Music Educators Association of New Jersey

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Member News

As teachers, we are always learning and honing our skills so that we can be the best we can be - whether it is in the studio or on the stage. To that end, we invite MEA members to submit photos and/or short articles about concerts, recitals and other related musical activities that may be of interest to fellow MEA colleagues. Click HERE to read the Guidelines and Submit Member News. As stated in the Guidelines, Member News will be posted on the website and submitted to The Glissando.

2024

March 2024

Jackie Schiller will be performing works by Bach, Granados, Chopin, Schubert, Liszt, and Beethoven in the Society Cafe Concert Series on Sunday, March 17 at 4 PM.  She is excited to share all this wonderful music with you!  When you reserve seats, please specify by saying "Jackie" or "March 17" since there is one "bucket" for PayPal.

 

 

Nancy Modell will present a 5-hour pre-conference workshop, Let Yourself Go! Piano Improv and Creative Composing, and a conference session, Lesser-Known Gems for Children by American Women Composers, at the 2024 Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) Conference, March 20-23, 2024, in Louisville, Kentucky.

June 2024

Co-directors Dr. David Witten and Sondra Tammam announce the 13th Taubman Piano Festival, with attendance on ZOOM and in person at the Cali School of Music, Montclair State University. All masterclass participants are in-person and live at Leshowitz Hall. 
Guest Artist, FEI-FEI, Cliburn Winner, in recital at Leshowitz Hall on Saturday, June 22 at 4 pm. Concert tickets $20 at the door.
Guest Artist Faculty: Benjamin Steinhardt, Lecturer Jacqueline Herbein, NCTM, RYT, and MEA members Dragica Banic and Nancy Modell.
Contact Sondra Tammam for questions, tammams@montclair.edu

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January 2024

Sondra Tammam is teaching Piano Pedagogy - Exploring the Taubman Approach, MUPR437-01 (2 credits - $150), the only in-depth credit course on the Taubman Approach, at the Cali School of Music at Montclair State University on TUESDAYS, 6:00 -7:45 pm, from Jan. 16 - May 7, 2024.
The course presents the pedagogy ideas of the late Dorothy Taubman, a foremost educator in the international piano pedagogy field. Auditors are welcome on ZOOM or in person. Contact Sondra for registration forms.

2023

November 2023

Sophia Agranovich will release her 11th album since 2010 - "Album Leaf: Piano Works by Felix Mendelssohn" on November 3, 2023. Program: Fantasia in F-sharp Minor Op. 28, “Sonate écossaise”; Albumblatt in a, Op. 117, “Lied ohne Worte”; Caprice in a, Op. 33 #1; Variations sérieuses, Op. 54; 3 Etudes, Op. 104b; Etude in f, WoO 1; 4 Rondo Capriccioso, Op.14. This album has already received 8 glowing reviews and is available via all major distributors, including Amazon.

Nancy Modell will present " Creative Composing: Embracing Creativity, Nurturing Musicality " for the PhMTA piano teachers at Jacobs Music in Philadelphia on November 2 at 10 AM.

October 2023

Thomas Parente will be performing his Three Sarah Teasdale songs with wonderful soprano Abby Brodnick on Wed., Oct. 25 at 7 PM.  The concert, sponsored by the New York City Composers Circle, will take place at the Church of the Transfiguration, 1 East 25th St., Manhattan.

On October 20, at 7 PM, Birgit Matzerath presents an exploration of the Preludes and Fugues from Bach's WTC I (part 12), 2-each time, each month at The Ethical Cultural Society, 516 Prospect Street, Maplewood. $ 10 suggested donation, admission for students: free  
All proceeds to benefit the renovation of the historic building of the Ethical Culture
Society.

Nancy Modell will attend the ISA (International Suzuki Association) Teacher Trainer Conference in Matsumoto, Japan from October 13-18.

Dan Crisci Piano released Jazz Meditations on October 6, available on all major streaming platforms.

