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
December 2003 issue.
Maribeth Maxa (BFA '02) has joined Dance Alloy in Pittsburgh, PA.
Nicole Corea (BFA '00) danced in Harry Mavromichalis's In the Borders of Ignorance at Duke on 42nd Street in October and November. 1990s
Bruce McCormick (BFA '98) has recently begun his fourth season with the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, Germany. Recent solo roles include William Forsythe's The Second Detail and John Neumeier's Dämmern. He also presented his fifth work for the company's Young Choreographers Evening titled Pedazo del Alma. His works Another Night and Afternoon in São Paulo were performed in the Bayerischer Hof in Munich in late spring.
In October, Trey Gillen (BFA '96) performed with the Nikolais Dance Theater during its Joyce Theater season in New York City.
Christina Paolucci (BFA '95) was on the faculty at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp this summer and has joined the faculty of the Tallahassee (FL) Ballet, with which she made a guest appearance in September. She served as New York Theater Ballet's rehearsal director, restaging Keith Michael's The Alice-in-Wonderland Follies for its fall tour. Paolucci will be a guest artist with the North Star Ballet in Alaska and South Georgia Performing Arts in Cairo, GA. She has relocated to Florida and will be the program director for New York Theater Ballet's Summer Ballet Intensive, a dance program for advanced and professional dancers.
Susan Lee and Eryn Trudell (BFA '91) remounted Elimination of Lateral Violence in November at the Hysteria Festival in New York. This duet was created by these two dancers and premiered at the Ffida Festival in 1997. 1970s
Susan Marshall's ('78, dance) dance company presented Sleeping Beauty and Other Stories at BAM's Next Wave Festival in October.
Betsy Fisher (BFA '77) performed for the Alwin Nikolais Legacy Forum presented by the Hunter College dance program in October.
Robert Swinston (BFA '75) received a Performer Award at the 2002-03 Bessies for Sustained Achievement with Merce Cunningham and How to Pass, Kick, Fall and Run. 1960s
Sylvia Waters (BS '62) received a Special Citation at the 2002-03 Bessies for her artistic direction of Ailey II.
Julie Jesneck (Group 32) is currently appearing in the U.S. premiere of Mary's Wedding, a new play by Stephen Massicotte, directed by Michael Butler (Group 8) at San José Repertory Theater.
Kirsten Kelly (Directing '03) recently directed the Midwest premiere of David Mamet's Boston Marriage for Roadworks Productions in Chicago. Kelly is editing her documentary film Asparagus! Stalking the American Life, scheduled to be released next summer.
Cybele Pascal (Playwrights '03) was awarded the 2003 Berrilla Kerr Playwriting Award in September at Primary Stages in New York.
Michael Urie (Group 32) appeared in New York last month at HB Playwrights Foundation with Austin Pendleton in Another Vermeer, a new play written by Bruce J. Robinson and directed by William Carden.
In October, Jess Weixler (Group 32) made a guest appearance in an episode of the CBS television series Hack.
Anthony Mackie (Group 30) appeared on the NBC television drama Law and Order: Criminal Intent last month.
Michael Milligan's (Group 30) adaptation of Jack London's novel The Sea Wolf was recently read at Manhattan Ensemble Theater in New York, and featured Drama Division graduates Steven Boyer and John Livingston Rolle (Group 30), Matt D'Amico and Wayne Scott (Group 31), and Jeff Biehl (Group 32). The reading was directed by Christopher Cartmill.
Lee Pace (Group 30) won an I.F.P. Gotham Award for his work earlier this year in the Showtime film Soldier's Girl. In February, Pace will appear Off-Broadway in Small Tragedy, the New York premiere of a new play by Craig Lucas to be directed by Mark Wing-Davey.
Rosemary K. Andress (Directing '00) recently directed the Southwest regional premiere of Neil LaBute's play The Shape of Things at Quad C Theater in Plano, TX.
Wesley Ramsey (Group 29) can be seen every Friday on the new Fox sitcom Luis, which premiered last month. Ramsey can also be seen in the independent film Latter Days, written and directed by C. Jay Cox. The film won the Los Angeles Gay Film Festival's debut feature award and the audience award at Philadelphia's Gay Film Festival.
