Newsletter
March 2017
In This Issue
Greetings
Members' Recital
March 27 Meeting
Renew Your Dues
Competitions
Student Recitals
Award Winners
Grants-In-Aid
Member Spotlight
Luncheon
Facebook
Member News Info
Piano Festival
Looking Ahead
Parking
UPCOMING EVENTS


Sunday, March 12
5:00pm

NEPTA MEMBERS' RECITAL

M. Steinert & Sons
Natick Mall ( #4032)
1245 Worcester Street
Natick, MA 01760

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 Monday, March 27
Meeting 9:30am

SPEAKER SERIES

Presenter: Lisa Parker

"Alternatives to Drill in Solving Musical Problems"

The First Parish of Watertown

No NEPTA Music Sale

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Monday, April 10
9:30 am

SPECIAL
SPRING TEACHERS' EXCHANGE MEETING

Presenters:
Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee
A. Ramon Rivera
&
Jean Stackhouse

"Three Lives in the Service of Music"

Reception Following

Wellesley Free Library
530 Washington Street
Wellesley 

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Monday, April 24
9:30am

STUDENT MASTERCLASS
with
Gregg Pauley

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Monday May, 22
9:30am

ANNUAL MEETING
AWARDS RECITAL
and
LUNCHEON

Meeting and Awards Recital
The First Parish of Watertown 


Luncheon
The Talk Restaurant
116 Main Street
Watertown 
 
MEMBER NEWS

Member News, except for Instrument Sales, will now be listed within the main body of the newsletters.  
 
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PIANO FOR SALE

Yamaha C7 Grand Piano
Ebony finish
Manufactured 1986
Purchased in 2002
from Chinese Consulate,
Los Angeles, CA

From the Estate of
Bob Brookmeyer, Prof.
Advanced Jazz Studies
NEC

$15,000

To connect with owner,
contact NEPTA member
Carol Chaffee
carolgaryc@aol.com 
 
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PIANO FOR SALE

Steinway Model L, 5'11"
Mahogany
Serial # 265986
ca. 1929
Includes Duet Artist Bench
completely rebuilt and refinished in 2004

$35,000

Anne Hartman 
617-332-5092  annehartman@comcast.net

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SUBMITTING MEMBER NEWS

Member News should be submitted to
  Donna Gross Javel
by the first of each month to be included in that month's newsletter.   
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MARCH GREETINGS
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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I've received positive feedback about our last two meetings. Many thanks to the Editions Committee, chaired by Sandra Rosenblum, for their presentation, "Preludes: Versatility for Pedagogy and Performance".  Sandra was joined by committee members, Deborah Yardley Beers, Sivan Etedgee and Miriam Gargarian.  Their presentations were well prepared and enthusiastically received.  Sylvia Parker's presentation on Bartok was also very well received. Those of us present will probably never forget the image of Bartok surrounded by peasants who were waiting in line to have their version of a folk song recorded by the 'devil machine'! 

Please note that the deadline to renew your dues is May 31, 2017.  I really can't stress enough the importance of paying your dues on time.  Please help us to make this organization run as smoothy as possible and pay your dues on time.  Dues may be paid online or by check before May 31st.  No payments by check will be accepted after May 31st.   

I look forward to seeing many of you on Sunday, March 12th, at the Members' Recital that Ellie Perrone and Irina Baghdasaryan have organized. Scroll down to read more about this exciting event.

I'm also looking forward to the March 27th meeting.  Many years ago I signed up for a one-week introductory session of Dalcroze and Eurhythmics -I loved it! The next thing I knew I was immersed in it for a few years -I was hooked. Lisa Parker is an extraordinary musician and person.  I feel privileged to be able to introduce her to those of you who have not yet had the opportunity to meet her and learn from her.   


This traditional Indian blessing, Sarve Bhavantu, becomes more and more meaningful to me with each passing day so I'd like to share it with you again:
May all be happy.
May all be healthy.
May all taste the nectar of that which is sweet in this life.
May no living being suffer.
Peace, peace, peace.

Warmly,
Donna Gross Javel
President, NEPTA
MEMBERS' RECITAL

M. Steinert & Sons has generously provided us with their beautiful performance space for this event. We are fortunate to have such a wonderful partnership with them. 

