We were honored to have internationally known performer, teacher, clinician, author and adjudicator, Phyllis Lehrer, as our Convention Presenter this year. The morning session consisted of presentations on "Coping with Performance Anxiety" and "The Inner Game of Music." In the afternoon Phyllis gave a masterclass with students of Mitzi DeWhitt and Chris McCloskey performing. The Convention concluded with wonderful performances by our Competition winners.
Pictured from left to right: Lumina Zhang, Junior High Piano Alternate-Student of Loretta Jankowski; Christina Wang, Junior High Piano Winner-Student of Stella Xu; Ruby Anderson, Senior High Voice Winner-Student of Marian Healy; Savannah Klumpp, Senior High Voice Honorable Mention-Student of Marian Healy; Sydney Kenton, Senior High Voice Alternate-Student of Marian Healy; Sophia Liston, Senior High Voice Honorable Mention-Student of Mary Ellen Schauber; Joseph Kang, Senior High Piano Winner-Student of David Brown; Victor Li, Senior High Piano Alternate-Student of Holly Roadfeldt; Miyu Mudalamane, Senior High Piano Honorable Mention-Student of Mitzi DeWhitt; Genevieve Hahn, Young Artist Performance Woodwind Representative-Student of Eileen Grycky.
Lumina Zhang, a Maryland native and a student of Loretta Jankowski of Newark, Delaware, won third place in the “Great Composers International Competition” playing Shostakovich’s “Lyrical Waltz”. Students from around the world competed. Lumina, who recently turned ten years old, has other accomplishments. She performed in Carnegie Recital Hall this past May because she won two competitions sponsored by the Piano Teachers Society of America. One of these competitions required her to perform five pieces for memory, one of which had three separate movements.
There is an exciting event coming up in November! Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the 2016 DSMTA Convention on Saturday, November 5. This year it will be held at the University of Delaware Bayard- Sharp Hall
The MTNA Competitions will be held the weekend before on October 28 & 29 at the University of Delaware. The Honors Recital will be held on the day of the Convention in the afternoon.
Our clinician this year is Dr. William Carr.
Concert Pianist and Steinway Artist, Dr. Carr, is Professor of Music at Immaculata University and President of Informance Associates. As a concert pianist, Dr. Carr continues to perform with area orchestras including the Ocean City Pops Orchestra, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, the University of Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Doctors Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Classical Symphony Orchestra. Because of his reputation as performer and teacher, he often adjudicates in piano juries and competitions.
Dr. William Carr has given corporate seminars and recital presentations on creativity to the graduate schools of business and to over thirty Fortune 500 corporations worldwide. Some of his lectures touch upon the role of creativity in leadership and strategic thinking, the creative process, insight restructuring, intrinsic vs. extrinsic motivation, and a comparison between the elements of music vs. the elements of management and their implementation in the teaching studio.
Your $25.00 registration fee (member or non-member) will provide you with valuable teaching materials, coffee and breakfast items, lunch, and a very fulfilling day. The registration fee for students, including college students, is only $9.00.
Convention REGISTRATION FORM
Each year DSMTA teachers and students participate in a Piano Marathon which benefits Water Access Now to build wells for people in Guana. DSMTA first helped provide a well with other local fundraisers several years ago. The dig was so successful that people from neighboring villages were also given access!
Last year DSMTA reached its own total for a well! (These are around 12K). Our logo recently traveled with a WAN representative to put on the new well a few weeks ago. What a wonderful way for students to share their talents to help others have access to clean water! This year's Marathon will take place at the Barnes and Noble on Concord Pike from 10am-6pm on Nov 12, 2016. Please stop by and listen. Vouchers will be available so that a percentage of purchases goes toward the cause. Or donate at the table!
Grace Chen, pianist, age 10, student of Jennifer Chen, was recently awarded second place in the age 12 and under category at the American Protege International Concerto competition 2016. She competed with instrumentalists from all around the world. Grace performed at the winners' concert on July 2, 2016 at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
On Sunday May 29th Alicia and Dennis Chu, residents of Newark, were two of forty other young pianists from around the country to play the stage at Carnegie Hall as
part of a 36th anniversary concert of the Piano Teachers’ Society of America. The two were chosen from a large number of applicants after auditioning for a panel of judges. Alicia, age 9, a fourth grader at North Star Elementary School, performed Debussy’s First Arabesque. Dennis, age 13, who attendsH.B. du Pont Middle School, played Dance of the Water Grass, a Chinese classical piece made famous in the West by Lang Lang. The two study piano with Mitzi DeWhitt of Hockessin.
Six students from the piano class of Loretta Jankowski were winners in “The Piano Teachers Society of America” and performed in the Winners Recital on May 29th 2016 at Carnegie Recital Hall. In the photo above from left to right are Dylan Ortega, 10, of Bear; Pranav Padmanabhan, 12, of Pike Creek; Trysha Ortega, 15, of Bear; Matthew Ebron, 13, of New Castle; Grace Li, 13, of Bear; and Zachary Villamor, 12, of Bear. “The Piano Teachers Society of America” is a highly respected and competitive organization which originated in New Jersey and is now active in the East Coast. For more information about this fine organization, please contact Loretta Jankowski, who is the Chairperson for the Delaware, Maryland, and east Pennsylvania area at LorettaJankowski@gmail.com.