Next summer, Lynn Collins (Group 28) will appear as Juliet opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in a West End production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, to be directed by Laurence Boswell. Collins will also play Portia to Al Pacino's Shylock in director Michael Radford's forthcoming film version of The Merchant of Venice, also featuring Ian McKellen and Joseph Fiennes.
Patch Darragh (Group 28) is appearing at Rattlestick Theater in New York in the premiere of Lucy Thurber's play Where We're Born, directed by Will Frears.
Anne Louise Zachry (Group 27) appeared last month with the Milwaukee Shakespeare Company in Shakespeare's As You Like It, directed by Lisa Rothe.
Ian Belton (Directing '97) recently directed Ferdinand Bruckner's Pains of Youth at the Stella Adler Studio in New York.
Steve Kunken (Group 26), Damon Gupton (Group 28), and Sarah Wilson (Group 31) are appearing Off-Broadway at the Public Theater in Tracey Scott Wilson's new play The Story, directed by Loretta Greco. After its premiere in New York, the production will move in February to the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, CT.
Joanna Settle (Directing '97) directed four short plays by Samuel Beckett last month at the Old American Can Factory in Brooklyn.
David Auburn (Playwrights '96) has finished adapting The Journals of Mihail Sebastian from the writings of the novelist and playwright. His new play will be produced Off-Broadway in 2004 by the Keen Company, directed by that company's artistic director, Carl Forsman.
David Conrad (Group 25) is currently appearing on Fridays as a series regular opposite Alicia Silverstone in the NBC comedy Miss Match.
Julia Jordan's (Playwrights '96) play Tatjana in Color opened in New York last month at the Culture Project. The production was directed by Will Pomerantz and featured Nicole Lowrance (Group 30).
Claire Lautier (Group 25) can be seen in the New Line Cinema feature film Elf, starring Will Farrell and directed by Jon Favreau. This spring, she will be seen in the film House of D, written and directed by David Duchovny. It also features Frank Langella and Group 6 alumnus Robin Williams.
Kira Obolensky's (Playwrights '96) new play, Quick Silver, which Obolensky directed with Bonnie Schock, premiered last month in a production by 3 Legged Race at the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis, MN.
Gretchen Egolf (Group 24) appeared last month at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia in Arthur Miller's latest play, Resurrection Blues, directed by Jiri Zizka.
Paul Whitthorne (Group 24), Ryan Artzberger (Group 25), John Livingston Rolle (Group 30), and Daniel Breaker (Group 31) are currently appearing in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Mark Lamos, at the Shakespeare Theater in Washington.
Cornell Womack (Group 23), Christopher Moore (Group 24), Eunice Wong (Group 28), and Sean McNall (Group 29) are currently appearing in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, directed by Shepard Sobel, at the Pearl Theater in New York.
In October, Daniel Mastrogiorgio (Group 23) appeared at the McCarter Theater in Princeton, NJ, in Charles L. Mee's play Wintertime, directed by David Schweizer. Mastrogiorgio can currently be seen in the independent feature film Friends and Family, directed by Kristen Coury.
Kevin Orton (Group 23) recently performed in the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's production of Smell of the Kill, and then with Tari Signor (Group 22) in the Pioneer Theater Company's production of Cyrano de Bergerac in Salt Lake City. Orton's album of original songs, titled Femme Noir, has just been released.
Carrie Preston (Group 23) appeared last month opposite Mia Farrow in the premiere of Fran's Bed, a play written and directed by James Lapine, at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven.
Cathy Caplan's (Playwrights '94) new play, Silver Nitrate, was produced by the Juggernaut Theater Company last month in New York at the Blue Heron Arts Center, directed by Gwenn MacDonald and featuring Meg Gibson (Group 11), Angela Pierce (Group 26), Katie Kreisler (Group 30), and Samantha Soule (Group 31).
Enid Graham (Group 21) is currently appearing Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theater in the New York premiere of The Long Christmas Ride Home, written by Paula Vogel and directed by Mark Brokaw.
David Aaron Baker (Group 19) is starring Off-Broadway with Mary Tyler Moore and John Cullum in the new Neil Simon comedy Rose's Dilemma, directed by Lynne Meadow, at Manhattan Theater Club.