Many thanks to those of you who have volunteered to help with this event. If you have not yet volunteered but would like to be involved, it's not too late to help with this event.  Please contact:
Sunday, March 12 at 5:00
M. Steinert & Sons in Natick
Natick Mall
1245 Worcester Street
Natick, MA 01760

Donations welcome.  Wine and cheese reception to follow. 
For more information visit www.nepta.info

Many thanks to the performers: Anna Avetisyan, Deborah Yardley Beers, Elena Drabkin, Nina Grimaldi, Solmaz Kafi , Tong Liu, Wanda Paik, Kathryn Rosenbach, Shizue Sano, Tatyana Shrago and Sarah Tocco.  Please come support your colleagues and invite your friends and family to this wonderful event.

Solo and Four-Hand Piano Music by Beers, Brahms, Chen, Chopin, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Respighi, Schubert and Wyner.

Many thanks to Ellie Perrone and Irina Baghdasaryan for organizing this event.
MARCH 27 MEETING: LISA PARKER
Lisa Parker is vitally interested in the application of Dalcroze ideas of movement and improvisation to the private lesson.  The topic of her presentation is "Alternatives to Drill in Solving Musical Problems".

Lisa Parker has taught at the Longy School of Music of Bard College for 38 years, serving as head of the Dalcroze Department, which she started and built into one of the three leading training centers in the USA. She is the director of the Longy Dalcroze Summer Institute, which draws students from around the world. In 2015, she received the Nadia Boulanger award for excellence in teaching. Read more online
RENEW YOUR DUES BEFORE MAY 31
NEPTA color logo Annual Dues must be received by May 31, 2017 to avoid the late fee and to be included in the 2017-2018 NEPTA Membership Directory.

DUES
$50 Active and Associate Members
$30 Seniors (over 65) and Student Members
$70 Two Members in One Household (same mailing address)

LATE FEE
$20 Late fee incurred if received after May 31
All payments made after May 31 must be paid online. 
No payments by check will be accepted after May 31.

HOW TO RENEW DUES
1) Online: Dues may be renewed online at www.nepta.info and may be paid by credit card or with a PayPal account.  All transactions are processed securely through PayPal's website.   Diana Tetzlaff is available to talk members through the online  process.  She can be reached at 617-816-1777. 

OR

2) Mail: Members may download the dues form (available at www.nepta.info) and mail their check (made payable to NEPTA) and the dues renewal form to the NEPTA Treasurer, Janice Spillane:
Janice Spillane 
18 Mill Street 
North Reading, MA 01864

NEPTA COMPETITIONS

All Competition Applications are available on the website. Detailed information is in the Program Booklet and on the NEPTA website. Please note that the deadline for the Ruth Davidson and Alice Hamlet competitions is Wednesday, March 8th, not March 9th as it is listed in the Program Booklet. All questions to the appropriate Competition Chair.  
 
Diana Tetzlaff is available to talk members through the online application process.  She can be reached at 617-816-1777.  Thank you Diana! 
 
All Competition winners are required to perform in the NEPTA Awards Recital on Monday, May 22, 2017, at The First Parish of 
Watertown (9:30am-12pm).  
 
All competitions will take place at M. Steinert & Sons' new Boston location: 28 Damrell Street, Boston.  Many thanks to M. Steinerts & Sons for their generosity in making this event possible for us.

MILDRED FREIBERG: GRADES 6-8
Date: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Application deadline: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Location: M. Steinert & Sons (new Boston location)
28 Damrell Street, Boston
Competition Chair: Ashley Grant

RUTH DAVIDSON: GRADES 9 and 10
Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Application deadline: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 
Please note that the deadline date is listed incorrectly in the Program Booklet 
Location:
M. Steinert & Sons (new Boston location)  
28 Damrell Street, Boston 
Competition Chair: Jia Shi 

ALICE HAMLET: GRADES 11 and 12
Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Application deadline: Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Please note that the deadline date is listed incorrectly in the Program Booklet 
Location:
M. Steinert & Sons (new Boston location)
28 Damrell Street, Boston 
Competition Chair: Jia Shi 
 

Many thanks to M Steinert & Sons for generously offering to host these competitions. There are many ways we can express our gratitude for their generosity. Get to know the wonderful sales representatives, develop a relationship with one of them, and think of them the next time you have a student who needs an upgrade!

