Announcing the 2021-2022 Season

 

We are pleased to announce our events for the upcoming season. Unless otherwise stated venues (online or in-person) are TBD dependent on the Covid situation.

 

November Recital: Easton Library*

 

Recital Date: Saturday, Nov 20th (Multiple groups if necessary beginning at 1:15 pm)

 

Registration deadline: Wednesday, November 10th

 

Repertoire: Classical repertoire and music by pedagogical composers. Pieces must be memorized.

 

Chair: Olga Stelman

 

**Limited to 8 participants per group. Proof of vaccination is required for this event for all adult visitors. For more info click 'Recitals'

 

Fall Concert: Celebrating Diversity

 

Concert Date: Sunday, Nov 21st (early afternoon)

 

Registration deadline: Sunday, November 7th

 

For our Fall concert this year we are pleased to host our second annual concert celebrating composers of African, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous backgrounds. Memory is not required.  For those looking for ideas a list of recommended composers and repertoire collections an email will be sent out soon. 

 

Chair: Benjamin Steinhardt

 

Festival Audition

 

The goal of this festival is to provide recognition to talented and motivated students who can prepare for an evaluated audition, and who are confident enough to perform in public. It is open to students of voice, piano and all other instruments.

Students who intend to participate in CSMTA's Deborah Kahan Competition are NOT eligible to perform in this event.

 

Festival Date: Saturday 12/11 or Sunday 12/12 (TBD)

 

Registration deadline: Friday, November 29th

 

Chair: Andrew Gordon

 

36th Annual Deborah Kahan Competition

 

This competition is open Piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar; soloists, duos, or any combination of piano and strings.  Students must be between the age of 6 and 18. Students prepare two contrasting pieces in period and style from the standard Classical repertoire.

 

Competition Date: Sunday, January 30th

 

Winner's recital: Sunday, February 6th

 

Submission Deadline: Saturday, January 8th

 

Co-chairs: Hiroko Dutton and Kumiko Imamura

 

Pops Concert!

 

Concert Date: Sunday, February 13th (early afternoon)

 

Repertoire: Any music outside the classical canon. Pop Songs, Movie/TV/Video Game Themes, Jazz, and Broadway are all welcome. Using sheet music is allowed. Selections should be under 5 minutes.

 

Registration Deadline: Sunday, January 30th

 

Chair: Benjamin Steinhardt

 

Spring Showcase Recital

 

Recital Date: Sunday, May 15th (early afternoon)

 

Submission deadline: Friday, April 29th

 

Repertoire: Classical repertoire and music by pedagogical composers. Pieces must be memorized.

 

Chair: Hiroko Dutton

 

M.A.P. (Music Achievement Program)

 

Saturday, June 5th

 

The MAP (Musicianship Achievement Program) is directed at students of CSMTA teachers and offers both a Performance and Theory section. Held annually, students can choose to participate in the Full MAP (both performance and theory) or just the Theory exam. With a total of 10 levels, students have the opportunity to perform memorized pieces, display keyboard skills and demonstrate written/aural awareness in accordance with the prescribed MAP syllabus.

 

Chair: Seray Goktekin

 

We look forward to seeing you and your students soon!

Masterclass with Dr. Paul Wirth

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On Sunday, April 19th @ 11 am a masterclass was held on Zoom led by Dr. Paul Wirth (Northwestern University - Minnesota). 

The participants were:

Lina Elwood

Beethoven: Sonata in f, Op. 2-1, IV. Prestissimo 

 

Leon Wang

Liszt : Notturno No.3, “Liebestraum"

Shalev Weber

Mozart: Sonata in C, K.279, I. Allegro

Thank you to our performers and their teachers for their exceptional preparation. Dr. Wirth was an exemplar of great piano teaching: encouraging and kind to each student, illuminating each score with his knowledge and expertise.

You can read more about Dr. Paul Wirth here.

36th Deborah Kahan Competition Winners Circle

0:10 Yuanmei Zhao

4:27 Avigail Kohl

6:31 Mirah Chang

9:20  Giora Nadav

13:53  Eric Jansa

16:54. Lina Elwood

19:30 Abigail Chang

22:46  Mindy Zhao

32:36  Avery Cotton

35:26  Shalev Weber

39:13 Melody Cui

45:52 Nicole Razhanskiy

53:55 Stephanie Chang

59:39 Willa Brasch

This year’s distinguished adjudicators were :

 

Piano Section: Mr. Randall Hodgkinson and Dr. Lois Shapiro      

String Section: Mr. Jaroslaw Lis and Ms. Naoko Tanaka.

Piano Winners

Avigail Kohl...Chopin : Valse Op. 64-2

Mirah Chang...Debussy : Dr. Gradus ad Parnassum

Giora Nadav...Beethoven : Sonata Op. 10-1, I mov.

Eric Jansa...Ginastera : Rondo Special Award

Lina Elwood...Poulenc : Toccata

Abigail Chang...J.S.Bach : Well-Tempered Clavier, C minor BWV847

Avery Cotton...Chopin : Etude Op.10-12

Shalev Weber..Rachmaninoff : Prelude in E flat major, Op. 23-6

Melody Cui...Ravel : Alborada del gracioso

Stephanie Chang...Beethoven : Sonata Op. 7 I mov. Special Award

 

Honorable Mention

Tina Zhang

Aiden Scwaller

Ahan Ghosh-Rao

Keshav Kaushik Gopal

Anna Fiorito

Jeffrey Liang

 

Strings Winners

Yuanmei Zhao...Vivaldi : Concerto Op. 3 RV356 I.

Mindy Zhao...Saint-Saens : Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso Op. 28

Nicole Razhansky...Wieniawski : Concerto #2 Op. 22 I mov.

Willa Brasch...J. S. Bach : Sonata in g, BWV1001, II Fuga

 

Honorable Mention

Isabella Mariani

Zach Bishop

 

Teachers of Winners

Yoshie Akimoto, Svitlana Fiorito, Kumiko Imamura, Dan Nadav, Benjamin Steinhardt (piano)

Teri Einfeldt, Marina Kitaychik (strings)

Congratulations to all the winners and participating teachers!

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