Saturday, October 19, 2019

General Meeting and Speaker Dr. Rebecca Pennington October 18, 2019 at Jacobs Music in Doylestown

The Bucks County Association of Piano Teachers held its fall meeting on Friday, October 18, 2019 at 9:30 at Jacobs Music in Doylestown, PA, followed by a presentation by speaker Dr. Rebecca Pennington.

 Carole and Jennifer
 Phyllis and Addie
 Irina and Keith (Jacobs Music)

Dr. Pennington's Presentation was Teaching Young Children 3 1/2-5 Years Old.

She presented the Top Ten Tenets for Teaching Little Ones:

1. Elephants (and young children) never forget 
2. Little Hands Take Lots of Work
3. Again, Again, Again
4. We like to move it, move it!
5. Less is More
6. Non-verbal Cues are Important
7. The Glass is Half Full
8. Reading - Slow and Steady Wins the Race
9. Rhythm - One they have it, they have it for life
10. At-Home Practice: the key to success

She also handed out a very informative chart on the developmental differences between 3, 4, and 5-year-olds.

Physical Characteristics

For instance, 3-year-olds gain an average of 4-6 pounds per year, 4-year-olds close to 5, 5-year-olds loner and leaner, gain 4-5 pounds and grow 2-3 inches

Speech - 3-year-olds should be able to say 500-900 words, 4-year-olds 1,000 words, and 5-year-olds should speak very clearly

Cognitive - 3-year-olds can concentrate on taks for 8-9 minutes, 4-year-olds for 10-15 minutes

Social - 3 year-olds start to share and like to play with other childrem 4-year-olds start to show and express a wider range of emotion, and 5-year-olds want to please their friends

Kindergarten is the great equalizer.

For more information, you can contact Dr. Pennington at

 Dr. Rebecca Pennington with Co-Presidents Sally and Rebecca

After the presentation, there was a luncheon at Roman Delight.

Bucks County Choral Society Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 4:00PM

This is a not to be missed concert. Just go on the Bucks County Choral Society website and get tickets. We have an amazing orchestra - Symphony in C - that are all Curtis graduates, our chorus and the Bucks County Community College Choir and wonderful soloists performing. This entire work is seldom done because of the expense and the magnitude of the work. It is extremely exciting to be singing this amazing Brahms work.
Sincerely, Carole K. Smith
Bucks County Association of Piano Teachers
Bucks County Choral Society
Johannes Brahms
Ein Deutsches Requiem
Featuring Symphony in C acclaimed Soloists and the Bucks County Community College Choir

Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 4:00PM
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church 
Doylestown, PA 

For tickets and info visit:

or call 1-800-838-3006

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Updated 10-17-19 Westminster Choir College November 2019 Events

*****Westminster Kantorei: An Evening of Choral Evensong
Concertized choral evensong for the Feast of All Saints
Performing the works of Bryd, Tallis, Farmer, Batten, and more

Friday, November 1, 2019 at 7:30PM

Bristol Chapel
Westminster Choir College
101 Walnut Lane
Princeton, NJ 08540

Tickets: $20 Adults, $15 Students/Seniors
Box Office: 5609-921-2663

*****Westminster Chapel Choir
Angels and Demons
Westminster Chapel Choir welcomes families and friends to Westminster for Family Weekend with a performance of music by Aguiar, Arnesesn, Durufle, Handel, Mozart, Orban, and Whitacre.

Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 7:30PM

Bristol Chapel
Westminster Choir College
101 Walnut Lane
Princeton, NJ 08540


5-ticket limit for family members.

1 ticket for individual faculty, staff or students with valid Rider ID. Very limited quantities available once family members have been accommodated.

Pick up tickets at Will Call before the concert.
No online orders.

*****Westminster Williamson Voices: The Stars Rearrange Themselves Premiering new works by Thomas LaVoy, Sarah Rimkus, Anthony Maglione

Premieres of works by Thomas LaVoy and Sarah Rimkus with poetry by Dana Gioia, commissioned by the Scattered Light Consortium (Glasgow School of Art Choir, USC Thornton Chamber Singers, Westminster Williamson).  Also premieres of two Gregorian chant-based works by Anthony Maglione, new works by James Whitbourn, and works for choral improvisation and new carols for the Christmas season by Pilkington, Rimkus, Custer, Scheibe and Hudson.

Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 3:00PM

Bristol Chapel
Westminster Choir College
101 Walnut Lane
Princeton, NJ  08540


Admission: $20 adults, $15 students/seniors
Box office: 609-921-2663

*****Westminster Choir: Appear and Inspire
100 Years of Singing

100th Anniversary of the founding of Westminster Choir College in 1920

Benjamin Britten's Hymn to Saint Cecelia
Daniel Elder's O Magnum Mysterium
Arnold Schonberg's Friede auf Erden
Works by Runestad, O'Regan and more 

Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 3:00PM

Bristol Chapel
Westminster Choir College
101 Walnut Lane
Princeton, NJ  08540

Tickets: $20 Adults, $15 Students/Seniors

Box Office: 609-921-2663


*****Rider Musical Theatre: HAIR
50 years ago, Hair was the first rock musical to hit Broadway, the product of the hippie counter-culture and the sexual revolution of the 1960s.