Laura Linney (Group 19) can be seen now in the Universal film Love Actually, starring Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, and Emma Thompson, and written and directed by Richard Curtis.
Tim Blake Nelson (Group 19) appears with David Arquette in A Foreign Affair, an Innovation Film Group independent film directed by Helmut Schleppi and screened earlier this year at the Sundance and Cannes film festivals.
Jake Weber (Group 19) appeared last month with Nathan Lane in Simon Gray's play Butley, directed by Nicolas Martin, at Huntington Theater Company in Boston.
LisaGay Hamilton's (Group 18) Beah: A Black Woman Speaks, a documentary that she wrote and directed and which was screened in L.A. in September, was presented in New York last month at HBO's Sixth Annual Frame by Frame Documentary Series in TriBeCa.
Matt Servitto (Group 18) can be seen now in Rhinoceros Eyes, a Madstone Films independent film at the Toronto Film Festival, written and directed by Aaron Woodley. Servitto recently finished work on Woody Allen's new film (as yet untitled) and has returned to HBO's weekly drama series The Sopranos for a fifth season.
Graham Winton (Group 17) and Christina Rouner (Group 20) appeared together last month in The Black Dahlia, a play adapted and directed by Mike Alfreds from the novel by James Ellroy, at Yale Repertory Theater in New Haven.
Michael Rudko (Group 16) is currently appearing in David Auburn's (Playwrights '96) play Proof, directed by Wendy C. Goldberg, at Arena Stage in Washington.
Gregory Jbara (Group 15) guest stars on upcoming episodes of Without a Trace, Friends, and the WB's Grounded for Life (in his recurring role of next-door neighbor Dan O'Keefe). Jbara just completed a limited run in the Blank Theater Company's Young Playwright's Festival in Los Angeles.
Derek Smith (Group 13) recently finished his longstanding run in the Broadway production of Walt Disney's The Lion King.
Marco Barricelli (Group 11) appeared last month in a production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, adapted and directed by Giles Havergal from the novel by Choderlos de Laclos, at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.
Mitchell Lemsky (Group 10) directed a revival of Boublil and Schonberg's Miss Saigon at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark in November.
Jim Bergwall (Group 8) played Huck last month in The Fantasticks, directed by Tazewell Thompson, at People's Light & Theater Company in Philadelphia.
Casey Biggs (Group 6) recently played Oberon in Ken Ludwig's Shakespeare in Hollywood, directed by Kyle Donnelly, at Arena Stage in Washington.
Frances Conroy (Group 6) can be seen in the Sundance Film Series's Die Mommie Die!, written by and starring Charles Busch and directed by Mark Rucker.
Kevin Kline (Group 1), who was named a 2003 inductee to the Theater Hall of Fame last month, is starring in the Broadway production of Shakespeare's Henry IV at Lincoln Center Theater, directed by Jack O'Brien. The production also features Drama Division alums Richard Ziman (Group 10), Michael Hayden (Group 21), and C.J. Wilson (Group 23), as well as voice alum Audra McDonald (BM '93, voice).
Omar Butler (BM '03, trumpet) performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in August and with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in October.
Hsing-ay Hsu (BM '99, piano) performed Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Houston Symphony Orchestra and conductor Carlos Prieto as first-prize winner of the 2003 Ima Hogg National Competition, after which she was featured at the Foshan Piano Festival in China. This summer she was Garrison Keillor's guest for a live broadcast of NPR's Prairie Home Companion from the Tanglewood Shed.
Heather Schmidt ('98, composition) performed on the piano in Finland and Iceland at the invitation of the Governor General of Canada, traveling as part of the State Visit delegation. These performances included the premieres of two of her latest compositions: Planet for soprano and piano (with soprano Measha Brueggergosman) and Icicles for cello and piano (with cellist Shauna Rolston). Schmidt's Cello Concerto, written in 1998, was nominated for a 2003 Juno Award (Canada) in the category of Best Classical Composition. She is currently composer-in-residence with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra in Ontario.
Axel Strauss ('98, violin) recently performed the Brahms Violin Concerto in Seoul and Daejeon (South Korea). In addition, a recital that was recorded earlier in Steinway Hall in New York was broadcast on NHK Japan.
