Music Educators Association of New Jersey

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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. 

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 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. 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

New Castle LeDell Music 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.

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


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:  

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

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.  (Click “Recent News” – bottom right corner).  
Congratulations and best wishes to Drew!



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