Newsletter
December 2015
In This Issue
Greetings
December Meeting
Grants-in-Aid
Recital Applications
Competition Applications
Member Spotlight
NEPTA Resources
Looking Ahead
Volunteer Opportunities
Facebook
Parking
Lost and Found
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
Monday, December 14
9:30AM

Tamás Ungár Masterclass
Members Perform
 
A Scholarship Fund Benefit

The First Parish, Watertown
(no music sale)
 
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Monday, January 25
9:30Am

Victor Rosenbaum
"Did Mozart Know He was Classical? The Question of Style"

The First Parish Watertown
Music Sale, 9:00AM

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Monday, February, 29

9:30AM

Lois Shapiro
"Beethoven's Sonata Op. 110:
Music That Enacts Its Own Becoming"

The First Parish Watertown
Music Sale, 9:00AM

MEMBER NEWS
 
PIANO FOR SALE
Yamaha C7 Grand Piano 
$15,000 
To connect with the owner, contact NEPTA member
Carol Chaffee  
carolgaryc@aol.com 

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PIANO FOR SALE

Henry Miller Grand Piano
Length: 6 foot, 10 inches
Purchased: circa 1973; rebuilt prior to this
Asking Price: $1750.00
To connect with the owner, contact NEPTA member
Dave Ratcliffe

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RECITAL SPACE AVAILABLE  
Steinway Grand Piano
Seating for 100
Lexington
Contact Inga Magid:
Inga@keys-for-kids.com


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YOGA SESSIONS
Free Four-Week Sessions in small groups
(3 people) 
For More Info Contact
Donna Gross Javel


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Submitting Member NewsMember News needs to be submitted to Donna Gross Javel by the first of each month to be included in that month's newsletter. Please see the website for further information about
DECEMBER GREETINGS

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration. As musicians, we have a lot to be thankful for.  To have the opportunity to share the gift of music with others is extraordinary.

I am sad to report that Maria Clodes, a woman who spent her lifetime sharing her special gift of music with her students, colleagues and audiences recently passed away.  Unfortunately, I have not been able to find an obituary.  I did, however, find this link: http://slippedisc.com/2015/11/death-of-a-trailblazing-brazilian-pianist/ Maria Clodes will be greatly missed by those who's lives she touched.

The November meeting minutes can be found on the NEPTA website.  Many thanks to Natacha Rist for preparing the meeting minutes this month and to Caroline Ly-Germeys for uploading them to the website.   Meeting minutes will usually be uploaded to the website within two weeks of each meeting.

The Masterclass meeting on December 14 is a Scholarship Fundraiser Event.  In addition to raising money for a good cause, it provides us with a wonderful opportunity to hear our colleagues and friends perform for a master teacher. Please scroll down to read more about this special event. Your checks should be sent to Robert Finley, Chair of Teachers' Masterclass. I look forward to seeing many of you there.


Have a wonderful holiday season! Before you start celebrating, if you are planning to present a student in the recitals, please check the recital application deadlines.  Need help with the application process? Check the NEPTA Resources section of this newsletter to find out how you can receive help.

I look forward to seeing you soon!
Donna Gross Javel
NEPTA President

DECEMBER 14 MASTERCLASS: MEMBERS PERFORM

This Scholarship Fundraiser Event provides us with a wonderful opportunity to hear our colleagues and friends perform for a master teacher. Tamás Ungár has earned worldwide acclaim for his powerful performances and innovative programming. A regular guest artist at numerous music centers in the United States, he also performs and teaches frequently all over the globe.  You can read more about him here: Tamás Ungár, pianist
  • This is a Scholarship Fund Benefit Event
  • Pre-Registration Fees:
    • $15 for members 
    • $10 Students and Senior Citizens
    • $25 Non-Members
  • Please send you check to:
    • Robert Finley
      25 Tomahawk Drive
      Northborough, MA 01532 
  • All on-site registration will be an additional $5.
     
