Thursday, March 8, 2018

Stellar former Students of the Settlement Music School of Philadelphia

Jeanette Selig Frank* and Blanche Wolf Kohn*
Founded Settlement in 1908 as volunteers at the College Settlement House where they offered piano lessons for a nickel each to newly arrived immigrant children in the Southwark section of South Philadelphia.

You should recognize some of these names.
The Bacon Brothers - Kevin Bacon Stage, screen and television actor and half of The Bacon Brothers rock band, Kevin Bacon took lessons at Settlement as a child and Michael Bacon Television and film score composer and other half of The Bacon Brothers, Michael’s musical training began at Settlement.
Chubby Checker
Sang his way from the Italian Market to the top of the pop charts with his big hit, "The Twist"; he took piano lessons at Settlement.

Albert Einstein*
Scientist, was a member of its Board of Advisors and a regular chamber music participant at Settlement in the 1950s.

Kevin Eubanks
Well-known music director of the Tonight Show Band from 1995 - 2010 began his musical training playing violin, trumpet and piano at age 12 at Settlement.
Buddy Greco 
Singer, pianist and arranger, toured the world with Benny Goodman, and studied piano at Settlement.

Irv Kershner*
Film director of the "The Empire Strikes Back," Episode V of the original Star Wars movie trilogy, studied violin, viola and composition at Settlement.

Mario Lanza*
Celebrated tenor, studied at Settlement in the 1940’s.

Eric Lewis
Camden native and jazz pianist, played for President Bill Clinton, with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and appeared in a Robert DeNiro film. His training started at Settlement.

Frank Rizzo*
Former Mayor of Philadelphia, studied clarinet at Settlement.

Kathy Sledge
Pop singer and member of the Sledge Sisters, who released their gold-certified hit, "We Are Family" in 1979, took voice lessons at Settlement.
*denotes deceased
This abbreviated list comes from the Settlement 100. The entire impressive list, can be found at The Settlement School's website.

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