The Saint Vincent College Concert Series presents world-class performances by internationally-acclaimed artists during the academic year. The series emphasizes the traditional classical chamber music repertoire, but occasionally jazz and folk music groups and dance ensembles have been featured as well.

Concert Series performers have won some of the top prizes in the world, including the:

  • International Tchaikovsky Competition
  • International Chopin Piano Competition
  • Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
  • Queen Elisabeth Music Competition
  • ARD International Music Competition
  • Young Concert Artists International Competition
  • Concert Artists International Competition
  • Cleveland International Piano Competition and
  • other national and international competitions throughout the world
  • Tomer Gewirtzman - Oct. 22

    Winner of the Bronder Prize for Piano

    Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, 7 p.m.
    Robert S. Carey Performing Arts Center

    Buy Tickets

    Hailed for his “…formidable virtuosity and stylistic sensitivity” (Washington Post), Israeli pianist Tomer Gewirtzman has recently won the First Prize in the 2015 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. He also won the Washington Performing Arts Prize, which will co-present his Kennedy Center debut, as well as five concert prizes: the Buffalo Music Society Prize, the Harriman-Jewell Series Prize (MO), the Sunday Musicale Prize (NJ), the Usedom Music Festival Prize (Germany), and the Vancouver Recital Society Prize. Tomer is also the first-prize winner in the 64th Wideman International Piano Competition that took place in December 2014 in Shreveport, LA. Tomer is also the most recent winner of the America - Israel Cultural Foundation's Aviv Competition that took place in December 2013, where he won both the piano prize named after Rafi Guralnik and the audience prize named after Meira Gera.

    Tomer GewirtzmanIn June 2014, he won the third prize in the inaugural Midwest Piano Competition in Iowa. In June 2010, he won the "Clairmont" competition in Israel; both first prize, and a special prize for a commissioned piece for the competition. Later that year, Tomer won the first prize in the "Piano Forever" competition in Ashdod, which gave him, in addition to the financial award, a full scholarship to attend master classes in the USA, and an opportunity to perform as soloist with the Ashdod Symphony Orchestra. Tomer has won first prizes in the Chopin competition for young pianists in Tel-Aviv, the "Rig'ey See" piano competition in Ashdod, the "Pnina Zaltzman Piano Competition for Young Pianists" in Kfar-Sava, and the "Tel-Hai International Piano Masterclasses" concerto competition. In addition, Tomer won first prize in the Aspen Music Festival concerto competition right after winning second prize in the International Russian Music Piano Competition in San Jose, where he was the youngest competitor in his category. He has received top prizes in other international competitions such as the International Keyboard Institute Festival piano competition in New York, Arte Con Anima piano competition in Greece, and the International Baltic Piano Competition in Poland.

    Since 2006, Tomer has received a biennial excellence scholarship from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and special scholarships by the Tzfunot Tarbut foundation, the Haifa Arts Foundation and the Buchmann – Heyman foundation. Tomer has participated and performed in prestigious international festivals, such as Yellowbarn, Perlman Music Program, Aspen Music Festival and School, "PianoFest" in the Hamptons, "PianoTexas" in Fort Worth, Summit Music Festival in New York, International Academy of Music in Toscana, "Musica Mundi" chamber music festival in Belgium, "Tel – Hai" International Master Classes in Sde - Boker, Israel, and the International Keyboard Institute Festival in New York. He has performed in master classes with Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Menahem Pressler, Dmitri Bashkirov, Nikolai Petrov and Paul Badura Skoda and many other world-renowned pianists and pedagogues. Tomer has performed in many recitals in Israel and abroad, some of which were broadcast on public radio. He made his London debut recital in London's "Steinway Hall," and his Paris debut recital in the Salle Cortot of the Ecole Normale. He was also invited to play in Nikolai Petrov's Kremlin Festival, where he played in various cities throughout Russia. His concerts as a soloist with orchestras in Israel include performances with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, the New Haifa Symphony Orchestra, and the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music Symphony Orchestra. Performances in the U.S. include the Symphony Silicon Valley, and the Aspen Concert Orchestra. Tomer has also played a number of times under the baton of Zubin Mehta. Concerts this season include performances with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, the North-West Florida Symphony Orchestra and the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Tomer will play recitals in New York, Illinois, Maryland and Luisiana, as well as in Israel. 

