Sophia Agranovich's student received Honorable Mention in the Senior division, and Nancy Modell's student received Honorable Mention in the Junior division.
Sophia Agranovich performed a Romantic recital of piano music at the Polish Cultural Foundation on Saturday, October 1.
The Montclair Music Club's opening performance of its season was Tuesday, October 11, at the Union Congregational Church, Montclair included performances by MEA members: Rebecca Eng, Barbara Landi Hause, and Betty Rosenblum.
For her 20th season at Carnegie Hall, Michelle Chen Kuo was joined by her son, Christopher Kuo, for a celebration of treasured works in the two-piano literature from the Romantic and Contemporary eras. In their third season together in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, they traversed a repertoire filled with lively dances, including Ravel's captivating La Valse and Saint-Saëns' Danse Macabre, and duo masterworks, including Lutosławski's wickedly difficult arrangement of Variations on a Theme by Paganini and Rachmaninoff's intensely passionate Suite for Two Pianos No. 2, Op. 17. This recital was the kickoff for their two piano concert tour across the country, where they are scheduled to perform in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Texas, and California.
Carmela Cecere's student, 15-year-old James Samson, presented his debut recital at the Morris Museum's Bickford Theatre on October 22. His performance supported the Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation. Free will donations and matching grant of $3,300 was realized.
Jacqueline Schiller-Audi performed the Prokofiev Flute and Piano Sonata and Paul Schoenfield's Cafe Music in "Beethoven, Bruch and All that Jazz" concert series with the All Seasons Chamber Players, consisting of members Bob Lawrence, violin, Zoe Hassman, cello, Lisa Hansen, flute and Jean Strickholm, piano. The concerts and venues were: Sunday, October 16 - Central Unitarian Church, Paramus; Thursday, October 20 - Crane's Mill, West Caldwell; Sunday, October 23 - Edward Williams Hall, Petrocelli College at FDU, Hackensack; Sunday, October 30 - New Milford Public Library.
Joan Bujacich and Kathy Knittel performed on the Main Stage with The Heart Of Gold Band for the Festival On The Green in Morristown on September 25. Heart of Gold Band plays the best of Classic Rock music and is comprised of Joe Bilotti on guitar & vocals, Joan Bujacich on keyboard and vocals, Kathy Knittel on percussion, rhythm guitar and vocals, Joe Howell on bass, and John Hummel on drums.
Sophia Agranovich performed a recital at the New Jersey Institute of Technology on September 23.
David Witten, pianist, presented "Piano Recital Honoring the 2,567th Anniversary of the Birth of Confucius" on September 18 in the Leshowitz Recital Hall, Cali School of Music, Montclair State University. Confucius wrote, "The inner nature of man is the province of music." The recital honored the birthday of Confucius with music by the following composers:
Wolfgang Amadée Mozart
Lisa Gonzalez, along with Marafanyi percussion group members Lara Gonzalez and Yael Shacham, ran workshops and performed on the summit of Mount Greylock at Bascom Lodge, Adams, MA in the beautiful Berkshires for their 4th annual Marafanyi Drum, Dance and Song FEST! on Sunday, September 4. Details on our FB page and rootsheartpulse.com.
Vicky Griswold is looking for a buyer for the Plainfield Music Store. After 22 years, she wishes to retire. Asking $50,000, negotiable. If interested, please contact her at email@example.com or (908) 405-7577(cell) or (908) 754-3718.
On August 20 at 4PM Sophia Agranovich performed a solo concert at BargeMusic - 'the floating concert hall' in Brooklyn, NY. Program:
Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48 no. 1
Polonaise - Fantaisie in A flat Major, Op. 61
Sonetto 47 del Petrarca
Sonetto 123 del Petrarca
Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
Après une Lecture du Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata
Hungarian Rhapsody #14 in F Minor
and other works.
Sophia Agranovich performed a solo concert on July 11 at the Miami Steinway Gallery. Program:
Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48 no. 1
Polonaise - Fantaisie in A flat Major, Op. 61
Sonetto 47 del Petrarca
Sonetto 123 del Petrarca
Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
Après une Lecture du Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata
Hungarian Rhapsody #14 in F Minor
and other works.
