Awards and Accomplishments for Students, Faculty, Staff, and Board


Dallas Noble, violin student of Lee Snyder at the Willow Grove Branch, was one of five winners of the Menges Scholarship competition and will be appearing with the Ambler Symphony during the 2017-18 season. She was also one of ten students nationwide, and one of only two musicians, chosen for a 2017 Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship, which helped fund her attendance at the Aspen Music Festival.

Aaron Patterson, student of Dolly Krasnopolsky at the Kardon-Northeast Branch, performed at the Ephraim Goldstein Apartments and the Beaver Hill Condominium this year. In addition, won first prize, as well as audience prize, at the 2017 Albert Schweitzer Organ Competition in Hartford. His organ activities have kept him busy performing regularly in the Grand Court at the Wanamaker Building (now Macy’s) in Philadelphia and attending various summer institutes.

Kintan Silvany, harp student of Elizabeth Steiner at the Mary Louise Curtis Branch, participated in the 2017 Philadelphia International Music Camp & Festival and in Philly Harp Week, a festival sponsored by Play On, Philly! and the Lyra Society. Read an interview with Kintan about her recent accomplishments on page 15.

Saaya Sugiyama-Spearman, piano student of Lois DiDomenico and ballet student of Kaye Fernandez at the Mary Louise Curtis Branch, was named a 2017 Emerging Artist by the Catherine R. and Anthony A. Clifton Foundation. She received the Award and performed at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts’ Perelman Theater in May. She is attending Yale University this fall.

Settlement students and alumni Ally CohenIsabella Egawa, Johnny May (violins), and Alex Wu (cello), who all participated in the National Youth Orchestra of the USA (NYO-USA) this summer. They traveled to Latin America with conductor Marin Alsop and performed at Carnegie Hall.

Brothers Braden (double bass) and Peirce Ellis (viola) participated in the NYO2 program, based in SUNY-Purchase and Philadelphia, and they performed in Carnegie Hall and at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.

Congratulations to our students who graduated from high school this past June! This fall sees them in dozens of colleges, including: Bard College Conservatory of Music, Camden County College, Cleveland Institute of Music, Columbia University, Community College of Philadelphia, Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Delaware County Community College, Drexel University, Eastman School of Music, Harvard University, LaSalle University, Massachusetts Instituteof Technology, Moore College of Art & Design, New York University, Penn State University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rutgers University – Camden, Temple University, The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, Wesleyan University, West Chester University, and Yale University. Best of luck in school and with making music. Please stay in touch!


At the 2017 Charles and Florence Goldman Annual Meeting in June, Patrick Leiter, chief information officer, and Denise Pride, coordinator of the Kardon-Northeast Branch, received the Sol Schoenbach Award for Outstanding Service. 

In recognition of her dedication to Settlement as Chair of the Central Board of Trustees, Barrie Trimingham received the 2017 Blanche Wolf Kohn & Jeannette Selig Frank Founders Award. The award was presented at the 109th Anniversary Gala on April 29. 

Adam Berenson, piano faculty at the Mary Louise Curtis Branch, released a new album, “Penumbra,” which has received positive reviews in JAZZIZ, All About Jazz, and other jazz publications. A track from “Penumbra” will be included on a CD that will be packaged with the December issue of JAZZIZ.

Sandra Carlock, piano and chamber music faculty at the Willow Grove Branch, recorded an album with violinist Guillaume Combet, which was released in April on SOMM Recordings. The album, “Violin Sonatas by Franck, Poulenc, Saint-Saëns,” has received positive reviews from numerous classical music publications, including Arkiv Music, Musical Opinion Quarterly, and MusicWeb International, where it was featured as Recording of the Month during June.

William Kerrigan, percussion faculty at the Mary Louise Curtis Branch, performed on “George Crumb Volume 18,” released by Bridge Records in August. He is featured on “Yesteryear,” a piece for solo voice, amplified piano, and percussion.

Sam Ruttenberg, percussion faculty at the Mary Louise Curtis Branch, presented jazz drums clinics in Ukraine in April at Tik-Tak Music and Trembita Music. He taught "Stick Control” and “Syncopation" variations for Jazz comping, Big Band Jazz Chart reading, improvisation techniques, and Afro-Cuban styles to an audience of professional drummers from throughout Ukraine.