    Tomer is currently working toward the Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School in New York, as a student of Maestro Sergei Babayan. He is a proud recipient of the prestigious Kovner Fellowship award. Prior to Juilliard, He studied for one year at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He completed the Bachelor of Music degree with honors under the guidance of Prof. Arie Vardi at the Buchman-Mehta Academy of music in Tel-Aviv. Tomer started his musical education at the age of 8, with Ms. Raaya Shpol at the Rubin Conservatory in Haifa, and continued his piano studies with Prof. Vadim Monastirski from the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem.

    From 2008 to 2011, Tomer served in the Israeli Defense Forces, in the "Outstanding Musician" program, where he combined regular military service, with extensive music studies in the university.

  • Stephen Buzard - Nov. 19


    Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, 7 p.m.
    Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica

    Buy Tickets

    Stephen Buzard is assistant organist at Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue in New York City. At Saint Thomas, Mr. Buzard accompanies the world-famous choir of men and boys in their rigorous schedule of choral services and assists in the training of the choristers at their unique residential choir school.

    Stephen BuzardIn addition to his career as a church musician, Mr. Buzard keeps a busy schedule as a concert organist, offering organ concerts and workshops on service-playing and accompanying.

    Born and raised in Urbana, Illinois, Buzard grew up around the pipe organ and the Episcopal Church. Linda, his mother, is the organist-choirmaster of the Chapel of St. John the Divine, Champaign, Illinois; his father, John-Paul is president and artistic director of Buzard Pipe Organ Builders. Stephen began organ studies in high school with Dana Robinson, professor of organ at the University of Illinois. During this time he served as organist of First Presbyterian Church of Urbana.

    In 2006, Buzard moved to Princeton, New Jersey to study with virtuoso Ken Cowan at Westminster Choir College. As an undergraduate, Buzard served as organ scholar at Trinity Episcopal Church, Princeton, and as director of music for the Episcopal Church at Princeton University. Following graduation in 2010, he moved to England where he served as senior organ scholar at Wells Cathedral. At Wells, Buzard accompanied and conducted many of the daily choral services, rehearsed the boy and girl choristers, and managed the substantial library of choral music.

    In 2011, Buzard returned to the States to study with Thomas Murray at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. As a graduate student, he served as organ scholar at Trinity on the Green Episcopal Church, as organist at Marquand Chapel at Yale Divinity School, and as principal organist for Berkeley Divinity School. Buzard has studied improvisation with Jeff Brillhart and Bruce Neswick; additional teachers include Larry Smith, Alan Morrison, and Martin Jean.

    Buzard was the winner of the 2010 Arthur Poister Competition and the 2009 Joan Lippincott Competition for Excellence in Organ Performance. Recent engagements have included the 2012 Organ Historical Society Convention; the 2013 Midwinter Organ Conference at Baylor University; the 2009 and 2013 conventions of the American Institute of Organbuilders; Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana; Woolsey Hall, Yale University; Saint Thomas Church, New York City; and Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

    His premier recording “In Light or Darkness,” available through Delos Records, has received wide critical acclaim. A Diapason reviewer wrote: “Buzard paints the color and shape of every phrase with a maturity belying his youthfulness… if this level of skill doesn't dazzle you, then I do not know what will.”

  • Xavier Foley - Jan. 21

    Double Bass

    Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, 7 p.m.
    Robert S. Carey Performing Arts Center

    Buy Tickets

    Xavier FoleyFrom Marietta, Georgia, double bassist Xavier Foley is the First Prize winner of the 2014 Sphinx Competition. As such, he has appeared as soloist with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, Brevard Concert Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and made his Carnegie Hall solo debut with the Sphinx Virtuosi on October 2014. Xavier is also a winner of Astral Artists’ 2014 National Auditions, which has helped grant Xavier access to traditional and non-traditional performance venues.

