PV presents 2016 Young Artist Recognition Award winner!

PV with 2016 Award winner, Jeffrey Grenier

For ten years Palisades Virtuosi has been promoting young artists from Bergen County.  Each year a local high school is selected from a random draw and the music director at that school is asked to select a senior (or a junior) student who exemplifies excellence in artistic ability and also great leadership qualities.  This year the award has been given to Jeffrey Grenier, a senior at Ridgefield Memorial High School in Ridgefield, NJ.  With the award comes a chance to perform on a Palisades Virtuosi concert, a beautiful plaque contributed by the Trophy King in Teaneck, NJ and a small honorarium.  

Jeffrey Greiner is a Baritone who studies privately with Montclair University's Professor George Spitzer and hopes to one day attend college as a vocal music education major. He is active in many music related extracurricular activities including his school’s select choir, men’s choir, jazz band, marching band, percussion ensemble, and his annual musicals. On one recent competition trip, he was awarded a Jazz Flugelhorn improvisation solo award. He also participates in numerous honors choirs each year including 4 years of Bergen County Choir, 3 years of North Jersey Regional Choir (yet to audition for his 4th year), and finally 3 of 3 years in All-State Choir. On October 22, he placed first for upper High School classical men in the NJ NATS Annual Doris Lenz Festival for High School singers.

Jeffrey performed an aria by Handel to great applause on the recent Palisades Virtuosi concert at the Fair Lawn Community Center theater.  We congratulate him and wish him well in his future endeavors!

PV @ Fair Lawn - 11-4-16

We had a great time on Friday night at our concert in Fair Lawn.  A new World Premiere by composer Joseph M. Russo, two new PV "corruptions" - "Friendship Rag" by David Greenfield Bowie [originally for solo piano] and a medley of Beatles tunes we had fun transcribing for flute, clarinet & piano.  Also we presented our 2016 award winner, Jeffrey Grenier - more on that in a separate post.  Here are a few photos from the evening! 


Palisades Virtuosi presented its first fall concert of some of their favorite works by French composers in the Recital Hall at The Ridgewood Conservatory at 409 Sette Drive in Paramus, NJ. The school's director, Lou Caimano was featured on saxophone as guest artist with the trio. 

The members of PV are all currently teaching at the conservatory and are planning to add further dimensions to their roles there as instructors with this residency. Among the plans are beginning a program for coaching chamber music and periodic offerings of master classes for the students at the school. 

Here they are with Lou & Jan Caimano following the concert.  

PV Premieres 75th New Work!

Friday June 10, 2016 - Fair Lawn

This evening Palisades Virtuosi premiered its 75th New Work for flute, clarinet & piano at the Fair Lawn Community Center.  Composer Roger Stubblefield's "Fire Diamond" Opus 18 was a rousing success. A programmatic work following a legend of the composer's own imagination moved from majestic to pensive, then to an exhilarating finale.   Also on the program, Matthew Baier's "Syzygy", a transcription commissioned by PV in 2005 which is a fascinating and dance-like 12-tone work soon to be recorded on PV's New American Masters, Volume 6. Here are photos from the evening.

PV @ Church of the Atonement 4-1-16

PV was delighted to perform "In Tribute", a program of anniversaries and commemorations, last Friday evening at the Church of the Atonement in Tenafly, NJ.  We were pleased to perform two of our previously commissioned works, "Wind Space" [2007] by the church's music director, Brian Schober and "Dog Tales"[2014] by Adrienne Albert.  In addition we performed the world premiere of Michael Rosin's "Elegy Suite" commissioned by Ron Levy for PV in memory of Raymond Wojcik and also our own transcription of selections from "Gorky's Dream Garden" by Michelle Ekizian.

As the opening concert for their Festival Week of the Arts we enjoyed a good turnout (despite the rain and thunder!)  The lovely reception afterward gave us the opportunity to meet members of the parish and also visit with our friends and patrons in attendance. Here are some photos from the evening!

PV receives Bergen County Award for Ten years straight!

We are thrilled to announce that we have once again been selected to receive a grant from the Bergen County Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs to assist with the commissioning of new works in 2016. The funding for this grant comes from the State of New Jersey and is administered through the county. We are proud to say that we are celebrating our tenth award - each year the county has partnered with PV to help create new and varied works of music and bring them to the audiences in Bergen County. 

In addition to the works we have been able to commission with the assistance of the county, we have also received other works, both as gifts and as third party commissions over the years. So this year's grant is very special because it will help to fund our 75th new work for Flute, Clarinet & Piano!   Please Join us as we mark this historic moment with "Fire Diamond", Op. 18 by New Jersey composer, conductor & performer, Roger Stubblefield! SAVE THE DATE! June 10, 2016. Don't Miss it! (Tickets available at http://diamondinthesky.brownpapertickets.com)

PV is proud to announce its 2015 Young Artist Recognition Award Winner

Gina Lee, oboe  - Leonia High School

Gina currently attends Leonia High School as a senior. She attended Manhattan School of music and studied with professor Jennifer Raymond from 2010-2012. While studying there, she performed Hindemith Oboe Concerto, Telemann Trio,  Madeline Dring Trio at the Greenfield Hall. She began accompaniment in 2010 and still accompanies for LHS. She won outstanding accompanist award in the years 2010, 2011, 2012 at the Great Adventure Music Competition. She played in New Jersey Little Orchestra from 2010-2012.  She also started Bergen Youth Orchestra since 2011 and she is currently first chair in the Bergen Youth Symphony Orchestra.  She won 1st place in Northern Jersey Regional in 2012.  She was also part of Acphill (Academie Philharmonic) Orchestra under Jack Rosenberg from Juilliard College in 2013 and 2014. She was also participated in the Crescendo Competition and won 2nd place in 2013. She also performed Haydn Oboe Concerto in Carnegie Hall in 2013 and performed Albinoni Oboe Concerto in Bruno Walter Hall, Lincoln Center in 2014 accompanied by New York School of Music and Art Professional Orchestra. She participated in Music Heritage Festival in Boston, Chicago, and Philadelphia in 2013, 2014, 2015 and won trophies for LHS music department. Currently, she is a piano accompanist for LHS choirs as well as LHS jazz band and an oboist in LHS wind ensemble and orchestra.


About the PV Young Artist Recognition Award

Mission:       To recognize outstanding High School music students in our area.

Award:         $100, a certificate and plaque and a chance to perform on a PV series concert.

Selection:  Winner is chosen by the chairman of a high school music department. PV’s Board of Trustees selects the chosen high school each year in a random process.

PV would like to thank The Trophy King for providing the award plaque. 309 Queen Anne Road Teaneck, NJ(201)836-1482 - www.trophyking.net 

We congratulate this year’s winner!