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Feb. 20, 2019

Program: Member Showcase

Our talented members present a musical Program.
Do come and listen to your colleagues perform

Miranda Wong - J.S. Bach: "English Suite #2 in a minor  BWV807"

Barbara Riss -  Beethevon: "Sonata Op.10, NO.1 in c minor 3rd Mvt. - Finale"

Patricia Jones Faure: "Impromptu #3 A flat, op 34"

Joan Coester - Turina: "Seleted pieces from The Circus"

Naomi Lehman - Piazzolla: "3 tangos"
                        Ginastera: "Danzas Argentinas"


Our yearly event took place Sunday evening, January 27th, at Frank & Camille's Keyboard Center, Melville, NY. It was a varied and interesting program and all were treated to a variety of student ages and repertoire. There was a supportive atmosphere in the room and many stayed for the social hour of refreshments immediately following. A total of 20 students performed, including several adults. Participating teachers included Diana Calabrese, Tina Pai, Patricia Chen-Jones , Vern Kenney, Francine Gabay and Myself.           

                                                               ----  Joseph Graziose, Student Club 88 Chair


Our student Recital is again being held at the Jericho Library

Auditions: Saturday, May 18
Recital Program: Saturday, June 1

Start preparing your participants. Address questions to Naomi. Appiications will be available at the February meeting on 2/20 or can be requested from Naomi lehman. Appiccations must be received in writing.

The new APTLI Member Directory is included with this mailing. Thank you to everyone who has renewed . Please report any corrections or changes to Miranda Wong.


Jan 16, 2019


Topic: Technique, Musicianship and Repertoire: The well-tempered lesson plan.
Introducing Spanish repertoire to intermediate students.

Nelson Ojeda has been a soloist with the Southeast Symphony playing Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto; the Pacific Symphony Orchestra playing Saint-Saens "Carnival of the Animals" and California State University Fullerton Wind Ensemble Playing Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" on a tour of Japan.

His solo recitals include Debussy's 150th Anniversary at Symphony Space, Steinway Hall in Los Angeles and Fundacion Juan March (Madrid). His chamber concerts include performances of the 2-piano version of Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" at Yon Sei University in Seoul; a duo piano recital of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert at the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt (Austria); a concert of American composers in Alcala de Henares (Spain); and Brahms Quintet Opus 34 with Cuarteto Assai, broadcast live on RTVE Spanish Radio.

Mr. Ojeda has premiered works by composers Tom Liddell and David Meckler at Voces Novae New Music Festival and works by Carlos Carillo and Desmar Guevara at Pregones Theatre in Bronx and at MACLA (Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americano) in San Jose, CA. He is featured in the recordings of composers Greg Lawrence and Paul Bailey.
His solo album "Espana" has been released under the label Louis Ferdinand Productions. Mr. Ojeda holds degrees for California State University, and Manhattan School of Music with additional studies at the Juilliard School and Mannes College of Music. His primary teachers have been Earl Voorhees, Susan Svreck and Constance Keene.

He has been on the faculty at Mt. San Antonio College, Rio Hondo College and Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts. and has taught master classes at CAMDA (California Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts), Escuela de Musica Adora Calvo (Madrid) and several independent music school internationally.


STUDENT CLUB 88- Jan.27, 2019

Date and Time: Sunday, Jan. 27, after 5PM
Place:  Frank & Camilles. 482 RTE.110, Melville NY
1. Time limit of 15 minutes per teacher.
No time limit on any one piece. Duets 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. 13, Provide teacher name, student name and age,
piece(s) with title, composer and timing. Checks must be received by Jan. 20.
Joe Graziose
19 Irving Ave.
N. Babylon, NY 11703


Nov 21, 2018

Program: Francine Gabay
Topic: The Ins and Outs and the Do's and Don'ts of NYSSMA

Francine Gaby\ay is a dedicated Piano and Voice teacher with a wide range of experience in teachig both. She holds a Masters Degree in Music Education from Brooklyn College. She taught voice and voice production in elementary, middle and high schools while living in Brooklyn.

After having been on the faculty of MS211 for thirty years, she transferred to Fort Hamilton H. S. where she was the Director of beginning Chorus, the Fort Hamilton Chorale and the advanced Chamber Singers. Her Classes sang for NYSSMA each year and were evaluated as Outstanding at Major festivals.

Under the guidance of Lawrence Laurenzano, Francine Became Musical Director of the High School productions of " Fiddler on the Roof", "Gypsy", " A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum", "Oklanhoma", " Pajama Game " and others.

In 2000, Ms. Gabay became a certified Piano Adjudicator for NYSSMA, followed by Certification in Voice and All-State Voice. She currently teaches Voice and Piano in her studio in Merrick and is a accompanist for Solo Evaluations for NYSSMA. She was an accompanist for All-County performances and is currently an accompanist in the Valley Stream District. In addition Ms Gabay is a Vice President of APTLI and the Treasurer of Suffolk Piano Teachers Forum.

Oct. 17, 2018

Program: Pat Cestaro
Topic: Note Reading and how to make learning a succssful experience for children

Pat Cestaro is a piano teacher in Northport, NY. Her focus is on working with students who learn "outside the box". The majority of her piano students are exceptional learners.

An Important part of Pat's work is developing and presenting programs for music teachers and music students. She is a frequent presenter at state and local conferences and school districts, as will as New York University and Long Island University. Her book, Easy to Teach Easy to Learn, is a pre-primer for children who learn differently.

Pat is chairperson for the Western Suffolk Guild audition site and has teacher certification from the American College of Musicians. She is co-founder of Noteworthy, the Northport-Huntington piano teachers group, as well a being a member of both the Suffolk Piano Teachers Forum and the Association of Piano Teachers of Long Island.


Sept 19, 2018

Topic: "Bach to the Future"
A piano repertoire guide of classical to modern music.
Teaching the history, style, technique and interpretation to students from intermediate to Advanced levels.

Alexander Wu is both a pianist and arranger. From the traditional to he 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 others. He has also appeared internationally both as a soloist, chamber player, and with orchestras. In 2009 he performed and conducted a series of recitals and master classes of Spanish and Latin American music by invitation from the Spanish Embassy in Paraguay.

His live performances and interviews have been featured on radio and television. Recordings include Four Hand Band with Sasha Papernik and his solos CD's, Bach to the Future: Classical & Jazz Piano and Rhythm Road across the Americas. There and other recordings are available on 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 Northeaster Pennsylvania.


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