The Cali School of Music at MSU Presents Eighth Dorothy Taubman Piano Festival


The Cali School of Music at Montclair State University will present the Eighth Dorothy Tabuman Piano Festival, Friday-Sunday June 28-30 2019 at the Leshowitz Recital Hall.

The three-day festival honors the piano teaching approach of Dorothy Taubman (1917-2013). Mrs. Taubman provided tools and techniques allowing free expression of the musical phrase and artistic spirit. The festival will include informative workshops and hands-on demonstrations of the Taubman Approach to piano playing oriented for a wide range of attendees, including students, piano teachers, and jazz pianists.

There will also be three recitals, and all are open to the public, no registration required. Suggested Donation $15 at the door.

Alumni and Students of the Cali School of Music
Friday, June 28 at 8:00pm

Pianist Mika Sasaki
Music of Scriabin, Fauré, Jonathan Dawe, Rachmaninoff, and Justin Dello Joio
Saturday, June 29 at 8:00pm

Pianist Tiffany Poon
Music of Scarlatti, Haydn, Chopin, Schumann
Sunday, June 30 at 5:00pm

Tiffany Poon (l.) and Mika Sasali


Pianist Mika Sasaki is a sought-after recitalist, chamber musician, and educator whose performances and teaching have taken her to the U.K., Italy,
Japan, Switzerland, and throughout the U.S. Earlier this year, she performed Amy Beach’s Piano Concerto in New York with the InterSchool Symphony Orchestra. Upon completing her doctorate at Juilliard, Dr. Sasaki won the Juilliard Career Advancement Fellowship as a graduate who demonstrated
outstanding artistry and achievement in leadership, entrepreneurship, and breadth of engagement.

Based in New York City, Dr. Sasaki is a faculty member at The Juilliard School, where she teaches piano and keyboard skills courses in the Evening Division, and Piano Topics and keyboard skills for pianists in the College Division.


Born in Hong Kong, Tiffany Poon was accepted into the Juilliard School Pre-College Division on a full scholarship at the age of eight and made her solo and concerto debut in the USA when she was 10 years old. Tiffany received a full scholarship from the Columbia University/Juilliard School exchange program and is currently studying for a Masters degree at Yale University’s School of Music.

She will participate in the Bohème 2020 program as part of this summer’s Dresden Music Festival and Moritzburg Festival. In the 19/20 season, she will debut at the Mozarteum. In addition to performing and studying, Tiffany also devotes her time to making videos on YouTube, where she shares insights of her life as a musician with the goal to peel back the curtain on classical music. Her social media following includes over 110,000 YouTube subscribers.

Newsletter, Monthly Events, Special Features, Breaking News and More:

Get once-daily headlines, a monthly events calendar, and occasional special features and breaking news in your inbox.