Music Educators Association of New Jersey

Serving teachers and students since 1927

Welcome to the new Music Educators Association of New Jersey Website!

Celebrating 90 Years of Music Excellence

The Music Educators Association of NJ is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization of private piano teachers founded in 1927. Our mission is to raise the standards of private music teaching throughout New Jersey, while encouraging musical excellence and instilling a love of music in our students. To achieve these goals, we provide continuing education opportunities for our member teachers through monthly lectures, workshops, recitals and master classes. For our students, we offer auditions, competitions, recitals, scholarships and master classes given by artist teachers. Our current President is Nancy Modell, 2016-2019. Messages from the President can be found under Membership on the main menu.

We invite you to browse our website and discover the exciting world of music MEA offers.

Please note that hyperlinks are noted in Bold Red and when clicked will bring you directly to related pages or forms.

Teachers' Master Class
Joseph Kalichstein
Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 9:45 a.m.
Chase Room of the Madison Library

Joseph Kalichstein enthralls audiences all over the globe, winning equal praise as orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. As an Australian critic exclaimed: “To hear Kalichstein play is to fall in love with music all over again!”  Visit Here to learn more about this world renowned artist! This is going to be a fantastic propgram!

  Sonata No.3 in F minor, Op. 5  - Johannes Brahms
1st movement,  Allegro maestoso
Rebecca Eng, piano

 Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor, Op. 66 -  Felix Mendelssohn
 2nd movement, Andante espressivo 
 Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17 - Clara Schumann
4th movement, Allegretto 
Agnes Kwasniewska, violin, Sariah Mourik Johnson, cello, Cherwyn Ambuter, piano

 Prelude in G-sharp minor, Op. 32 -  Sergei Rachmaninoff                            
Allegro, no. 12
Larissa Sokoloff, piano

Violin Sonata - César Franck 
4th movement, Allegretto poco mosso
Nicole Lee, violin, Naomi Takagi, piano

Original Composition Festival deadline alert!!

The Festival will be held at Caldwell University on
 May 5th  at 2 p.m.
Teachers may enter up to 5 students in the Festival,
not including Eric Steiner Competition participants.
Registration Fee: $10.00 per student.
Online registration is available from your Member Homepage.
For more information visit the OCF webpage Here.

Please note:  Students enrolled in the Eric Steiner Original Composition Competition are already enrolled in the Original Composition Festival at no additional fee. 

February 21, 2019
Aaron Wunsch

Please note that this meeting will be held at The New Jersey Youth Symphony building located at: 570 Central Avenue, New Providence, N,J 07974. This is the same space where the October special event was held.

On February 21, Aaron will  speak about Debussy and Visual Arts. If you have never attended one of Adam's presentations here is your chance!  Adam is on the faculty at Juilliard and William Paterson University, Graduate Department. He  is an excellent lecturer and exquisite pianist. You can read all about his illustrious career Here.

2019 Annual Piano Auditions
Successful Launch, March 1

Registration:  March 1 - 31

Fifteen teachers signed up 145 students on the first day of the Annual Piano Auditions Registration!  Congratulations to those teachers who took the plunge early and succesffuly navigated the new system

 To access your Audition Portal you must be an "Active Member" so be sure to pay your membership dues if you have not already done so. You also must be able to access your Member Homepage.  Please do this ASAP so that you can explore your Audition Portal  and register your students before the March 31 deadline.

The following documents  are available from your Member Homepage :

2019 Annual Auditions, Audition Portal Tutorial
2019 Annual Auditions, Information and Guidelines
2019 Annual Auditions, Change of Schedule Request Form
2019 Annual Audition Syllabus

Note: The Annual Auditions Site Location and Map Information document is still available from Forms/ Downloads on the Homepage of the MEA website. This document is available to the public. Please share this document with all students participating in the Annual Piano Auditions.

