Tuning Up MAY 2018
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volume 56 no.8   PO Box 283, New City, NY 10956

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2nd, 2018
10 AM
(RCM door opens at 10, program begins shortly thereafter.)



If big concepts surround all the nuts and bolts of what we present to our students in the very first lessons we have with them, we provide them with a dynamic medium for their beginning study and a powerful trajectory for discoveries and learning across their lifetimes. We will consider concepts of physics and mathematics and how they can give greater life to quarter and half notes, how we are seated at, hold/connect with and sound an instrument, and the first melodies we play or sing. Not only can these big beginnings make all the difference for a lifetime of rewarding relationship to music, but provide for undergirding principles for any field of study or practice.

Jim Goldsworthy is greatly honored to be back together with his friends and colleagues of the Rockland County Music Teachers Guild. He continues his dedication to the art of learning about life, music, and being a pianist along with his co-learners of all ages. In addition to teaching at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey across the academic year, he coaches and performs chamber music every summer with the Chamber Music Conference and Composers' Forum of the East in Bennington, Vermont, and directs Westminster's High School Solo Pianist Week every last week of June. Recently he premiered The Mystery of Deep Candor, a song cycle by David Rakowski, with soprano Judith Bettina, and worked together with Ms. Bettina in editing a newly published collection of songs by Chester Biscardi.

AUDITIONS on May 6th at the Rockland Conservatory of Music - all day. If you would like to help out by being a monitor, please contact Marie Cowen or Christine Renstrom.
If you have students participating, please remember to pick up your results by 5 PM at the Rockland Conservatory, to save on time and postage.

Winners of Scholarships, Concerto, and Blue and Gold recipients will all be invited to perform at the Blue and Gold Recital - so please save the date of Sunday, May 20th.


We had a little tease of spring this past weekend. Hopefully it returns soon so we can spend more time enjoying all that spring brings.

For me personally it means finally able to play tennis outside.

Our past April meeting with Elliot Forrest was enjoyed by all.I only wish more members could have taken part.

We on the board have discussed at length how to get a bigger turnout at our monthly membership meetings.

I would greatly like to hear from any of you about this subject

Should we have the meetings on  weekends instead?

Should we have more round table discussions?

More master classes?

Do away with the meetings altogether?

How do you feel about the subject?

We really would love to get your opinions so please email me your thoughts.



Vice President: Carole Tilson

Corresponding Secretary: Suzanne Coletta

Treasurer: Rosemary Waltzer


We are still very much in need of someone to take over chairing the Music Marathon Committee.

We need someone to handle Hospitality as Lana is retiring from that position.

Is there a member who would like to work on Programs and/or Publicity for us? 

Would you like to join the Board? Contact Steve - we can always use more help.


contact Iris Brooks at 353-6082

Grotrian-Steinweg grand piano.

6' 1"  ebony finish;  modern lines
Model # 185,  Serial # 97426

Fine, rich tone ; hammers in fine condition
Professional piano bench
Examined and treated by piano technician April 2018

Manhattan-based owner



Our luncheon will be on June 6th, location TBA. Dues will be owed at that time and should definitely be paid by June 30th. Please save the date of June 6th from noon until 2, as we do important business for the organization that day as well as having a lovely meal together.



Monday, April 30, 2018, at 7:30 PM, Nyack College - Music for 2 Pianos and Piano Duet
with Tammy Lum and Fredrica Wyman
featuring Rhapsody in Blue, along with works by Debussy, Bach, Albeniz, Piazzola and Rachmaninoff. Free.

Upcoming Programs and Events

May 2 - James Goldsworthy, 10 AM at RCM

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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