STEPHEN CAMPITELLI, Pianist Pianist Stephen Campitelli’s passionate and precise musicality has made him a renowned local artist of remarkable versatility. In demand as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and accompanist, he has regularly appeared with orchestras including the Immaculata, Delaware County and Main Line Symphonies. In his long association with the Immaculata Symphony, he has performed several concertos to great acclaim, including the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 and the Beethoven Emperor Concerto. He has also frequently performed piano and keyboard parts as a member of the orchestra and has often been featured in Immaculata Symphony chamber music concerts.
In his numerous solo recitals in the area, Mr. Campitelli has featured traditional and contemporary works, including premieres by Joseph Nocella and Immaculata Symphony Music Director Emeritus Roman Pawlowski.
Mr. Campitelli is the organist at the West Chester United Methodist Church and can be heard in weekly church service broadcasts on WCHE-AM (1520). He is the rehearsal accompanist and concert organist for the Main Line Ecumenical Choir and the West Chester Ecumenical Choir.
Mr. Campitelli received his Master of Music from the Temple University’s Boyer College of Music, and his teachers have included Harvey Wedeen, Steven Smith, and Annette Freeze. He is a past first prize winner for Pennsylvania in the National Music Teachers Association's Collegiate Artist Competition.
Mr. Campitelli is a piano faculty member at Immaculata University, where he teaches piano classes and lessons and serves as the main accompanist for student recitals and events. Mr. Campitelli also maintains a private piano studio. He is the president of the Board of Directors of the West Chester Ecumenical Choir and is a Board member of the Immaculata Symphony and Main Line Ecumenical Choir.
KIM KRONENBERG RUSSEL, Soprano Kim Kronenberg Russell, soprano, lives in West Chester, PA with her husband Tom, daughter, Maddie Mei, and crazy cockapoo, Pepper. She was selected Most Promising Young Singer in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, and she was one of the winners of the Wagner Society of New York City's Vocal Competition. She was given a featured solo with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra after winning the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Young Artist Competition, and she was the First Place Winner in the National Association of Teachers of Singing 5-State Eastern Regional Competition. Critically acclaimed as a dynamic and versatile singing-actress on the operatic, oratorio, and concert hall stages, she has sung the leading operatic title roles in Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Suor Angelica and La Traviata, as well as having sung Mimi in La Boheme, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, and The Witch in Hansel and Gretel.
Orchestral engagements include Viva Puccini with the Ridgefield Symphony in Connecticut, An Evening of French Opera with the Carlisle Symphony, soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth with the Reading Symphony, soloist in the Verdi Requiem with the Haverford Symphony, soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Mainline Symphony of Philadelphia and with the Wichita Falls Symphony in Texas, soloist in Mahler’s Second with the Altoona Symphony, soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony in the Philadelphia Premiere, and soloist in the Mozart Requiem with the Brandywine Singers. She was recently featured in three concerts with the Chester County Pops Orchestra.
Kim has a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of North Texas. At the Pennsylvania State University, she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, and graduated as the standard bearer for the College of Arts and Architecture while earning two Bachelor’s degrees in Music Performance and Music Education. Kim is a soprano soloist at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Chester, and she runs a thriving private Voice Studio.
RANDALL SCARLATA, Baritone Hailed for his warm, expressive sound, consummate musicianship and winning way with the audience, baritone Randall Scarlata enjoys an unusually diverse career. He is equally comfortable in Bach and Händel oratorio, Mozart and Rossini operas, the great song cycles, works from Tin Pan Alley, and the newest new music. He has appeared as soloist with great orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, The San Francisco Symphony, The Minnesota Orchestra, Vienna’s Tonkünstler Orchestra and Akademie Orchester, the Ulster Symphony, The National Symphony, and The Pittsburgh Symphony, among others. In addition, he has appeared at international music festivals including Ravinia, Marlboro, Edinburgh, Vienna, Salzburg, Aspen, Spoleto, and on concert stages across five continents.
