Tuning Up APRIL 2018
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10 AM - SHARP! 

 - Program begins immediately as our speaker will need to leave at 11:30 - PLEASE be on time - you won't want to miss this.


The Peabody Award-winning WQXR broadcaster and producer will share highlights from interviews with celebrities and musical luminaries, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the concerts and shows he produced for Lincoln Center, the Hollywood Bowl and classical station WQXR.

Elliott Forrest is a Peabody Award winning broadcaster and producer. He is currently heard on Classical 105.9FM WQXR and guest-hosts for John Schaefer and on WNYC. He is the Artistic Director of ArtsRock. He's produced at The Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center and scores of concerts, events and shows. He is the host and producer of the national radio concerts of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; and hosts and produces regular podcasts for the New York Philharmonic; has been the 'voice' of CNN and LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER on PBS. For more than 12 years he was with the A&E Television Network as host of Breakfast with the Arts and Biography. 




Our 2018 Auditions will be held Sunday, May 6, 2018 at the Rockland Conservatory of Music and applications need to be finalized and submitted to Christine Renstrom no later than April 6, 2018. All applications for Solo Division, Concerto Division and Scholarship can be downloaded at our website: RCMTG.Org/Auditions.

This year we have three Scholarship categories: RCMTG Scholarship, The George Bryant Scholarship and The Eliza Malagraph Scholarship. These offer wonderful new opportunities for deserving students.

Please double-check Guidelines for changes in requirements.

If you can help out on the day of Auditions - let me know!
or call: 201-768-8020.


I look forward to seeing you and your students at this year’s Auditions Program.

Marie Cowen


For 2018 only, we will be offering "The Eliza Malagraph Memorial Scholarship" to a deserving 6th-10th grader who is studying one of the bowed instruments (Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass). The winning student, who must be working with an RCMTG teacher, will be awarded a scholarship of $2,000 - which will be given to the teacher to cover one year of lessons. We offer this in fond memory of a lovely young woman, daughter of member Barbara Malagraph: Eliza - who was a cello student.

To enter, the student must participate in Guild Auditions in May specifically for this Scholarship - the Scholarship application is on our website.
Contact Marie Cowen:,
or Tedo Wyman:, for more information.


Dear Friends,

The calendar says spring but lately it really hasn't felt like it.
Hopefully, this is the week it it happens.
As we drive around our beautiful county we are still reminded
of the recent storms that brought down so many trees.
I hope all of you stayed safe. 

On Wednesday, April 4th at 10:00 AM, we are having Elliot Forrest
at our meeting at the Nyack Library.

With his  visual and sound presentation he will tell fascinating stories
of the inner workings of the classical station WQXR ,
and the many concerts he has hosted, as well as the incredible people of the arts he has interviewed.    

We highly recommend you attend and hope you can tell your many friends as well.

The Guild recently was represented at the Rockland County Youth Fest at RCC spreading the news of 
our existence to the thousands who attended.

As a professional group of teachers we believe our organization represents the best musically education 
that is available and take great pride in what we do.

One of the things is bringing programs of interest to our members.
Our April 4th program is a highlight.

See you then.
Steve Cohen


Due to a dire forecast we had to cancel our meeting with Jim Goldsworthy last month - but the good news is that he was able to re-schedule and will be with us on May 2nd.
The Nominating Committee is working on a slate of officers for our annual meeting - up for election are the offices of Vice President, Treasurer and Corresponding Secretary. If you are interested in a position on the board, please contact Suzanne Coletta at:, or call 638-2554.
Germonds Presbyterian Church
seeking Church Music/Choir Director.

Candidate must have at least a Bachelor degree in Music Education and some experience conducting choral ensembles. For a complete job description, EoE statement and additional info about the church, go to:

Read more about them on our website or check out hers:
and his:
Saturday, April 7 at 7:30 PM: Nyack BOCES Auditoriam:
- "Music That Changed the World" - with an all-star line-up. Tickets $28/$48 premium seating. or call: (855)-278-7762. Produced by member Jeffrey Friedberg and our April speaker Elliot Forrest.

Monday, April 30 at 7:30 PM Nyack College: Members Tammy Lum and Fredrica (Tedo) Wyman performing works for duet and two piano: featuring Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, and other great works by Deubssy, Piazzola, Mozart, Albeniz, and Rachmaninoff.  Program is free and open to the public.

Upcoming Programs and Events

April 4 - Elliot Forrest, 10 AM at Nyack Library

May 2 - James Goldsworthy - "Big Concepts" at

May 6 - Young People's Auditions - at RCM all day

May 20 - Blue and Gold Recital - at RCM
June 6 - Annual Luncheon, location TBA
Board of Directors and Event Chairpersons
RCMTG  2017-2018

President: Steve Cohen

Vice President: 
Jennifer Eyges

Treasurer: Rosemary Waltzer

Recording Secretary:
Arlene Linke

Corresponding Secretary: Carole Tilson

Marathon: Marilyn Hazan

Auditions: Marie Cowen

Membership: Suzanne Coletta

Hospitality: Lana Tonkoschkur

"Tuning Up" Editor:
Tedo Wyman
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