Music Educators Association of New Jersey

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Member News

We regret to notify you that the Plainfield Music Store has officially closed its doors, permanently. The store, both online and retail, is no more.
We thank you all so much for your patronage and support over the years.  Thanks for all the memories!  We will still have the plfdmusic@aol.com e-mail, and our Facebook page, so drop us a line now and then.  Sincerely yours, Vicky Griswold & the Plainfield Music Store Staff - Pat, Michael, Wendy, and, in spirit, David

Maplewood's DeHart Community Center, 120 Burnett Ave., has recently acquired a concert grand due to the generosity of local music lovers.  To celebrate this instrument, local teachers will present a recital entitled "Teachers' Turn!" on Sunday, October 7, at 4:00 PM followed by a reception.  Suggested donation for adults is $20, students are free.  This event is a fund-raiser for a scholarship fund to benefit local music students who lack resources for private music lessons.  Performing are MEA members Kathy Allen-Roth, Elizabeth Burnett, Vicki Carter, Dan Crisci, Maxine Giannini, Birgit Matzerath, Nancy Modell, Yudit Terry, Tricia Tunstall, and other musicians. This is a celebration not to be missed!  

Pianist Murray Present (1921-2012) was a loyal and distinguished long-time member of MEA. A life-long resident of Montclair, his teaching career included 44 years as a Piano Professor at Montclair State University.

The John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University is pleased to announce to the MEA community of music teachers a new piano scholarship that will honor the legacy of Professor Murray Present. The Murray Present Memorial Piano Scholarship will be awarded to an incoming pianist applying for undergraduate or graduate study at the Cali School of Music. The award will be in the amount of $5,000 per year. An undergraduate award may be extended for a total of four years, and a graduate award may be extended for two years. No special application is necessary; the recipient will be chosen from among those applying to the Cali School of Music. For further information, please contact Dr. David Witten at wittend@montclair.edu.

September 2018

Co-leader, Joan Bujacich (keyboards and vocals)  will be performing with The Heart Of Gold Band for Morristown’s Festival on The Green. They perform from 1-5 on the main stage which is on the corner of DeHart and South Streets. This is their 8th year of gracing the main stage with their renditions of great classic rock music. You will also see MEA Board Member Kathy Knittel in the line-up! This is a free concert and a fun event for all! Visit Joan’s website for more details: www.joanbujacich.com

Cherwyn Ambuter performed a piano solo children's concert at Calvary Baptist Church, Warwick, NY.

Joan Bujacich will be giving a concert in Danbury, Connecticut at the Richter House located at 100 Aunt Hack Rd. It is an outdoor concert and it begins at 3:00 P.M. Joan will be accompanied by guitarist/vocalist Joe Bilotti. The duo version of their  “The Heart Of Gold Band” brings fresh arrangements to familiar classic rock songs. Admission is free.

August 2018

Please join Sojung Lee in her Trio Fontēs Recital at the Middletown Library on Monday,  August 27 at  7 PM.

On August 26, Sophia Agranovich will perform a solo concert at the antique period piano in Belvidere, NJ.

Sondra Tammam released a new CD: "Carnivals, Songs, and Transcriptions" on the Primo Artists label. The album includes works by Schubert - Liszt, Chopin, Stravinsky, Schumann, Brahms, Marcello - Bach and Bach -Busoni.
Special thanks to Producer: Michael Rosin | Sound and Recording Engineer: Sean Yoo | Grammy Award-winning Mastering: Andreas K. Meyer and Art Director: Erin Lee. Available on Amazon and iTunes

On June 19, Sophia Agranovich performed the same program at the Lambert Castle Museum sponsored by the Passaic County Historical Society.

Cherwyn Ambuter performed a fully improvised piece for violin solo accompanied by harpsichord and cello for the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey Summer Music Festival Chamber Music Celebration with Sariah Johnson, cello and Agnes Kwasniewska, violin.
It was a fantastic musical growth experience!  She also played harpsichord continuo together with Sariah for another piece for two flutes and bassoon.