  • First Parish Watertown, 9:30AM
     
  • There will be no NEPTA music sale before this meeting.
Program (bring your scores!)*: 
  • Tatyana Shrago
    Schumann, Fantasy in C major, first movement
     
  • Dianne Impallaria
    Brahms, Rhapsody in B minor Op. 79 No. 1
     
  • Wanda Paik
    Rachmaninoff, Prelude in Eb Major, Op. 23, No. 6 Rachmaninoff, Prelude in G Major, Op. 32, No. 5
     
  • Alternate: Robert Finley
    Chopin, Waltz in Ab Major, Op. 42
    (I asked Robert to prepare to be an alternate in the event that someone cancels at the last minute.  If Robert does not have the opportunity to play, he will be first on the list for next year.  Who knows, maybe there will be time for all four performers to play)

    * Please note that this is not necessarily the order.
Many thanks to Tatyana Shrago, Dianne Impallaria, Wanda Paik and Robert Finley for their willingness to share their performances with us.  I'm looking forward to this meeting and hope to see many of you there!
3 GRANTS-IN-AID STILL AVAILABLE

 

We began the fiscal year with eight awards in the amount of $125 being available to students in need.  There are still 3 grants remaining.  To apply, a brief note from the teacher (email is acceptable) stating the family's need and reasons for financial assistance should be sent via email to  Carol Chaffee Scholarship Chair .
RECITAL APPLICATIONS AND DEADLINES
 
All Recital Applications are available on the website. 
Detailed recital information is in the Program Booklet and on the  NEPTA website. Please direct all questions to the appropriate Recital Chair.

Diana Tetzlaff is available to talk members through the online application process on the phone.  She can be reached at 617-816-1777.  Thank you Diana! 
 
Please check the Program Booklet for the time limits and requirements. There will be no exceptions to the  time limits. Our volunteers give many hours of their time to make these recitals possible for our students. Adhering to the time limits facilitates their work.  Want to help? Contact Donna Gross Javel .
  
JUNIOR I RECITALS: for students in grades K-6 
Date: January 10, 2016 
Deadline: December 10, 2015
Recital Chair: Marianne Jensen 

JUNIOR II RECITALS: for students in grades K-6 
Date: January 10, 2016 
Deadline: December 10, 2015
Recital Chair: Diane Anderson  

INTERMEDIATE I RECITALS: students in grades 6, 7 and 8 
Date: January 24, 2016 
Deadline: December 23, 2015
Recital Chair: Karin Kydland 

INTERMEDIATE II RECITALS: students in grades 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 
Date: January 31, 2016 
Deadline: December 23, 2015
Recital Chair: Lyubov Shlain 

SENIOR RECITAL: for students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 
Date: March 6, 2016 
Deadline: February 6, 2016
Recital Chair: Niva Fried 

ENSEMBLE RECITAL: for students in grades K-12 
Please note the location for this year: M.Steinert & Sons, Natick Mall
Date:February 27, 2016 
Deadline: January 7, 2016
Recital Chair: Elizabeth Landman 

COMPOSITION RECITAL: for students up to and including 18 years of age
Date:February 28, 2016 
Deadline: January 28, 2016
Recital Chair: Kathryn Rosenbach 

JAZZ & POP RECITAL: for students up to and including 18 years of age
Date: February 28, 2016 
Deadline: January 28, 2016
Recital Chair: Kathryn Rosenbach 

20th/21st CENTURY RECITAL: for students in grades K-12
Date: February 28, 2016 
Deadline: January 28, 2016
Recital Chair: Heather R. R. Riley 

SNOW DATE FOR ALL WATERTOWN RECITALS
March 20, 2016 - 2PM-8PM

ADULT RECITAL: for students 18 years of age or older
Date: April 3, 2016 
Deadline: March 3, 2016
Location: Metrowest, Boston
Recital Chair: Janice P. Zaganjori

Many thanks to Marianne, Diane, Karin, Lyubov, Niva, Elizabeth, Kathryn, Heather, Janice and their committee members for their valuable contribution to NEPTA.  
COMPETITION APPLICATIONS & DEADLINES

All Competition Applications are available on the website. Detailed  information is in the Program Booklet and on the NEPTA website. Make sure to
check the eligibility and repertoire requirements. There will be no exceptions.

Diana Tetzlaff is available to talk members through the online application process on the phone.  She can be reached at 617-816-1777.  Thank you Diana!

Please direct all other questions to the appropriate Competition Chair. Rankjo Konishi- Houston and Victoria Suchodolski give many hours of their time to make these competitions possible for our students. Jia Shi, a new member, has volunteered to be the chair of the High School Competitions next year.  Jia will be helping Ranko this year so that there will be a smooth transition for next year. Many thanks to Victoria, Ranko and Jia for their valuable contribution to NEPTA.