Nancy Modell taught ECC! (Every Child Can!©) at the Lawrenceville School on Friday, July 15. A one-day introductory course on the Suzuki philosophy and its application to education, ECC! provides an inspiring, in-depth look at the Suzuki approach to teaching and learning.
Sophia Agranovich performed at the special live event - WQXR All-Day Chopin Marathon, hosted by Elliott Forrest and Terrance McKnight on Saturday, June 4, where she played Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48, No. 1 and Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47. You can watch it on-line here.
Michelle Kuo performed a two piano recital with her son, Christopher Kuo, at the Steinway Gallery in Paramus on June 11. The program included works by Milhaud, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, and Guastavino.
The Fifth Dorothy Taubman Festival, led by Dr. David Witten, Artistic Director, was held June 11-12 and featured: Master Classes and an Evening Concert with Dr. Robert Shannon, Professor of Piano, Oberlin Conservatory of Music; inspiring sessions with Sondra Tammam, Dan Crisci, and Dragica Banic. Topics included:
Nancy Modell led Suzuki Piano Teacher Training and taught students at the Colorado Suzuki Institute in Beaver Creek, CO from June 13-25.
John Blasdale made his NYC Recital Debut on June 21 at West Park Presbyterian Church, W 86 St. (as a part of Make Music New York). His program included the intense Intermezzo in E Flat Minor op. 118 by Brahms, Beethoven's Piano Sonata in C Minor, op. 111, and his own Elegy in E Minor.
Jacqueline Schiller-Audi performed with the All Seasons Chamber Players in a series of concerts featuring the Faure Piano Quartet in C minor and 4 Hungarian Dances by Brahms for four hands. The concerts were Sunday, May 1 (2pm) The Fort Lee Library; and Sunday, May 22 (2pm) The Ossining Library.
Julia Lam was honored that her daughter, Jeannette Fang, invited her to perform at the Memories of Chopin: A Mother's Day Piano Recital, part of a series of concerts developed by the Garth Newel Music Center. Julia and Jeannette performed "Ma Mère l'Oye (Mother Goose)" by composer Maurice Ravel, a four-hands piano work at the Herter Hall in Hot Springs, Virginia on May 7 at 7 p.m. Jeannette also presented works by Chopin.
Clarisse Kant had her opening of her art exhibit, Intermittent Artist, on May 15 at the Artist Framer in Cranford. The exhibit ran from May 9- 28. The 'exhibit guide' explains the exhibit title:
"In 1937, at the age of seven, I started to draw, inspired by the fashion ads in the daily Newark newspaper. The same year I began piano lessons and continued music studies until today. My visual art in acrylics, charcoal, inks, pastels, pencil and watercolors, was only produced every twenty years or so: in the 1940's, 60's, 80's and since 2014, when time allowed from my other responsibilities as student, hospital volunteer, wife, public school special education teacher, mother, piano teacher, and, since 1956, as officer of the Music Educators Association of New Jersey."
Sophia Agranovich performed solo recitals on May 23 at the Watchung Arts Center and on June 26 at the Lambert Castle of the Passaic County Historical Society.
Nancy Modell presented a mini-workshop entitled Creative Composing for Pianists: Embracing Creativity, Nurturing Musicality at the Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference, May 26-30 in Minneapolis, MN.
Sondra Tammam presented a lecture-workshop entitled Healthy Coordinated Motion for all Pianists at the Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference, May 26-30 in Minneapolis, MN.
Kathy Knittel, Composition Committee Chair, released a CD, Acoustic Muses, this past December. The CD is comprised of five lyrical songs: Woodstock, Landslide, For Good, Michael From Mountains and Diamonds and Rust. Kathy's beautiful voice is accompanied by the fine guitar work of Joe Bilotti on Landslide and Michael from Mountains. Kathy sings and plays guitar on the Joan Baez tune Diamonds and Rust and is joined on vocals and piano by Joan Bujacich. Joan accompanies her on piano for the Joni Mitchell classic, Woodstock and on For Good from the hit musical Wicked. You can download these songs from iTunes and all the major online digital distribution sites. (Our President, Joan Bujacich designed the artwork for all the releases.)
