Title: Adjunct Music Faculty
Frances Covalesky, DMA has given solo recital performances throughout the USA and in Austria, Italy and Lithuania including the M.K. Čiurlionis Art Museum, Kaunas, Lithuania, the Sugrižimai Arts Festival, Vilnius, Lithuania (attended by the Prime Minister), Chicago Cultural Arts Center, Chicago, Illinois, Lithuanian World Center, Lemont, Illinois, Lithuanian Embassy, Washington, DC, Rutgers University Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ. She has been featured in Morris County’s First Night Extravaganza for many years. Covalesky joined the Music Faculty of the College of St. Elizabeth in 2010 where she teaches classical piano. Previously, she served on the music faculties of Caldwell College, County College of Morris, and Don Bosco College, Newton, NJ, working as an accompanist within the music department and in the musical theater at CCM, and teaching courses in music education, theory and piano. She is an elementary vocal music specialist for the Dover Township Public Schools, Dover, NJ.
Covalesky holds the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education and Piano Performance from Douglass College of Rutgers University where she was the winner of the Rutgers University Concerto Competition as a freshman. Her Master of Music degree is in piano performance from the prestigious The Manhattan School of Music, NY, and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in keyboard pedagogy from The University of Miami School of Music, Coral Gables, Florida, where she was awarded a Teaching Assistant. Her teachers included Julia Rajauskas-Petrauskas, Maria Valgoczy, Ernest Ulmer, Phillip Evans and Zenon Fishbein; Master classes under Arminda Canteros and Lorin Holander. She was awarded 2nd place in the City of Miami International Piano Competition, received an unsolicited scholarship award for performance and study in Salzburg, Austria and has performed as piano soloist with the New Jersey Pops Orchestra and Hanover Wind Symphony. Lithuanian music critic, A.E. Radvilaitė described Covalesky in this way: “Frances Covalesky has proven to be a true professional who can give a virtuoso performance.” ((Vilnius, Lithuania 4/2010) Dolores Peters Beardell, a (former) Scranton Tribune critic following a performance of Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2 is quoted, “The levity of her playing is like a butterfly running over the keys. I haven’t heard anyone of her caliber in years.” (MorristownGreen.com: “Top of the Liszt”). She is in “Jungtiniu Amerikos Valstiju Lietuviai (Vilnius, Lithuania 1998) ~ “Who’s Who” amongst American-Lithuanian professionals.
Covalesky’s doctoral dissertation essay (with foreword from Dr. Alfonsas Eidintas, Ambassador Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania, 1996) celebrated the inspirational and spiritual work of M.K. Čiurlionis (1875-1911). She lectured on this topic at SUNY, Potsdam, NY.
Covalesky has also been recognized for working with young children in the art of Gregorian chant having received two grants for concerts with students in Morris County. A highlighted performance took place at the famous St. Agnes Church, Manhattan, the former pulpit of Bishop Sheen. Covalesky enjoys photography and received three awards from Pepper Music Co., which featured her photographs on their catalogue covers, the most recent, Mid-Year Spring Catalogue of 2013.