The 10th Annual Piano Festival – 2021

Sondra Tammam and David Witten, Festival Co-Directors

Cali School of Music
Montclair State University
June 25-27, 2021


FRIDAY, June 25, 2021


9:30am Therapeutic Stretches Targeting the Playing Mechanism (Jackie Herbein)

10:00am Lecture: Taubman Tips for Chopin “Minute” Waltz Op. 64, No. 1, and Master Class Deven Patel 30’ Turina: Sacro Monte (David Witten)

11:00am Lecture: Playing Scales, and Master Class Maya Kishimoto 30’ Bach: Invention in F (Father Paul Maillet)

LUNCH – and Pre-recorded Performances of Faculty on YouTube

1:15pm Master Class with Keshav Gopal  Haydn: Sonata in Gm, XVI:44 (Father Paul)

2:00pm Master Class with Charmaine Buskas 30’ Scarlatti: Sonata in Dm, and Dominic Tse 20’ Daquin: Le coucou (Dragica Curcic)

3:00pm Master Class with Mythri Mahajan 30’ Chopin: Waltz in Am, and Krishna Lekhi 30’ Rachmaninoff: C#m Prelude (Sondra Tammam)

4:30pm CONCERT –Co-sponsored by NY/NJ Chapter of the AMERICAN LISZT SOCIETY

Lecture/Recital: Music of Bach, Franck, and Mussorgski – Dr. Lisa Yui

J.S. Bach: Concerto in the Italian Style BWV 971
Franck: Prelude, Fugue, and Variation Op. 18 (transcribed by Harold Bauer)
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition


SATURDAY, June 26, 2021


9:30am Alignment at the Piano with Alexander Technique (Herbein)

10:00am Master Class with Amar Ekbote Bach: Musette and Stefani Mladenovic Schumann: Strange Lands and People, and Isha Patel Beethoven: Sonatina in G (Father Paul Maillet)

11:15am Lecture: Surprising Origins of Brazilian Music – Bach, Chopin, and Unique Rhythms! and Master Class Savera Bhatia 30’ Albeniz: Leyenda (Cristina Gerling)

12:15pm Lunch Break – and Pre-recorded Performances of Faculty on YouTube

1:00pm Lecture: BEGINNERS: Taubman Style, and Master Class Eden Saeedian 20’ Beethoven: Für Elise (Nancy Modell)

2:00pm Master Class Daniel Huh Bach: P&F in D Major, Book I, and Aline Boyd Schubert: Impromptu in Cm, Op. 90, No. 1 (Dr. Lisa Yui)

3:30pm CONCERT – Co-sponsored by NY/NJ Chapter of the AMERICAN LISZT SOCIETY

Yilan Zhao – All-Chopin Recital


SUNDAY, June 27, 2021


9:30am Breathing Techniques for Balancing the Stress Response System (Herbein)

10:00am Lecture: The Tremolo and the Trill – the Highs and Lows of Keyboard Topography, and Master Class Frederick Chang Chopin: Etude Op. 10/3 (Tammam)*

11:00am Jazz and Improv (Dan Crisci)

LUNCH BREAK – DVD of a Dorothy Taubman Master Class

1:00pm Master Class with Shivani Patel 20’ Tchaikovsky: Song of the Lark (Father Paul)

1:30pm Masterclass with Nicholas Kim 20’ Beethoven: 32 Variations, and Nozomi Yamaguchi Scholarship Winner Akina Kondoh 30’ Beethoven: “Hammerklavier” Op. 106, 1st movement (Yilan Zhao)

2:30pm Launching A Concert Career: Questions and Discussion (Yilan Zhao)

3:00pm Popular Rep – Master Class David Bergado Schubert: Impromptu B-flat (Tammam)

4:00pm Witten Talks about SHAPING PHRASES. Then, Closing Remarks – RoundTable Discussion Questions and Answers (Co-Directors and Faculty)

 *N.B. All Musical Examples will be displayed on ZOOM during the Master Classes



Dorothy Taubman’s approach to the piano presents principles of coordinated motion that unburden the hands and unleash the spirit.

The public is welcome to attend all recitals without festival registration.