Many thanks to Jia Shi and Ashley Grant for organizing these events. Special thanks to Ranko Konishi-Houston and Diana Tetzlaff for their assistance and oversight.   
NEPTA RECITALS
 
SENIOR RECITAL: for students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 
Date: March 5, 2017   
Location: First Parish of Watertown
Recital Chair: Niva Fried      
SNOW DATE FOR SENIOR RECITALS
March 26, 2017: 2-9:30pm

ADULT RECITAL: for students 18 years of age or older
Date: April 2, 2017  
Location: M Steinert & Sons, Natick Mall
Recital Chair: Janice P. Zaganjori

Many thanks to Marianne Jensen, Diane Anderson, Karin Kydland, Lyubov Shlain, Niva Fried, Nina Grimaldi, Kathryn Rosenbach, Christina Guibas, Janice Zanjori and their committee members for their valuable contribution to NEPTA.  
AWARD WINNERS

NANCY OLIVA AWARDS

Established to encourage the artistic achievements of students of NEPTA's independent teachers. Three $35 awards for students in 7th grade.

Winners of the Nancy Oliva Awards
  • Michael Karshis, student of Tanya Schwartzman
  • David Heschel Liebowitz, student of Natalia Harlap 
  • Sara Mei, student of Yelena Zadova-Kanter
Two Honorable Mentions for the Nancy Oliva Awards
  • Tianyi Yang, student of Natalia Harlap  
  • Jo Ellen Lindeman, student of Lydia Reed-Guertin

WANDA PAIK AWARDS

Established to encourage the artistic achievements of students of NEPTA's independent teachers. Four $100 awards for students in 8th grade.

Winners of the Wanda Paik Awards
  • Joy Gong, student of Veda Kogan
  • Jenifer Li, student Natalia Harlap
  • Tomer Nuriyev, student of Tanya Schwartzman
  • Elizabeth Zhong, student of Nilly Shilo
     
ALICE PROCTER AWARD

One $100 award for an outstanding original composition in the classical style.
  • David Joseph for his composition, 'Your Free Time'          student of Irina Gelman
Congratulations to each of these teachers and their students!
GRANTS-IN-AID
  
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There are still five awards in the amount of $125 remaining for students in need.  To apply, a brief note from the teacher (email is acceptable) stating the family's need and reasons for financial assistance should be sent to Carol Chaffee, Scholarship Chair, at  carolgaryc@aol.com.
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Catherine Costello Hirata currently serves on the Board of Directors and is the founder and chairperson of the new Investment Committee. In the past, she chaired the Advertising Committee (2014-16), facilitated a Teachers' Exchange (2015), and assisted with the High School Competition (2006).

Catherine grew up in Calgary, Alberta where she did her undergraduate degree in Piano Performance with Marilyn Engle. She moved to Vancouver to pursue a Master's in Performance with Lee Kum-Sing at the University of British Columbia, after which she taught for several years at the Vancouver Academy Music. When her husband (a professor of Japanese literature) got his first academic job teaching at Pomona College, she left Canada. At the time, she had no idea that she would only be returning for visits to her family.

Since Catherine did not have the visa status to work when she first moved to the U.S., she decided to return to school. Luckily, she was accepted into the graduate program at Columbia University at the same time as her husband was offered a job at Princeton, and so they moved from the West to the East Coast.  In the intellectually stimulating environment of Columbia, Catherine developed a love for writing about music and ultimately completed both a Master's and Ph.D. degree in music theory. When it came time to choose a topic for her dissertation, she decided to focus on the music of the American composer Morton Feldman, in large part because of the meta-theoretical questions it raises concerning the very nature and purpose of musical analysis. At this stage in her life, Catherine was
active in the Society for Music Theory, giving talks at conferences, publishing  papers, and teaching some college level theory and history courses. 

When she moved to Belmont some twenty years ago, she found herself gradually returning to teaching piano. For her, it has become a cherished way of contributing to her local community, bringing music into the homes of her friends and neighbors. She feels a sense of honor and responsibility whenever she is entrusted with a child's musical development and aims to bring all of her musical knowledge to bear. When she was first introduced to NEPTA years ago by Mildred Freiburg, she was astonished to find that such a smart, dedicated, curious, and supportive group of teachers had been on her doorstep without her realizing it. Since then, NEPTA has played an enormous role in Catherine's ongoing efforts to improve her teaching.

In her spare time, Catherine enjoys walking, hosting dinner parties, and hanging out with her husband and son at Tatte café in Cambridge.
ANNUAL LUNCHEON
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T
he Annual Meeting, Awards Recital and Luncheon will take place on May 22.  The Awards Recital is always an inspiring event and provides the opportunity to hear the results of some of the extraordinary teaching that is taking place in this organization.

The luncheon will take place at The Talk Restaurant which is within walking distance of the First Parish.  This event provides a wonderful opportunity to get to know your colleagues. 
It is not too early to register for the luncheon.  The cost for this event is $25 which includes tax and gratuity. The menu and registration forms are available online at www.nepta.info.