On August 8, Sophia Agranovich was one of the featured performers at WQXR and WQXR.org 'Reflections at the Keyboard' with David Dubal.

Cherwyn Ambuter performed with the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey Summer Festival Opera, as pianist within the orchestra, for Die Fledermaus, semi-staged.

July 2018

Beatrice Long will be teaching and performing at the InterHarmony Festival in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Bavaria Germany from July 31 - August 12.

Beatrice Long will play Beethoven's Emperor Concerto at the opening concert of the Mozart Festival in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday, July 28.

Please join Sojung Lee in her Trio Fontēs Recital at the Cham Doen Presbyterian Church on Saturday, July 14 at 7:30 PM.

Please join Sojung Lee in her Trio Fontēs Recital at the Clifton Memorial Library, Monday, July 9 at 2PM.

Cherwyn Ambuter served as Music Director and Accompanist for the annual Thurnauer School of Music Broadway Showtime Camp production of  Fiddler On the Roof. 

Nancy Modell will teach ECC!© (Every Child Can!©) on July 7 from 1 - 7 PM, and conduct student master classes July 7-8 at the New Jersey Suzuki Workshop at the Lawrenceville School.

An interview with Sophia Agranovich was published in July-August issue of Fanfare Magazine, where she was one of the featured artists. In the same issue, there are 3 rave reviews of her recently released CD 'Chopin and Liszt: Piano Works': Chopin Polonaise-Fantaisie and Nocturne Op. 48 No.1, Liszt: Après une Lecture du Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata; complete Sonnetti del Petrarca and Hungarian Rhapsody No. 14. Another excellent review of this album was published in Atlanta Audio Club issue.

June 2018

David Witten, Artistic Director, announced the Seventh Dorothy Taubman FestivalJune 22-24 featuring: Master Classes with Professor Robert Shannon of Oberlin Conservatory; Technique Clinics and Lectures with Sondra Tammam, Festival Director; Humor in Music with Dr. Lisa Yui, faculty at Manhattan School of Music and MSU, Children's Repertoire with Dragica Curcic;  Suzuki and the Taubman Approach and Young Composers in our Studios with Nancy Modell, Jazz Standards reworked with the Taubman Concepts with Dan Crisci, and Guest Artist Gila Goldstein Piano Department Chair at Boston University and faculty at NYU in a free Saturday eve recital
You are welcome to come for a day or more to learn the profound ideas of the late Dorothy Taubman.  Please support our 5 members who will be instructors and performers at this unique festival.   Special rates for MEA-NJ members and their students from age 10.
For further information, contact Dr. David Witten at wittend@mail.montclair.edu or Sondra Tammam at (908) 397-5001

Helen Ryba will perform a solo recital on Tuesday, June 5 at 11:00 AM at Kaplen JCC On The Palisades (411 E. Clinton Ave. Tenafly, NJ).

The program features works by J.S.Bach, including Toccata in G minor, three Preludes and Fugues from WTC 1 and WTC 2.

Other music will include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Sonata No 9, Maurice Ravel’s Valses Nobles et Sentimentales and Viktor Kosenko’s Two Poem-Legends.

May 2018

Helen Ryba will perform a solo recital on Sunday, May 27  at 12 noon at The First Baptist Church, 170 Elm Street, Westfield.

The program features works by J.S.Bach, which include Toccata G minor, three Preludes and Fugues from WTC 1 and WTC 2. Bach’s Chaconne in D minor from violin partita, transcribed to piano by Ferruccio Busoni, will also be performed.

After the intermission, other music will include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Sonata No 9, Maurice Ravel’s Valses Nobles et Sentimentales and Viktor Kosenko’s Two Poem-Legends.

Beatrice Long will perform Gaspard de la Nuit at an all-Ravel concert at Brooklyn College on Tuesday, May 22 at 7 PM.

On May 19, Sophia Agranovich performed a solo recital at the Watchung Arts Center featuring works by Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, and pieces dedicated to Sophia by the contemporary French composer Françoise Choveaux.

 

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