Musician at Y’s Men

Nick DiBerardino, classical musician, will address the Westport/Weston Y’s Men
Minutemen News Center
May 11, 2011

On Thursday, May 19, Nick DiBerardino, classical musician, will address the Westport/Weston Y’s Men. The meeting begins at 10 a.m. at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East, Westport.

Rhodes Scholar Nick DiBerardino is a Westport native (Staples High School Class of 2007) who is embarking on a career in contemporary classical composition. He is about to earn his degree in music from Princeton University, where he twice earned the Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence and was elected early to Phi Beta Kappa. Nick’s compositional work has garnered awards from the Music Teachers’ National Association, the National Federation of Music Clubs, the New York Art Ensemble, and ASCAP, and it has allowed him to study with the New York Youth Symphony, the European American Musical Alliance, and the Brevard Music Center. At Princeton, Nick founded the Undergraduate Composers Collective; a collaborative group of composers dedicated to helping each other expand their musical ideas and secure performances of their work.

Consistent with his belief in the transformative power of music, he also founded and directed “Back in Tune,” an initiative designed to provide music instruction to needy students at the Waltersville Elementary School in Bridgeport and to collect, refurbish, and distribute used instruments on their behalf.

This summer, Nick will be a fellow at Yale’s Norfolk Chamber Music Festival “New Music Workshop”, and he will also be studying at the Aspen Music Festival with George Tsontakis. This fall, Nick will head to the University of Oxford to pursue an M.Phil in composition with the support of the Rhodes Trust.

In his music, Nick strives to craft narratives that are complex and intricate but also beautiful and broadly accessible. He hopes to reach out to new audiences throughout his career, and he will always seek to spread his passion for music and to harness its powerful ability to draw communities together.

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