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2018

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.

Sondra Tammam is invited to teach the Piano Pedagogy Class at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv University, Israel.

Yuly Verbitsky's Piano Concert on Sunday, May 6 at 2 PM will celebrate the immortal music of the past, including selections of beautiful and expressive pieces of great composers from Central Europe  - Mozart, Brahms, and Liszt - including Brahm's Hungarian Dance, Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody, and more.  The concert is in the concert auditorium of Mahwah Public Library, 100 Ridge Road, Mahwah, NJ. 

Cinder LeDell of Castle LeDell Publishing is extending its “2 for 1” MEA music sale of printed copies through May for MEA members, which includes some of her musical art. https://www.clmusicpublications.com/ Eventually, the Publications company will be adding more composers.
Piano pieces range from elementary to early advanced, with many new ones on the way. Open the website to hear and see Barbara Landi-Hause and Cinder perform the “Blow Spring Breeze” duo piano piece.

On the site, you can see the cover and first page of music, listen to the music, then order downloads or hard copies. There are also 8 vocal pieces. Check out the site and tell Cinder what you think of it. Write to her at clmusicpub@gmail.com

New Castle LeDell Music Publications.com Hits A “Home Run!”

 MEA’s Cinder LeDell reports that her 2-week old publishing company for piano music has had more than 100 sales, with the piece  “Home Run!” as the most popular so far.

            “Home Run!” is a hit, according to people at the recent MEA event, Celebrate Composers!, because it is an audience-participation piece directed by the pianist, with “Oh’s” for the first batter out and  “No’s” for the second batter out.  Then, for the third batter up, the audience claps cupped-hands to make the “sound” of the bat hitting the “Home Run!”  The website video of the piece has an actual bat-hitting-the-ball-sound.      https://www.clmusicpublications.com/product/home-run/

April 2018

The Long Duo,  Christina and Beatrice Long, will present an Earth Day Celebration Concert at the Watchung Arts Center, Sunday, April 22.

Luba Vasilyeva is performing Liszt's Rhapsody Español at the Wharton Institute of the Performing Arts's Faculty Concert on April 22 at 3 PM.  Admission is free.

Sophia Agranovich was one of the featured performers at David Dubal's 'Piano Matters' on WWFM and WWFM.ORG.

On Wednesday, April 4 at 10 PM and on Sunday, April 8 at 12:00 PM Sophia Agranovich is honored again to be one of the performers at WWFM Classical Network program 'Piano Matters', hosted by David Dubal. 
Listen online on your computer, tablet or phone at wwfm.org/

 

Sophia Agranovich was one of the featured performers at David Dubal's 'Piano Matters' on WWFM and WWFM.ORG.

March 2018

Birgit Matzerath is excited to invite you to the showing of Seymour - an Introduction - Ethan Hawke's acclaimed documentary about my teacher, Seymour Bernstein, at the Ethical Culture Society, 516 Prospect St.,  Maplewood on Saturday, March 17 at 4 PM. (See the  attachment for further details) 
Seymour Bernstein is going to attend the showing, and I will conduct the question and answer session that follows the movie. Bring students, family and friends, the event is open to the public and FREE of charge.
Free will donations to benefit the Newark School of the Arts are welcome. 
Space is limited, so be sure to email the Ethical Culture Society if you're planning to attend: ecsec.nj@gmail.com  

Nancy Modell is invited to present Creative Composing: Embracing Creativity, Nurturing Musicality for Ingrid Clarfield's grad student Piano Pedagogy course at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ, on Thursday, March 1 at 1 PM.

February 2018

Sophia Agranovich announces the release her 7th CD album. Chopin: Polonaise-Fantaisie in A flat Major, Op. 61; Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48 no. 1; Liszt: Après une Lecture du Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata; Sonnetti del Petrarca #47, #104 & #123, Hungarian Rhapsody No. 14 in F minor. Available in CD, MP3 and streaming formats at every major retailer: Amazon, HBDirect, B&N, AllMusic, ArkivMusic, iTunes, Spotify and more. For the MEA members’ discount, please email to sofilana@yahoo.com.

