Music Educators Association of New Jersey
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The Music Educators Association of NJ is a non-profit 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.

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Fantastic Concert on Sunday, March 19th,
Congratulations To The Performers and Their Teachers! 

Watch the video by clicking Here.

The MEA's 47th Annual Piano Competition Winners Recital took place on Sunday, March 19.  This free event was held in the Concert Hall of Drew University in Madison, NJ and the theme this year was "Song and Dance". The performances by our talented young students were stunning. It is not too late to make a small donation to our scholarship fund honoring these performers and their teachers.

Thanks to the Competition Committee Chairs, Anna Katznelson and Barbara Landi Hause, and their hard-working committee members, Ana Berschadsky, Rebecca Eng, Kai Pangune Kim, Ruth Kotik, Michelle Kuo, Beatrice Long, Florence Lui, and Yuka Yanagi. 

Bravo to all!

Please check back for the highlights which will be posted very soon!  
(For Students/Annual Piano Competition/Highlights)

Schubert — Songsmith or Masterbuilder? 

In his April presentation to MEA members, Daniel Epstein — international performer, teacher and recording artist — discusses Franz Schubert in a new light. While some critics find Schubert’s larger structures rambling, episodic and lacking in dramatic tension, especially when compared to Beethoven (whom Schubert idolized), Schubert’s last piano sonata in B flat is extraordinary.  A careful, sensitive look at the first movement reveals a dramatic, uniquely un-Beethoven structure — based upon memory, intuition and subtle shifts of harmony, melody and rhythm. Mr. Epstein will suggest ways in which performers and teachers can use this understanding to make their performances of Schubert more compelling and beautiful.

Daniel Epstein has become recognized as a vital and versatile solo/chamber pianist, as well as an articulate communicator and educator. He received international acclaim in 1973 for his performances with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra of the Yellow River Concerto – the first piece of Chinese classical music to be performed in the U.S. Since then, he has performed throughout the United States and has toured in China, Japan and Europe, giving solo recitals and master classes. Recently he performed both Brahms piano concertos with orchestras in the New York area. 

As pianist and founding member of the Raphael Trio, since 1975 he has performed virtually the entire piano trio repertoire.  The Trio has appeared regularly in New York’s Carnegie and Town Halls, The Kennedy Center in Washington, London’s Wigmore Hall, Vienna, Paris, Geneva, Budapest, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, and other venues.

Epstein studied with Adele Marcus at Juilliard in the mid-sixties (she herself was a student of Josef Lhevinne and Artur Schnabel). He also studied with Dorothy Taubman in New York and Benjamin Kaplan in London. While a Juilliard undergraduate, he was one of a handful of pianists selected to play for Vladimir Horowitz at his home, and to receive his comments.

He is a member of the piano faculty at Manhattan School of Music (since 2001) and the Mason Gross School of Music at Rutgers University (since 2007). In 2011 he opened the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra season by performing Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto under the baton of Shinik Hahm.

Daniel Epstein’s comprehensive teaching style has made him a most sought-after teacher. Among his students are major competition prizewinners, performers with major conductors and symphony orchestras throughout the world, and recording artists on major record labels. Because he maintains an active career as a performer, he is constantly innovating, refining and testing his teaching principles in real performance situations. For more info and a discography, please visit:

Scholarship Program Update

Please note that the deadline for the Camp and College Scholarships is May 1st and not April 1st as noted in the January Glissando. Sorry for any confusion!

You can apply online from your Member Homepage. 

For more information on our wonderful scholarship program click Here.

Teachers’ Master Class

With a concert career spanning four decades across four continents, Douglas Humpherys has become a performer and teacher of global proportions.He has performed in the concert halls of China, Korea, and Taiwan — not to mention his performances in the major capitols of Europe, Russia and Ireland. In North America, he has performed throughout the U.S. and Canada and is a frequent guest artist at MTNA conferences. A Steinway Artist, he recently appeared with the Rochester Philharmonic and performed on the DiMenna Center Piano Series in New York City. In South America, he concertizes in Argentina with Teachers del Norte-Pianists del Sur.

