2017 -2018 SEASON
Feb. 20, 2019
Program: Member Showcase
Our talented members
present a musical Program.
Do come and listen to your colleagues
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"
STUDENT CLUB 88
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
Program: NELSON OJEDA
Topic: Technique, Musicianship and Repertoire: The well-tempered
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
ALEXANDER A. WU
Topic: "Bach to
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