Tuning Up OCTOBER 2018
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volume 57 no.2   PO Box 283, New City, NY 10956
Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018
Rockland Conservatory of Music
10:15 AM to Noon

Keryn Waltzer,
Administrator & Resource Ninja at the award winning
tech-marketing agency, Quantious of Nyack, NY.


 "Being Seen" 

How to make a real-life impression in the digital age.  


Keryn Waltzer




proudly presents


to benefit



Weekend of DECEMBER 8th and 9th

Palisades Center Mall

Give your students the opportunity to

showcase their talents as they raise funds

to support a local charity.

Teacher and Student Volunteers Needed

Visit for more information

Further Questions or Concerns?

Contact: Carole Tilson



Hope this finds everyone well and busy with their teaching and performing schedules.

When you read this, the Fall Fanfare will have already taken place. Thank you all, for getting back to me. So many of you wanted to come but had prior commitments.


Remember, on Nov.4th the Helping Hands organization is having a dinner at Town and Country Caterers and they are looking for student performers to play or sing. (All instruments)

Please contact Kathy Lathrop at if you would like to submit some students.

This is a great opportunity for your students to perform.

Lastly, the board has put together some wonderful programs for 2018-2019 that I hope you really take advantage of. The guild exists to serve its members.

With best wishes,


Ed Simons* Memorial Young Peoples Concert

Sunday, October 28th @ 4 PM

at Rockland Community College, Fine Arts Center

145 College Road, Suffern, NY 10901

Dvorak - Carnival Overture

Elgar - Nimrod

Schumann - Piano Concerto 1st Movement

Grieg - Piano Concerto 2nd Movement

Saint Saens - Danse Macabre

Elgar - Pomp and Circumstance No. 4

Our Guest Conductor is Murray Colosimo** with

Soloists, Wynnum Sabile: Grieg: (Piano) Concerto
and Laurence Lu: Schumann: (Piano) Concerto

Ticket Prices: Adults $20, Seniors / Students $15, under 12 years – free

For tickets, please visit our website:


*Ed Simons was the Music Director and principal conductor of the Rockland Symphony

Orchestra for 60 years. In that span, he led the Symphony and introduced the Young Peoples Concert program to showcase young musicians as soloists with the RSO. In cooperation with the Rockland County Music Teachers Guild, the RSO continues the YPC program featuring winners of their Concerto competition as guest soloists.


**Mr. Colosimo is recognized by The Newark Star Ledger as “among the best around…Topdrawer musicianship.” He has conducted some of the world’s greatest artists including Andre Watts, Grant Johannesen as well as such great jazz figures as Benny Golson and Art Farmer. Mr. Colosimo currently serves as the Music Director of the Bergen Sinfonia and Principal Orchestra Conductor at Juilliard of the Musical Advancement Program.


Come and support these young artists and music in Rockland!
The Rockland Symphony Orchestra
PO Box 456
Valley Cottage, NY 

Laurence Lu and Wynnum Sabile

She was funny!  I remember her telling me years ago that she was raising her lesson rates according to inflation to (can’t remember exactly) but something like $30.28 per half hour! I imagined her doling out 72 cents change to students...  And last year I taught a comedy Improvisation class at the New City Library and she showed up and joined in with enthusiasm although her hearing (hearing aids left at home) made it challenging for her to get all the ‘rules’.  As I remember, she surprised us all by being a convincing dog!  - Bette Glenn


Welcome New Member Dr. Elaina Burns!

Pianist Dr. Elaina Burns is an active soloist, chamber musician, and teacher based in Pearl River, New York. A registered yoga teacher and member of the Performing Arts Medicine Association, her primary area of research is the impact of meditation and mind-body alignment on performing artists. Burns is founder and director of Resonance: Mind-Body-Music, a piano and yoga studio dedicated to the creative and healing arts. Dr. Burns will be presenting our November program: "Aligning Mind and Body In Artistic Performance". She is also assisting with Music Marathon in December.    

Dear Pianists, Please see below for some broad details of an opportunity in New City, NY for you or any colleagues/students you can think of!

For more information, including stipend, please contact their Parish Administrator at 845-634-3601, or email at

A little about the position: This congregation has a nice pipe organ, but they are also used to singing with the piano. A small choir [6-8] is there, and often a singer from the congregation will sing something for the Offertory. An accompanist with keyboard skill would work well and most of the vocalists will be congregational.


Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 1 PM - Duo Lada
Dr. Blagomira Lipari, violin
Dr. Elaina Burns, piano
Good Shepherd Lutheran, Pearl River
freewill donation


Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 7 PM - Jarlath Henderson
Masterful balladeer and instrumentalist: 3-time All-Ireland Champion Uilleann piper -
"Overtures" Community Concert Series
Rockland Conservatory of Music
Tickets $20 general, 18 and under free


Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 4 PM - Sound The Trumpet!
Trumpeters from the West Point Band and pianist Yalin Chi in a diverse program. GraceMusic - 120 First Ave, Nyack - $20

Sunday October 28, 2018 at 4 PM 
Annual Young People's Concert at RCC with winners of RCMTG Concerto Competition. See article above for details.

Upcoming Programs and Events

(all Wednesday programs begin at 10:15 AM)
Wednesday, October 3 at Rockland Conservatory (RCM)
Keryn Waltzer: "Being Seen"

Wednesday, November 7 at RCM
new member Elaina Burns talks about aligning mind and body in artistic performance.

Wednesday, December 5 at RCM
violinist Cal Weirsma

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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