Alumni News

The Alumni News column appears regularly in The Juilliard Journal. It consists of news submitted by alumni of the School’s Music, Dance, and Drama Divisions. Enjoy reading about recent activities of Juilliard graduates. The following items are from the May 2003 issue.

Dance | Drama | Music



Victoria Anderson (BFA '94) performed with three other dancers in endo, choreographed by Mark Jarecke, at the Duke on 42nd St. in New York in March.


Among the 19 dancers performing with Mark Morris Dance Group at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in March were four alumni: Charlton Boyd (DIP '86), John Heginbotham (BFA '93), Amber Merkens (BFA '99), and Bradon McDonald (BFA '97).


Warren Spears's ('74) work Kiss Me, I Love You had its premiere and a three-week sold-out engagement at the Danish Dance Stage in Copenhagen in January and February.

Merce Cunningham's Repertory Understudy Group, directed by Robert Swinston (BFA '75), performed a studio faculty concert in March in New York City that included Andrea Weber (BFA '97) as one of the dancers.


Group 31

Group 31 classmates Daniel Breaker and Wayne Scott are performing together this month in an Off-Off-Broadway production of Shakespeare's Pericles, directed by Jesse Burger.

Denis Butkus (Group 31) appeared last month in Horizon Theater Repertory's New York production of Jean-Paul Sartre's Men Without Shadows, translated by Kitty Black and directed by Simon Hammerstein.

Frank Harts (Group 31) can be seen this month in the independent film Bought & Sold at Robert DeNiro's Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Harts also created music for the film's soundtrack. A music single from the film will be released later this year.

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Group 29

Sean McNall (Group 29) and Samantha Soule (Group 31) are currently performing in New York in the Pearl Theater Company's revival of George Kelly's comedy Daisy Mayme, directed by Russell Treyz.

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Group 28

Michael Chernus (Group 28) appeared at the Woolly Mammoth Theater in Washington, D.C., last month in Jump/Cut: Life Through a Long Lens, a new play by Neena Beber and directed by Leigh Silverman.

Eunice Wong (Group 28) recently appeared in the two-person play An Infinite Ache, written by David Schulner and directed by Greg Leaming, at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. This month Wong will appear in the Caryl Churchill play Top Girls, directed by Casey Stangl, at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.

Yvonne Woods (Group 28) appeared last month at New York's Cherry Lane Theater in Slag Heap, a new play by Anton Dudley and directed by Erica Schmidt.

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Group 27

Kevin Daniels (Group 27) appeared in the UPN series Buffy the Vampire Slayer last month.

In March, Adam Greer (Group 27) appeared at Kansas City's Missouri Repertory Theater in Marivaux's The Triumph of Love, directed by Stephen Wadsworth.

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Group 26

Jimonn Cole (Group 26) appeared last month in Howard M. Gould's play Diva at the Delaware Theater Company in Wilmington.

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Group 25

Matt Daniels (Group 25) is currently appearing in New York at the Metropolitan Playhouse in Anna Cora Mowatt's 1845 satire Fashion, directed by Alex Roe.

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Group 23

Nicole Marcks (Group 23) recently played Honey in Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, directed by Nancy Keystone, at Portland (OR) Center Stage.

Carrie Preston (Group 23) appeared last month on the NBC sitcom Good Morning Miami.

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Group 22

Viola Davis (Group 22) was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award as Best Supporting Female for her performance in the film Antwone Fisher.

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Group 21

Michael Hayden (Group 21) is currently appearing on Broadway with Elizabeth Ashley, Michael Cumpsty, and Molly Ringwald in Enchanted April, a new stage version by Matthew Barber of the novel by Elizabeth von Arnim. The production is directed by Michael Wilson.

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Group 19

Ben Bode (Group 19) can be seen in the independent film My Dinner With Jimi, directed by Bill Fishman and recently screened at the Santa Monica Film Festival.

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Group 18

Gayle (Robyn) Cohen (Group 18) is appearing in Minor Holidays, a new play written, directed by, and starring Scott Caan, at Playhouse West Studio II in Hollywood, CA.

John Benjamin Hickey (Group 18) recently directed Bad Dates, a new play by Theresa Rebeck at Playwrights Horizons in New York City.

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Group 17

Andre Braugher (Group 17) was nominated for two N.A.A.C.P. Image Awards: Best Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series, or Dramatic Special for his work in the Showtime film 10,000 Black Men Named George and Best Actor in a Drama Series for his work in the CBS series Hack.

