Autism

DiPiazza to close NAC 2015!

by Ashley Harned

Musician, Jodi DiPiazza, will return to the stage, Thursday, August 6, 2015 to close the 19th Annual National Autism Conference in State College, PA. Jodi opened the conference in 2013 with her rendition of Katy Perry’s “Firework” and The Wizard of Oz classic “Somewhere over the Rainbow”. Both performances left the audience speechless.

Jodi is a 13 year old student at Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division and studies piano, voice, music theory, and composition. At age ten, she was accepted into the Mannes composition honors. She also studies Jazz piano with Luciano Salvator, guitar with John Alec, and songwriting.

In March 2015, Jodi took the stage with one her favorite performers, Weird Al Yankovic, to perform a duet on “The Night of Too Many Stars” hosted by Jon Stewart. This is the second time Jodi has performed at this event. Back in 2012, Jodi performed with another one of her favorite musicians, Katy Perry. Since 2006, The Night of Too Many Star fundraiser has raised more than $18,000,000 for autism education.

Jodi has been featured in newspapers, magazines, on the radio, and television all over the world as a result of her sensational performances. She has received thousands of emails, letters and cards, speaking of the hope and inspiration performances have given parents of children with autism. Since October 2012, she has performed at over 50 fundraisers for The Arc, AutismNJ, Autism speaks, Children’s Aid and Family Services, The Special Olympics and many others.

The conference will run August 3-6 in State College, PA. For more information, please visit http://autism.outreach.psu.edu . We look forward to seeing you this summer and don’t miss Jodi DiPiazza’s performance!

The countdown to the 19th Annual National Autism Conference has begun!

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