PMTG PROGRAM CALENDAR 2017 - 2018
October 2, 2017
REVA YOUNGSTEIN (Flute) and DANIEL SPITZER (Clarinet)
Daniel Spitzer has been performing and teaching clarinet and saxophone for over 30 years. He has performed with the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The American Symphony, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He has played on many Broadway show productions, including Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, King and I, On the Town, Les Miserables and Beauty and the Beast. He is a graduate of the Manhattan, Eastman and Juilliard Schools of Music. He lives in River Edge, with his wife, Reva Youngstein, flutist, and their twin daughters, Sarah and Natalie, fourth graders at Cherry Hill Elementary. He teaches students of all ages and abilities in the area.
Flutist Reva Youngstein Spitzer is an active performer throughout the New York area. She can be heard in broadway pits of Wicked, and the most recent Les Miserables. She is a frequent flute substitute for the NJ Symphony, and performs regularly at Carnegie Hall with Musica Sacra and with the Orchestra of the Oratorio Society of New York. She has been on the music faculty of the Brearley School in Manhattan for twenty years, and for the last four years is woodwind coach for the New Jersey Symphony’s Academy Orchestra. Reva also teaches privately in her home, and has students from age 8-68.
November 6, 2017
KATIE COSCO and STEVE ASH, DUO JAZZ PIANISTS
Katie Cosco is a talented NYC based jazz pianist. Kate began studying classical piano at the age of five and continued her formal musical education through college, where at Indiana University she received a degree in piano and audio engineering. She also completed a master’s degree in jazz piano performance at the University of Memphis.
Her professional experience ranges from jazz to pop and gospel styles. She has performed in many concert venues, casinos, hotels and clubs in Las Vegas, Chicago, Philadelphia, Memphis and Manhattan. Her credits include playing with well-known recording artists; retaining a notable job as traveling keyboardist with the world famous Four Tops. Others include Smokey Robinson, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The Temptations, Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Coasters, The Duprees, Ben E. King, The Chiffons, Lesley Gore, Peggy March, Michele Lee, Jerry Van Dyke, Charo, Jack Sheldon, Billy Swan, Clint Holmes, Thelma Houston, Michael Crawford, and Billy Eckstein. Under the direction of Alan Balter and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra she has performed many concert events with featured artists such as Mercedes Ellington, Michael Berkowitz and Bill Conti. She was the musical director and arranger of the "Tribute to the Rat Pack" show at Goldstrike Casino in Tunica, MS.
In New York City, she performed as the keyboardist/leader for Tony and Tina’s Wedding at the Edison Ballroom on 46th St and Broadway. She often occupies the conductor/pianist chair with Little Anthony and the Imperials. Kate has been selected numerous times in recent years to perform at the annual International Women in Jazz and Lady Got Chops festivals. She also leads piano trios in several well-known jazz clubs in Manhattan. In addition to teaching and playing private events, Kate currently retains weekly residencies at the Hotel Giraffe and Robert at MAD Restaurant in Manhattan She also freelances as an independent and in-demand jazz pianist across the tri-state area.
A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Steve Ash received his formal musical training at Indiana University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Jazz Piano. He has been performing in the New York City area as well as internationally for over 30 years. Some steady engagements have included Smoke Jazz and Supper Club, Arturo’s Coal Oven Pizza, the Rainbow Room, and Windows on the World. Steve has appeared with many jazz recording artists, including Frank Wess, Jon Hendricks, Jimmy Cobb, Louis Hayes, Eddie Harris, Warren Vache, Harry Allen, Chris Connor, Annie Ross, Mel Lewis, Vernell Fournier and Doc Cheatham. Steve was honored to be selected by The Kennedy Center and The U.S. State Department to tour West Africa and France as part of The Jazz Ambassadors in 2004. His touring experience also includes performing at The Bern Jazz Festival with Warren Vache’s All Stars in 2001, and The Caesarea Jazz Festival in Israel with The Harry Allen Quartet in 2006, The New Mexico Jazz Festival with Jon Hendricks in 2012. His recordings include Steve Ash, “Once I Loved”, The Steve Ash Trio, “Everything I Love,” Warren Vache’s “ Swingtime”, the Metropolitan Bopera-House, “Still Comin’ On Up”, Barbara Lea with The Loren Schoenberg Big Band, “Black Butterfly”, The Neal Miner Sextet, “The Evening Sound”, and Fabien Mary, “Conception”. Steve’s piano can be heard in the movie “Evening” (2007), accompanying Claire Danes on “Time After Time” as well as on the movie’s soundtrack recording, playing a solo version of “Pretend”.
December 4, 2017
Round Table Teachers Discussion
March 5, 2018
THE UNIQUE WORLD OF BOB SIEBERT'S MUSIC
Bob Siebert received his Bachelors of Music and Masters of Music Degrees from Manhattan School of Music, and has been a performer/composer/teacher in the New York area for the past thirty-five years. He has played at Greenwich Village jazz clubs, fashionable Manhattan restaurants, metropolitan Country Clubs and also experimental music venues. He is endorsed by Steinway & Sons for major social events in the New Jersey metropolitan area.
Bob's mainstream classical pieces have been performed around the world to rave reviews. His music, which can be found on https://www.youtube.com/user/bobsiebertsmusic & http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/BobSiebert, runs the gamut from mainstream classical, pop-influenced electronic realism, reinvented jazz standards, experimental electronic pieces for custom built Circuit Bent SK1 and improvisations for the African thumb piano. Currently, he is reworking his own website: https://www.bobsiebert.com/. His intention is to collect as many of his diverse pieces as possible into one exciting location.
April 2, 2018
OUTSTANDING YOUNG ARTISTS, MONTCLAIR UNIVERSITY CALI SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Ron Levy, pianist, will host and perform in this event. The program will include Schumann's monumental Piano Quintet and other works TBA.
A TRIBUTE TO GODFREY SCHROTH
A memorial tribute to our beloved friend and long time Guild member, Godfrey Schroth. The Palisades Virtuosi and Jacqueline Schiller Audi, Patti Hendrix, and Sean Kee will perform various works by Godfrey Schroth.
A pupil of the noted American composer, Paul Creston, Godfrey Schroth first came to attention in 1959, when his Piano Quintet won the LADO Foundation Prize for chamber music, and was premiered in New York by the Phoenix Quartet. Many published choral and organ pieces followed and A Solemn English Mass was the first vernacular setting sung at St. Patrick's Cathedral. In 1973, on a grant from the NJ Arts Council, he wrote Rocky Mountain Serenade for Strings, Percussion and Guitar for the Pueblo (Colorado) Arts Festival. In 1979, he completed Green Graves and Violets, a vocal chamber cycle, which celebrated the writings of a forgotten Civil War poetess, the tragic Ellen Howarth. The Mystic Trumpeter, a work for chorus and wind instruments on a Walt Whitman text, was commissioned by the Pro Arte Choral and received its premiere performance in March 1999.
New Jersey Teacher's Guild