Marcantonio Barone, of the Conservatory’s piano faculty, and violinist Barbara Govatos, of the Philadelphia Orchestra, won the Classical Recording Foundation’s 2012 Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artist Award for their recording of Beethoven’s complete sonatas for violin and piano.  Released last month on the Bridge label, the four-CD set is available directly from Bridge Records (bridgerecords.com) as well as from various retailers including classical music specialists Norbeck Peters and Ford (norpete.com) and Arkiv Music (arkivmusic.com).
On Sunday afternoon, 7 April, at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, Mr. Barone will be presented in recital by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.

In September, the Conservatory’s flute teacher, Ellen Fisher-Deerberg, received a standing ovation for her performance of François Borne’s Fantaisie brillante on Themes from Bizet’s Carmen with the Bravura Philharmonic, of which she is principal flutist.  On new year’s eve, her flute quartet, Volanti Flutes, performed two concerts for the First Night Festival in Haddonfield, New Jersey.
On 23 and 24 February, Ms. Fisher-Deerberg will perform at the Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair in Reston, Virginia, as a guest artist with the San Diego ensemble Flûtes de Salon, in a program featuring works by Philadelphia composer Daniel Dorff.

Tim Ribchester, who joined the Conservatory’s Vocal Repertoire faculty in September, will be guest music director for two productions of the Concert Operetta Theater at the Academy of Vocal Arts.  He will lead performances of Common Thread: The music of Rogers and Hammerstein on 9 and 10 February; and of Apple Blossoms by Fritz Kreisler and Victor Jacobi in 16 and 17 March.
Mr. Ribchester’s orchestration of Bill Jolly’s theme music for Jim Cotter’s radio program Creatively Speaking was heard every Saturday morning at 11:00 on WRTI-FM, Philadelphia.  The program’s final episode was broadcast last month.


In October, Allister Barnes, a piano student of Marcantonio Barone, performed with his parents, violinist Meichen Liao Barnes of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and cellist Derek Barnes of the Philadelphia Orchestra, in a trio concert at Rydal Park.  Allister is also a pianist in the Senior Jazz Band at Bala Cynwyd Middle School.

Allen Cai, a violin student of John Sergovic, has been chosen to participate in the Upper Moreland Spring Music Festival.

This year, John Carino, who studies with Mackenzie Carlson at the Conservatory, has performed in several concerts with the Jazz Band at the Shipley School, where he is a junior.

Iris Chan, a piano pupil of Marcantonio Barone, organized and performed in recitals for senior citizens at Beaumont at Bryn Mawr and at Bryn Mawr Terrace last month.  Other participants included Bryn Mawr Conservatory piano students Stephen Li and Longan Loi.

Rhett Cosgrove, a student of Mackenzie Carlson, played piano for the Christmas-Carol Sing at the Armenian Sisters Academy, where he is in the third grade.

Laura Grajewski, a voice student of Kathryna Barone, performed two listed roles in the Walnut Street Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol by Michael Borton, in a run of over a dozen performances in December.

Eli Halpern, a piano student of  Laurie Ticehurst, composed and arranged all the music for Friends Select School’s production of the play The Bomb-ity of Errors and played keyboard and electronic drums in the performances.

In December, David Huang, who studies with Marcantonio Barone, performed as accompanist for the Wissahickon Middle School Chorus.

Nathan D’Ignazio, a piano pupil of Marcantonio Barone at the Conservatory, accompanied the Strath Haven High School Camerata in their December concert.  He also played piano for the Christmas Eve Service at Swarthmore Presbyterian Church.  On 4 June 2013, Nathan will be presented in recital at Swarthmore College’s Lang Concert Hall as this year’s George Slick Arts Fellow at Strath Haven High School.

Dan Kralik, a student of Daina Dodbiba, performed as pianist of the Conestoga High School Jazz Band at their Winter Concert in December.

Last month, Stephen Li, a piano student of Marcantonio Barone, performed the first and second movements of Dvořák’s Dumky for piano trio in the Winter Concert Series of the Temple Music Preparatory Division’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians at Rock Hall.

Longan Loi, who studies with Marcantonio Barone, performed in December as accompanist for the sixth-grade chorus at Sandy Run Middle School.

Ava Rostami, a student of John Sergovic, plays violin in the Welsh Valley Middle School orchestra and has been invited to participate in the Schuylkill Valley Festival Orchestra this season.

Julia Seeley, a theory student of Benjamin C. S. Boyle and a former voice student of Kathryna Barone was in the cast of The Music Man at the Walnut Street Theatre last year.

Brendan Sweeney, a piano student of Mackenzie Carlson, was the accompanist for a choral sextet in the Christmas Concert at St. Patrick School, where he is an eighth grader.

Last month, Nicholas Wu, a piano student of Marcantonio Barone, performed movements of the Beethoven Piano Trio Opus 1 № 1 and the Shostakovich Piano Quintet at Temple University’s Rock Hall, in the Winter Concert Series of Temple Music Preparatory Division’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians.  He also gave a joint recital with his sister, who is an accomplished violinist, at Exton Senior Living in December.

Michael Zhang, who studies with John Sergovic, was the only freshman chosen to play in the first violin section of the Conestoga High School Orchestra.  Michael also plays in the first violin section of the Delaware Valley Youth Orchestra.

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