Ronis Memorial Recital Features Student Vocalist and Trombonist

Madeline Yankell

William Spallino

Trombonist William (Will) Spallino and soprano Madeline (Maddy) Yankell will jointly perform the Ronis Memorial Recital on October, 15 2017, at 3 Harkness Chapel.

The late Leonard Ronis established this performance prize in 1996 in memory of his wife, Joan Terr Ronis, an alumna of Western Reserve University. Students compete on any instrument in a closed audition during spring juries, with the faculty selecting the winner(s). 

The prize is awarded to a junior or outstanding sophomore major in music who has made an exceptional contribution to the musical life of the university. 

About the Performers

Madeline Yankell is a junior Music Education major with a concentration in vocal studies. She also has a minor in French and Francophone studies. Madeline has been singing since she was very young, having started in her church choir in Moorestown, NJ at the age of 5. She has performed with the NJ All State and All South Jersey ensembles as well as traveled to Denmark, Sweden, and Germany as a soloist with the First Presbyterian Church Choir. In college she performs with the Case Concert Choir and holds positions in many organizations on campus including the Music Undergraduate Student Involvement Committee (President), Mu Phi Epsilon music fraternity (Vice President), and OCMEA (secretary). She also performs and vocal directs with the CWRU Footlighters. When not singing, you will most likely find Madeline on a long run

Will Spallino is a senior at Case Western Reserve University, pursuing degrees in Music and Engineering Physics. He studies trombone under Paul Ferguson and has studied double bass under Kathleen Horvath. Will is very passionate about community service, holding leadership roles in Mu Phi Epsilon (a professional music service fraternity) and the Relay For Life planning team. His academic achievements have earned him nomination to Who’s Who Among Students at American Colleges and Universities and membership in Tau Beta Pi (an engineering honor society). Before college, Will graduated with honors from Rocky River High School on Cleveland’s west side, earning both the John Philip Sousa Band Award and the rank of Eagle Scout. After graduating from CWRU, he plans to earn a master’s degree in Acoustical Engineering.

About the Recital

Leonard Ronis established the Joan Terr Ronis Recital Prize in 1996 as a memorial to his wife, the well-known Cleveland piano soloist, chamber music artist and teacher. The prize and recital are presented after a competition held each spring among undergraduate music students attending Case Western Reserve University. Mr. Ronis, a lifelong supporter of CWRU and the arts, was nationally known for his role in public transit. With Mr. Ronis’ passing on July 4, 2012, the family requested that the prize be renamed the Leonard and Joan Terr Ronis Memorial Recital Prize.