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  2018 -2019 SEASON  Archives
May 20, 2020
(Canceled)

 

May 20 Meeting is Canceled
 

Dear Member:

Here we are in May and Covid-19 is still active. I hope that all of you are managing OK with the many challenges facing ul. We are hoping things will improve! Meanwhile I will bring you an update on APTLI plans.

First of all we have elected and approved our slate of officers for next year. We are delighted to announce that Patricia Chen Jones will be our new president as of July. I hope that you will join us to welcome here in the Fall. All other officers will continue serving.

Unfortunately we have to cancel the May meeting, the June Luncheon and the Student Recital because of the virus. Beyond that we cannot plan. But you should receive a September newsletter to bring you up to date. We are planning to have Lisa Bastien as our September speaker.

During July or August we hope to have a meeting at Vern Kenney's home to set up the programs for next season. Members are invited to attend. Just call Vern, Naomi or myself for more information ( date, time). Also, if you have suggestions for future programs please notify Vern.

Let's hope that things will get better soon so we can all enjoy the summer and get together in the Fall.

Sincerely,
Barbara Riss, President.

 


 Officers for 2020-2021

President Patricia Chen Jones1st
Vice Pres. Naomi Lehman
2nd Vice Pres. Fran Gabay
Recording Sec'y Betty Koontz
Corresponding Sec'y Miranda Wong
Treasurer Vern Kenney

 


Student Recital  Canceled


Some sources of help for distance learning:

Francesclarkcenter.org
sheetmusciplus.com

Help!! APTLI needs someone to maintain our website. Do you, or someone you know- adult or child- have relevant computer skills? Job requires updating of the website with meeting information and sometimes addition, deletions of changes to the member list. Attending meetings not necessary. If interested, please contact any Board Member.

 

April 15, 2020
(Canceled)

 

NO MEETING ION APRIL 15
 

Dear Member:

The purpose of this letter is to wish you well and to tell you our plans for the rest of the season.

First of all, I hope you, your family, friends and students are managing OK during these challenging weeks. It is fortunate that we have the technology to continue teaching and guiding some students from home if they are willing and able to keep going.

The April meeting is cancelled because of the virus. But we have an election in April. Enclosed in the newsletter is a ballot which we hope you will return to Naomi so that we can have our officers in place for September. All meetings after that ( the May meeting, the June luncheon and the Student recital ( are undecided. There will be more information about these events in the May newsletter. so stay tuned and we'll hope for the best.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Sincerely,
Barbara Riss, President.

 


The Nominating Committee offers a slate of officers for 2020-2021, Voting at the April 15 Meeting

President Patricia Chen Jones1st
Vice Pres. Naomi Lehman
2nd Vice Pres. Fran Gabay
Recording Sec'y Betty Koontz
Corresponding Sec'y Miranda Wong
Treasurer Vern Kenney

Student Recital

This year's Student Recital will again take place at the Jericho Public Library.

Auditions: Saturday, May 16
Recital: Saturday , June 6

Start preparing your participants. address question to Ruth Pleines or Tina Pai. Applications will be available at the February meeting or can be requested from Ruth Pleines. Applications must be received in writing.  Address  questions to Ruth or TIna.

 


Some sources of help for distance learning:

Francesclarkcenter.org
sheetmusciplus.com

Help!! APTLI needs someone to maintain our website. Do you, or someone you know- adult or child- have relevant computer skills? Job requires updating of the website with meeting information and sometimes addition, deletions of changes to the member list. Attending meetings not necessary. If interested, please contact any Board Member.

 

Feb 19, 2020

 

Round Table Discussion


This meeting offers members a chance to bring questions and concerns about piano teaching to this always lively and stimulating discussion. Our members have los of expertise and experience and are happy to share their helpful ideas and suggestions. Come ready to ask or answer a question.

 


Student Recital

This year's Student Recital will again take place at the Jericho Public Library.