A former student of Diane Battersby, Drew Petersen, was often a winner of many MEA competitions.  Drew Petersen, now 24-years old, has been added to the Opus 3 Artists roster.  He joins artists, Yo-Yo Ma, Sarah Chang, Emanuel Ax, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, New York City Ballet, Patti Lupone, and others. http://www.opus3artists.com/artists/drew-petersen  (Click “Recent News” – bottom right corner).  
Congratulations and best wishes to Drew!

 

Youn-hee Kim, a piano faculty of Montclair State University, will perform a solo recital featuring works by Bach, Haydn, Brahms, Kapustin and Gianstera on Sunday, February 11 at 2 PM, Van Vlek House (21 Van Vlek St., Montclair, NJ 07042).

January 2018

Seymour Bernstein will perform works by Schubert, Schumann and others at All Souls Church, 1157 Lexington Av., New York, NY on January 21 at 2 PM.  Admission is free.

Youn-hee Kim, a piano faculty of Montclair State University, will perform a solo recital featuring works by Bach, Haydn, Brahms, Kapustin and Gianstera on Saturday, January 20 at 8 PM, Leshowitz Recital Hall, Montclair State University.

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, 4:00-5:40 pm, from Jan. 16 - May 8, 2018.
Auditors ARE WELCOME. The fee is only $150 for the semester.

Contact Dr. Marla Meissner, email: musicprep@mail.montclair.edu, Tel: 973-655-4443

Beatrice Long gave two piano recitals at Punta del Este in Uruguay, and Mendosa Argentina.

2017

December 2017

So Jung Lee's Piano Trio team, Trio Fontēs, has been playing together since last year and are performing in and around the NJ, NY and PA area. This season's repertoire, Arensky's  Trio, Op. 32   and Shostakovich's Trio, Op. 8, will be played in NJ  local venues including churches, libraries. Their most recent performing venue was Ewing Art Center. This concert is Saturday, December 16 at 2 PM - Middletown Library, Middletown, NJ

Jacqueline Schiller-Audi will perform with the All Seasons Chamber Players on Sunday December 10 at 2 PM at the Ridgewood Public Library, Ridgewood.

So Jung Lee's Piano Trio team, Trio Fontēs, has been playing together since last year and are performing in and around the NJ, NY and PA area. This season's repertoire, Arensky's  Trio, Op. 32   and Shostakovich's Trio, Op. 8, will be played in NJ  local venues including churches, libraries. Their most recent performing venue was Ewing Art Center. This concert is Wednesday, December 6 at 7 PM - First Reform Church, Little Falls, NJ

So Jung Lee's Piano Trio team, Trio Fontēs, has been playing together since last year and are performing in and around the NJ, NY and PA area. This season's repertoire, Arensky's  Trio, Op. 32   and Shostakovich's Trio, Op. 8, will be played in NJ  local venues including churches, libraries. Their most recent performing venue was Ewing Art Center. This concert is Saturday, December 2 at 8 PM - Cheltenham Church, PA

Kathy Knittel,  Composition Committee Chair, has been busy getting her upcoming CD, 
A Songbird’s Christmas, ready for the 2017 holiday season! She has been collaborating with Joan Bujacichwho is the arranger/producer, graphic designer and is responsible for all accompanying performances on this project, except for the guitar work which is performed by Joe Bilotti.  
The CD will be available to purchase from http://cdbaby.com/cd/kathyknittel15 and JoanBujacich.com. It will also be available to download from iTunes/Spotify and all the major online digital distribution companies.

November 2017

Nancy Modell will present Creative Composing: Embracing Creativity, Nurturing Musicality on November 18 at the NJMTA State Conference in Princeton.

Sondra Tammam will be a Guest Presenter at the NJMTA State Annual Conference at the Cullen Center, Westminster Choir College, in Princeton, on Saturday, November 18 at 3:30. Her topic will be  "The Choreography of Subtle In and Out Movements at the Keyboard with the Taubman Approach".

Nancy Modell is invited to teach for the Music Institute of Chicago (Evanston campus) as a clinician at the Suzuki Piano Mid-Winter Workshop from November 11-12.

Nancy Modell will present Creative Composing: Embracing Creativity, Nurturing Musicality on November 10 under the NJMEA group at the NJEA Convention in Atlantic City.

