Monday, Feb. 24
"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
Solo, Four Hand and Two-Piano Music.
Wine and Cheese
M. Steinert & Sons
Monday, March 23
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.
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!
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
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 DEADLINES
Recital and Competition
now available online at the NEPTA website by
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
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
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.
AWARDS AND GRANTS
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: email@example.com
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
, 80, died peacefully on Sunday, January 26, 2020, of natural causes. Her obituary is posted online by
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 (McPaws.org) in McCall.
MEMBER NEWS SCHEDULE
Member news emails will be sent in September, November, January, March, and May. Please submit member news to Ellie Perrone at
with the subject line NEPTA Member News and follow the member news guidelines on the website