In This Issue
President's Greeting
Spring Speaker Series
Student Recitals and Awards
Online Registration Assistance
2019-2020 Program Planning
Volunteer Needs
Mentoring Program
Newsletter and Member News
NEPTA Facebook
Facilities Usage and Parking

Monday, Jan 28

"Piano Music of North America: Composers from Canada and Mexico 
John Cage; Leave It to Chance! 
Louis Moreau Gottschalk"


Monday, Feb 25
Meeting 9:30AM

"A Coincidence of Chaos and Order:  Works of Ligeti, Barber and Schumann"

Monday, March 25

Norman Krieger

"Leonard Bernstein's The Age of Anxiety and Beyond"


Dear Members,

Warm greetings to you all!  December is a time to reflect as we approach the year's end.  I'd like to express my gratitude to all members of NEPTA for a successful 2018-2019 season so far.

In our September meeting, composer and music educator Wynn-Anne Rossi presented her teaching methods through her compositions.  In October, pianist Jiayan Sun shared his view of Fantasieren or Improvisation from C.P.E. Bach and Beethoven.  We also hosted two Halloween Piano Recitals in October for students in grades K-5.  Many performed in their adorable costumes and were able to enjoy a fun reception afterwards.  Our thanks to Jan Spillane for spearheading this event and to Diana Tetzlaff for organizing the reception.   

Last month, NEPTA member Janna Bruene discussed sight reading and pedaling at the Fall Teachers' Exchange.  We welcomeour new members at this event and Eric Bowman-Wozencraft, chair of the Teachers' Exchange, helped to arrange the snacks and beverages.  Eric even baked and shared his delicious vegan muffins.

During Thanksgiving weekend, Raquel Fisk, a high school senior and student of Niva Fried, performed a piano recital in honor of NEPTA.  She showcased her original works of art and her playing was impressive and beautiful.  She honored our organization for the invaluable performance experience she gained through the various programs that we offer. I was very touched by her gesture and  am  appreciative that NEPTA is able to support student s  and teacher s   alike.
Finally, at our December meeting, we had our Teachers' Master Class with Gilbert Kalish.  Mr. Kalish shared many wonderful insights into approaching musical interpretation and technique with our colleagues Sivan Etedgee, Sa Nguyen Thi Uyen, and Natacha Rist.  Congratulations to our colleagues for allowing us to learn through their artistry.

For those who were not able to make these meetings, the Speaker Series meeting minutes will be provided on our website soon.  Many thanks to Natacha Rist, Recording Secretary for taking notes at the meetings.

As the new year begins, we will be busy with upcoming student recitals and competitions.  All of the relevant information is in the Program booklet and on our website (  As always, I look forward to hearing many of your talented students perform, and I am proud that we have such talented teachers in our organization.

Also please remember to sign up if you want to perform at the NEPTA Members Recital on Sunday, March 10, 2019.  The deadline to sign up is December 15th!  Details are in the program booklet, page 6.  Please note there will be a wine and cheese reception following the performance.  Please invite your friends and come support your colleagues! 

I'd like to take a moment to thank members and volunteers of NEPTA!  Our organization would not be able to achieve its goals without the hard work from our volunteers.  With the assistance of generous donations from members of our community, we can achieve more.  I hope you will consider donating during this time of thankfulness and giving.  Donations can be made online at Thank you in advance for your generosity!

I wish you a wonderful holiday with family and friends, filled with peace, love, and good music.  Enjoy the festivities of the season!  I look forward to seeing you in the new year!

Ranko Konishi-Houston
Mark your calendars and plan to join us for our Spring Speaker Series events.

"Piano Music of North America - Composers from Canada and Mexico - John Cage; Leave It to Chance! - Louis Moreau Gottschalk"
Lecture by NEPTA Editions Committee
Monday, January 28, 2019  9:30 am - 12:00 pm 

"A Coincidence of Chaos and Order:   Works of Ligeti, Barber and Schumann"
Lecture by  Jenny Tang
Monday, February 25, 2019  9:30 am - 12:00 pm 

"Leonard Bernstein's The Age of Anxiety and
Lecture by  Norman Krieger
Monday, March 25, 2019  9:30 am - 12:00 pm 

Lunch after meetings
Interested in joining other NEPTA members for lunch after the meetings? Contact Natacha Rist, 

7 grant awards in the amount of $125 are still available to students in need.  To apply, teachers can send a brief note stating the family's need and reasons for financial assistance to Carol Chaffee, Scholarship Chair:

NEPTA Members Recital
Sunday, March 10, 2019, 3:00 pm at M. Steinert & Sons  

Solo, four hand, and two piano performances are acceptable.  Members interested in performing should send an email with the subject line "Members Recital Submission" to Ellie Perrone  Time limit is 10 minutes per submission.  

Deadline:  Saturday, December 15, 2018.

NEPTA student recitals give students and teachers the opportunity to experience the organization's high performance standards.
Detailed information is available in the NEPTA Program Booklet and on our website:
Please direct all questions to the appropriate Recital Chair.
All recitals other than the Adult Recital are held at the First Parish.

