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  2016 -2017 SEASON  Archives
May 16, 2018

Topic: "Am Open-Ended  Approach:
Integrating Contemporary Materials and Attitudes
in Early and Intermediate Teaching"


Blanche Abram, pianist and co-founder of the American Chamber Ensemble, has performed in solos and chamber music concerts in New York City's major halls ( Weill Hall, Merkin Hall, Kaufman Hall at the 92nd Street Y, BAM, Town Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall), throughout Eastern United States including the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., at many universities and in the Caribbean as wee as on television and radio including stations WQXR, WNYC, WFUV and NEWS 12. She has recorded on the Leonarda, Elysium, Gasparo, Sound-spells, 4-Tay and Dionysian labels.

Blanche Abram is adjunct Senior professor of Music at Hofstra University, was a faculty member of NYU division of Continuing Education, and a long time faculty member of the prestigious 92nd Street Y, which award her a citation for "outstanding contributions to the work and the ideals of the "y" through her dedicated artistry and pedagogy." She received the 1998 Pathfinder Award for Excellence in the arts in recognition of her work as "performer, teacher , Lecturer and community arts activist" and in 2007, the Long Island Music Hall of Fame Award for outstanding contribution to Long Island's musical heritage". In 2011 professor Abram was presented with the George M. Estabrook Award for Distinguished Service to Hofstra University. Honored by the Music Teachers National Association with the designation of "Master Teacher", she has lectured and given master classes both in the US and in England She is also the author of numerous articles published in CLAVIER, PIANO AND KEYBOARD, the NYS Teachers Newsletter, Long Island Parenting and others. A former student of Heida Hermanns and Isabella Vengerova, Blanche Abram is the subject of  a chapter in Beloved Tyranna: the Legacy of Isabella Vengerova by Joseph Rezits ( Indiana University Press ) and is represented in American Keyboard Artists and Numerous other publications.


April 18, 2018

Program: Eleni Traganas
Topic: "Chromosynesthesia-Music and Color"

An acclaimed concert pianist, author, visual artist and composer. Eleni Traganas's varied and award-winning activities have amassed accolades from the international press and have been listed in Who's Who in America and other biographical publication.

Born in New York City, Ms.. Traganas holds degrees from Juilliard. With postgraduate studies at Volkwang Musikhochschule in Essen, Germany and Switzerland's Lucerne Conservatory, her mentors have included such luminaries as Nadia Reisenberg, Paul Badura-Skoda, Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Berveridge Webster and Eugene List.

Her deep affinity for the Romantic repertoire has led to innumerable appearances in all Chopin and all Russian recitals and lectures in Carnegie Recital Hall, a concert which THE NEW YORK TIMES applauded for its "volatile Temperament, intensity, and impressive dramatic impetus", Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall in NYC; London's Wigmore Hall (" An impressively assured performance", THE FINANCIAL TIMES); Berlin ("Ethereal clarity...exuberant brilliance", BERLINER MORGEN POST); Athens and many of the major music capitals of Europe, where she has also performed under the aegis of the U.S. State Department. She has given the first performance in Greece of Sriabin's Piano Concerto with the Northern State Orchestra, and has appeared with the Chamber Orchestra of Salonika, the Israeli Sinfonietta, the Athens State Orchestra, the Municipal Concerts Orchestra, and other ensembles. Recordings include EMI-Athens, WDR West German Broadcasting Co. Cologne, which featured the premiere performance of her original piano transcription of Rachmaninoff's "Isle of The Dead", National Radio & Television of Greece, WQXR and many others.

Her compositions has been praised by THE AMERICAN ORGANIST and NEW YORK TIMES critic and composer Ernest Lubin called her 1st publication, a 4-movement Suite for piano written at age 12, "a masterly work of absolute individuality", Her novel, Twelfth House, received high acclaim from the literary press and, as an award-winning fine artist, her works have appeared in over 40 Nationally curated museums and galleries. Throughout her career, Eleni Traganas has been the grateful recipient o generous sponsorship the enthusiastic patrons of the arts.


February 21, 2018

Program: Eleanor M. Nelson
Topic: "Prepare for performance"

Eleanor Mandell Nelson, a native of Detroit, Michigan, is a versatile artist whose performing career includes performances through out the United States. A scholarship student at the Juilliard School, she studied with Arthur Newstead. She earned her Master of Music Ed. at Columbia Teacher's College. Other coaches included Simon Barere, Madam Helen Barere and Konrad Wolff.

She made her first appearance as a soloist with the Detroit Symphony at the age of fifteen. Other solo appearances include the Chicago and Cleveland Orchestras. In addition, her career includes performances as a recitalist and collaborative pianist with instrumentalists and vocalists. Ms. Nelson was the pianist with the L'Amore de Musica Chamber Ensemble. She has toured under the auspices of the National Music League and Concert Artists Guild. Included in her many New York appearances are performances at Merkin and Weill Recital Halls and WQXR and WNYC.

Interested in presenting new music, Ms. Nelson has been heard in recital at the NYU Graduate Center and in concerts sponsored the Long Island Composer's Alliance. She served on the Piano, Piano Ensemble and Pedagogy faculties at Montclair State University where she originated their first Piano Pedagogy curriculum as required by all piano majors. In addition she served on the Piano and Theory faculties of Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn.

