Vincent Persichetti Music Association

























The association was created by a group of musicians with a passion for culture. Its purpose is to promote classical music, especially music of the twentieth century, through an internationally famous spokesman, Vincent Persichetti.



Vincent Persichetti is a very important U.S. composer of the twentieth century. He is an illustrious figure that produced a vast array of instrumental and vocal works. He was also a remarkable teacher. He taught composition at the Juilliard School in New York, and among his pupils we find important composers.

But why has the association been given the title of this composer, almost unknown in Italy? How was he discovered?

Clearly, Persichetti is of Italian origin. His father was Vincenzo Ruggero Persichetti, who emigrated to the U.S. when he was twelve years old from the region of Abruzzo, in particular from the little town of Torricella Peligna in the province of Chieti. In many press conferences, Persichetti lovingly recalled that the Bellini family was from same town (Vincenzo Bellini Senior, grandfather of Vincenzo Bellini, was born in Torricella Peligna).



As you will have noted, the Association’s President and the composer share the same last names. The President was born in the same little town as was Persichetti’s father, but that’s not all……..their genealogical trees intertwine. In fact, one Sunday, skimming through a music encyclopedia, Rosanna found the name “Vincent Persichetti”. Knowing that many distant relatives had emigrated in the latter part of the nineteenth century, she became curious and began researching both Vincent Persichetti musical profile as well as his ancestral background. The research on both levels brought positive results!

The discovery of Persichetti as a musician, composer, teacher and theorist has culturally buoyed and thrilled us; it has spurred us to create this association. Moreover, since Rosanna and Vincent share the same ancestral home, we feel the moral obligation to bring Vincent “home”!  Therefore, the purpose of the association is to proudly bring back to Italy a great musician, composer, teacher and theorist.



The association hopes to make Vincent Persichetti’s music better known, offering courses and putting on recitals, contests, lectures and more. Furthermore, his music leads us to the discovery of other musicians in that he taught at the prestigious Juilliard School, and many of his pupils became famous, such as Eino Rautavaara, Caran Moore, Leo Brouwer, Philip Glass, and Darius Milhaud.

The association has also committed itself to furthering the knowledge and appreciation of classical music in general, organizing concerts in its own center, collaborating with associations or corporations that require musical “consultation”, and offering young and aspiring students the possibility of performing, both within the association and also outside it.
There are two centers: one in the Marche, the Italian region on the Adriatic sea, situated in the town of Falconara Marittima, in the province of Ancona, and the other in the Italian region of Abruzzo, situated in the town of Torricella Peligna, in the province of Chieti, where Vincent’s father was born. In addition, the association has established a rapport with others in the US, and in time it hopes to work on projects with those on the other side of the Atlantic.




 Founding Members

President Rosanna Persichitti 


  Vice president

Caterina Serpilli


 Artistic director

Roberta Serpilli



Treasurer Gabriele M. Serpilli 





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