We have been enjoying a very musical Spring at Jacobs Music of Ephrata!


In March, we were pleased to host a wonderful recital by Jocelyn Swigger and Michael Jorgensen in the Buch Organ Company showroom adjoining our Ephrata location. As an additional and unique treat, Dr. Swigger performed on Van Cliburn’s Steinway piano. Repertoire for violin and piano included works by Brahms, Copland and Miklos Rozsa.











We enjoyed a beautiful Senior Recital on April 15th. Graduating pianists Billy Quinn and Joel Gingrich performed for a very appreciative audience.

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Last week, Laura Zaruta from the Roland Corporation led a workshop for music educators, sponsored by the Lancaster Music Teachers Association,  on the subject: “How Do You Keep The Music Playing?” The group explored ways to partner tradition with technology to inspire creativity, accelerate progress, and enhance students’ desire to make music.


Laura Zaruta, Roland Corporation, leading workshop for Music Teachers at Jacobs Music of Ephrata









We hope that many of you will join us at future musical events in Ephrata and at all of our Jacobs Music locations! Follow us on Facebook for updates and information on things to come.

We were very proud to host pianist HOLLY ROADFELDT in performance at our West Chester, PA location last Sunday on the historic Van Cliburn Steinway Concert Grand Piano.


Her beautiful recital included works by Beethoven, Chopin, Boulanger, Tower, Schumann, O’Riordan, Daukus, and Candey. 

Since making her orchestral debut with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra at the age of 13, Holly Roadfeldt has continued to be an active solo pianist and chamber musician performing standard and eclectic recital programs in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Holly’s mission is to inspire and advocate for piano music of the highest caliber and she regularly mixes newly composed music with established masterpieces. For her recent three-year endeavor “The Preludes Project”, she commissioned 16 composers to write preludes to be performed alongside works from the standard repertoire.

A dedicated performer of contemporary music, Holly has premiered over 100 solo and chamber works. In 1996, she was awarded the prize for the “Best Performance of a 20th Century American Composition” in the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition, which resulted in a performance in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She has been delighted to premiere multiple works by Kirk O’Riordan, Kala Pierson, Kristin Kuster, Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, Anthony Donofrio, Stephen Dankner, Charles Peck, Daniel Perttu, and Aleksander Sternfeld-Dunn.

As a chamber musician, Holly has performed with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Colorado Orchestra, and the Utah Symphony.

Holly currently teaches at Lafayette College and serves as Artist Faculty with Distinction at The Music School of Delaware. Previously, she taught at the University of Delaware, Susquehanna University, Gettysburg College, the University of Colorado-Boulder, and Indiana University. She received performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music (B.M.), Indiana University (M.M.) and the University of Colorado in Boulder (D.M.A.).



We at Jacobs Music are very proud to support this wonderful event and pleased to share this article published in NEW JERSEY MAGAZINE…

Monmouth University Presents Kids On Keys & Dueling Pianos To Benefit Autism Awareness

Monmouth University Presents Kids On Keys & Dueling Pianos To Benefit Autism Awareness(WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ) — The Center for the Arts at Monmouth University has announced Kids on Keys & Dueling Pianos – an event to benefit Autism Awareness – featuring Stormin’ Norman” Seldin, three young piano prodigies, the amazing Steinway & Sons “Spirio” Grand Piano, and special guest Tim McLoone on Saturday, May 5th at 8:00pm in Pollak Theatre.

“Stormin’ Norman” Seldin is a genuine local legend; one whose impact on the Jersey Shore’s homegrown music scene cannot be overstated. Having staked out a career as a singer, songwriter, musician, bandleader, promoter and record label owner when he was still in his teens, Seldin has performed for audiences up and down the East Coast for more than 50 years — laying much of the groundwork for what would come to be known as the Sound of Asbury Park (SOAP), becoming the youngest member of the American Federation of Musicians at the age of thirteen, and along the way introducing listeners to a big young talent by the name of Clarence Clemons.

Stormin’ Norman will take the bench at the Steinway and Sons Model D (furnished for the occasion by Jacobs Music of Lawrenceville) for a soulful set of originals and classic covers drawn from his decades-spanning career and encyclopedic musical memory.

As a special treat, he’ll be joined by a fellow Shore area favorite entertainer — pianist, vocalist and ace accompanist Vance Villastrigo — for a set-within-a-set that could only be called “Dueling Pianos.”

The show will also feature the talents of Taksh Gupta, Elizabeth Williams and Andy Milsten, whose collective credits include winning Steinway competitions and Golden Key Awards, appearing at the Merkin Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, and at the Musikverein with renowned pianist Lang Lang.