Graham Winton (Group 17), Anne Louise Zachry (Group 27), and Nicole Lowrance (Group 30) are currently performing Off-Broadway in Molière's Don Juan, translated by Christopher Hampton, at Theater for a New Audience. The production was directed by Bartlett Sher.

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Group 15

Michael Beach (Group 15) was nominated for an N.A.A.C.P. Image Award as Best Actor in a Dramatic Series for his work in the NBC series Third Watch.

Christina Haag (Group 15) recently appeared in David Auburn's (Playwriting '96) play Proof at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, CA.

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Group 12

Ving Rhames (Group 12) was nominated for two N.A.A.C.P. Image Awards: Best Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series, or Dramatic Special Award for his portrayal in the FX series Sins of the Father and a Best Supporting Actor Award in a Comedy Series for his role in Disney's The Proud Family.

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Group 11

Meg Gibson (Group 11) can be seen this spring in Jane Campion's new film, In the Cut. This past winter she played Anne Sexton in Yale Repertory Theater's production of Amy Freed's play Psychic Life Savages.

Jack Stehlin (Group 11) has a recurring role this spring in the CBS series JAG. Stehlin has also appeared this season as a guest star on the Lifetime series Strong Medicine and the NBC series Crossing Jordan.

Tom Todoroff (Group 11) can be seen with Kurt Russell in the MGM feature film Dark Blue, directed by Ron Shelton.

Lorraine Toussaint (Group 11) was nominated for an N.A.A.C.P. Image Award as Best Actress in a Dramatic Series for her role in the Lifetime series Any Day Now.

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Group 9

Nancy Opel (Group 9) was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award as Best Featured Actress in a New Play for her performance in the David Ives play Polish Joke.

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Group 8

Keith David (Group 8) can be seen with Chris Rock and Bernie Mac in the DreamWorks film Head of State, directed by Rock, and also in the MGM film Agent Cody Banks, starring Frankie Muniz and directed by Harald Zwart.

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Group 6

Kevin Conroy (Group 6), heard most evenings as the voice of Batman on Justice League on the Cartoon Network, recently participated in a Screen Actors Guild master class for third- and fourth-year Drama Division actors called The Union and Your Career.

Harriet Harris (Group 6) appeared with Philip Bosco, David Hyde Pierce, and the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall in April in a concert version of Hector Berlioz's Béatrice et Bénédict, the French comic opera based on Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.

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Group 3

Christine Baranski (Group 3) can be seen this month with Julie Andrews in the ABC made-for-television movie Eloise at the Plaza, as well as in its follow-up in December, Eloise at Christmastime. The movies are based on the classic series of children's books by the late Kay Thompson and were directed for TV by Kevin Lima.

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Group 1

Charles E. Gerber (Group 1) recently completed a 10-month national tour of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Last month he was featured in Liz Amberly's play Asking Price, directed by Michael Perreca at New York's Workshop Theater Company. Gerber also helped to develop Gail Thomas's performance piece The Accident, which was performed at the Manhattan Theater Source in March.

Benjamin Hendrickson (Group 1) was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award as Best Supporting Actor for his work in the CBS daytime series As the World Turns.

Patti LuPone (Group 1) will be inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame along with Nathan Lane in June. The evening benefits Music Matters, Keeping Music Education Alive in L.A.

Sam Tsoutsouvas (Group 1) and Michael Rudko (Group 16) are currently performing together in a production of Friedrich Schiller's play Mary Stuart, directed by Irene Lewis, at Center Stage in Baltimore.

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David Auburn (Playwriting '96) has been hired to write an English-language version of the Korean film Il Mare for Warner Bros.

Steve Belber's (Playwriting '96) episode of the NBC series Law and Order: SVU was shown last April.

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Ian Belton (Directing '97) recently directed a production of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull at the Stella Adler Studio in New York.

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Alexander Fiterstein (BM '00, MM '02, clarinet) is scheduled to perform with cellist Thomas Carroll, violinist Mayuko Kamio (Pre-College, violin), and the Orchestra of St. Luke's at Alice Tully Hall on May 8.

Maria Millar (BM '00, MM '01, violin) has received funding from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts to create a complete concert of danced violin works.

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The Amernet String Quartet, with cellist Inbal Segev (BM '98, cello), performed quartets by Haydn and quintets by Boccherini at the Italian Academy of Columbia University in April.

