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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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