Tuning Up APRIL 2019
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2019 at the Rockland Conservatory of Music
10:15 AM to Noon
a Round Table Discussion with Guild Teachers:

Shannon Boyce (Voice)
Steve Cohen (Piano) 
Benjamin Riley (Guitar/Piano) 
Carole Tilson (Cello) 
Rosemary Waltzer (French Horn/Piano/Violin)

Here are some bios of our illustrious colleagues and fun facts:

Soprano Shannon Boyce has been teaching singing lessons for over 25 years.  She has a bachelor's degree in Voice from Samford University in Birmingham Alabama and a Master's degree in voice from Manhattan School of Music.  She has performed with Des Moines Metro Opera, Brandenberg Opera, Brevard Music Center, and New York City Opera.  Her studio, A Supple Voice, recently moved from Chestnut Ridge to Valley Cottage. 

Steve Cohen, RCMTG President, shares a "fun fact" with us: "After graduating School of Visual Arts, the school got me a job doing graphics and portraits on the Huntley Brinkley Report. Four graduates were put on a poster which was in all the NY subways. It said we got our jobs from the school. Sometimes I'd stand in front of the poster waiting for a train but nobody ever recognized me.

That program then became NBC Nightly News where I stayed for 12 years also doing court room sketches. At NBC there were always pianos outside the studio where John Carson did his show, and I'd take breaks and play for a small crowd.

One of my most  fun experiences was meeting Sammy Cahn while playing piano in a New York Hotel. Afterwards, he asked me to accompany him singing his songs at a dinner party at Gov. Abe Ribicoff's apartment. We rehearsed in his office and apartment and it had to be played exactly like he wrote it. What a great night."

Ben Riley is a classical and acoustic guitarist, singer, songwriter, writer, and music educator. Ben performs his unique blend of folk-rock and classical guitar music at a wide variety of venues throughout the Hudson Valley and teaches guitar, bass, mandolin, and beginner piano lessons privately and at Rivertown Music in Nyack, New York. 

Carole Tilson, cellist, earned a degree from the New England Conservatory and has performed in orchestras and chamber groups all over the tri-state area. She has been teaching the cello (all levels) for 25 years and some of her students have performed at Carnegie Hall with the School for Strings, as soloists with the Rockland Symphony, as members of the All State Orchestra in Rochester, NY and in youth orchestras throughout the metropolitan area including NY Youth Symphony

Rosemary Waltzer has been a member of the guild for over 20 years and teaches horn, piano and violin with equal gusto. She has extensive chamber music experience and composes for various ensembles and for her students. 

SUNDAY MAY 5th, 2019

The deadline to have your applications to Christine fast approaches...April 5th! Please be prompt so that the committee can plan everyone's appointment time and judge's assignments efficiently. We are so thrilled to be preparing this very important event in the Guild's calendar year once again.

All the forms are available on-line at Please feel free to contact Christine, Tedo, or Carole with any questions you might have. Deadline to apply is Friday, April 5th. Send applications by mail or email to Christine Renstrom (her address is on the form).

If you would like to volunteer to help on May 5th - please contact Christine - we need monitors and hospitality folks to keep the day moving smoothly.

Christine: or 358-6693,
Tedo: or 358-4789,
Carole: or 638-6658,
Marie: or 201-768-8020.


Dear Colleagues,
Welcome to the spring.
The Board and Keryn have been working on developing a much more informative and interactive website. It may take a little time but we are excited about how much it will improve all aspects of the Guild.
Two weekends ago I manned a booth, with the help of Alicia Edelberg, at The Rockland County Youthfest,which was held in the Fieldhouse of RCC. You see us in the above picture: we handed out flyers, spreading the word about the Guild. We met so many interesting families who stopped by.
On Wednesday, April 3rd, at 10:15 at the Rockland Conservatory we are having a panel discussion on the teaching of beginners.
There will be 5 teachers on the panel, each representing a different instrument including voice. Some of you may teach students who have a keyboard and not a piano. I will discuss this as well.
I hope we can get a lot of feedback from everyone attending.
This should be a valuable discussion that will be very beneficial to everyone.
Hope to see you there!
Best wishes,

Updating you all on the progress of our initiative to improve communications in the Guild - our new PR associate, Keryn Waltzer, would love to talk to you. She has heard from 16 of us and that's maybe 25% of our membership. Don't be scared - this is not an attempt to recruit anyone into service! The board truly wants to learn what the majority of the members, active and inactive, discern about the Guild. We absolutely NEED to hear from you, and it won't take much time - you can choose a time that works for you from her calendar. Keryn is a delightful person and she will guide you through a short conversation, which will remain totally anonymous to everyone but Keryn. We are proceeding with a plan to completely re-do our website - making it more interactive in many ways. Likewise we hope to schedule/create events and programs in ways that will make it possible for more members to hear and participate. So you can see how crucial it is that we move forward in a way that includes majority opinion as much as possible. Contact Keryn at:
Barbara Benary: musician, composer and ethnomusicologist, died peacefully at home on Sunday March 17th after battling Parkinson’s for several years.
Her music had first been published when she was 16 years of age. She was ever present in the contemporary music field. A member of the Phillip Glass Group during the 1970’s. In 1976, she co-founded Gamelan Son of Lion with Philip Corner and Daniel Goode. She also constructed most of the group’s instruments and produced over 12 CD’s.
Her work will be cataloged as a part of NYU Fales Library. She is survived by her husband, RCMTG member Steven Silverstein and daughter Lyra Silverstein.

Barbara was a long-time member of the Guild. Many of us will remember a wonderful program she gave us several years ago at Nyack Library.
In keeping with her wishes, there will be no funeral service but there will be a memorial concert as a celebration of her life.
For details and updates, please visit Gamelan Son of Lion’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook. com/gamelansonoflion/ In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Planned Parenthood, www.plannedparenthood. org, or Four Legs Good, Inc., www.fourlegsgood
Here's a short video about Barbara

Boston Studio Upright Model 118S. 
(Steinway manufactures Boston Pianos)
11 years old.
Black finish.
Excellent (like new) condition.
Matching bench. 
If interested, contact Christine Renstrom
at or 845-358-6693.

Sunday, April 7, 4 PM Rockland Symphony at Green Meadow Waldorf School. Chopin Piano Concerto #2 with Eric Clark, pianist, Beethoven Symphony #7, Mascagni Intermezzo. Conductor Brent Chancellor. tickets: $20, Seniors/Students: $15.
for more info:

Sunday April 7, 3 PM Morning Music Club at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Pearl River. Ani Kalayjian, cello and Robert Faruggia, tenor. Free admission.
for more info:  

Upcoming Programs and Events

(all Wednesday programs begin at 10:15 AM)

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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