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Member Events, 2018–2019


Saturday, September 29, 2018, 2:00p

Shawn’s Piano Showroom, Hartford, CT

This much awaited lecture recital will center around the Schumann Kinderszenen op. 15. Ms. Vallecillo will discuss Schumann’s unique style including voicing, dynamics, tempi and technical issues. She will demonstrate by performing the complete Scenes from Childhood.

Pianist Irma Vallecillo has appeared in concert with some of the most distinguished artists of this century, including Yo Yo Ma, Benny Goodman, Richard Stoltzman, Julius Baker, David Shifrin, Nathaniel Rosen, Bethany Beardslee, and Benita Valente. She has performed across the U.S., Europe, and Japan at such halls and festivals as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Ravinia Festival, Hollywood Bowl, Casals Festival, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Chamber Music Northwest, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, and Aspen Music Festival. She has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Louisville Orchestra, Utah Symphony, and Casals Festival Orchestra, among others.

Vallecillo’s extensive repertoire spans every style from baroque to contemporary. She has premiered more than 30 works. B.S., The Juilliard School; M.M., University of Southern California. Her past teachers include Adele Marcus, Angelica von Sauer, and Joanna Graudan. She has recorded on RCA, Louisville Orchestra, Moss Music, Delos, Desmar, Orion, Laurel, Avanti, Albany, Cambria. She is former faculty of the New England Conservatory, UConn, Hartt School, UCLA, Aspen Music Festival, Vassar College. Former artistic director of the Irving S. Gilmore Keyboard Festival and the piano and chamber music programs of the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan.

We are honored to have Irma come and share her talents with CSMTA. Free for all CSMTA members and their guests! Reception to follow.

Welcome Back Brunch (Potluck)

2018–2019 Season Friday, October 12, 2018, 10:30-12:30p

Lucy Robbins Welles Library, 95 Cedar Street, Newington, CT.

It will be a great way to meet members who have a bundle of knowledge about all our programs, and a great time to share experiences and stories. If you are a new member, we would love to meet you! Please RSVP by October 5 to rrcpva@tfdtrjk.evkAnne Lee. (It is a potluck, so please feel free to bring a dish to share or not.)

CSMTA State Conference

Saturday, November 3, 2018, 8:30-5:00p

CSMTA will hold a conference at the Evergreen Woods, Concert Hall, 88 Notch Hill Road, North Branford, CT 06471. The conference will include a performance and masterclass with Lisa Moore, Pre-K Core Piano Literacy with Felicia Feng Zhang, and Keynote Speaker Jane Magrath.

Download the Registration paperwork.

Member Share: Technique

Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 10:30a

Anne Lee’s House

Members share their experience and knowledge about how, when and why to introduce specific piano technique. Members are encouraged to demonstrate, ask questions, and bring favorite technique materials to share with colleagues.

For more information please contact mtagdke7564@oayomef.zqf Houry Schmeizl, Member events Chair.

Master Class with Fabio Witkowski

Saturday, February 16, 2019, 2:00p

The Hotchkiss School, snow date TBA.

Fabio Witkowski is the program director of the Piano Portal. As both Chair of The Hotchkiss School Music Department and an accomplished professional pianist, Fabio’s commitment to developing musical students of all levels while simultaneously challenging exceptional musicians to continue to grow as artists and performers has made Hotchkiss a leader in attracting exceptional musicians and teachers.

A native of Brazil, Witkowski began his piano career at the age of six. Since then, he has been performing extensively throughout the world. Mr. Witkowski has given solo recitals in the Czech Republic, Brazil, Italy, China, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Boston, Hartford, Chicago, New York and Washington, DC. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Santo Andre Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra L’Estro Armonico, the Hartt Symphony Orchestra, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the São Bernardo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Paulista Symphony Orchestra. In Brazil, he received the first prize at the renowned Villa-Lobos Piano Competition, as well as the Lorenzo Fernandez Piano Competition. He has been awarded the first prize at the Connecticut State Music Teachers Association’s Young Artist Piano Concerto Competition, and received third prize, as well as an award for the best Stravinsky performance, in the Ibla Grand Prize International Piano Competition, in Italy.

He has performed at the Tanglewood Institute, the Liszt and Wagner International Festival, in Italy, the Prague International Piano Festival, Festival de Musica de Girona, in Spain, and the Liszt Festival, in Rio de Janeiro. For the past four years he has been a guest artist and piano faculty at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy, having shared the stage with renowned pianists such as Bobby Roux, Ian Robson, Luiz de Moura Castro and Paul Badura-Skoda. He appeared in chamber recitals with the Grammy-Award winning Emerson String Quartet, the Fine Arts Quartet, the Adaskin Trio, and with Mr. Robert deMaine, principal cellist of the Detroit Symphony.

For More information regarding student repertoire, level, and other details please contact dkrxubv7564@frpfdvw.qhw Houry Schmeizl, Member events Chair.

Book Club: The Piano Teacher’s Legacy by Richard Chronister

Monday, April 22, 2019, 10:00a

Suzan Korman’s House, Glastonbury

Featuring: The Piano Teacher’s Legacy by Richard Chronister

Richard Chronister was one of the pedagogy greats of his time. During the last forty years of the 20th century, he was a driving force for better piano teaching and better training of piano teachers. His influence reached from large universities to small independent studios, and his name was linked with both the most basic principles and the most recent research. His accomplishments were legendary. He started the first university degree program in piano pedagogy, served on six different faculties, and developed a new piano method. He was co-founder of the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy and the founder and editor of Keyboard Companion magazine. All his professional life he asked searching questions, such as: How can I build on children's innate love of music? How can I teach so that my students keep learning, practicing and making music? How can I teach my students to become independent learners? What can I apply to my teaching from discoveries of the past and of my own time? How can I become an acute observer of what my students are doing? And of what teachers whom I observe are doing? And of what I am doing as a teacher? This compendium contains Chronister's best answers to these questions and many more. They come from his articles, addresses and lectures. Whether speaking or writing, his style is always lucid, informal and engaging. He never pretends to have the final answer, and invited his audience to consider his advice and reach their own conclusions. This book deserves a place in the library of every serious piano teacher!

For more information please contact cjqwtau7564@eqoecuv.pgv Houry Schmeizl, Member events Chair.

Annual Meeting

June, TBD