Music Educators Association of New Jersey

Serving teachers and students since 1927

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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.

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

MEA GENERAL MEETINGS
Where Every Meeting Is An Event!
May 20 2021
Ursula Oppens
Playing the Music of Our Time
9:45 A.M. Online
Ursula Oppens will play and discuss the following works: ’Two Diversions’ by Elliott Carter; ‘Parchment’ by Julius Hemphill; ‘Lament', by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich; ' Changing Faces', by Alvin Singleton, and ‘Friendship', by Frederic Rzewski.
 
Ursula Oppens, a legend among American pianists, is widely admired for her original and perceptive readings of new music, but also for her knowing interpretations of the standard repertoire. No other artist alive today has commissioned and premiered more new works for the piano that have entered the permanent repertoire. Over the years, Ms. Oppens has premiered works by such leading composers as John Adams, Luciano Berio, Anthony Braxton, Elliott Carter, John Corigliano, John Harbison, Julius Hemphill, Conlon Nancarrow, Charles Wuorinen, as well as many more.

On April 15th, MEA presented
Amy Yang

Check out the Highlights Here.

This session was devoted to the creative and obsessive motivation behind the two versions of Schumann's Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 14.  Yang  offered a performance of one version while exploring the height of Schumann's manic genius in his choice of pianistic orchestration, metric variation, obsessive drive, and sense of tormented and expressive beauty through cyclical motivic repetition.  To learn more about Ms. Yang visit her website Here.

Original Composition Festival April 25th 

BRAVO TO THE ORIGINAL COMPOSITION FESTIVAL STUDENT COMPOSERS


The Original Composition Festival was held on April 25th, via the zoom platform, with 32 student composers altogether from the ESOCC and the Festival representing 13 teachers.  The program included compositions for piano solo, piano four  hands, and piano with ensemble.   All student composers received a certificate.  The judges of the ESOCC were also able to attend and speak to the students.  Committee member Joan Bujacich acted as host on the upgraded zoom and conducted sound checks prior to the start of the program to optimize the audio experience.  All teachers were also sent audio tips/recital protocol, prior to the Festival to disseminate to their students.  Committee member Lisa Gonzalez took screen shots of the composers.  The program was a huge success and there were many positive comments from teachers, parents and the students themselves. Congratulations to all the student composers!  Stay tuned for next year, you will not want to miss this!

 Original Composition Committee, Kathy Knittel, Chair

ANNUAL PIANO AUDITIONS 2021
Registration is Now Closed 


Deadline To Enter was May 1st

Important Dates:
Registration closed: May 1st
Deadline to submit grades: June 21st

The auditions are taking place remotely via Zoom or Live Stream. Refer to all the Audition documents that can be found from your Member Homepage. These include:

  • 2021 Audition Portal Tutorial 
  • 2020/21 Annual Piano Audition Syllabus
  • 2020/21 Zoom Tutorial
  • 2020/21 Tech Tips: Preparing and Performing Auditions Remotely
  • 2021 Teacher Guidelines

We are all in this together and your support and understanding are paramount. Thank you, Joan Bujacich, auditions@mea-nj.org

YOUNG ARTIST MASTER CLASS AUDITIONS

• Registration Closed 
• June 5: Live stream auditions via Zoom
• June 10: Live stream Master Class via Zoom

Master Teacher: Joseph Kalichstein     

 Please Note: As is customary, entrants will be heard by 2 judges

Be sure to refer to page 14 of the 2020/2021 Annual Piano Audition Syllabus for the specific YA Master Class requirements and p.15 for the YA Master Class special guidelines.

Chair, Joan Bujacich, auditions@mea-nj.org

 

2021 Annual Piano Competition Update
Join us on “A Musical Journey to Vienna!”
April 1st - Deadline To Enter
Click Here for the Interactive Syllabus

 
The 2021 Annual Piano Competition is fast approaching. The theme is “A Musical Journey to Vienna”, and you can find the interactive syllabus Here.
 

Due to continuing Covid concerns, the Annual Piano Competition will be taking place as a video submission event.  For the same reason, there will not be a live winners’ recital.  A winners’ video will be created from the submissions and posted on the MEA website.

 
Here are the important dates:
April 1 – APC registration deadline.
Note: March 15 determines the age of the student.

May 16 – Video submissions deadline. (Teachers entering students will be provided with the video submission procedure.)

June – A Winners’ Recital Video will be posted from the MEA website.

The Interactive Registration forms are available from your Member Homepage.

 
 
 

March 18th, MEA Presented  
Visual Aspect in Musical Creativity - Producing Visuals for Classical Music
Mr. Elliott Forrest 
Check out The Highlights Here.

For over 15 years Mr. Forrest has been adding visuals and stage elements to symphony orchestra concerts and for classical artists. The long list includes working with Itzhak Perlman, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Houston Symphony, The Little Orchestra Society and The New Haven Symphony and more. Elliott will talk about his work producing for the stage. To read more about Mr. Forrest's impressive careeer visit his website Here.

