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)
 Lorrie




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
Speech
Cognitive
Social

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 rmpennington@nsmspiano.org

 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
Online: https://sa1.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/TicketRequest?eventId=1286589&presenter=WCCRU&venue=&event=&tck=true
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*****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

Free Admission, VERY LIMITED PUBLIC SEATING

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.
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*****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

Tickets:

Admission: $20 adults, $15 students/seniors
Box office: 609-921-2663
Online: https://sa1.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/TicketRequest?eventId=1286592&presenter=WCCRU&venue=&event=
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*****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

Online: https://sa1.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/TicketRequest?eventId=1286593&presenter=WCCRU&venue=&event=
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*****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
Aquarius
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

Tickets:


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


Online: https://sa1.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/TicketRequest?eventId=1289228&presenter=RIDER&venue=&event=&tck=true











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:

https://www.rider.edu/westminster-patron
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*****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 - https://sa1.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/TicketRequest?eventId=1287918&presenter=RIDER&venue=&event=

Yvonne Theater
2083 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, NJ  08648 

Admission: $20 Adults, $15 seniors/non-Rider students
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*****Joseph Flummerfelt Choral Residency
Panel Discussion: The Life of Joseph Flummerfelt

Resident Artists:
Anton Armstrong
Andre Thomas

Panelists:
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:

https://www.rider.edu/events/joseph-flummerfelt-choral-residency
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*****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:

https://www.rider.edu/events/2019-kemp-church-music-symposium 
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*****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 
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*****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 
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*****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
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*****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
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*****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

Tickets:

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

Online:

https://sa1.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/TicketRequest?eventId=1287923&presenter=RIDER&venue=&event=&tck=true 
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*****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
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 *****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
Online:
https://sa1.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/TicketRequest?eventId=1287037&presenter=WCCRU&venue=&event=&tck=true
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*****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: https://www.regonline.com/registration/Checkin.aspx?EventID=2571394
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*****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

GET YOUR TICKETS
 

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


GET YOUR TICKETS
 
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,
Clipper

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 https://www.crescendocompetition.org/international-competition/main.
For additional inquiries pertaining to Auditions in Pennsylvania, you can text Olga Bondarchuk-Huque at 267-334-2729 or email crescendocompetitionpa@gmail.com.
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 https://crescendoregistration.org/login
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!
Best,
Olga Bondarchuk-Huque
Director of Crescendo International Competitions in Pennsylvania