Sophia Chen, a violin student of Iwona Fedoseyev, was accepted by competitive audition into the PRYSM ensemble of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra.
Ashley Chiang, a flute student of Ellen Fisher Deerberg, is Principal Flute of the Chester County Youth Orchestra. She and Elizabeth Walker, a piano student of Marcantonio Barone, performed together this autumn in Sounds of Aid, a concert for the benefit of «ConKerr Cancer», and in a concert of the music honor society «Modern Music Masters».
Leah Coppage-Gross, a piano student of Elizabeth Keller, is a member of the Jazz Band at Radnor Middle School. She also plays french horn in the band and sings in the select choir «Distaffs».
Henry Gao, a piano student of Mackenzie Carlson, accompanied the Bala Cynwyd Middle School Band in Mozart Serenade and Dance at its winter concert in December. He also plays flute in the Band.
Anna Matlack, a voice student of Kathryna Barone, was elected President of the Marple-Newtown High School Choir. In December, she sang as a soprano in the Interfaith Choir at a performance of Handel’s Messiah at the Church of Latter Day Saints in Broomall.
Marcantonio Barone is the pianist, with soprano Barbara Ann Martin and Orchestra 2001 under the direction of James Freeman, on the première recording of A Journey beyond Time (American Songbook II) and Winds of Destiny (American Songbook IV) by George Crumb, released in November by Bridge Records as Volume 13 of the Complete Crumb Edition.
Benjamin Boyle is now Adjunct Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey.
In December, he performed (as pianist) his Sonata-Fantasy with violinist Timothy Fain at the Kennedy Center in Washington and at Merkin Hall in New York.
His opera The Holly and the Ivy was given its world première by the Chicago Lyric Opera last month. A new work of his has been commissioned by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam for a joint performance that they will give with the New York Philharmonic at the Riverside Church in New York in April.
Mackenzie Carlson, of the Conservatory’s piano faculty, will perform in recital with guitarist Behdad Moghadassi at the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society on 11 January.
Elizabeth Keller is pianist with the Philadelphia Trio. Their series of concerts at the Main Line Unitarian Church in Devon continues on Sunday, 15 February, at 3:00 P.M. with the Tchaikovsky Trio and the Elgar Sonata for Violin and Piano. The final concert of the season will take place on Sunday, 19 April, and will feature the Brahms Horn Trio.
Ms. Keller’s chamber-music class «Firenze» at the Baldwin School spent the spring break of 2008 giving concerts in Scandinavia. The spring of 2010 will see the group performing in the British Isles.
This is also Ms. Keller’s eighteenth year teaching piano performance at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Her class was again invited to play at the Wolf Museum in Lancaster in April.