A "tribe" of hippie youngsters living in the East Village of New York during the Vietnam War. They long to change the world as they rebel against their parents and society. 

Score includes:
Let the Sunshine
Good Morning Starshine

Warning: Some material may not be suitable for young audiences.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 7:30 Preview Performance
Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 7:30PM
Friday, November 22, 2019 at 7:30PM
Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 2:00PM and 7:30PM
Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 2:00PM

Yvonne Theater
2083 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, NJ, 08648


Admission: $25 adults; seniors/non-Rider students $20, $5 Rider students
Faculty and Staff: Please contact the box office to reserve your ticket.

Preview Performance sold at door: $9 adults/non-Rider students, $5 seniors
Box Office: 609-896-7775


Updated 10/17/19 - Westminster Choir College October 2019 Events

Westminster Choir College October 2019 Events:

*****Holidays at Westminster Patron Program
Become a Holidays at Westminster Patron and guarantee your tickets for Westminster's very popular holiday programs! As a Holidays at Westminster patron, you can secure tickets to your favorite holiday performances before they go on sale to the public. And your name will be prominently listed in select concert programs. All proceeds benefit The Westminster Scholarship Fund.

Don't delay - this offer expires Friday, October 11, 2019

Performances include:

Phik Orr and More: Jingle Bell Jazz 
Sunday, December 8 at 3:00PM

An Evening of Readings and Carols
Friday, December 13 at 6:00PM
Saturday, December 14 at 3:00PM and 8:00PM

Love Came Down at Christmas
Sunday, December 15 at 4:00PM

For more Info, visit:

*****Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Featuring an all female cast
Ivan Fuller, director

Shakespeare's tragic masterpiece takes on a fresh life in this all-female production that brings this tale of revenge, madness, and intrigue right into the audiences' laps.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 7:30PM
 Tickets sold at the door

Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 7:30PM
Friday, October 4, 2019 at 7:30PM
Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 2:00PM
Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 7:30PM
Sunday,  October 6, 2019 at 2:00PM

Tickets Online -

Yvonne Theater
2083 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, NJ  08648 

Admission: $20 Adults, $15 seniors/non-Rider students

*****Joseph Flummerfelt Choral Residency
Panel Discussion: The Life of Joseph Flummerfelt

Resident Artists:
Anton Armstrong
Andre Thomas

Joe Miller, Moderator
Anton Armstrong, St. Olaf College
Laura Brooks Rice, Westminster Choir College
Heather Buchanan '98, Montclair State University

Robert L. Annie Playhouse
Westminister Choir College
101 Walnut Lane
Princeton, NJ  

Friday, October 4, 2019 at 7:00PM

For more information and events:

*****2019 Kemp Church Music Symposium:
Body, Mind, Spirit, Voice: Nurturing the Pastoral Musician

Celebrating 20 years of offering church musicians a day filled with opportunities for professional and spiritual inspiration and growth, the Kemp Church Music Symposium honors the legacy of John and Helen Kemp. This year's symposium welcomes renowned conductors and leaders in the field of Sacred Music; Dr. Anton Armstrong and Dr. Andre J. Thomas

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Registration: Adults $95
Westminister/Rider alumni $75
Students $25 
Scholarships available

For schedule and to register: 

*****Rinaldi Steinway Westminster Piano Alumni Series: Gonzalo Aguilar

Music by Bach, Mozart, and Rachmaninoff

Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 3:00PM

Bristol Chapel, Westminster Choir College
101 Walnut Lane
Princeton, NJ   08540

Admission is Free 

*****Westminister Faculty Recital
Elem Eley and James Goldsworthy

Performing Franz Schubert's iconic song cycle, Winterreise 

Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 7:30PM

Bristol Chapel
Westminister Choir College
101 Walnut Lane
Princeton, NJ  08540

Admission is Free 

*****People & Stories/Gente y Cuentos
A multi-media event 

Working to create a more equitable society by inviting new audiences to experience out humanistic, literary heritage program.

Thursday, October 10, 2019 at: 5:30PM

Rider University Art Gallery
2083 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, NJ  08648

Admission is Free

*****Down From the Heavens
Celebrating the Music of R. Nathaniel Dett, Afro-Canadian composer

Conducted by Vinroy D. Brown, Jr.

