Music Educators Association of New Jersey

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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 Yudit Terry, 2019-2021. Click here to read Messages from the President. (These can also be found under Membership on the main menu.)

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

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Updated MEA Calendar of Events

March 19, General Meeting/Teacher Master Class Cancelled

March 29, Annual Piano Competition Winners’ Recital Cancelled

March 31, Theory Registration Deadline (extended from March 21)

April 1, Annual Piano Competition Video Audition Deadline

April 5, Student Recitals Cancelled

April 8, Scherzo Club Cancelled

April 15, Annual Piano Auditions Registration deadline (extended from March 31)
Registration has temporarily been suspended.

April 16, General Meeting/ 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Annual Piano Competition, Cancelled

May 2, Original Composition Festival, Cancelled

LATEST UPDATES TO STUDENT RECITALS, APRIL GENERAL MEETING (April 16 APC 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert )and ANNUAL PIANO COMPETITION

We would like to inform you that in light of the emergency situation affecting every aspect of our daily life, the Annual Piano Competition has changed to a video format with an extended deadline of April 1st. The Winner's Recital has been indefinitely postponed. 
 
The April 5th Student Recital has been cancelled as well. We are hoping to be able to run the May 3rd Student Recital. We will honor the promise of allowing students to play from their score at that recital as well. The deadline to register for the May 3rd recital is re-set to April 22nd. As it gets closer to those dates, we will, hopefully, have a clearer picture.
 
The April 16 APC 50th Anniversary Celebration concert has been cancelled. Steinway was cancelling all outside events, even as the store remains open for business.
As a result , the April Scherzo Club, scheduled to be held at the Steinway Gallery as well, is also canceled. 
 
Theory Registration Extended

The original theory registration deadline of March 21 has been extended to the end of the month, March 31. If you have any questions, please either call Marcia Maull, Chair, at 908-781-7574 or email  theory@mea-nj.org.

Spring theory registration is here!  Consider registering your students in the MEA Theory program anytime from March 1 to 21 either by mail or online.  Tests are only $5 each and can be administered at your leisure in your studio anytime during the year.  There are 15 levels of tests, with ribbons awarded to students for passing 3 and 5 tests, and gift cards for passing 7, 10 and all 15 tests.  The theory syllabus can be found on your Member Homepage.  

 

Questions?  Email Theory Chair, Marcia Maull, at theory@mea-nj.org.

2020 Annual Piano Auditions
Registration:  March 1 - April 15 (Extended deadline)

REGISTRATION HAS TEMPORARILY BEEN SUSPENDED

Registration opens at 9:00 A.M. on Sunday, March 1.

You will find the following three documents listed  under Downloadable Documents on your Member Homepage.:

2019/20 Annual Audition Portal Tutorial

2020  Annual Auditions Information and Guidelines

2020 Annual Piano Audition Syllabus

If you forgot how to navigate the Audition Portal download the Audition Portal Tutorial. The dates and locations are listed in a helpful document entitled, 2020 Audition Information and Guidelines. And be sure to refer to the new 2020  Annual Piano Audition Syllabus for all the new repertoire guidelines and updates that are in the 2020 version.

To register your students and update your student information, log onto your Member Homepage  and click on the Audition Portal icon.

Best wishes for a great audition season!
Joan Bujacich,  Annual Piano Audition Director

Contact: Auditions@mea.nj.org

CORONA VIRUS UPDATES

 
Our President, Yudit Terry, and the  MEA Board of Directors are closely following the various developments of the Corona virus and how the colleges and other institutions that we rent are moving forward in their efforts to slow the spread of this virus. All the rental facilities we utilize are closely following the Centers for Disease Control and State of New Jersey for guidance on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). We will be following their protocol as far as making decisions on whether to move forward or cancel various events. Should a situation suddenly develop, however, please be aware that it may become necessary for us to cancel events with minimal advance notice. Our ultimate concern, which we know you share, is to protect against any possible outbreak and to do all we can to maintain the health of our community.
 
We have several events fast approaching. We will update you regularly on the status of these events. As far as the MEA Annual Piano Auditions, which is our largest event, we are hoping that by the first date of May 17, things will have settled down and we will be able to move forward with all of our scheduled dates. However, we will reschedule events if need be and are also considering other online options for back-up.
 
Please check back here often for day to day updates. And of course, we will be sending out email blasts as the latest information becomes available to us.

