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 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.

June 14
Dmitry Rachmanov-Clinician

Highlights written by Bertha Mandel are posted Here!

The winners of the Young Artist Master Class Auditions for 2018 are:
Jeffrey Koc, student of Julia Lam
Joshua Velez, student of Beverly Anderson

The pieces that were performed were:
Dumka in C minor, opus 59 by Tchaikovsky 
Un Sospiro by Liszt

Congratulations to all the other participants in this year’s Young Artist Master Class Auditions.  All received a rating of Outstanding!

1st runner-up, Eric Guo student of Beatrice Long; Louis Farenci, student of Thomas Parente; James Gao, student of Grace Tseng; Aneesha Kumra, student of Marina Stefanovsky.  

Dmitry Rachmanov worked his magic at our annual Young Artist Master Class. Pianist Dmitry Rachmanov has garnered much acclaim for his passionate performances, refined musicianship and brilliant pianism. Hailed as an "indisputable musician" by the Brussels' Le Soir and "suave and gifted pianist' by the New York Times, Rachmanov has been heard at venues such as New York's Carnegie Hall, Washington DC's Kennedy Center, London's Barbican and South Bank Centres, and Beijing Concert Hall, and his tours brought him to Canada, Mexico, Europe, Russia, Turkey and the Far East. He has recorded for Naxos, Navona, Omniclassic, Master Musicians and Vista Vera labels, and collaborated as a soloist with Manhattan Philharmonia, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Orlando Symphony, London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Ukraine National Symphony, National Orchestra of Porto, Portugal, among others.  Visit his website to read all about his illustrious career: Dmitry Rachmanov

 Master Class Coordinator/Audition Chair
Joan Bujacich


The  2019 Annual Piano Competition Syllabus is now available under Forms/Downloads. You can also download it by clicking Here.

MAY 17
Magdalena Stern-Baczewska
Baroque Keyboard Music of Italy, France, Germany, and Spain: Stylistic Elements and Aspects of Interpretation.

The Baroque period saw a flourishing of keyboard music all across Europe. In France, influential composers included Louis Couperin, François Couperin, and Jean Philippe Rameau. The French style, deriving from the court of Louis XIV, was also closely tied to the court dance culture at Versailles. Another prevalent style came from Italy, where instrumental music was consciously developed apart from the traditional role of accompanying the human voice. The most often performed Italian harpsichord music comes from under the pens of Girolamo Frescobaldi, and Domenico Scarlatti. The musical style of French composers is decidedly different from that of their Italian contemporaries. Many musicians travel abroad and adopt national styles of the countries in which they work. This accounts for the fact that the music of Domenico Scarlatti and Luigi Boccherini, who worked in Portugal and Spain, bears similarities to the style of Spanish composers, such as Antonio Soler or Carlo Seixas. The German composers, J. S. Bach and G. F. Handel among them, created an unmistakable approach of their own, yet often borrowing from the popular French and Italian styles. The lecture presentation will include the discussion of the various styles in terms of similarities and differences in expression, articulation, dynamics, tempo, rhythm, ornamentation, and performance techniques. These points will be applied the to modern keyboard interpretation, using musical examples demonstrated on the harpsichord and the modern piano. Pianist and harpsichordist, Magdalena Baczewska of Columbia University opens the discussion.

Celebrate Composers!
April 19, 2018  General Meeting

MEA-NJ  was pleased to present a morning of original music composed by our own MEA-NJ members!  The audience heard a variety of pianistic styles including world-premiere selections.  Sheet music was available to purchase at a very reasonable price. 
Among the featured composers were:


Many thanks to Karen Sundquist who organized this lovely program!

Highlights will be featured on the website under For Members,  check back soon.

Gala Concert & Cocktails
Sunday, April 8, 2018

The 90th Anniversary Gala was enjoyed by all!  A concert given by MEA members Dan Crisci, Michelle & Christopher Kuo, Beatrice Long, Sojung Lee and Luba Vasilyeva was held at the Theater at Drew University in Madison, followed by a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception across the path at Mead Hall Mansion where Ingrid Clarfied, Maxine Giannini, Anita Gordon, Sallie Lloyd and Gloria Weisberg were honored. The Gala Committee of Marcia Maull, Lisa Gonzalez, Nancy Modell, Ruth Pasquariello and Charlene Step did an exceptional job.  Enjoy the Highlights from this event posted Here.