Rossen Milanov (MM '97, orchestral conducting) was appointed chief conductor of the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony in Sofia.
In October, Tonna Miller ('97, voice) made her New York City Opera debut as Papagena in The Magic Flute. In addition, she is singing Frasquita in Carmen and Yum-Yum in The Mikado later in the season. Miller will make her Houston Grand Opera debut this spring when she sings Papagena in The Magic Flute and Jano in Jenufa.
Flutists Valerie Simosko and Jasper Hensley ('96, clarinet) have formed the Charlotte Flute Duo to perform at weddings, receptions, recitals, and master classes in the Charlotte, NC, region. Hensley currently performs the piccolo in the Charlotte Repertory Orchestra.
In November, Tom Chiu's (MM '95, DMA '01, violin) work Green Party was given its premiere at Renee Weiler Concert Hall in Manhattan.
Marie Devellereau (CRT '95, voice) is to sing at the Paris Opera Comique in celebration of its 100th anniversary in February. Also in 2004, she will perform Parsifal in Geneva and Don Carlo in Rome.
"Swales and Angels, an Evening of the Music of Beth Anderson" was performed at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall in November. David Rozenblatt (BM '95, MM '97, percussion) was among the musicians who participated.
Hai-Ye Ni (MM '95, cello) is the associate principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic. On December 17-20, Ni will be soloist with the Philharmonic in Haydn's Sinfonia Concertante, with Jeffrey Kahane as conductor, at Avery Fisher Hall. On February 23, she is to give a recital at Carnegie's Weill Hall, featuring works by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich (DMA '95, composition), Chen Yi, Brahms, George Crumb, and Shostakovich.
Speranza Scappucci (CRT '95, piano; MM '97, accompanying) recently performed in the Connecticut Grand Opera opening gala concert in honor of Renata Scotto. She appeared with singers Veronica Villaroel and Roberto Jarussi, among others. She also performed at Florence Gould Hall in "Off the Hook," an evening of one-act operas (The Telephone by Menotti and La Voix Humaine by Poulenc) with soprano Valerie MacCarthy and baritone Marco Nisticò.
Luiz-Ottàvio Faria (CRT '93, voice) performed the role of Zaccaria in Opera Carolina's (Charlotte, NC) production of Verdi's Nabucco in October.
Janelle Robinson (ACT '92, voice) is in the first national tour of Thoroughly Modern Millie as Ms. Flannery (covering Mrs. Meers/Muzzie).
Alexander Miller's (BM '90, MM '92, oboe) composition Let Freedom Ring for orchestra and narrator was performed and recorded by former president Bill Clinton with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra last March. The concert and CD will jointly benefit the A.S.O. and the new Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock.
Jeffrey Biegel (BM '83, MM '84, piano) recently performed Saint-Saëns's Second Piano Concerto on short notice with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Xiao-Lu Li, and performed Prokofiev's Third Concerto with the Harrisburg Symphony, conducted by Stuart Malina. Other performances include Liszt's First Concerto with Tonu Kalam conducting the Shreveport Symphony, and Biegel's own transcription of Balakirev's Islamey Fantasy and Leroy Anderson's Concerto in C with the Macon Symphony Orchestra, Adrian Gnam conducting. His edition of César Cui's 25 Preludes is now available through Brazinmusikanta Publications.
The Elements Quartet (Danielle Farina, Evan Mirapaul, Jeffrey Multer [BM '88, violin], and Peter Seidenberg) premiered 16 commissioned musical miniatures at Merkin Hall in November. The composers included faculty member John Corigliano, Sebastian Currier (MM '87, DMA '92, composition), doctoral student Justine Chen, faculty member David Del Tredici, and Daron Hagen (MM '87, composition).
Sam Ruttenberg ('86, percussion) has been playing with the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, and the Philly Pops. He recently recorded a jazz CD with Gary Mazzaroppi on bass and Bob Devos on guitar. In December, Ruttenberg will perform with Dave Brubeck.
Bruce Stark's (MM '84, composition) American Suite for flute and piano received performances by Kaori and Yuko Fujii in Berlin, Japan (including an NHK radio broadcast), and during a six-country tour of Latin America in 2003. Stark's Five Preludes were premiered in Tokyo by pianist Yuko Mifune, who also performed Winged and selections from his Songs of Innocence.
