Marina Cialdella '23 and Madeline Carnesi-Silberstein '23 have been selected to attend prestigious music programs to hone their talent and skills this summer.
Marina will attend the Ithaca College Pre-College Vocal Summer Program from July 10 to July 23. The college, which houses one of the top music programs in the country, hosts a Summer Music Academy which provides a creative and supportive environment featuring a rich offering of music courses, and non-music courses, taught by Ithaca faculty and top music educators from across the country.
She will participate in large ensembles, chamber ensembles, masterclasses, and an array of music and non-music courses designed to prepare her to enter college.
“I am really excited to attend Ithaca’s pre-college vocal program this summer,” said Marina. “This will be a great opportunity for me to further expand my vocal skill and knowledge in music, while also preparing me for college. I’m so glad that I’ll be able to work with such talented faculty, as well as meet other students passionate in music. I am so grateful that I was selected for and get to experience this amazing program.”
Mia Pafumi, Music Department Chairperson, stated, “We are thrilled for Marina and her acceptance to this summer program. She will have the opportunity to grow musically, and she will experience some of finest young artists in the country -- whom she is among. We are very proud that Marina will be representing us, as an elite of Mount Saint Mary's Music and Theater department when she showcases her talents at the Ithaca Summer Music Academy.”
Madeline has been selected to attend a three-week program in July at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, a top conservatory in the country which accepts 10 pianists each year who are seriously considering a career in music and who perform at advanced levels.
The program will feature two individual lessons per week per student, performance and masterclass opportunities, a career seminar with guest speakers who are leaders in their field in the music industry, as well as theory, aural skills, and history classes.
“I’m incredibly excited to spend part of my summer at Eastman and to meet other students my age who also have a passion for classical music,” said Madeline.
“Living on campus will be a unique experience for me, and I’m looking forward to seeing the beautiful concert halls. Studying at a conservatory, even for three weeks, will advance my musicianship immensely and be helpful in my preparation for college auditions. Eastman’s talented faculty will help prepare me in piano performance and music theory, and the performance opportunities will be very rewarding,” she added.
Steven Zimmerman, Director of Instrumental Music, stated, “I am so proud of Maddie for being accepted into Eastman’s summer program. Having personally completed programs at Eastman as a student, I know Maddie will learn so much and add to her already impressive talent. Maddie is an incredible student in the Mount Music Department, and I wish her nothing but the best this summer.”