Concert Artist Series of Kean University

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The Concert Artist Program at Kean University

The Concert Artist Program brings world-renowned performing musicians onto the faculty of Kean University.  Dr. Anthony Scelba first proposed the Program in 1997.  It was founded in 1998 as a Strategic Initiative of the President's.  Since 1998 the Pro­gram has been expanded and has become part of the continual operation of the University. The number of Concerts has grown from three to twelve, and in 2004 the University and the State of New Jersey recognized “Concert Artist” as a distinct category of faculty.  
The Concert Artist Program presents an acclaimed concert series at Kean annually.  In addition to performing in these solo, chamber music, or jazz recitals at the University, Concert Artists teach private studio lessons weekly to Kean students.  As part of their commitment to the University, they perform masterclasses and other community outreach services in the public schools and junior colleges.  Some Concert Artists also teach classroom courses or ensembles related to their specialties. 
Concert Artists are chosen competitively after a regional search for outstanding candidates. Eminent artists with high reputations for excellence and thriving careers as professional performers, who are eager to devote themselves to Kean as performers and teachers, are selected.  In the coming years, we hope to have a resident faculty member or a Concert Artist teaching each musical instrument and voice type at Kean.   
The Concert Artist Program has been awarded two HEART Grants by the Freeholders of Union County, and support from the Music Performance Trust Fund of the American Federation of Musicians.  
Concert Artists perform extensively here and abroad.  They have recorded as an ensemble.  Some of the individual accomplishments of these celebrated musicians since 2000 include the following: 
• Performed solo debut at Carnegie Hall (2004)
• Performances as soloist with Itzhak Perlman including a 2003 "Live from Lincoln Center" broadcast—a program seen nationally on the PBS network and distributed internationally
• Won Third Prize at the prestigious Naumberg International Violin Competition (2003), Lincoln Center
• Performed at the Presidential Awards for the Arts 2003 a CBS broadcast from the Kennedy Center in Washington
• Recorded a number of CDs on recognized labels (including a Latin Grammy Award winner)
• Nominated for a 2003 Grammy Award
• Nominated for and won a 2002 Latin Grammy Award
• Won a 4 1/2 star review in Down Beat Magazine, one of the most prestigious of Jazz journals
• Performed debut with the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center
• Performed debut with the New York Philharmonic, Lincoln Center
• Performed as a member of Marlboro, one of the most prestigious chamber music festivals worldwide
• Performed at numerous renowned venues internationally
• Received recognition in the press, magazines, and international journals