Faculty Members Rochelle Ellis and Clipper Erickson
Special Guests Zackary D. Ross and Marques L.A. Garrett

Includes works for piano, chorus and voice, as well as poetry.
Highlights Dett's  Enchantment and The Chariot Jubilee

Friday, October 11, 2019 at 7:30PM

Bristol Chapel, Westminster Choir College
101 Walnut Lane
Princeton, NJ  08540

Admission: $20 adults, $15 students/seniors
Box Office: 609-921-2663

*****Rider Musical Theater: Bright Star

Inspired by a real event and featuring a Grammy-nominated score, Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and '40s.
Nominated for 5 Tony Awards 

Written and composed by Steve Martin and Edie Brickwell

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 7:30PM tickets sold at the door
Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 7:30PM
Friday, October 18, 2019 at 7:30PM
Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 2:00PM and 7:30PM
Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 2:00PM

Theater in the Bart Luedeke Center
2083 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, NJ   08648


Admission is $25 Adults, $20 seniors/non-Rider students, $5 Rider students

Preview performance $9 adults/non-Rider students and $5 seniors

Box Office: 609-896-7775


*****Westminster Conservatory
Music for Violin and Piano

Dezheng Ping, violin
Larissa Korkina, piano 

Johann N. Hummel: Sonata, op. 64 for violin and piano

Edvard Grieg: Sonata No. 3 in C minor, op. 45 for violin and piano

Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 12:15PM

Niles Chapel of Nassau Presbyterian Church
61 Nassau Street
Princeton, NJ 08540

Admission is Free

 *****Westminster Community Orchestra: Halloween Time!
Features orchestral works meant to set a spooky mood. Complete with decorations and family-friendly atmosphere.

Works by Bach, Khatchaturian, J. Strauss, Jr.
World premiere of the Paul Bunyon Overture by Timothy Morrow 

Performances by Westminister Community Orchestra, The Guitars of Westminster, and Westminster Conservatory Suzuki Violin Students

Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 3:00PM

Robert L. Annis Playhouse
Westminster Choir College
101 Walnut Lane
Princeton, NJ  08540

Tickets: Adults $15, Seniors/Non-Rider Students $10

Box Office: 609-921-2663

*****Westminster Piano Pedagogy Workshop

Sessions include: 
Bringing Out the Joy and Drama in Haydn: Color, Contrast, and Choreograpyhy
Inspiring the Young Beginner (Ahes 4 to 6): It Just Takes some TLC!
Adventures in Contemporary Music for the Late Elementary and Intermediate Pianist

Sunday, October 26, 2019 9:00AM-12:00PM

Bristol Chapel
Westminster Choir College
101 Walnut Lane
Princeton, NJ  08540

Registration: $30
Register Online:

*****Westminster Faculty Recital
Endless Song

Rochelle Ellis, soparano
Akiko Hosaki, piano

Celebrating 25 years with Westminster Choir College, soprano Rochelle Ellis performs Maurice Ravel's Scherazade, songs by Richard Strauss, songs based on the poetry of Langston Hughes and John Carter's Cantata.

Sunday, October 7, 2019 at 3:00PM

Bristol Chapel
Westminster Choir College
101 Walnut Lane
Princeton, NJ  08540

Admission is Free

Monday, October 14, 2019

Rebecca Mergen Pennington Friday, October 18, 2019 Bucks County Association of Piano Teachers

The Bucks County Association of Piano Teachers will hold a General Meeting Friday, October 18, 2019 at 9:30AM

Following the meeting, Rebecca Mergen Pennington will present a program on the topic of Teaching Young Children between the ages of 3 1/2 and 5.

Rebecca Mergen Pennington has been a member of the faculty of the New School for Music Study since 2007. She currently serves as Administrative Director. 

Dr. Pennington has been a frequent performer in faculty recitals, contributed to teacher development through blog posts, teaching videos, and work at the NSMS Summer Seminar, and teaches the popular Piano Detectives Club class for kindergarten students. 

She holds a DMA and MM in Piano Performance from the University of Kansas, and a BM in Music Education from Concordia College. Previous teachers include Jack Winerock and Jay Hershberger. Dr. Pennington has presented at NCKP and MTNA conferences.  

She is interested in collaborative music and 20th century music.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Clipper Erickson Down from the Heavens Celebrating the Music of R. Nathaniel Dett

Down from the Heavens
Celebrating the Music of R. Nathaniel Dett
At the end of this week I realize a dream to recreate Nathaniel Dett’s performances on his 137th birthday. I will be joined by the Westminster Jubilee Singers and Rochelle Ellis as we perform and sing some of Dett’s glorious music. Come and join us!
Friday, October 11, 2019 at 7:30pm
Bristol Chapel at Westminster Choir College
101 Walnut Lane | Princeton, New Jersey


Russian Romance
with the Warminster Symphony Orchestra

On October 26, I recreate Rachmaninoff's gorgeous Second Piano Concerto with the Warminster Symphony.

Saturday, October 26 at 8:00pm

William Tennent High School
333 Centennial Road | Warminster, Pennsylvania

These are the links for concert information about this Friday and the link to the Facebook livestream if you can't make it.

