Graduate school has been a positive force for both my personal and professional growth. My daughter, Laura Koss, a graduate alumnus (Master of Arts in Teaching-Music '07) strongly encouraged me to apply to Montclair State University. I am grateful that I was accepted into the Master of Arts in Music (Conc. in Music Education). My daughter said "Mom, you will love it!"--and she was right! It has been hard work, but I expect to graduate in May 2012.
In addition to my graduate studies, I have played for the Livingston Symphony Orchestra for 23 years and accompanied the Choir of the Pope's Diocese in Rome on their first tour to the US. We played two programs at six venues: A sacred program at St. Patrick's Cathedral (NYC), The Basilica of Sacred Heart in Newark, NJ, and at Regina Pacis Church in Brooklyn, NY; a secular program of Italian folk songs and light opera (Funiculi, Funicula) at The Patriots Auditorium in Trenton, NJ, The Community Theater in Morristown, NJ, and the Palace Theater, Stamford, CT. The founder and director of the choir is Mons. Marco Frisina, a prolific composer and dynamic conductor. It was a thrill of a lifetime to perform for him and the choir on their first US tour. The choir performs every Palm Sunday and for special events for the Pope, including the Beatification Ceremony for Pope John Paul II. Playing flute in the US Tour was an experience of a lifetime for me.
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