Concert Artists Program
The mission of the Concert Artist Program of Kean University is to deliver world-class music education and performances. The Program maintains at the University a professional ensemble of nationally and internationally reputed musicians, who perform a concert series on campus of classical chamber music and jazz. The concerts are available to the university community and to the general public. The members of the ensemble serve as a studio faculty for the Department of Music, teach courses related to their specialties, and reach out to the community. The outreach services further enhance the reputation of Kean University and its College of Visual and Performing Arts, and assist with the recruitment of students for its Department of Music.
The Concert Artist Program (CAP) of Kean University has brought world-renowned performing musicians onto the faculty of the Department of Music since 1998. While maintaining successful careers as professional performers, Concert Artists present solo, chamber music, and jazz recitals at Kean; teach private, weekly studio lessons to Kean students; and conduct masterclasses and other community outreach services in the public schools and junior colleges. Some Concert Artists also coach ensembles and teach classroom courses related to their specialties.
Dr. Anthony Scelba first proposed the CAP (originally called the Affiliate Artist Program) as part of an overall plan for advancement of the Music Department. Since then the Program has expanded from three to twenty Concert Artists. Musicians are chosen for the Program after a regional search. Eminent artists with high reputations for excellence and thriving careers, who are eager to devote themselves to Kean as performers and teachers, and who would contribute to the Program’s outstanding chamber music recital series are selected.
The CAP Concert Series includes performances throughout the school year. In 2008, the CAP appointed Frank Ezra Levy its first Composer-in-Residence. Its 2009-2010 Composer-in-Residence is the Brazilian, Liduino Pitombeira. In spring 2009, the Program offered three performances in Merkin Concert Hall, New York. The Concert Artist Series and Enlow Recital Hall—its new state-of-the-art home—are helping to realize President Dawood Farahi’s vision to make Kean University an artistic and cultural center for the region.
Since the Program’s inception, Kean’s Concert Artists individually have performed as soloists and chamber musicians here and abroad, recorded CDs, been nominated for a Grammy and several Latin Grammies, performed on Live from Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center broadcasts, won glowing reviews (including 4 1/2 stars from Down Beat Magazine), debuted at prestigious venues and received numerous awards, grants, and recognitions. In 2004, “Concert Artist” was recognized by Kean University as a distinct category of adjunct faculty.
The Concert Artists have recorded two CDs specifically for Kean University— Schubertiana and the crossover album The Great Kean Way: Concert Artists on Broadway.