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For the Love of the Piano

The Steinway Society of South Jersey is a non-profit organization that launched in 2009 to help piano students with their musical education and provide high level piano performances in South Jersey.

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Our Mission

The mission of the Steinway Society of South Jersey is to provide performance opportunities for pianists and to assist students financially with the study of the piano.

In 2009, the Steinway Society, a registered Non Profit Organization, was launched in response to a need for more affordable piano performances in South Jersey, as well as offering financial and achievement awards for talented young piano students who compete in the annual Young Pianist Competition.

  • To provide interested piano students with encouraging opportunities to compete in small events for financial and achievement awards that acknowledge motivation and accomplishment.

  • To provide our guest concert artists with an opportunity to perform in the Steinway Recital Hall at Jacobs Music of Cherry Hill.

  • To plant the seeds of culture and musical enjoyment in the young people of our region, ensuring that the mission of our Steinway Society will succeed well into the future.

Past Winners - Young Pianist Competition

2016 Winners

2016 Winners

2011 Winers

2011 Winners

Young Pianist Competition

Elizabeth Yang

The Young Pianist Competition is a yearly event that gives young pianists a chance to showcase their performing abilities in front of a panel of judges and their peers. Judges not only listen to the performances but give feedback to the performers to help them improve, in a friendly environment.
During the year, The Steinway Society of South Jersey, in conjunction with Jacobs Music of Cherry Hill, has Recitals and Workshops to help further young and inspiring Pianists. For more information about these events please contact us or join our mailing list.

Winners for the 2017 Finalists Competition
Held April 23rd, at Stockton University


2017 Finalist Winners

Grand Prize

Hans-Derek Yu

Senior Division
Runner Up

Elizabeth Yang

Junior Division
Runner Up

Taksh Gupta

Competition Winners for 2017

Congratulations to all of those who entered the 2017 Competition!

6: Evelyn Liu

8: Parth Gupta

9: Emma Liu

10: Taksh Gupta

11 (tie): Anastasia Kudina and Shawn Zou

12: John Kim

13 (tie): Crystal Su and John Zhang

14: Elizabeth Yang

15 (tie): Joshua Baw and Hans-Derek Yu

16: Vishal Raman

17: James Yang

18: Grace Xiong


Concerts and Events

The Steinway Society of South Jersey concert series was started to provide a intimate performance venue for piano students, piano tethers, piano artists or people who just love piano music to come and hear the piano. We feature both Classical Piano Concerts but we also offer Jazz Piano Concerts as well. These concerts are a great way to experience some of the finest pianists up close, where students can see, hear and gain ideas and inspiration about both playing or performing a piano concert.

Upcoming Event for Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 11:30am

An intimate look at the many factors that contribute to collaborating in a jazz trio. At 11:30, the Steve Ash Trio will demonstrate how they work together in performance.
Then, at 2:00 pm, enjoy a performance by the Steve Ash Trio.
Please join us for this exciting new concert series.

Sponsored by the Steinway Society of South Jersey with a voluntary donation.

Light lunch served 1:00-1:45 pm.

Steinway Recital Hall at Jacobs Music of Cherry Hill
There is no charge for this event. Limited Seating. Reservations are suggested.
Please call 856-663-8888

Register at EventBrite

Steve Ash Trio - Register

Stockton University Performing Arts Center

Past Performers and Artists

  • Meral Guneyman
  • Vitalij Kuprij
  • Suzzette Ortiz
  • Andy Khan
  • Santiago Rodriguez
  • Jennifer Nicole Campbell
  • Joseph Krupa
  • Diane Goldsmith
  • Chiu-Ling Lin
  • David Pasbrig
  • Myrna Ligan
  • Ana Cristea
  • Oleski Ivanchenko
  • Ran Jia
  • Alexander Bui
And many more!

If you are interested in performing in one of our annual concerts, please email us at

To obtain the calendar for the upcoming season or to receive announcements, please contact us to join our mailing list.

Some Past Performers

Meral Guneyman
Meral Guneyman


Kids on Keys


Steinway Society of South Jersey

Kids on Keys

A monthly broadcast series spotlighting some of the best young piano talent in the region.
Hosted by pianist, composer, critic and author Jed Distler, the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence, the program airs on the first Saturday of each month at 1 pm. Each Kids on Keys program features performances given by young artists in recital at the Lawrenceville and Cherry Hill, NJ locations of Jacobs Music Company. and various venues throughout the region.

WWFM - Kids on Keys



Board Members

The Society is governed by a board of directors, who serve without compensation.