To view a video of the concert go to: Gala Concert


Original Composition Festival
What talent!

The Fourth Annual Original Composition Festival was a huge success! Held in the beautiful Alumni Hall at Caldwell University, the Festival showcased participants from the Eric Steiner Original Composition Competition along with additional young composers.  Dr. Stefan Young, one of the two adjudicators of the ESOCC, was able to attend the Festival.  He continues to be an enthusiastic supporter of the competition and festival and shared words of encouragement and praise.  

Congratulations to all our student composers! Highlights will be featured in the September Glissando and on the MEA website under "For Members".

Eric Steiner Original Composition Competition
Congratulations Winners!

The Competition Committee is happy to report that there were 24 students who participated in the 2018 competition representing 10 teachers.  This sets a  new record of student composers who entered into the competition!  Ten students entered in the Elementary Division, 4 students in the Junior Division, and 10 students  in the Senior Division!  Congratulations to all!

Here are the lists of winners and honorable mentions: 

Senior Division:  Dr. Stefan Young, judge
First Place Winner
Expedition by Kedhar Narayan, student of Eric Olsen

Second Place Winner
Jump Down by Rhea Kapur,  student of Danette Whelan

Third Place Winners (tie)
Alea Iacta Est by Valerie Chen, Student of Danette Whelan
Experimentation in A Minor, Student of Danette Whelan

Honorable Mention:  April by Olivia Escousse, Once in a Dream by Sonia Parmar, On Avance(piano/violin) by Jacklyn Zhu,  students of Danette Whelan; My Existential House by Tayfun Zaidi, student of Amanda Harberg; A Tedious Summer(flute/piano) by Shuchi Patel and I Left My Heart in China(violin/piano) by Yutong Lin, students of Kay Tsuji

Junior Division:  George Rothman , judge,

First Place Winner
Lucidity by Terry Luongo,  student of Barbara Landi-Hause

Second Place Winner
Frozen Spring by Kailyn Williams,  student of Danette Whelan

Third Place Winner
Rose Heaven by Nathan Crisci,  student of Nancy Modell

Honorable Mention:
Majestic Cake by Tarun Kalynaraman, A student of Kay Tsuji

 Elementary Division: George Rothman, judge, 

 First Place Winner
Winter Breeze by Shivali Pandya,  student of Nancy Rosen

Second Place Winner
Mosquito By My Window, by Celia Arrazcaeta, A student of Joan Bujacich

Third Place Winner
Cave of Halloween by Vinayak Sinh,  student of Melissa Casia

Honorable Mention:
Morning Snowfall by Catherine Arrazcaeta, A Happy Walk by Cameron Wapner, students of Joan Bujacich; River of Tears by Kate O'Rourke, student of Lisa Gonzalez; Melting Away by Jayden Adams, student of Nancy Modell

Katherine Knittel


Paul Roberts
Scenes from a French Nursery
March 15

Paul Roberts will perform Debussy's piano suite Children's Corner and demonstrate how the composer's psychological understanding of childhood, and his delight in his daughter's toys and picture books, gave rise to one of the best loved works of French Impressionism.  To read more about Paul Roberts click Here. 

February 15
Chase Auditorium at the

Madison Library
with Jerome Lowenthal

You can read the Highlights from this great Master Class Here. 

Helen Ryba, Solo piano 
Mozart, Sonata No. 9 in D major,
K. 311, Mvt. 2  Andante con espressione
and Mvt. 3  Rondeau
Florence Liu, Solo piano
Chopin, Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58,
Mvt. 1  Allegro maestoso
Patricia Merlucci, piano; Millie Calistri-Yeh, violin;
Randy Calistri-Yeh, cello
Schubert, Trio No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 99,
Mvt. 1  Allegro moderato

January 18
The Bulletproof Musician -
a GREAT Presentation by Noa Kageyama (Juilliard)

Members really enjoyed this hands on presentation!  Mr. Kageyama explored the two main components of performance anxiety and worked on several strategies designed to help us perform up to our full abilities when it counts.  Beverly Shea did a great job writing the highlights from this meeting and Nancy Modell's graphics and layout make for a very attractive read! Click HERE for a direct route to the Highlights from this meeting.

Go to Noa Kageyama's website for more information:

Celebrate our 90th with Music!

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

Good Times with Ragtime
A Good Time Success!