David Bernard (Pre-College) made his Alice Tully Hall debut in October conducting the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony. The program featured Pre-College student Jourdan Urbach as soloist in Bruch's Violin Concerto as well as Beethoven's Symphony No. 5. This concert was a benefit for the Trickle Up Program. The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony includes several Juilliard alums, including David Kaplon (BM '86, trombone), Alan Futerfas (BM '84, trombone), Gregory Singer ('77, violin), Warren Wernick (BM '84, MM '85, trumpet), and Theodore Petrosky ('82, horn).
Robert McDuffie (DIP '81, violin) will give a master class at the Diller-Quaile School of Music in Manhattan on April 14 as part of the New York City Coalition of Community Schools of the Arts master classes.
Peter Oundjian (BM, MM '81, violin) began his two-year appointment as the Colorado Symphony's first full-time guest conductor. Beginning with the 2004-05 season, he will be music director of the Toronto Symphony.
Jungran (Chongran) Kim Khwarg's (BM, MM '82, piano) newest CD, Piano Nocturne, was recently released on the Cambria label. Sponsored by the German piano maker Blüthner and recorded at Skywalker Sound in California, the disc features 17 works by 17 composers (six of which are world-premiere recordings). Her previous CD on Cambria was a premiere recording of music by the Russian composer Otar Taktakishvili.
Patrick James Mullins (BM '80, MM '81, piano) performed works of Bach, Rorem, Debussy, and Liszt at New York City's Steinway Hall in September, in the opening concert of Patricia M. Prudente's Piano Workshop of Events. He also produced a CD called World Trade Aporia, which features Ives and Mozart selections as well as works by the composers above; an original written text unites the work and is dedicated to the memory of the victims of the World Trade Center.
John Bruce Yeh (BM '80, clarinet), the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's assistant principal clarinetist, has a new CD out on the Cedille Records label: Clarinet Chamber Music by Hindemith. On the disk, Yeh is joined by the Amelia Piano Trio and composer-pianist Easley Blackwood, who studied composition with Hindemith at Yale in the 1950s.
Daniel Brewbaker's (MM '79, DMA '84, composition) Dark Angel for orchestra, commissioned by Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony in celebration of its 100th anniversary, was premiered at Benaroya Hall in Seattle in October. His work Now, commissioned by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus for the inauguration of Carnegie's Zankel Hall, was premiered there in September. In July, his cantata Out of the Mist was premiered at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland, and Song of the Vine was premiered by Chanticleer in Napa, CA.
In November, Jean Kopperud (MM '78, clarinet) was the guest soloist with the Thüringer Salonquintett at its concert in New York. The concert was a benefit for the restoration of St. Peter's Church in Chelsea.
Robert Taub (MM '78, DMA '81, piano) gave a recital at the Allan P. Kirby Arts Center in Lawrenceville, NJ, in November. This series will also present Randall Scarlata (MM '98, voice) with Taub at the piano on January 30 and Jeffrey Milarsky (BM '88, MM '90, percussion) conducting the Musica Viva Chamber Ensemble on April 2. The Musica Viva Chamber Ensemble includes faculty member Curtis Macomber.
Marin Alsop (BM '77, MM '78, violin) was named Artist of the Year at the 2003 Gramophone Awards.
Cristine (Lim) Coyiuto (MM '77, piano) gave a piano recital of works by Schumann, Chopin, and Prokofiev at the Main Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines in November. On January 9, Coyiuto will return to the Main Theater to perform Poulenc's Concerto for Two Pianos with Raul Sunico (MM '76, piano) and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Dominique Fanal.
Michael Alexander Willens (MM '76, double bass) conducted the German premiere of the recently discovered C.P.E. Bach St. Matthew Passion along with Telemann's Auferstehung und Himmelfahrt Jesu for the Telemannzentrum in Magdeburg last March. He also conducted two concerts as part of the Classic Nights series at an 11th-century abbey in Cologne. In August Willens conducted two concerts in Israel with the Herziliyah Chamber Orchestra. He led a program of works by Mozart, Giuliani, and Copland in September as part of the Warburger Meisterkonzerten in Warburg, Germany.
