Music Educators Association of New Jersey

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Member News

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July 2016

Nancy Modell taught ECC! (Every Child Can!©) at the Lawrenceville School on Friday, July 15. A one-day introductory course on the Suzuki philosophy and its application to education, ECC! provides an inspiring, in-depth look at the Suzuki approach to teaching and learning.

Sophia Agranovich performed a solo concert on July 11 at the Miami Steinway Gallery. Program:
Frédéric Chopin:
Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48 no. 1
Polonaise - Fantaisie in A flat Major, Op. 61
Franz Liszt:
Sonetto 47 del Petrarca
Sonetto 123 del Petrarca
Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
Après une Lecture du Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata
Hungarian Rhapsody #14 in F Minor
and other works.

June 2016

John Blasdale made his NYC Recital Debut on June 21 at West Park Presbyterian Church, W 86 St. (as a part of Make Music New York). His program included the intense Intermezzo in E Flat Minor op. 118 by Brahms, Beethoven's Piano Sonata in C Minor, op. 111, and his own Elegy in E Minor.

Nancy Modell led Suzuki Piano Teacher Training and taught students at the Colorado Suzuki Institute in Beaver Creek, CO from June 13-25.

Michelle Kuo performed a two piano recital with her son, Christopher Kuo, at the Steinway Gallery in Paramus on June 11. The program included works by Milhaud, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, and Guastavino.

The Fifth Dorothy Taubman Festival, led by Dr. David Witten, Artistic Director, was held June 11-12 and featured: Master Classes and an Evening Concert with Dr. Robert Shannon, Professor of Piano, Oberlin Conservatory of Music; inspiring sessions with Sondra Tammam, Dan Crisci, and Dragica Banic. Topics included:

  • How to produce Coordinate Movement
  • How the Taubman Approach promotes virtuosity

Sophia Agranovich performed at the special live event - WQXR All-Day Chopin Marathon, hosted by Elliott Forrest and Terrance McKnight on Saturday, June 4, where she played Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48, No. 1 and Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47. You can watch it on-line here.

May 2016

Nancy Modell presented a mini-workshop entitled Creative Composing for Pianists: Embracing Creativity, Nurturing Musicality at the Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference, May 26-30 in Minneapolis, MN.

Sondra Tammam presented a lecture-workshop entitled Healthy Coordinated Motion for all Pianists at the Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference, May 26-30 in Minneapolis, MN.

Sophia Agranovich performed solo recitals on May 23 at the Watchung Arts Center and on June 26 at the Lambert Castle of the Passaic County Historical Society.

Clarisse Kant had her opening of her art exhibit, Intermittent Artist, on May 15 at the Artist Framer in Cranford. The exhibit ran from May 9- 28. The 'exhibit guide' explains the exhibit title:
"In 1937, at the age of seven, I started to draw, inspired by the fashion ads in the daily Newark newspaper. The same year I began piano lessons and continued music studies until today. My visual art in acrylics, charcoal, inks, pastels, pencil and watercolors, was only produced every twenty years or so: in the 1940's, 60's, 80's and since 2014, when time allowed from my other responsibilities as student, hospital volunteer, wife, public school special education teacher, mother, piano teacher, and, since 1956, as officer of the Music Educators Association of New Jersey."

Julia Lam was honored that her daughter, Jeannette Fang, invited her to perform at the Memories of Chopin: A Mother's Day Piano Recital, part of a series of concerts developed by the Garth Newel Music Center. Julia and Jeannette performed "Ma Mère l'Oye (Mother Goose)" by composer Maurice Ravel, a four-hands piano work at the Herter Hall in Hot Springs, Virginia on May 7 at 7 p.m. Jeannette also presented works by Chopin.

Jacqueline Schiller-Audi performed with the All Seasons Chamber Players in a series of concerts featuring the Faure Piano Quartet in C minor and 4 Hungarian Dances by Brahms for four hands. The concerts were Sunday, May 1 (2pm) The Fort Lee Library; and Sunday, May 22 (2pm) The Ossining Library.

April 2016

Kathy Knittel, Composition Committee Chair, released a CD, Acoustic Muses, this past December. The CD is comprised of five lyrical songs: Woodstock, Landslide, For Good, Michael From Mountains and Diamonds and Rust. Kathy's beautiful voice is accompanied by the fine guitar work of Joe Bilotti on Landslide and Michael from Mountains. Kathy sings and plays guitar on the Joan Baez tune Diamonds and Rust and is joined on vocals and piano by Joan Bujacich. Joan accompanies her on piano for the Joni Mitchell classic, Woodstock and on For Good from the hit musical Wicked. You can download these songs from iTunes and all the major online digital distribution sites. (Our President, Joan Bujacich designed the artwork for all the releases.)

Larissa Sokoloff performed the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21, K. 467 with the Sol Solis Consort orchestra in CT on April 30.

Jacqueline Schiller-Audi of The Alacorde Piano Trio announced a CD release party/concert on April 23 at the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood. Their new CD can now be purchased from iTunes, Amazon and cdbaby.

Nancy Modell was invited to teach at the Greater Philadelphia Suzuki Association's Enrichment Day 2016, April 16, a one-day 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 use their intuition to tap into their creativity and artistry. Over 160 students attended the event held at West Chester University, PA.

Sondra Tammam was a visiting professor at the University of Graz, Austria, April 11-14. She conducted Master Classes and presented the Taubman Approach to the students of the Music Department.

On April 10 Sophia Agranovich was a featured performer on WWFM 'Piano Matters' with David Dubal.

Birgit Matzerath, Devony Smith, Soprano, Michael Maliakel, Baritone will present Schumann's song cycle Myrthen op 25 and Schubert's piano Sonata in A-major D 959 on Sunday, April 10 at 5pm at All Souls Church, Lexington Ave and 80th street in New York City. Admission is free, but we're asking for a donation to benefit the Musica Viva choir.

Beatrice Long gave a lecture recital entitled "Baroque Under the Iberian Sun - Domenico Scarlatti and His Keyboard Sonatas" on April 8, for Shore Music Educators Association, UUCMC at 1475 W Front St, Lincroft, NJ 07738.

Beatrice Long performed in a charity concert presented by Yachad, the National Jewish Council for Disabilities on April 3 at 7pm. The program included music by Scarlatti, Granados, Ravel and Bartok. Please contact for tickets.

Jacqueline Schiller-Audi performed with the All Seasons Chamber Players in a series of concerts featuring the Faure Piano Quartet in C minor and 4 Hungarian Dances by Brahms for four hands. The concerts were April 3at The Teaneck Public Library; April 10 at Fairleigh Dickinson University Edward Williams Hall; Sunday April 17 at The Mahwah Library.

MEA President Joan Bujacich helped recruit the judges for the series "Pitch Slapped", Lifetime TV network's eight-part series featuring a competition of the top NJ high school a cappella groups. If you happened to watch the show, you may be surprised to see some familiar MEA faces: Joan Bujacich and board members Lisa Gonzalez and Kathy Knittel judged for several episodes. Also joining them were MEA members Yuka Yanagi and Amir Mortezai and Joan's husband, Joe Bilotti. The show followed a cappella teams from two New Jersey high schools that were mentored by some of the best coaches in the industry: Deke Sharon, the on-site music director for the Pitch Perfect films; and acclaimed coach, Diana Preisler. A good time was had by all! You can still watch all the episodes online: (Judging Episode 1: L-R Joan Bujacich, Joe Bilotti, Diana Hessinger)


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