Mary Fan, Class of 2010
Julianne Grasso, Class of 2010
Julianne is a senior in the Department of Music looking for a job. In lieu of developing marketable skills, she enjoys taking composition classes and writing random little songs about important issues like bubbles and broccoli. She recently interned at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, where she wrote children's music and went on youtube a whole lot (it was unpaid, okay?). Julianne also continues to take lessons on a variety of instruments, including clarinet, organ, and the carillon, and steals her brother's sax, flute, and oboe on occasion. Her senior thesis will likely be a study of "video game music theory," and hopes the University will give her funding for an Xbox 360.
Nick DiBerardino, Class of 2011
Nick is junior music major from Westport, CT. He’s studied piano, voice, and saxophone, and he plans to pursue a graduate degree in music composition. Despite his life long passion for writing music, which started the moment he first got his hands on a piano, his formal studies didn’t begin until his time at Princeton. Since then, Nick has studied composition not only at Princeton, but also in Paris, through the European American Musical Alliance, and in New York, through the New York Youth Symphony. This summer, he will be continuing his studies at the Brevard Institute in Brevard, NC.
Nick’s recent compositional successes include receiving “Emerging Artist” recognition from the New York Art Ensemble in 2009 and 2010, for his “Harmonia” and “Sparkplug,” respectively. He also received an Honorable Mention in the Eastern Division of the 2008 Music Teachers National Association competition for his “Sextet for Strings,” placed first in the New England Region in the 2008 National Federation of Music Clubs competition for his “Poem for Orchestra,” and was a finalist in the Morton Gould Young Composers Awards for his “Orpheus” in 2005. Nick was also proud to have several other pieces win first place prizes for the state of Connecticut in competitions run by the National Federation of Music Clubs and the Music Teachers National Association in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007.
Andrea Grody, Class of 2011
Todd Kramer, Class of 2011
Mark Lock, Class of 2011
Mark is a double bass/electric bass player from Malaysia but lives in Taiwan. His favorite type of music is modern jazz, but he also enjoys a great hip-hop, pop, or rock tune. He has gigged weekly for four years with the Taipei International Church Paradyme Rock Worship Team and continues to play jazz on and off. He is currently a double bass player in the Princeton University Orchestra.
Coming from many musical angles, Mark likes to combine his musical experiences together to form music that seems natural to him. Right now, his interest is in utilizing and combining his "first languages" in music: the Chinese musical language with rock and jazz. Mostly an instrumental composer, Mark will occasionally compose a song and will realize that composing both lyrics and melody takes too much work. Thus, it becomes a pattern for him to write one song out of every twenty instrumental tunes he writes.
Russell O’Rourke, Class of 2011
Theo Popov, Class of 2011
Andrew Mack, Class of 2012
Mitch Nahmias, Class of 2012
Nathan Pell, Class of 2012
Nathan, a sophomore from New York, began cello lessons with Ellen Rose at the age of four and composition lessons three years later with Edward Kalendar, with whom he has studied ever since. Six years ago, he started taking cello lessons from Paul Tobias, and two years ago instruction in the Feldenkrais Method from Aliza Stewart. As a cellist, he has played at Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Thalia Hall at Symphony Space, the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Church of Christ and St. Stephen's, and Carnegie Hall (well, to be fair, this consisted of playing, along with scores of other elementary school-aged cellists, a rousing rendition of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star while sitting on a chair covered in Power Ranger stickers). He attended the Usdan Center for the Performing and Creative Arts for 7 years, where his teacher was Susan Lehr. Additionally, he has participated in the New York Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program, the School for Strings Summer Chamber Music Workshop, and the Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival. Nathan is a member of the Princeton University Orchestra and a regular participant in Classical Music Hour, and informal series of Friday night concerts in the Rockefeller College Common Room.
As a composer, Nathan tries to fit into and continue the dissolution of harmonic idioms that began at the end of the 19th century. His idols are Bach, Beethoven, Wagner, and Bruckner, and in his compositions he attempts to reconcile hummable lines and motives with fresh and interesting harmonies, with a healthy helping of counterpoint to boot. Whatever you do, don't start a conversation with him about Brahms or Schoenberg. Last year, his Lied for Baritone and Piano, "Da Stieg ein Baum," a setting of Rilke's first Sonnet to Orpheus, and a movement of his yet-to-be-finished string quartet were premiered in concerts of the Composers Collective. He continues to slave away at this quartet and is in the middle of a song cycle based off of others of the Rilke Sonnets. Hopefully, he'll complete both of these at some point....
Sean A. Chen, Class of 2013
At age 11, Sean began studying the violoncello with Jerome Carrington. After two years of study, he was accepted to The Juilliard School Pre-College Division where he studied with Jerome Carrington and André Emelianoff. He has also studied with Marianne Chen, assistant to Natalia Gutman, and Udi Bar David of the Philadelphia Orchestra. There he took part in the Pre-College Chamber Orchestra, Symphony, and Orchestra, as well as numerous chamber groups with Jennifer Combs and Renee Jolles as coaches. Although he had always fiddled with tunes on the piano, he did not start formal composition lessons until age 15 when he began composition as a secondary instrument at the Pre-College under the tutelage of Dr. Andrew Thomas and Dr. Manuel Sosa. He currently studies composition with Gerald Levinson, the Eugene Lang Professor of Music at Swarthmore College and former student of Olivier Messiaen. He has also studied at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, participating in several chamber groups with Muneko Otani as coach. Past chamber groups have been invited to perform by the NJ State Theatre in New Brunswick and the Institute for Advanced Study.
Flannery Cunningham, Class of 2013
Flannery Cunningham is from St. Cloud, Minnesota and admits to being a serious tea addict, constant singer, and the owner of one of the largest action figure collections west of the Mississippi. Her first masterpiece of keyboard literature was titled “I Love My Piano Teacher,” a true virtuosic tribute to her piano teacher of eleven years. Today, she enjoys writing choral works as well as pieces for small chamber and vocal ensembles. She has always been attracted to the more intimate interaction between performers and with the audience that chamber music allows. A singer herself, she is also fascinated by the rich interplay between text and music and has set poems by Larry Schug, Walt Whitman, and John Ashbery. She studied composition under Edie Hill in Minneapolis and has had works performed by Cantabile Girls’ Choir, Sopraltus choir of the MacPhail Institute, and Zeitgeist new music ensemble.
Chris Lando, Class of 2013
Emi Nakamura, Class of 2013
Karis Schneider, Class of 2013
Keshev Singh, Class of 2013
Keshav Singh is a guitarist and composer from Santa Cruz, California. While as a guitarist he mostly performs in the jazz idiom, as a composer Keshav has recently branched out to write film music, contemporary concert music and electronic music, as well as continuing to write jazz. One of his major goals as a composer is to synthesize the unique features of jazz with other compositional idioms. In 2008, Keshav released his debut album, featuring his original music. This album featured the song “Into the Maze”, for which he was one of the youngest recipients of the 2009 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award. Now studying at Princeton, Keshav plans to enter the Program in Musical Performance as well as supplementing his autodidactic knowledge of composition with formal study.