Original Composition Festival
Cancelled 

Saturday,  May 2nd, Caldwell University

 

Due to the Corona Virus, Caldwell University has been closed for the rest of the semester. We are sorry to report that we will have to cancel the Original Composition Festival for this year. 


 Contact Kathy Knittel, Chair, with any questions at: compositioncompetition@mea-nj.org

March19th, General Meeting Cancelled
 
 
Message from President, Yudit Terry:
Our guest Master Teacher Paul Roberts informed us that he has had to cancel his trip to the United States due to the corona virus situation.  Aside from his visit to the New York City area, he was scheduled to go to Washington state and to Oregon.  If he came to the States, he would be obligated to a 14 day quarantine when he returned to Britain.

 Thank you to members Luba Vasilyeva and Paul DiDario, who have been preparing to play for Mr. Roberts.  We thank them for the time they devoted to this event, and we are extremely disappointed to miss hearing them perform. Finally, our thanks to Beverly Shea, who has spent countless hours coordinating the Teachers' Master Class; we will truly miss attending this year.

 

February 20th,  Spencer Myer
"Muscle Memory - Friend or Foe?”

Read The Highlights  written by Charlene Step Here.

Sophia Agranovich, Chair and MEA’s Program Committee brought us another gem  of a pianist for our general meeting on February 20th. Treating muscle memory as a friend and a foe is the best route to a solid memory. The most effective techniques in strengthening memory are those that change one’s routine physical sensation, essentially removing the “autopilot” variable. How does one make a passage ‘feel different’ so the brain is forced to engage? This presentation will examine practice techniques geared toward strengthening non-muscle memory through the playing/practicing of musical excerpts from the piano.

If you check Spencer Myer’s upcoming 2020 schedule, you will find quite an impressive concert listing. I stopped counting after 17, and that was only through July! Four concertos were scheduled in upcoming performances, including the Ravel G major, the Gerswhin and the Saint-Saëns No. 5, Op. 103 and No. 2 in G minor.  Spencer was featured on the cover of the January/February 2019 issue of "Clavier Companion" magazine in an up-close and personal interview with Lynn Worcester Jones. Here is a link to his website where you can explore more about this 21st Century Pianist: Here.   

Joan Bujacich

YA Master Class -  June 11
Joseph Kalichstein

Please note that Veda Kaplinsky, originally scheduled to be our Master Teacher for the  YA Master Class on June 11, notified us that she would need to reschedule for another year. We were very fortunate that Program Chair, Sophia Agranovich, was able to  get Joseph Kalichstein in her place!  

Exciting opportunity for MEA Members!
Editor/Graphic Designer Needed
 

If you enjoy being creative with graphic design and the written word, you may be interested in volunteering your talent as the next Editor of the MEA’s e-letter, The Glissando. Interested parties should be able to work in Word or Pages, or a  comparable word processing/design program and be able to modify basic newsletter templates. Position needs to be filled ASAP to leave plenty of time for publication of the May Glissando.

For more detailed information contact President Yudit Terry: President@mea-nj.org

JANUARY 16, 2020
Kathleen Supove
Contemporary Experimental Piano:
Accessibility for All

Check out the Highlights HERE.

 Some of the works she  explored included:

A Face In The Crowd---program music about a single bird caught up in a mass migration and touchdown in a roosting place (part of a project I did about a real bird migration in Portland Oregon. Metal Works---uses the metal chopsticks.

Suspensions for Miyo Sensors and Piano, Red Hot Polka--where I do all sorts of crazy movement, including pushups at the piano.

Douglass Etudes ---for speaking pianist, using a text of Frederick Douglass; very fast blues with tricky rhythmic coordination.

Moving On---a piece where the pianist makes decisions about how the piece will be structured. 

HONORS RECITALS PRESENT
HIGH ARTISTRY
 
 
The Randolph Performing Arts Center resounded with glorious music at the MEA Honors Recitals presented November 10, 2019. Be sure to check out the highlights Here.
 
Charlene Step
Chair, Honors Recital Committee

2019-20  MEA MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY IS WAITING FOR YOU!

The 2019-20 Membership Directory has been uploaded to your Member Homepage. Log on and take a look.  Membership Chiar, Lisa Gonzaleaz, did a great job. Thank you Lisa!  It is listed under Downloadable Documents on your Member Homepage. You can view or Download. 

November 21, 2019
Donald Isler
Great and under-appreciated pianists of the 20th Century: Adrian Aeschbacher, Constance Keene and Bruce Hungerford

A very special lecture/performance was in store for us on November 21st. Check out the the Highlights from this meeting written by Bertha Manndel, Here.

