Young Trumbull musicians are 'rising stars'

Two talented young musicians from Trumbull will perform in Music for Youth’s “Rising Stars” Benefit Concert on Sunday Nov. 3 at 5 p.m. at Trinity Church, 651 Pequot Avenue, Southport.

All proceeds from the concert will go towards Music for Youth’s free Young Persons’ Concert Series at Pequot Library and school residency programs in the Bridgeport schools.

Established in 1995, Music for Youth is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing classical music alive for young people. MFY sponsors eight FREE Young Persons’ Concerts per year on Saturdays at Pequot Library in Southport, free master classes with the artists, an annual college scholarship, and a music residency program bringing professional musicians to perform and coach in Bridgeport schools.

The Nov. 3 Benefit Concert will feature eight separate acts of talented youth from Fairfield County discovered through the programs of Music for Youth, including violin, cello, piano, guitar, voice, and various ensembles. Two of the performers hale from Trumbull: cellist Julian Shively and pianist McKenna Mase.

Julian Shively will perform as one half of the cello duet “2cellos2” with Weston cellist Camden Archambeau. An eighth grader at Hillcrest Middle School, Julian began cello studies at age five, and currently studies with Rebecca Patterson in New Haven. In 2008, Julian was selected for the Suzuki Association of the Americas Orchestra at the SAA national conference in Minneapolis. In 2010-11, he served as principal cellist of Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra’s Symphony Orchestra. He is now a member of their Principal Orchestra. With GBYO he toured Europe in 2012 and will travel to China in 2014. He studies chamber music at Kinhaven Junior Camp in Vermont during the summer. Julian has also won numerous accolades as an accomplished pianist and plays electric guitar in the band “Outside the Box.”

McKenna Mase, 15, began studying piano at age six, currently with Dr. Tomoko Uchino. In 2011, McKenna was the youngest competitor to win the Danbury Symphony Concerto Competition. She was a winner of the Schubert Club’s Young Artists Competition Schumann Division and the NYSMTA Junior Piano Division. She has won a Gold Cup in Fairfield County’s Young Musicians Festival. She has performed at Lincoln Center with the Suzuki School of Westport and played in master class for such notable pianists as Clayton Scott, Dr. Ray Landers, Alex Moutouzkine, and Vassily Primakov. McKenna is a sophomore at St. Joseph High School, where she is a member of the Girls’ Lacrosse Team and Student Ministry. She will perform at the Benefit as a member of the Shoreline Piano Trio, which also includes Benjamin Crosby, cello, of Fairfield, and Declan Cummiskey, violin, of Redding.

Tickets for the Music for Youth Benefit Concert on November 3 can be purchased immediately online at, by emailing, or calling Cynthia Cummiskey at 203-938-3843.