Winter 2024 Concert 2 – Friday, February 23, 2024, 8 pm
Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, Bryn Mawr PA
Kwanyun Loo, Cello Soloist, Winner of James Deitz Young Artists’ Competition
Priscila Navarro, Piano Soloist
Valerie Gay, Soprano
Paul Spencer Adkins, Tenor
Sarah Palmer, Organist
with members of The Philadelphia Community Mass Choir, Philadelphia’s Singing City, and The Philadelphia Chorale
Jay Fluellen, DMA
Peruvian pianist Priscila Navarro performs solo recitals, chamber works, and a large selection of concerti with orchestras throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America. Her talent has been widely recognized and she has been awarded the first prize at several international competitions, including the Liszt-Garritson International Competition in Baltimore, Maryland, Beethoven Sonata Competition in Tennessee, Chopin International Competition of Texas, Artist Series of Sarasota, Imola City Awards, Italy, and the Heida Hermanns International Music Competition. Priscila made her Carnegie Hall solo recital debut in 2013 and will return there twice in 2022. She received a Special Bach prize at the International City of Vigo Competition in Spain, where she was one of five finalists from over 400 participating pianists, with a jury presided by Martha Argerich. As a chamber musician, Priscila regularly performs with a wide variety of musicians. She performed in several cities in Peru with violist Jodi Levitz, viola professor at the University of Miami. Priscila forms a piano duet with Dr. Michael Baron. Their first album is set to release in December with the MSR Classics label, with a Carnegie Hall premiere concert in March 2022. Priscila holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance and pedagogy from the Frost School of Music, where she also completed Masters and Artist Diploma degrees as a student of Santiago Rodriguez and Kevin Kenner. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Florida Gulf Coast University where she studied with Dr. Michael Baron. She began her music studies at the age of 9, in the National Conservatory of Peru with Professor Lydia Hung. Besides her busy performance career, Priscila is a passionate pedagogue and has been on the jury at several international competitions, including the Chopin International Competition for Latin American pianists, and the Heida Hermanns International Competition. Priscila is the current artistic director for the Parnassus Music Society.Last year, they hosted the first International Piano Competition Parnassus Music, an event born of her initiative to showcase and promote talented Latin American pianists. This 2023, Priscila joined the faculty at Whitworth University as the new Director of Keyboard Studies.
Winner of the James Deitz Young Artists’ competition
Kwanyun Loo, 13, a student at Rosa International Middle School, began cello lessons when he was 4. He is a student of Amy Barston. His cello teachers would include Alex Veltman, Clancy Newman, and Gloria dePasquale. He is a member of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and Settlement’s Trowbridge Advanced Study Quartet. He studied with Andrew Mark at the Heifetz Institute in the summers of 2022 and 2023 and performed in masterclasses with Sheku Kanneh-Mason, David Geber, and Raman Ramakrishnan. He enjoys chess, tennis, and basketball with family and friends and has been a proud member of the PMAY Artists’ Initiative since 2021.
Jay Fluellen, DMA, is a Philadelphia born musician known as a composer, college professor, educator, accompanist, pianist, singer, and organist/choir director. He has a doctorate in music composition from Temple University, in addition to his certification in music from Eastern University. Dr. Fluellen has taught as a classroom music teacher in the School District of Philadelphia for the past 19 years. In September 2023, Fluellen began teaching his Alma Mater the High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, CAPA. He has taught college level courses in the fields of music composition, written and aural theory, music history, piano, and conducting at the following institutions; Morgan State University, Lincoln University, Montgomery County Community College, University of the Arts, and Community College of Philadelphia. He has been commissioned by various performers and institutions, including; The Main Line Symphony, The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Orchestra 2001, Chamber Orchestra First Editions, LiveConnections, The Bucks County Choral Society, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Network for New Music, Relâche, Singing City, The Settlement School of Music, Trinity Episcopal Church, among others. Since January 1997, he has been co-minister of music, with Walt Blocker, at the historic African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, Fr. Martini Shaw, Rector.
Spring 2024 Concert 3 – Friday, May 3, 2024, 8 pm
Valley Forge Middle School, Wayne PA
Christine Lim, Violin Soloist
Associate Concertmaster, Philadelphia Orchestra
Cheryl Beth Silverman Memorial Concert
Saturday, May 11, 2024, 2 pm
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel
8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA