NSAL in the News

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NSAL Featured in Broadway World

NSAL Florida East Coast Chapter Hosts Nation’s First

Collaborative Piano and Brass Duo Competition


The National Society of Arts and Letters (NSAL) Florida East Coast Chapter recently held the nation’s first Collaborative Piano and Brass Duo Competition. The event, held at Lynn University in Boca Raton, is the only competition in the United States which recognizes and awards the duo as two parts of equal importance, akin to figure skating pairs. The competition was generously sponsored by Donald Mandich, and the winning duo was Sodienye Finebone on tuba and Kristi Mezinez on piano.

“We are thrilled to be the first competition of this kind,” said Judi Asselta, NSAL Florida East Coast Chapter president. “And to provide these outstanding musicians with monetary awards to support their educational pursuits."

Read More Here:  https://www.broadwayworld.com/fort-lauderdale/article/NSAL-Florida-East-Coast-Chapter-Holds-Nations-First-Collaborative-Piano-Brass-Duo-Competition-20181119




Thanks to WPTV and John Favole for interviewing Judi Asselta, President of NSAL and Woodwind competition scholarship second place winner, James Abrahamson on the program to talk about how NSAL supports our area's rising young stars.

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NSAL on The CW South Florida

Thanks to The CW South Florida for having Judi Asselta, President of the NSAL Florida Chapter and artist Ana Gonzalez on the program! Ana has been selected to compete nationally for the Winston 2-D Art scholarship. She and Judi shared all of the exciting ways NSAL is enriching the lives our emerging artists. The show airs in Broward and Dade.

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NSAL Star Maker Awards Showcased in Sun-Sentinel Society

The National Society of Arts & Letters Florida East Coast Chapter recently had their Star Maker Awards at Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club in Boca Raton. This event showcased many of the organization's scholarship recipients and honored the supporters who fund the nonprofit organization.  

NSAL aims to discover talented young people at the beginning of their careers and provides scholarships and competitions in art, dance, drama, literature, music and musical theater, and works to advance their careers and creative opportunities.

"It was truly a dazzling event," stated event chair Kim Champion. "We were thrilled to award scholarships to college and advanced degree students in multiple categories including woodwinds, strings, visual arts, piano and theater. This prestigious recognition is a coveted achievement, and the funds will help our winners advance their studies and careers."

Past and present scholarship recipients from Lynn Conservatory of Music and the FAU School of Music delighted guests with a splendid repertoire of classical and Broadway favorites. To see an array of photos from the event http://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/society/palm-beach/fl-society-starmaker-awards-20180402-story.html


NSAL's Alyce Erickson Interviewed in The Palm Beach Post 

The National Society of Arts and Letters (NSAL) Florida East Coast Chapter is hosting its third annual “High School Photography Program” exhibition at Florida Atlantic University’s Theatre Lab.

The photography program was spearheaded two years ago by Boca Raton resident, volunteer and mentor for young artists Alyce Erickson. Since then, the program has expanded from one to four high schools and features 60 students from Boca Raton High School, Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Jupiter High School and Pembroke Pines Charter School. 

This program was the first of its kind to be created by an NSAL chapter.

A master class and lecture were conducted by Cathaleen Curtiss, director of photography for The Buffalo News and a former White House news photographer. She was joined by her husband, Mickey Osterreicher, an award-winning photojournalist and general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). Read the full story https://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/local/her-passion-mentoring-young-artists/5AKHgB0SpJaCvBylAqMCJJ/


NSAL Star Maker Awards Featured in Boca Life

"All of the dedicated young artists that we honored at The Star Maker Awards have committed themselves to excellence," said Judi Asselta, Florida East Coast Chapter president. "While we admire their talent, it is their ceaseless determination to perfect their skills that leaves us all in awe. We were all mesmerized by their performances and feel a great sense of pride in knowing that we have had a role in nurturing their success."

During the event, NSAL also honored two people who have been an inspiration to the organization. Shari Upbin received the Past President's Award and renowned musician Marshall Turnkin received the Lifetime Achievement Award.






NSAL's Photography Competition Judges Featured in Sun-Sentinel

Your cell phone camera is not just a feature, but an instrument, which after a bit of practice, you can use to capture interesting things you see and feel, said Cathaleen Curtiss, a former White House news photographer for three presidents.

Curtiss will be the master photography class lecturer at the annual High School Photography Program Exhibition and Student Workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 10 at the Florida Atlantic University Theatre Lab, Parliament Hall, First Floor, 777 Glades Road, in Boca Raton . The 3-year-old event is sponsored by the National Society of Arts and Letters Florida East Coast Chapter. The exhibition will remain on display through March 23.  Read more:








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NSAL National Conference praised by New York Director/Producer

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