Monday, May 23
Annual Meeting, Awards Recital & Luncheon
The First Parish
No Music Sale
116 Main Street
(within walking distance of the meeting)
It is strongly hoped
that all NEPTA members
will renew their dues before the May 31st deadline -or at least those of you who are
Dedicated & Determined
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SOLO PIANO RECITAL
Friday, May 27
15 Bedford Road
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Helping Our Students Learn To Improvise:
even if you have never improvised yourself, this is the class for you.
June 20, 22, and 24
1-Day Option Available
Due to the high level of interest, 2nd workshop may be added. TBA
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Four Free Classes
Extra Sessions Available
June and July
For more information
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Please submit member news for inclusion in the next newsletter by August 31 to NEPTA president Donna Gross Javel at
Please Renew Your Dues Before The May 31st Deadline!
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
Thank you all for a wonderful year. With this beautiful change to the warm weather, I find myself anticipating the summer months. For me, summer is a time for reflection, relaxation and rejuvenation... however, I can't help but notice that the letter 'R' also stands for 'Reminder' and 'Renew'. Perhaps this would be the Right time to Remind you all to
your dues before the May 31st deadline!
When I accepted this position as President, I had many reservations. Where would I find the time? How would I manage? Who could I turn to for help? I have had a wonderful first year and I have all of you to thank for that. Your emails, phone calls and positive words of encouragement have been a huge source of motivation for me. So many of you have stepped forward to help and guide me that I really can't thank you enough. I am thrilled that so many of our dedicated volunteers have decided to continue to serve this wonderful organization. There are also many newer members who have offered their services and I look forward to working with you and getting to know you as well.
I am very pleased to announce that we have hired an administrative assistant to prepare the Program Booklet and Membership Directory this year (and hopefully for many more years to come). We will be mailing them out in July so check your mail. There have been some changes made to the requirements for the Junior recitals and the competitions so please read the program booklet carefully when you receive it. If you want to have your name included in the Membership Directory, please renew your dues by May 31st. Members who renew their dues after the May 31st deadline will have to wait until September to receive their Program Booklet and Membership Directory so renew now while it's on your mind!
The Annual Meeting and Awards Recital is scheduled for this Monday, May 23rd. We will have the opportunity to hear some very talented and committed students in the awards recital. In the past, I have always found this last meeting of the season to be particularly inspiring -and quite humbling. I look forward to seeing many of you there and at the luncheon.
with warmth and gratitude,
Donna Gross Javel
BACHELDER AWARD NEWS
The following was submitted by Bachelder Award Committee members Cindy Null and Colleen Campbell:
NEPTA will hold a short Tribute to Peg Bachelder, a NEPTA past president who died in 2012, as part of the Awards meeting on Monday, May 23.
The Tribute is in lieu of a Bachelder Award presentation. Unfortunately,
there will be no Bachelder Award given this year (which is awarded for the best performance of a Romantic piece at the Alice Hamlet competition). Due in part to the extremely small field of entrants, the judges of the competition declined to name a recipient of the Bachelder Award.
Peg was always a champion of the Romantic literature played to its highest levels. Ultimately, we respect the judges' decision not to give the Award.
this is not a situation any of us wanted to see, we look forward to honoring Peg's memory though this Tribute.
Martin Allen, Peg's husband, will be in attendance.
We are extremely grateful to Martin, his family, and many others, who have so generously given funds for the Award endowment (now well over $10,000), and specifically have donated money so that the annual Award amount is a generous $500. We encourage donations in Peg's memory both now and during your end-of-year giving. (A note that any donations received after May 31 will be listed in the 2017-2018 program booklet.)
We look forward to the return of the Bachelder Award next year, and for each year thereafter. It is not too early to think about preparing your students for the 2017 competitions, with the Bachelder Award in mind.
Please take a moment at our meeting's intermission tomorrow to say Hello to Martin and remember Peg to him. We look forward to reconnecting with him. The Tribute is an important moment for NEPTA, and for the dozens of friends and family who so dearly loved Peg.
DUES RENEWAL DEADLINE MAY 31
The deadline to renew your dues is May 31.
Advantages to Renewing Your Dues Before the May 31st Deadline
*There have been some changes made to the Junior recitals and the competitions so please read the Program Booklet carefully when you receive it. Members who renew their dues after the May 31st deadline will have to wait until September to receive their Program Booklet and Membership Directory so renew now while it's on your mind!
- You will be listed in the 2016-2017 Membership Directory.
- You will receive the Program Booklet and Membership Directory in July.*
- You will be within the deadline for enrolling students in recitals and competitions.
- You will make the jobs of our volunteers much easier.
To pay your dues, please go to the NEPTA website,
and sign in with your username and password (for many of you, your username is the prefix of your email address -everything before the '@ ' sign). Once you have logged in, select 'Pay Your Member Dues' from the dropdown list. If you need assistance, contact our Help Desk Representative, Diana Tetzlaff, at 617-816-1777 and she will guide you through the process. If you need help with your password, contact Sue Demb, our Tech Guru, at 617-484-3049.
If you have any other questions or concerns pertaining to membership, please feel free to email
our Chair of Membership,
Janna Bruene. You may also call her at 617-983-1421.
You can also pay by snail mail. To do so, you will need to:
NEPTA'S NEW LEADERS
NEPTA's nominating committee, headed by
Lydia Reed-Guertin, presents the following slate of NEPTA officers. Officers will be voted on at NEPTA's Annual Meeting on Monday, May 23.