Auditions: Saturday, May 16
Recital: Saturday , June 6

Start preparing your participants. address question to Ruth Pleines or Tina Pai. Applications will be available at the February meeting or can be requested from Ruth Pleines. Applications must be received in writing.

 

Jan. 15 , 2020

Olga Vinokur
Topic: "Scriabin Inspired by Chopin"

Olga Vinokur is an acclaimed pianist and a dynamic performer on the classical and contemporary missy scene who is gaining recognition for "the strength and consistency of her artistry" as note by the NYTimes.

She has appeared in the US and internationally as recitalist and chamber musician and as soloist with orchestra in major venues across the US, and in London, Prague, London and Shanghai. Ms. Vinokur was a featured artist in the London Chamber Music Festival, EuroArts Festival in Prague, PourL'Art Chamber Music Festival in Switzerland, Young Artists Festival in Russia, Woodstock Mozart Festivals in USA, Israeli " Music in Galilee" Radio Music Festival, International Piano Festival in Cuba among many others.

Ms. Vinokur participated in Tel-Hai International piano Master-classes in Israel where she was awarded prize in honor of Ada Caspi. She is a frequent performer at Bargemusic in NYC, where she played solo recitals and chamber concerts, which included world premiers. She has been presented on radio Stations in the US and abroad. She is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes.

Dedicated to new projects, Olga Vinokur is committed to performing the music of today. Known for adventurous and imaginative programming, she has premiered solo and chamber works, collaborating with both established and emerging composers. "She know just how to handle composers who surf the line between a Romantic sensibility and a modern sound" wrote the NYTimes. She has recorded a highly acclaimed Taneyev Quintets CD with the Martinu quartet.

A native of Russia, she began her piano studies at the age of 6, and at 12 was awarded 1st Prize in the National Young Artist Piano Competition in Russia. In Israel she earned her Bachelor's Degree and Artist's Diploma at the Rubin Academy of Music/Tel Aviv University. She pursued her Master and Doctor of Musical Art Degrees at the Manhattan School of Music. She has been an annual scholarship recipient of America-Israel Cultural Foundation.


Student Club 88

Student Club 88 will be held on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at the locust  Valley Library Community Rom at 2:30 pm approximate time. Final time will be announced later. $10/student; 15 minutes laying time/teacher. Joe Graziose is chairing this event.

Please email hem your selections at least 2 weeks before event. Joe prefers checks be sent to his address before Jan. 26, but fees can be accepted day of.

 

Nov. 20 , 2019

Jane Leslie
Topic : " Improvisation at the Piano"
- Discussion, demonstration and suggestions for teachers to guide students in imporvising. Followed by a performance of music from Jane Leslie's new album of original piano solos.

New York pianist-composer Jane Leslie has created her own signature " crossover" style, blending elements of classical and popular music with beautiful melodies that convey a sense of peace and touch the heart of the listener.

Her most recent album, Starlight Reflection (2015) is a soothing collection of soft and reflective piano solos; Southampton Sunset (2008) has a range of styles from new age to soft jazz and lyrical ballads; and her first album, Dreamsongs(2000) is based on a melody that was heard in a dream.

Jane Leslie has been honored with several ASCAP award for her music, and holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Juilliard School, and a Doctoral degree from Manhattan School of Music. Her compositions include piano solos and duets, music for voice, strings, woodwinds and various ensembles. Her music has been performed in concert by notable musicians; her recordings have been featured on the internet, in radio broadcasts and podcasts. Jane's music has been enjoyed b a wide variety of audiences throughout the world.


Student Club 88

Student Club 88 will be held on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at the locust  Valley Library Community Rom at 2:30 pm approximate time. Final time will be announced later. $10/student; 15 minutes laying time/teacher. Joe Graziose is chairing this event.

Please email hem your selections at least 2 weeks before event. Joe prefers checks be sent to his address before Jan. 26, but fees can be accepted day of.


