In This Issue
President's Greeting
Fall Speaker Series
Fall Teachers' Exchange
Teachers' Master Class
Reminders and Deadlines
Newsletter and Member News
NEPTA Facebook
2018-2019 Program and Membership Directory
Facilities Usage and Parking
Past Presidents
NEPTA Volunteers
Volunteers Needed!

Monday, Sept 24
Open Meeting 9:30AM

"Creative Composition Toolbox" and "American Music: Jazz Meets Latin"


Monday, Oct 22
Meeting 9:30AM

"Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven: Fantasieren, or Improvisation, as the Focal Point of their Music"

Monday, Nov 5
Fall Teachers' Exchange
9:30 AM


"From the Eye to the Hand; From the Ear to the Foot"


Monday, Dec 3


Teachers' Master Class


Dear Colleagues and Friends,
Welcome to NEPTA's 2018-2019 season! I hope you had a restful summer and are ready for another wonderful year of teaching. Many of our devoted volunteers have worked diligently this past summer to prepare this season's program. I hope you will make time to attend some of our many events and recitals throughout the year.
Our first meeting is on Monday, September 24th. Wynn-Anne Rossi, a dynamic composer and unique music educator, will teach us how to include composition with our students and discuss her American Jazz and Latin music series. Please join us for this exciting session and feel free to invite your colleagues, friends, and students to this event. This first meeting is free to the general public. 

On October 20th, we are launching our new open recital, the Halloween Piano Party for young pianists grades K to 5. It will be a fun musical event with a Halloween party following each recital.  Students are encouraged to dress up in Halloween costumes! Please remember to register your students by October 1st. 

On Oct 22, Jiayan Sun will inspire us with his lecture on the works of C.P.E. Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven. On November 5th, at the Teachers' Exchange, we will officially welcome our new members. Details of all events are listed on our website and in the 2018-2019 NEPTA booklet.
I hope you all received the new 2018-2019 NEPTA booklet. It is our first year combining the program and members' directory together into one booklet. This was made possible with the help of NEPTA Treasurer, Jan Spillane. Some of you may remember that Jan created the booklets for NEPTA three years ago. She has done tremendous work for us again. The board, Diana Tetzlaff (VP), and I are very grateful for Jan's work and dedication.
This marks my second year as NEPTA president, and I am thankful to work with many wonderful, talented people in this organization. I send my sincere gratitude to each of you. Thank you all for being NEPTA members. I look forward to seeing you at our next meeting!
Ranko Konishi-Houston
Mark your calendars and plan to join us for our fall Speaker Series events:
"Creative Composition Toolbox"  and "American Music: Jazz Meets Latin"
Lecture by Wynn-Anne Rossi

Monday, September 24, 2018, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

"Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven: Fantasieren, or Improvisation, as the Focal Point of their Music"
Lecture by Jiayan Sun

Monday, October 22, 2018, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm


The Teachers' Exchange is an opportunity for members to learn from each other, either through a special topic demonstration, or through question and answer sessions. Come enjoy coffee and light snacks and get to know your fellow NEPTA members!

This fall, honorary member and past NEPTA president, Janna Bruene will discuss  "From the Eye to the Hand; From the Ear to the Foot"
Monday, November 5, 2018, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Wellesley Free Library 
(free parking in garage below the library)

NEPTA is pleased to present this master class with Gilbert Kalish as a benefit for NEPTA's Susan B. Demb Teacher Enrichment Grants. Donations are welcome! Donate online at, or make a cash donation at the master class meeting.
NEPTA members interested in performing should contact Robert Finley, The fee for performers is $40.

Monday, December 3, 2018, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm


NEPTA Dues Renewal
Members who want to enter students in the 2019 NEPTA recitals and/or competitions must pay their dues, plus a $20 late fee, by September 30, 2018. If you are not comfortable renewing your dues online, Diana Tetzlaff will help guide you through the process.  You can contact her at or 617-816-1777.
Miriam Pizer Award
This award, established in memory of Miriam Pizer, gives $250 to a student in Grades K-5 who is in need of assistance for lesson tuition or other essential expenses. Each teacher may submit no more than one student's name. The winner will be selected during the October NEPTA meeting. Student identities will be kept private. Submit your name along with your student's name by email to Ranko Konishi-Houston: The deadline to apply is October 15th. 
Eight awards in the amount of $125 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:
Recitals and Competitions
NEPTA's first ever Halloween Piano Party is an open recital for grades K-5, providing an opportunity to perform in a friendly setting. Detailed information and application instructions are available in the NEPTA Booklet and on our website:
The Halloween Piano Party will be held at First Parish of Watertown, on Saturday, October 20, 2018.