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

Many thanks to Nina Grimaldi who has once again taken it upon herself to organize this event for us.

This luncheon will be my last event as President of NEPTA.  I hope you wil join us - I'd love to celebrate with you!
 
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 to 'Like' the page when you visit it for the first time.   
MEMBER NEWS
 
SOLO PIANO RECITAL 
Eleanor Perrone
Sunday, March 5
3:00pm

Weston Public Library
87 School Street
Weston, MA
781-786-6150

Free admission
Works by Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin

For more information visit www.eleanorperrone.com 

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2 CDs RELEASED
 
Kathryn Rosenbach
 
"Exploring the Fantasy": Bach, Chopin, and Schumann
"Sights and Sounds of French Impressionism": Debussy and Ravel
 
Available at:
  • CDBaby
  • ITunes
  • Amazon
For more information contact Kathy:
krosenbach@aol.com, 617-821-0385 

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YOGA CLASSES  
Donna Gross Javel, Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT)  

Sundays, 10:00-11:30am
233 Concord Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
$20/class

Tuesdays, March 8 -29, 10:00-11:15am
4 Free Sessions 
49 Clements Road
Waltham, MA 02453
   
For more information contact Donna:
AnythingPiano@yahoo.com
781-354-0170

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PIANO AND CELLO RECITAL 
Eleanor Perrone, Piano and Ashima Scripp, Cello
Sunday, April 2 
3:00pm

Rivers School Conservatory
Rivera Recital Hall
333 Winter Street
Weston, MA 02493
781-235-6840

Free admission

Program to include Shostakovich Cello Sonata

For more information visit www.eleanorperrone.com 

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PIANO TEACHING ENRICHMENT WORKSHOPS 
Nina Grimaldi will offer three types of workshops the 
last week of June and first week of July. (Exact days/times TBA)

Workshop Topics 
  • Introduction to using Dalcroze Eurhythmics in the piano studio
  • Introduction to teaching students how to improvise
  • The Asher Zlotnik method of harmonic navigation: "The Pivot Method"
    • This last is a new workshop. You will learn a groundbreaking ear training method that Nina discovered 2 years ago.
For more information contact Nina:
857-753-8994, dalcroze.nina@gmail.com 
(Several NEPTA teacher references are available on request.)

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GUIDELINE FOR SUBMITTING MEMBER NEWS 
 
Please include "NEPTA newsletter" in the subject heading of your email. A guide for submitting member news for the newsletters is available on the website.   
 
FACEBOOK  
As members, you are also encouraged to post your news, pictures, videos and recordings on NEPTA's Facebook page. Please visit the page, Like the page and see what your colleagues are doing. Your visits to the page help generate interest in NEPTA so consider Sharing posts, Liking posts, and Commenting on posts.  
53rd ANNUAL MILDRED FREIBERG PIANO FESTIVAL

Saturday, April 8 - Sunday, April 9, 2017
Hosted by Powers Music School

Powers Music School invites you to join them for this annual event honoring pianist and educator, Mildred Freiberg.  This event has become a tradition for area students in grades K-12.

Application Fee: $20
Deadline: Monday, March 20, 2017

There is no charge to attend this event

Concert times: 1:30-7:30pm

Payson Park Church
365 Belmont Street
Belmont, MA

For more information call the Powers Music School, 617-484-4696, or visit the website www.powersmusic.com/piano_festival
LOOKING AHEAD
 
Please put these dates on your calendar.
   
March 12 (Sunday): NEPTA Members' Recital, 5pm
Location: M. Steinert & Sons, Natick Mall

March 27: Speaker Series Meeting
Presenter: Lisa Parker
Alternatives to Drill in Solving Musical Problems"

Location: The First Parish of Watertown 
 
 
April 10: Special Spring Teachers' Exchange Meeting
Presenters:
Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee  
A. Ramon Rivera 
Jean Stackhouse    
Topic: "Three Lives in the Service of Music"
Reception Following
Location: Wellesley Free Library, 530 Washington Street, Wellesley 

April 24: Student Masterclass
Guest Artist: Gregg Pauley
Location: The First Parish of Watertown
   
May, 22: Annual Meeting, Awards Recital and Luncheon
Location (meeting and recital): The First Parish of Watertown
Location (luncheon): The Talk Restaurant

116 Main Street, Watertown
PARKING ANNOUNCEMENTS
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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.