14-year-old Elizabeth Williams has been playing piano for nine years. At age seven, she entered her first international competition and has since performed at music halls including the Merkin Concert Hall and Carnegie Hall in the big apple. At age nine, she was the only pianist accepted to The Julliard School’s Music Advancement Program. Williams was one of 10 pianists selected from around the world to participate in the 2015 Allianz Junior Music Camp in Vienna, Austria where she performed at the Haus der Musik, and in a master class at the Musikverein with renowned pianist Lang Lang. She is currently studying piano and violin at Manhattan School of Music Precollege.

14-year-old Andy Milsten was diagnosed as being on the Autism Spectrum at age three. He has had a variety of interests in his 14 years, with his latest passion being music. In the 4th grade, Milsten first expressed his desire to play the trumpet, and in the 7th grade, he became interested in the music of John Williams.  He listened to all of Williams’ movie themes on YouTube, and tried to play the themes on his trumpet and then on the keyboard. He then developed a love of Beethoven, and taught himself “Für Elise” on the piano with a little help from YouTube.

Monmouth University Presents Kids On Keys & Dueling Pianos To Benefit Autism Awareness

Milsten was accepted into the New York Symphony Orchestra last summer. He has since taught himself Beethoven’s “Pathétique Sonata,” and has been practicing works by Mozart and Chopin. Milsten has also expanded his interest beyond the classical genre – with a little Billy Joel.

9-year-old Taksh Gupta started participating in piano competitions at age five and has won several awards in the last four years. Gupta is a two-time first prize-winner of the NJMTA Fall Young Musicians Competition, a three-time High Honors recipient at NJMTA Spring Audition, and much more. He has performed at venues including the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, Rutgers University, Rider University and Stockton University. Music has always been a big part of his Gupta’s life, and he enjoys listening to classical, jazz and Indian music. Taksh is committed to helping society through his music by taking part in fundraising events, like Children Helping Children Performathons to support Ronald McDonald House. He has also performed for local nursing homes.

Capping off the concert, ticketholders will be able to see Steinway & Sons “Spirio” Grand Piano in action. The Steinway & Sons Spirio is the world’s finest high-resolution player pianoAmasterpiece of artistry and engineering Spirio will play pieces from Vladimir Horowitz, Lang Lang, and George Gershwin live to the audience. Frank DiCopoulos will emcee the event.

Tickets are $25 and $35 for adults, and $10 for students. For tickets, please call the Monmouth University Box Office at 732-263-6889, or go online to www.monmouth.edu/mca.


originally published: 2018-04-20 23:53:24

This Saturday, April 7, at 1:00 PM, tune in to KIDS ON KEYS, hosted by WWFM – The Classical Network and its Artist-in-Residence, Jed Distler.












Jacobs Music Company is proud to sponsor this monthly show, which showcases live performances with some of the best young piano talent in the area. Also featured on many of the broadcasts are historic recordings by future piano icons.

This week’s program presents:

John Zhang:  Prokofiev, Piano Sonata No. 2, Second Movement

Angela Sun:  Gillock, Fountain in the Rain

Linsy Wang:  Chopin, Ballade No. 3

Theodore Linde-Stamos:  Mendelssohn, Venetian Gondola Song

Astra Phoon:  Debussy, Bruyeres, from Preludes Book II

Lily Haupt:  Chopin, Preludes Op. 28, No. 6 in B Minor

Alyssa Gabrilovitch: Ravel, Une Barque Sur l’Ocean

Emma Lo:  Carl Vine, Piano Sonata No. 1, first movement

If you miss Saturday’s radio broadcast on 89.1 FM or wish to hear past performances, you can also do so on the WWFM website.

We encourage you to tune in and enjoy!



The 165th Anniversary of Steinway & Sons was Recorded on March 5th in the House of Representatives!


(Extensions of Remarks – March 05, 2018)

[Page E257]

From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]



