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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.


Young Pianist Competition

2017 Winners

2017 Finalists

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


Grand Prize Winner - Hans-Derek Yu (center)
Meral Guneyman - Judge (left)
Veda Zuponcic - Hans' Teacher (right)

2017 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!

List by Age and Name

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.

All concerts are held at the Steinway recital Hall - Jacobs Music of Cherry Hill. Limited Seating. RSVP is suggested. All Concerts are at no charge with an option to make a donation of any amount wish will help the Steinway Society of South Jersey mission.

  • Past Concerts Artists
Meral Guneyman updated pic

Upcoming Concerts & Events 2107 / 2018

Steinway Artist Recital
Dr. Terry Klinefelter, pianist

Dr. Terry Kilenfelter

Info About

Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 2:00pm

Performing works by
Scarlatti, Albeniz, Jelly Roll Morton, Eddie Gomez, Cedar Walton, Consuelo Velazquez & Chick Corea

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Artist Recital
Daniel Espie, pianist
Margaret Dziekonski, violinist

duo concert

About Daniel EspieAbout Margaret Dziekonski

Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 2:00pm

Performing works by
Beethoven, Ravel and Schubert

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Artist Recital
Dr. Vincent Craig, pianist

Dr. Vincent Craig

Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 2:00pm

Performing works by
Joplin, Florence Price, Gershwin and Margarret Bond

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Kids on Keys Radio Show

On WWFM 89.1 FM The First Saturday Of The Month At 1 PM.

Hear Kids On Keys Live

Hosted By Joe Distler

Joe Distler


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.
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Audio Recordings.

The Steinway Society of South Jersey offers audio recordings from the Young Pianist Competition and are professionally recorded by mSound Recording Studios. Listening to these recordings gives you a perspective of the musicianship of these young people. Currently we available the 2016 and 2017 final concerts which where held at that Stockton University Concert hall. Enjoy!

2017 Competition Winners

2017 Winners

Link To 2017 Winner Audio Files


2016 Competition Winners

2016 Winners

Link To 2017 Winner Audio File 2016


Board Members & Sponsors


Board Members

Kevin Walker


About Kevin Walker

Joseph Krupa


About Joseph Krupa

Advisory Members

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



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Contact Us


Contacting 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

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.

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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 tristate 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.

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Dr. Terry Klinefelter

She is a versatile artist, at home in jazz clubs as well as the classical concert stage. She has performed at the Kimmel Center, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the Chadds Ford Winery Jazz Festival, Jazz at the Springs, Endless Mountain Music Festival. and the Arcady Festival (Bar Harbor, Maine). She has also performed on the Philadelphia Orchestra Chamber Music Series and abroad in Mexico ( Escuela Superior, Monterey) Italy (Rome Festival). Dr. Klinefelter is Assistant Professor of Piano and Jazz Studies at West Chester University. As a recording astir, she has been describe by the Philadelphia Inquirer as "on the cosmic cusp where Mozart might meet Mingus." Her 2013 release, Zingaro, reached #30 on the national jazz radio charts, and was featured on Radio WRTI's "Hot 11" Countdown for several months.


Dr. Vincent Craig

He earned his Bachelor's degree from Oberlin College where he studied with Frances Walker. He then went on to earn his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore , Maryland, where he studied with Ann Schein. Some of Dr. Craig's performances include appearances in New York City at Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center Library, Steinway Hall, Federal Hall, in Philadelphia at the Kimmel Center, Settlement Music School, and in Washington D.C. at the State Department, among others. Vincent Craig is the Music Director of the Main Line Unitarian Church in Devon, PA and is an Associate Professor of Piano at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. In 2013 he released a CD of Bach solo keyboard music.


Daniel Espie

A 2013 graduate of temple University, recently attained his Master's Degree in Piano Performance from the Royal Academy of Music in London after his studies with pianist Rustem Hayroudinoff. Recent accolades include the Jacobs Music Steinway Award(2013), the Dr. Millard E. Gladfelter Tribute Scholarship (2012) , and the second place in the Royal Academy of Music's Delius Prize. Recent performances include appearances at the Duke's Hall at the Royal Academy of music, London, The Philadelphia Ethical Society, and the Carnegie Hall in New Your City.


Margaret Dziekonski

She has given concerts with American and British orchestras, and performed at Wigmore Hall, King's Place, St. Martin in the Fields. St James' Piccadilly and St. Peter's Eaton Square. Other highlights have been performing at the Tichard Strasuss Institute in Garmish-Partenkirchen, German, and a performance on the 1714 Beechback Stradivarius at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, England.