Ellen Parrella Memorial Concert - Artists

Will Duchon

Will Duchon began formal piano study at age 7. He has a Master’s in Music Performance and a Bachelor's in Fine Arts from SUNY. Will was a 1990 winner in the Artists International Young Musicians Auditions, and was awarded a debut at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, where he has given numerous subsequent recitals. Known for his passionate performances, critics write: "Will Duchon’s performance of Rachmaninoff is infused with passion, sensitivity, and an excellent sense of the long romantic line. He also has the technical equipment to make it all come together.” (Performers of Westchester). "Duchon enchanted the audience, demonstrating a great sensitivity ….. He performed magnificently and came through brilliantly”. (Novadades de Yucatan). "Will Duchon brought the house down in a commanding presentation……traversing through some dark passages, brightness ultimately prevailed." (Jan Stribula, Connecticut Post). In addition to his recital performances and teaching piano, Will is a long-time church musician and a weekly classical broadcaster at WMNR. He has released four CDs of solo works, featuring music of Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Busoni, Poulenc, Chopin and Brahms.

Mary Costanza

Mary Costanza won the prestigious Albright Award at 17, sponsored by the Rochester Philharmonic and The Eastman Theatre. As a result, she was invited to perform Eduardo Lalo's Cello Concerto in D Minor as a soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. During high school she performed as Principal Cellist for The New York State Summer School of the Arts in Saratoga, and for the New York State Legislature Senate and Assembly in Albany.
Mary received her Bachelor's in Music from The Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of Stephen Geber. As a student she performed regularly as a member of The Canton Symphony under the direction of Gerhardt Zimmerman. Mary received fellowships to both the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA and The Blossom Festival School of The Cleveland Orchestra and Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.
After earning her undergraduate degree Ms. Costanza received a fellowship to perform with The National Orchestra of New York (an institute for orchestral studies) under the direction of Alvaro Cassuto. They performed in Carnegie Hall for a full season of concerts sponsored by The New York Philharmonic and Columbia University in New York City. Mary also was a member of The Rochester Philharmonic during their summer season at The Canandaigua Performing Arts Center in Canandaigua, NY. After successfully completing her fellowship with NOA she was accepted to The Juilliard School where she studied with Zara Nelsova. Ms. Costanza was awarded fellowships to both The Music Academy of the West Summer Festival and The Aspen Music Festival in Aspen, Colorado to continue her studies with Ms. Nelsova. Mary holds a MM degree from The Juilliard School.
Mary currently lives in Connecticut with her husband Wayne Hileman (of the Borealis Wind Quintet) of 24 years and their daughter Katherine. She has performed numerous solo recitals as well as with many orchestras and ensembles in the Connecticut area. She is currently Assistant Principal Cellist of The Greenwich Symphony under the direction of David Gilbert, and serves on the Music Faculty at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT where she has been a cello instructor for 9 years. She enjoys performing in the summer at The Windham Chamber Music Festival in Windham, NY under the direction of Robert Manno. Mary has recently released four CDs with composer Sharon Ruchman who writes original chamber music.

Wendy Kerner

The artistry of harpist Wendy Kerner has been described by The New York Times as “first rate” and other critics have hailed her playing as “effortless”, “seductive” and “a delight to listen to”. Wendy is the principal harpist with The Bridgeport, Norwalk and Ridgefield Symphonies. She has appeared in concert throughout the United States including performances at Lincoln Center, The Ravinnia Festival, Bennington College, The JFK Memorial Library in Boston, The Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and for The World Harp Congress in Paris, France. Wendy is a winner of the American Harp Society’s Concert Artist Program, the National Flute Association’s Chamber Music Competition, and she was presented in her New York Debut in Carnegie Recital Hall as a winner of the Artists International Chamber Music Competition. Her CD “Sounds of the Seine” with Donna Milanovich flutist, is on the Delos International label. Wendy received her Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees in Harp Performance at The Juilliard School. She is an adjunct Professor of Harp at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT, founded and directs the Elyrica Summer Music Program, and she maintains an active private teaching studio for harp students of all ages in Wilton, CT.

Deborah Wong

The abilities of violinist Deborah Wong span a wide range of styles and activities. In demand as a guest concertmaster she has performed in that position with the Oklahoma Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the American Composers Orchestra, the Westchester Philharmonic, and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. In 2002 she was appointed concertmaster of the Bridgeport (CT) Symphony. As a soloist she has performed with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the Brattleboro Bach Festival Orchestra, the Stony Brook Symphony, the North Country Chamber Players and the Greater Bridgeport Symphony. As a chamber musician she is a member of the Atlantic String Quartet and the Hawthorne Piano Trio. She has recorded Martinu, Kodaly, and Ravel duos on the Reflex Editions label. A champion of new music, Ms. Wong performs with such groups as the Washington Square Contemporary Music Ensemble, Speculum, ISCM, and the New York New Music Ensemble. A registered Suzuki violin teacher, she was invited as a master teacher-performer to work with the students at the Orquestra Juvenil de Nata in Panama and was a guest artist-teacher at the Sarajevo Chamber Music Institute in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Ms. Wong has recorded for Deutsche Gramophone, Elysium, CRI and New World Records and joined the New York City Opera Orchestra in 2003. A student of the renowned Dorothy Delay. Ms. Wong graduated from the Juilliard School with both a bachelor's and a master's degree.