Jun 20, 2016
Bridget Bertoldi is a fifth year senior at the Bard College Conservatory of music, studying flute with Tara Helen O’Connor and pursuing a double degree in psychology.
Bridget was salutatorian of her class at Torrington High School 2012 in Torrington, Connecticut, began taking private flute lessons at the age of seven, and studied with Greig Shearer, principal flutist of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, for her four high school years. She was principal flutist in the Connecticut Youth Symphony of the Hartt School in West Hartford, Connecticut and was enrolled in the pre-college Performance Certificate Program at The Hartt School Community Division.
As a sophomore, she was accepted to perform at the American High School Performance Series at Carnegie Hall under the conductorship of H. Robert Reynolds. Based on her audition, she was chosen as principal flute player. During her junior year, Bridget was a finalist in the Williams Chorale Bacardi Performing Arts Competition and also received the Hartt Community Division’s Winds, Brass & Percussion Honors Award. As a senior Bridget was a finalist in the Stamford Symphony Competition. She has taken part in the ARIA International Summer Academy, the Julius Baker Flute Masterclasses at Western Connecticut State University as well as in masterclasses with Paul Edmund Davies, Gary Schocker, Eugenia Zukerman, Rae Tattenbaum, and Rhonda Larson.
In 2013, Bridget was a winner of the National Flute Association’s Masterclass Performance Competition and performed “Zoom Tube” by Ian Clarke for Pierre Yves-Artaud, flute professor at the Paris Conservatory at the National Flute Convention in New Orleans. She was a finalist in Bard Conservatory’s Concerto Competition this past fall and has played principal in the orchestra’s 2014 Eastern European Tour and their 2016 Cuba Tour. She plans to pursue both her PhD in forensic clinical psychology and her love for contemporary music after she graduates.
Memories from THS Band
Most of the memories from high school that are closest to my heart are from being a member of the Torrington High School band. The THS band provided me with a warm community of friends, many of whom I consider family today, that made my high school experience unforgettable. Besides the innumerable amount of laughs and fun I had, I remember the enormous sense of pride and dedication I felt to be a part of such an amazing group. None of the magic of this program would exist, though, without the huge heart and passion of its leader, Mr. S. I have never met anyone in my life who would do and give up as much as he does for his students. I feel so lucky to have been able to be a part of such a special group and I still miss it today. I will be eternally grateful for the lifelong friends and memories I have made from my time spent in the THS band.
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