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Performance, 1988) creates and

Mongelli received four nominations

composition, Darker Days, was the

concert artist roster of EastWest

Dr. Melinda (Crawford) Perttu
(B.S. Music Education, 2000),
assistant professor of music and
Westminster Orchestra director
at Westminster College, recently

Darker Days
instrumental category.
Mongelli also received two

, his third album,

traditional music as well as many of

Charles Prijatelj (B.S. Music

Education, 1982)
approved as the new superintendent
School District.

Andrey Nemzer (A.D.

Performance, 2012) recently
participated in the Opera Theater

, and Salieri in
Nemzer will travel to Russia for
a series of three concerts, then back
in Carmina Burana by Orff with the
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and
conductor Manfred Honeck. He will

Vincent Rone (M.M. Sacred

Music, 2005) is currently completing
his doctoral dissertation in Historical

Vatican Council of the Catholic

Church, focuses on the intersection
among western art music, theology,
liturgical studies and socio-cultural
expressions of religious faith between
papers on this topic nationally and

have his Metropolitan Opera debut

by R.
and Italy.
for the role of Prince Orlofsky in Die
Fledermaus by J. Strauss.
Mark Pacoe (B.M. Performance,
1996) recently adjudicated two
international pipe organ competitions,

and religious appropriation of

harmonic constructs will appear
in a forthcoming publication of
complete his doctoral research in
Paris at several church archives, the

and 1re Grand Prix International

archives of select French composers.
Pacoe has also recently been
featured as a solist for the Celebrity
Organ Recital Series at the coCathedral of the Sacred Heart
(Houston, TX), 8th International

Michelle Leclerc (Cathedrale de

Sens, France), 17th Editizione O
Flos Colende (Cattedrale di Santa
Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy) and
Festival Organistico (Pistoia, Italy).
He currently serves as director of

academic writing composition, music

appreciation and the fundamentals of
music theory to undergraduates while
also serving as organist to two local
Tom Snyder (M.M. Music
Education, 1988) has served as a

School District.

since 1999 as district arts coordinator,

initially responsible for the music,

Nagys Suizen
Wins International
Competition and
Makes World Debut
with Seattle Symphony
Zvonimir Nagy,
Assistant Professor
of Music in the Mary
Pappert School of
Music, is the 2012
winner of the Seattle
Symphonys Celebrate
Asia Composition competition for his
piece, Suizen.
As the winning composition,
Suizen received its debut on Sunday,
January 27, 2013, by the Seattle
Symphony and guest artist Hanz
Araki. The performance was part of
the Symphonys annual Celebrate Asia
concert, an annual event now entering
its sixth year.
The Celebrate Asia Competition
features original works by up-andcoming composers who are influenced
by Asian music, tradition and culture.
Submissions were received from local
Seattle composers, as well as those
from across the United States and
As a composer, Nagy explores
issues and perspectives that bring
together ideas from music perception,
studies of mind and spirituality.
Suizen directly reflects that influence.
The piece, which was written for
orchestra and Japanese shakuhachi
flute, was inspired by the Zen
meditation practice of suizen where a
shakuhachi flute, made of bamboo, is
played as a means through which one
achieves a state of self-realization.
Nagy was born in Croatia, but
resides in Pittsburgh. He holds
a Doctor of Music degree in
Composition from Northwestern
University. In addition to teaching
music theory and composition
courses at Duquesne, he is the
organist at St. Joseph Cathedral in
Wheeling, WV.