Monday, Oct. 28
"Clara Schumann's Life & Love:
A Scenic Recital on the Occasion of Clara Schumann's Bicentennial"
Monday, Nov. 4
Fall Teachers' Exchange
"The National Guild of Piano Teachers' student auditions"
"Helping today's piano students balance busy and stressful lives"
Dr. Lisa Wong
Donna Gross Javel
Monday, Dec. 9
Teachers' Master Class
Dear NEPTA Colleagues and Friends,
I hope you are enjoying the fall foliage season. I love to watch the colors change daily, with hues of gold, red, orange and brown. I hope we can capture the brilliance of these colors
was wonderful to see many teachers and guests at our first September Speaker Series Meeting. Marvin Blickenstaff gave an inspiring presentation on "Curriculum Innovations for the New Year." If you would like a copy of the notes from the meeting please click here. Many thanks to Eric Bouwman-Wozencraft, NEPTA Recording Secretary, for providing Mr. Blickenstaff's handouts and a detailed recap of the presentation.
I hope to see many of you this Monday, October 28th for the Speaker Series Presentation by Elisabeth Eschwé as we celebrate Clara Schumann's Bicentennial. Ms. Eschwé comes to us from Vienna, Austria and will lead us on an intimate journey back in time through stories, music and letters of Clara Schumann's life.
Our upcoming Teachers' Exchange on Monday, November 4th will be highlighting two great topics: First, the "National Guild of Piano Teachers' student auditions" and second, we will hear a fabulous presentation by a panel of doctors and musicians on the topic "Helping today's piano students balance busy and stressful lives". This will include stress management strategies, wellness, mindfulness and time management. Please join us for coffee and refreshments and rekindle friendships with your colleagues at the Exchange.
I am pleased to announce that we have made the leap to our newly upgraded website NEPTA.com. A tremendous thank you to Sue Demb, chair of the website committee alongside members Valerie Ross, Vice President, Lydia Reed-Guertin, Ranko Konishi-Houston, Caroline Ly Germeys and Shizue Sano. The transition was seamless thanks to each of you and to our web designer, Roger Weiss, of Boston Web Company.
Please take a moment to become familiar with the website as we embark on a new season of online recital and competition registrations, which are now open.
I am grateful to work with an amazing group of NEPTA volunteers - each of you making a positive difference in the lives of students, parents and families. Together, we bring forth love, hope and inspiration through music in our communities.
Thank you and happy fall!
FALL SPEAKER SERIES
Mark your calendars and plan to join us for our fall Speaker Series event:
"Clara Schumann's Life & Love: A Scenic Recital on the Occasion of Clara Schumann's Bicentennial"
Monday, October 28, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
First Parish of Watertown
35 Church St.
Watertown, MA 02472
Click here for Ms. Eschwé's biography
with your colleagues and students and invite them to join us. NEPTA members may attend for free and the non-member fee is $20.
UPCOMING HALLOWEEN PIANO RECITAL - OCT 27
Donna Gross Javel, Past NEPTA President, with student
NEPTA's Halloween Piano Party for grades K-5 will be held on Sunday, October 27th at First Parish Watertown. Please come and join us in supporting our students at this spooktacular event! Three recitals will be held throughout the day at 2:30 p.m., 3:45 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Invite your students and friends to listen and join us for the Halloween party after each recital in the Fellowship Hall downstairs. Hope to see you there!
TEACHERS' MASTER CLASS
NEPTA is pleased to present this Master Class with Ian Hobson as a benefit for NEPTA's Susan B. Demb Teacher Enrichment Grants. Donations are welcome! Donate online at
or make a cash/check donation at the Master Class meeting. NEPTA members attend for free. Non-member fee is $20.
Monday, December 9, 2019
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
First Parish Watertown, 35 Church St. Watertown, MA 02472
Click here for Mr. Hobson's biography
REMINDERS AND DEADLINES
Recitals and Competitions
Are now open and available for online registration on the website
Eight awards in the amount of $150 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:
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
I am extremely grateful to work with my Vice President, Valerie Ross, and a dynamic and enthusiastic Board of Directors! Pictured below from left to right: Eric Bouwman-Wozencraft, Shizue Sano, Cindy Null, Caroline Ly Germeys, Robin Cho, Tanya Schwartzman, Vivian Handis, Katya Barash. Also on the Board and not pictured: Diane Anderson, Fan Li, Jia Shi and Nilly Shilo.
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