In 2012 she retired from Juilliard's Pre-College Division, where she had been a faculty member since 1979. She is still involved in music, concertizing as a soloist, duo-pianist and collaborative pianist.

Student Recital
 Our student recital is again being held at the Jericho Library
Auditions: Saturday, May 19
Recital Program: Saturday, June 2

Start considering your participants. Naomi has applications.


January 21, 2018

Student Club 88

Date and Time: Sunday, Jan 21, 4-6 PM
Place: Frank & Camille's, 482 Rte. 110 Melville
1. Time Limit of 15 minutes per teacher. No time limit on any one piece. Duet are invited.
2. Students need to be fluent at their piece.
3. Dress as for school.
4. $10 fee per student (check to "APTLI')
5. Socializing after the playing.
Apply to Joe Graziose by email or snail mail by Jan. 7,
Provide teacher name, student name and age, piece (s) with title, composer and timing.
Checks must be received by Jan 14, 2018.

Joe Graziose
11 Irving Avenue,
N. Babylon, NY 11703


January 18, 2018

Program: Member Showcase and Round Table Discussion

The Member Showcase is an opportunity for our talented members to perform. If you haven't already told Vern of your interest, please call her at 516-326-3122.

The Round Table offer a chance to bring your questions and concerns about piano teaching to this always lively and stimulating discussion. Our members have lots of expertise and experience and are happy to share their ideas and suggestions. There is much to e learned by attending.


December , 2017 No Meeting
November 15, 2017

Program: Dr. Dmitri Novgorodsky
Topic: "The Piano Curriculum at Ithaca College."

Dr. Dmitri Novgorodsky Joined the Ithaca College School of Music as an Assistant professor in August 2015. His pedagogical experience comprises more than 14 years of university teaching. His former students have continued their graduate studies at Juilliard, Manhattan School of music, New England Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music and other prestigious schools. He has been on the piano faculty at Grand Valley State niversity, University of Wisconsin, Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, Jerusalem Academy of Music, and SUNY Fredonia School of Music.

Hailed by the press as a "breathtaking" and "stunning" pianist, Dr. Novgorodsky was born to a musical family in Odess, Ukraine. He began to play the piano at age 5 and was admitted into a special music school for gifted children a year later. By age 16 he had won the 1st. Prize at the Kazakhstan National Piano Competition, and later the Gold Medal of the national Festival of the Arts. After graduating from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with high honors in 1990, he immigrated to Israel in 1991. In 1992 he was offered a full scholarship for advanced studies at Yale University School of Music, where he earned Master of Music, Master of Musical Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. He has performed extensively in the US and abroad. He has also made recordings and premiered new works.


October 18, 2017

Program: Juliana Han
Topic: "Pedaling. My life trajectory and unconventional music background."

Pianist Juliana Han is an active collaborator, chamber musician and soloist, lauded not only for her thoughtful and inspired performances but also for her musical lectures, which have introduced classical works to diverse audiences. Ms. Han has performed in New York's major venues, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Merkin Hall, as well as in other notable venues across the country. Her festival appearances include the Music Academy of the West, Norfolk Chamber Music festival and Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival.

A life- long believer of how music can bring about societal change, Ms. Han is the founder of several arts organizations that unify music with disparate fields, such as medicine. Most recently, she is a founder and director of the Piedmont chamber Music Festival, an Annual summer festival in the Bay Area featuring internationally renowned performers and a growing community engagement program. Juliana is currently a full scholarship C.V. Starr doctoral fellow at the Juilliard School in their collaborative piano program. Ms Han also holds degrees in Biochemistry and law, both from Harvard University, and has worked as a biotech specialist at L.E.K. Consulting and as a corporate attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moor.

We expect to have a Student Club 88 workshop in January or February. More information should be in the next newsletter. If you have any questions contact Joe Graziose: 631-587-7590

Dates of the  2018  student recital have been secured at the Jericho Library. The Auditions Saturday, May 19, and the Recital Program Saturday, June 2. As the years progresses, think of which of your students might participate.


Sept 20, 2017

Topic: " Technical Development for Young Piano Students"

Ester Chung Marks is a dedicated teacher with a wide range of experiences. She has been on the faculty of Usdan School of Performing Arts, the pre-College Chamber Music Program at Stony Brook University, and was certified as teacher in the Yamaha Education System. Ms. Marks has appeared in solo and chamber music performances throughout the US, Europe and Numerous venues in the NY metropolitan area. From 1994 to 2015 she was the pianist for the North Shore Pro-Musica chamber ensemble and continues to work as a soloist, collaborative pianist and recording artist.

Ms Marks has won numerous honors including Young Artists Awards from the Fresno Philharmonic and the Peninsula Symphony and was the winner in the concerto competitions of the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra, the Oklahoma Symphony and the Austin Civic Orchestra.

She holds a Master's degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Redlands in California, both in piano performance. Ms. Marks studied privately with Edna Golandsky, the leading exponent of the work of Dorothy Taubman.

Ms. Marks is an adjudicator for the National Piano Guild and Chairperson of the Setauket-Stony Brook audition center as well as Vice-President of the SPTF. She has premiered many new works, including those of composer-husband Kent Marks. Her piano studio is in Port Jefferson Station. Many of her private students have won prizes and honors.

Dates of the  2018  student recital have been secured at the Jericho Library. The Auditions Saturday, May 19, and the Recital Program Saturday, June 2. As the years progresses, think fo which of your students might participate.


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