Axel Strauss ('98, violin) recently played the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Nashville Symphony. Strauss is the winner of the 1998 Naumburg Violin Award and serves as professor of violin at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

The Brooklyn Philharmonic premiered John Mackey's (MM '97, composition) work, Redline Tango, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Opera House in February with Kristjan Järvi conducting. Mackey was recently commissioned by New York City Ballet's Choreographic Institute, which premiered his work in March. In April, the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony performed three of his works (including one premiere) at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis as part of his Meet-the-Composer/ASOL Music Alive residency.

Damon Kirsche (MM '96, voice) performed the role of Steven Kodaly in She Loves Me at U.C.L.A.'s Freud Playhouse in March.

Albert Tiu (MM '96, piano) has been appointed assistant professor for the new Singapore Conservatory of Music, which is affiliated with the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, and will open its doors for the first time in July. He played Brahms's Piano Quintet with the T'ang String Quartet in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Manila; and Poulenc's Piano Sextet and Françaix's L'heure du berger with the Academia Wind Quintet Prague in Singapore in March. Recently, he gave a recital at the Philippine Center in New York to coincide with the release of his two solo CDs: Variations on the Arktos label and Salamisim (Reminiscence) on the Bookmark Audio label. He also collaborated with violinist Robert McDuffie (DIP '81, violin) in a recital in Macon, GA, and as part of a benefit for the American Academy in Rome.

Jon Magnussen (MM '95, DMA '99, composition), in his third year as artist-in-residence at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, received his first Carnegie Hall premiere by the American Composers Orchestra and conductor Steven Sloane in a November performance of excerpts from his recent ballet Psalm. Magnussen had previously conducted the premiere of the ballet in a live performance with the Limón Dance Company at the Olympic Arts Festival in Utah in February 2002. In April, Magnussen's new commissioned work for large orchestra, Scenes, was given its premiere by Symphony San José Silicon Valley, in its inaugural season.

Taka Kigawa (MM '94, piano) is scheduled to perform a faculty recital on May 21 at Renee Weiler Concert Hall in New York. The concert will include works by Harrison Birtwistle, György Ligeti, and Pierre Boulez.

Eric Gaenslen (MM '93, cello), as a member of the Rossetti String Quartet, gave a recital at the Tishman Auditorium of the New School in New York in March. The concert included quartets by Schubert and Dvorák.

Edward A. Malave (BM '93, MM '95, viola) graduated from the American Center for the Alexander Technique in 1998. He was a solo guest artist of Alexander Technique at the British Columbia Music Educators Conference in Surrey in February. He is also on the faculty of Soyulla Artists studio, directed by Jae Shin (BM '96, MM '98, voice).

Rod Mathews (BM '91, tuba) has been appointed principal tuba of the Santa Rosa Symphony, led by music director Jeffrey Kahane ('76, piano).

Viviana Guzman (MM '90, flute) performed as the soloist with the Diablo Symphony in Walnut Creek, CA. She played a concerto that she had commissioned from Jim Berenholtz, which was written for ancient and modern flutes and orchestra.

Anne Akiko Meyers (CRT '90, violin) and faculty member Joseph Kalichstein (BS '67, MS '69, piano) gave the premiere of Ezequiel Vinao's Saga with Kristjan Järvi and the Absolute Ensemble at Miller Theater in New York.

Verónica Villarroel ('90, voice/opera) was one of the 2002 honorees at the sixth annual Plácido Domingo Awards Dinner, honored for contributing to the success of opera in the Latino community in L.A.

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JoAnn Falletta (DMA '89, orchestral conducting) leads the Buffalo Philharmonic in the recently released CD Rhapsodie. The orchestra's third self-produced compact disc features Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé, Debussy's Petite Suite, Ravel's Rapsodie Espagnol, D'Indy's Diptyque Méditerrannée, and Massenet's "Under the Linden Trees" from Scène Alsacienne.

The ensemble First Avenue performed works by C. Bryan Rulon and Mary Jane Leach, as well as improvisations, with guests David Fedele (MM '89, flute) and Matthew Herren (BM '94, MM '95, cello) in New York City in April.

Suzanne Mueller (BM '85, cello) and Iris Kaplan (Pre-College, piano) performed works by Bach, Villa-Lobos, Chasins, and Mendelssohn in April at the Great Neck House on Long Island. Mueller will perform with guitarist Mark McCarron on July 20 at the Old Westbury Gardens in Old Westbury, NY.

Ayako Yonetani (BM '86, MM '87, DMA '93, violin), who is associate professor of violin and viola at the University of Central Florida, was the featured soloist in Vivaldi's Four Seasons with the Orlando Philharmonic in Celebration, Oviedo, and Orlando in March.