September 2023

On September 15, at 7 PM, Birgit Matzerath presents an exploration (Part 11) of the Preludes and Fugues from Bach's WTC I, 2-each time, each month at The Ethical Cultural Society, 516 Prospect Street, Maplewood. 

Nancy Modell will teach at the NJ Suzuki Workshop's PLAY-IN at  William Patterson University on September 10.

August 2023

On August 18, at 7 PM, Birgit Matzerath will give a presentation (part 10) on the Preludes and Fugues No 19 and 20 from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier 1 at the Ethical Culture Society of Essex County, 516 Prospect Street, Maplewood NJ 07040. 

Sophia Agranovich invites you to the poetic virtuoso piano recital presented by the famed New York's "floating concert hall" Bargemusic Masterworks Series on Friday, August 4 at 7:00 PM.  The program includes works by Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, Mendelssohn, and Liszt. More information and tickets.

July 2023

Birgit Matzerath gave a presentation of music and readings from her memoir: More than the World in Black and White - How Music came alive and my life turned to Music at the South Orange Public Library, as part of their summer reading program. A recording will be available on the YouTube channel of the library.

Danette Whelan, along with MTNA members, Laura Amoriello, Ph.D. and Fernanda Nieto-Pulido, Ph.D., will present From Heart to Hands: How Mindfulness Can Revitalize Your Teaching, at NCKP 2023: The Piano Conference in Lombard, Illinois, on July 29.

Nancy Modell will present Creative Composing: Embrace Creativity, Nurture Musicality on July 27 at NCKP 2023: The Piano Conference in Lombard, Illinois.

Jacqueline Schiller-Audi announces a Duo Piano Recital with Eric Clark featuring works for two pianos by Bach, Mozart, and Rachmaninoff at the Paramus Steinway Piano Gallery, Saturday, July 22 at 3 PM.

On July 21, at 7 PM, Birgit Matzerath presents an exploration of the Preludes and Fugues from Bach's WTC I, 2-each time, each month at The Ethical Cultural Society, 516 Prospect Street
Maplewood. $ 10 suggested donation, admission for students: free
All proceeds to benefit the renovation of the historic building of the Ethical Culture
Society.

Sondra Tammam will be a guest at the Piano Pedagogy Summer Institute at The College of New Jersey, July 18-19.
This is the first season for a wonderful educational program - Piano Pedagogy Summer Institute - 2-days of intensive workshops with 10 amazing lectures and Masterclasses.

Jacqueline Schiller-Audi announces a Duo Piano Recital with Eric Clark featuring works for two pianos by Bach, Mozart, and Rachmaninoff at Klavierhaus in Manhattan (790 11th Ave), Saturday, July 16 at 7 PM.  Click this link to watch online.

Sophia Agranovich and Rupam Sarmah received 2 Silver Medals for outstanding achievement in Creativity/Originality and Experimental categories at the Global Music Awards 2023 for "Peace and Joy (Mendelssohn/Mozart World)" .

June 2023

Co-Directors Dr. David Witten and Sondra Tammam announce the 12th Taubman Piano Festival!- In-Person or via ZOOM  on Fri/Sat/Sun - June 23 - 25 at the Cali School of Music, Montclair State University.
Guest Artists Recitals: 
Link for TIFFANY POON - recital on Saturday, June 24 at 4:00 pm:

Link for ANN SCHEIN - recital on Sunday, June 25 at 4:00 pm:

MEA members Nancy ModellDragica Curcic, and Dan Crisci are Festival Presenters.
There are Master Classes for students and daily Open Workshops. Guests: Ben Steinhardt,  Father Paul Maillet, Jackie Herbein, Alexander Technique, and Prof. Christina Paolucci, Body Mapping.

May 2023

Sophia Agranovich will perform a solo concert on May 20 at 8 PM at the Watchung Arts Center, 18 Stirling Road in Watchung. The program will feature Fantasia in G minor/B Major by Beethoven, Papillons by Schumann, Polonaise-Fantaisie by Chopin, and works by Liszt and Mendelssohn.
Tickets are $25 in advance; $22 for WAC members; $15 for students - at the door.

April 2023

Beatrice Long's Solo Piano Recital on April 12 at 7 pm at the Palais de la Culture Felix Proto, Guadalupe, includes music by Bach, Chopin, Florence Price, Nicolai Kapustin, and Ravel.

 

 

 

 

Beatrice Long is performing Mozart Concerto in C major, K.467 with the Baroque Symphony Orchestra of New Jersey, Robert Butts Conductor, on Sunday, April 2 at 2 pm.

March 2023

Danette Whelan, along with MTNA members, Dr. Laura Amoriello and Dr. Fernanda Nieto, will present From Heart to Hands: How Mindfulness Can
Revitalize Your Teaching, at the MTNA National Conference in Reno, Nevada on Wednesday, March 29.

Birgit Matzerath will be performing Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier books I and II in 6 Lunchtime concerts at the South Orange Public Library, 65 Scotland Road, South Orange, NJ, in the meeting room between 12 noon and 1 pm starting on Bach’s birthday,  March 21, with preludes and fugues no 1-4.  Thursday, 3/23: preludes and fugues no 5-8; Saturday 3/25: preludes and fugues no 9-12; Monday 3/27 preludes and fugues no 13-16, Wednesday, 3/29 preludes and fugues no 17-20, Friday, 3/31 preludes and fugues no 21-24.  This is part of the 2023 “Bach-in-the-subways” project, which features Bach’s music in free concerts internationally. 

Dan Crisci, jazz pianist/composer, has had some success in placing his original music on TV shows.  On Sunday evening, March 19, his song Pop Up is played during a scene on the ABC show “The Company You Keep”.  In October 2023, his songs Midnight Blue and Offering will appear on an episode of “Bosch: Legacy,” streaming on Amazon Freevee where the songs will appear on season 2, episode 8.

Sophia Agranovich is a featured artist at the "Cadenza" with David Osenberg at WWFM.ORG - The Classical Network. It is archived and available on demand.

Announcing the 12th Taubman Piano Festival!
Visit our New Website  - In-Person or via ZOOM 
Co-Directors Dr. David Witten and Sondra Tammam announce this annual event on Fri/Sat/Sun - June 23 - 25 at the Cali School of Music, Montclair State University.
Guest Artists: Tiffany Poon, Saturday Recital, and Ann Schein, Sunday Recital. Ms. Schein has been a former guest of MEA-NJ.
MEA members Nancy Modell, Dragica Curcic, and Dan Crisci are Festival Presenters.
 
Master Classes for students and daily Open Workshops. Guests: Ben Steinhardt,  Father Paul Maillet, Jackie Herbein, Alexander Technique, and Prof. Christina Paolucci, Body Mapping.

Beatrice Long and Christina Long are presenting 'Rachmaninoff's 150 Year Celebration- Songs and Suites for Two Pianos' at the Brooklyn Performing Arts Center on March 2 at 7 pm.

 

Sophia Agranovich is selected as one of the official mentors of the GrammyU program - Recording Academy (Grammys - NARAS).

February 2023

Dr. Thomas Parente's climate change awareness song trilogy which chronicles the gradual submersion and disappearance of a fictitious South Sea Island, "Island Elegy and Aubade" is slated to be premiered at Montclair State on February 18 and then again on February 25 at the Boston Conservatory of Music. The marvelous soprano who also coordinates the voice section of Montclair University's Music Department, Lori McCann, will be the singer. 

Sophia Agranovich is participating in the Valentine's Day show, ‘Lite Lounge with Dimitri K.’, on multiple US and international radio stations. It is recorded and available on demand.

January 2023

Sophia Agranovich is one of the featured artists at "Piano Matters" with David Dubal on WWFM.ORG - The Classical Network, January 29at 12 PM.

Sophia Agranovich is one of the featured artists at "Piano Matters" with David Dubal on WWFM.ORG - The Classical Network, January 25 at 10 PM.

