Monthly Meeting: October 2019

October 28, 2019

*9:00-10:30 Book Sale and Photo Shoots

Pre-Meeting Book Sale

Come early before the meeting to visit with other teachers, and browse through our book sale (9:00-10:30 a.m.).   A portion of the proceeds will benefit our scholarship fund.  Its a great time to clean out your book shelves.

You price, you sell, you take home.

If you’re planning to bring music, please e-mail “” so we have enough tables out.

Pre-scheduled Professional Headshots
Call Dawn Johnson at (847) 278-6223 to reserve your time slot.

Deadline To Sign Up: October 21, one week prior the photo shoot. First come first serve on available time slots.

Photographer: Joel Miller, NSMTA Web-Developer.

Cost: $35.00 Cash or Check. Made out to NSMTA.

Refreshments will be served while you freshen up and visit with your colleagues. Joel does an excellent job of capturing your personality and will provide you with 6-8 photos that are yours to own. Adding a professional headshot to your personal Teacher Profile Page will increase your visibility, and help to promote our NSMTA website as the premier go-to for individuals seeking quality music instruction. This is a fabulous opportunity, and one offered at a greatly discounted price. Check the October issue of SCORE for professional suggestions of complimentary color choices and necklines. 

*10:30-11:00 Business Meeting

*Note time changes for this month only

11:00-12:00 Program

Dr. Michael Pecak
Rigorous Imagination: 18th Century Fantasies and Sonatas for Fortepiano

Rhetoric and oratory enveloped 18th-century thinking about musical composition and performance. Just as a speaker must move his audience through skilled declamation, so must a musician move his audience through affective playing. But whereas an orator would deliver an originally composed speech for a specific event, I — a 21st-century fortepianist — am performing works composed by others. Performative personae have fascinated me in 18th-century music. Who am I trying to be while performing: the inventive composer, a dutiful interpreter, characters who emerge from an imagined musical drama, or some combination of all of these? This program explores the role of the (re)creative artist through the lens of 18th-century music and aesthetics. Fantasies and sonatas by C. P. E. Bach, W. A. Mozart, and L. v. Beethoven will be performed on a replica of a 1795 Viennese fortepiano built by Chris Maene after Anton Walter. Audience members will be invited to try the instrument after the recital.


C. P. E. Bach
Fantasy in F Major, Wq 59/5
Sonata in E Minor, Wq 59/1
i. Presto
ii. Adagio
iii. Andantino

W. A. Mozart
Fantasy in C Minor, K. 475
Sonata in C Major, K. 330
i. Allegro moderato
ii. Andante cantabile
iii. Allegretto

L. v. Beethoven
Sonata in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27 no. 2 “Quasi una fantasia” [“Moonlight”]
i. Adagio sostenuto:


MICHAEL PECAK is a conductor, keyboardist, and collaborator currently based in Chicago, IL. He performs regularly throughout the United States and Europe on modern piano and historical fortepiano. Michael holds degrees from McGill University (DMA in historical performance practices), Northwestern (BM) and Indiana Universities (MM). As a Fulbright Scholar, Michael spent a year at the F. Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Poland, where he explored the music of 20th and 21st-century Polish composers. Building on this experience, he was named an Artist-in-Residence at the Polish Studies Center of Indiana University (Bloomington) where he also studied with the renowned American pianist André Watts. An ardent lover of opera and art-song, Michael has long enjoyed working with vocalists as accompanist, coach, and répétiteur. As a conductor, he has worked at the Miami Music Festival, Chicago Summer Opera, Winter Opera of St. Louis, and Opera Saratoga on productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Rondine, The Turn of the Screw, Norma, and La fille du regiment. He is in demand as a guest conductor and is the Music Director of the Chicago City Wide Symphony Orchestra, the city’s longest-running community orchestra. Michael teaches piano at the Northwestern University Music Academy. He is also on the music staff at Northwestern University Opera and writes about opera for the blog Schmopera. Upcoming projects include the Chicago premiere of David T. Little's opera Dog Days with NU Opera, Puccini's La fanciulla del West with Winter Opera St. Louis, as well as a program of Beethoven's chamber music and song-cycle An die ferne Geliebte with Ars Musica Chicago. More details at


Oct 28, 2019


9:30 am - 12:00 pm


Winnetka Covenant Church
1200 Hibbard Road, Wilmette, IL
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