Tuning Up DECEMBER 2018
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volume 57 no.4   PO Box 283, New City, NY 10956

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
10:15 AM to Noon
at the Rockland Conservatory of Music

“Orchestra on the Move -
motion and memory in a performance of Wagners’ Siegfried Idyll”


In this presentation, eminent violinist Calvin Wiersma will discuss a project he did with the Ithaca College Chamber Orchestra, and how he came to use and learn about the transformative power of movement, memory, community, and self motivation as pedagogical concepts. 

Calvin Wiersma, violinist, is Assistant Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at Ithaca College. He was the creator of the Music program and initial Music Department chair at the Bard High School Early College, an innovative New York City Public School for gifted students, was chamber music coordinator for the Russian American Youth Orchestra, and has been on the faculties of the Purchase Conservatory of Music, the Lawrence Conservatory of Music, Florida State University, Brandeis University, and the Longy School of Music.

He has conducted clinics and master classes throughout the world, has been on the Faculties of several summer programs including Greenwood and Manchester Music, and has been an artist in residence at numerous institutions, including Middlebury College, Colgate University, the California Summer Arts Program, the Smolny Institute in Moscow, Russia, and the Institute for Chamber Music in Khiryat Shemona, Israel.

In addition to his teaching activities, Mr. Wiersma appears throughout the world as a soloist and chamber musician. He is a member of the Manhattan String Quartet, was a founding member of the Meliora Quartet, winner of the Naumberg, Fischoff, Coleman, and Cleveland Quartet competitions, and the Quartet-in-Residence of the Spoleto Festivals of the U.S., Italy, and Australia, and was also a founding member of the Figaro Trio. He has performed numerous solo recitals, including appearances in Boston, New York, and Chicago, and has appeared with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, The Concerto Company of Boston, and the Lawrence Symphony, among others.



proudly presents


to benefit



Weekend of DECEMBER 8th and 9th

Palisades Center Mall


Teacher and Student Volunteers Needed

Visit for more information

Contact: Carole Tilson


The year was 2001. The Guild was about to embark upon our first Music Marathon.  I was the chairperson, with the help of my very capable colleagues. Needless to say, I prepared for the big day with great enthusiasm, excitement and much trepidation.  

How was I going to run the event smoothly, making sure we had everything in order?  Enter Susie Covello. Susie, in her infinite wisdom, offered her advice and also volunteered to “hold my hand”, from early in the morning to closing the event in the evening.

I remember her appearing in a stocking hat, her heartwarming smile, full of holiday spirit and my relief that everything would be okay.  And it was. The students performed beautifully, with Susie’s upbeat encouragement and fun loving personality.

And that was the beginning of what was to become a spectacular yearly event!
Susie, you continued to be a presence at every marathon thereafter and I know you will be there again this year, just from another place.

Marilyn Hazan

Editor's note: This concludes our "Susie Story" series - hope you have enjoyed them!


Dear Colleagues,

I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. We braved the traffic and visited family in West Hartford, Ct.

Watching the Thanksgiving parade on TV was definitely the way to go, considering the frigid temperatures. Yes it was cold, but still a lot better than last Thursday's snow fiasco.

Those of you who were fortunate to attend our last presentation by Elaina Burns were treated to a stimulating discussion on the various ways of reducing stress when performing, as well as other similar topics.


We hope you can attend our next program on Wednesday, Dec.5th, by the wonderful violinist and teacher, Cal Wiersma, of the Manhattan String Quartet.


And please don't forget the Music Marathon on the weekend of Dec. 8th and 9th at the Palisades Mall.


With best wishes and stay warm,


Upcoming Programs and Events

(all Wednesday programs begin at 10:15 AM)

Wednesday, December 5 at RCM
"Orchestra On the Move"
violinist Cal Wiersma

Saturday, January 19 at Rosemary Waltzer's

Wednesday, March 6 at RCM
pianist Alexander Peskanov: "Peskanov on Peskanov"

Wednesday, April 3 at RCM
Round Table discussion on teaching beginners

Wednesday, May 1 at RCM
member Melissa Alexander

Sunday, May 5th at RCM all day

Sunday, May 19th at RCM

Wednesday, June 5th, TBA
Board of Directors and Event Chairpersons
RCMTG  2018-2019

President: Steve Cohen

Vice President: 
Carole Tilson

Treasurer: Rosemary Waltzer

Recording Secretary:
Arlene Linke

Corresponding Secretary: Suzanne Coletta

Marathon: Carole Tilson

Auditions: Christine Renstrom

Membership: Suzanne Coletta

Hospitality: member needed here!

"Tuning Up" Editor:
Tedo Wyman
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