Mr. Isler spoke about Constance Keene and Bruce Hungerford as teachers as well as performers. The third person he spoke  about was the Swiss pianist Adrian Aeschbacher (1912-2002), a Schnabel student, who had quite a busy concert career in his young and middle years.  He made a lot of records, but never performed in this country. Mr. Isler considers him to be a fantastic Schumann player. Aeschbacher actually lived in Mr. Isler’s  grandparents' home in Berlin for a while when he first went there in 1932 to study with Schnabel.  At that time his father to be was a ten year old student of Aeschbacher.

Here is Mr. Isler’s  account of what recordings he shared:

“I have released recordings of all three of these pianists on my KASP Records label, and will play examples. The two KASP Aeschbacher CD's are from his 1950's era records on Deutsche Grammophon, and other labels (for which I obtained the rights). They have music of Schumann, Schubert and Beethoven. The Keene CD is a live, never before released recital she played in Houston in 1995. It includes the Rachmaninoff Corelli Variations, a MacDowell sonata and some short pieces by him as well as some short pieces of her husband, Abram Chasins, and (perhaps most important) her only recording of the Chopin Ballades. She also makes some comments to the audience. 

 There are three Hungerford recordings on the KASP label. The first two are never before released live recitals which are long enough to require two CD's each. The first is a five sonata, all-Beethoven recital which he played in Germany in 1965 . For me it is one of the all-time great recorded Beethoven recitals. The second Hungerford project is his last recital, given in Calgary a month and a half before he died in a 1977 auto accident. It has music of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. 

 The third Hungerford project is something I was hoping to find for over 20 years until someone posted a bit of it on Facebook two years ago. It's a DVD, a live, made for TV concert from East Germany in 1964 in which he plays the Beethoven Fourth Piano Concerto. I'm planning to play the first movement. This is the only known video of his playing and having been able to produce this DVD is one of the projects I'm proudest of. “

If you would like to learn more about Don Isler, visit his website Here .

OCTOBER 17
Featuring Jerome Lowenthal 
And Our Annual Potluck Luncheon

Highlights now posted!

Rebecca Eng and Naomi Takagi, our Hospitality Co-chairs, organized a wonderful Pot Luck Luncheon! The meeting was a great success.  Jerome Lowenthal — concert pianist, chamber musician, and longtime revered Juilliard faculty member — presented a fascinating talk on the Neo-Classical Synthesis of Scriabin’s Sonata No. 6. Known as the “cursed” sonata, it is described as intense, dark, desolate, haunting, otherworldly and dark velvet all over. Mr. Lowenthal uncovered its secrets and shed a new light  on this mystical masterpiece.  Be sure to read the wonderful Highlights written by Beverly Shea!

2019-2020 Welcomes New Executive Officers!

The MEA extends a very warm welcome to new President, Yudit Terry. In addition to Yudit, we have Marcia Maull replacing Beverly Shea as 2nd Vice President and Rebecca Eng and Linda Petrocchi replacing Yuly Verbitsky and Lisa Cassia as Co-Recording Secretaries. Salvatore Mallimo, Lynne Rogerson, Bertha Mandel and Clarisse Kant continue uninterrupted in their Executive Board positions and Nancy Modell now serves as Immediate Past President, replacing Joan Bujacich. With this great line-up, we continue to be in valued hands! You can see a full listing of our Board Members and Committee Chairs HERE.

 

2019 MEA College Scholarship Awarded

Kelsey Lee, an eight-year student of Beatrice Long, was awarded the MEA-MJN College Scholarship for 2019. She will be studying piano performance at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.  She was a first-place winner in the MEA 2019 Annual Piano Competition, 2nd-place winner in 2017 and performed in the 2016 Young Artist Master Class.  She served as the piano accompanist for the Summit High School Concert Choir and Treble Choir from 2015, among other notable activities. Principal oboist for the Summit HS Wind Ensemble, Kelsey performed with the NJ All State Wind Ensemble and the NJ Youth Symphony Orchestra. She was also a 2019 National Merit Scholar.
Kelsey was awarded an MEA Camp Scholarship in 2018 and attended the two-week Interharmony International Music Festival in Germany. Read her write-up of this inspirational experience Here

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.

 

ERIC STEINER 2019 ORIGINAL COMPOSITION BOOKLET!

 View the 2019 student compositions 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 great job putting this together!

To learn more about the Eric Steiner Original Composition Competition click Here.