I gave a presentation on Nathaniel Dett for the group a couple of years ago.  It's fantastic music and I'm going to be joined by Rochelle Ellis on Dett's songs and the Westminster Jubilee Singers on some of the choral works.  It will be a wonderful concert.  Hope to see you there!

All best,

Monday, October 7, 2019

Frances Clark Center Residency Program at The New School for Music Study

Frances Clark Center Residency Program
at The New School for Music Study
Through the Frances Clark Center Residency Program, area teachers have the opportunity to attend seminars on special topics given by master pedagogues.
Facilitating Adult Music Learning 
with Dr. Pamela Pike
Wednesday, October 30, from 10am-12pm

Working with adult learners in the music studio requires specialized skills and knowledge of adult attributes. This workshop will explore adult learning theory, assumptions, philosophy, motivation, psychosocial, and physical characteristics at various stages of the adult lifespan. Together, we will learn how to apply this knowledge, in the private and group studio, to facilitate meaningful music making and skill acquisition at any stage in the adult lifespan.
Pamela D. Pike is the Barineau Professor of Piano Pedagogy at Louisiana State University. Author of over three dozen scholarly articles and Dynamic Group-Piano Teaching: Transforming Group Theory into Teaching Practice (Routledge), Pike is also Editor-in-Chief of the Piano Magazine. She is an award-winning teacher, including the 2019 LSU Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award, and has presented teaching workshops throughout the world.
Fee: $30
Free for those enrolled in the NSMS pedagogy course.
Free for subscribers of the Piano Magazine (join now).

Upcoming residencies:
Dr. Vanessa Cornett, Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Dr. Christopher Hahn, Wednesday, May 20, 2020
The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy, a not-for-profit educational institution (501c3) located in Kingston, New Jersey, serves pianists and teachers through its three divisions: The National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, the Piano Magazine, and The New School for Music Study.
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Crescendo Youth Music Competition November 17 and December 8, 2019

Dear friends, teachers and students 

You're Invited - Crescendo Competitions in PA!
We are delighted to announce that Crescendo International Youth Music Competition 2019-is now open for registration.
Students can audition for either competition with one piece on any musical instrument.
More detailed information is available on the website at
For additional inquiries pertaining to Auditions in Pennsylvania, you can text Olga Bondarchuk-Huque at 267-334-2729 or email
Crescendo International Youth Music Competitions in Pennsylvania:
Auditions in Pennsylvania for Crescendo International Youth Music Competition (ages 5-21) will be held at the following locations and dates:
  1. November 17, 2019 at Jacobs Music, 4030 Skyron Drive, Doylestown, PA;
  2. December 08, 2019 at Jacobs Music, 1718 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA.
Winner's recitals (second round) will be held in Carnegie Hall in January - February 2020.
The award system includes monetary rewards for students and teachers. 
Auditions in Pennsylvania for Little Mozarts International Music Competition (ages 3-14) will be held at the following locations and dates:
March 29, 2020 at Jacobs Music in Doylestown
April 5, 2020 at Jacobs Music in West Chester.
Winners’ Recitals will be held in Carnegie Hall in Spring 2020.
All participants must be registered online at
Participants may apply for auditions as many times as they like. One composition is considered one entry.
For auditions, one selection of Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Modern work must be chosen and performed from memory. Arrangements, simplified editions, popular music and/or non-classical music from method books will not be accepted.

Please note that the audition format doesn't permit the presence of parents, or teachers.
Deadline for auditions applications is 7 days prior to the audition date.

We welcome Crescendo to Pennsylvania and are looking forward to making new friends!
Olga Bondarchuk-Huque
Director of Crescendo International Competitions in Pennsylvania

Monday, September 23, 2019

Recital Streaming of Russian pianist, Evgeny Kissin Thursday, September 26, 2019

From Vivian Read from the Bucks County Association of Piano Teachers:

What if you had a chance to see the famous Russian pianist, Evgeny Kissin, perform? And what if it was nearby and didn't cost a lot of money either? Good news! Bucks County Community College is hosting a recital streaming of Kissin's performance this coming Thursday Evening, September 26, 2019 at 7:00PM.

Future Concerts:

October 10, 2019 an All Beethoven concert with pianist Daniel Barenboim, violinist Itzhak  Perlman and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Philip Glass is on November 7. If you don't know anything about this 20th Century minimalist composer, you could look him up on YouTube. My former student, Sam, played a piece by Philip Glass called Truman Sleeps from the movie, The Truman Show.

A cultural streaming performance of The Nutcracker is scheduled December 12.

