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2023 FESTIVAL

THE 12TH ANNUAL PIANO FESTIVAL – 2023

Sondra Tammam and David Witten, Festival Co-Directors

Leshowitz Recital Hall, Cali School of Music and Livestream via Zoom
Montclair State University
June 23-25, 2023

 

FRIDAY, June 23, 2023

9:00am – 9:30 LOBBY REGISTRATION and Video: A Dorothy Taubman Master Class
9:30 - 9:45 Welcome and ZOOM INVITATIONS (Witten & Tammam)
9:45 – 10:30 Christina Paolucci - “Limber Tone” A session designed to augment one’s

                     study and awareness of body mechanics.

10:30 – 11:30 Father Paul Maillet – “Examples of the Walking Hand and Arm, and Shaping

                       in the Chopin Preludes, Opus 28”

11:30 – Noon Sondra Tammam - Question and Answers at the Keyboard with Musical

                      excerpts and Audience Participation

Noon – 1pm LUNCH BREAK
1:00 - 1:45 Dr. David Witten – “SHAPING – and the importance of CURVES in piano playing”
1:45 - 2:35 Masterclass – 1:45-2:05 Jason Zielinski (Ravel - Sonatine - 3rd Movement)
                                          2:05-2:35 Alexander Liu - Pre-College Scholarship Award
                                         (Mozart - Sonata in B-flat, K. 570)

2:35 – 2:45 BREAK
2:45 – 3:45 Ben Steinhardt - “Is it possible to rotate for every note at the piano? –
                   a whole–body look at the amazing power of rotation”
3:45 – 4:30 Dan Crisci - Playing Jazz from a Lead Sheet: Exploring Irving Berlin’s
4:30 – 5:30 Masterclass: Ben Steinhardt

                   4:30 Jayden Adams (Grieg - Notturno, Op. 54, No. 4)
                   4:50 Ilya Verashnia - (Sergei Taneyev - Prelude and Fugue in G-sharp Minor)

 

SATURDAY, June 24, 2023

8:30am - 9:00 LOBBY REGISTRATION and Video: A Dorothy Taubman Master Class
9:00 - 9:15 Welcome and ZOOM INVITATIONS (Witten & Tammam)
9:15 – 9:45 Jackie Herbein – “Body Alignment principles on and off the bench” Part One
9:45 – 10:15 Sondra Tammam - “The Synergy of Memory and Interdependence

                     of the Hands”

10:15 – 10:30 BREAK
10:30 - 11:10 Masterclass – David Witten

10:30 -10:50 Isha Patel (Gillock - Autumn Sketch)
10:50 – 11:10 Arnob Mitra (Debussy - Arabesque No. 1)

11:15 – 11:35 Father Paul Maillet -

11:15 – 11:35 Malav Vachhani (Berkovich - Russian Song)

11:35 – 1pm LUNCH BREAK
1:00 – 3:15 Ann Schein - MASTER CLASS SCHOLARSHIP Recipients
                                         Prof. Phillip Kawin Memorial Award to XIYUE HUANG
                                        (Schubert - Drei Klavierstücke, D. 946)
                                         Dr. Nozomi Yamaguchi Memorial Award to JISOO SHIN
                                        (Haydn - Sonata in F Major, HOB.XVI:23)

3:15 - 4:00 BREAK

4:00 - 5:30 TIFFANY POON Solo Recital: Live in Leshowitz Recital Hall

 

SUNDAY, June 25, 2023

8:30am - 9:00 LOBBY REGISTRATION
9:00 - 9:15 Welcome and ZOOM INVITATIONS (Witten & Tammam)
9:15 – 10:00 Jackie Herbein – “Body Alignment principles on and off the bench” Part Two
10:00 - 10:10 BREAK
10:10 - 11:00 Open Lessons with David Witten

10:10 - 10:30 Shavani Patel - ZOOM (Mozart - Fantasia in D Minor, K.397)
10:30 – 11:00 Nicholas Kim - Pre-College Scholarship Award

                      (Rachmaninoff - Moment Musical Op.16, No. 4 in E Minor)

11:00 – NOON Nancy Modell – Lesser-Known Piano Gems for Children

                        by American Women Composers
                        Donovan Chiao, Everett Chiao, Ellie She, & Sebastian Soloff, participating students

NOON - 1:00 LUNCH BREAK
1:00 - 2:00 Solving Problem Spots in Repertoire, Examples from Participants –

                  Sondra Tammam
1:00- 1:20 Matthew Bongcaron (Burgmuller - Ballade Op. 100, No. 15)
1:20- 1:40 Mio Aw-Yong (Haydn - Sonata in D Major, XVI:37)
2:00 - 2:25 Open Lesson with Younger Students - Nancy Modell
                  Oliver Boyte, age 6 (S. Suzuki - Allegro)

2:30 – 3:10 Open lessons for the High School Student with Father Paul Maillet
2:30 - 2:50 Robert Zielinski (Chopin - Fantasie-Impromptu)
2:50 - 3:10 Arwin Ekobote – ZOOM (M. Nevin - Buzzing Bee)

3:15 - 4:00 BREAK
4:00 - 5:30 ANN SCHEIN Solo Recital: Live in Leshowitz Recital Hall

5:45 – 6:00 FACULTY AND STAFF – Farewell Remarks & CONCLUSION

 

 

Dorothy Taubman’s approach to the piano presents principles of coordinated motion that unburden the hands and unleash the spirit.

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