Concert Artist Series of Kean University
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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• Performed at numerous renowned venues internationally
• Received recognition in the press, magazines, and international journals