Isabella (Bella) Scotti of Richboro graduated Cum Laude Saturday, May 7, from Penn State University, University Park, with a degree in music performance and minor in Spanish.
During her matriculation, she was inducted into three honor societies including Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Alpha Pi and Phi Eta Sigma.
She participated in more than 50 performances and recordings with The School of Music, playing a multitude of percussion instruments including marimba, vibraphone, xylophone, timpani, snare, bass drum, chimes and glockenspiel. She completed two recitals that demonstrated her technical and expressive skills on a variety of percussion instruments, and also gave a solo marimba recital within the State College community during her final semester.
Scotti actively composes and arranges pieces for various instruments and small ensembles, including but not limited to marimba, vibraphone, piano, marching band, wind ensemble, percussion ensemble, and full orchestra.
She completed two recitals that demonstrated her technical and expressive skills on a variety of percussion instruments and also, she gave a solo marimba recital within the School of Music community during her final semester.
She has been a recurring guest percussionist with the Altoona Symphony Orchestra, the Nittany Valley Symphony, the Raystown Wind Orchestra, and has played locally at Doylestown Presbyterian Church and Newtown Presbyterian Church.
Scotti will be continuing her education at Penn State for the 2022-2023 year pursuing a graduate Professional Performance Certificate in percussion performance, with intentions of ultimately completing a Master of Music in percussion performance and a Doctor of Musical Arts in percussion performance.
Scotti graduated from Council Rock South in 2018 where she played with the band and orchestra under the direction of Chris Simon and John Burns, to whom she gives much credit for her interest in possibly teaching music to students one day. Her parents, Russ and Laura Scotti, once professional musicians, have provided much leadership and encouragement along the way.