MILDRED FREIBERG: MIDDLE SCHOOL*
Date: Saturday, April, 2, 2016
Location: M. Steinert & Sons, Natick, MA
Deadline: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Competition Chair: Victoria Suchodolski 

RUTH DAVIDSON: HIGH SCHOOL*
Date: Saturday, April 9, 2016
Location: M. Steinert & Sons, Natick, MA
Deadline: Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Competition Chair: Ranko Konishi-Houston 

ALICE HAMLET: SENIOR*
Date: Saturday, April 9, 2016
Location: M. Steinert & Sons, Natick, MA
Deadline: Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Competition Chair: Ranko Konishi-Houston 

*AWARDS RECITAL
All competition winners are expected to perform in the Awards Recital which will take place at The First Parish of Watertown on  Monday, May 23, 2016, at 9:30AM-12PM.
NEPTA MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
 
Deborah Yardley Beers joined Nepta soon after moving to Boston in 1984, just before completing her Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance at the University of Colorado. During her early years in Nepta she served as Board member and then as Treasurer for two terms. In more recent years she has joined with other members of the Nepta Editions Committee in giving presentations at Nepta meetings, and has also presented at a Teachers Exchange. She has performed in a number of Nepta Teachers Recitals as well. She is now Chair of the After 1950 Repertoire Committee.
 
Currently a member of the piano faculty at the Rivers School Conservatory in Weston, and an Artist Teacher at the Cambridge Music Consortium, of which she is a founding member, Debbie has performed as piano soloist with the Atlanta Symphony, the Denver Symphony, and three other symphony orchestras. She has also performed live on WGBH radio as well as in solo and chamber recitals in this country and abroad. Semifinalist as a pianist in the Ima Hogg National Young Artists Auditions in Houston, Texas; winner of the William S. Cooper Young Performers Award (from the Boulder Philharmonic Society); and winner of a Spencer Penrose Scholarship Award from the Central City (Colorado) Opera House Association, she studied piano with Edward Kilenyi, Karl Engel, and Leonard Shure.
 
Debbie's original compositions for piano have been gaining increasing recognition in recent years. Works of hers for piano have been performed at the Women Composers Festival of Hartford, a Faculty Artist Recital at Central Michigan University, the Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young at the Rivers School Conservatory and on Modern American Music recitals at the Longy School of Music. Her compositions have been published by the Boston Music Company, reprinted in Keys magazine, and are currently available from Evolodias Music and Musica Neo. Grammy Award winning composer, Libby Larsen, has called Debbie's Through Tears and Beyond, for piano, either hand alone, "haunting and eloquent."
More information about Debbie is available on her website
NEPTA RESOURCES

HELP DESK FOR ALL ONLINE REGISTRATION
Diana Tetzlaff is available to talk members through the process on the phone.  She can be reached at 617-816-1777.  
Tina Liu will help members register online during the breaks of some of the NEPTA meetings.


MEMBER NEWS GUIDELINES
All Member News should be submitted according to the guidelines that are described in detail at this link to the NEPTA website.  

PROGRAM BOOKLET
Please note that the NEPTA Program Booklet that J anice Spillane produced and designed so beautifully contains all the information you need.  
 
WEBSITE
Get to know the NEPTA website!  All the information that is in the Program Booklet is on the website,  www.nepta.info.  Please note that Meeting Minutes and past issues of the NEPTA Newsletter are available on the website.  The meeting minutes are usually posted within two weeks of each meeting. 
Guidelines for submitting Member News are also on the website.  Many thanks to Caroline Ly Germeys and Sue Demb for maintaining the site and keeping it up to date. 

NEPTA NEWSLETTERS
This year, the NEPTA Newsletters will be issued every month from September through May.  We plan to send them out around the 15th of each month.  Many thanks to Cindy Null for all the time she puts into these newsletters. Additional thanks to Tina Liu who has offered to provide backup by publishing one of the newsletters this year.  

EMAIL COMMUNICATIONS
Many thanks to Eleanor Perrone our Email Communicator -she has already provided us with many important emails.