 MEA THEORY REGISTRATION Is Now Closed
Next Registration Period October 1-21,  2021

There are two periods to register students for theory; October 1-21 and March 1 - 21. You can receive the tests via email or hard copy via snail mail and administer them at your leisure. You can register students online using the interactive registration form listed under Member Documents on your Member Homepage or you can mail in a downloadable registration form which can be be found under the link Forms/Downloads from our MEA Homepage Here.

The registration fee is only $5 per test.  Feel free to register students for multiple level tests at once.

For more info contact Marcia Maull, MEA Theory Chair:  Theory@mea-nj.org

 

2020 Honors Recitals
Ready for Viewing!
 

 
MEA is proud to present three gorgeous video recitals, showcasing the outstanding performances of the 2020 Honors Recital winners. Out of 70 submissions (140 videos), the judges awarded Honors to 61 talented soloists! Seventeen MEA teachers participated and the videos have been arranged so that all students of a particular teacher are featured in one video recital. 
 
The three video recitals are now available on YouTube for all to view and enjoy. To print out the Programs and to view the Recitals, please click HERE.
 
Thank you to Charlene Step and Ruth Pasquariello for their dedication and endless hours of work that went into running the Honors Recital Auditions remotely and then creating these amazing videos of the talented winners!
On February 18th MEA Presented
Aaron Wunsch
Learning from Beethoven the Pianist: The Sonatas in His Own Hands
Read the Highlights from this wonderful meeting Here.

Beethoven's Piano Sonatas are central to our repertoire - but they were even more central to his. This presentation selectively explored how the Sonatas fit Beethoven's own way of playing; how they fit his shifting musical and career goals; and how these works might be seen as one great musical autobiography.
Read the Highlights from this wonderful meeting Here. 

To learn more about Mr. Wunsch visit his website Here. 

On January 21, 2021
MEA Presented 
Magdalena Baczewska
Read the Highights HERE

Debussy’s Many Worlds of Sound

 How to revolutionize music while respecting the tradition? Claude Debussy’s musical innovations and expansion of the musical language go hand in hand with the composer’s close attention to the compositional techniques of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. In his cycles for solo piano, Estampes and Images, Debussy creates a revolution. Read the Highlights Here.
You can visit Ms. Baczewska's website Here

 

The Glissando, May 2021
Finish up the season with another great issue of The Glissando!

Richard Allaway, and his staff, bring us another great issue of The Glissando  with Opus 93, No. 3! If you are not getting your e-letters via email blast, contact Lisa@mea-nj.orgThe Glissando is also posted under: Forms /Downloads.

General meeting: Thursday November 19, 2020 
Paul Roberts — Reading Liszt: Performing the Petrarch Sonnets

Read the Highlights HERE

Concert pianist, writer, lecturer and inspiring teacher Paul Roberts performed the three Petrarch Sonnets from Liszt's Italian book of the Années de pèlerinage, with readings from the poems, and explored how an understanding of the literary context can aid interpretation. Enjoy the Highlights HERE.

Paul Roberts Website

September 17, 2020
Beatrice Long Presented
A Musical Journey to Vienna
Read The Highlights Here.

In connection to the MEA Annual Piano Competition 2021, Beatrice Long presented a lecture on the music scenes in Vienna from 1750-1899, and the lives of nine Viennese composers whose works are featured in the 2021 competition’s syllabus:  Haydn, Mozart, Diabelli, Schubert, Beethoven, Czerny, Hummel, Johann Strauss II and Brahms.

This presentation was held via Zoom. Beatrice did a wonderful job with the technology and topic! All the guests fortunate enough to attend were inspired by the joy shared through the music, her live performances and the many interesting stories told. Be sure to read the highlights written by Bertha Mandel Here.

2020 COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED

The Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that James Bally, student of Sondra
Tammam, has been awarded an MEA-MJN scholarship to William Paterson University for the fall 2020 semester. A jazz performance major, James enjoys composing and performed two of his original jazz compositions at recent Honors Recitals. In addition, he performed during the “virtual” jazz class conducted by Dan Crisci at the 9th Taubman Festival in June 2020. To read more about this talented student, please click
 
The MEA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, and all donations to the MEA-MJN Scholarship Fund are fully tax-deductible. The scholarship fund relies solely on generous individual donations, matching contributions from employers, and music sales at the monthly MEA General Meetings (when they are held in person). Making a contribution to this fund is a meaningful way to honor a person with congratulations (birthday, anniversary, graduation, etc.), get well wishes, or in memoriam. An announcement of your tribute, including your personal message, will be sent to the honoree. Please donate generously so that MEA can maintain and expand this supportive program!
Charlene Step & Sondra Tammam
Scholarship Committee Co-chairs

2020-21  MEA MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY 
Available from your Member Homepage

The 2020-2021 Membership Directory can be found on your Member Homepage. Log on and take a look. It is listed under Downloadable Documents. You can view or Download. 

Thank you Lisa Gonzalez, Membership Chair, for putting this together for the membership each year!