Beatrice Long performed in a charity concert presented by Yachad, the National Jewish Council for Disabilities on April 3 at 7pm. The program included music by Scarlatti, Granados, Ravel and Bartok. Please contact TSVI@aol.com for tickets.
Jacqueline Schiller-Audi performed with the All Seasons Chamber Players in a series of concerts featuring the Faure Piano Quartet in C minor and 4 Hungarian Dances by Brahms for four hands. The concerts were April 3at The Teaneck Public Library; April 10 at Fairleigh Dickinson University Edward Williams Hall; Sunday April 17 at The Mahwah Library.
Beatrice Long gave a lecture recital entitled "Baroque Under the Iberian Sun - Domenico Scarlatti and His Keyboard Sonatas" on April 8, for Shore Music Educators Association, UUCMC at 1475 W Front St, Lincroft, NJ 07738.
On April 10 Sophia Agranovich was a featured performer on WWFM 'Piano Matters' with David Dubal.
Birgit Matzerath, Devony Smith, Soprano, Michael Maliakel, Baritone will present Schumann's song cycle Myrthen op 25 and Schubert's piano Sonata in A-major D 959 on Sunday, April 10 at 5pm at All Souls Church, Lexington Ave and 80th street in New York City. Admission is free, but we're asking for a donation to benefit the Musica Viva choir.
Sondra Tammam was a visiting professor at the University of Graz, Austria, April 11-14. She conducted Master Classes and presented the Taubman Approach to the students of the Music Department.
Nancy Modell was invited to teach at the Greater Philadelphia Suzuki Association's Enrichment Day 2016, April 16, a one-day experience "to light a spark and motivate students to pursue their practice with vigor and enthusiasm." Nancy taught Let Yourself Go!© sessions throughout the day to over 50 students, where students use their intuition to tap into their creativity and artistry. Over 160 students attended the event held at West Chester University, PA.
Jacqueline Schiller-Audi of The Alacorde Piano Trio announced a CD release party/concert on April 23 at the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood. Their new CD can now be purchased from iTunes, Amazon and cdbaby.
Larissa Sokoloff performed the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21, K. 467 with the Sol Solis Consort orchestra in CT on April 30.
MEA President Joan Bujacich helped recruit the judges for the series "Pitch Slapped", Lifetime TV network's eight-part series featuring a competition of the top NJ high school a cappella groups. If you happened to watch the show, you may be surprised to see some familiar MEA faces: Joan Bujacich and board members Lisa Gonzalez and Kathy Knittel judged for several episodes. Also joining them were MEA members Yuka Yanagi and Amir Mortezai and Joan's husband, Joe Bilotti. The show followed a cappella teams from two New Jersey high schools that were mentored by some of the best coaches in the industry: Deke Sharon, the on-site music director for the Pitch Perfect films; and acclaimed coach, Diana Preisler. A good time was had by all! You can still watch all the episodes online: mylifetime.com/shows/pitch-slapped.
Judging Episode 1: L-R Joan Bujacich, Joe Bilotti, Diana Hessinger
Birgit Matzerath, piano, and Bill Edwards, baritone, gave a series of three 50-minute presentations on Brahms' Four Serious Songs at the Unitarian Church of All Souls at Lexington and 80th street in New York City on Sunday, March 6, 14 and 21. In addition to performances of the songs the presentations will give background information and explore the way Brahms set the words he chose to music. The series is a part of the adult education program at All Souls. All events are free and open to the public.
Thomas Parente's book signing/reading of his book "The Positive Pianist" was at the Harvard Coop Bookstore on Saturday, March 19.
Beatrice Long was invited to perform Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit at a class on Ravel at Juilliard, NYC, taught by pianist Mirian Conti on March 21.
