Monthly Meeting: January 2020

January 27, 2020

9:30-10:00 Pre-Meeting

Book Club Discussion: Two-Year Wait List by Noreen Wenjen

Our January “book club” pre-meeting will feature discussion around topics in the book Two-Year Wait List: An Entrepreneurial Guide for Music Teachers. Noreen Wenjen shares the marketing, technology, and business know-how she used to grow a two-year wait list for a successful independent music studio. Chapters range from the value of a music teacher and connecting with students to taxes, fees and running a music school like a business. The book is available on Amazon and Kindle for under $10.00.

Noreen Wenjen is a 25-year veteran piano teacher and current President of the California MTA. Her marketing experience includes Fortune 500 companies Nissin Foods and MacTemps.

10:00-11:00 Business Meeting & Coffee

11:00-12:00 Program

Matt Hagle
Short Stories: Character Pieces by Brahms and his Successors

This presentation will use the late, shorter pieces of Brahms as a starting point for a discussion not only of Brahms, but of the short lyrical piece, its special nature and importance in Brahms’s time, and how it evolved from the romantic period into the early 20th century. Brahms stands at a turning point between Romanticism and Modernism, and the other composers I will treat all have differing relationships to his music, to German Romanticism, and to the 20th century. I will discuss each of their pieces and styles, and offer interpretive and performance suggestions relating to these pieces and to shorter pieces in general. 

The pieces that I’ll be presenting are: Brahms – Intermezzo Op. 117#1, Rhapsody Op. 79#2, Medtner – Skaszki: Op. 26#1 and Op.35 #4, Fauré – Nocturne #6 in D-flat major, and Janâcek – In the Mists, #3. After the discussion, I will perform all the pieces in a group. I hope you will be able to join me!​


Pianist Matthew Hagle's performances are often noted for their musical understanding, imaginative programming, and beauty of sound. Mr Hagle has been heard in concert halls throughout the United States, including the National Gallery of Art, Symphony Space and Lincoln Center in New York, and at the United States Supreme Court, as well as venues in England, Canada, Brazil, Australia and Japan. A resident of the Chicago area, he has performed there at the Ravinia Festival, at Symphony Center, and the Chicago Cultural Center. In the Chicago area, Mr. Hagle also has been heard frequently on radio station WFMT in Chicago, where he recently finished performing all of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas live over several recitals. He is valued as a collaborator by many artists and for many years, he has been the principal recital partner of violinist Rachel Barton Pine, with whom he has released three albums on the Cedille label. He also frequently performs chamber music as a piano duo with his wife Mio Isoda-Hagle and with members of the Chicago Symphony. Mr. Hagle is a dedicated teacher of piano, music theory, and composition, whose students have won high honors in local and national competitions. He is currently on the faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago, where he is director of the Musicianship program in addition to his teaching duties. In his spare time he likes to read on a variety of subjects, and to spend time with his two children.


Jan 27, 2020


9:30 am - 12:00 pm


Winnetka Covenant Church
1200 Hibbard Road, Wilmette, IL
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