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St. Anthony’s senior wins music scholarship

Matthew Luca has been named the College of

Matthew Luca has been named the College of the Holy Cross' Organ Scholar of the Class of 2022. Credit: St. Anthony’s High School

A Port Jefferson teen with exceptional organ-playing talent has received a prestigious scholarship to the College of the Holy Cross.

Matthew Luca, a senior at St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington, has been named the college’s Organ Scholar of the Class of 2022.

The scholarship — usually given every other year — was not scheduled to be awarded this year, but distinguished artist-in-residence James David Christie petitioned the dean to make an exception after hearing Luca perform during a visit to the school in Worcester, Massachusetts.

At that time, Luca performed Dieterich Buxtehude’s “Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne in C Major,” Léon Boëllmann’s “Suite Gothique — Toccata,” and Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Prelude and Fugue in G Major.”

“I just find it fun to play,” said Luca, 17, noting his love for the instrument began as an eighth-grader when his family attended Easter Mass at the Church of St. Patrick in Huntington, which had a new organ.

Recipients of the four-year, full-tuition scholarship assist the college organist in all aspects of the chapel music program. They also must major in music and study organ privately for four years.

Luca’s in-school involvements include being in the show choir, the Gregorian Schola ensemble and the National Honor Society. He also is in The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division.— Michael R. Ebert

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