You can check out for more information and a complete list of the other performances.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Newtown Chamber Orchestra 2019-2020 Concerts

Newtown Chamber Orchestra 2019-2020 Concerts
Tickets online:

*****The Age of Enlightenment
Saturday, November 2, 2019

Dance of the Furies by C.W. Gluck

Symphony Op.11, No. 3 in E flat major by Johann Stammsitz

Exsultate Jubilate - Holly Gash, soprano, by W.A. Mozart

Symphony No. 43 in E Flat Major by F.J. Haydn

*****Soloists on Stage
Saturday, January 18, 2020 
(Snowdate: Saturday, January 25, 2020)

Trenton Brass Quintet +1 TBA

Suite for Oboe, Clarinet, and Viola
Nancy Gaspari, oboe 
Karl Krelove, clarinet
Russell Hoffmann, viola  by Randall Thompson

Rhapsody in Blue
Clipper Erickson, piano by George Gershwin

NJ WomenSong  TBD

*****A Tribute to Beethoven
Saturday, May 9, 2020

Overture to the Creatures of Prometheus 

Piano Concerto No. 5, op.73 in E flat major (Emperor)
Clipper Erickson, piano

Symphony No. 8, op.93 in F Major


Saturday, September 14, 2019

Cairn University Piano Day Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 1:00PM

Carin University will once again host Piano Day this fall. Please note that while this event is free, all students and teachers will need to complete the registration process.

An afternoon devoted to the study of the piano for students, parents, and teachers. Join the Chair of Keyboard Studies, Kenneth Borrmann, for masterclass sessions, performing opportunities, and a brief recital by Cairn faculty members and students.

For 7-12 Students

Saturday, Ovember 9, 2019 at 1:00PM

Lewis Holmes Recital Hall
Carin University
200 Manor Avenue
Langhorne, PA  19047

Admission is Free

Register at

If you have questions, please contact Abbie Mulhern at:

Cairn University is an All-Steinway School

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Willow Grove Chapter PA Music Teachers Association Presents Program September 11, 2019

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Jacobs Music, 4030 Skyron Drive, Suite F
Doylestown, PA, 18902
Presented by Willow Grove Chapter of PMTA

The Art of Motivation:
An Interactive Seminar for Teachers Who Like the Sound of Success 
Presented by Olga Bondarchuk-Huque. 
Although I've been teaching piano for nearly 50 years, it didn't take long for me to realize that one of the biggest problems we face as teachers is student retention. And despite what your students and parents tell you - "I have too much homework" or "We have soccer practice every day" - the simple truth is that your students are not motivated to play the piano. I will be sharing suggestions based on my own 50+ years of teaching experience that will help you motivate your students - and yourself! - from day one, to their last lesson before going off to college.  My presentation will cover: 1) What questions to ask during the interview process; 2) How to encourage your students to take part in competitions; 3) How to design and prepare a winning repertoire; 4) How to work with students during the High School years; 5) How you can increase your income, especially during the summer months; and 6) How you can grow along with your students.         
I was born in Kyiv, Ukraine, and I am a 3rd generation piano teacher. I graduated from the Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts with a degree in Piano and Choir Pedagogy. I maintain a busy piano studio in Philadelphia. My students have won prizes at many national and international competitions, and performed at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and the Kyiv Conservatory. I have been the Chair of my local Dorothy Sutton Performance Festival for the past 11 years. I am also the Director of the Crescendo International Music Competition and the Little Mozarts International Competition for the state of Pennsylvania. I was honored to be the 2017 recipient of the Top Music Teacher Award presented by Steinway and Sons.
Please RSVP to Alex Ramirez at 215 572 6649 or by September 9, 2019
Or Olga Bondarchuk-Huque at

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Bucks County Community College Bucks Live! Fall 2019

Bucks County Community College Bucks Live! Fall 2019

To Purchase Tickets for All Events Online: 

Box Office - 215-968-8469 
Current Bucks students receive free admission to select performances

Bucks County Community College
Kevin & Sima Zlock Performing Arts Center
275 Swamp Road
Newtown, PA 18940

Convenient, Free Parking 

*****September 2019

**September 5 
Joe Satriani: I Just Wanna Rock
12:15PM 1st half
7:00PM 2nd half
Kevin & Sima Zlock Performing Arts Center

**September 12
Joscho Stephan
Kevin & Sima Zlock Performing Arts Center

**September 16-20
Tibetan Refugee Buddhist Monk Residency
September 16-19: Mandala Creation and Craft Sale

September 18
Cultural Showcase
Kevin & Sima Zlock Performing Arts Center

September 20
Closing Ceremony and Parade 12:00PM
Newtown Solarium to Neshaminy Creek

**September 20
Wordsmiths Poetry and Prose Melissa Stein and Hayden Saunier
Tyler Hall, Room 142

**September 26
Evgeny Kissin plays Schubert and Liszt
Kevin & Sima Zlock Performing Arts Center 

*****October 2019

**October 3
Wordsmiths Poetry and Prose Raquel Salas Rivera
Tyler Hall, Room 142

**October 4
Emmet Cohen Featuring Drummer Jimmy Cobb
Kevin & Sima Zlock Performing Arts Center

**October 6
Bucks County Plein Air Festival
Tyler Mansion
**October 10
Daniel Barenboim, Itzhak Perlman & Yo Yo Ma in an all-Beethoven Concert
12:15PM and 7:00PM
Kevin & Sima Zlock Performing Arts Center