    Xavier was recently on tour with the Sphinx Virtuosi 2014 while being featured as a soloist, performing throughout the east and west coast of the United States.

    Also a composer, Mr. Foley studies composition with Eric Sessler and Edgar Meyer at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he currently pursues a Bachelor of Music degree under Hal Robinson and Edgar Meyer. He studied previously with Douglas Sommer, and has trained as part of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Talent Development Program.

    Xavier’s double bass was hand crafted by Rumano Solano.

  • Petar and Daniel Guitar Duo - Feb. 11

    Petar Jankovic and Daniel Duarte

    Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, 7 p.m.
    Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica Crypt

    Buy Tickets

    Petar Daniel Guitar DuoPetar Jankovic is an artist who masterfully translates music into emotion. He connects with audiences, and whether they have heard him play one time or one hundred times, they find themselves moved.

    Petar Jankovic and Daniel Duarte

    Saturday, February 11, 2017, 7 p.m.
    Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica Crypt

    Jankovic began his guitar studies at age 8 in Serbia where he later earned a degree in classical guitar from the renowned Music Academy in Belgrade. While in Serbia, he became a two-time gold medal, silver medal, and two-time bronze medal winner at the National Music Competition. At age 16, he delivered his first professional performance, and by age 20, the Community College in Belgrade invited the young, talented Jankovic to share his expertise with beginning classical guitar students. This marked the beginning of a distinguished teaching career that has developed alongside his successful performing career.

    He went on to earn a masters degree from the Indiana University School of Music, and in the mid-90s, the I.U. Jacobs School of Music invited Jankovic to pursue the esteemed Artist Diploma Degree under the guidance of Maestro Ernesto Bitetti. Still dedicated to sharing his talent through both performing and teaching, Jankovic developed a guitar program at Franklin College of Indiana in 1997 and taught at University of Indianapolis Music Department from 1999-2006. At present, he lives in Indiana and is a professor at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, IN.

    A rising star among the world’s top musicians, Jankovic has never paused from honing his skills and developing artistically. In 1998, he released “Romantico” – a CD exploring the sounds of the romantic Spanish and Latino-American world, and featuring Jankovic’s interpretations of pieces by famous composers such as Albeniz, Torrobba, Pipo, Piazzolla, and Ponce.

    Daniel is an active performer, arranger, conductor, and lecturer who has won several guitar and chamber music competitions in his native Brazil as well as in Europe and the United States. His academic and artistic recognitions include the Presser Foundation outstanding graduate music student award that supported his dissertation research and the Joan C. Edwards Distinguished Professor of Arts by Marshall University, among others.

  • Katherine Siochi - March 25


    Saturday, March 25, 2017, 7 p.m.
    Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica Crypt

    Buy Tickets

    Praised by the New York Times as “excellent,” 22-year old Katherine Siochi is an award-winning classical harpist residing in New York City. Ms. Siochi began her musical studies with the piano when she was 5 years old, and began learning the harp at age 9. She holds a Bachelor of Music in harp performance from The Juilliard School, where she studied with NY Philharmonic principal harpist Nancy Allen. Katherine is continuing to pursue her harp studies with Ms. Allen in the Master’s program at Juilliard as a proud recipient of The Kovner Fellowship.

    Katherine SiochiMs. Siochi is the 2016 gold medalist of the 10th USA International Harp Competition, and is only the second American to win the prize since the competition's inaugural year in 1989. Katherine has also received many awards in national harp competitions, including first prize in the American Harp Society's Young Professional division, earning her the title of AHS Concert Artist for 2015-2017. As Concert Artist Ms. Siochi is touring the US, presenting recitals and masterclasses. Her other honors include first prize in the junior division of the American String Teacher’s Association, winner of the Anne Adams Awards, winner of the Aspen Music Festival harp competition, and first prize in the Advanced Division of the American Harp Society. She has appeared twice on NPR’s radio program “From The Top” in 2009 and 2010. This year her solo performances were featured on New York Public Radio for WQXR's "Young Artist Showcase."

