During the 2010-2011 concert season, Kean Concert Artist Joanna Marie Frankel has been invited abroad five times to participate in arts partnership residencies in four different countries.  (KeanXChange)
In August, Gabriela Martinez, who is today a Kean Concert Artist, performed as soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A (K. 414) with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under the renowned Itzhak Perlman. According to Scelba, the Chicago Symphony is the only orchestra in the United States that competes with the Berlin Philharmonic, thought by many to be the greatest orchestra in the world.  (KeanXChange)
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center has announced the winners of the latest CMS II competition.  Twelve new members were chosen from an international pool of more than two hundred applicants, with fifty three invited to participate in the live auditions.  Among the talented winners joining the CMS Two program for the 2012-2013 season is Romie de Guise-Langlois, Adjunct Professor of Clarinet and Concert Artist at the Kean University Conservatory of Music.  (KeanXChange)
Dr. Anthony Scelba, chair of the Kean Conservatory of Music and director of the Concert Artist Program, has been invited to serve as Guest Professor in Residence at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music.  (KeanXChange)
Anthony Scelba has been appointed Artistic Director of the Festival Internacional de Música de Campina Grande, a new chamber music festival that will take place in Paraíba, Brazil this June.  He will also serve as Artist-Faculty in Double Bass and deliver a keynote address on the nexus of chamber music and pedagogy.  Artist-Faculty for the festival, who will perform and coach chamber music, will come from Brazil, Venezuela, and universities throughout the U.S., and will include Victoria Stewart, Concert Artist in Violin.  (
The Vorarlberg Music Conservatory, Feldkirch, Austria, has invited Anthony Scelba to give a series of four master classes as part of the Feldkircher Meisterklassen 2010 series in February.
Kean at Merkin Hall: February 19, March 11, and April 5th
A review of the all-Draeseke concert, 11/6/08
-The Arco Ensemble, Victoria Stewart’s newly founded chamber orchestra, made its debut performance in the new concert hall at Drew University with Jorge Mester as conductor and Elmar Oliveira as violin soloist.  On the program were Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Puccini’s Crisantemi, and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C.

-Anthony Scelba has been invited by Eduardo Fideles, State Secretary of Culture of Ceará, Brazil to participate as one of the international guest artists at II Festival de Musica de Camara do Centro-Sul e Vale do Salgado, to be held in Iguatu and Icó, cities in the northeastern state of Ceará.   The festival, sponsored by the Associacão Artístgica de Concertos do Ceará, will take place in mid-January 2007.

-Schubertiana (the Concert Artists latest CD) has been reviewed in South Africa by Kai Horsthemke.  The review is available on line:

-Martin Simpson of the South African Bass Collective has interviewed Anthony Scelba on line.  “A Chat with Anthony Scelba” is available at:


Concert Schedule

Concert Artist Series


with Dr. Anthony Scelba, Director





2009-2010 Concert Artist Season







Thursday, October 8, 2009, 8:00 P.M. 

The Concert Artists Find a Home


The virtuosity of Kean’s Concert Artists and the glorious acoustics of Enlow Hall meet for the first time in a program chosen to feature them both:  Sextet in Bb by Brahms, Grand Etude after Paganini by Liszt, Variations by Rossini, Jewel Song by Gounod, and Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso by Saint-Saens


Brennan Sweet & Victoria Stewart, violins; Brett Deubner & Joanna Frankel, violas; Susannah Chapman, cello; Anthony Scelba, double bass; Katherine Harris, soprano; Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet; Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano


Saturday, October 17, 2009, 8:00 P.M.

Elmar Oliveira and ARCO


An event of the decade:  special guest artists Elmar Oliveira, one of the world’s greatest violinists, and the Arco Ensemble, a virtuoso string orchestra, will perform the complete violin concerti by J. S. Bach, while recording the performance for Artek Records


Please note:  Special ticket prices for this concert


Thursday, October 29, 2009, 8:00 P.M.