**October 18
Jenny Lee Stern
Kevin & Sima Zlock Performing Arts Center

**October 24
Eric Johnson
12:15PM and 7:00PM
Kevin & Sima Zlock Performing Arts Center

**October 26
Lolly and YoYo Halloween Concert and Costume Party
Kevin & Sima Zlock Performing Arts Center   

*****November 2019

**November 2
Real Diamond
Kevin & Sima Zlock Performing Arts Center

**November 7
Philip Glass, Looking Glass
12:15PM and 7:00PM
Kevin & Sima Zlock Performing Arts Center

**November 9
Rag Tag Theater Presents: Rapunzel
Kevin & Sima Zlock Performing Arts Center

**November 12
Wordsmiths Poetry and Prose Chad Frame and the 2019 Poet Laureate
Tyler Hall, Room 142

**November 14
Anoushka Shankar: Traveler
12:15PM and 7:00PM
Kevin & Sima Zlock Performing Arts Center

**November 15
The Gibson Brothers with Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley
Kevin & Sima Zlock Performing Arts Center     

**November 22-23
First Date Presented by the Drama Club
11/22 at 7:00PM
11/23 at 2:00PM, 7:00PM
Kevin & Sima Zlock Performing Arts Center

*****December 2019

**December 9
Bucks Jazz Orchestra
Kevin & Sima Zlock Performing Arts Center

**December 12
12:15PM and 7:00PM
Kevin & Sima Zlock Performing Arts Center

**December 13
Jump City Holiday Concert
Kevin & Sima Zlock Performing Arts Center   

Westminster Choir College September 2019 Events

Westminster Choir College September 2019 Events:

*****Rider Art Gallery
Salina Almanzar: Ni de aqui, Ni de alla
On Being a Third Generation Dominirican
Work based on the artist's personal experience and family history as a second-generation Latina

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Opening Reception: 5:30PM
Artist Conversation with the gallery director: 6:30PM

Exhibit on display Tuesday, September 3 through Sunday, October 13, 2019

Gallery is open Tuesday through Thursday 11:00AM -5:00PM
Sunday from Noon until 4:00PM 

Admission is Free

Rider University Art Gallery
2083 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, NJ  08648

*****Westminster Conservatory at Nassau
Music for Oboe and Piano
Melissa Bohl, Oboe
Phyllis Alpert Lehrer, Piano

Performing works by Francis Poulenc - Sonate for oboe and piano
Emile Paladilhe - Solo pour hautbois for oboe and piano
Claude Debussy - Images, Book I for solo piano

Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 12:15PM

Admission is Free

Niles Chapel of Nassau Presbyterian Church
61 Nassau Street
Princeton, NJ   08540

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Spotlight on: Vivian Read, Member of Bucks County Association of Piano Teachers

Our first interview for the BCAPT blog features our own Vivian Read from Langhorne, Pennsylvania!

To contact Vivian for further information or for lessons:

She teaches beginner, intermediate, advanced, Adult, ensembles, 2 pianos, 4 and 8 hands, Church music, Hymn improvisation, and Competition.


Vivian's YouTube link:

Vivian on Pinterest:

When did you first become interested in a teaching career? Who inspired you?

Honestly?? I was about 25 years old with 2 little kids and in a panic that I needed to both supplement my husband's income and be independent if something happened to him. I had always loved playing the piano but never thought I was good enough to make it a career. So at age 25 I went back to school (University of Maryland) and took classes for 2 years determined to learn all I could. At the same time I took lessons from a young Korean doctoral student who was studying with Leon Fleisher at Peabody. It was hard with 2 kids. I would put them to bed by 7 or 8 and then practice 3-4 hours every night.

No one particularly inspired me. I never graduated as my husband got transferred to Pennsylvania at the same time I had child #3 so that was the end of my formal education. Four musicianship lab classes - that was it. Extremely valuable, though! I later studied with former BCAPT member and amazing teacher, Marjorie Haimbach and I credit her with showing me many teaching tricks. I consider myself a forever student with a huge bucket list of pieces I'd like to play. I'm always learning new repertoire/teaching techniques, etc. I just bought Prokofiev Sonatas and Kabalevsky Preludes Op.38 that I'd like to explore. Also last year I've been into the Chopin Nocturnes. Since perfecting all 31 is unrealistic for most people, at least we can learn through recordings what they sound like and enjoy them.

What is your philosophy of teaching?

1. Playing the piano should be fun and rewarding. (Yes, it's work, that's a given)

2. Asking my students, "You know what I want you to learn the most from piano lessons? Not to need me. When your piano education with me is finished, I want you to be able to pick up any piece of music you like and be able to learn it on your own and play it like a professional."