Sondra Tammam is teaching Piano Pedagogy - Exploring the Taubman Approach, MUPR437-01 (2 credits), the only in-depth credit course on the Taubman Approach, at the Cali School of Music at Montclair State University on TUESDAYS, 4:00-5:45 pm, from Jan. 17 - May 9, 2023.
Auditors ARE WELCOME on ZOOM or in person. The fee is only $150 for the semester. 
For questions email me tammams@montclair.edu or the Extension Division director, Letitia Stancu stancul@montclair.edu.

Sophia Agranovich is a recipient of the Gold award for Best Classical Recording at One Earth Awards 2023.

Sophia Agranovich is one of the featured artists at NPR WLPR-FM "Art on the Air" - Interview and performance

2022

December 2022

Dan Crisci's album release show for “Cries of the Heart” will be performed at Shanghai Jazz on Main Street in Madison, NJ on December 14, between 6 to 8:30 PM. Reservations can be made by calling 973-822-2899.

Jazz pianist and composer, Dan Crisci's final release of the year, on December 2, is a full album of 12 songs called “Cries of the Heart”, which includes the two singles plus 10 other solo piano pieces. 

November 2022

Dr. Thomas Parente's Choral work “ October" was sung in a concert presented by the same Berkshire Concert Choir under the wonderful conductor, Matthew Thomas on November 19 and 20.

Dan Crisci, jazz pianist and composer, released “City Vibe”, a jazz swing solo piano piece on November 18.

Nancy Modell's student, Charles Love, was awarded the NJMTA High School Scholarship for Composition and he performed Static Spring at the State Conference at Gill Chapel, Rider University on November 12. 
Nancy’s student, Ella Zhang, is the Elementary Division State winner of the NJMTA Composition Competition.

Nancy Modell will teach ECC! (Every Child Can!), the introductory course to the Suzuki Approach, online on Nov. 5-6 for the NJ Suzuki Workshop.

Dr. Thomas Parente offered a Dalcroze Eurhythmics workshop for members of The Berkshire Concert Choir and American Guild of Organists on Nov. 5.

Danette Whelan, along with MTNA members, Laura Amoriello, Phd. and Dr. Fernanda Nieto-Pulido, will present From Heart to Hands: How Mindfulness Can Revitalize Your Teaching, at Jacobs Music in Princeton on November 4th, at 9:45 am sponsored by The Piano Teachers Forum of Central NJ. 

Dan Crisci, jazz pianist and composer, released “Light’s Out”, a jazz ballad duet with soprano saxophonist Anton Denner on November 4.

Dr. Thomas Parente's arrangement of the popular song "Downtown" was performed at the Colonial Theater in Pittsfield, Mass. by the marvelous Eagles Trombone band on Nov. 4.

Sophia Agranovich's album, "Franz Liszt: Rhapsodies, Etudes and Transcriptions," was charting in the Top 10 albums at One World Music Radio and made The Want List of 2022 of Fanfare Magazine, including four rave reviews and an interview in the Nov.-Dec. issue of Fanfare. A rave review of this album is published in Whole Note, one of the largest Canadian Classical music Magazines.

October 2022

In October Sophia Agranovich received recognition for Franz Liszt: Rhapsodies, Études and Transcriptions:
Best Classical Album – Clouzine International Awards/Clouzine Magazine; Best Classical Recording”- Indie Music Channel; Charting in Top 10 Albums, September and October 2022 – One World Music Radio –; Best Classical Album – Akademia Music Awards;  2 Silver medals for Outstanding Achievement – Global Music Awards –;  2 Platinum awards: Best Female Artist/Best Classical Music and 2 Gold Awards: Best Instrumental Music and Best Performance – LIT International Talent Awards 

This album is on Fanfare’s Wanted List, along with reviews from Fanfare Magazine (4),  Ark of Music, Mainly Piano, and One World Music Radio.
It was featured in these podcasts: Lite Lounge with Dimitri K. – Album show and Interview – starts at 29:34; “Chatting with Nat” – Interview and performance; “Mixing It” with Nicki Kris – Interview and performance

Sophia Agranovich was one of the featured artists in the "Autumn Praise" benefit concert at Drew University on Oct. 15.

 

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