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Blanche Abram

Senior Professor of Music


Degrees

BA, 1945, CUNY Brooklyn Coll


Bio

Education

Graduate Work
New York University School of Education:
Shenker Analysis with Felix Salzer
Composition with Karl Weigl, Paul Dessau, Norman Lloyd
Conducting with Jean Morel

Juilliard School of Music:
Chamber Music Workshops with Leonard Rose

B.A. with Honors
Brooklyn College

Piano Studies
Isabella Vengerova
Heida Hermanns
Alexander Kelberine

Piano Coaching
Pierre Luboshutz
Ernst Rosenberg

Professional Positions

Hofstra University
Senior Adjunct Professor of Piano: Piano majors, Chamber Music Coaching, Secondary Piano Classes & Piano Pedagogy (The Art of Piano Teaching)

New York University School of Continuing Education
Lecturer: "Inner World of Music"

92nd Street "Y"
Piano Faculty

The American Chamber Ensemble
Pianist and Co-director

Drucker Trio
Pianist

Lectures

Professor Abram is a frequent lecturer at universities, music groups, and organizations devoted to the humanities. She was invited to speak at the International Conference on Tension In Performance in England in 1983 and gave seminars entitled Insight into Music and The Nature of our Response to Music as a faculty member of New York University School of Continuing Education and New College, Hofstra University. Professor Abram presented several series of talks entitled The Inner World of Music at universities, museums and cultural centers and has lectured on topics as diverse as Music and the Sociology of Art and the Mysteries of Making Music.

Organizations of Piano Teachers have heard her lectures Through the Magic Doors (dealing with the first lessons), The Open-Ended Approach: Integrating Contemporary Materials in Early and Intermediate Teaching, Comfort at the Keyboard and other topics. She has also developed course materials for an in-service course entitled Interest and Empathy, dealing with the correlation of music and language arts, social studies and science for elementary school teachers.

Professor Abram has given annual seminars titled The Art of Piano Teaching presented by the Ninety Second Street "Y" School of Music and then for many years by the Hofstra University Division of Continuing Education and the Department of Music, attracting piano teachers from many parts of the United States.

Performances

Professor Abram has performed at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, Kaufman Hall of the 92nd Street "Y", Merkin Hall, Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and many universities throughout the country.

With the American Chamber Ensemble, of which Blanche Abram and Naomi Drucker are co-directors, Abram has given annual series of concerts at Hofstra University, in Weill Hall of Carnegie Hall, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Guild Hall, Museums Universities, and chamber music series.

Professor Abram has performed in the Caribbean, broadcast many times over stations WQXR and WNYC on the "Keyboard Masters", "Music at Midnight" and other series.

Organizations

Blanche Abram was the founder of The Community Arts Council of the South Shore and president for the first five years of its existence. She initiated the Community Arts Workshops of The Roosevelt Community Relations Council. She is also a member of Pi Kappa Lambda (National Music Honor Society) and Music Teachers National Association

Biographical Information

Represented in: American Keyboard Artists International; Who's Who in Music; International Who's Who in Education; World's Who's Who of Women; Who's Who of American Women; Clarinet Virtuosi of Today (Weston; Egon pub. Ltd. 1989, England) - in reference to her extensive exploration of the literature for clarinet and piano in connection with her performances with Stanley and Naomi Drucker; and Beloved Tyranna ,The Legend and Legacy of Isabelle Vengerova by Joseph Rezits (Indiana Press), which has a chapter devoted to Professor Abram.

Honors

1966 Citation for "outstanding contribution to the work and ideals of the 92nd Street "Y" School of Music through her dedicated artistry and pedagogy."

Honored by the Music Teachers National Association in 1988 with the designation "Master Teacher."

Selected by the Town of Hempstead, Richard Guardino, Jr. Supervisor, to receive the 1998 Pathfinders Award in the Arts in recognition of her work as a performer, teacher, lecturer and community arts advocate.

Recipient of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame Award for "outstanding contributions to Long Island's Musical Heritage."

Recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from Hofstra University's George M. Estabrook Association in 2011.

Named a judge for the 2013 World International Piano Competition, based in Serbia.

Publications

Recordings

With Naomi Drucker and Stanley Drucker, (solo clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic):

Elie Siegmeister, Prelude, Blues and Finale (Gasparo, remastered as a CD)

Marga Richter, Sonora (Leonarda)

Meyer Kupferman, Triple Play (Soundspells)

Gary Schocker, Sonata (Elysium)

Peter Schickele's SERENADE for THREE (Elysium) and soon to be released Daniel Gregory Mason SONATA for clarinet and piano (Elysium).

Other Recordings:

Judith Zaimont, From the Great Land (Leonarda)

Vally Weigl, Songs of Remembrance (Leonarda)

Paul Hindemith, Quartet for piano, clarinet, violin, cello (Leonarda)

Dana Richardson, Sonata for cello and piano (Dionysian)

Herbert Deutsch, Woman in Darkness (4-Tay)

Albert Tepper, Sonata for viola and piano; Trio Barocco; Toy Flute; Shakespeare Garland (4-Tay)

Articles:

Clavier: "Training Music Perception and Structural Awareness"

Clavier: "Muscular Ease and Musical Tension"

Piano & Keyboard: Review of "Soundchoices; Guiding Your Child's Musical Experiences" by Machover and Uszler (Oxford University Press)

New York State Teachers Newsletter "Studying Music can be Wonderful"

Long Island Parenting News: "Why is it Wonderful to Study Music?"

Curriculum

Developed the Piano Pedagogy curriculum at Hofstra University and frequently offers summer seminars in The Art Of Piano Teaching in conjunction with the Music Department and the Division of Continuing Education that attract teachers from a wide geographic area.


Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
MUS 001P (CP) PIANO Undergraduate
MUS 020 (CP) ENSEMBLE Undergraduate
MUS 035 PIANO CLASS Undergraduate
MUS 035A PIANO CLASS Undergraduate
MUS 101C ADV PRIVATE INSTRUCT Undergraduate
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