Edward Gilmore ('85, clarinet), as part of the Quintet of the Americas, performed at St. Peter's Church in New York City in March. The concert featured music of Brazil, including the premiere of Marcelo Zarvos's Changes.

Jeffrey Biegel (BM '83, MM '84, piano) recently performed Chopin's Concerto No. 1 with the Ars Flores Orchestra in Miami and gave the premiere of Marjorie Rusche's Dreaming the Rag Waltz Blues with the South Bend Symphony. He made a tour of Germany featuring the premiere of an arrangement of Vivaldi's Four Seasons for piano and string orchestra, Saint-Saëns's Concerto No. 2, and Liszt's Concerto No. 1 with the Schleswig-Holstein Symphony Orchestra. He has been invited to perform Leroy Anderson's Concerto in C with the Boston Pops in June to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the composition of that concerto.

Ken Noda ('82, piano) performed with baritone Rodion Pogossov at the 20th annual Musical Armenia Concert at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall in March.

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg ('82, violin) performed with the Boulder (CO) Philharmonic in February.

Guitar One Magazine included Katherine Thomas (DIP '82, violin), a.k.a. The Great Kat, on its list of the Top 10 Fastest Shredders of All Time in the April 2003 issue. She is the only female guitarist included on the list.

David Bowles (BM '81, MM '82, cello) is part of the audio engineering staff of the Aspen Music Festival. He recently produced and engineered a CD project with the Houston Symphony and Chorus, Michael Krajewski conducting.

Robert McDuffie (DIP '81, violin) gave a master class at Mannes College of Music in New York in April.

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Gayle Martin Henry (BM '74, piano) gave a recital at the Irvington (NY) Presbyterian Church in April. She peformed works by Debussy, Beethoven, Chopin, Prokofiev, and Villa-Lobos.

Kenneth Frazelle's (BM '78, composition) works have been performed recently by Paula Robison (BS '63, flute), who played his Blue Ridge Airs II with the Louisville Orchestra in January, and soprano Erie Mills, who premiered From the Song of Songs at Brigham Young University in February. The latter piece received the Barlow Prize in 2001, and was also performed in Chicago, Milwaukee, and Oklahoma City in March. Frazelle's Concerto for Chamber Orchestra received its Boston premiere at Jordan Hall in March with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, conducted by Gil Rose.

New York City Opera will present excerpts from Joel Feigin's (MM '77, DMA '82, composition) Twelfth Night, based on Shakespeare's play, as part of VOX 2003: Showcasing American Composers. The performance will be conducted by George Manahan on May 7 at the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew in New York City. On May 9, Feigin's Songs of Loving-Kindness, a winner in the Waging Peace Through Singing competition, will be featured at the Laguna Blanca School in California, where he is composer-in-residence.

William Carr ('76, piano) was the featured soloist at Verizon Hall of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in February for a benefit concert for multiple sclerosis research sponsored by Jefferson University Medical Center. Carr is associate professor of music, chair of the music department, and coordinator of applied music at Immaculata University.

George Tsontakis's (MM '76, DMA '86, composition) work Dust, a trio for horn, violin, and piano, was given its New York premiere by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in March. His piece Eclipse received its New York premiere in April, with a performance by the Elektra Chamber Players at Miller Theater.

The fifth season of the Cutting Edge concert series at Greenwich House Arts, conceived and hosted by Victoria Bond (MM '75, DMA '77, orchestral conducting), was performed in April. Among the performers were faculty member Charles Neidich, Kathleen Supové (MM '75, piano), and Esther Lamneck (BM '71, MM '72, DMA '80, clarinet). Works by Bond, faculty member Chris Theofanidis, and current DMA student Dalit Warshaw were included.

Steve Masi (BM '75, MM '77, piano) gave an all-Beethoven recital at the Museum of the American Piano in New York in April.

Summit Records released a second recording by harpist Anne-Marguerite Michaud (BM '74, harp), titled The Children's Hour--Harpworks for the Imagination. The CD includes works by Marcel Grandjany, a new composition by Christopher Scinto, and the two-harp arrangement of Carlos Salzedo's Song in the Night.

Eriko Sato ('74, violin) performed as part of the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble at Weill Recital Hall in February in a concert that featured two New York premieres: String Trio by M. Carmargo Guarnieri and Piano Quintet "Fronteiras" by Amaral Vieira.

Alan Weiss (BS '72, MM '73, DMA '77, piano) has recently performed with the English Chamber Orchestra and Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, among others, and during the past two seasons has given numerous duo recitals with Mischa Maisky. He was invited by Martha Argerich to perform and give master classes at her festivals in Japan (2001) and Argentina (2002). In April, he gave a piano recital in Liege, Belgium, in memory of William Kapell for the 50th anniversary year of his death.

