March, 2018
In This Issue
President's Greetings
Spring Speaker Series
Student Master Class
Music Sale
Award Winners
Annual Meeting and Luncheon
Dues Reminder
Online Registration Help
Teacher Enrichment Grants
Speaker Needed
Volunteer Opportunities
NEPTA Facebook
Facilities Usage and Parking

Monday, March 26
Meeting 9:30AM

"Again and Again: Minimalism and Postminimalist Piano Music"

Final NEPTA Music Sale!


Monday, April 9
Meeting 9:30AM


"Improvisation Made Accessible"


Monday, April 30
Meeting 9:30AM


Student Master Class

  The First Parish Watertown


May 21, 2018
Meeting 9:30AM

Annual Meeting
Awards Recital


Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I hope you are all well.  We've started off the new year with two exciting meetings.  In January, we had Seymour Bernstein's lecture, "Examining Chopin's Notational Indications."  In February,
Julie Knerr shared her "152 Strategies for Effective and Efficient Teaching" and "Lost Gems of the Piano Repertoire."  If you missed these meetings, you can read the Meeting Minutes by logging into the members section of our website at  

On a separate note, Janna Bruene and Lydia Reed-Guertin presented us with newly-designed hanging name tags.  Many thanks to Janna and Lydia for putting them together.

We've also had many successful student recitals over the past three months.  Congratulations to all the teachers and students who participated, and thank you to all the recital chairs and assistants for making these performances possible.  Our series of recitals and competitions will continue through April.

Many of you may remember one of our members, Irene Golan, who passed away in October 2017.  She was a devoted member of NEPTA for many years, and served as President from 1975 to 1977.  To honor her, we are officially naming the Spring Teachers' Exchange the "Irene S. Golan Teachers' Exchange," starting this April and continuing in perpetuity.  To celebrate this occasion, we have invited Irene's daughter Jeanne Golan to join us on April 9th.  Jeanne is thrilled to join, so I hope you also can attend the meeting.  We will have a small opening ceremony before the scheduled program.

Monday, May 21st, is our last meeting of the season.  It is the Annual Meeting featuring the Awards Recital, followed by a luncheon.  Please come listen to our talented award winners perform, and join us afterwards for a delicious lunch with our colleagues and friends at The Talk restaurant.  It is a lovely way to end the busy season together.  (Please register online for the luncheon.)

As this is the last newsletter for the season, this is a gentle reminder to renew your membership for next season.  Thank you in advance for continuing your membership.  Your participation is what drives our organization to achieve more  and inspire those in the piano teaching profession.  I want to thank all of the volunteers and everyone who has worked with me throughout the year.   Thank you!

Warm Regards,
Ranko Konishi-Houston

Mark your calendars and plan to join us for the final Spring Speaker Series event:

"Again and Again: Minimalism and Postminimalist Piano Music"
Lecture by Bruce Brubaker
Monday, March 26, 2018, 9:30am-12:00pm
Click here for Mr. Brubaker's biography

All Speaker Series events take place at the First Parish of Watertown, 35 Church St, Watertown, MA 02472

For more detailed information, check the 2017-2018 program booklet or the NEPTA website

Join us for NEPTA's annual student master class with clinician John Ferguson, featuring performances by students of NEPTA members.

Monday, April 30th, 2018, 9:30am-12:00pm,  at the  First Parish of Watertown , 35 Church St, Watertown, MA 02472.

Click here for Mr. Ferguson's biography.

For more detailed information, check the 2017-2018 program booklet or the NEPTA website.

This will be our final NEPTA Music Sale!

Ruth Ross, chair of the Music Sale since 2009, is stepping down from the position, and we will no longer be able to provide this service for our members.  Music will be available for FREE at the next meeting, March 26th. Come take advantage of this opportunity to get free music for your students! Any remaining music will be donated to local organizations and music schools.

A heartfelt thanks to Ruth for her wonderful contribution to NEPTA and for storing all of the music at her home and transporting it to the meetings over the past nine years!


Nancy Oliva Award
Established to encourage the artistic achievements of students of NEPTA's independent teachers.  Three $35 awards for 7th grade students performing in the NEPTA Intermediate I Recitals.

Reagan O'Neil, student of Sivan Etedgee
Benjamin Shaar, student of Dr. Nilly Epstein Shilo
Eric Zhang, student of Helena Vesterman

Honorable Mention:
Emily Cheng, student of Helena Vesterman
Andrea Kohler, student of Valerie Henkin
Sydney Pho, student of Philip Feng

Wanda Paik Award
Established to encourage the artistic achievements of students of NEPTA's independent teachers.  Four $100 awards for 8th grade students performing in the NEPTA Intermediate II Recitals.

Maxine Park, student of Mila Filatova
Tianyi Yang, student of Natalia Harlap
Michael Karshis, student of Tanya Schwartzman
Justin Wang, student of Helena Vesterman

Alice Procter Award
One $100 award for an outstanding original composition in the classical style.

Ian Lin for his composition, 'Almost Classical:  Four variations on "Soft Kitty", student of Tanya Schwartzman

Congratulations to students and their teachers, and t hank you to our Awards committee!

The annual meeting is on Monday, May 21, 2018.  (Please note that the program booklet lists the wrong date.)

Please join us at The Talk Restaurant for the annual luncheon immediately after the meeting. The restaurant is located at  116 Main Street, Watertown, MA, walking distance from First Parish.   

The price for the luncheon is $30.  You can register and pay for the luncheon at with a credit card or PayPal account.  All transactions are processed securely through PayPal's website.  To pay by check, please download and complete the registration form at and mail it with your check to NEPTA Treasurer, Janice Spillane, 18 Mill Street, North Reading, MA 01864.  Make checks payable to NEPTA. 
Unfortunately, no walk-ins or teacher substitutions will be allowed.

Registrations and payment must be received no later than Monday, May 7, 2018.  No Exceptions.

Many thanks to Nina Grimaldi and Jan Spillane for organizing the event.

Membership dues must be paid by May 31, 2018 to be eligible to enter students in the 2019 recitals and competitions and for your name to be listed in the membership directory. Any payments after this date will include a late fee.  

Dues can be paid online at 

Detailed information is in the program booklet on page 31.

If you are not comfortable using the computer to register and make payments online,  Diana Tetzlaff and Barbara Lieurance are available to help members through the online application process.  

Diana Tetzlaff 617-816-1777 / 
Barbara Lieurance 617-437-7718 /

Many thanks to Diana and Barbara for their assistance.

Two NEPTA members are awarded up to $500 to further their professional development by enrolling in a continuing education course, workshop, seminar, or conference in piano pedagogy.  To qualify, please read page 23 in the Program Booklet, and download the application form from our website
Deadline is extended to May 7, 2018.

There are still five, $125 awards available 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

Many thanks to Carol Chaffee.

We are looking for members who would like to speak and share ideas at the next Fall Teachers' Exchange.  Please contact Ranko Konishi-Houston with your topic ASAP at

NEPTA is in need of volunteers to cover the following positions:
  • Mildred Freiberg Competition Chair
  • Annual Luncheon Chair
  • Tech-savvy:  Website coordinator/Tech support
For more information, please contact Ranko Konishi-Houston at
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.