The Saint Vincent College Concert Series presents world-class performances by internationally acclaimed artists during each academic year. The series emphasizes the traditional classical chamber music repertoire, and artists of other genres have been featured as well.
Performers have won top prizes in national and international competitions and have performed on many of the world’s greatest stages.
The series is supported each year through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), through its Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) regional partnership with the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance.
The Saint Vincent College Concert Series was founded by Father Joseph Bronder, O.S.B., himself a concert pianist, in 1971 and guided by his vision until his retirement. In 2007, Brother Nathan Cochran, O.S.B., was named artistic director. After seven years of faithful leadership, Brother Nathan passed away suddenly in 2014. He was succeeded by Ann Holmes. The present director is Thomas Octave, associate professor of music at Saint Vincent College.
The Saint Vincent College Bronder Prize for Piano was created in 2008 to recognize Father Bronder’s many contributions as a concert pianist, piano instructor, and classical music presenter. Each season, the Bronder Prize for Piano is awarded to an exceptionally talented young pianist at the beginning of his or her career. The prize consists of a trophy, cash award, and appearance on the Concert Series.
2007/2008 Benjamin Moser, German
2008/2009 Daria Rabotkina, Russian
2009/2010 Ran Dank, Israeli
2010/2011 Anderson & Roe Piano Duo, Americans
2011/2012 George Li, Chinese-American
2012/2013 Andrew Tyson, American
2013/2014 Ji, Korean
2014/2015 Yun-Chin Zhou, Chinese
2015/2016 Fei-Fei Dong, Chinese
2016/2017 Tomer Gewirtzman, Israeli
2017/2018 Sejoon Park, Korean
2018/2019 Nathan Lee, American