Alyssa Rodriguez, a Newtown resident and music student at Ithaca College, in her Junior Year, received a Certificate of Appreciation and a monetary stipend from Newtown Friends of Music while she was at home for the Thanksgiving holiday break.
Alyssa attended Newtown Schools and credits her music teachers Mrs. Popovic at Middle Gate, Mr. Hedin at Middle School, and Mr. Lee and Ms. Hiscavich at Newtown High School for developing and nurturing her interest in music. Alyssa was in the classroom when NFM held one its first School Outreach Programs and brought a string quartet to her school. She says she was absolutely enthralled with the string quartet.
She was a member of the Newtown High School Chamber Ensemble and performed in the lobby of Edmond Town Hall with other music students on opening night before the recital given by pianist Daria Rabotkina in October 2009. (see Newtown Bee of October 30, 2009). Miss Rodriguez holds an annual recital at MasoniCare in Sandy Hook and teaches violin to aspiring violinists of all ages in a studio in Newtown during the summer months. She will also collaborate with the Monroe Dance Academy for one of their productions.
She plans to write music for solo guitar and dance next and is working on a BM degree in Music Composition. She recently won 1st place in the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra’s 2012 Composition Competition, for her orchestral piece “Japanese Maple.” She will travel to Vienna, Austria, to spend her Spring ‘13 semester at the Institute for European Studies, or “IES Abroad”, an international institution with which Ithaca College is associated. She will be living in an 18th century palace in the heart of the city, study German and Music and have access to all the cultural opportunities in the “City of Music.” She will also meet with music students from all countries of the world who regularly congregate there to pursue music studies.