Registration is  by mail only and must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2018.
All other recitals and competitions will be available on the NEPTA website after October 15th.
NEPTA Members Recital 
The NEPTA Members Recital will take place on Sunday, March 10, 2019.  Solo, four hand and two piano performances by NEPTA members are welcome. Time limit is 10 minutes per submission. 

Members interested in performing should send an email with the subject line "Members Recital Submission" to Eleanor Perrone, The d eadline to apply is December 15, 2018.

You will receive three newsletters this year, arriving in September, December and March. Member news is not included in the Newsletter and will be sent in a separate email.
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
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. 

You should have received the 2018-2019 Program and Membership booklet in the mail. Note that we have combined the program booklet and member directory into a single booklet this year. If you have not received your copy, please contact Janna Bruene, chair of membership:

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.

The annual NEPTA Presidential Luncheon was held this past June at The Cottage Chestnut Hill. This year's attendees were Joan Collins (1981-1983), Wanda Paik (1989-1991), Carol Chaffee (1991-1993), Janna Bruene (1999-2001), Miriam Gargarian (2001-2003), Lydia Reed-Guertin (2009- 2011), Colleen Campbell (2011-2013), Irina Gelman (2013-2015) and Ranko Konishi-Houston (2017-2019) with Diana Tetzlaff (VP 2017-2019).

Thank you to all the past presidents including those who were unable to attend this time!  Our organization is blooming today because of their hard work.

I'd like to thank all the following volunteers for their dedication and commitment.
Board of Directors: Diana Tetzlaff (VP), Caroline Ly Germeys (Executive Secretary), Natacha Rist (Recording Secretary), Janice Spillane (Treasurer), and Board Members Irina Baghdasaryan, Tong Liu, Eleanor Perrone, Christina Guibas, Valerie Ross, Jia Shi, Eric Bowman-Wozencraft, Robin Cho and Shizue Sano
Awards Committee: Kathryn Rosenbach, Cindy Null, Colleen Campbell, Diana Tetzlaff, and Janice P. Zaganjori
Competition Committee: Shizue Sano, Jia Shi, and Diana Tetzlaff
Selection, Post-1950 Repertoire Committee: Deborah Yardley Beers, Elaine Rombola Aveni, Sivan Etedgee, and Donna Gross Javel
Donations Committee: Carol Chaffee and Lydia Reed-Guertin
Editions Committee: Sandra Rosenblum, Sivan Etedgee, Miriam Gargarian, and Deborah Yardley Beers (on sabbatical)
Email Communications: Eleanor Perrone
Facebook Committee: Donna Gross Javel and Caroline Ly Germeys
Help Desk for Online Registration: Diana Tetzlaff
Investment Committee: Catherine Costello Hirata, Cindy Null, Lydia Reed-Guertin, Shizue Sano, and Janice Spillane
Luncheon Committee: Eleanor Perrone and Janice Spillane
Master Class Committee: Janet Ainsworth and Robert Finley
Membership Committee: Janna Bruene and Lydia Reed-Guertin
Mentoring: Elizabeth Reed
Newsletter: Valerie Ross, Eleanor Perrone, and Tanya Schwartzman
Nominating Committee: Lydia Reed-Guertin, Janna Bruene, and Colleen Campbell
Program Committee: Colleen Campbell, Janna Bruene, Miriam Gargarian, Irina Gelman, Donna Gross Javel, Barbara Jones, and Lydia Reed-Guertin
Teachers' Exchange: Eric Bowman-Wozencraft
Website Coordinator and Tech Support: Caroline Ly Germeys
Recital Committee: Janice Spillane, Diana Tetzlaff, Jia Shi, Marianne Jensen, Tong Liu, Karin Kydland, Lyubov Shlain, Natalia Harlap, Selma Ramic, Niva Fried, Janet Ainsworth, Fan Li, Diane Anderson, Nina Grimaldi, Elizabeth Landman, Irina Baghdasaryan, and Dianne Impallaria
Thank you to all the volunteers!


Currently, NEPTA is in need of volunteers to cover the following positions:
  • Competition assistant
  • Halloween Party Recital assistant
  • Tech-savvy: Website coordinator/Tech support
  • Note taker of Speaker Series
If you would like to help and share your talent in our organization, please contact NEPTA president Ranko Konishi-Houston: