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

June 2024

Co-directors Dr. David Witten and Sondra Tammam announce the 13th Taubman Piano Festival, June 22-23, 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.

July 2024

Spearheaded by MEA member, Ingrid Clarfield, the Piano Pedagogy Summer Institute presents its 2nd event on July 16-17 at Jacobs Music, Princeton, featuring MEA members, Nancy Modell, Sondra Tammam, and Danette Whelan among other presenters.

What you may have missed...

June 2024

Sophia Agranovich will perform a solo concert at Watchung Arts Center, Watchung, NJ on June 1 at 8 PM.

May 2024

Sophia Agranovich will perform a solo concert at the Richter Association of the Arts, CT on May 12.

Daniel Rofer announces the release of his new album Nine Piano Pieces for the Young, at the Octopus Music School faculty recital, Saturday, May 11 at 5 PM at Forte Piano NJ, 159 W Rte. 4, Paramus.  Admission $7.50. 

April 2024

Beatrice Long presents Mozart's Concerto for Two Pianos in collaboration with Christina Long and the Sun Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra at the Zhong-Shen Concert Hall, Taipei Taiwan on April 12.
 

Beatrice Long will perform a short recital and will offer Masterclasses at the National Taiwan Normal University on April 9 and at Soochow University on April 10.

Sophia Agranovich received 2 more medals for Outstanding Achievement from Global Music Awards.  Her new release Album Leaf: Piano Works by Felix Mendelssohn received glowing reviews from Artisan Music Reviews and The Whole Note (Canada's largest music magazine).  To date, she has 12 reviews of this CD. She is featured in The Juilliard School Newsletter, Alumni Spotlight.

March 2024

Birgit Matzerath will perform the last of three programs featuring piano music by J.S Bach at the Millburn Free Public Library, 200 Glen Avenue, Millburn New Jersey as part of the annual Bach-in-the-Subways project.

Tuesday March 26 1pm-2pm Selections from The Well-Tempered Clavier 1 and 2, Toccatas No 6 in C-minor and No 4 in G-minor
All concerts take place in the meeting room. They are free and open to the public

Birgit Matzerath will perform the second of three programs featuring piano music by J.S Bach at the Millburn Free Public Library, 200 Glen Avenue, Millburn New Jersey as part of the annual Bach-in-the-Subways project.

Sunday, March 24 3pm-4pm: Selections from The Well-Tempered Clavier 2, Toccatas No 1 in D-minor, No 3 in F-sharp minor,  No 5 in D-major
All concerts take place in the meeting room. They are free and open to the public

Birgit Matzerath will perform the first of three programs featuring piano music by J.S Bach at the Millburn Free Public Library, 200 Glen Avenue, Millburn New Jersey as part of the annual Bach-in-the-Subways project.

Friday, March 22, 1pm-2pm: Selections from The Well-Tempered Clavier 1 and 2, Toccatas No 2 in e-minor and No 7 in G-major
All concerts take place in the meeting room. They are free and open to the public

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.

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.

 

 

Sophia Agranovich received a brilliant review of the Album Leaf: Piano Works by Felix Mendelssohn in the March-April Issue of the American Record Guide.

Beatrice Long was invited to judge the ‘Young Artists Competition’ of the Tuesday Musical Club in San Antonio, TX from March 9-10.

Patricio Molina directed a concert on March 7 at the historic Newark Symphony Hall, spotlighting black and Latino composers, with students and alumni from the Newark School of the Arts. Included in the program are two pieces by Patricio:  Bolero and the premier of Dominican Suite for piano and beatboxer.

Sophia Agranovich was featured in an interview and performance at "Lite Lounge with Dimitri K. " together with Grammy-winning artists on March 3 at 10 AM and going forward on 50+ stations across the world.

February 2024

Beatrice Long and Christina Long presented this program: ‘Silver Lining’ Recital for Two Pianos, and Master Classes at Lingenfelter Artists Series at McPherson College Kansas from February 24-25.

Sophia Agranovich received a rave review for Album Leaf: Piano Works by Felix Mendelssohn and was featured and the album show and 2 playlists at OneWorld Music Radio. This album was #7 in the world music charts across all genres in February.

Sophia Agranovich was a featured artist at the “Lite Lounge with Dimitri K” starting on February 4 and throughout February starting at 10 AM and onward – on 50+ Radio stations around the World.
 

Sophia Agranovich won the Best Classical Artist award at the World Entertainment Awards, Los Angeles, California.

January 2024

Sophia Agranovich is a winner of the Best Classical Piano Album at the Clouzine International Music Awards.

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.

Excerpts from Album Leaf – Piano Works of Felix Mendelssohn by Sophia Agranovich were broadcast on January 12 at 6 PM on WMNR FM Fine Arts Radio and on January 16 at OneWorld Music Radio.

Sophia Agranovich is a recipient of OneEarth Awards: Best Classical Recording (Album Leaf – Piano Works of Felix Mendelssohn) and Best Contemporary Instrumental Single (Love Serenade).

Beatrice Long presented this program: Master Class on ‘Études’ at the Third Street Music School, New York City on January 2.

An interview and 5 rave reviews of Sophia Agranovich's CD Album Leaf: Piano Works by Felix Mendelssohn was published in Fanfare Magazine.

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.

 

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