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John Devlin, Bronxville High School Class of ’04, Receives All-S.T.A.R. Fellowship PDF Print Email

By Guest Contributor

May 13, 2015:  John Devlin, Bronxville High School Class of 2004, has received a graduate All-S.T.A.R. Fellowship from the University of Maryland (UMD).

All-S.T.A.R. Fellowships honor graduate students who are both outstanding scholars and outstanding teaching, administrative, or research assistants. Sixteen 2014-15 fellows were selected from approximately 4,000 UMD graduate student assistants. Devlin is one of two fellows named from the College of Arts and Humanities to receive the $10,000 award.

Devlin, who was honored for his five years of teaching and conducting the UMD Repertory Orchestra, will receive the doctor of musical arts degree in orchestral conducting from UMD on May 21.

He received the master of music degree in orchestral conducting in 2011 from UMD, where he was also named a 2013-14 Distinguished Graduate Student Teacher. Devlin received his BA summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a double major in music and Latin from Emory University in 2008.

An active conductor in the Washington, DC, area, he is music director and conductor of the McLean (Va.) Youth Orchestra, as well as associate conductor of the Capital City Symphony, assistant conductor of the Apollo Symphony, and a technical director for IMAG at the National Symphony.

He has been selected to conduct numerous student honor ensembles, including all-state orchestras in North Dakota, Maine, and Pennsylvania. Devlin made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut in March of 2014.

Pictured here:  John Devlin.

Photo by Suhail Mir

'Mary Poppins' Is this Weekend and Includes Two Bronxville Performers PDF Print Email

By Staff

May 15, 2015:  Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Why not bring the family to Mary Poppins at the Manor Club in Pelham Manor.

The wonderful production will be performed by the SOOP Theatre and includes Gabrielle Bici and Maggie Lockwood of Bronxville. Gabrielle is in her second production with the SOOP Theatre and Maggie will be making her debut with Mary Poppins. Come bring the children to see Mary Poppins fly on the Manor Club stage.

Show dates are Friday, May 15, at 7:00 pm, Saturday, May 16, at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm, and Sunday, May 17, at 2:00 pm. Tickets are available through or by calling smarttix at 212-868-4444.

The Manor Club is located at 1023 Esplanade in Pelham Manor, NY.

Concordia Conservatory to Present Chamber Music Festival 2015 on Saturday, May 16 PDF Print Email

By Kathleen Suss, Executive Director, Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art

May 13, 2015:  Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art will present Chamber Music Festival 2015 with a concert on May 16 at 7:30 pm in the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts at Concordia College. The concert is open to the public.

The event marks the 15th season for the chamber music festival. To be presented at the concert is the premiere performance of The Secret Ingredient, a work composed by Matt Van Brink especially for seven conservatory student chamber ensembles as well as works by Mozart, Purcell, and others.

The conservatory instrumentalists and vocalists performing on the May 16 concert include Albert Ai, Melissa Alexander, Annael Alvarez, Megan Barker, Haley Barr, Justin Barr, Anna Bonnem, Sarah Bonnem, Amelia Bornmann, Maya Brinster, Noelle Butler, Abby Carter, Elizabeth Cioffi, Will Cioffi, Conor Coffey, Harry Colvin, Ian Cummings, Ava Delaney, Malachi Dube, Sam Dutton, Maya Engenheiro, Henriette Feldman, Leo Gretzinger, Rose Hanish, Samantha Ingram, David Janz, Jessica Kaufman, Keith Kreindler, Sabrina Latham, Daniel Le Blanc, Ben Livney, Nicholas Lombardi, Gabriel Morato, Natalie Morato, Mauricio Morato, Katie Nichols, Nick Politi, Kylie Regan, Mary Grace Reisman, Emma Sanchez, Oscar Shah, Stella Shah, Cassandra Sperry, Renz Toledo, Nico Tortorella, Michael Ventura, and Holly Wemple.

This year, Concordia Conservatory offered student scholarships for the chamber music program made possible by the generosity of the Conservatory Scholarship and Outreach Fund. Concordia Conservatory is committed to the growth of the chamber music program to include access for all students.

About the Composer of The Secret Ingredient:  Matt Van Brink is a composer, lyricist, pianist, accordionist, and educator. He is the director of songwriting and composition at Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art, which has commissioned many of his new works of chamber music and musical theater for its student performers. His concert works and arrangements, written for a wide variety of ensembles and performing forces, have been performed around the world. Van Brink studied composition at Indiana University and Boston University, where he earned a doctorate. He lives in Brooklyn.

Tickets for the concerts are $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors and can be purchased by calling 914-395-4507.

Pictured here:  Chamber music players at the Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art.

Photo by Alissa Meyer

Sarah Lawrence to Present Program of Artists Honored by Arts Westchester May 8 PDF Print Email

By Judith Schwartzstein, Director of Public Affairs, Sarah Lawrence College

May 6, 2015:  Sarah Lawrence College will showcase faculty and alumni honored by Arts Westchester through its "50 for 50" celebration on Friday, May 8, at 8:00 pm in the Heimbold Visual Arts Center, 915 Kimball Avenue, on the campus of the college.

The program of new works is part of the county arts organization's ART:SEE celebration of its 50th anniversary. A reception precedes the event, which is free and open to the public, at 7:00 pm.

The showcase of new works will feature Sarah Lawrence music faculty director and composer Chester Biscardi; graduate writing program director and novelist Brian Morton; poetry faculty member and New York State Poet Laureate Marie Howe; theater faculty member and choreographer David Neumann; and alumna choreographer and past artist-in-residence Maxine Sherman.

  • Biscardi will present audio excerpts from his song cycle The Gift of Life for soprano and piano with text by Emily Dickinson, Denise Levertov, and Thornton Wilder.

  • Morton will read a new short story.

  • Howe will read a selection of poems from her new book, Magdalene--The Seven Devils.

  • Neumann will present an excerpt from a current work.

  • Sherman will present an excerpt from a work in progress titled Forest to City: City to Forest, performed by dancer Treasure Brooks.

The program is presented by the Sarah Lawrence College Graduate Writing Program, Writing Institute, and Graduate and Professional Studies in collaboration with the Hudson Valley Writers Center.

Pictured here:  Entrance to Sarah Lawrence College.

Photo by N. Bower

Concordia Conservatory to Present 'Hear It Live' on Friday, May 15 PDF Print Email

By Kathleen Suss, Executive Director, Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art

Apr. 29, 2015:  Concordia Conservatory will present "Hear It Live," a showcase concert for selected works by student composers and songwriters in elementary, middle, and high school on Friday, May 15, at 7:30 pm in the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts at Concordia College. The concert is open to the public. 

Student composers and songwriters include Carmel Coblence, Chris Welland, Dorothy Ruan, Emma Sanchez, Jennifer McNamee, Jerry Connolly, JP Redmond, Nick Politi, and Sebastian Brunner-Stolovitzky

Hosted by Concordia Conservatory, "Hear It Live" is a wonderful new initiative that inspires young composers and songwriters by giving them the opportunity to present their works in a professional setting. 

As an added incentive, Concordia Conservatory offers prizes for the most accomplished works in each age category. 

Pictured here:  Concordia Conservatory students playing in concert.

Photo courtesy Kathleen Suss, Executive Director, Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art

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