Sunday, January 20, 2019

Little Mozart's Competition

12th Annual Little Mozarts Youth Music Competition
open to all instrumentalists, vocalists, and ensembles age 3 to 14

First Round:
Live auditions will be held throughout USA, Canada

March 24, 2019:
Jacobs Music
4030 Skyron Drive
Doylestown, PA

Application Deadline: March 1, 2019

Second Round:
Winners' recitals will be held in April-June 2019
Carnegie Hall and other prestigious venues

Cash prizes for best performers.

Competition winners may participate in the International Student Exchange Program 2019 which will be held in Japan, Italy or Austria

Pennsylvania Regional Director:
Olga Bondarchuk-Huque
Phone: 267-334-1787

Bucks County Association of Piano Teachers Member Clipper Erickson Will Perform

Clipper writes:

For many years Nathaniel Dett's gorgeous and moving music has been a big part of my life. In January and February, I will celebrate his work in a series of programs, both solo and in collaboration with other fantastic musicians. These performances feature music that has been very close to my heart for a long time; Dett's Eight Bible Vignettes and Enchantment, Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and Schumann's Fantasy.

*January 21, 2019 at 12:10PM
Live Broadcast on WRTI (90.1 FM Philadelphia
Live streaming on WRTI Facebook Page:

*February 2, 2019 at 7:30PM
Ebony and Ivory
celebrating the African-American influence of Nathanial Dett's Eight Bible Vignettes
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Margarete Bonds, Laurie Altman's Sonata #10 Aleppo
Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue

Free Admission
Westminster Choir College
Bristol Chapel
101 Walnut Lane
Princeton, New Jersey

                                                   Nathaniel Dett

*February 10, 2019 at 3:00PM
Nathanial Dett's Enchantment Suite
David Finko's Sonata #4
Schumann's Fantasy, op. 17

Temple University
Rock Hall
1715 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

*February 22, 2019 at 7:30PM
Westminster Choir College
Bristol Chapel
101 Walnut Lane
Princeton, New Jersey
with the Westminster Jubilee Singers, directed by Vinroy Brown and Rochelle Ellis, soprano. Pre-performance lecture at 6:45PM
Clipper: "I will realize a dream to perform Dett's music at Westminster Choir College in collaboration with one of their world-renowned choral groups, a culmination of years of planning to recreate the kind of programs that Dett himself created, a combination of choral, piano solo and vocal solo music.

Last Monday, MLK day, I spoke about these performances during my interview and performance on WRTI Philadelphia.  Here is the link:

Click the link below to see Clipper perform:


Bucks County Association of Piano Teachers Round Table Meeting January 11, 2019

The Bucks County Association of Piano Teachers presented their round table on January 11. Teachers shared their tips, tricks, and advice on various topics.

Adelaide Robins shared tips on How to Teach Scales. She begins with five finger scales and asks children to trace their fingers on paper and number them. She progresses to skips and steps, major and minor, whole steps and half steps. Eventually students learn  scales in 2 octaves and the order of sharps and flats.

Cindy Tenaglia demonstrated teaching tips for young pianists and how to teach by rote. She played various examples of simple pieces that keep learning exciting.

And Jennifer Hansen, BCAPT Treasurer, shared various teaching materials including Keith Snell's Multi-Key Reading, Keith Snell's Scale Skills, and William Joseph's Be Still. Bastien's new series entitled New Traditions, was also discussed as a new take on a popular series.

We thank all of the teachers for their time and insights.

                                                       Adelaide Robins

                                                         Cindy Tenaglia

                                                       Jennifer Hansen