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Bringing the gift of music to our community and beyond

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State Theatre New Jersey’s 2019-2020 Artists-in-Residence are violinists George Meyer and Suliman Tekalli, Center for Musical Excellence Artists. They will be in residence for 6 weeks overall, during which time they will share their talents at schools, senior centers, libraries, residential treatment facilities, correctional institutions, corporate offices, and other places throughout Central New Jersey. Their activities will include both teaching and performing. Keeping with the State Theatre’s commitment to make the arts accessible to all, residency programs will be provided at no cost to most host sites.

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CME Artsits Siwoo Kim and Nan-Cheng Chen joined Min Kwon for a gala performance to benefit the Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center.

“This event captured the hearts of all those who came to hear three wonderfully gifted artists, and to support our efforts to raise funds to benefit the expansion of the Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center,” said, Katie Nolle, President, Women’s Association for Morristown Medical Center. “We are so very grateful to Min Kwon for giving us a truly amazing evening of “Music for the Heart.”




Bringing music education to

children in our community

CME partnered with Rhythms for Life: Music Matters In Morris County to bring their budding violin students to our Music Made Here concert on April 8, 2018, featuring the Harlem String Quartet, Min Kwon (piano), Lucy Lee (viola), and Patrick Hopkins (cello).


Student tickets were sponsored by CME Board Member Geoff Harris.  


CME presents young pianist Asiah Sharpe with a Yamaha piano and full scholarship to CME Academy

Asiah Sharpe was a young girl when she first heard her grandmother play the piano. She knew in an instant she wanted to follow in her footsteps, but music lessons were out of reach for her cash-strapped family. This enterprising young woman turned to the Internet to become her own piano teacher. 

Asiah discovered CME Director Min Kwon's Aresty Research Program at Rutgers University. "Dr. Kwon's project focused on the idea of Music, Youtube and how the internet and other social media platforms could help facilitate classical music and allow the audience to engage with music. I related to this as an individual who used the internet to teach myself piano and who understood how the internet could be used to encourage musicians."


Her ingenuity and perseverance paid off- Asiah received a full scholarship for piano studies at CME Academy, courtesy of Dr. Kwon and CME Board Member Peter Saulnier. 

Asiah was also presented with a Yamaha piano, thanks to sponsor Betsy Uhlmann. 

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