WATCHUNG–Mount Saint Mary Academy sophomore Cecilia DeFurianni of Union earned an exclusive opportunity last month with the New York Staff Band, one of the foremost brass bands in the Salvation Army. DeFurianni was one of only seventy young musicians from the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico selected for the organization’s Future All Stars Weekend from March 22 through 25. She was placed as First Baritone Horn, earning a full scholarship to the prestigious event.
DeFurianni, an instrumental and vocal student at the Mount, auditioned for Future All Stars in November 2011. The opportunity with the organization allowed her to attend the New York Staff Band’s 125th Anniversary Festival at Carnegie Hall. It also gave her the chance to study under numerous prominent musicians in the brass field.
“It was an amazing experience to learn from members of the New York Staff Band,” said DeFurianni. “Working with conductor Derek Smith was a great gift, as was listening to Philip Cobb play.” DeFurianni worked closely with Cobb, Principal Trumpet with the London Symphony Orchestra.
The New York Staff Band was established in 1887 and is currently based in West Nyack, New York. The group travels extensively throughout the world and has performed with artists ranging from the New York Philharmonic to Elton John.
Mount Saint Mary Academy is a Catholic, independent school which provides a college preparatory education for young women in grades 9 through 12.
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