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Dr. Anthony Scelba

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Dr. Anthony Scelba

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Professor in the Conservatory of Music at Kean University, teaches Music History I, Music History II, Form & Analysis, Orchestration, and Music Survey. He was the first person to receive a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in double bass performance from the Juilliard School. He has a Bachelor’s and two Master’s degree diplomas from the Manhattan School of Music. As a recitalist and a chamber musician, he performs and lectures internationally. He was for five years a member of the Orquesta del Festival Casals in San Juan, Puerto Rico. For 10 years he served as Principal Double Bassist of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. The founder of the Yardarm Trio, he is unusual among double bassists in specializing in chamber music, and he has greatly expanded his instrument’s chamber-music repertoire. He is currently engaged in an extended effort with Editions Silvertrust to expand the double bass chamber music repertoire. He was a Fulbright Fellow, having won a 1983-1984 Performing-Artist Award for Seoul, Korea, and has given masterclasses in Beijing and Shanghai, judged Brazil’s first National Double Bass Competition, directed a chamber music festival in Brazil, performed and given masterclasses in Italy, Spain, Austria, Scotland, Korea, Brazil, and throughout the U.S. He served as guest lecturer at the University of Southern California. He has taught on the faculties of Baylor University; the Hartt School, University of Hartford; and the Manhattan School of Music. His writing, arrangements, and compositions are published widely: many of his chamber music arrangements are published by Editions Silvertrust, Riverwoods, Illinois, and listed on a dedicated Webpage; other of his arrangements and original compositions are published by Ludwin Music, Los Angeles; his peer-reviewed articles have been published internationally. The Washington Post called his chamber-music performance at the Kennedy Center “inspiring”. Classical New Jersey said he is a player of “top caliber…Scelba’s tone was vibrant and his technique formidable”. He was appointed to the Kean Faculty in 1996.

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