Mr. Scarlata’s repertoire spans four centuries and sixteen languages. A sought-after interpreter of new music, he has given world premieres of works by George Crumb, Paul Moravec, Ned Rorem, Lori Laitman, Thea Musgrave, Samuel Adler, Richard Danielpour, Daron Hagen, David Ludwig, Wolfram Wagner and Christopher Theofanidis. His performances of Songs of Tin Pan Alley with soprano Jennifer Aylmer and pianist Laura Ward are favorites of both Art Song aficionados and lovers of popular music. He regularly performs the Schubert song cycles with pianist Jeremy Denk throughout the United States. In addition, Mr. Scarlata has recorded for the Chandos, Naxos, CRI, Gasparo, Bridge, Arabesque and Albany labels.
Recent career highlights include performances of Schubert’s Winterreise with pianist Gilbert Kalish, the CD releases of his celebrated performance of the Celebrant in Bernstein's Mass (a Gramophone Editor’s Choice), as well as songs of Lori Laitman and chamber music of Paul Moravec, Bach's Christmas Oratorio in Vienna and Los Angeles, Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch with soprano Hyunah Yu and pianist Ken Noda, and performances at summer festivals such as the Kingston, Kneisel Hall, Music at Menlo, Chamber Music Northwest, Saltbay, and Bridgehampton chamber music festivals. As guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (a former member of Chamber Music Society Two), he recently performed songs from Schubert’s last year with pianist Inon Barnatan and Schwanengesang with pianist Jonathan Biss, Die Schöne Müllerin with pianist Jeremy Denk at the Gardner Museum in Boston, Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Dvořák’s Gypsy Songs with conductor Sarah Hicks and the North Carolina Symphony, the world premiere of Mohammed Fairouz’s Furia with the Borromeo String Quartet and the Imani Winds, music of Samuel Barber with the New World Symphony, and recitals throughout the United States. Mr. Scarlata was also seen this season in Opera Lafayette’s production of Gretry’s Le Magnifique (recorded for Naxos) at the Kennedy Center and at Lincoln Center, and as Alwan in the world premiere of Mohammed Fairouz’s opera, Sumeida’s Song.
During the 2011-2012 season, Mr. Scarlata gives the world premiere of the orchestrated version of Richard Danielpour’s Come Up from the Fields, Father with the Wheeling Symphony. He performs Bach with the New England Bach Festival, Beethoven with Gil Kalish for Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Schumann’s Kerner Lieder with pianist Shai Wosner for the Brooklyn Chamber Music Society, and Schubert with Inon Barnatan for the Isabelle Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Mr. Scarlata performs the Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Rhode Island Philharmonic as well as Walton’s Beshazzar’s Feast at West Chester University. In addition, he can be heard in recital in Philadelphia, Houston, Paris, New York, Princeton, Washington, DC, and San Francisco.
Randall Scarlata's awards include First Prize at the 1999 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, First Prize at the 1997 Das Schubert Lied International Competition in Vienna, First Prize at the 1997 Joy in Singing Competition in New York, and the 1998 Alice Tully Vocal Arts Debut Recital Award. Mr. Scarlata received a Fulbright Grant to study at the Hochschule fur Musik in Vienna and holds a masters degree from the Juilliard School. In addition, Mr. Scarlata spent several summers studying with the great French baritone, Gerard Souzay in Nice and in Salzburg. He is a Sing for Hope artist, having been involved with the foundation since its inception.
Mr. Scarlata is a sought after teacher of voice and vocal repertoire. He currently serves on the faculty of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at West Chester University and at SUNY Stony Brook. In addition, he has given masterclasses at universities, conservatories and summer programs across the United States, Europe and the Far East. This summer, Mr. Scarlata will teach at the Vancouver International Song Institute, the European-American Musical Alliance at the Schola Cantorum in Paris, and at the Alpenkammermusik Festival in Liesing, Austria. Mr. Scarlata’s students have won top awards in national and international competitions, have participated in prestigious young artist programs, and currently sing at important venues in the US and abroad.