In celebration of our 90th Anniversary the MEA-NJ presented ~
Our event for Students of MEA members

The Good Times with Ragtime celebration included special guided tours of the museum’s Guinness Collection of Automata (music machines). The Ragtime Festival student showcase followed at 3 PM at the museum’s Bickford Theatre. You can view highlights of The Guinness Collection Here

Read the Highlights from this great event here:  Part 1   Part 2  

Nov.  30, 2017
Francoise Choveaux
Sound Visions: Music for Museums

Sophia Agranovich, Chair of the Program Committee worked very hard to bring French-born Françoise Choveaux to the MEA this past November. Ms. Choveaux is a prolific composer who has written for all instruments and forms, from solos to chamber music to symphonies.  You can read all about this magical meeting in the Highlight section of the website Here.

The MEA appreciates the quality of speakers the Program Committee continues to present for our general  meetings, great job!

MEA-MJN Scholarship Awards

The MEA Board of Directors awarded $4,200 in scholarships in 2017 to the following recipients:

Elizabeth Amels, student of Diane Battersby 

Bryanne Makus, student of Dr. Lorraine Butterfield 

Student of Linda Petrocchi: Luke Surretsky  

Students of Gloria Chu: Jenna Cooley, Vincent Jiang, Meghan Jin 
Students of Beatrice Long: Rachel Chen, Eric Guo, Yulia Kuzniar 

 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.


 “NEW"  WEBSITE: Same “address,” but what a  makeover!

Even though the MEA website appears to look the same, it actually has been totally recoded. This was a huge undertaking for our website committee and developer! Because of this major upgrade, it now works more efficiently in today’s multi platform world.  What does this mean?  This means that when you view the MEA website from a mobile phone or iPad you will not need to resize the page. If you do a lot of online work from your phone, you may notice that on many websites the text is too small or the page does not fit on your screen which then means you need to resize.  When viewing our new website from a smart phone,  you can easily view with no need to resize. You will also notice that on a smartphone,  the Homepage comes up in one column compared to four columns when viewing from a computer. You then scroll  up or down to view additional content.  On a smart phone, the main menu  will be in the form of a drop box compared to a horizontal listing when viewed from a computer. 

In addition to these new functions, there are many other exciting new features.  All interactive forms that involve online payments now have an auto calculate feature! And for our Committee Chairs: several committees now have a way of obtaining their exported  data which will then help them in using this information in many creative ways.  You may also notice a cleaner look and a new font.  Some content like the Forms/Downloads PDF’s are now listed with a fresh design. Also,  our membership directory now lists the teachers’ names alphabetically!!

This completes the second phase of our website development.  There are some additional items that will be done over the next few months that will  mainly streamline the jobs of our committee chairs and website committee. Much of this work was designed to save the MEA money from future website maintenance fees. Our President and the MEA Board have been very dedicated to investing in our Website which has become the major hub of serving our membership.   Marty Brasington from the company CodeMonkey Design has been our website developer and being a musician himself, he goes the extra mile for the MEA! 

Tip: On many interactive forms it appears that there is limited space to fill in required information.  However as you type you are actually not limited in space though you cannot see all the content. To view the hidden content place the cursor into the text and then use your right or left arrow key to scroll through the hidden content.

 If you have any questions or concerns please contact me, Joan Bujacich:


Congratulations Students!
The Honors Recital Auditions were so successful that a 3rd recital 
was added!
 Look at the Highlights from this wonderful event Here.

Celebrate Ensembles 
General Meeting and Luncheon 

Take a look at the highlights from this fantastic event Here. 

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

What do YOU think?

The friendly moderators of The Friendly Forum column again invite you to answer the  topic question:

How does one teach the student “touch” at the piano, production of tone, and the relationship of tension to the sound produced?

Please respond by March 15 for consideration in the next issue of The Glissando. Suggestions for new topic questions are always welcome.

2017 Annual Piano Competition Winners Recital
On Video! 

If you missed this wonderful concert you can still view it Here.
You can read the highlights from this event  

Check out this film that was screened at our 85th Anniversary Gala!

You will acquire a sense of great pride when you join in the journey of tracing MEA's rich early history.  Created  for the MEA's 85th Anniversary, Joan Bujacich shares this movie with all on Youtube. Just click on the link and be sure to watch in full screen! The Golden Years Part 1 - A History of The Music Educator's Association of NJ from 1920's - 1960.