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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MAY 18
Chopin Etudes and Piano
as the Singing Instrument

A born Chopinist whose distinctive artistry is matched by his charismatic personality, Eduardus Halim will explore the close correlation between technical dexterity and tone production using the Chopin Etudes as the focal point at the May 18 General Meeting.

Acclaimed as both a pedagogue and a performer, Professor Halim is the inaugural holder of the Sascha Gorodnitzki Faculty Chair in Piano Studies at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. As a performer, he has appeared with the Baltimore Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, the Detroit, St. Louis and Seattle symphonies, the Malaysian Philharmonic, and the Russian National Orchestra. He has given recitals at Alice Tully Hall and the 92nd Street Y in NYC and at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Recognized for his superb technique, beautiful tone and poetic interpretations, Eduardus Halim was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1996. In 1999 he performed with the Milwaukee Symphony on its historic tour to Florida and Havana, Cuba.

Born in Indonesia to Chinese parents, young Halim studied the violin and piano as well as Javanese dancing before moving to New York in 1980 to study with Sascha Gorodnitzki at Juilliard. In New York he established himself as a pianistic force and earned the privilege of becoming the last pupil of Vladimir Horowitz.  

Mr. Halim’s recordings are widely lauded. Of the first CD, Presenting Eduardus Halim: A Program of Piano Transcriptions, the Dallas Morning News wrote: “[Halim] has staked out an imposing claim as a Romantic pianist who has the fingers for virtuosity and the imagination for poetry…” Of the second, the Chopin CD, reviewer Stephen Wigler raved: “Anyone who misses Vladimir Horowitz would be wise to investigate this all-Chopin recital by Eduardus Halim, the last of the master’s students. . . Rather than call him his master’s disciple, it would be better to call him his successor.” The most recent CD features Granados’s Goyescas and the Valses Poéticos, of which the American Record Guide applauded: “absolutely magnificent!”

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Congratulations to the fifteen student composers representing 8 teachers entered into the 2017 Eric Steiner Original Composition Competition. We established three divisions for this year's competition: ages 10 and under, age 11-14, and age 15-18. Our esteemed judge, Dr. Stefan Young, commented that all students did a very nice job!

 In the senior division, the first place winner was Kedhar Narayan, a student of Eric Olsen, second place Edward Cai a student of Danette Whelan, and third place Robert Argasinski, a student of Sophia Agranovich. Honorable mention students include Felicity Anderson-Morre and Deanne Ferro both students of Nancy Modell.

In the junior division, the first place winner was Cole Griscom, a student of Susan Leiser, second place Emily Schatz, a student of Kay Tsuji, and third place Shuchi Patel, also a student of Kay Tsuji . Honorable mention students were Tiffany Wang, Charles Love, and Joseph Uglialoro, students of Nancy Modell, Joshua Iyengar, a student of Marcia Maull and Gideon Johnson a student of Maxine Giannini.

The elementary division first place winner was Jocelyn Engel a student of Kay Tsuji, and second place was Jayden Adams, a student of Nancy Modell.

Set your sights on next year's competition and encourage your students to compose now. The summer is a great time to let their creative juices flow! 

Da capo to Segue

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

Annual Piano Competition Winners Recital, March 19th
Congratulations To The Performers and Their Teachers! 

Watch the video by clicking Here.

Take a look at the highlights from this event Here.
(For Students/Annual Piano Competition/Highlights)

The MEA's 47th Annual Piano Competition Winners Recital took place on Sunday, March 19 and it was fantastic!  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!


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

Douglas Humpherys, a performer/teacher of global proportions, conducted the Teachers’ Master Class with outstanding MEA performers So Jung Lee (Schumann’s Fantasie in C Major), Blanca Ugelli (Chopin’s Sonata No. 3), and Luba Vasilyeva (Ravel’s La Valse). His comments? Read about the passionate, expressive, poetic playing in the March Highlights. 


Rachmaninoff — His Life
through his Piano Playing
and Compositions

Passionate about piano music throughout his own illustrious career, David Dubal delved 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. See Highlights of this engaging presentation that explored “Rach’s” struggles and triumphs!


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?              


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.



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