Junior I (grades K-4)
Date:  Sunday, January 6, 2019
Deadline:  Thursday, December 6, 2018
Recital Chair:  Marianne Jensen

Junior II (grades 4-6)
Date:  Sunday, January 6, 2019
Deadline:  Thursday, December 6, 2018
Recital Chair:  Tong Liu

Intermediate I (grades 6-8)
Date:  Sunday, January 13, 2019
Deadline:  Thursday, December 13, 2018
Recital Chair:  Karin Kydland

Intermediate II (grades 7-12)
Date:  Sunday, January 27, 2019
Deadline:  Thursday, December 27, 2018
Recital Chair:  Lyubov Shlain

20th/21st Century (grades K-12)
Date:  Sunday, February 10, 2019
Deadline:  Thursday, January 10, 2019
Recital Chair:  Fan Li

Composition (grades K-12)
Date:  Sunday, February 10, 2019
Deadline:  Thursday, January 10, 2019
Recital Chair:  Diane Anderson

Jazz & Pop (grades K-12)
Date:  Sunday, February 10, 2019
Deadline:  Thursday, January 10, 2019
Recital Chair:  Diane Anderson

Senior (grades 9-12)
Date:  Sunday, March 3, 2019
Deadline:  Sunday, February 3, 2019
Recital Chair:  Niva Fried

Ensemble (grades K-12)
Date:  Sunday, April 7, 2019
Deadline:  Thursday, March 7, 2019
Recital Chair:  Nina Grimaldi

Adult (18 years or older)
Date:  Sunday, April 14, 2019
Deadline:  Thursday, March 14, 2019
Recital Chair:  Irina Baghdasaryan

Recital Awards
Alice Procter Award
Given to an outstanding original composition in the classical style and performed on the composition recital.

Louise Hodder Olsen Award
Given to a student who performs his/her original jazz/pop-style composition in either the Composition Recital or the Jazz/Pop Recital and shows most creativity in the style of jazz or pop music.

Nancy Oliva Awards
Given to a 7th grade student performer at the Intermediate I recital for artistic achievement.  Students must study with an independent teacher to qualify.

Wanda Paik Awards
Given to an 8th grade student performer at the Intermediate II recital for artistic achievement.  Students must study with an independent teacher to qualify.

Detailed information can be found in the program booklet, pages 19-20.  If you would like your students to be considered, please remember to check the appropriate Award in the application.

Reminder to Students and Parents
Please communicate to your students and parents the following:

On the day of the recital, please
  • Be on time.
  • No parking in the church parking lot or the Watertown Savings Bank lot.  The public parking lot is adjacent to the church, and parking is free on Sunday.
  • No food or drink, only water is allowed in the recital hall (Sanctuary).
  • If you misplace your belongings, do not contact the church office.  The church is not responsible.

All competitions are held at M. Steinert and Sons, South Boston.
Details and applications can be found online at

Mildred Freiberg (grades 6-8)
Date:  Saturday, April 6, 2019
Deadline:  Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Chair:  Shizue Sano
Details in the program booklet, page 16

Ruth Davidson (grades 9 & 10)
Date:  Saturday, April 13, 2019
Deadline:  Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Chair:  Jia Shi
Details in the program booklet, page 17

Alice Hamlet (grades 11 & 12)
Date:  Saturday, April 13, 2019
Deadline:  Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Chair:  Jia Shi
Details in the program booklet, page 18

Diana Tetzlaff is available to help members with the online registration process.
You can contact her via email or phone.   or (617)816-1777

The NEPTA Program Committee invites you to share your ideas and suggestions  for the 2019-2020 season. We will meet on February 4 to select next year's speakers and programs. Before then we would like to learn what topics you want to know more about, whom you would like to hear as a speaker or master teacher, or if you have attended a presentation that you think would be of interest to our membership. 

Please send any suggestions about topics, speakers and master teachers to Program Committee Chair Colleen Campbell at . Thank you!

If you are interested in getting more involved with NEPTA, please contact Ranko Konishi-Houston:

We are especially in need of a tech-savvy volunteer.  The technology is advancing every year, and NEPTA needs someone with good computer skills.

NEPTA's mentor program offers a free opportunity for members to learn from experienced NEPTA teachers.  Our current roster of mentors includes Betty Reed, Janna Bruene, Ramon Rivera, and Linda Vieira.  If you are interested, please contact program chair, Betty Reed:

The NEPTA newsletter provides members with up-to-date information about NEPTA programs, rules, and upcoming events.  Watch for the next newsletter in March 2019.  Please note that member news is no longer included in the newsletter.

Members News is for sharing updates on concerts and performances of NEPTA members.  The next member news email will go out in January 2019 and then in March 2019.  Please submit news to Ellie Perrone at with the subject line NEPTA Member News and follow the member news guidelines on the website 

Make sure to submit in time for inclusion in the next member news.
Post your news including pictures, videos and recordings.  Members can share and post general information such as concert listings, upcoming competitions, job opportunities, piano sales, and the latest news on our Facebook page.

NEPTA's Facebook page:, or go to NETPA's website and follow the Facebook link. 

Most meetings and student recitals are held at First Parish of Watertown. Please help us maintain a good working relationship with the church by observing the following:
  • Double check your belongings before you leave. The church is not responsible for lost items.
  • Please do not contact the church office if you have misplaced any belongings.
  • No food or drink, aside from water, is allowed in the Sanctuary.

Please note that the same rules apply to the student recitals. 

Parking Reminders:
Please do not park in The Watertown Savings Bank parking lot or the church parking lot for NEPTA events.

There is a metered parking lot adjacent to the church.  Blue colored meters accept coins up to a maximum of 8 hours.