Tuning Up November 2019
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volume 58 no.3   PO Box 283, New City, NY 10956


Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Rockland Conservatory of Music - 10:15 AM

In this wonderful presentation, Ms. Kurbatskaya will cover many of the salient points in a well-rounded musical education. She and one of her students will also perform a few arias.


 *What does mean having a voice or talent? 

*Some of the top moments in my career.

*Responsibility for talent.

*Role parents and teachers in a development of professional skills. 

*Difference between training of kids, teens and adults.

*How to practice? 

*Stage presence and how it will help you in life. 

*Piano skills as a help in a successful career. Encouraging singers to play piano. 

*Career tips for young singers, and career advice for adult singers.

*Forte International Music Competition

Manuela Baranik, who graduated from Syracuse Conservatory will sing the Aria of Salome from "Herodiade" by Massenet, accompanied by her teacher, Ms. Kurbatskaya - who will also
 sing and play 2 Italian songs: "Non ti scordar di me" and "Maggio triste."

Viktoria Kurbatskaya is an opera singer, voice teacher, and President of Forte International Music Competition and Festivals organization.

Ms. Kurbatskaya has been hailed by critics throughout the US and Europe as "the one whose voice makes the whole production" (Rhein Main Presse, Kirn, Germany). She was a leading soprano of the National Bolshoi Opera House of Republic of Belarus in Minsk.  She has also performed many operatic roles in Europe and on concert tours in Germany, Spain, France, Austria, Ireland, Slovakia, Poland, Belgium, Brazil, Turkey, China, Russia, Lithuania, and Latvia. Ms. Kurbatskaya was also a winner and finalist of numerous international competitions.

As a professional and educator, Viktoria Kurbatskaya has an Advanced degree from Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY and Masters degree from Belarusian State Academy of Music, Minsk, Belarus and is an acclaimed teacher.

ANNUAL FALL FANFARE DINNER AND MUSIC PARTY was a wonderful gathering last month.  Many, many thanks to Steve and Carol for sharing their charming home with us and creating a welcoming party for everyone.


Dear Colleagues and Friends,

October 22nd was the RSO's Annual Young People's Concert at the Green Meadow Waldorf School's Rose Auditorium. The two young performers/winners of our Concerto Competition, Jade Jaffee and Victoria Chan, performed spectacularly with the Rockland Symphony. (see photograph below). They are the students of Carole Tilson and Fei Gao.

Before the concert began, I met with Daniel Madrid, President of the Symphony to discuss sponsorship of the Symphony. He called me up to the stage and I presented the new conductor, Brent Chancellor, with a check for $1000. I told the audience the symphony doesn't survive on ticket sales alone and they should consider contributing also, bringing live beautiful music to our community.

I think the new conductor with his vibrant personality will be a big plus for the orchestra going forward. Also, being at the concert meant I was spared having to watch the end of another Giants' football game loss.

The Fall Fanfare, which my wife and I hosted, was a lovely event with much camaraderie among our colleagues. Shannon Boyce sang an incredibly beautiful aria from La Bohème accompanied by Michael Fennelly at the piano. Michael and I then played some impromptu American songbook standards with me on my keyboard. Michael and I are considering possibly doing a two keyboard concert at my tennis club and possibly with his wife Megan Weston singing.

Looking forward to our next program on Wednesday, Nov. 6th, with opera singer and teacher Viktoria Kurbatskaya.

All the very best,


RSO Conductor Brett Chancellor with cellist Jade Jaffee and pianist Victoria Chan at October 22nd RSO Concert.
MUSIC MARATHON is right around the corner - Saturday and Sunday December 7 and 8! Forms were sent to you in the mail in October.

Reserve your timeslot now!  

Our website also has the downloadable, updated forms for this year. It will now be possible to donate on-line right on our website. To reserve a time or to ask questions, contact Carole Tilson at 638-6658 or

Volunteers welcome.

Tuesday, November 12th at 10:30 AM, Morning Music Club presents "Music In the Wilderness" - a delightful chamber group which includes members Carole Tilson and Steve Miller - at Naraushaun Presbyterian Church.

This will be a free concert, which includes music of Bruch, Mozart and Debussy.  

Upcoming Programs and Events

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at RCM - 10:15 AM Program:
Singer Viktoria Kurbatskaya

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at RCM - 10:15 AM Program:
Dr. Stephen Moshman - on Beethoven's Deafness and It's Influence on his compositions.

Sat/Sun, December 7/8, 2019 - MUSIC MARATHON

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at RCM - Program TBA

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at RCM - Program: Pianist Youn-Hee Kim

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at RCM - Program TBA

Sunday, May 17, 2020 BLUE AND GOLD RECITAL

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 JUNE LUNCHEON
Board of Directors and Event Chairpersons
RCMTG  2019-2020

President: Steve Cohen

Vice President: 
Carole Tilson

Treasurer: Rosemary Waltzer

Recording Secretary:
Marti Sweet

Corresponding Secretary: Suzanne Coletta

Marathon: Carole Tilson

Auditions: Christine Renstrom

Membership: Suzanne Coletta

Website Manager: Ben Riley

Hospitality: Arlene Linke

"Tuning Up" Editor:
Tedo Wyman
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