Jeannine Barbuscia, a voice student of Kathryna Barone, sang as cantor and soloist at a special mass at the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy, during the recent archdiocesan pallium pilgrimage.
Kelly Brobson, a voice student of Judith Malis, sang with the Archdiocesan Choir of Philadelphia for the installation of Archbishop Charles Chaput last September. This past spring, she performed the role of Polly Peachum in Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera with the West Chester University Opera, and she also appeared in their production of Massenet’s Cendrillon last November.
John Carino, a piano student of Mackenzie Carlson, performed in assembly at the Shipley School last spring and will play in the string ensemble there beginning this fall.
During the summer, John Carson, who studies piano with Marcantonio Barone at the Conservatory, attended both the St. Olaf Summer Piano Academy in Northfield, Minnesota; and the Lutheran Summer Music Academy in Decorah, Iowa, where he performed two movements of Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet.
Iris Chan, a piano student of Marcantonio Barone, performed in the honors recital at the Penn State Summer Music Camp at the Pennsylvania State University in July. Iris also won Honorable Mention in the 2012 Tri-County Music Festival Senior Piano Competition.
Ravi Culleton, who studies piano with Marcantonio Barone and studies theory and composition with Benjamin C. S. Boyle, performed in recital at the Lang Concert Hall at Swarthmore College as a recipient of the George H. Slick Arts Fellowship at Strath Haven High School in June. The program included Ravi’s own Piece in E Major for violin and piano.
Phillip Gao, who studies piano with Mackenzie Carlson at the Conservatory, performed in the Talent Show at the Penn Wynne School in May.
Nina Hoog, a piano pupil of Mackenzie Carlson, performed in the “Penn Valley Idol” Talent Show at the Penn Valley Elementary School this past spring.
Nathan d’Ignazio, a piano student of Marcantonio Barone and a theory and composition student of Benjamin C. S. Boyle, attended the summer music program of the European American Musical Alliance in Paris this July. As a recipient of the George H. Slick Arts Fellowship at Strath Haven High School he will be presented in recital at Swarthmore College next spring.
This fall, Kevin Li, who studied piano with Marcantonio Barone at the Conservatory from 2005 to 2012, begins study in the five-year joint program leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree at Harvard College and a Master of Music degree at the New England Conservatory. Kevin was the pianist of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra for the past three years.
Stephen Li, who studies piano with Marcantonio Barone at the Bryn Mawr Conservatory, won the gold prize in the Level 11 Concerto division and the silver prize in the Level 11 Solo division at the 2012 World Piano Competition of the American Music Scholarship Association in Cincinnati, Ohio. He played the first movement of Mendelssohn’s G minor Piano Concerto with the World Festival Orchestra at the Winners’ Go for the Gold Performance under the direction of conductor Mark Gibson. Stephen also won second prize in the age 13-15 division of the 2012 West Chester University of Pennsylvania Annual Pre-Collegiate Piano Competition.
Nathan Pezzotti, who studied composition with Benjamin C. S. Boyle and piano with Alexander Panku at the Conservatory from 2009 until 2012, matriculates this fall as a composition student of Samuel Adler at the Juilliard School, where he was awarded the E. H. Ludlam Scholarship for Composition.
Nicholas Wu, a piano student of Marcantonio Barone, received Honorable Mention in the 2012 Tri-County Music Festival Junior Piano Competition and in the 2012 West Chester University Pre-Collegiate Piano Competition. Last season, he perfomed as guest pianist in two different chamber ensembles at the Center for Gifted Young Musicians at the Music Preparatory Division of Temple University. As a participant in the Chamber Music session of the Teen Summer Arts Camp hosted by the Education Department of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Nick performed at the Kimmel Center this summer. By special invitation, he also performed Chopin’s Scherzo in B minor on Vladimir Horowitz’s personal Steinway concert grand in a concert presented by Jacobs Music in Philadelphia.