Kevin Walker

Kevin Walker

Kevin Walker Bio

Joseph Krupa

Joseph Krupa

Joseph Krupa Bio

Advisory Members

  • Sonja Lynne
  • Anthony Ochuida
  • Monica Frank
  • Robert Rinaldi

Our Sponsors

Opportunities exist for new members to serve on committees and make important contributions toward planning our activities.

We hope you will join us in preserving our Society's appreciation of the piano, and help promote the young pianists of our community.

Contact Us

Steinway Society of South Jersey
c/o Jacobs Music
150 Barclay Farms Shopping Center, Route 70
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

Tel: 856.663.8888

Map To Jacobs Music Cherry Hill, NJ

Would you like to Help?

We need people to help us at our concerts, competitions and workshops. Anything from handing out fliers, programs, clean-up, set-up. Either drop us and Email. or give us a call. If you call ask for Sonja Lynne.

About Kevin Walker

Initially as a composer, Kevin focused on pop songwriting but eventually became disillusioned with the elementary style of such compositional work. To explore more complex domains of music, he enrolled at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He majored in composition and continued piano studies under concert pianist Annette Dimedio, ph.d. During his senior year, he attended a seminar at the Curtis Institute of Music given by John Ccorigliano, two-time Grammy and Oscar award winner for Best Film score. Subsequently, Corigliano asked Kevin to study privately with him. While studying with Corigliano, Kevin pursued a Masters Degree at the City University of New York. After opening mSound in 1999, Kevin has produced and recorded numerous artists and bands and has been the re-recording mixer, foley sound editor and sound sweetener on over 100 film projects. Kevin’s clients are well-served because of his musical education and experience, and his ability to interpret their needs and engineer their project from start to finish.

For More information about Kevin and mSound Click Here

About Joseph Krupa

Joseph Krupa, a member of the Music Around the County planning team, is the Minister of Music at the First Presbyterian Church in Salem, NJ and also teaches private piano students throughout South Jersey.   He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University and a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada.  Mr. Krupa is a much sought after collaborative pianist for opera companies, choruses and music theater companies in the tri-state area, as well as for solo singers and instrumentalists.  His principal teachers have been Willard Schultz, Steven Kemper, and, currently, Alexander Fiorillo, a former pupil of the legendary Vladimir Horowitz.  Operas that he will be performing this year include Leoncavello’s Pagliacci (Delphi Opera), Strauss’s Die Fledermaus (University of Pennsylvania) and Nicolai’s Merry Wives of Windsor (Delaware Valley Opera).   Mr. Krupa has participated in workshops and master classes in Europe, Canada, and the western United States, studying art song with Dalton Baldwin and Martin Katz.

For More Information about Joseph Click Here

Parth Gupta - 7


Emma Liu - 8


Taksh Gupta - 9


Evan Lin - 10


Rae Yang - 11


Crystal Su - 12


Elizabeth Yang - 13


Jacob Garcia - 14


Anthony Cheng - 15


Peter Wang - 15


Terry Nguyen - 16


Stephanie Zhou - 17


Daniel Kim - 8


Map to Stockton University


Map To Jacobs Music Cherry Hill, NJ

Evelyn Liu - Age Category Winner – 6 Years

Sonatin in G Major

Les Nuits Mystiques

Parth Gupta - Age Catagory Winner - 8 Years

Waltz in A minor, Op. Posth.

Emma Liu - Age Category Winner – 9 Years

Bagatelle in E-flat Major, Op. 33, No. 1

Waltz in C-sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2

Taksh Gupt -: Age Category Winner – 10 Years

Der Jongleur, Op. 31, No. 3

Anastasia Kudin - Age Category Winner – 11 Years (TIE)

Impromptu, Op. 90, No. 2

Shawn Zou - Age Category Winner – 11 Years (TIE)

Sonata No. 53 in E Minor, Hob. XVI 34, III. Finale. Molto vivace

Joke Waltz

John Kim - Age Category Winner – 12 Years

The Cat and Mouse

Crystal Su - Age Category Winner – 13 Years (TIE)

Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C-sharp Minor

John Zhang - Age Category Winner – 13 Years (TIE)

Italian Concerto, BWV 971, III. Presto

Witches Dance

Elizabeth Yang - Age Category Winner – 14 Years

Variations serieuses in D Minor, Op. 54

Joshua Baw - Age Category Winner – 15 Years (TIE)

Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3, IV. Allegro assai

Hans-Derek Yu - Age Category Winner – 15 Years (TIE)

Venezia e Napoli, III. Tarantella

Vishal Raman - Age Category Winner – 16 Years

Fantaisie-Impromptu in C-sharp Minor, Op. 66

Allegro con brio

James Yang - Age Category Winner – 17 Years

Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata,” I. Allegro assai

Grace Xiong - Age Category Winner – 18 Years

Gaspard de la nuit, I. Ondine