Alma Macbride

Pianist Alma Macbride is currently an honor roll, full scholarship student at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, CT and is the piano chair of the Jazz Band. Alma was the first ever recipient of the Susan Freydberg Scholarship for her musical talent. This scholarship enabled Alma to attend the International Festival of Jazz Educators in Toronto, Canada in 2007

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”I am convinced that she could do pretty much anything she wants in life, with the exception of playing professional basketball. (I think she's still well under 5 feet tall.) If Alma wanted to be the next Renee Rosnes, it wouldn’t be a problem for her. She has the talent, and she knows how to get things done. For that matter, if she set her mind to becoming the first woman President of the United States, I could see it coming to fruition. I think she currently aspires to be a comedic actress on Saturday Night Live. For me, its refreshing to work with a student who has talent, but is also a normal kid, with many different interests.” - Earl MacDonald Ever Up and Onward

“One of the festival's best ideas resides in the new Jazz Prodigy Series, and Alma Macbride, the first participant, displayed surprisingly stunning maturity and poise at the keyboard Wednesdayevening at the Berkshire Music School. Joined by the other members of her trio, bassist Matt Dwonszyck, drummer James Macbride, her brother, and, for one number, trumpeter Kyle Athayde, Alma Macbride, only 16, explored standards and original repertory with digital strength and dexterity reminiscent of Gina Bachauer

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