    Active as an orchestral and chamber musician, Ms. Siochi has performed in major venues such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher/David Geffen Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Harris Theater (Chicago), and Orchestra Hall (Minneapolis). She has played with The Juilliard Orchestra, New Juilliard Ensemble, the New York Philharmonic, New World Symphony, and Ensemble ACJW. During her summers, Ms. Siochi attended the Aspen Music Festival in 2012 and 2013, the Tanglewood Music Center in 2014, and received the two-year harp fellowship for Aspen Music Festival’s 2015 and 2016 seasons. While in Aspen last summer, she performed Debussy's Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp on American Public Media's radio program "Performance Today."

    In addition to the harp, Ms. Siochi studied secondary piano at The Juilliard School under Dr. Michael Shinn during her four years as an undergraduate. She continues to perform on the piano as a soloist and chamber musician. Katherine grew up in Iowa City, Iowa, where she studied with Pamela Weest-Carrasco at The Preucil School of Music.

  • Chrystal E. Williams - April 8


    Saturday, April 8, 2017, 7 p.m.
    Robert S. Carey Performing Arts Center

    Buy Tickets

    Mezzo-soprano Chrystal E. Williams has been described by leading critics as “strong and so assured”, “lithely negotiating the coloratura demands before descending into a robust low register”, and “poised, polished, in complete command of the vocal calisthenics”. Of her recent debut with the Sarasota Opera performing the role of Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia critics cited, “…the young mezzo-soprano possesses a creamy instrument with fine flexibility, throwing off a confident ‘Una voce poco fa’.”

    Chrystal E. WilliamsUpcoming engagements and within the season include; a sing of the role of Publia in Rossini's Aureliano in Palmira with the Carramoor Festival and covers the role of Arsace. In 2017 she makes her London debut with Hackney Empire and ENO in the role of Rebecca that she created in Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD. Recently, she sang a concert with Norrköpings Symfoniorkester in Sweden, a debut with Washington National Opera as Elizabeth Keckley and Coretta Scott King in Philip Glass’s Appomattox; Hansel in Hänsel and Gretel with Knoxville Opera; a return to Birmingham Opera Company (UK) as Dido in Dido and Aeneas; a reprise of Rebecca Parker in Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD at The Apollo Theater in Harlem under the auspices of Opera Philadelphia; guest soloist in Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle at Smith College; a recital with Portsmouth Community Concerts.

    Other recent engagements include: a concert with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra in Cairo, Egypt; debut with Opera Philadelphia as Rebecca Parker in Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD, a new commission by Daniel Schnyder;
    Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Pine Mountain Music Festival in Michigan; a concert with Norrköpings Symfoniorkester in Sweden; her Birmingham Opera Company (UK) debut as Hannah in Michael Tippett’s The Ice Break with Graham Vick directing and a cover contract with Gotham Chamber Opera of Cat in El Gato con Botas. She was soloist with the New Jersey Master Chorale in Verdi's Requiem.

    Ms. Williams was the recent winner of the Wilhelm Stenhammer International Music Competition for 2014 winning both First Place and Audience Choice awards and returns the for a concert appearance in 2016 withwith Norrköpings Symfoniorkester in Sweden.

    In 2013 Chrystal E. Williams created the role of Yvette in the world première of Eric Sawyer’s The Garden of Martyrs; performed the role of Dulcinée in Massenet’s Don Quichotte; Olga in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin; and Linda in Kurt Weill’s Lost in the Stars in a debut with the Glimmerglass Festival. She was recently featured as soloist in Elgar’s Sea Pictures with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra; the Verdi Requiem with the University of Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra; and Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the New Jersey MasterChorale.

