Salvatore “Sonny” LoCascio, a senior Bachelor of Music in Music Composition major at Clayton State University, was the prize winner in the annual music scholarship competition sponsored by the Atlanta Alumni Chapter of the professional music fraternity, Mu Phi Epsilon, on Sat., Nov. 20.
A graduate of Coweta County’s Northgate High School where his choral director was Rachel Gordon, LoCascio is currently a composition student of J. Wesley Flinn, director of Music Composition and Theory, and a voice student of Dr. Kurt-Alexander Zeller, director of Opera and Vocal Studies.
LoCascio submitted a competition portfolio consisting of scores and recorded performances of several of his works, including Postlude for Organ: The Opening of the Gates and Book (performed by Clayton State Staff Accompanist Alex Benford) and two songs from his five-song cycle, Songs of William Blake, which he sang himself, accompanied at the piano by Benford.
The Atlanta alumni of Mu Phi Epsilon holds its scholarship competition every November; it is open to college and university students in music performance, music composition, and conducting who are members of one of Georgia’s eight Mu Phi Epsilon chapters. LoCascio is the president of Clayton State’s Delta Psi chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon and was the only prize-winner in this year’s competition; he will receive $1,000, having been cited by the Atlanta Alumni’s scholarship panel for achievement in both composition and performance.
The general public will have the opportunity to hear LoCascio’s prize-winning compositions and several others on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m., in Spivey Hall, when LoCascio presents his senior recital in partial fulfillment of the University’s requirements for the Bachelor of Music Composition.
Mu Phi Epsilon is a coeducational fraternity for both men and women. The scholarship will actually be awarded in next academic year for use in LoCascio’s graduate studies; he will begin a Master of Music in Music Composition degree in the fall. Previous winners of the scholarship have completed graduate degrees at the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati, Yale University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Eastman School of Music, Florida State University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Georgia.