The Alacorde Trio, Jacqueline Schiller-Audi, piano, Jee Sun Lee, violin, Suji Kim, cello, performed at the Teaneck Public Library on February 7 at 3pm. The program included Turina's Circulo, Gershwin's It Ain't Necessarily So, Summertime and I Got Rhythm (arranged by The Alcorde Trio), Piazzolla's Oblivion and Death of the Angel and the Dumky Trio by Dvorak.
Nancy Modell presented a session entitled Creative Composing: A Joyous Pathway to Musicianship at the NJMEA 2016 State Conference on February 20 at the East Brunswick Hilton Conference Center.
Sophia Agranovich was one of the featured performers at WQXR program 'Reflections from the Keyboard' hosted by David Dubal on January 21 & 24.
Sondra Tammam is teaching Piano Pedagogy - Exploring the Taubman Approach, MUPR437-01 (2 credits), the only in-depth credit course on the Taubman Approach, at the Cali School of Music at Montclair State University on TUESDAYS, 4:00-5:40pm, from Jan. 19 - May 11.
Sondra Tammam, a director of Taubman Seminars (Lincoln Center) and Taubman Festivals (MSU), worked with Dorothy Taubman for over twenty-five years. This is a very unique opportunity to learn the piano approach of Dorothy Taubman.
The Alacorde Trio, Jacqueline Schiller-Audi, piano, Jee Sun Lee, violin, Suji Kim, cello, rescheduled their performance to January 31 at 2pm at the Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library in Garnerville, NY. The program included Turina's Circulo, Gershwin's It Ain't Necessarily So, Summertime and I Got Rhythm (arranged by The Alcorde Trio), Piazzolla's Oblivion and Death of the Angel and the Dumky Trio by Dvorak.
Sondra Tammam was a guest presenter at the Diller Quaile Keyboard Celebration, Opus 2 on Saturday, December 5. Her topic was, "Memorization - Putting the Fingers, Ears and Brain to the Score".
Jacqueline Schiller-Audi collaborated with her trio colleagues in a recital on Saturday, December 12, 7:30pm at NV Studios 400 Sylvan Ave in Englewood Cliffs. The program included Brahms Piano Trio in C Major and Rachmaninoff Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor.
Beatrice Long was featured recitalist in the Piano Lunch Series on Tuesday, December 8 from 12:10-12:50 pm at Christ & St. Stephen's Church 122 W 69 St. New York, N. Y. 10023 (69th Street & bt Broadway + Columbus Ave, NYC).
At the November NJMTA Conference at Rider University, Charlene Step chatted with composer Wynn Anne Rossi after her presentation on her new series, Musica Latina. The rhythmic series, featuring solos and duets, covers a cross-section of South America dances and folk music.
Thomas Parente performs with the the innovative ensemble, Piaclava, on Sunday, November 1 at 6 p.m. as part of the Music in Montclair series hosted by Music Director, Markus Grae-Hauck and the UU Music Committee. A wonderful variety of new works by contemporary composers will be featured. Here's your opportunity to hear yet another line-up of fresh and vibrant compositions emerging from members of this generation of exciting composers. Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair, 67 Church St. General Admission: $20 Students; Seniors: $15; Children: $5
On Friday, November 20 at 8 p.m., the outstanding NYC based National Chorale, under the baton of Everett McCorvey, will perform a concert featuring the beloved choral work Carmina Burana, and will additionally include two original choral pieces by Thomas Parente, at Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fisher Hall): "October", is set to poetry of Robert Frost, and , "Look up at the Sky" features the words of local poet, Bruce Kaduk. To order tickets online go to: www.nationalchorale.org
Sophia Agranovich released a new CD on a Centaur label featuring Franz Schubert: Fantasy for Piano in C major, D 760/Op. 15 "Wanderer"; Frederic Chopin: Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23; Ballade for Piano no 2 in F major/a minor, B 102/Op. 38, Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47 and Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52. It is available at ArkivMusic, Amazon, iTunes and other major distributors. Three excellent reviews are to be published in the Fanfare Jan-Feb 2016 issue.