    Ms. Williams was one of thirteen finalists in the International Belvedere Singing Competition in 2013; a 2014 finalist in the Giulio Gari International Music Competition; a 2013 finalist in the Mario Lanza Competition; a 2013 Encouragement Award in the New England Region Finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; a 2013 third place Liederkranz Foundation, Inc award; and a 2012 second place and Audience Favorite Award in the Giargiari Bel Canto Competition.

    The Chrystal E. Williams Scholarship Fund was founded by the artist in 2004 to help students wishing to pursue a career in the Performing Arts. This scholarship is funded in part by her annual concert, An Evening with Chrystal E. held annual during the month of June in Norfolk, VA.

    Ms Williams is a recent graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, PA where she earned her Artist Diploma in Opera Performance. She received her Master of Music in Opera Performance from Yale University School of Music in 2010, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Voice Performance from Carnegie Mellon University in 2008.


Buy Tickets

Click to Download Order Form

Save 10% when you purchase tickets online. Season tickets and flex passes save you even more!

SEASON TICKETS are $130 per person for a $45 savings off single-ticket prices. Season ticket holders receive premium seating at each concert.

FLEX PASSES are $140 each. A flex pass is good for any seven admissions and is a savings of $35 off single-ticket prices. It may be used in any combination, such as seven admissions to one concert, one admission to seven concerts, and so on.


STUDENTS from Saint Vincent, other colleges and universities, and middle school and high school are admitted free with school ID. Children 12 and younger are admitted for free with adult supervision. 

GROUP RATES are available for groups of 10 or more. Please call 724-805-2565.

DONATIONS are crucial for maintaining the exceptional caliber of performers we bring to the Saint Vincent stage and for providing free admission for all students. Donations are tax deductible, and donors are listed in all Concert Series programs. Please consider making a gift in celebration of our 45th season: 












Gifts up to $100

All Sales Final. No Refunds.
Programs and artists are subject to change.


Aletheia TrioThe Saint Vincent College Concert Series presents world-class performances by internationally acclaimed artists during each academic year. The series emphasizes the traditional classical chamber music repertoire, and artists of other genres have been featured as well.

Performers have won top prizes in national and international competitions and have performed on many of the world’s greatest stages.

The Saint Vincent College Concert Series was founded by Rev. Joseph Bronder, O.S.B., in 1971 and guided by his vision until his retirement. In 2007, Br. Nathan Cochran, O.S.B., was named artistic director. After seven years of faithful leadership, Br. Nathan passed away suddenly in 2014. He was succeeded by Ann Holmes, who currently serves as Concert Series Director.

The Saint Vincent College Bronder Prize for Piano was created in 2008 to recognize Fr. Bronder’s many contributions as a concert pianist, piano instructor, and classical music presenter. Each season, the Bronder Prize for Piano is awarded to an exceptionally talented young pianist at the beginning of his or her career. The prize consists of a trophy, cash award, and appearance on the Concert Series.

BronderIn 2008, to recognize Fr. Joseph Bronder’s many contributions as a concert pianist, piano teacher, and classical music presenter, a prize for piano was named in his honor. Each season, one pianist is selected to perform in the Concert Series and presented with the Saint Vincent College Concert Series Bronder Prize for Piano. The prize consists of a trophy and cash performance award.

Past Recipients

2007/2008 Benjamin Moser, German
2008/2009 Daria Rabotkina, Russian
2009/2010 Ran Dank, Israeli
2010/2011 Anderson & Roe Piano Duo, Americans
2011/2012 George Li, Chinese-American
2012/2013 Andrew Tyson, American
2013/2014 Ji, Korean
2014/2015 Yun-Chin Zhou, Chinese
2015/2016 Fei-Fei Dong, Chinese

The 2016-2017 Bronder Prize for Piano will be awarded to Israeli pianist Tomer Gewirtzman during his performance on October 22, 2016.

Contact Uscontact-us

Chrystal WilliamsWe welcome questions and comments at:

The Saint Vincent College Concert Series
Saint Vincent College
300 Fraser Purchase Road
Latrobe, PA 15650


Join Us for the 2016-17 Season!