Feb. 2020
In This Issue
President's Greeting
Speaker Series
Recitals and Competitions
Awards and Grants
Marlys Saltzer
Member News
NEPTA Facebook
Facilities Usage and Parking

Monday, Feb. 24
9:30 a.m.

"The Secret Ingredient for Piano Teaching Success:  The Powerful Role of Parents " and "Motivation, Mindset and Grit:  Fostering a Culture of Excellence"


Sunday, March 15
3:00 p.m.

Solo, Four Hand and Two-Piano Music.
Wine and Cheese

M. Steinert & Sons 
Monday, March 23
9:30 a.m.

President of New England Conservatory of Music
"Creative Confidence and the Culture of Practice"


Dear NEPTA Colleagues and Friends,

It has been wonderful to experience the energy and enthusiasm at our recent NEPTA events. As the new year unfolds, I look forward to this energy building momentum. 
O ur 2020 Recital Series is  off to a great start!

I hope you will join me  this coming Monday, February 24th for our next Speaker Series event with guest artist Christopher Fisher.  Dr. Fisher is Professor of Piano at Ohio University School of Music in Athens, Ohio, where he chairs the Keyboard Division and coordinates the graduate piano performance and pedagogy degree programs.  He will be discussing the topic "The Secret Ingredient for Piano Teaching Success:  The Powerful Role of Parents" and "Motivation, Mindset and Grit: Fostering a Culture of Excellence."  

I would also like to invite you to the upcoming NEPTA Members' Recital held at M. Steinert & Sons in South Boston on Sunday, March 15th at 3:00 p.m.  Please share this flier with your friends and colleagues by clicking here. We will enjoy a concert of solo, four hand and two piano works along with a lovely wine and cheese reception to follow.

I look forward to seeing you on Monday!

Best wishes,

Diana Tetzlaff


Mark your calendar and plan to join us for our next Speaker Series event:

"The Secret Ingredient for Piano Teaching Success:  The Powerful Role of Parents" and "Motivation, Mindset and Grit:  Fostering a Culture of Excellence"
Monday, February 24, 2020
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
First Parish of Watertown 
35 Church St.
Watertown, MA 02472

Click here for Dr. Fisher's biography

Please share this  Speaker Series flier with your colleagues and students and invite them to join us!  NEPTA members may attend for free and the non-member fee is $20. 

Recital and Competition registration   is  now available online at the NEPTA website by clicking here .

Recital Deadlines:

Duet/Ensemble Recital (Grades K-12)  Deadline is 2/22/20
(NEW: Teachers may participate with their students in the duet recital!  Teachers may enroll up to three duet/ensemble teams.)
Adult Recital (18 years or older)  Deadline is 3/26/20

Competition Deadlines:

Mildred Freiberg Competition (Grades 6-8) will be held on Sunday, April 5th.  The application deadline is Thursday, March 5, 2020.

Please note the Ruth Davidson Competition (Grades 9-10) and the Alice  Hamlet  Competition (Grades 11-12) will be held on Sunday , April 19, 2020.  This is correct on the NEPTA website  and in the NEPTA Program Booklet on P. 4 (not on P. 13, which incorrectly lists Saturday, April 19th instead of Sunday, April 19th.) The application deadline is Thursday, March 19, 2020.


Nancy Oliva Awards:

Congratulations to this year's Nancy Oliva Award winners and their teachers: 
  • Julia Gendin, student of Tanya Schwartzman
  • Richard Liu, student of Valerie Henkin
  • Neil Nori, student of Natalia Harlap
  • Parima Kesa (Honorable Mention) student of Veda M. Kogan
  • Arav Santhanam (Honorable Mention) student of Helena Vesterman
The Nancy Oliva awards were established to encourage the artistic achievements of students of NEPTA members with independent studios.  Three $35 awards were given to 7th graders who performed in the NEPTA Intermediate I Recitals on January 12, 2020.

Many thanks to Karin Kydland, Recital Chair. Thanks also to Nina Grimaldi and Diana Tetzlaff, Nancy Oliva Scholarship Committee


Eight awards in the amount of $150 each are available to students in need. To apply send a brief note from the teacher stating the family's need and reasons for financial assistance to Carol Chaffee, Scholarship Chair:

Susan B. Demb Teacher Enrichment Grants:

This program was established in honor of retired member Susan B. Demb for the purpose of fostering teaching excellence.  On May 18, 2020 two NEPTA members will be awarded up to $500 each to further their professional growth and enrichment by enrolling in a continuing education course, workshop, seminar, or conference in piano pedagogy. Applications are due May 1, 2020 to Lydia Reed Guertin, Chair:

Please  click here for information on how to apply.


We received the sad news from Jerry Saltzer that Marlys Saltzer passed away on Sunday, January 26th.  Marlys was a NEPTA Honorary Member and Past President from 1977-1979.

Marlys Anne Hughes  Saltzer 1939 - 2020
Marlys Anne  Saltzer, 80, died peacefully on Sunday, January 26, 2020, of natural causes.  Her obituary is posted online by clicking here.
It was her wish that there be no funeral or memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to McPaws Regional Animal Shelter ( in McCall.

Online condolences may be left at

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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.
Members can check the "Lost and Found" storage bench that is located right by the church office.  The storage bench is on the left when you enter the church entrance. 

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.