Enjoy performances by rising talents in classical music when Tuesday Musicale of Detroit presents its 2019 Annual Meeting and Concert. The program is Tuesday, May 28, at Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church is located at 19950 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods. For details, click here.
Performers and honorees include:
ALEXANDRA XU – Recipient of the Doreen Wessel Taylor Piano Award
Alexandra Xu began studying piano at the age of six. She is a seventh grader at Northville’s Hillside Middle School. She is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes under the skillful guidance of Mrs. Mary Siciliano. She placed second in M.M.T.A. DIV II Concerto Competition in 2017 and 2018 and won First Place in Albion College International Piano Festival in 2017. Alexandra was also an M.M.T.A. State Student Day finalist in 2018 and 2019. In 2018, she joined “The Tuesday Musicale of Detroit Student League” and won the second place in piano in the annual Student League Competition. When Alexandra is not busy with music and school work, she likes reading books, swimming, biking, and hanging out with her friends.
JAYLEN HARBIN – The First Recipient of the Bernice Van Husen Piano Award
The first seven years of Jaylen’s life were transient and unstable. When he was seven, he and his sister, were adopted into the Harbin family. Early on, as a unique coping skill, Jaylen constantly hummed. One Sunday, the family returned home from church and heard a song being played on a toy keyboard. The music that had been locked inside had been set free. For four years, Jaylen studied at the Flint Institute of Music. The family moved to the Detroit area and in 2017, Mr. Dizhou Zhao became his teacher. Jaylen has thrived under his tutelage. Jaylen has earned a variety of awards, scholarships, and recognition. Jaylen is 15, a 9th grader at Fraser High Scholl where he’s a member of the cross country and track teams. This summer, Jaylen will be attending the Piano Summer Program at Interlochen Center for the Arts.
JERUSHA TAYLOR – Recipient of the Irene Kinsey Stare Violin Award
Jerusha has been playing the violin since she was two years old. As a student of Velda Kelly, she has been a member of the Tuesday Musicale of Detroit Student League for the past four years. She is a previous 1st place winner of the Student League’s annual competition and was the recipient of the Caleb Lei Memorial Award for Exceptional Expression. Jerusha has been a featured performer at such organizations as the Tuesday Musicale, the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, and the Detroit Scarab Club. She has also enjoyed playing with the Tuesday Musicale Chamber Orchestra, serving as the Assistant Concertmaster of the University of Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra, and serving as the current Principal Violin II of the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra. She recently attended the Baroque Collective Summer Festival at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. In addition to music, Jerusha is a competitive Scottish Highland dancer and has competed and performed on the international stage alongside U.S. and world champions. Jerusha will be studying Violin Performance at Bowling Green State University in the fall.
SAMANTHA BERESFORD – Collaborative Accompanist
Samantha is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance. She earned a Masters of Music in Collaborative Piano from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Samantha was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio and has performed multiple times as a concerto soloist with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. Her experiences have been extensive and varied and include time as a staff pianist at several universities, choir accompanist, chamber musician, duo partner, church musician, summer camp faculty member, and private teacher. She and her husband, John, reside in Canton, Michigan and have two young boys.
ANGELA CIARAVINO THEIS – The First Recipient of the Dina Soresi Winter Vocal Award
Soprano Angela Ciaravino Theis has captivated the attention of international audiences and critics alike, while remaining active in her hometown Detroit area. She is featured on the 2017 David DiChiera Letters & Fantasies album and continues to be an ambassador for Michigan Opera Theatre and the music of its late founder. Angela is an original member of the Michigan Opera Theatre Studio and served as Soprano resident artist from 2015-2017. A perennial favorite of Michigan Opera Theatre, she has performed Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, Beth in Little Women, Frasquita in Carmen, Papagena (Pamina cover) in The Magic Flute, Laurie in The Tender Land, Yvette in The Passenger, the High Priestess in Aïda, and Marzelline in Fidelio. Around the country, Angela has been a soloist with various professional opera companies and symphony orchestras. She has won several awards for her scholarship and singing in Italy and Austria, where she studied abroad and completed a postgraduate fellowship. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Notre Dame and New England Conservatory of Music. She is the first recipient of The Tuesday Musicale of Detroit Dina Soresi Winter Award for Young Singers and makes her solo debut in Carnegie Hall this June. This summer she will join the voice faculty at Oakland University in Troy, Michigan.
MARY SICILIANO – Collaborative Accompanist
Mary Siciliano was on the piano faculty at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, where she taught applied piano, piano ensemble, chamber music, and coordinated the piano-pedagogy program. She also taught piano-pedagogy classes at the University of Michigan, Madonna University and Schoolcraft College. She currently has a very successful private studio. Mary Siciliano performs throughout the United States, Canada, and France, and has been broadcast on CBC and WRCJ and several others. She has collaborated on several albums that have received very positive reviews. She earned her Master’s in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan where she was awarded the Joseph Brinkman Award for outstanding performance.
About Tuesday Musicale of Detroit
The Tuesday Musicale is over 130 years old. We welcome new members as performing artists. And we also welcome Associate Members, those who love music and wish to support live performances by artists of caliber. Tuesday Musicale will remain dedicated to promoting the live performance of great music in the Metropolitan Detroit area.
In the year 1885, twelve women pianists met to form a club wherein they would have an opportunity to perform for one another in order to maintain their professional performance skills. Little did they know of the group’s future and how it would sustain itself for 130 years to date and that it would eventually come to be known as The Tuesday Musicale of Detroit. Today, The Tuesday Musicale of Detroit continues the legacy of the original founders by presenting the finest in professional concerts and contributing in various ways to the music community.