David Marottolo '18 has been awarded the Spinella Family Music Scholarship. The Spinella family established the music scholarship to honor their son's passion for theater, music and the creative arts. Joseph Spinella '97 tragically passed away suddenly of a brain aneurysm last spring. A talented drummer and artist, Spinella never stopped refining his talents as a craftsman, designing and building sets for photo shoots, film and television. A kind and sensitive individual, Spinella pushed his creative limits. The Spinella family sought to reward a student, like their son, that exudes compassion and a love of music.
Marottolo's affinity for music runs deep and wide. Composer, pianist, organist, clarinet player and singer, Marottolo is deeply committed to his craft. This spring, Marottolo's original composition, Chanson d'automne, a ten-minute choral piece was performed at the at the Young Composers Concert in Atlantic City. Only 13 compositions were selected by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Marottolo said that the environment at KO for music is extremely supportive. Not only are the teachers encouraging of his work, but he also finds the students receptive to listen to his works in progress.
Students submitted applications to receive the scholarship, explaining their plans for musical growth this summer as well as a list of their other musical commitments. Teachers in the music department vetted the submissions and determined Marottolo as the recipient because he not only was an accomplished musician, but he also exemplified KO's core values of honesty, integrity, respect and care beyond self. With his scholarship, Marottolo will attend Point Counter Point, a chamber music experience in Vermont this summer.