                          HON. JOSEPH CROWLEY

                              of new york

                    in the house of representatives

                         Monday, March 5, 2018

  Mr. CROWLEY. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the 165th 
anniversary of a Queens treasure, and one of the world's most iconic 
brands--Steinway & Sons.
  Steinway makes world-renowned pianos, distinguished for their 
grandness and masterful craftsmanship. Each piano consists of more than 
12,000 individual parts, and is said to have its own musical character 
as unique as the individual who plays it. These magnificent works of 
art, I am proud to say, are made in my district.
  The Steinway legacy dates back to 1853, when Heinrich Engelhard 
Steinway founded Steinway & Sons in New York, a few years after 
emigrating from Germany. The high quality and meticulous craftsmanship 
of Steinway's pianos led to rapid growth for the business and the 
opening of a factory in Queens. Along with the factory, the Steinway 
family established a company town, Steinway Village, which spurred 
development in the neighborhoods that are today known as Astoria and 
Long Island City in Queens, and they spread their family values of 
investing in community. The philanthropic work of the Steinway family 
endures today throughout Queens and New York City.
  That same factory, which first opened in the early 1870s, continues 
to operate today. The historic factory has been producing the world's 
finest pianos, virtually uninterrupted, for more than 145 years. Today, 
the factory employs over 300 union craftspeople, and many more people 
in management, administrative and sales roles in New York and 
throughout America. Steinway & Sons is an American success story, 
integral not only to the history of the borough of Queens and New York 
City, but also to the cultural story of the United States of America. 
It is a jewel that elevates American craftsmanship and innovation 
throughout the world.
  As a lifelong musician and a son of Queens, it is with great pride 
that I celebrate the 165th anniversary of the world's number one piano, 
New York's very own Steinway & Sons.

Stanford Thompson, Founder and Executive Director of Play On Philly shares his thoughts on PBS’s News Hour.


Why learning to play music helps kids learn everything else better


After performing with a world-renowned orchestra, Stanford Thompson returned to Philadelphia to start Play on, Philly!, a free, afterschool music program for young children in under-resourced neighborhoods that helps them go back into the classroom and become better learners. Thompson gives his Brief but Spectacular take on how music can create harmony and opportunity.

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  • Stanford Thomson:

    I grew up in a musical household in Atlanta. And I have seven siblings. We all played music. My parents are both retired music educators.

    And we always had a rule in our house that you only ate on the days that you practiced.

    They taught me and my siblings growing up that we would have opportunities that they didn’t. And if we took advantage of them, then we could see ourselves on a path to become a professional musician.

    I was able to study with musicians with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and worked really hard to earn a spot at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. I was able to play the staples of the orchestral and chamber music repertoire with world-renowned conductors and musicians just about every week.

    I went back to Philadelphia in 2010 and founded “lay On, Philly!, which now serves over 300 students every day after school for three hours. We work in under-resourced neighborhoods, mainly in West Philadelphia.

    And each student is able to access our program tuition-free, and able to get access to get high-quality instruments and teachers on a daily basis.

    It might sound like that our aim is for these kids to become professional musicians. We really care most about them becoming really great people. Our kids are still performing a letter grade ahead in every academic subject.

    And we know it’s because we teach them to expand their memory, to control inhibition, to help them lengthen the amount of time that they can focus on something.

    These are skills that they learn the moment they begin to make music.

    Take a violinist. They have to figure on their left hand where to put their finger to create a certain pitch. Their right hand, of course, will then control how long they’re able to hold that note. They also have to look at the music and determine which note they are supposed to play, how loud, how fast or how slow.

    When you stimulate the brain like that for hours every single day, then that’s what helps to turn the clock on some of the damage that is done because of the amount of stress they live with and, of course, brain development.

    That’s really important, especially for younger kids, to make sure that they can go back into a classroom, focus for a longer period of time, be able to memorize the information, so they can go home and do the homework, and then recall it later at the end of the year on a standardized test.

    We all have the responsibility of providing the best instruments to the poorest kids, that we provide the best teachers to the most marginalized kids, and that we continue to provide the best musical opportunities for the most vulnerable kids.

    My name is Stanford Thompson. And this is my Brief But Spectacular take on how music can create harmony and opportunity.


There is another great piano performance on WRTI’s Steinway Spirio to look forward to today!

We are pleased to share the following article by WRTI’s Debra Lew Harder, host of this  outstanding Astral Artist performance:

Listen LIVE from the WRTI Performance Studio: Pianist Henry Kramer, Friday, March 9


Join us Friday, March 9 at 4 pm for a live performance with the exciting, young American pianist Henry Kramer. A Maine native, Henry’s playing has been lauded as “triumphant” and “thrilling” (The New York Times.)

Henry has won top prizes in many international piano competitions, including the 2016 Queen Elisabeth Competition, the 2015 Honens International Piano Competition, and the 2011 Montreal International Music Competition. He’s appeared as soloist under the batons of such distinguished conductors as Marin Alsop, Jan Pascal Tortelier, Stéphane Denève, and Hans Graf.

A winner of Astral’s 2015 National Auditions, he’ll be making his Philadelphia Center City début under Astral’s auspices this coming Sunday.

For Friday’s performance in the WRTI performance studio, Henry will chat with host Debra Lew Harder and play from two iconic works for solo piano, Schumann’s Kreisleriana, and Ravel’s Miroirs.

Be sure to tune in to hear this engaging young artist, and hear the fascinating stories behind the music, as well as his stellar artistry.