Member Homepage issues?  Contact:

Audition Portal issues?  Contact:

Deadline to apply is March 21st

Auditions: Saturday, June 1, County College of Morris 
Master Class: June 13, Madison Library
Master Teacher: Victor Rosenbaum

Remember, do not use the new Annual Piano Auditions online process to apply for the Master Class Audition. Instead you need to fill out the interactive application form online or download an application form from our website and mail. 

The Interactive form can be found on your Member Homepage. To mail in an application form download from Forms/Downloads Here.

Visit the YA Master Class webpage  Here for all the details.
For more information contact Joan Bujacich:


Registration is now open for the 2019 Eric Steiner Original Composition Competition.   The deadline to enter is March 1st.  Because of the nature of the competition, late submissions cannot be accepted.  

To register, simply login to your Member Homepage. You will find the interactive registration form in the righthand column. Please be sure to follow the guidelines on the ESOCC  webpage for submissions.

View the student compositions from 2018 in a beautiful  booklet  which is available for current members to view/download.  Simply login to your  Member Homepage and look in the right-hand column under downloadable documents. Chair Kathy Knittel and  Christina Hansen did a beautiful job putting together this lovely compilation.

March 17
Annual Piano Competition Winners' Concert

Registration for the Annual Piano Compeition is now closed. Good luck to all of the talented young competitors!  Note the new venue for the Winners' concert:

Montclair State University, Leshowitz Hall
1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ
2:00 P.M.



The Audition Committee is happy to share some exciting changes that were made to the syllabus. Be sure to go to your Member Homepage to view or download the revised syllabus. We have been listening to your concerns!

• Student arrangements are now an acceptable option for required repertoire.
An original composition or a student arrangement may be performed as one of the required pieces providing it is comparable to the level of difficulty for that particular grade and category and is notated. Note: As of 2017 this applied only to Original Compositions.

  • The requirement limiting repertoire to only one piece from a given method book has been removed. This applies to the Introductory through Junior B categories.

  • A NEW LEVEL HAS BEEN ADDED! A Pre-Senior D has been added to the previous three  Pre-Senior levels. This level will help smooth the transition to the Senior level. It has only three categories and requires only one piece by memory. The pieces required are more difficult than on the Intermediate level but students will be able to progress to the next level without having to prepare a fourth piece and additional memorization.

  • Please remember that pop and jazz pieces have always been an option for the choice selection. It seems that many teacher are unaware of this, so we wrote it out more clearly where applicable. The choice selection can be a comparable piece from any period including pop, jazz, and notated originals and arrangements. Applies to Junior A through YA.

    If you have not renewed your membership, you will not be able to access your Member Homepage and download the Syllabus, so it may be a good time to do so now. If you have renewed and cannot access your  Member Homepage, contact Joan Bujacich: auditions@mea-

January 17, 2019
Jed Distler
The Golden Age of Pianism on Record

The Golden Age of Pianism on Record: Jed Distler examined traditions of Romantic performance practice through the artistry of legendary piano icons such as Josef Hofmann, Ignaz Friedman, Benno Moiseiwitsch, Moriz Rosenthal and more.  Stay tuned for the Highlights from this very exciting and inspiring presentation!
Composer/Pianist Jed Distler is the Artist-in-Residence for The Classical Network, where he is the creator, producer and host of the ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award winning weekly program Between the Keys. His recitals encompass mainly new music, including works composed especially for him by Frederic Rzewski, Alvin Curran, Andrew Thomas and others. Distler's compositions include a Guinness record-breaking piece for 175 keyboards, works for speaking pianist, chamber and vocal music, and a new chamber opera Tools, to be premiered in New York in October of 2019. His solo piano CD devoted to the music of Thelonious Monk will be released by TNC Music in January 2019. Distler contributes reviews to Gramophone and, and has written numerous booklet notes for box set reissues of pianists such as Horowitz, Graffman, Fleisher, Browning, Cliburn, Richter, Argerich and countless others. A Steinway artist, Distler has recorded more than 125 selections for Steinway's Spirio reproducing piano. For the full scope of Distler's activities, visit

Message From The President
MEA's 91st Year

Read the latest message from our president, Nancy Modell Here.