DUES for this Year are $45. If you haven't already paid, please send your check, payable to "APTLI" to

 Vern Kenney
126 So. 11th Street
New Hyde Park NY 11040
or pay at the 10/16 meeting.

Renew by OCT. 31 so you can be listed in the member Directory for 2019-2020, Thank You.

Oct. 16 , 2019

Miranda Wong
Topic: "Pedaling"
Miranda will talk about the factors and principles of pedaling, based on the research she did for her doctoral dissertation: " a Comparison of Piano Pedaling Literature". Pedaling had been a big problem of hers so she selected this topic to learn what she could about pedaling. Knowledge of the factor and principles might allow a pianist to make pedaling decisions which would help bring an interpretation to life, and also adjust to different performance conditions.

Miranda Wong is originally from Hong Kong. Although her mother was not her formal piano teacher, se learned repertoire listening to her mother's students play while she was doing here homework in the next room.

She received her BA in Psychology from Bryn Mawr College and EDD in Music Ed. from Teachers College, Columbia Univ. Miranda enjoys performing and throughout those years she sought performance opportunities whenever she could - playing solos, chamber music, musical and concertos with orchestra.

Beyond studying pedagogy with Dr. Robert Pace, she advocated teaching in dyads and also comprehensive Musicianship in the piano lesson, she continually seeks opportunities to become a better musician, performer and teacher. She too courses in Dalcroze, read tons of books on choral teaching for her work with the church's adult and children's choirs, sat in on all her daughters' instrumental lessons, and studied the Taubman Method with Edna Golandsky for many years.

It was while at Teachers college that she was diagnosed with focal dystonia in her right. that was to beset her for decades, at one point she was unable to put her hand to the piano without clenching. Two years ago she finally started feeling completely free from tightness in her hand when she played. the journey to complete comfort has been up and down, but Miranda is grateful to God each time she is able to play, accompany, teach and coach.


On Wednesday, Nov.6 There will be a Club 88 workshop meeting at 10:30 at the home of Barbara Riss. This is an opportunity for members to play works in progress for a discerning audience and get constructive feedback. Please RSVP: 516-484-0462


DUES for this Year are $45. If you haven't already paid, please send your check, payable to "APTLI" to

 Vern Kenney
126 So. 11th Street
New Hyde Park NY 11040
or pay at the 10/16 meeting.

Renew by OCT. 31 so you can be listed in the member Directory for 2019-2020, Thank You.

Sept. 18 , 2019

Alexander Wu
Topic: " Side By Side - A Musical Journey Through Time"
A tribute to women composers and their male contemporaries

Alexander Wu is both a pianist and arranger. From the traditional to jazz classics, he performs on the international stages as a piano soloist and chamber player. The Washington Post hails, " Wu is uncommonly attractive and entertaining.. his introduction to each piece was handled beautifully as he manages a comfortable balance of the formal and of the casual..."

Wu has given numerous concerts, master classes and workshops on both coasts with recent performances in Weill Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Bard College, Merkin Concert Hall, Bargemusic, Mannes College, Brooklyn College, City College and Hofstra University and elsewhere. He has also appeared internationally both as a soloist, chamber player and with orchestras.

His live performances and interviews have been featured on radio and television. recordings include Four Hand Band with Sasha Papernik and his solo CD's: Bach to the Future: Classical & Jazz Piano and Rhythm Road Across the Americas. These and other recordings are available at Amazon.com.

A California native, Mr. Wu resides and teaches privately in Manhattan. He has served on the faculty of City College and as Artist in Residence at the Black Bear Conservatory of Music in northeastern Pennsylvania.


On Wednesday, Nov.6 There will be a Club 88 workshop meeting at 10:30 at the home of Barbara Riss. This is an opportunity for members to play works in progress for a discerning audience and get constructive feedback.


DUES for this Year are $45. If you haven't already paid, please send your check, payable to "APTLI" to Vern Kenney
126 So. 11th Street
New Hyde Park NY 11040
or pay at the 9/18 meeting.

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