Lecture Recital Features Saxophonist, Pianist on Campus, April 19
Penn State Brandywine Instructor of Music Joseph Nocella, a renowned pianist, will make beautiful music with jazz saxophonist Steve Selfridge at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, in the Main Building Auditorium (room 101).
Nocella, a 10-year veteran of the campus, met Selfridge when the saxophonist was in high school. “Steve and I go back some 15 years to when he was still in high school and was playing for me at St. Gabriel's Church where I was then director of music. He showed himself to be a real wunderkind,” he said. Since then, the two have performed together at the Media Jazz Festival, Chris’ Jazz Café and the Suburban Music School’s Master Series, among many others.
Selfridge is a music teacher active in Delaware County and Philadelphia, specializing in jazz and jazz education. He has served as a band director in the Garnet Valley School District since 2001 and is the co-founder and co-director of the Delco High School All-Star Big Band. He directs the Summer Jazz Workshop at Interboro High School and was director of the Kimmel Center Youth Jazz Ensemble in Philadelphia from 2006 to 2007.
Selfridge was named an "Educator 500" by the West Chester University 3E Institute in 2009, which recognizes educational excellence and entrepreneurship. He performs jazz saxophone regularly in the Philadelphia area with his own jazz quartet and as a member of the John Hoey Orchestra.
Nocella studied composition with American composer Romeo Cascarino and received his master of music degree at Temple University. He studied piano with Temple Painter and Tom Lawton and jazz improvisation with Al Stauffer.
Nocella’s music has been performed by the Concerto Soloists (now The Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra), the National Association of Composers USA, Temple University Composer Series, the Penn Alliance for American Music, Composer Services Inc. and the Crissey Concerts for Philadelphia Composers at the Settlement School.
Presently, Nocella is working on a commission from the New Jersey Tri-County Symphonic Band. His music has been broadcast on WHYY National Public Radio and he has twice been a guest on WRTI’s Crossover show with Jill Pasternak and Jack Berkel.