Mother-Son Duo to Perform at Marywood

guest Violin Recital

Nina Kouznetsov and her son, violinist and cellist, Val Bourgeon, will present their third annual recital on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 3 p.m.

Marywood University’s music, theatre and dance department will host guest performers, Nina Kouznetsov, a pianist who sings in Marywood University’s Concert Choir, and her son, violinist and cellist, Val Bourgeon, for their third annual recital on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 3 p.m.

The recital is free and open to the public and will take place in the Marian Chapel in the Swartz Center for Spiritual Life on the University’s campus.

Natives of Ukraine, Val Bourgeon and Nina Kouznetsov, son and mother, have been performing together for more than 20 years.

Val began his violin studies in Northeastern Pennsylvania at the age of 10 on his request after a few years of piano playing. At age 15, he spent one semester as a music major at Wilkes University and then transferred to Marywood University. Val continued his studies with a violinist from the Philadelphia Orchestra, Dmitri Levin, first privately, and then at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music education and his master of business administration degree.

His music-related positions include: The Symphony in C, Collingswood, N.J., the Delaware Valley Philharmonics, and as an orchestra conductor at the Pennsauken New Jersey School District. Currently, he teaches several music instruments including violin, cello, piano, flute, and guitar in Moorestown, N.J, and performs at various events.

Nina Kouznetsov graduated in Musicology and Piano Performance from the Preparatory Music School for the Gifted in Kiev, Ukraine. She then went on to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Musicology from the Gnessins Russian Music Academy in Moscow. After immigrating to the United States, her music-related work has included: choir director at Orthodox churches in NEPA; piano instructor at the School of Continuing Education at Marywood University and at her Dunmore studio; and freelance pianist, organist, and cantor.

Having privately studied Byzantine iconography for more than 20 years, she currently teaches iconography workshops in Michigan and at her icon studio in Scranton. Since 2015, she has been affiliated with Marywood University as a freelance accompanist and as a member of the Concert Choir.

For additional information about the Guest Performance, “Violin Recital with a Turn,” at Marywood University, please visit, or call (570) 348-6268.

guest Violin Recital

Nina Kouznetsov and her son, violinist and cellist, Val Bourgeon, will present their third annual recital on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 3 p.m.

Barbershop Quartet Plans Performance for Sunday, May 6th

Vocal Accord

Members of Vocal Accord, a barbership quartet, will entertain a dinner Sunday, May 6, at 5:30 p.m. following a concert by Anthracite Opera Company.

Those members include, from left: Don Overhoff, Raleigh Bloch, Dane Bower and Lou Volpetti. Reservations are required by contacting Gary Richards at (570) 335-7702.


Marywood Chamber Singers named semifinalists in nationwide competition

marywoodMarywood University’s chamber singers have been named semifinalists in the collegiate division of The American Prize 2016 in Choral Music, a nationwide performing arts competition.

The chamber singers were evaluated for the ensemble’s latest CD, “Ave Maria: A Celebration of Marywood University’s First 100 Years.” Candidates for The American Prize receive professional adjudication and regional and national recognition based on their recorded performances. In addition to written evaluations from judges, winners and runners-up are profiled on The American Prize website, where links will lead to the winners’ website.

The music, theatre, and dance department at Marywood University offers large and small performing arts ensembles that are open to all Marywood University students by audition or permission of the appropriate director. The chamber singers, the University’s top-touring ensemble, are a select group of between 12 and 20 members.

For additional information about Marywood University’s chamber singers, please visit

To learn more about The American Prize, please visit