When did you begin playing piano? 

Age 10

At this point I should probably share my background. Honestly, I had one horrible teacher after another. My parents felt that anyone who could play could teach. I know how bad the teaching was as I remember how I played the lesson pieces. All wrong. Oscar the Octopus in 4/4 time! No correction.

I remember performing a Clementi Sonatina Op. 36 No.3 Mvt. 1 by memory in a recital. I went back for the repeat and heard someone sigh. My 13-year-old self was thinking, I hate this piece! Even the audience hates this piece! It's boring and awful. I want to run from this stage. What I didn't know was that it's supposed to be fast. That teacher let me get up in front of an audience and play Clementi SLOW! It was many years before I could bear to play it again much less teach it.

A new teacher every couple of years. One got so mad about my fingernails that she cut them herself, very short, painfully short. That was the end of her!!

One teacher would assign a piece one week (like a Mendelssohn Songs without Words level) correct it the following week and then give me a new piece the next week. I never learned anything well, never learned any new skills, never learned scales or chords, not to mention how music is put together. 

After a while, when my parents saw how interested I was, they tried to find me a decent teacher, even sending me to a local college professor as a HS student. That was horrible, too. I would hang my long hair in front of my face so he wouldn't see me crying in frustration. Later he was yanked out of the music program and given an administrative position.

I went to college as a Christian education major, wondering if God was calling me to the mission field. Apparently not, as I fell in love and wanted to get married. 

So I thought, why not try piano lessons one more time? What a surprise!!! I got to play Bach for the first time. An Invention. It was so hard sorting it all out. Students shouldn't have to play an Invention as their first exposure to Bach. Loved the challenge. Discovered I adored Bach. Played Mozart, Beethoven (except for Fur Elise which I learned on my own). I studied Mozart and Beethoven for the first time when I took lessons in college. Can you imagine taking lessons for 8 years and never playing Beethoven or Mozart? I hardly knew who Mozart was!

I also heard of musical time periods for the first time. The world had opened up! My teacher said I had talent (first time I ever heard THAT!!) and I should be a music major. I told her I didn't think I was good enough and that I was getting married and moving away in a few months. She was actually sad and disappointed for me. I'll never forget what she said, "For God's sake, don't ever stop playing!!!"

So my inspiration is being a better teacher than I had growing up! 

I started teaching when my kids were age 12-2. Not really ready. A neighbor who jogged had heard me playing as she passed by my house. Her piano teacher was moving away and asked if I would consider teaching her daughter? I said my kids were young and yes, I'd studied to be a teacher (bit of a stretch) but I wasn't ready. She knew I had a really crappy second hand spinet piano so she put out that carrot that tipped the scales: you could earn some money and buy yourself the grand piano you've always dreamed of. Well!

Teaching my first lesson:

The student was a transfer and played a piece she had already passed. While she was playing, my mind was going 100 miles an hour - this playing isn't good. Why? And what needs to make it better and how do I coach that in terms that the student won't feel crushed? As she finished that little 40 second piece I had all the answers and thought, Yes, I think I can do this!

Honestly, I'm not the greatest pianist. I need to practice a TON to keep up with my advanced students. I'm very proud of my students who do very well with judging and competitions. They work hard. (Daniel just placed in the Steinway Competition this past spring). I've had many kids perform in Carnegie Hall as Golden Key winners. My strength is an analytical ability/instinct on what is wrong and how to fix it.

As former BCAPT president 1994-1998, I remember sitting in the back of the music room in Tyler Hall, Bucks County Community College my first year, 1987, and shyly raising my hand to volunteer to help with "current events" and later with recitals. I was so nervous and was sure that all of my new colleagues were so much more experienced and better teachers than I was. But I was there to learn and seek out their knowledge and friendship.

BCAPT is a great resource for teachers, both the workshop/lectures and the joint recital opportunities. 

Favorite pieces and composers?

Wow, that's like asking if I like my legs better than my arms, my right or left hand, etc.

Franz Schubert is my favorite. Love the Schubert Impromptus. I just feel a connection with him and grieve that he died so young at age 31. My heart soars when I listen to his compositions. Especially Sonata in A major D.959. Anyone remember the sitcom Wings? The theme song features the last movement of this Sonata. Then of course there's Beethoven (we call him "The Great Beethoven" in my studio), Bach, Chopin, Mozart (the usual suspects).

I've found assigning the Bach Little Preludes helps transition students from the Anna Magdalena Notebook to the Inventions and WTC. 

Gorgeous pieces like Chopin Nocturnes are too difficult for most students. So we start with the little Polonaise in G Minor that Chopin wrote when he was 7 which also gives students a respect for pure creative genius. Brahms Intermezzo Op.118 No.2 is a special favorite for more advanced students. So is the Passacaglia in G Minor by Handel. Everyone who has played it loved it. My students also love the I Got Rhythm solo arrangement by Gershwin. They look forward to being able to tackle this one.

