Music Educators Association of New Jersey

Serving teachers and students since 1927

Welcome to the Music Educators Association of New Jersey Website!

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.

Support MEA of NJ

The Music Educators Association of New Jersey is comprised of nearly 300 piano teachers across the state. MEA supports music opportunities through activities such as auditions, recitals, competitions, master classes, composition festivals and scholarship awards. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to these worthwhile efforts.


Jasmine Meyer, student of Dr. Julia Lam, has been awarded the 2021 MEA-MJN College Scholarship. An accomplished pianist, Jasmine is completing her senior year at West Mendham High School as a soloist and accompanist for various vocal and instrumental ensembles. Her MEA achievements include performing in the Young Artist Master Class in 2019 with Doug Humphereys, and winning First Place in the duet category and Second Place for solo piano in the Annual Piano Competition the same year. She has earned awards with MTNA, NJMTA, the NJ Federation of Music Clubs, and the Cecilian Young Artist Competition. In 2021 she was the Grand Winner in the International Young Artists Competition sponsored by the National League of Performing Arts. For more information about the amazing “Jazzy” Meyer, please click HERE.

Scholarship Committee
Charlene Step & Sondra Tammam, Co-chairs

Presenting the 2022 Annual Piano Competition Syllabus:
Discovering Women Composers

The Annual Piano Competition Committee is proud to present the 2022 APC interactive syllabus. The theme is "Discovering Women Composers". We hope you will find the repertoire fresh and exciting. Since much of this music is lesser known and difficult to find, detailed information on where you can get the scores is included in the syllabus.  Just click on this link 2022 APC Interactive Syllabus and enjoy!

Young Artist Master Class with

Joseph Kalichstein

Read the Highlights Here

Sonata Opus 57, No. 23
First Movement: Allegro assai

Rebecca Hsiao, pupil of Florence Liu

Suggestion Diabolique, Opus 4, No. 4
Prelude and Fugue in D minor, Book II, WTC (BWV 875)

Conor Hampton, pupil of Sophia Osokov


Check your MEA email from Membership Chair, Lisa, for the Zoom link.

 Acclaimed for the heartfelt intensity and technical mastery of his playing, pianist Joseph Kalichstein enthralls audiences all over the globe, winning equal praise as orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician.

As an Australian critic exclaimed: “ To hear Kalichstein play is to fall in love with music all over again!”

With his diverse repertoire of works ranging from Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms to works by Bartok, Prokofiev and others, Mr. Kalichstein has collaborated with such celebrated conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, James Conlon, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Lawrence Foster, Zubin Mehta, Andre Previn, Leonard Slatkin, Edo de Waart, David Zinman and the late George Szell and Erich Leinsdorf. He has performed with the world’s greatest orchestras, from the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras to the Berlin Philharmonic and the London Symphony, from the NHK and New York Philharmonic to the Cleveland Orchestra. Mr. Kalichstein has also been a frequent guest pianist with the world’s most beloved string quartets, including the Guarneri and Emerson Quartets, with whom he played the Shostakovich Piano Quintet in their Shostakovich Cycles in London and Washington.

A favorite of New York concertgoers, Mr. Kalichstein has appeared in several recitals on Carnegie Hall’s “Keyboard Virtuosi” series. His latest CD releases include music of Schumann and Brahms (on Koch International) and of Brahms, Mendelssohn and Schubert (“The Romantic Piano”, on Audiofon). He serves as the Chamber Music Advisor to the Kennedy Center and is the Artistic Director of the Center’s Fortas Chamber Music Concerts. He continues to hold the inaugural Chamber Music Chair at the Juilliard School, where he also teaches a limited number of advanced piano students.

Born in Tel Aviv, he came to the United States in 1962. His principal teachers included Joshua Shor in Israel and Edward Steuermann and Ilona Kabos at The Juilliard School. Prior to winning the 1969 Leventritt Award, he had won the Young Concert Artists Auditions, and as a result he gave a heralded New York recital debut, followed by an invitation from Leonard Bernstein to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with the New York Philharmonic in a nationally televised concert on CBS.

Joseph Kalichstein is a founding member of the famed Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, now in their 38th touring season. The Trio continues to play in major music capitals as well as on all the great university concert series. Its most recent recording project is a CD devoted to works that the eminent American composer Ellen Zwilich had written for the Trio, just released on the Azica label. Bridge records has recently released their critically acclaimed 2-CD Schubert Cycle.

Kalichstein has been a Piano faculty member at Juilliard since 1983 and since 2001 had served as the Edwin S. and Nancy A. Marks Chair in Chamber Music Studies.

Registration is Now Closed 
Deadline to submit grades: June 21st
(Deadline To Enter was May 1st)


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

If you did not receive the email blast with the center-head informtaion regarding submitting grades, contact Joan Bujacich:

We are all in this together and your support and understanding are paramount. Thank you, Joan Bujacich,

Thank you and best wishes for a great audition season!


Congratulations to all of the YA Master Class Candidates!

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

Master Teacher: Joseph Kalichstein     

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

Interested to prepare for next year's YAMC Auditions: 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,


Original Composition Festival April 25th 


Read The Highlights for The Original Composition Festival and Eric Steiner Original Composition Festival Here.

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

May 20 2021
Ursula Oppens
Playing the Music of Our Time
Ursula Oppens played and discussed 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.  Highlights coming soon!

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.

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.

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:


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.


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

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!