Student/Collegiate Biennial Competition

2019 NFMC Student/Collegiate Competition

The WFMC Congratulates Anthony Cardella on being selected as the First Place winner in the Piano Category of the National Federation of Music Clubs Student/Collegiate Award. 

The WFMC names the 2019 recipients of the Student/Collegiate Awards.

The WFMC wishes to congratulate the following students on their performances in the 2019 WFMC Student/Collegiate Competition.

First Place in the Piano category, Anthony Cardella

2nd Place in the Piano category, Neil Krzeski

2nd Place in the Woodwind/Brass category, Kathryn Bartel

Anthony performing at the WFMC State Convention, April 13, 2019

Anthony Cardella is a recent Lawrence graduate (’18) cum laude, with a Bachelor’s of Music, majoring in Piano Performance and minoring in Piano Pedagogy. Anthony won the Margaret Gary Daniels Keyboard Performance Award his sophomore and junior years at Lawrence University and won first place at the Lawrence University Concerto Competition his senior year with Samuel Barber’s Piano Concerto. Anthony was also a finalist in the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition that year, and was nominated by Lawrence University to perform at the Gilmore Festival in Kalamazoo, Michigan, that spring. More recently Anthony was named winner of the Music Teachers National Association’s Steinway Young Artist State Competition, and represented Wisconsin in the regional round this past winter. He is the recent recipient of the WFMC Student/Collegiate Award, Piano category, and the NFMC recipient of the same in 2019. Anthony also recently won first place at the Schubert Club Collegiate Competition in Minneapolis, and third place at the YAC Young Artist Concerto Competition in Boston.

He has performed internationally at festivals such as the Gigon International Paino Festival in Gijon, Spain; the Porto PianoFest in Porto, Portugal; the Cantieri Musicali Framura Festival in Framura, Italy and in prominent venues across Milan, Italy, and the United States. Additionally, Anthony was one of 24 performers selected to participate in the presitigious “Pianofest in the Hamptons’ Festival this past summer.

Anthony most recently studied with Michael Mizrahi while working as a staff collaborative pianist for Lawrence University as well as being a teaching intern at the Lawrence Academy of Music.

Anthony will begin his Master’s Degree in piano performance at the Thornton School of Music at USC in Los Angeles this fall.

Neil Krzeski is a piano major at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Kathryn Bartel, is a student at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The award is given via an audition process in the odd numbered years. Applications for viewing are available on the NFMC website.