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.

West Point Saxophonist to Perform at Marywood

Saxophonist Stacy Wilson,Marywood University’s music, theatre, and dance department will host a Saxophone Recital and Master Class by principal saxophonist for the West Point Band, Stacy Wilson, and her accompanist, Yalin Chi, on Saturday, April 7. The recital will take place at 1 p.m., and the Master Class will take place at 3 p.m., in the Marian Chapel, at the Swartz Center for Spiritual Life on the University’s campus. The recital and master class are free and open to the public

Staff Sergeant Stacy Wilson is the principal saxophonist in the West Point Band. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, with recent concert appearances in Japan’s Izumi Concert Hall, Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw, and Mahidol University in Thailand.

Staff Sgt. Wilson was recently featured as a guest concerto soloist with the United States Army Band in Europe, giving concerts in Oftersheim and Eppelheim, Germany. Since joining the West Point Band in 2008, she has performed as a concerto soloist and was the logistical coordinator and organizer for the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference hosted by the band in 2011.

She has been a jury member for the NASA Young Artist competition, NASA Quartet Competition, and the Asia Pacific International Solo Competition. Staff Sgt. Wilson has been a featured guest artist at the Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy in Bangkok, Thailand, and has taught at Indiana University and Montclair State University. She earned degrees from Indiana University, Bloomington, and the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

Sergeant First Class Yalin Chi joined the West Point Band in January of 2008. Originally from Beijing, China, she gave her debut with the Central Opera Symphony Orchestra in 1997. In the same year, she moved to the United States and studied with Victoria Mushkatkol at the Interlochen Arts Academy. She has performed in prestigious venues including: Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Gardner Museum in the United States, and Kumho Art Hall in Seoul, South Korea.

Sgt. First Class Chi attended the Aspen Music Festival in the summer of 2006 with an orchestral piano fellowship. She attended the Taos School of Music, the Music Academy of the West, the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and has performed in master classes for Arie Vardi, Richard Good, John O’Conor, and Boris Berman.

For additional information about the Marywood University’s free Saxophone Recital and Master Class, please contact Dr. F. David Romines, D.M.A., music, theatre, and dance department co-chair and associate professor of music education at Marywood University, at, or call (706) 255-9180.


Nursing Students Partake in Blessing of the Hands Ceremony

Marywood Nursing Students

Marywood University nursing students continued a recent tradition at the University, participating in the third annual Blessing of the Hands ceremony as they prepare for clinical practice.

This annual ceremony, held in the Marian Chapel, Swartz Center for Spiritual Life, on the University’s campus, honors sophomore nursing students who will begin to apply their classroom studies to direct applications in the field. Junior and senior nursing students also participated in the ceremony.

Sr. Mary Persico, IHM, Ed.D., president of Marywood University; Judith A. Williams, Ph.D., MSN, MS, RN-BC, chair of the nursing department; Patricia Falkows, MSN, RNC, clinical instructor of nursing; Kathleen Healy-Karabell, DNP, RN-CNS, CSN, coordinator of LPN/BSN and assistant professor of nursing; and Amy Wescott, MSN, CRNP, clinical instructor, were among the faculty and administrators who welcomed and addressed nursing students, families, and friends.

For the ceremony, Sr. Mary, along with Sr. Catherine Luxner, IHM, blessed the hands of nursing faculty members, who in turn blessed the hands of nursing students and other caregivers among the guests.


The students included, first row, from left: Brianna Sanders, Elizabeth Galioto, Katelyn Meinweiser, Gina Daniels, Katye Trexler, and Megan Pliska. Second row, same order: Natalie Shifler, Katlyn A. Wiestling, Alexandra Taylor Coacci, Kimberly Joan Geary, Livia Angelyn, Amanda Bridgwood, Chloe Anne Borrelli, Kathleen Bridget Ehnot, senior, Dunmore.; Alexandra Valenta, Miranda Marie Sromovski, Amanda Danielle Ward, Joanne Ardiot, Victoria Meyers, and Alexis Kirsch. Third row: Michael Nigro, Najia Azizi, Tabetha Noel, Alyson Lee Moyer, Alyssa Marie Puzio, Kerri Anne Mountz, Obiageri Joy Chikezie, Alexa Natalie Suchnick, Angela Altier, Kayla M. Kulesa, Adrianna Jones, Amanda Ann Bialy,Jeanette Ortiz, Paula Moctezuma,Kara Cassandra Yurkanin, senior, and Kerry Cantreva. Fourth row: Adrian McClendon, Katelyn Jo Snyder, Jennifer Fisher, Kaitlin Ann Siano, Christopher Kovaleski, Marissa Rosalie Grecco, Marjorie Pluviose, Briana Franza, Patti Lynn Pietryak, Molly Ann Mikulak, Ivana Jeanne Leclerc, Ariana Velez, and  Dasha Tyson, senior.