Dance music, waltzes, etc. Scott Joplin rags. Hymn arrangements. There's a jazzy This Little Light of Mine that my church goes nuts over. Love teaching duets and ensembles as I'm blessed with 2 pianos. Favorite duets would be anything by the late Robert Vandall. Our newest favorite is Gypsy Dance. So much fun. A really crazy duet is Hanon Goes Haywire by Kevin Olson. Once they're ready, all my students study Hanon and this duet is based on Hanon #1. You can view it on my YouTube channel. Melody Bober and Martha Mier also have composed great duets. Mier's Treasures for Two series is very appealing to students. Bober's Southwestern Landscapes Sonata is terrific! It's all over YouTube.

New age composer David Lanz is great for transitioning to more difficult repertoire. His pieces help develop technique without the student feeling they're practicing exercises. The David Lanz Collection published by Hal Leonard is our favorite so far. We like the beautiful Return to the Heart and the more vigorous pieces like Dark Horse, Vesuvius and Dancing on the Berlin Wall. Lanz's first big hit, Cristofori's Dream isn't in this book but it's worth checking out. For the newer teaching pieces I love love love Melody Bober. Her Just for Fun books for elementary students and pieces like Loco-Motive, Itasca Sunrise, and Ride the Wind are studio favorites. Kevin Olson (Storm Chasers) and Martha Mier (Jazz, Rags, and Blues and Romantic Impressions series) also compose very appealing and educational pieces.

How long have you been teaching and do you teach other instruments?

31 years! Time flies!

No. Playing the piano and working on its vast repertoire is more than enough to keep me busy!

Vivian's YouTube channel:

Vivace Piano Studio from October 11, 2010 until the present.

Each student has their own Playlist with their personal YouTube nickname to protect their privacy. It's really cool to see how they've grown in front of my camera. There are hundreds of videos and I've designed the channel to be very user friendly. No ads. All videos are of the highest quality that we were capable of. You can go to the magnifying glass on the far right and type in all manner of designations to search a specific composer, genre, level etc. even detailed searched like: "elementary duet, advanced holiday, Mier jazzy, Joplin ragtime, and so on. If a student is learning a particular piece, they could visit my channel to see if it's there to help them know how it sounds. On the right there are links to other amazing channels - great for reference!

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Favorite Quote?

"Everyday you miss playing or practicing is one day longer it takes to be good." - Ben Hogan. It's hanging in my studio. I tell students it applies to life, not just piano. 

On the personal side:

I've raised 5 children who are now adults living on their own. And I have 10 grandchildren. One grandson, Owen, is 14  and already a seasoned fiddle player. He will probably be a career musician. Another grandson, Charlie, age 8, has been bugging me for piano lessons which started in January. He's a quick study so I'm hoping to have one happy pianist out of the bunch. Often Owen is invited to play as a special guest with other established folk music groups.

Playing in church - I decided to become a Christian at age 16. I'd never been in a church service before so it took some time and trials to figure out where I wanted to attend.  The day I walked into a Baptist church and heard the message, I knew two things: I would be a Baptist and a church pianist. I thought churches only used organs so seeing the piano was a surprise. My hymn style is an improvisation on the 4 part harmony sometimes called "evangelistic style." Each evangelistic pianist is unique and I could describe my style as a mix of hilly billy twang (I grew up in West Virginia), classical scales and ornaments, and stride piano bass. I'm so blessed, banging out the hymns listening to all the joyful voices coming back to me. It's one of the sheer joys of my life. Currently I'm playing at Faith Baptist Church in Fairless Hills.

Competitive Power Lifting - I have world records in the 114 pound, Masters age category. I have a coach and train hard 2-3 hours 4 times a week. I walked into a gym for the first time when I turned 50 and most of my kids had left home. I was about 50 pounds overweight and desperate to do something for myself. It took me by surprise. I liked the physical challenge of lifting. Today, it's a very serious part of my life as I'm ranked 3rd in the world in squat and deadlift. At the next meet I'm hoping to beat the woman from Australia who is second in deadlift. 

Here's the video from last March. The white lights afterward show that the 300 pound lift was qualifying.

I'm also an avid reader. Historical fiction is my favorite. There's an amazing book, Beethoven's Hair by Russell Martin. Highly recommended to music teachers!

Love travel and adventure, hiking, etc. Been to China, Ireland, Scotland, London twice, out west (Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, etc.)


Especially designing summer annual/perennial flowers beds. My neighbors tell me they look forward every year to the flower bed designs (although with my serious training it's been harder to keep up with this).


Spent 6 years writing a screenplay that no one (at least at this present time) is interested in. No explanation, just felt moved to do it. Someday I'd like to write a piano book and often tease my students (if they've just said or done something crazy) that they just made it into my book. They're thrilled (they shouldn't be! ha ha).

Thank you, Vivian, for sharing your life and love of piano teaching with us!