Madeleine Hsu Forte (BM '70, MS '71, piano) gave a lecture-recital and master class on Messiaen at Northwestern University in February. In March and April, she performed and gave master classes in Wroclaw, Poland, and Tallinn, Estonia. Romeo Records is scheduled to release her recording of works by Barber, Bartók, Liszt, and Beethoven in September.

Craig Sheppard (BM '70, MS '71, piano) gave the second recital in his series of performances featuring the complete Beethoven Sonatas in March at the University of Washington's Meany Theater.

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Mitusko Ichimura's (DIP '69, piano) students performed a recital in April at Steinway Hall in New York City.

Mescal Wilson (MS '69, piano) gave a recital at the Museum of the American Piano in New York in March, which included music by Bach, Beethoven, Ravel, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff.

The Lillian Vernon Center for International Affairs at New York University featured three Juilliard alums in a concert series called Music Out of Conflict. In February, Miriam Brickman (MS '67, piano) performed; in March, Eric Stumacher (MS '70, piano) with the Apple Hill Chamber Players; and in April, Lera Auerbach (BM '96, piano; MM '99, composition).

David Hurd ('67, organ) led the Choir of the Church of the Holy Apostles in April in New York City. The concert featured many variations on Ave Maria by composers from the 16th to the 21st centuries.

Nina Deutsch (BS '64, piano) has been selected for the 20th edition of Who's Who in the World for her accomplishments in the musical arts, particularly her landmark performances in the People's Republic of China in 1982.

John McCauley (MS '64, piano) played a recital of Bach, Schumann, and Debussy on the Arts George V Concert Series of the American Cathedral in Paris in November, and played a program of Poulenc, Debussy, and Stravinsky together with Ginger Anders, violin, and Keiko Kobayashi, clarinet, on the Meet the Virtuoso series at the 92nd Street Y in New York in February.

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Louise Cheadle (DIP '59, piano) played a solo recital of compositions by women composers of the Romantic era at the Telfair Museum in Savannah, GA, in January. In February she performed piano compositions of contemporary Savannah composer Scott McClain at a concert at the Skidaway Island (GA) Presbyterian Church. AW Promotions recently released a CD of her playing Virtuoso Piano Music of Cecile Chaminade and Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel.

James Funkhouser (BS '56, composition) recently conducted performances of his Wildflower Suite and Prayer for String Orchestra with members of the Kansas City Symphony. In March, his Suite Janneil for two violins and orchestra was given its premiere by Neil Samples and Janelle O'Brien, violins, and the Overland Park Orchestra, conducted by Funkhouser. The CD of his Piano Sonata No. 1, featuring pianist Leah Hokanson, has been released on the Spoonbender Labs label.

Robert Stevenson ('56, piano) gave a musical tribute at the retirement celebration for Dr. Alan Hanson, the former director of residential life at U.C.L.A. The event took place in January on the university's campus.

Kenneth Lane ('51, voice) gave a lecture-performance in March at the New Life Expo in the New Yorker Hotel on the topic America's Timeless Melodic Favorites, including folk and work songs, standards and love songs, patriotic hymns, spirited marching songs, ragtime, novelty songs, and Academy Award-winning songs.

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Renowned bassist Julius M. Levine (BS '47, bass) died on March 28 at Amsterdam House, a health-care residence in Manhattan. He was 81. Levine, whose performances on the double bass provided a solid underpinning to several classic recordings of Schubert's "Trout" Quintet, was a prominent teacher and chamber music coach. He frequently appeared as a guest artist with string quartets--including the Juilliard, Amadeus, and Guarneri Quartets--when they played works that require a bassist. He was closely associated with the Marlboro Festival in Vermont, where he taught for 24 summers, and with the Music From Marlboro national tours. He also played and taught at Tanglewood for 15 summers, and was on the faculties of the Greenwich House Music School, the Mannes College of Music, the Peabody Conservatory, and SUNY-Stony Brook.

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A memorial concert for Zara Nelsova, a former faculty member, took place in February at Kirkpatrick Chapel in New Brunswick, NJ, presented by Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts. Among the performers were Juilliard faculty members Robert Mann (DIP '39, violin) and Jerome Lowenthal (MS '56, piano); alumna Min-Kyung Kwon (MM '92, DMA '00, piano); and Arnold Steinhardt, Susan Starr, George Neikrug, and Jonathan Spitz.

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