Penn State Scranton Hosts Annual Spring Concert

Penn State’s Scranton Musical ensembles will present their Annual Spring Concert as a gift to the Greater Scranton community on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at 4 p.m. at The Theater at North.

What:  Spring Concert
Where:  The Theater at North 1539 N Main Ave, Scranton, PA 18508
When: Saturday, April 20, 2024, at 4 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public, with doors opening at 3:30 p.m. The concert will feature performances from the Penn State Scranton Chorale, The Roc[k]tet, and Campus Jazz Band. Performances will include “a variety of music ranging from spiritual, patriotic, big band, pop music, etc.”, said Director of Music Sharon Ann Toman. The concert will also feature a guest chorus, the Blue Ridge Middle School Chorus, under the direction of Amy Zaukaurauskas, who will perform a joint patriotic choral work with the Penn State Scranton Chorale.

Toman, an award-winning associate teaching professor of music and program coordinator for the Arts and Humanities at Penn State Scranton will be directing the Spring Concert and the campus’ three musical groups. She received Bachelor of Music degree (B.M.) in Piano Performance from Marywood University, Master of Music degree (M.M.) in Piano Pedagogy and Music History from The Catholic University of America, and doctoral studies at Temple University and further studies at Manhattan School of Music.”

“Students in the Penn State Scranton music program, as well as myself, are so looking forward to performing our Annual Spring Concert,” Toman said. “The students have been working hard with rehearsals and preparing for our Spring Concert, and once again, I’m proud to say that these live performances are a gift from Penn State Scranton to the Community. So please do come out to this performance as there will be music for all age groups to enjoy!”

Amy Zakarauskas is a choral director, pianist, accompanist, and vocal and piano pedagogue with over 12 years of experience. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Mansfield University. She serves as director of the Blue Ridge School District’s Middle School and High School choruses. In addition, she serves as a pianist at the First Presbyterian Church in Hallstead, PA and also teaches piano lessons at her piano studio.”

Many Penn State Scranton students, faculty, and staff will be involved to make this concert a wonderful experience for those who attend. Their names are as follows:

The Roc[k]tet:  Chelsey Cruz, Jason Daloul, Justin Griffiths, Rowan Mulligan, Halle O’Neil, Luke Rusin, Megan Schmidt, and Jacob Webb.

Penn State Scranton Chorale

Sopranos: Cassandra Harmon-Stochla, Rhiannon Garofalo**, Eileen Giovagnoli*, Vanessa Hodges, Janet Melnick*, Carly Mignano**, Rowan Mulligan, Vivian Ni and Halle O’Neil.

Altos: Adriana Bonafede, Chelsey Cruz, Alexis Fisher, Kristin Green*, Meg Hatch*, Rebekah Howells, Chloe Kramer, Rose Morel, Danitza Acosta, Megan Schmidt and Isabella Touseull.

Tenor/Bass:  James Bernosky, Matthew Coggins, Jason Daloul, Olivia DeVore, Paul Frisch*, Justin Griffiths, Alexander Karp, Luke Rusin, Jacob Webb, and Jayson Zimmerman**.

*Indicates faculty/staff. **Indicates friends of PSU.

Penn State Scranton Campus Jazz Band

Flute:  Sharon Ebert*, Ceiwynn Longworth.

Violin:  Nina Burke, Randall Kasorek**, Solei Lasanta.

Alto Sax:  Robert Bishop**, Mayer Crean.

Tenor Sax:  Jack Mead**, Vivian Ni.

Trumpet:  Molly Abdalla*, Jacquelyn Bitter, Gabriella Bruford, Melina Petrini, Steve Semonich**.

Trombone:  Stan Kalafut**.

Guitar:  Gary Caolo**, Katrina Concepcion, Riley Martin.

Bass:  Ray Petren*.

Drums:  Griff Lewis*, Dave McKenney, Carl Mignano**.

Aux. Percussion:  Nicholas Pallman, Debra Smarkusky*.

Keyboard:  Sharon Toman*.

*Indicates faculty/staff

**Indicates friends of PSU.