Doug Humpherys is Professor and Chair of the Piano Department at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.  He has been appointed to visiting residencies or professorships at the University of Michigan, Yonsei University in Seoul, and the Central Conservatory in Beijing. He is a graduate of Juilliard (MM) and the Eastman School of Music (DMA), having studied with Nelita True, Martin Canin, and Robert Smith.  

Before his recent appointment as Artistic Director of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation, Mr. Humpherys served on the juries of the Bachauer Competition and numerous international competitions in the U.S., Russia, Spain, Korea and Japan.

Mr. Humpherys has taught hundreds of master classes at universities and conservatories around the world, including the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, most of the major conservatories in China, the Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts, the Korean National University of the Arts, National Taiwan Normal University, and the Royal Irish Academy of Music. 

It is truly fitting that Douglas Humpherys conduct the March Master Class with the following MEA teachers.  

  • So Jung Lee, from South Korea, is a recitalist and chamber musician who is currently working on a doctorate at Rutgers University. She will play Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17 (1st Mvt.) by Schumann.
  • Blanca Ugelli, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and an award-winning pianist who has performed in South America and the U.S., will present Sonata No. 3, Op. 58 (1st Mvt.) by Chopin.
  • Luba Vasilyeva, who studied and performed in St. Petersburg and moved to the U.S. where she now concertizes and teaches, will play Ravel’s La Valse.

Highlights of this wonderful event will be posted soon.


Rachmaninoff — His Life
through his Piano Playing
and Compositions

Passionate about piano music throughout his own illustrious career, David Dubal delves into the life and career of premier pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff. Rachmaninoff had emigrated to the U.S. after the Russian Communist Revolution of 1917 and became one of the most influential composers, performers and conductors of the 20th century.

David Dubal, internationally known pianist, teacher, author, lecturer and broadcaster, has been a faculty member at Juilliard since 1983, and joined the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music in 1994. He has performed, conducted master classes, lectured worldwide, and judged competitions, including the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

An authority on piano literature, Mr. Dubal?s highly acclaimed books include The Art of the Piano, The Essential Canon of Classical Music, Reflections from the Keyboard, Conversations with Menuhin, and Evenings with Horowitz. His book Remembering Horowitz contains 125 essays by world famous pianists and a CD of conversations with Mr. Horowitz. Mr. Dubal’s Emmy-winning video, “The Golden Age of the Piano,” has been viewed worldwide in four languages.

Recipient of the First ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award for broadcast journalism and the George Foster Peabody Award (among others) for innovative broadcasting, Mr. Dubal served as Music Director of WNCN in New York City from l967-90, and a producer and commentator. Since 2000, he has hosted "Reflections from the Keyboard" on radio worldwide and "The Piano Matters" on


If you do not have students performing in a recital but would still like to attend one of these great programs, please always check with Chair, Yudit Terryon the time of the recital(s).  Though we normally run two recitals, one at 2:00, and one at 3:15, sometimes only one is scheduled if there is not enough enrollment to fill two programs.  (We wouldn't want you showing up for a recital that is not scheduled.)

Yudit is doing a great job for her first year of taking on this big job as Chair.  If any member would like to run a recital or help with making programs, please contact Yudit at:

for our
MEA 90th Anniversary Celebration Ensemble Concert

Piano ensemble groups are wanted for our  
MEA’s 90th Anniversary Celebration Ensemble Concert 

on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. 
at the Steinway Piano Gallery in Paramus, NJ.

Duets, duos, and more (there is an almost unlimited number of pianos at the Steinway Gallery) are welcome, as long as all participants are MEA members. Each ensemble is limited to a maximum of ten minutes and will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Interested performers should contact Barbara Landi Hause at:, or phone 973-966-9357

Come and join the fun!

The Place for Discussions Written For
and By MEA Members

New Topic Question:

In beginning to teach a transfer student, what are your concerns and  how do you address them?

To answer a topic question and/or suggest a new question, please contact :
Deadline is March 15, 2017 for the January/April Glissando.

Be sure to check out the responses to the following topic question that will be published in the January/ April Glissando: How do you include elements of music history in lessons?              



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