New Artistic Director for the 2014/15 Young Artist Program at the Mason Gross Extension Division

The Young Artist Program, a collaboration between the Mason Gross Extension Division and the Bravura Youth Orchestra, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Allison Brewster Franzetti as the program’s artistic director. Dr. Franzetti  follows esteemed pianist and teaching artist Dr. Chiu-Ling Lin in this position. Dr. Franzetti will oversee faculty development, program development, ensemble formation, the Young Artist Program Forum Series and the assignment of students and faculty to ensembles. Additionally, Dr. Franzetti will continue to instruct students as a chamber music coach, music theory instructor, and private lesson instructor at the Mason Gross Extension Division. Dr. Franzetti’s responsibilities as Artistic Director of the Young Artist Program are in addition to her role as Director of the Mason Gross Extension Division’s Adult Chamber Music Program. 

Dr. Franzetti is a renowned concert pianist, chamber musician and teaching artist.  She has  received multiple Grammy Award nominations and has appeared as piano soloist with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, English Sinfonia, City of Prague Philharmonic, Denver Symphony and Buenos Aires Philharmonic. As a recitalist, she has made solo appearances on three continents.

About the Young Artist Program

The Young Artist Program at the Mason Gross Extension Division offers comprehensive and intensive musical training for dedicated, gifted, and advanced precollege  instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers. The program aims to educate, motivate and inspire excellence and artistry at every level. Participation in the Young Artist Program is by audition. 

Students of the program have the opportunity to participate in chamber music, music theory classes, composition seminars and bi-weekly Young Artist Program Forums featuring renowned teaching performing artists presenting master classes and workshops. Additionally, program members perform on campus at the Mason Gross School of the Arts and as part of a concerts series at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum. Past program participants have been prizewinners in the MATA Jr. Composition Competition, the National League of Performing Arts Chamber Music Competition, and the Bravura Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition.   

Young Artist Program Forum Series

The 2014-15 Young Artist Program will  include opportunities for the general public to attend Young Artist Program Forums featuring renowned teaching performing artists presenting master classes and workshops on Saturday afternoons, 12:15-1:45 p.m., in Schare Recital Hall, Marryott Music Building, 81 George Street in New Brunswick. Forum presenters for the coming year include Jonathan Spitz (cellist, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra), Craig Mumm (violist, Metropolitan Opera), Pala Garcia (violinist, Toomai Quintet), Norman Lee, John Popham (cellist, Toomai Quintet), Brennan Sweet (violinist, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra), and Chiu-Tze Lin (artistic director, Bravura Youth Orchestra and Bravura Philharmonic). Young Artist Program Forums are open to the public and are free of charge. For schedule and to learn more, please visit us at

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Posted August 2014