Introducing Liduino


A program of gorgeous and evocative music by Brazilian Liduino Pitombeira, the Concert Artist Program 2009-2010 Composer-in-Residence, including the World Premiere of his Piano Quintet, written for and dedicated to Kean’s Concert Artists


Joanna Frankel & Victoria Stewart, violins; Brett Deubner, viola; Susannah Chapman, cello; Anthony Scelba, double bass; Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet; Gabriela Martinez, piano



Sunday, November 1, 2009, 3:00 P.M.

Cimbasso D’Amore


Classic love songs from Italy, performed on the cimbasso with chamber ensemble

The cimbasso is a rare and underappreciated brass instrument with an Italian-opera heritage.  Usually used only to perform the low brass parts of Verdi operas, this beautiful instrument will be featured in a selection of romantic music from its home country.  Well-known, timeless love songs and romantic opera classics from Italy


Andrew Bove, cimbasso; Joanna Frankel, violin; Susannah Chapman, cello; Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet; Christopher Kenniff, guitar; Gabriella Martinez, piano


Thursday, December 3, 2009, 8:00 P.M.

The Two Pianos


An evening of piano duets showing off Enlow Hall’s magnificent Fazioli and Steinway concert grand pianos and two magnificent Concert Artists, Allison Brewster Franzetti & Gabriela Martinez.  Music by Amanda Harberg, John Adams, Dave Brubeck and Benjamin Lees


Thursday, November 19, 2009, 8:00 P.M.

Happy Birthday, Felix!


Celebrate Felix Mendelssohn’s 200th birthday year with stunning performances of his Trio in C minor, Viola Sonata, and Piano Sextet in D


Gabriela Martinez, piano; Brennan Sweet, violin; Brett Deubner & Joanna Frankel, violas; Susannah Chapman, cello; Anthony Scelba, double bass;


Sunday, December 20, 2009, 3:00 P.M.

Happy ‘Holiday Brass’


Charles Bumcrot leading the Kean Brass Quintet with percussionist James Musto in the growing annual tradition:  Holiday Brass!


Charles Bumcrot & Jerry Bryant trumpets; Lisa Pike, horn; Anthony Mazzocchi, trombone; Andy Bove, Tuba; James Musto, percussion


Thursday, February 11, 2010, 8:00 PM

Revel in Ravel


Allison Brewster Franzetti performs works by Ravel on our Fazioli piano in celebration of her latest all-Ravel CD




Thursday, February 25, 2010, 8:00 PM

En France


Exquisite works by French composers—well-known and unknown—Debussy, Duparc, Poulenc, and Onslow


Brennan Sweet & Victoria Stewart, violins; Brett Deubner, viola; Susannah Chapman, cello; Anthony Scelba, double bass; Katherine Harris, soprano; Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet; Lisa Hansen, flute; Robbin Gordon-Cartier, harp, Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano



Thursday, March 4, 2010, 8:00 PM

Happy Birthday Robert

Schumann’s 200th


Violin Sonata, Fantasy Pieces, and Lieder by this 19th century master


Gabriela Martinez, piano, Brennan Sweet, violin; Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet; Katherine Harris, soprano


Thursday, March 25, 2010, 8:00 PM

Jazz on the Fazioli


Andy Fusco brings Ted Rosenthal, winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, to Enlow Hall



Thursday, April 8, 2010, 8:00 PM

Ars Vitalis: The New Jersey New Music Forum


Chamber music by some of today's leading composers including works by Lowell Liebermann, John Musto and Pulitzer Prize winner Aaron Jay Kernis. Under the direction of Matthew Halper, Ars Vitalis will introduce you to the allure, the drama and impact of the living art of contemporary music.


Thursday, April 15, 2010, 8:00 PM



A program of works by two Concert Artist Composers-in-Residence including music by Frank Ezra Levy and the World Premiere of Liduino Pitombeira’s Song Cycle for Soprano and Strings


Katherine Harris, soprano; Brennan Sweet & Victoria Stewart, violins; Joanna Frankel, viola; Susannah Chapman, cello; Anthony Scelba, double bass; Christopher Kenniff, guitar; Lisa Hansen, flute; Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet; Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano