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.

2023

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. 

March 2023

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.

 

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.

April 2023

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.

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.

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January 2023

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, 2022.
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.

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.

Sophia Agranovich's album, Franz Liszt: Rhapsodies, Études and Transcriptions, and her new release "Peace and Joy" was featured on WMNR Fine Arts Music Radio on Oct. 14. 

Sophia Agranovich will perform a solo concert at the famed "floating concert hall" BargeMusic in Brooklyn, NY, on October 2 at 4 PM. Visit http://bargemusic.org for more details.

September 2022

Sophia Agranovich and Rupam Sarmah released a single on Sept. 23.  “Peace and Joy (Mendelssohn/Mozart World)” includes unique improvisations and arrangements of timeless classics that transcend boundaries, blending East and West music traditions. 
It received rave reviews from Mainly Piano, Ark of Music, and Contemporary Fusion Reviews.  It is also in the ARISE TOGETHER album, a project of the One Little Finger Foundation.
This project promotes Peace, Inclusion, and Diversity, bringing children together through music & arts from Ukraine and around the world!  Children around the world sing and play on the album including Julian Lennon, Gandhi's grandson, and Dave Mason. 

Michelle Kuo and her son Christopher Kuo have relaunched their in-person Two Piano Journey tour. In April, they hosted their first in-person concert since 2020 for Minds Matter San Francisco, raising $110,000. This fall, the tour will bring them to New York, Florida, Massachusetts, and California as they perform concerts for the Chinese-American Planning Council, Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida, the Adams Theater, and Wu Yee Children’s Services. The project is projected to reach the $2MM fundraising mark by December. Michelle and Chris have established new fundraising partnerships with Embrella and the Greater Newburgh Symphony. Learn more at twopianojourney.com

Sophia Agranovich will release a new album Franz Liszt: Rhapsodies, Études and Transcriptions on September 2. It contains Hungarian Rhapsodies No. 6 and No. 12, Transcendental Etudes "Ricordanza" and "Mazeppa", Schubert/Liszt Ständchen (“Serenade”), Erlkönig and Die Forelle and will be available via all major distributors. 
Excellent reviews of this album will be published by OneWorldMusic Radio and MaunlyPiano.

August 2022

Sophia Agranovich will perform a solo concert at BargeMusic in Brooklyn, NY, on August 6 at 6 pm. Visit http://bargemusic.org for more details.

 

Nancy Modell was elected to the Board of Directors of the international Suzuki Association of the Americas beginning August 1.

July 2022

Sophia Agranovich was one of the featured pianists in "Between the Keys" episode #0368 by Jed Distler on WWFM - The Classical Network.

June 2022

Members Dr. David Witten and Sondra Tammam, Co-Directors of The 11th Taubman Piano Festival 2022 at the Cali School of Music, Montclair State University, announce this annual event to be held on Fri/Sat/Sun - June 24 - 26.
MEA members Nancy Modell, Dragica Ćurčić, and Dan Crisci are Festival Presenters.

There will be Master Classes for children. Open Workshops for students and teachers every day. Guest Master Class teachers and recitalists are Robert Shannon, Oberlin College, Professor of Piano, and Dr. Mika Sasaki, Juilliard School Evening Division. Workshop and lecture by Guest Ben Steinhardt, Faculty: Father Paul Maillet, recognized Taubman Institute Faculty and former Fleisher student. Jackie Herbein, NCTM, Alexander Technique, and Certified Yoga teacher of Pittsburgh, will begin each day with Body Mapping participant warm-ups.

New events include Small Group Workshops and Healthy Computer Habits.
Single-day attendance is welcome! This year’s events are in Leshowitz Concert Hall and "live" on ZOOM.
For registration and more information visit: https://taubmanuniversalapproach.org

Sophia Agranovich will give a solo concert at the Watchung Arts Center, Watchung, NJ at 8 PM.

May 2022

The album Ludwig van Beethoven – In Celebration of the 250th Anniversary of his Birth by Sophia Agranovich is charting for 12 months across all the genres on One World Music Radio. It won Best Classical Album award.

Dan Crisci has released a new album of original compositions and
improvisations. A Day’s Journey is a solo piano album that is a musical depiction
of a day, from morning songs through evening songs. It is available as a CD, a
digital download, or it can be heard on all of the major streaming platforms.
You can purchase it at Dan’s website at https://dancrisci.com/music

As part of the Frances Clark Teacher Education Webinar Series, Dr. Patricio F. Molina will present ARABIC MUSIC AND THE PIANO: THE USE OF THE PIANO IN LEBANON AND EGYPT DURING THE GOLDEN AGE OF ARABIC MUSIC on May 11 at 11 AM.  He will discuss the introduction of the piano, and equal temperament, into Arabic music in the 1930s-60s. This new combination made a deep impact on the structure of Arabic music.  Dr. Molina will compare Western and Arabic music theory and explore how the piano influenced the composition of Arabic music. Dr. Molina is a Chilean-Syrian composer, pianist, and educator based in New Jersey. The New Jersey Youth Symphony and White Snake Projects are among the many institutions that have recognized his talents with commissioned works. Dr. Molina serves as Conservatory Director at Newark School of the Arts. He is a Yamaha Artist.

Sophia Agranovich is a Platinum Winner in Best Classical Pianist and Best Instrumental Artist categories and a Gold Winner in Best Female Instrumental Artist Category at LIT International Talent Awards 2022. She is also a winner of the overall Instrumental Category of the year 2022.

