Kean Quest Adult Vocal Winners Announced

For Immediate Release – Vocal contestants ranging in age from 19 to 60 took to the Kean Theatre stage Friday night to vie for the coveted title as Kean Quest Talent Search Champion of the adult round of the competition. Jason Albert of Butler and Johnny Richards of New Brighton were the Judges’ Choice and Audience Choice winners respectively in the 2013 Kean Quest Talent Search Adult Competition, on Friday, March 1 at the Kean Theatre, 5847 Meridian Road.  Albert played guitar and sang “Dearly Loved” by Jimmy Needham and Richards also played guitar and performed “Fire and Rain” by James Taylor. Each received a recording package with Audible Images, photo session with Rick Armstrong and feature story in Northern Connection Magazine. Jim Roddey, former Allegheny Chief Executive and St. Barnabas spokesman, was the emcee.

Selected as first runner-up was Nick Bramlett of Pittsburgh, and the quartet “Studio 4” comprised of Don Dressler of North Huntingdon, Keith Harker of Forest Hills, Nathaniel Fessler of Bloomfield and Harrison King III of Carnegie, were the second runners-up. They were among the 16 performers participating in the 2013 Kean Quest Talent Search Adult Competition, which benefits the St. Barnabas Free Care Fund.  There is still time to register for the ages 18 and under vocal preliminary rounds by calling 724-443-0700, Ext. 5310, or by visiting

The signature sponsor of the 2013 Kean Quest Talent Search is Northern Connection Magazine. Event sponsors are Armstrong, Audible Images, Austin’s, Comcast Spotlight, Consolidated Communications, DKYS&B, Donner-Farber & Associates, Fifty Five Plus Magazine, Geyer Construction, Gordon Food Service, In Tune With The Arts, Mars National Bank, NET Xperts, Parks Moving and Storage, Schellhaas Funeral Home, Slebodnik Paving, Subway, Trib Total Media and WPXI-TV.

The Kean Theatre is open to the public and has built a reputation for its convenient location, free parking, quality entertainment and elegant setting.  The theatre is operated by St. Barnabas Charities, the fund-raising arm of St. Barnabas Health System.  St. Barnabas Health System includes St. Barnabas Nursing Home, Valencia Woods at St. Barnabas, The Arbors at St. Barnabas, The Village at St. Barnabas, The Woodlands at St. Barnabas, White Tail Ridge, The Washington Place at St. Barnabas, St. Barnabas Medical Center and Rudolph Auto Repair.

St. Barnabas Health System is Pennsylvania’s largest health care concern of its kind.  In its 113th year, St. Barnabas is like no other – diverse and expansive – meeting the needs of young retirees through those who require hospice. St. Barnabas’ spectrum of care includes four retirement communities, three living assistance facilities, two skilled nursing homes, and a community outpatient medical center. Providing $4.5 million in free care annually, St. Barnabas engages in innovative methods to raise money for its Free Care Fund such as The Jackie Evancho award in its Kean Quest Talent Search, The Kean Theatre, The Crystal Conservatories, Rudolph Auto Repair and Beautiful Buys. For more information on St. Barnabas visit

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