Fairfield teens to perform at Music for Youth concert
Fairfield residents Alex Beyer and Erica Intilangelo will be showcased at the Music for Youth benefit concert.
Erica, 18, is the recipient of Music for Youth's Jerry Malafronte Music Scholarship. She is continuing her study of voice at Mannes College of Music in New York. Intilangwelo has been singing classical music for the past two years with Claudia Catania, and presently works with Ruth Falcon. Most of her stage experience comes from roles she sang and played at Andrew Warde High School, including Cinderella in Into the Woods; Mama in I Remember Mama; Audrey in The Little Shop of Horrors; Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret; Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof; and Phoebe in As you Like It. Since 4th grade, she has sung in many choirs, including: the Fairfield County Children's Choir; Fairfield Warde Chamber Singers; Western Regional Choir; New England Music Festival Choir; and the All-State Chorus.
This year, Erica was the soprano choral scholar at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Greenfield Hill. There, she coordinated a recital to raise money for the American Cancer Society. In honor of her teacher and of her father, she performed a benefit at Yale New Haven Hospital for patients of the Smilow Cancer Center.
Erica wishes to extend "an enormous thank you" to Music for Youth for granting her the Jerry Malafronte Scholarship and thus helping her pursue her dreams.
Alex, 16, is a 10th grade honors student at Andrew Warde High School in Fairfield.
He was born in California and began studying piano and music theory at age five with Mary Jane Cope at the University of California in Santa Cruz. Alex moved to Connecticut with his family in 2005, and currently studies with Yoshi Akimoto of Wilton. Alex has had a wide range of musical experiences, and has participated in summer music festivals over the past eight years.
He has acquired an array of prestigious concert appearances around the nation, including performances with the Hartford, New Haven, Milwaukee and Waterbury Symphony Orchestras. His 2009 debut with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra was hailed as one of the most spectacular debuts ever seen at the Klein Auditorium.
Other prize-winning performances have come in the Renee Fisher, the Music Teachers' National Association and the Schubert Club competitions. He was one of three finalists in 2010 PianoArts Continental Competition in Milwaukee.
He has also performed as a solo artist in California, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York and Connecticut. During summers, he attends the Killington Music Festival in Vermont, collaborating with professional musicians as a solo and chamber artist. His travels overseas have included the Vianden Music Festival in Luxembourg and the Saarburg Festival in Germany.
He performs in many benefit concerts, including those for Music for Youth, Project Learn, Mercy Learning Center, KEYS and Music Haven.
Soccer and tennis are his favorite sports. He has played soccer at a premier level for several seasons and has ranked in the top 10 in the Northern California Division of the United States Tennis Association. Alex firmly believes that physical fitness is imperative for strong performances at the piano.