~ Catered Reception ~

Sunday, June 30 | 12 noon – 6pm
College Park Ballroom

Join us for a catered reception buffet with wonderful music throughout the day (performers’ nformation below).

$10 paid in advance or pay at the door (cash, check or credit card accepted). Children under 12 accompanied by paying adult free.

Union College’s College Park Ballroom is at 450 Nott St, Schenectady, NY (near Erie Blvd, across from Golub headquarters and in the vicinity of the Rivers Casino).

Reservations appreciated!

Sunday's Schedule

  • 11am-1pm: A French Affair Music Program, Union College Memorial Chapel. Free. Learn more.
  • 12 noon-6pm: Catered Reception with Music. Union College’s College Park Ballroom. $10 paid in advance or pay at the door (cash, check or credit card accepted). Children under 12 free (with paying adult).  Reservations appreciated. Learn more.
  • 2pm: Competition Winner's Recital, Union College Memorial Chapel. Free. Enjoy the talent of our Competition Winners. Pianists applied from the Capital Region and surrounding counties, New York City, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New Jersey and have engaged with musical institutions such as the New England Conservatory, the College of St. Rose, University of Maryland and Temple University’s Boyer College. Pianists have won in piano competitions sponsored by Julliard, MTNA, Capital District Council for Young Musicians, Steinway, Metropolitan Academy (NYC), Yamaha International and the Chopin International Hartford CT.

Reception Performers

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Entrance Music & Noon – 1:30


Harry George Pellegrin studied classical guitar performance and composition at The Mannes College of Music. Since his Manhattan debut recital in 1980, he has performed in New York, Tulsa, St. Louis, Charleston and other cities in the US and Quebec. Since 2008 he has been teaching guitar as an adjunct at Union College. He is a board member of the CGSUNY since 2012 and currently serves as its vice president and is an artist member of the Monday Musical Club of Albany.

Pellegrin wrote for Soundboard Magazine before publishing a novel Low End in 2003. Classic Guitar Method, now in its fifth edition, combined Pellegrin’s writing skills with his musical expertise. In May 2008 The Guitar, his first CD was released. 2010 yielded another CD, Old and New. His latest CD, Introspect, consists entirely of Pellegrin’s compositions—eleven brief waltzes and four longer works. Mel Bay Publications has published the score: Introspect (catalog number 30602M).

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Entrance Music & Noon – 1:30pm


Jesse Angrist is a rising eighth grader at Iroquois Middle School in Niskayuna, New York. He has been studying classical guitar with Harry Pellegrin for five years. When Jesse is not practicing guitar, he enjoys studying math and science, and playing video games.

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1:30- 3:30pm


Pej Reitz, pianist, is a native of the Binghamton Area. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in piano performance with accompanying emphasis. She attended Boston University, New England Conservatory and Binghamton University. She has studied piano with Jean Casadesus, Victor Rosenbaum, Seymour Fink and Walter Ponce and accompanying with Allen Rogers. She has accompanied throughout the United States, in England, South America, Spain and at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. She was a winner of the Artistic Ambassadors Program by the United States Information Agency in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the performing arts.

Source and more information.

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1:30- 3:30pm


Elizabeth Chinery received her undergraduate degree from Stetson University. She is principal flutist of the Schenectady Symphony and the Broad Street Orchestra. She has appeared with the Albany Symphony, and performed at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, including the Three Irish Tenors program. Elizabeth is also principal flutist with the Berkshire Lyric Theater Master Works Orchestra and has performed with the Berkshire Woodwind Quintet, the Vivante Trio, and the Taconic Trio. She has appeared as soloist with the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra and on the Bethesda Concert Series, Saratoga, NY. Ms. Chinery teaches at her home studio in East Greenbush, NY.

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1:30- 3:30pm


Baritone, Siddharth “Sidd” Dubey hails from the capital region and he has studied voice for eleven years. He earned a Bachelor of Applied Music in Vocal Performance Eastman School of Music. While attending Manhattan School of Music for his masters, Sidd studied and continues to study with Mark Oswald.

In 2015, Siddharth made his debut at Carnegie Hall with the role of Papageno in a production of Die Zauberflöte in the Weill Hall. Sidd also won 1st prize in the 32nd annual Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition held at the Eastman School of Music.

In addition to singing at Carnegie Hall, Sidd has also sung with Opera Companies such as Manhattan Opera Studio and the Berkshire Opera Festival. He is performing in the capital region including Auriel Camerata, soloist with the Octavo Singers and performed the role of Death in Gustav Holst’s opera Savitri with Burnt Hills Oratorio Society.

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3:30- 6:00pm


David Smith & Beth Chinery of the Broad Street Trio

David Smith holds his undergraduate degree from Harvard in English Literature, and graduate degrees from Harvard in Musicology, and from Yale in Music Theory. He was also a student of Nadia Boulanger in Fontainebleau, France, and a Conducting Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and School. David has been Conductor of the Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus, the Orchestra Sine Nomine, and the New Haven Chorale, among other groups. He was born in Troy, NY, where an early and influential teacher was Russell Locke of the Emma Willard School. He was formerly President of the Columbia County Historical Society and President of The Fifty Group of Columbia County. David is the founding Artistic Director of Concerts in the Village in Kinderhook, and Conductor of its resident chorus, the Broad Street Chorale, and its resident orchestra, the Broad Street Orchestra.

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