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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)

March 2016

Beatrice Long was invited to perform Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit at a class on Ravel at Juilliard, NYC, taught by pianist Mirian Conti on March 21.

Thomas Parente's book signing/reading of his book "The Positive Pianist" was at the Harvard Coop Bookstore on Saturday, March 19.

Birgit Matzerath, piano, and Bill Edwards, baritone, gave a series of three 50-minute presentations on Brahms' Four Serious Songs at the Unitarian Church of All Souls at Lexington and 80th street in New York City on Sunday, March 6, 14 and 21. In addition to performances of the songs the presentations will give background information and explore the way Brahms set the words he chose to music. The series is a part of the adult education program at All Souls. All events are free and open to the public.

February 2016

Nancy Modell presented a session entitled Creative Composing: A Joyous Pathway to Musicianship at the NJMEA 2016 State Conference on February 20 at the East Brunswick Hilton Conference Center.

The Alacorde Trio, Jacqueline Schiller-Audi, piano, Jee Sun Lee, violin, Suji Kim, cello, performed at the Teaneck Public Library on February 7 at 3pm. The program included Turina's Circulo, Gershwin's It Ain't Necessarily So, Summertime and I Got Rhythm (arranged by The Alcorde Trio), Piazzolla's Oblivion and Death of the Angel and the Dumky Trio by Dvorak.

January 2016

The Alacorde Trio, Jacqueline Schiller-Audi, piano, Jee Sun Lee, violin, Suji Kim, cello, rescheduled their performance to January 31 at 2pm at the Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library in Garnerville, NY. The program included Turina's Circulo, Gershwin's It Ain't Necessarily So, Summertime and I Got Rhythm (arranged by The Alcorde Trio), Piazzolla's Oblivion and Death of the Angel and the Dumky Trio by Dvorak.

Sophia Agranovich was one of the featured performers at WQXR program 'Reflections from the Keyboard' hosted by David Dubal on January 21 & 24.

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. 19 - May 11. Sondra Tammam, a director of Taubman Seminars (Lincoln Center) and Taubman Festivals (MSU), worked with Dorothy Taubman for over twenty-five years. This is a very unique opportunity to learn the piano approach of Dorothy Taubman.


December 2015

Jacqueline Schiller-Audi collaborated with her trio colleagues in a recital on Saturday, December 12, 7:30pm at NV Studios 400 Sylvan Ave in Englewood Cliffs. The program included Brahms Piano Trio in C Major and Rachmaninoff Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor.

Beatrice Long was featured recitalist in the Piano Lunch Series on Tuesday, December 8 from 12:10-12:50 pm at Christ & St. Stephen's Church 122 W 69 St. New York, N. Y. 10023 (69th Street & bt Broadway + Columbus Ave, NYC).

Sondra Tammam was a guest presenter at the Diller Quaile Keyboard Celebration, Opus 2 on Saturday, December 5. Her topic was, "Memorization - Putting the Fingers, Ears and Brain to the Score".

November 2015

At the November NJMTA Conference at Rider University, Charlene Step chatted with composer Wynn Anne Rossi after her presentation on her new series, Musica Latina. The rhythmic series, featuring solos and duets, covers a cross-section of South America dances and folk music.

On Friday, November 20 at 8 p.m., the outstanding NYC based National Chorale, under the baton of Everett McCorvey, will perform a concert featuring the beloved choral work Carmina Burana, and will additionally include two original choral pieces by Thomas Parente, at Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fisher Hall): "October", is set to poetry of Robert Frost, and , "Look up at the Sky" features the words of local poet, Bruce Kaduk. To order tickets online go to:

Thomas Parente performs with the the innovative ensemble, Piaclava, on Sunday, November 1 at 6 p.m. as part of the Music in Montclair series hosted by Music Director, Markus Grae-Hauck and the UU Music Committee. A wonderful variety of new works by contemporary composers will be featured. Here's your opportunity to hear yet another line-up of fresh and vibrant compositions emerging from members of this generation of exciting composers. Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair, 67 Church St. General Admission: $20 Students; Seniors: $15; Children: $5

October 2015

Sophia Agranovich released a new CD on a Centaur label featuring Franz Schubert: Fantasy for Piano in C major, D 760/Op. 15 "Wanderer"; Frederic Chopin: Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23; Ballade for Piano no 2 in F major/a minor, B 102/Op. 38, Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47 and Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52. It is available at ArkivMusic, Amazon, iTunes and other major distributors. Three excellent reviews are to be published in the Fanfare Jan-Feb 2016 issue.

Nancy Modell will present a session entitled Creative Composing: A Joyous Pathway to Musicianship at the "Empower Creativity" themed 2015 NAfME National In-Service Conference scheduled for October 25-28 at Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN.

On Saturday, October 17 at 8:00pm, in her 19th season at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Michelle Chen Kuo is joined by her son, Christopher Kuo, who returns to Weill Recital Hall for the third time since his 2006 solo debut. Together, they celebrate the splendor of Russian two piano music featuring Anton Arensky's vividly colorful Suites for Two Pianos No. 1 & 2 "Silhouettes", Sergei Rachmaninoff's playful Russian Rhapsody, and his widely treasured and intensely passionate Duo Suites No. 1 "Fantaisie-Tableaux" & 2.

Anita Gordon will perform a solo recital on the MacDowell Club recital series on Sunday, October 11 at 3 p.m. at Fransiscan Oaks, Denville. The program will include music by Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, and Chopin.


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