FACEBOOK PAGE 
If you are on Facebook, please 'like' our page,  New England Piano Teachers' Association. This is a public page which means that it is available to anyone in cyberspace. You are encouraged to share your news on this page and visit it to find out more about your colleagues.  
LOOKING AHEAD

DECEMBER 10: JUNIOR RECITALS APPLICATION DEADLINE
  • Check the program booklet for details
DECEMBER 14: MASTER CLASS WITH NEPTA MEMBERS 
  • This is a Scholarship Fund Benefit 
  • Tatyana Shrago
    Schumann, Fantasy in C major, first movement
  • Dianne Impallaria
    Brahms, Rhapsody in B minor Op. 79 No. 1
  • Wanda Paik
    Rachmaninoff, Prelude in Eb Major, Op. 23, No 6
    Rachmaninoff, Prelude in G Major, Op/ 32, No. 5
  • Alternate: Robert Finley
    Chopin, Waltz in Ab Major, Op. 42
    I asked Robert to prepare to be an alternate so in the event that Robert does not have the opportunity to play, he will be first on the list for next year!
  • First Parish Watertown, 9:30AM
DECEMcBER 23: INTERMEDIATE RECITALS APPLICATION DEADLINE 
  • Check the program booklet for details
JANUARY 28: RECITAL APPLICATION DEADLINES FOR
  • Composition
  • Jazz and Pop  
  • Check the program booklet for details
  • JANUARY 25: SPEAKER SERIES: VICTOR ROSENBAUM
    • "Did Mozart Know He was Classical? The Question of Style"
    • First Parish Watertown, 9:30AM
    • Music Sale, 9:00AM
    FEBRUARY 29: SPEAKER SERIES: LOIS SHAPIRO
    • "Beethoven's Sonata Op. 110:
      Music That Enacts Its Own Becoming"
    • First Parish Watertown, 9:30AM
    • Music Sale, 9:00AM 
    INTERESTED IN BECOMING A VOLUNTEER?

    SHORT-TERM VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES 

    Interested in getting more involved? Let us know and we will find a way for you to help doing something of interest to you.

      

    LONG-TERM VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES 
    If you feel ready to take on a volunteer position that involves more of a commitment we are looking for one or two volunteers to help Elizabeth Landman and Tong Liu with the Ensemble Recitals. Nina Grimaldi will continue to help the committee this year but this will be her last year.  

     

    If you are interested in getting involved in some way, please contact Donna Gross Javel at AnythingPiano@yahoo.com
    NEED HELP WITH ONLINE  REGISTRATIONS?

    If would like help with registering your students for recitals or competitions, two of our members have volunteered to help you. 

    Diana Tetzlaff is available to talk members through the process on the phone.  She can be reached at 617-816-1777.

     

    Tina Liu will help members register online during the breaks of some of the meetings. Tina can help with Recitals and Competitions registration during some of the meetings, and with 

    Dues and Luncheon registration during the March meeting.  

     

    Many thanks to Diana and Tina!

    MUSIC SALE  

    Our Music Sale is back by popular demand, once again organized by Ruth Ross, Music Library and Donation Chair. Please join us prior to all regular meetings in September, October, January, February, March and May. Please note that the music sale takes place at The First Parish starting at 9AM. Members are asked to bring their checkbooks and any music that they are willing to donate that morning.

    The sale serves three purposes:
    • Teachers have access to music that, perhaps, has gone out of print
    • Standard teaching methods and collections can be acquired at a very reasonable price
    • All proceeds go directly to the NEPTA Scholarship Fund

    Please direct any questions to Ruth Ross at rrosspiano@aol.com.

    NEPTA'S FACEBOOK PAGE  

    Remember that you can post your own up-to-the- minute concert listings and other items of interest on NEPTA's Facebook page. Visit www.facebook.com/NEPTApiano 
    to see the latest news from your NEPTA friends! 
    YouTube videos of your performances are especially welcome.   Don't forget -- when you visit the Facebook page, click the 'Like' button!!
    PARKING ANNOUNCEMENTS
    car-sales-lot2.jpg The Watertown Savings Bank has strongly requested that NEPTA members do not park in the bank parking lot for NEPTA events. Please be respectful of this neighboring business and leave the free parking for its clients.

    Please be aware that Watertown has restricted parking on the side streets immediately surrounding the First Parish and thus eliminating any "free parking." The metered spots in the parking lot adjacent to the church can accept coins up to a maximum of 8 hours (blue meters only), thereby removing the need to go feed the meter during our meeting breaks, offering instead an opportunity to socialize with NEPTA friends and colleagues. 
    LOST AND FOUND
    A new job description has been added to the roles of President and Vice President!

    The staff at the First Parish has requested that NEPTA members do not contact the church office when they leave something at a NEPTA meeting. So, please, if you leave something at the meeting, contact either Donna Gross Javel or Ranko Konishi-Houston. Better yet, look carefully around you before you leave.