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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.
Contemplative Pedagogy and Teaching Excellence:
Mindfulness in the Piano Studio
with Dr. Vanessa Cornett
Wednesday, February 5, from 10am-12pm

Outstanding teaching is mindful teaching. Contemplative pedagogy is a philosophy of education that integrates introspection and experiential learning to develop new forms of inquiry, awareness, and imagination. Music teachers can use mindful strategies to cultivate student attention, develop good practice habits, and manage burnout.
Vanessa Cornett teaches piano and piano pedagogy at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis-St. Paul, where she also serves as the Director of Keyboard Studies. Author of the book The Mindful Musician: Mental Skills for Peak Performance, she has given masterclasses and teacher training workshops across North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australasia. She is a recognized specialist in the areas of performance psychology, contemplative practices in education, and performance anxiety management for musicians.
Fee: $30
Free for those enrolled in the NSMS pedagogy course.
Free for subscribers of the Piano Magazine (join now).

Upcoming residency:
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.

Updated 2/13/20 Westminster Choir College February 2020 Events

*****Westminster Conservatory Faculty Recital: Beau soir
French and Slovene Melodies

Performing works by French and Slovene composers to celebrate Westminster Conservatory's theme for 2019 – 2020, "Vive la France!" and Slovenia’s National Day of Culture or Prešeren Day. The program includes music by Debussy, Bravničar, Lipovšek, and others. 


Urška Haule Feguš, violin
Emily Muller, viola
Mary Elizabeth Latorre, piano

Special guests: Members from Westminster Community Choir under the direction of Alicia Brozovich

Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 7:30pm

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

Admission is Free 

*****Westminster Symphonic Choir
Sorcerers, Spells and Magic

The Philadelphia Orchestra celebrates Valentine's weekend with spellbinding music by various composers. Featuring Westminster Symphonic Choir performing Ravel's L'Enfant et les sortileges (The Child and the Magic Spells) with guest artists and conductor Stephane Deneve

Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 7:30pm
Friday, February 14, 2020 at 2:00pm
Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 8:00pm

Verizon Hall
Kimmel Center
300 S Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA  19102

Tickets: $33-$150

Ticket Sales: 215-893-1999



*****Rider Musical Theatre: MAD About You!

MAD About You! is a cabaret journey through the joys of love, longing and lust to the agony, anger and angst of heartbreak and breakup. This cabaret will feature myriad of musical genres including pop, nusical theatre, country and R&B.

Friday, February 14, 2020 at 2:00pm
Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 2:00pm

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

Admission is Free 

*****Rinaldi Steinway Westminster Piano Alumni Series: John Franek

Westminster alumnus John Franek returns in a performance featuring his original works and others by Mozart, C. P. E. Bach and Lachenmann.

John Franek is a composer and pianist with degrees theory and composition and piano performance from Westminster Choir College.  He has performed and premiered his own works on three continents and has given concerts throughout the United States.  An avid researcher and performer of Mozart, he is currently touring his “Franek & Mozart” lecture-concert in which he aims to provide the listeners with a new perspective on the emotional range of Mozart’s music. 

He premiered his Piano Concerto No.1 with the Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra and his work Affektenlehre: Concert for Keyboard & Strings at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. He has recorded extensively as a solo artist, most recently releasing an album composed entirely of solo keyboard works by Mozart on DoubleV Digital Recordings.
Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 3:00pm
Bristol Chapel
Westminster Choir College
101 Walnut Lane
Princeton, NJ  08540
Admission is Free 

*****Westminster Conservatory at Nassau
Music of Franz Schubert and Nathaniel Dett

Soprano Holly Gash, clarinetist Kenneth Ellison and Clipper Erickson perform selections by Franz Schubert and Nathanial Dett

Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 12:15pm

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

Admission is Free

*****Westminster Conservatory Faculty Recital
An Evening of Duo Piano Music

Piano duo Ena Bronstein Barton and Phyllis Lehrer perform works by Mozart, Saint Saens, Schumann and Young.

Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:30pm

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

Admission is Free 

*****Westminster Community Orchestra: 2020 Westminster Conservatory Showcase
Featuring Winners of the 2020 Concerto Competition 

This year's program includes the following works: 

Grieg: “Peasant Dance” from Lyric Suite 

Sam Scheibe '21: “Skylands” from Constellations (world premiere)

Chaminade: Concertino for Flute and Orchestra

Crusell: Concerto for Clarinet No. 3 (first movement) 

Sullivan: “The Wandering Minstrel” from The Mikado

Bertaux: To Music 

Bach: “Duet” and “Chorale” from Cantata No. 93

Fauré: “Sanctus” from Requiem 

Mozart: “Il core vi dono” from Così fan tutte 

Donizetti: “Quel guardo, il cavaliere” from Don Pasquale

Smetana:  “Moldau” from Má vlast

Westminster Community Orchestra
Ruth Ochs, conductor
Sergey Tkachenko, assistant conductor

Westminster Conservatory Children’s Choir
Patricia Thel, director and conductor
Chaequan Anderson, conductor
Yvonne Macdonald, conductor
John Paul Velez, conductor

Winners of the Westminster Conservatory Concerto Competition
Ethan Feng, Abrielle Scott, Eugene Seong

Westminster Choir College Opera Workshop
Susan Shiplett Ashbaker and Nova Thomas, directors

Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 3:00pm 

Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Princeton University
Princeton, NJ, 08542

Admission - $15 adults, $10 students/seniors

Box Office: 609-258-9220


*****Rider Theater: The Wolves

A slice of life play exploring nine girls' struggles to stand out while trying to fit in.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 7:30pm - tickets sold at the door
Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 7:30pm
Friday, February 28, 2020 at 7:30pm
Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 2:00pm

Yvonne Theater
2083 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 

Admission: $20 Adults, $15 seniors/non-Rider students
Rider students: $5 Faculty and Staff

Preview performance sold at door: $9 Adults/non-Rider students, $5 seniors

Box Office: 609-896-7775


*****2020 Lindey Christiansen Art Song Festival
Samuel Barber: An American Master

This year’s festival celebrates the vocal music of Samuel Barber. Pennsylvania-born and Curtis-educated, Barber rose to international prominence at a young age, producing a catalogue of works that has been embraced by generations. Steeped in the music of Debussy, Strauss, Brahms and the Italian masters, Barber’s musical style mixes nineteenth-century Romanticism with a distinctive brand of chromaticism and modernist techniques. Possessing an exceptional understanding of the voice and the expressive gestures inherent in language, Barber wrote songs and operatic works outstanding for their emotional depth and dramatic charge. His vast song collection includes diverse and distinctive settings of texts from the English language canon, from the fantastical visions of James Joyce to the psychologically astute meditations of Irish monks from the 8th to the 13th centuries, to the American lyricism of James Agee. Our concerts will feature all of Barber’s published songs as well as several large-scale vocal works and lesser-known, previously unpublished songs. Join us for this exploration of an American master. 

Friday, February 28, 2020 at 7:30pm
Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 7:30pm

Admission: $15 Adults, $10 students and seniors

Box Office: 609-921-2663