Executive Secretary: Caroline Ly Germeys of Watertown
Treasurer: Jan Spillane of Reading
Board Members to serve 2016-2019
Irina Baghdasaryan of Belmont
Tong Liu of Watertown
Eleanor Perrone of Watertown
Board Member to serve 2016-2018
Marianne Jensen of Cambridge
Barbara Lieurance of Arlington
We greatly appreciate that these new NEPTA officers are willing to contribute their time and expertise to NEPTA. Please join us in congratulating them on their new roles and thanking them for their commitment.
OUR EXCEPTIONAL VOLUNTEERS DURING 2015-2016
Check the September newsletter for the complete roster of volunteers for 2016-2017.
"The purpose of NEPTA is to inspire its members to ever higher standards of teaching... Fundamentally, NEPTA exists to cultivate a spirit of understanding, cooperation, and fellowship among its members." -excerpt from NEPTA Statement of Purpose
Many, many heartfelt thanks to these extraordinary volunteers who have donated their time and expertise so that NEPTA can continue to be the extraordinary organization that it is. It was a wonderful year. Thank you all!!!
Special thanks to M. Steinert & Sons for having generously provided NEPTA with the use of their beautiful new space in the Natick store to host the competitions and the ensemble recitals. Thank you Paul and Jerome Murphey, Steve Hauk, Vivian Bolgar Handis, Elizabeth Wallace, Ted Hu and Liz Diamond.
Board of Directors
Donna Gross Javel: President
Ranko Konishi-Houston: Vice President
Cindy Null: Executive Secretary
Janice Spillane: Interim Treasurer
Natasha Rist: Recording Secretary
Catherine Costello Hirata
Catherine Costello Hirata
Kathryn Rosenbach: Alice Proctor, Louise Hodder Olsen
Cindy Null: Margaret Bachelder
Diana Tetzlaff: Nancy Oliva
Janice P. Zaganjori: Wanda Paik
Victoria Suchodolski: Mildred Freiberg
Ranko Konishi-Houston: Hamlet/ Davidson
Joan Collins: Advisory
Diana Tetzlaff: Advisory
Jia Shi: Assistant
Deborah Yardley Beers, Chair
Donna Gross Javel
Sandra Rosenblum, Chair
Deborah Yardley Beers
Donna Gross Javel
Robert Finley, Joseph Beaudoin
Carol Chaffee, Scholarship/Grants-In-Aid
Lydia Reed, Susan B. Demb Enrichment
Robert Finley: Teachers
Janet Ainsworth: Students
Music Librarian and Donations
Donna Gross Javel
Lydia Reed, Chair
Program Booklet and Membership Directory
Colleen Campbell, Chair
Donna Gross Javel
Marianne Jensen, Chair of Junior l
Diane Anderson, Chair of Junior ll
Intermediate I Recitals
Karin Kydland, Chair and committee
Intermediate II Recitals
Lyubov Shlain, Chair
Niva Fried, Chair
Eleanor McLaughlin, Co-Chair
Janet Ainsworth, Co-Chair
20/21st Century, Pop and Composition Recitals
Heather Riley, Chair of 20th/21st Century Recital
Kathryn Rosenbach, Chair of Pop and Composition Recitals
Nina Grimaldi, Co-Chair
Elizabeth Landman, Co-Chair
Jan Spillane: programs
Janice Zaganjori, Chair
Snail Mail Newsletters
Dues Renewal Deadline is May 31st!
If you are interested in getting more involved in this wonderful organization please contact Donna Gross Javel either by phone,
RECITAL AND COMPETITION WINNERS
Special thanks to M. Steinert & Sons for generously granting NEPTA the use of their beautiful new space in Natick to hold these competitions. Additional thanks to representatives from the Natick store, Steve Hauk, Vivian Bolger Handis and Elizabeth Wallace, for their help.
Congratulations to the students and their teachers!
Mildred Freiberg Middle School Competition Winners
First Prize: Gaeun Lee, student of Veda Kogan
Second Prize: Michael Karshis, student of Tanya Schwartzman
Third Prize: Justin Gu, Student of Niva Fried
Honorable Mention: James Hu, student of Marilyn Roth
Ruth Davidson Competition
First Prize: Avik Sarkar, student of Niva Fried
Second Prize: Sophie Chen, student of
Third Prize: Helen Huang, student of
Honorable Mention: Ashley Chen, student of
Alice Hamlet Senior Scholarship Competition
First Prize: Michelle Chen, student of Dr. Nilly Epstein Shilo
Ramon Rivera Contemporary Music Awards
Ruth Davidson Competition: Avik Sarkar, student of Niva Fried
Alice Hamlet Scholarship Competition: No Recipient
Margaret C. Bachelder Romantic Music Award
For NEPTA members who use the Watertown parking meters for our meetings at The First Parish:
Natacha Rist has discovered that some red parking meters, located farther away from The First Parish, accept quarters for eight and not just two hours. Check the individual meters. Thank you Natacha for saving us a trip to the parking lot to feed the meters!
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."
NEPTA'S FACEBOOK PAGE
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Remember that you can post your own up-to-the-minute concert listings and other items of interest for the Boston piano community on NEPTA's Facebook page. YouTube videos of your concert performances are especially welcome.