Sam Rotman (BM '72, MM '73, piano) gave a free concert at First Baptist Church in Tempe, AZ, in November.
Max Lifchitz (BM '70, MS '71, composition) gave a recital in October, featuring music by Luciano Berio, John Cage, Henry Cowell, Allan Crossman, Sergio Fidemreizer, Ron Mazurek, Arturo Rodas, Ricardo Tacuchian, Mary Jeanne van Appledorn, and Reynold Weidenaar at Christ and St. Stephen's Church in Manhattan.
In October, Craig Sheppard (BM '70, MM '71, piano) continued his recital series playing the complete Beethoven sonatas at Meany Theater in Seattle. Future recitals are scheduled for January 6, March 16, and May 18.
In October, Barbara Shuttleworth-Lowin (BM '70, voice) premiered her new cabaret show, Everything I Love, at Danny's Skylight Room in Manhattan with pianist Christopher Marlowe, in which she featured romantic songs of Central Europe, sung in four languages.
The Windham (NY) Chamber Music Festival was held in July and featured performances by many Juilliard alumni, including Arturo Delmoni (BM '67, MS '69, DMA '78, violin), Katherine Fong (MM '00, violin), Yuri Funahashi (DMA '91, piano), Magdalena Golczewski ('68, violin), Annamae Goldstein (BM '87, MM '90, violin), faculty member Mark Gould, David Heiss (MM '79, cello), Deborah Hoffman (BM '82, MM '83, harp), Renée Jolles (BM '88, MM '89, violin), Alan R. Kay (BM '82, MM '83, clarinet; ACT '90, orchestral conducting), Karen Marx (MM '87, violin), and Shirien Taylor ('84, violin).
Helen Armstrong (BS '65, MS '66, violin), Jesse Levine, Nathaniel Rosen, and Gerald Robbins performed in October at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall under the auspices of MidAmerica Productions.
Deutsche Grammophon has released James Levine's (DIP '63, orchestral conducting) James Levine—A Celebration in Music, a four-CD set of orchestral music from recordings he has made with the Chicago, Berlin, Vienna, and Met orchestras during the past 30 years.
Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee ('60, piano) celebrated her 65th birthday with a two-day marathon of music in Boston at the beginning of June. Among the 109 performers participating were Juilliard alumni Nadene Timberlake Bowder (BS '60, piano), Sylvia Chambless (BM '65, piano), Phyllis Alpert Lehrer (MS '63, piano), Judith Olson (BM '70, MS '71, piano), and Alice Wilkinson (BS '57, MS '58, piano). Other celebration concerts of Rahbee's music took place at the New England Conservatory Festival of Contemporary Music and the Rivers Music School's seminar on contemporary music in Weston, MA, as well as another marathon concert in Villebon, France, at the Erik Satie Conservatoire in May.
Nathan Carter (DIP '59, MS '60, choral conducting), chairman of the fine arts department at Morgan State University, has received a Living History Honor award from the Baltimore City Historical Society. The awards are given to residents of Baltimore who have shaped the city in the arts, racial integration, law, and remembering its past.
Sven Libaek ('59, piano) will conduct his major choral work The First Shire with the Sutherland Shire Symphony Orchestra and the Sutherland Shire Choral Society in Australia on December 21. The First Shire was commissioned by the Sutherland Shire Council for the Australian Centenary of Federation in 2001 and was first performed in front of an audience of 15,000 at Kurnell in Sydney, where Captain Cook first landed when he discovered "Terres Australis" in 1770. The work has words by Libaek's wife, Lolita, whom he met at International House in New York while studying at Juilliard.
Stephen Wolosonovich (BS '59, violin) presented a concert for the South Plainfield (NJ) Cultural Commission in October, playing his collection of 20 violins. Wolosonovich's students are now being taught by Igor Shablovsky, with Wolosonovich serving as consultant.
Leontyne Price ('52, voice) was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2003 Gramophone Awards.
Frederick "Moe" Snyder (DIP '52, trombone) was a guest soloist with the John Bond jazz band in Nashville, TN, in September on the occasion of the 57th reunion of the 100th Division that fought in World War II.