Claire Caverly, student of Mary Ellen Schauber, won the 2015 MTNA National Division of Voice. Congratulations from all of us at DSMTA!
Kirill Gliadkovsky will lecture and give master classes October 31, 2016 at the University of Delaware for DSMTA members and guests. Registration page here.
Mr. Gliadkovsky's performances have been met with great enthusiasm by both audiences and music critics in Europe, Russia and North America. Josef Woodard, a critic at the Los Angeles Times, wrote: "...the intensity and a nicely honed musicality left the audience stunned...enthralling...all in all, a gripping and masterful performance". Dany Margolies at The Malibu Times describes his playing: "wondrous range...impassioned depth...enormous physical and emotional power...a complete artist". “Fine dramatic sense…appealing range of emotional effects and pianistic devices…wonderful” writes Fort Worth Star-Telegram; “The most impressive…memorable… deep musician… fine interpretation” - Izvestia (Moscow, Russia)
Since making his first public appearance at the age of 6, Mr. Gliadkovsky has toured extensively on three continents performing piano and organ recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in various cities in Russia, including Moscow's prestigious Bolshoi, Maliy and Rachmaninoff Halls, St.-Petersburg Philharmonic's Glinka Hall, as well as in Italy, U.K., Poland, Mongolia, Canada, Japan and throughout the United States. The venues included Purcell Hall in London, Merkin Hall in New York, Jack Singer Hall in Calgary, Royce Hall in Los Angeles, Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, CA, Centers for the Arts in Scottsdale and Chandler AZ, National Gallery of Art and Catholic University in Washington, DC, 1st Congregational Church in Los Angeles, Philharmonic Hall in Poznan, Poland, and many others. He has performed at various music festivals, such as Aspen, Ventura, Music in the Mountains, Redlands Bowl festivals in the USA and Credomatic Festival in Costa Rica, and worked with well-known conductors Pierre Boulez, Mehli Mehta, Gordon Johnson, John Farrer, Mischa Semanitzky, Patrick Flynn, among others.
Mr. Gliadkovsky's popularity is also fast growing being a featured artist in numerous live TV and radio broadcasts and programs on such networks as NPR, CBS, PBS, CBC, WQXR, KBYU, KPAC, Russian State TV and Radio and others. He has recorded six CDs for Alexei Records and for CMK Classics labels.
Kirill Gliadkovsky was born in Moscow and has studied music since the age of 5. Mr. Gliadkovsky attended the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow where his teachers included renowned musicians Lev Vlasenko, Mikhail Pletniev (piano) and Leonid Royzman (organ). Mr. Gliadkovsky also earned both his Master’s and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at the University of Southern California with Professors Daniel Pollack (piano), Cherry Rhodes (organ), and William Schaefer (conducting). He also coached with Ann Schein, Herbert Stessin, Stephen Kovacevich and Lev Naumov. Kirill Gliadkovsky took numerous prizes at international piano competitions in Europe and the United States.
Mr. Gliadkovsky is an orchestra and choral conductor. He performs on harpsichord, as well. He is a part of 4Gs family piano team with his wife - a concert pianist Anna Gliadkovskaya - and their daughters Anastasia and Sophia. He also served as the music director and organist at Westwood Hills Christian Church in Los Angeles for 10 years.
Mr. Gliadkovsky combines his busy concert schedule with teaching at Saddleback College as the Director of Keyboard Studies. Prior to coming to Saddleback, he has been on the piano faculty at USC and Santa Monica College and served as the head of piano area at SUU (Southern Utah University) in Cedar City, UT. Mr. Gliadkovsky has been in demand as a masterclass artist-teacher and piano adjudicator in piano competitions in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Dallas, Columbus, Washington, D.C. and many other cities. His students have won prizes at various piano contests and have been accepted at schools such as USC, UCLA, Manhattan School of Music, Northwestern University, Peabody and San Francisco Conservatories, UC Berkeley, UCSB, UNT, BYU, USU and others, often with fellowship and scholarship awards.
Balakirev Islamey http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-ZEPxn3_Sg
Chopin Fantasy Op. 49 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0h-h3ITkTAw and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bzon-BOmk5w
Schumann Symphonic Etudes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tioUlChppQY and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnEcyVbq9OY
Rachmaninoff Piano concerto No. 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5lawtmsPG8 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDm6NGzi32s
Gershwin I Got Rhythm
Gottschalk Souvenirs d’Andalousie
Jean Guillou Scenes d’enfant
part 1 http://youtu.be/JR3Ra_P-GG8
part 2 http://youtu.be/lheg2hM0BwQ
Welcome to the new DSMTA website! As things move along we should have news and pictures in this area!