Robert SchumannKreisleriana — Movement 4 (Sehr langsam)

Maurice RavelMiroirs — Une barque sur l’ocean, and Alborada del gracioso

TODAY at 1:00 PM, tune in to KIDS ON KEYS, hosted by WWFM – The Classical Network and its Artist-in-Residence, Jed Distler.


This monthly show is sponsored by Jacobs Music Company, and showcases live performances with some of the best young piano talent in the area. Also featured are historic recordings by future piano icons such as today’s recording of a young Evgeny Kissin.

This week’s program presents:
Emily Wu: Mendelssohn: Hunting Song
Gabriel McGivern-Jimenez Hisaishi: The Sixth Station
Sahil Malhotra Liszt: Un Sospiro
Evgeny Kissin Chopin: Polonaise in F-sharp Minor Op. 44
Liana Rieger Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier Book I, Prelude in C Major
Daniel Lu Prokofiev: Prelude in C Major Op. 12 No. 7
Elizabeth Yank Mendelssohn: Variations Serieuses Op. 54
Andy Wu Kapustin: Piano Sonata No. 6, First Movement

KIDS ON KEYS can be heard at 89.1 on the radio dial or streamed from the station’s website to enjoy this remarkable young talent!

Tune in to WRTI on Monday or watch on Facebook Live as the “WRTI 90.1 Celebrates Steinway” series concludes with a performance by Steinway Artist Igor Resnianski!

We are pleased to share the following article by WRTI’s Kevin Gordon, host of these outstanding performances:

Steinway Artist Igor Resnianski LIVE from WRTI 90.1: March 5 at 12:10 PM

  MAR 1, 2018

Our celebration of the 165th anniversary of Steinway & Sons pianos concludes on Monday, March 5th with a live in-studio performance by the Russian-born pianist Igor Resnianski. Kevin Gordon is host.

Watch the broadcast on WRTI’s Facebook Page!

Scarlatti: Sonata in E-flat Major
Scarlatti: Sonata in B Minor
Beethoven: Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109, 1st movement
Chopin: Mazurkas Op. 24, No. 1 and No. 2

Dr. Resnianski is an Assistant Professor at West Chester University of Pennsylvania in West Chester, PA. He also teaches at the Nelly Berman School of Music in Haverford, PA. He has won prizes for his playing in the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the International World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, the Nena Wideman International Piano Competition in Louisiana, the First China International Piano Competition in Beijing, and the All Russian Piano Competition.

In 1996, Igor made his concerto debut in the U.S. with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and in South America performing a solo recital at the International Music Festival in Medellin, Colombia.

He’s given solo recitals across the U.S. and in China.

Igor has been named named “Music Teacher of the Year” by the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association and is a sought-after teacher who regularly gives master classes throughout the U.S. and abroad. He is a faculty and guest artist at the TCU/ Cliburn Piano Institute Fort Worth, Texas, is on the faculty of Piano Texas International Academy and Festival and has lectured at Rutgers University during the Mozart summer course. He is a regular faculty of the New Orleans Piano Institute and the University of Houston Piano Institute.

*Special thanks to Jacobs Music for making our “WRTI 90.1 Celebrates Steinway” series possible.

The celebration of the 165th Anniversary of Steinway & Sons continues with CHARLES ABRAMOVIC performing LIVE from WRTI 90.1: March 2 at 12:10 PM!

We are pleased to share the following article by WRTI’s Kevin Gordon, host of these outstanding performances:


Join us for the fifth live broadcast in our series celebrating the 165th anniversary of Steinway & Sons pianos, featuring Steinway artist Charles Abramovic. WRTI’s Kevin Gordon is host.

Watch the broadcast on the WRTI Facebook Page!

Charles has taught at Temple University since 1988 and is an active part of the musical life here in Philadelphia, performing with many different organizations across the city. He is a core member of the Dolce Suono Ensemble, and performs often with Network for New Music and Orchestra 2001. His repertoire includes not only the piano, but also the harpsichord and fortepiano.

His solo orchestral debut was at the age of 14 with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and he’s appeared as soloist with orchestras including the Baltimore Symphony, the Colorado Philharmonic, the Florida Philharmonic, and the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra.

Charles has given solo recitals throughout the United States, France and Yugoslavia. He has also appeared at major international festivals in Berlin, Salzburg, Bermuda, Dubrovnik, Aspen and Vancouver.

He has also recorded the solo piano works of Delius, as well as making recordings with violinist Sarah Chang, and with Philadelphia Orchestra principal flutist Jeffrey Khaner.

*Special thanks to Jacobs Music for making our “WRTI 90.1 Celebrates Steinway” series possible.