Bryn Mawr Conservatory of Music Newsletter, 2018


In February, Elizabeth Carpenter, a student of Kimberly Trolier, was first-chair flutist in the All-Catholic Band Festival at Little Flower High School. The following month, she performed at Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast High School in Drexel Hill, as first flute in the All-Catholic Orchestra Festival. She also played flute in Archbishop Carroll High School’s productions of Once on This Island and Bye Bye Birdie.

Suzanne Carpenter, a piano student of Marcantonio Barone, was the winner of the 2018 Alma V. Drumm Competition. She recently concluded her tenure as Music Director of the Springfield Baptist Church, since she will be joining the class of 2022 at the University of Pennsylvania this semester.

This spring, Ritika Chaturvedi, who studies with Kathryna Barone at the Conservatory, was soprano soloist in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in three performances at the National Cathedral in Washington with the Southwest Chamber Players under the direction of David Ehrlich.

James Gates performed as the pianist of the Radnor Middle School Orchestra during the 2017-18 season. In July, he gave a solo recital at Faith United Presbyterian Church in Sioux City, Iowa, and performed on Independence Day at the Grandview Park Bandshell in Sioux City. The following month, he became a semi-finalist in the Iowa State Fair Bill Riley Talent Search. James studies piano at the Conservatory with Marcantonio Barone.

Nadia Grasso, aged 14, played piano with the eighth-grade orchestra at Radnor Middle School in a performance in May 2018. Nadia is a piano student of Mackenzie Carlson.

Pianist Xinlei (Melody) Hao won Third Place in the Age 13-15 division of the Annual Pre-Collegiate Piano Competition at West Chester University, and Honorable Mention in the 2018 Youth Festival of the Tri-County Concerts Association. Last summer, Melody performed the first movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A Major, K. 488, with the Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra in China. Melody is a piano student of Marcantonio Barone.

A student of Frank Ferraro, William Huang played second trumpet in the Tamanend Middle School Jazz Band during the 2017-18 season and performed as third trumpet in the Bucks County High School Honors Band in March. William also studies piano with Marcantonio Barone and joins the Delaware County Youth Orchestra as pianist this fall.

Grace Kim, a violin student of John Sergovic, joined the Yang Sang Presbyterian Church Youth Orchestra and performed in their spring concert.

A student of Kimberly Trolier, Hannah Kwak performed in the Band and Jazz Band at Radnor Middle School. Hannah was first flute in the seventh-grade ensemble under the direction of Roger Morgan.

A piano student of Marcantonio Barone at the Conservatory since 2011, Longan Loi accompanied the Upper Dublin High School Chorus in their winter and spring concerts and performed in duet with a flutist and a cellist at the Upper Dublin Senior Recital. His Senior Project was to organize, host, and perform in a concert at Jacobs Music Willow Grove to raise funds for the Hope for Henry Foundation. He also performed in winter and spring recitals of the Book Bridge Club at various retirement communities in the area. Longan will be a freshman at the Georgia Institute of Technology this fall.

Christopher Palmer, who studies theory and composition with Andrew Desiderio and piano with Marcantonio Barone, performed his own piano composition “In Memoriam” at Rustin High School. The Youth Chorus of Westminster Presbyterian Church gave four performances of the Assurance of Grace that Christopher wrote especially for them. He played as guest pianist with the Rustin High School Orchestra at their winter concert and performed as piano soloist at the Christmas Choir Concert of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Soprano Emily Reich, a student of Kathryna Barone, sang as soloist in Kurt Weill’s Kaddish with Nashirah at the Delaware Valley Jewish Choral Festival at Congregation Adath Israel in June. In September, she will perform works of Weill and Bernstein with Cantor Elizabeth Shammash in Chicago and Austin.

Violinist Adrienne Tuft, a student of John Sergovic at the Conservatory, will perform as a member of Haverford Middle School’s Seventh- and Eighth-Grade Strings.

AvaGrace Tuft, sings as a member of Haverford High School’s Concert Chorale. AvaGrace studies voice with Kathryna Barone and piano with Daina Dodbiba.

Flutist William Wei performed in the seventh-grade band at Bala Cynwyd Middle School under the direction of Dr. Jenny Neff. William studies with Kimberly Trolier at the Conservatory.

Ellington Wise, a student of John Sergovic, performed as principal violist of the Welsh Valley Middle School String Orchestra during the 2017-18 school year.

Justin Yeo was pianist of both the Delaware County Youth Orchestra and the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and performed as a member of chamber ensembles at Temple Music Prep’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians. Having been a student of Mackenzie Carlson and Marcantonio Barone at the Bryn Mawr Conservatory, Justin matriculates at Princeton University this fall.

During the past school year, Alex Zeng, a student of Marcantonio Barone, was a pianist in the Welsh Valley Middle School Lab Jazz Band.

Eric Zhao, a piano student of Marcantonio Barone, organized and performed in a concert at Rosemont Presbyterian Village in August.


This past June, Marcantonio Barone, of the Conservatory’s piano faculty, performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto № 5 in E-flat Major (the “Emperor Concerto”) as guest soloist with the Drexel University Symphony Orchestra under the baton of its Music Director, Rosalind Erwin, of the Conservatory’s conducting and clarinet faculties.
Mr. Barone’s most recent recording for Bridge Records of solo and ensemble works of George Crumb is one of Stereophile’s 2018 “Records to Die For”

In 2017, Alexander Panku of the Conservatory’s piano faculty performed and directed in the Amici Opera Company’s production of Verdi’s Oberto. Several of Dr. Panku’s compositions are being prepared for publication.

Emiliano Pardo-Tristán, who teaches guitar at the Conservatory, served on the jury of the First International Guitar Competition “Ciudad de Panamá” this May. Dr. Pardo is founder and artistic director of the Encuentro Internacional de Guitarra de Panamá and president of the Asociación Guitarrística de Panamá.