Newsletter
May 2020
In This Issue
President's Greeting
Annual Meeting and Awards Recital
New Officer Nominations
Membership Dues Deadline Extended
Competition Award Winners
Student Master Class
Thank you NEPTA volunteers!
Member News
NEPTA Facebook
UPCOMING EVENTS


Monday, May 18th

10:00 a.m.
Annual Meeting and Awards Recital
(online)

12:15 p.m.
Virtual Annual Luncheon



PRESIDENT'S GREETING

Dear NEPTA Members,

I hope you are enjoying the return of spring, with warmer weather and longer days!  We have been through a dark, challenging time over the last couple of months, but I 
believe there is always hope on the horizon. I am reminded, on this 250th anniversary year of Beethoven's birth, of the composer's similar isolation and challenges. I am inspired by Beethoven's words in the Heiligenstadt Testament which are an example of his strength to rise above, through his art, in the face of extenuating circumstances. 

As we have been facing our own challenges, personally and collectively, I have been uplifted by the incredible support and teamwork I have witnessed among my colleagues at NEPTA.  I am extremely grateful our organization has not missed a beat (literally or figuratively!) and our volunteers have risen to the occasion to continue to offer online meetings, competitions, master classes, and teachers' exchanges with helpful information to get us through this transition to our new online world.  I send my heartfelt thanks to each of you for making it possible, and especially to all of the hard working NEPTA volunteers.  Together, we have risen above to keep the music playing!

I look forward to our final event of the year, the Annual Meeting and Awards Recital, this Monday, May 18th online via Zoom, beginning at 10:00 a.m.  Come support our student award winners and celebrate the inauguration and acknowledgements of our wonderful members! Please click here for our Awards Recital Program.  I also invite you to join us for the virtual luncheon to follow around 12:15 p.m.  (Details found in the newsletter below.)

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your President this past year as we celebrate NEPTA's 70th anniversary season in 2020.  It will be a year to remember!

I wish you a wonderful summer break and hope for a brighter future ahead.

Best wishes,

Diana Tetzlaff
President
ANNUAL MEETING AND AWARDS RECITAL - May 18th

You are invited to join us online for our Annual Meeting and Awards Recital this Monday, May 18th at 10:00 a.m. via zoom.  This final event of the season will begin with a brief meeting followed by an amazing recital of our competition and award winners. Come support these wonderful students and listen to works by Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Romig, Lazarof, Scriabin, Ryabov, Frank, Heslop, and more.  This will be a combination of live and pre-recorded performances.

Please click here for the Awards Recital Program.

The Annual Luncheon which traditionally follows the Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony cannot take place in person this year, but instead, we invite members to stay on Zoom after the recital and gather virtually for lunch in small groups or "breakout rooms" to make it more manageable to talk to each other.  We will have about 8 - 10 members per "room" and if you wish to be placed together with a special colleague, please email that request to:  info@nepta.com .  The 'Luncheon" will start at approximately 12:15 p.m. so feel free to join at that time if you can't join earlier.


To join the NEPTA online zoom meeting this Monday at 10:00 a.m. please go to:


Then login with your NEPTA password and click "Join Meeting"  (You may join the meeting 5-10 minutes early and wait for it to begin).

If you need online Zoom meeting assistance please contact Sue Demb, NEPTA Website Chair at:
sdemb@dembfamily.com
 
I look forward to seeing you on Monday!
NEW OFFICER NOMINATIONS
MEMBERSHIP DUES DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 30th

The membership dues deadline has been pushed back this year to June 30, 2020 due to Covid-19.  The $20 late fee has been removed for this year, but in order to be included in the 2020-2021 Program Booklet and Membership Directory, dues must be renewed by June 30, 2020.

Final deadline for eligibility in next year's recitals and competitions is September 30, 2020.

2020 - 2021 NEPTA DUES:

$70 Active and Associate Members
$40 Seniors (over 65) and Student Members
$100 Two Members in one Household (same mailing address)

Dues can be paid online by clicking here.

DONATE TO NEPTA 

Donations to NEPTA are greatly appreciated, especially as NEPTA navigates unchartered territory during this time of Covid-19.  The new NEPTA website, Zoom meetings and student performance opportunities continue to provide a great resource to teachers and students alike.

Please consider making a donation in honor of, or in memory of, a special person which will be published in the 2020-2021 NEPTA Program Booklet.  

Donate to NEPTA by clicking here.  Thank you!
COMPETITION AWARD WINNERS - CONGRATULATIONS!    

Mildred Freiberg Middle School Competition 
(Grades 6-8)

Congratulations to the following winners of the Mildred Freiberg Competition held on April 5, 2020. The competition was adjudicated by Evan Hirsch, Lois Shapiro and Esther Ning Yau.

