Andrew A. Alday, Mountain Top, a ninth-grade student at MMI Preparatory School, Freeland, recently participated in the Carnegie Hall piano auditions at Marywood Universtiy. Seventy-eight students were selected to perform at the Weill Institute in Carnegie Hall. Alday earned a qualifying score to perform in New York for the third time. His first performance in Carnegie Hall was April 2009 and his second performance was in April 2011. Alday also participated in the PA Music Teachers Association 2012 Dorothy Sutton Festival. He earned a superior rating to qualify for the Performance Ensemble Festival, a state-level showcase held in October 2012 at Wilkes University. Alday is a student of Irina Manasyna, an Armenian teacher who has mentored him since 2007. He plays the piano during the teen Mass at St. Jude Church, Mountain Top, and is mentored by David Baloga, director of music and worship, St. Jude Church.
Joshua Villarosa, Shavertown, a seventh-grade student at Wilkes-Barre Academy, recently participated in the Carnegie Hall piano audtions at Marywood Universtiy. Villarosa earned perfect scores in musicianship, accuracy, rhythm, technique, memory and stage presence. He also participated in the PA Music Teachers Association 2012 Dorothy Sutton Festival and earned a superior rating to qualify for the showcase held at Wilkes University in October 2012. Villarosa began playing the piano at the age of five. He is a student of Irina Manasyan and Dr. Joseph Calabro.
Katie Larsen-Lick, Mountain Top, was recently honored to have her photograph, The Huber Breaker, purchased from the Fine Arts Fiesta by the Friends of the Osterhout Library for the library’s permanent collection. The Huber Breaker photograph can be seen at the circulation desk in the library. Larsen-Lick is also exhibiting many of her photographs at the Citizen’s Bank in Kingston and will be exhibiting at the Marquis Gallery in Wilkes-Barre in May and June.