Beethoven Masterworks with Steven Smith


STEVEN SMITH is pleased to announce the release of PIANO MASTERWORKS OF BEETHOVEN, a set of eleven CD’s on the Soundwaves label and available via It includes all the complete 32 Sonatas, plus much more: nine variation sets including the Diabelli and the Eroica/Prometheus, the Rondos Opus 51, and the Bagatelles Opus 126. Most of the familiar teaching repertoire is part of this set: the Opus 49 Sonatas of course, and the Sonatine Opus 79, the Six Easy Variations, the Nel Cor più non mi sento as well as the celebrated Pathétique, Moonlight, Waldstein, Appassionata, and Tempest Sonatas and all the famous late works. The set was recorded in the course of my recital series (also Piano Masterworks of Beethoven) performed at Penn State 2009-2012, and it’s an approximately chronological tour of almost everything he wrote for the piano from Opus 2 in 1795 to the middle and late periods ending in 1824. Disc 12 is a DVD containing downloadable audio files of all the music, plus complete program notes. The Amazon price of the set is $88 plus shipping and handling.


MLMTA Celebrates its 40-Year Milestone

On September 9, one of our local associations, the Main Line Music Teachers, marked the beginning of the teaching year with a 40th Anniversary Celebration at St. Peter’s Church in the Great Valley, Malvern. PMTA President Steven Smith, who was in attendance along with PMTA Vice President Deborah Rodgers, offered remarks and congratulations on behalf of the state organization. Members and guests then honored the association and its leaders by taking a look back at their past with a slide show, sharing memories and giving testimonials. This was followed by a recital given by MLMTA members, door prizes and a potluck brunch.

MLMTA was founded in 1974 with a handful of piano teachers gathered at the home of first president and long-time member Marguerite Pond. Ever since, MLMTA has been dedicated to “helping music to flourish in the community with programs and activities that benefit local music teachers and students,” notes current President Beth Peazzoni, adding that “MLMTA offers a variety of opportunities for teachers to connect, share ideas and make programs available to their students.” MLMTA joyfully anticipates its upcoming season which includes both local and out-of-state presenters.


Pictured from left to right are the past presidents of MLMTA who were in attendance. Seated: first president Marguerite Pond (Exton), Coralee Gaytan (Riverside, CA), Donnagay Lynn (Berwyn). Standing: current president Beth Peazzoni (Coatesville), Deborah Rodgers (West Chester), Nancy Gottshall Bodine (West Chester), Kathy Panek (Springfield), Janet Wait (Downingtown), Jane Heintzelman (Berwyn), Donna Kay Croddy-Jones (Swarthmore), Elaine Friedlander (West Chester), and Eileen Hickman (West Grove).


From left to right: MLMTA President Beth Peazzoni, MLMTA Vice President Joy Thiessen, PMTA Vice President Deborah Rodgers, PMTA President Steven Smith.


MLMTA members gave a recital to commemorate the association’s 40 years. Pictured left to right standing: Joy Huff (West Chester), Donna Beech and Martin Beech (Kennett Square), Marjorie Majka (Exton), Elyssa Gilmar, Annette Freeze (Elverson), Robert Bedford (West Chester), Donnagay Lynn (Berwyn), and Susannah Faust (West Chester). Seated: Marguerite Pond (Exton).

PMTA 2015 Conference Call for Clinicians

    Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association state conference planning committee is now accepting submissions for clinicians for the PMTA State Conference, with the theme “Movement”, being held June 12-14, 2015 at the Pennsylvania State University. For consideration, please e-mail the following to co-conference chairs Mary Lynne Bennett and Elaine Friedlander at and
  • A one-page proposal outlining the proposed session.
  • A 100-word or less description of the proposed session.
  • A one-page biography and 35-word biography of each of the proposed presenter(s).
  • A color photo of each proposed presenter.

  • The deadline for submissions is January 10, 2015. Sessions submitted after this date will not be considered for selection for the 2015 conference, but may be considered for future events.