Seymour: An Introduction, directed by Ethan Hawke, will be showing at the Summit Film Society in Summit, NJ on October 2 at 8PM. Meet Seymour Bernstein: a virtuoso pianist, veteran New Yorker, and true original who gave up a successful concert career to teach music. In this wonderfully warm, witty, and intimate tribute from his friend, Ethan Hawke, Seymour shares unforgettable stories from his remarkable life and eye-opening words of wisdom, as well as insightful reflections on art, creativity, and the search for fulfillment. Seymour: An Introduction will leave audiences uplifted and inspired. Q + A with Seymour Bernstein and Birgit Matzerath to follow.
Joan Bujacich will present a session titled Motivational Ideas for You and Your Studio for The Professional Music Teacher's Guild of NJ on Monday, October 5 at 10:30 a.m. at the Johnson Public Library, 274 Main. St., Hackensack, NJ. The challenge of finding a balance between musical growth and music as a place of health (for both teacher and student) will be a recurring theme during her presentation. This program is free and all are invited to attend!
Long Duo, Beatrice Long and her sister Christina Long will be giving a recital at Watchung Arts Center on Saturday, October 3, 8 p.m. The program, entitled Night Tales, will feature music by composers Felix Mendelssohn, Maurice Ravel, Frédéric Chopin, Béla Bartok, Antonín Dvorak, Charles Griffes and Karol Szymanovsky, for solo and piano four hands. Tickets are $16 in advance, $20 ($18 for WAC members, $10 for students) at the door. You may purchase tickets securely through Eventbrite. For more information, please call 908-753-0190.
Anita Gordon will perform a solo recital on the MacDowell Club recital series on Sunday, October 11 at 3 p.m. at Fransiscan Oaks, Denville. The program will include music by Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, and Chopin.
On Saturday, October 17 at 8:00pm, in her 19th season at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Michelle Chen Kuo is joined by her son, Christopher Kuo, who returns to Weill Recital Hall for the third time since his 2006 solo debut. Together, they celebrate the splendor of Russian two piano music featuring Anton Arensky's vividly colorful Suites for Two Pianos No. 1 & 2 "Silhouettes", Sergei Rachmaninoff's playful Russian Rhapsody, and his widely treasured and intensely passionate Duo Suites No. 1 "Fantaisie-Tableaux" & 2.
Nancy Modell will present a session entitled Creative Composing: A Joyous Pathway to Musicianship at the "Empower Creativity" themed 2015 NAfME National In-Service Conference scheduled for October 25-28 at Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN.
Sondra Tammam will perform Piano Trios in a faculty recital in Leshowitz Recital Hall, Saturday, Sept 19 at 8PM, at the Cali School of Music, Montclair State U., with guest artists violinist Ariel Shamai and cellist Alex Bacelar. The program includes: Beethoven: Trio in B-flat, Opus 97 ("Archduke") and Schubert: Trio in B-flat, Opus 99.
In Memoriam: Joseph Smith
Pianist, vocal coach, music teacher, writer, lecturer, and adjunct professor Joseph Smith died early on March 23rd. He taught Introduction to Music for the Cali School since fall 2004. His many gifts brought him wide recognition and affection and he will be greatly missed. A memorial concert at the Cali School will take place on Sunday, September 20th.
Nancy Modell will conduct Suzuki Piano Teacher Training and teach students Suzuki Piano Book 2, August 2 - 7, at the 2015 Greater Washington Suzuki Piano Institute in Mclean, Virginia.
Nancy Modell will teach ECC! (Every Child Can!©) at the NJ Suzuki Workshop in Lawrenceville on Friday, July 10. A one-day introductory course on the Suzuki philosophy and its application to education, ECC! provides an inspiring, in-depth look at the Suzuki approach to teaching and learning.
Sophia Agranovich will perform 2 solo recitals. The program will feature, among other compositions, Robert Schumann's Carnaval and Fantasie.
Clarisse Kant has been recognized for her creative art talents. She was recently awarded first prize in the drawing category in the Union County Seniors Art Competition for "Nude on a Pillow." This competition is sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. The work of all first-place winners will be exhibited at the Freeholders' Gallery on the sixth floor of the Union County Administration Building from July 14 - Aug. 19, then move to East Windsor to participate in a state-wide Seniors Art Competition.