Elyse Jeanne Saraceni was returning home after four months of study in piano performance and composition at London, England's, Royal Academy of Music. While in London, Elyse composed both choral and instrumental works and participated in recitals and ensembles. She traveled to Scotland, Wales, France, and Austria during her time abroad.
Elyse was awarded the Gabriel Burda music scholarship when she entered Seton Hall College in 1986 as a piano performance major. Her musical studies included 13 years of piano as well as guitar, voice, and baritone horn. At Seton Hall, she served as an accompanist for liturgies, recitals, and various choral groups. Her summer job in 1986 was as an accompanist for Conley's Motor Inn Show. The next summer she was music director at a camp in Maine. For the summer of 1988, she was an apprentice for the Civic Light Orchestra of Pittsburgh. As a result of her work there, the Civic Light Opera Guild awarded her a scholarship in November 1988.
This multi-talented young woman also studied art and won many awards. In 1985. Elyse was accepted into a special program at Bucknell where she studied etching. One of her works from that program was selected to hang in a yearlong exhibit in the office of the governor of Pennsylvania.
Also interested in theater, Elyse served in backstage and design capacities for several high school productions. She also appeared at Apple Hill's Johnny Appleseed Theatre and Seton Hall College Theatre.
Elyse was the daughter of Iva and Dr. Gene Saraceni. She is also survived by her older brother, Christopher, and two sets of grandparents.
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