Music from the stars: scientist Albert Einstein, rock-and-roller Chubby Checker, actor Kevin Bacon, singer-pianist Buddy Greco, Philadelphia Award winning novelist and Pew fellow in the arts Lorene Cary, jazz saxophonist Andy Snitzer, soprano Wilhelmenia Fernandez, concert pianist Leon Bates, tenor Mario Lanza, Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist Acel Moore—just a miscellany of former students at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia, which celebrates its centennial this year.
But not exactly random. In honor of the event, the school has selected 100 individuals, including the 10 above, who developed and sharpened their musical abilities there—and then became leaders in a wide variety of fields. To see the full list and learn where they ended up, see www.settlement100.com.
Settlement, which receives Pew support, is the largest community-based school of the arts in the nation, serving 15,000 students each year at six branches in two states, without regard to age, race, ability to pay—or musical ability. This year, its preschool program earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, an achievement gained by only some eight percent of all such programs.