Alden Gatt is in the news again ! Today’s Naples Daily News has a Neapolitan front page article on a recent award he received from his participation in the
Marilyn Horne Song Competition – a paid, three-city tour working with an aspiring baritone, Ben Dickerson. Plus a $3000 stipend and concerts in New York, Dallas, and Santa Barbara.
In the article, he talks about the many awards he received through the years.
Below is a thank you that he wrote to the Naples Music Club in 2006 when he won the distinguished Turiel Award (see Support).
I would like to share with you the long relationship I have had with the Naples Music Club to provide a better understanding of the many positive opportunities it provides for children pursuing music.
I first competed in the Club’s Scholarship Competition as a sixth-grader. Every year since, prize money supported my private piano lessons at home and helped fund my tuition to the Luzerne, Brevard and Centre d’Arts Orford summer festivals as well as study in China. The Club’s competitions and recitals also provided me with venues to show my hard work, something young musicians often don’t have.
I am so grateful for the doors the Club opened for me. Now a sophomore at the Eastman School of Music pursuing a Bachelors of Music in piano performance, I can reflect upon the past years and know that I would not be the musician I am today if it had not been for this society. I cannot express how much I appreciate what the Naples Music Club has done for me.
Alden Gatt, 2006 Turiel Scholarship Recipient