Sophia Agranovich is one of the featured performers on ‘Piano Matters’ with David Dubal at WWFM.ORG radio station at 12 PM.

Sophia Agranovich is a Winner of the Indie Music Channel Radio Music Awards 2022 in Best Classical Artist, Best Classical Recording, and Best Instrumental Recording categories.

April 2022

Sophia Agranovich is one of the featured performers on ‘Piano Matters’ with David Dubal at WWFM.ORG radio station at 10 PM.

Sophia Agranovich will be performing at the Indie Collaborative Event celebrating Earth Day at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall at 8 PM.
A limited number of complimentary tickets are available. 

“Mixing It with Nicki Chris” on Blogtalkradio will air a pre-recorded interview and performance by Sophia Agranowich at 8 PM.  The broadcast will be available on-demand.

March 2022

Danette Whelan’s former student, Kailyn Williams, currently a student at NYU, has been accepted to NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development’s music composition program. 

Kailyn won first place in both the 2020 NJMTA State Composition Competition for her string quartet, Silver Bells & Golden Sand, and the 2021 ESOCC for her piano composition titled Metamorphosis. Silver Bells & Golden Sand was also performed professionally by the Montclair State Orchestra’s string ensemble last summer at the Morris Museum. 

Nancy Modell’s student, Ella Zhang, won the Young Maestro Composition Competition silver medal after performing her composition, Under the Night Sky, at Merkin Hall, NYC.

Nancy Modell is teaching Suzuki student masterclasses, group classes, and a teacher workshop on creative composing at the Massachusetts Suzuki Festival, March 12-13.

The album, Ludwig van Beethoven – In Celebration of the 250th Anniversary of his Birth by Sophia Agranowich, is nominated by the One World Music Radio as the Best Classical Album 2022.

Members Dr. David Witten and Sondra Tammam, Co-Directors of The 11th Taubman Piano Festival 2022 at the Cali School of Music, Montclair State University, announce this annual event to be held on Fri/Sat/Sun - June 24 - 26.
MEA members Nancy Modell, Dragica Ćurčić, and Dan Crisci are Festival Presenters.
 
There will be  Master Classes for children. Open Workshops for students and teachers every day.Guest Master Class teachers and recitalists are Robert Shannon, Oberlin College, Professor of Piano, and Dr. Mika Sasaki, Juilliard School Evening Division.  Workshop and lecture by Guest Ben SteinhardtFaculty: Father Paul Maillet, recognized Taubman Institute Faculty and former Fleisher student. Jackie Herbein, NCTM, Alexander Technique, and Certified Yoga teacher of Pittsburgh, will begin each day with Body Mapping participant warm-ups. 

New events include Small Group Workshops and Healthy Computer Habits. 
Single-day attendance is welcome!  This year’s events are in Leshowitz Concert Hall and "live" on ZOOM.
For registration and more information visit: https://taubmanuniversalapproach.org

February 2022

Nancy Modell is teaching online Suzuki student masterclasses and group classes at the NJ Suzuki Workshop, February 26-27.

Sondra Tammam has been awarded the 2022 Steinway Top Teacher Award

Beginning on Feb. 13, Sophia Agranovich is one of the featured artists on ‘Lite Lounge with Dimitri K.’- a podcast and live show on multiple US and international radio stations. 

January 2022

Sophia Agranovich is one of the featured performers on ‘Piano Matters’ with David Dubal at 12 PM on WWFM.ORG radio station, playing works by Schumann and Scriabin.

Sophia Agranovich is one of the featured performers on ‘Piano Matters’ with David Dubal at 10 PM on WWFM.ORG radio station, playing works by Schumann and Scriabin.

Registration is now open for Piano Pedagogy - Exploring the Taubman Approach, a course taught by Sondra Tammam at the Cali School of Music of Montclair University from January 18 - May 10, on Tuesdays from 4 - 5:40 PM. The class is open to auditors, high school age, and teachers, via ZOOM and In-Person (proof of vaccination required).

The 15 classes for $150. Auditors receive a certificate upon completion. MUPR-437-01 (2 credits)
Contact either Sondra or the Extension Division Director, Letitia Stancu,  stancul@montclair.edu for the registration form.
tammams@mail.montclair.edu    www.montclair.edu/~tammams

 

Nancy Modell is teaching Suzuki student masterclasses and group classes at the Levine School in Washington, D.C., January 15-16.

The album, Ludwig van Beethoven – In Celebration of the 250th Anniversary of his Birth by Sophia Agranovich, is in the Top 10 Albums chart across all the genres on One World Music Radio - one of the top European stations.
It is listed in the top 10 albums for 8 consecutive months.

2021

November 2021

Sondra Tammam will present a “bite-sized” presentation at the NJMTA Annual State Conference on Saturday, November 13, held on ZOOM.
For more info: www.njmta.com

Sophia Agranovich was one of the featured performers on ‘Piano Matters’ with David Dubal at WWFM.ORG

On November 5, Sondra Tammam will be a guest presenter for the Piano Teacher Forum (PTF).  Her topic will be “Solving Technical Complexities in Piano Repertoire.” For further info: www.pianoteachersforum.org

Sophia Agranovich was one of the featured performers on ‘Piano Matters’ with David Dubal at WWFM.ORG.

 

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