Music Educators Association of New Jersey

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In honor of Seymour Bernstein's milestone 90th birthday, Council Member Helen Rosenthal presented him with a Proclamation from New York City. The ceremony took place on April 27 at the Bernie Wohl Community Center. Friends were invited and audience members contributed remarks of their own, following Council Rosenthal remarks about Seymour's contributions to the City.

Beatrice Long performed at 6@6, a wonderful concert series, at the Yamaha Salon of NYC on April 25. Her program included Albeniz, Iberia Book 1, Ligeti, Capriccio, and Chopin, Étude Op. 25.

On April 22, Nancy Modell was invited to teach at the Greater Philadelphia Suzuki Association's Enrichment Day, a one-day musical experience "to light a spark and motivate students to pursue their practice with vigor and enthusiasm." Nancy taught Let Yourself Go!© sessions throughout the day to over 50 students, where students, ages 5-15, used their intuition to tap into their creativity and artistry. Over 180 students attended this event in Allentown, PA.

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 was pleased to announce to the MEA community of music teachers a new piano scholarship honoring 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

March 2017

An interview with Sophia Agranovich about her new CD, Schumann; Carnaval and Fantasie, was published in the March-April issue of the Fanfare magazine. The sixth review of Sophia Agranovich's CD, Schumann; Carnaval and Fantasie, received an excellent review from the Audio Video Club of Atlanta. Sophia received a Gold Medal from the prestigious Global Music Awards for this CD."

Jackie Shiller presented a solo recital on March 5 at the Fort Lee Public Library. The program included Bach Partita No.1, Beethoven Op.2. No.3, Chopin Nocturne in D flat and Debussy Pour le Piano.

The New York Piano Society gala fund-raising recital was March 4 in Weil Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, including a celebration of Seymour Bernstein's 90th birthday. Seymour performed the Schubert Fantasy for Four Hands with his pupil Alok Dutt.

On March 2, Sondra Tammam presented a workshop for the Piano Teachers' Congress of NY on the 'Choreography of the Subtle In and Out Movements at the Keyboard' with the Taubman Approach held at the Yamaha Artists Headquarters. She was a guest presenter at the MTNA National Conference in Baltimore on March 19. Her student Maya Lily Knoller was a first prizewinner in the 1st Global Online Great Composers Competition in the Group 3 age-category, The Music of America.

February 2017

Barbara Landi Hause performed Bach's Italian Concerto for the Schumann Club on February 23 in the Union Congregational Church, Montclair.

Jackie Shiller and her father, Allan Schiller performed together on Sunday, Feb 5 at the Teaneck Public Library. Works for violin and piano include Beethoven, Bartok, and Vivaldi. Guests from the Alacorde Trio to join in the 2nd half with Mozart's Piano Quartet in E flat Major.

Sophia Agranovich performed a solo recital at the Tenry Cultural Institute at the Leschetizky Association Concert Series on February 4. Works by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Liszt and Chopin.

January 2017

Sophia Agranovich's video playing Ballade no.3 in A-flat Major by Chopin at the WQXR Chopin Marathon was chosen as the Juilliard Alumni video of the month in January 2017.

Michelle Kuo and her son, Christopher, performed 15 duet recitals across the country supporting nonprofit organizations doing great work. They recently appeared at Whippany Park High School, NJ Jan. 14 and the San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center, CA Jan. 21. For more details visit:

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, 4:00-5:40pm, from Jan. 17 - May 9. Auditors can contact: Dr. Marla Meissner, email:, Tel: 973-655-4443


December 2016

Jacqueline Schiller-Audi performed in a series of concerts entitled "Beethoven, Bruch and All that Jazz" with the All Seasons Chamber Players, consisting of members Bob Lawrence, violin, Zoe Hassman, cello, Lisa Hansen, flute and Jean Strickholm, piano. On December 11, she performed the Prokofiev Flute and Piano Sonata and Paul Schoenfield's Cafe Music at the Ridgewood Public Library.

November 2016

Sondra Tammam was nominated as NJMTA "Teacher of the Year".

For twenty years, Carmela Cecere has been chairing the Young Artist Invitational Festival on behalf of the Suburban Music Study Club. The purpose of the event is to seek out extraordinarily talented young musicians between the ages of 12 and 18 in order to offer them special recognition for their talents and accomplishments. On November 13, eight performers, including vocalists, oboists, violinists and pianists, were spotlighted and each received a small stipend of recognition. Pianists included students of members Beatrice Long, Tomoko Harada and Marina Young.

Beatrice Long performed a recital in support the annual scholarship program for the Greater Princeton Steinway Society on Sunday, November 6 at at Jacobs Music, 2540 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville, NJ. The program includes: Bach Italian Concerto, Albeniz - 'Evocation', 'El Puerto' and 'Corpus Christi Day in Seville' from Iberia I, 12 Études from Chopin Études Op. 25. View PDF

Sophia Agranovich gave a lecture/recital for PVMTA on November 2. Her new CD album was released on November 18 on Centaur/Naxos label - Robert Schumann: Carnaval, Op. 9 and Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17.

October 2016

In the 2016 MTNA NJ Composition Competition, Sophia Agranovich's student received Honorable Mention in the Senior division, and Nancy Modell's student received Honorable Mention in the Junior division.

Carmela Cecere's student, 15-year-old James Samson, presented his debut recital at the Morris Museum's Bickford Theatre on October 22. His performance supported the Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation. Free will donations and matching grant of $3,300 was realized.

Jacqueline Schiller-Audi performed the Prokofiev Flute and Piano Sonata and Paul Schoenfield's Cafe Music in "Beethoven, Bruch and All that Jazz" concert series with the All Seasons Chamber Players, consisting of members Bob Lawrence, violin, Zoe Hassman, cello, Lisa Hansen, flute and Jean Strickholm, piano. The concerts and venues were: Sunday, October 16 - Central Unitarian Church, Paramus; Thursday, October 20 - Crane's Mill, West Caldwell; Sunday, October 23 - Edward Williams Hall, Petrocelli College at FDU, Hackensack; Sunday, October 30 - New Milford Public Library.

For her 20th season at Carnegie Hall, Michelle Chen Kuo was joined by her son, Christopher Kuo, for a celebration of treasured works in the two-piano literature from the Romantic and Contemporary eras. In their third season together in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, they traversed a repertoire filled with lively dances, including Ravel's captivating La Valse and Saint-Saëns' Danse Macabre, and duo masterworks, including Lutos?awski's wickedly difficult arrangement of Variations on a Theme by Paganini and Rachmaninoff's intensely passionate Suite for Two Pianos No. 2, Op. 17. This recital was the kickoff for their two piano concert tour across the country, where they are scheduled to perform in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Texas, and California.

The Montclair Music Club's opening performance of its season was Tuesday, October 11, at the Union Congregational Church, Montclair included performances by MEA members: Rebecca Eng, Barbara Landi Hause, and Betty Rosenblum.

Sophia Agranovich performed a Romantic recital of piano music at the Polish Cultural Foundation on Saturday, October 1.


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