Jacqueline Schiller-Audi will perform with the All Seasons Chamber Players on Sunday, November 5 at 3:30 PM at Central Unitarian Church, Paramus.

Michelle Kuo and her son, Christopher Kuo, continue their fall concert season performing at the San Francisco War Memorial Performing Arts Center.

Joan Bujacich just launched her new website! She found creating and uploading the content a bit overwhelming at first, but she persevered. There is much to share including a store where she has CD’s and some sheet music of her compositions for sale. Adding sheet music to the store will be an ongoing project. There are videos to explore and web pages dedicated to various aspects of her long musical career. 
Visit: JoanBujacich.com  

October 2017

Jacqueline Schiller-Audi performed with the Alacorde Trio on October 15 and with the All Seasons Chamber Players on October 29 at the New Milford Public Library, New Milford.

Michelle Kuo and her son, Christopher Kuo, continue their fall concert season in Boston, on October 7, presented by Berklee College of Music.

September 2017

Michelle Kuo and her son, Christopher Kuo, launched their fall concert season with a two piano recital at the Steinway Gallery in Paramus on Saturday, September 30. They performed an all Rachmaninoff duo program. View PDF

Jacqueline Schiller-Audi and Diane Battersby performed their annual concert, Double Take!, on September 24 at the First Presbyterian Church of Verona. Works by Bizet, Leroy Anderson, Cole Porter, Liszt, Khachaturian and more.

Sophia Agranovich performed a solo concert at BargeMusic - 'the floating concert hall' in Brooklyn, NY, on September 15.

Beatrice Long joined the faculty of the Music Conservatory of Brooklyn College, CUNY.

August 2017

Jacqueline Schiller-Audi and Diane Battersby performed their annual concert, Double Take! Two Baby Grands in the Gazebo, in Tenafly’s Davis-Johnson Park on August 31. Selections included: Carmen by Bizet, some Leroy Anderson, Cole Porter, a little bit of West Side Story, Liszt, Khachaturian and more. Please see details on this flyer.

Between August 5-9, Beatrice Long joined her sister Christina Long as the Long Duo, performing duo piano recitals in the Chamber Music Series at Sala Héctor Tosar in Montevideo; and Conciertos del Este at Punta del Este, Uruguay.

July 2017

Sophia Agranovich performed a 2-hour solo recital at the festival Les Cabardiese de Pennautier in Pennautier, France on July 25.

Nancy Modell taught ECC! (Every Child Can!©) on July 7 and conducted student master classes July 8-9 at the New Jersey Suzuki Workshop at the Lawrenceville School.

Beatrice Long performed and taught at Piedmont, Italy’s InterHarmony International Music Festival from July 5-17. Works were by Chopin, Brahms and Ligeti; the master class was titled 'Articulation and Ornamentation in Baroque Keyboard Music'.

Sophia Agranovich's interview and four rave reviews were published in May-June issue of Fanfare Magazine.

June 2017

David Witten, Artistic Director, announced the Sixth Dorothy Taubman Festival, June 23-25 featuring: Master Classes with Professor Robert Shannon of Oberlin Conservatory; Technique Clinics and Lectures with Sondra Tammam, Festival Director; Children's Repertoire with Dragica Curcic; Jazz Standards reworked with the Taubman Concepts with Dan Crisci, and Guest Jackie Herbein, National presenter of Body Mapping/Yoga at MTNA National Conferences. For further information, please contact Dr. David Witten at wittend@mail.montclair.edu.

Nancy Modell conducted teacher training workshops and taught student master classes at the Colorado Suzuki Institute in Beaver Creek, CO from June 12-24.

On June 4 and June 11 Birgit Matzerath gave two presentations in the adult education series at All Souls Unitarian Church in New York City titled: Calm and Conflict - J.S. Bach's Preludes and Fugues in B-flat major and B-flat minor from the Well-Tempered Clavier II (BWV 890 and BWV 891). The musical means Bach used to convey different emotions in both pieces were examined, including a chance to reflect on the energies of calm and conflict in our lives, as listeners familiarized themselves with the music. Ms. Matzerath performed both works at each session.

 

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