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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 submit MEMBER NEWS!

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2020

October 2020

Sondra Tammam was a guest at a PIANO STAR Master Class for PIANO LEAGUE "Live" on Restream on October 20, 2020. For the event, "Sondra Tammam discusses the Taubman Approach", Sondra presented Master Class lessons on Chopin - Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Op. posth., and Granados- Andaluzza, Op.5, No. 5 from 12 Spanish Dances. It can be viewed here on YOU TUBE.

Sophia Agranovich will release a new CD this month dedicated to Chopin's 210th Anniversary: Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, complete 4 Scherzi, Polonaise 'Héroïque'. It will be available in hard copies, downloads, and streaming via all major distributors. Two excellent reviews will be published in the November/December issue of the Fanfare Magazine.

Michell Kuo and Christopher Kuo performed in the virtual concert for Minds Matter San Francisco. They are excited to share the great news that $311K was raised! Their program included:  Rachmaninoff: Waltz from Suite no.2; Lutoslawski: Paganini Variations; and, Rachmaninoff: Russian Rhapsody.

September 2020

Since September 2019, Birgit Matzerath has been presenting a "Listening Journey" through the complete 1st book of J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier 1. One Friday each month interested listeners met at the Ethical Culture Society of Essex County, 516 Prospect Street, Maplewood NJ to explore two Preludes and Fugues. Meetings begin at 7 PM and last for 60-75 minutes, followed by refreshments. The project will conclude with a complete performance of the WTC 1 on Friday, September 11 at 7:30 PM. The final concert is $25 to benefit the Ethical Culture Society and Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County.
 

August 2020

Since September 2019, Birgit Matzerath has been presenting a "Listening Journey" through the complete 1st book of J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier 1. One Friday each month - usually 3rd Friday -  interested listeners meet at the Ethical Culture Society of Essex County, 516 Prospect Street, Maplewood NJ to explore two Preludes and Fugues. Meetings begin at 7 PM and last for 60-75 minutes, followed by refreshments. The next date is Friday, August 14 (2nd Friday!) No 23,24. Suggested donation $10 per session; to benefit the Ethical Culture Society and Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County.
The project will conclude with a complete performance of the WTC 1 on Friday, (2nd Friday!) on September 11 at 7:30 PM.
On August 8, the 2020 National Flute Convention will present the world premiere of Amanda Harberg's Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra on its Gala Concerto Concert, to be performed by Philadelphia Orchestra piccoloist Erica Peel and the Fort Worth Symphony, conducted by Ransom Wilson.

On August 6, the National Flute Convention in Dallas TX will present a recital called "The Chamber Music of Valerie Coleman and Amanda Harberg", which will feature two world premieres of chamber music composed by Amanda Harberg.

July 2020

Since September 2019, Birgit Matzerath has been presenting a "Listening Journey" through the complete 1st book of J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier 1. One Friday each month - usually 3rd Friday -  interested listeners meet at the Ethical Culture Society of Essex County, 516 Prospect Street, Maplewood NJ to explore two Preludes and Fugues. Meetings begin at 7 PM and last for 60-75 minutes, followed by refreshments. The next date is Friday, July 17: No 21,22. Suggested donation $10 per session (final concert $ 25); to benefit the Ethical Culture Society and Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County.
The project will conclude with a complete performance of the WTC 1 on Friday, (2nd Friday!) on September 11 at 7:30 PM.

On July 4, Amanda Harberg's Suite for Wind Quintet will be performed on the Round Top Festival Institute Faculty Concert Series.

June 2020

On June 26, the International Clarinet Convention will present Amanda Harberg's Suite for Wind Quintet, to be performed by the Aspen Winds.

Members David Witten and Sondra Tammam, Co-Directors of The 9th Taubman Piano Festival 2020 at the Cali School of Music, Montclair State University, announce this annual event to be held on Fri/Sat/Sun - June 26-28. Three daily sessions begin at 8:30 am until 4:45 pm. Free Concerts on Friday and Sunday at 5 pm, and Saturday Gala Concert at 8 pm with Yilan Zhao, 2019 Prizewinner Viotti International Piano Competition.

MEA members Dan Crisci, Dragica Ćurčić, and Nancy Modell are Festival Presenters featuring Open Workshops for students and teachers. Daily Master Classes for children. Guest Master Class teachers are Dr. Lisa Yui, Yamaha Artists, and Ass't Dean at MSM, Dr. Cristina Gerling, Dept. Chair Porto Allegre University, Brazil, and Father Paul Maillet, recognized Taubman Institute Faculty and former Fleisher student.

Jackie Herbein, NCTM, Alexander Technique and Certified Yoga teacher, will begin each day with Body Mapping participant warm-ups.

This year’s events will be in Leshowitz Concert Hall. New events include Small Group Concept Workshops and Healthy Computer Habits.  Single-day attendance is welcome!  Free evening concerts!