Thursday, March 28 

The second  meeting of the MEA's Composers'  Corner will be Thursday, March 28, at 10:15 A.M. at the home of Dan Crisci, Maplewood. RSVP to: The October 25th "kickoff' meeting of MEA's Composer's Corner was significant, congenial and enlightening. There was an extensive variety of musical styles and sensibilities that each composer brought to the group. An atmosphere of openness and a willingness to share abounded in this good-vibe, first meeting, followed by a light bite to eat.

NOVEMBER 11, 2018
 Three exceptional recitals were presented on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at the intimate Randolph Performing Arts Center of the Music Den.  A warm thank you is extended to all the judges, teachers and parents for their inputs and support. Thank you to the Honors Recital Committee members who worked tirelessly to ensure that the audition and recital days went smoothly. And congratulations to the 55 students who gave outstanding performances!
    Please visit the Honors Recital Highlights for a look at this MEA event.
Charlene Step
Honors Recital Chair

May 16, 2019
Adam Kent
The meeting with Adam Kent was reschduled from
January to May 16, 2019

Join us at the Madison Library  on May 16 to hear Adam Kent present Portraits of Barcelona — works by Catalan composers Federico Mompou and Manuel Blancafort.  Please arrive by 9:45. Learn more about our wonderful guest speaker and perfromer Here.

MEA-MJN 2018 Scholarship Awards

The Scholarship Committee awarded Camp Scholarships to three outstanding students:

Gordon Li.   A student of Julia Lam, Gordon is an 8th grader at William Annin
 Middle School and attended the one-week Westminster Choir College Piano Camp in July. 

Kelsey Lee.  Kelsey, who studies with Beatrice Long, is a student at Summit High School and attended the two-week Interharmony International Music Festival in Germany in August.

Eliza Tagle.  Another student of Beatrice Long, Eliza also attended the two-week Interharmony International Music Festival in Germany in August. She is
 a student at Millburn High School.

All three students have impressive music credentials and experience, including awards, recitals, second instrument proficiency, and  ensemble performance.  The Board awarded a total of $1,100. Click
here to see the write-ups of their life-changing summer experiences.

 Congratulations to these outstanding, deserving young musicians!

The MEA-MJN (Mary Jean Nelson) Scholarship Fund relies solely on the generosity of our donors, matching contributions from employers, and music sales at the monthly MEA general meetings. MEA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax-deductible. Making a contribution to the scholarship fund is a wonderful way to support aspiring musicians and perpetuate the beauty inherent in the arts. With your donation, you can also honor a person with congratulations (birthday, anniversary, graduation, etc.), get-well wishes, or in memoriam. Please help us continue our scholarship efforts!

 The MEA Scholarship Committee:  Sondra Tammam and Charlene Step, Co-chairs and Sal Mallimo

 For more information on the scholarship program click Here.


Highlights are now available from our wonderful October Meeting!

Ingrid Clarfield, Keeping the Spark Alive and Still Learning after 50 Years
Outreach and Hospitality

Guests from many New Jersey music organizations joined MEA members to hear Ingrid Clarfield’s presentation and enjoy the festive Potluck  Buffet Luncheon at the October 18, 2018 general meeting.  The change of venue  to accommodate the larger audience and extensive buffet was ideal. It was truly a memorable event. To read more about the general features of the gathering and Ingrid's presentation go Here.  

November 15, 2018
Juliana Osinchuk

The Higlights from this most exciting meeting are now posted. Click Here to read all about Ms. Osinchuk's wonderful presentation celebrating Leonard Bernstein's 100th Birthday!   To learn more about our guest speaker visit Here.

Friendly Forum
The Place for Discussions Written For
and By MEA Members

New Topic Question: 

How do you share musical experiences among your students: class lessons, duets or trios, recitals, etc.? Look for the responses in the January 2019 Glissando!

Suggestions for topic questions and comments on former topics are always welcome.