1st Prize: Roxane Park, student of Mila Filatova
2nd Prize: Ben Wolfson, student of Natalia Harlap
3rd Prize: Emily Zhou, a student of Niva Fried

Honorable Mention: Richard Liu,
student of Valerie Henkin
Honorable Mention: Ella Li, 
student of Veda Kogan
Honorable Mention: Anna Yang, 
student of Nilly Epstein Shilo

We would like to thank our Middle School Competition chairman Shizue Sano for the incredible work she did in helping to move our competitions from in-person to online competitions quickly and efficiently at the outbreak of the pandemic.  Thank you for your excellent work Shizue!  

Ruth Davidson High School Competition (Grades 9 - 10)

Congratulations to the following winners of the Ruth Davidson Competition held on April 19, 2020. The competition was adjudicated by Leslie Amper, David Deveau and Alex Poliykov.

First Place: Elizabeth Zhang, student of Natalia Harlap
Second Place: Michael Karshis, student of Tanya Schwartzman
Third Place: Eric Zhang, student of Helena Vesterman

Honorable Mention: Gaeun Lee, 
student of Niva Fried
Honorable Mention: Justin Wang, 
student of Helena Vesterman

Alice Hamlet High School Competition (Grades 11 - 12)

Congratulations to the following winners of the Alice Hamlet Competition held on April 19, 2020. The competition was adjudicated by Leslie Amper, David Deveau and Alex Poliykov.

First Place: Danika Dai , student of Nilly Epstein Shilo
Second Place: Charmaine Liu, student of Natalia Harlap 
Third Place: Emma Illidge, student of Niva Fried

Honorable Mention: Alyssa Guo, 
student of Faina Kofman
Honorable Mention: Meghan Tan, 
student of Natalia Harlap

A. Ramón Rivera Contemporary Music Awards

$100 for the best performance of the required contemporary piece in the Ruth Davidson Competition.
$150 for the best performance of the required contemporary piece in the Alice Hamlet Competition

Ruth Davidson: Justin Wang, 
student of Helena Vesterman

Alice Hamlet: Jessie Liu, 
student of Faina Kofman

Margaret C. Bachelder Romantic Music Award

Established in memory of NEPTA past president Peg Bachelder, who passed away in 2012.
A $500 award will be given for the best performance of a Romantic work in either the Ruth Davidson Competition or the Alice Hamlet Competition.

Ruth Davidson Competition: Elizabeth Zhang, student of Natalia Harlap

We would like to thank our High School Competition Chairman Jia Shi for the incredible work she did in helping to move our competitions from in-person to online competitions quickly and efficiently at the outbreak of the pandemic.  Thank you for your excellent work Jia!
STUDENT MASTER CLASS


The student master class was held on April 27th online via a Zoom meeting.  Master Teacher, Chad Bowles from Baltimore Maryland, gave an inspiring and captivating master class.  

Special thanks to Student Master Class Chairman, Janet Ainsworth, for organizing the event.  Thank you and congratulations to the following students and teachers who participated in NEPTA's first online master class:


Meghan Tan, Teacher:  Natalia Harlap
Emma Illidge, Teacher:  Niva Fried
Eric Zhang, Teacher: Helena Vesterman


THANK YOU FOR A GREAT YEAR!


Many thanks to the Board members: Diane Anderson, Katya Barash, Robin Cho, Caroline Ly Germeys, Vivian Handis, Fan Li, Cindy Null, Shizue Sano, Tanya Schwartzman, Jia Shi, Nilly Epstein Shilo, Eric Bouwman-Wozencraft, and Vice President Valerie  Ross.

Also thank you to all of the dedicated volunteers who helped me run to run the organization smoothly:  Janet Ainsworth, Diane Anderson, Elaine Rombola Avenue, Irina Baghdasaryan, Deborah Yardley Beers, Janna Bruene, Colleen Campbell, Carol Chaffee, Sue Demb, Sivan Etedgee, Robert Finley, Niva Fried, Natalia Harlap, Miriam Gargarian, Irina Gelman, Nina Grimaldi, Ranko Konishi-Houston, Lydia Reed-Guertin, Catherine Costello Hirata, Dianne Impallaria, Donna Gross Javel, Barbara Jones, Karin Kydland, Elizabeth Landman, Fan Li, Cindy Null, Eleanor Perrone, Lyubov Shlain, Betty Reed, Kathryn Rosenbach, Sandra Rosenblum, Tanya Schwartzman, Lyubov Shlain, and Janice Zaganjori. 
 
Lastly, thank you to all NEPTA members! Without you, this organization would not exist.

MEMBER NEWS SCHEDULE
 
Member news emails will be sent in September, November, January, March, and May. Please submit member news to Ellie Perrone at e.pi@me.com with the subject line NEPTA Member News and follow the member news guidelines on the website  www.nepta.com
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