For registration and for more information, visit https://taubmanuniversalapproach.org 

Since September 2019, Birgit Matzerath has been presenting a "Listening Journey" through the complete 1st book of J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier 1. One Friday each month - usually 3rd Friday -  interested listeners meet at the Ethical Culture Society of Essex County, 516 Prospect Street, Maplewood NJ to explore two Preludes and Fugues. Meetings begin at 7 PM and last for 60-75 minutes, followed by refreshments. The next date is Friday, June 19: No 19,20. Friday, July 17: No 21,22; Friday, August 14 (2nd Friday!) No 23,24. Suggested donation $ 10 per session (final concert $ 25); to benefit the Ethical Culture Society and Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County.
The project will conclude with a complete performance of the WTC 1 on Friday, (2nd Friday!) on September 11 at 7:30 PM.

May 2020

Since September 2019, Birgit Matzerath has been presenting a "Listening Journey" through the complete 1st book of J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier 1. One Friday each month - usually 3rd Friday -  interested listeners meet at the Ethical Culture Society of Essex County, 516 Prospect Street, Maplewood NJ to explore two Preludes and Fugues. Meetings begin at 7 PM and last for 60-75 minutes, followed by refreshments. The next date is Friday, May 15.  Suggested donation $ 10 per session (final concert $ 25); to benefit the Ethical Culture Society and Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County.
The project will conclude with a complete performance of the WTC 1 on Friday, (2nd Friday!) on September 11 at 7:30 PM.
On May 9, the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra will perform Amanda Harberg's Prayer for orchestra in Bel Air, MD.

April 2020

Since September 2019, Birgit Matzerath has been presenting a "Listening Journey" through the complete 1st book of J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier 1. One Friday each month - usually 3rd Friday -  interested listeners meet at the Ethical Culture Society of Essex County, 516 Prospect Street, Maplewood NJ to explore two Preludes and Fugues. Meetings begin at 7 PM and last for 60-75 minutes, followed by refreshments. The next date is Friday, April 24 (4th Friday!) No 15,16. Suggested donation $ 10 per session; to benefit the Ethical Culture Society and Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County.
The project will conclude with a complete performance of the WTC 1 on Friday, (2nd Friday!) on September 11 at 7:30 PM. 

Youn-hee Kim will perform The Lark by Glinka-Balakirev for the MEA Annual Piano Competition’s 50th Year Celebration Concert on April 16.

Professor Youn-hee Kim will give a recital and lecture at 10 AM on Wednesday, April 1 entitled  “Etüdes as Character Portraits” for the Rockland County Music Teachers Guild in NY.

On April 1st, Birgit Matzerath will hold a presentation about J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier for the Pompton Valley Music Teachers Association.

March 2020

On March 21 and March 23, the Philadelphia Orchestra Sound All Around series will perform Amanda Harberg's Sadie's Birthday Adventures (commissioned and premiered by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association in 2015) on four separate concerts: https://www.philorch.org/performances/our-season/events-and-tickets/2019-20-season/sound-all-around-ensemble/

Since September 2019, Birgit Matzerath has been presenting a "Listening Journey" through the complete 1st book of J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier 1. One Friday each month - usually 3rd Friday - interested listeners meet at the Ethical Culture Society of Essex County, 516 Prospect Street, Maplewood NJ to explore two Preludes and Fugues. Meetings begin at 7 PM and last for 60-75 minutes, followed by refreshments. The next date is Friday, March 20: No 13 and 14. Suggested donation $ 10 per session (final concert $ 25); to benefit the Ethical Culture Society and Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County.
The project will conclude with a complete performance of the WTC 1 on Friday, (2nd Friday!) on September 11 at 7:30 pm.

On March 8, Amanda Harberg's Suite for Wind Quintet will receive its Australian premiere by the Astralis Wind Quintet as part of the International Women's Day festival.

Birgit Matzerath will give a presentation of her memoir More than the World in Black and White - How Music came alive and my Life became Music at the Book House, 218 Essex Street in Millburn, NJ on Sunday, March 8 at 3 PM. Based on readings from the book, the talk will focus on the aspect of embracing uncertainty, followed by Q and A.

The Ars Vitalis series will present "The Music of Amanda Harberg" at Kean University's Enlow Recital on March 5 at 7:30 PM.  This very special program will feature Dr. Amanda Harberg's award-winning Suite for Wind Quintet, for which she just received a 2020 New Jersey Council on the Arts Artist Fellowship.  Dr. Harberg will be joined by the renowned Dorian Wind Quintet, Met Orchestra cellist Samuel Magill, New York Philharmonic flutist/piccoloist Mindy Kaufman, flutist Cobus du Toit, and clarinetist Ben Fingland.  The concert is free and will be followed by a reception.  Please see the attached flyer for details, or use this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1098004713657085/

The Harmonium Choral Society is premiering Thomas Parente’s new choral work entitled I Am in Need of Music (text by Elisabeth Bishop) on March 1 at 3 PM at the Presbyterian Church of Morristown (http://www.harmonium.org).

February 2020

On Saturday 2/29 at 8 PM, Beatrice Long is performing with cellist Sophie Shao (winner of Avery Fisher Career Grant and Rostropovich Competition) at the Watchung Arts Center. Music is by Schumann, Beethoven, and Debussy.

 

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