Alumni News, February 2008

Dance | Drama | Music



Antonio Brown (BFA ’07) performed with Sidra Bell Dance New York in Bell’s Without Words at the NuDance Festival in December, held at the Riverside Theater in Manhattan.

In October, Armando Braswell (BFA ’06) joined Gauthier Dance in Stuttgart, Germany, as a soloist.


The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater—whose members include Rosalyn Sanders Deshauteurs (BFA ’99), Abdur-Rahim Jackson (BFA ’00), Willy Laury (’01), Brianna Reed (Diploma ’97), and Glenn Allen Sims (’97)—performed at City Center in December. The monthlong residency included revivals of Alvin Ailey’s Revelations and Maurice Béjart’s Firebird. Jackson also created a work for Complexions Contemporary Ballet titled The Hardest Button to Button, which was premiered during Complexions’ New York season at the Joyce in November.

Charlotte Griffin’s (BFA ’97) film Raven Study was screened in January as part of the Dance Films Association’s Dance on Camera festival and symposium. The film was a collaborative effort between fine art, film, theater, dance, and music students at the University of Texas at Austin.

In November, Raymell Jamison (BFA ’97) was appointed rehearsal director and ballet master at Harlem School for the Arts.

Hannah Baumgarten (BFA ’94) collaborated with Aleksander Djuric (BFA ’95, viola) on a work for her company, Dance Now! Miami, titled Losing Grace, which premiered at the Miami Beach Dance Festival last April. The work was choreographed to Djuric’s Lullaby for Emma, which Djuric played live as well as taking an active part in the choreography. The work was performed again in May at the Colony Theater as part of Dance Now!’s spring season.

Christine Bergman (BFA ’93) is currently a first-year Ph.D. student in dance at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Hanna Nour (Elizabeth Hanna Dimopoulos) (’91) toured with Bellydance Superstars in Babelesque, which was presented at Symphony Space in New York in November. The show’s North American tour, which began in October in Baton Rouge, La., will conclude in March in Durango, Colo., after visiting a total of 37 cities in 18 states (along with Montreal).

Henning Rübsam’s (BFA ’91) company Sensedance performed at City Center Studios in January. The program included the premiere of Amaranthine Road, with live music performed by Rübsam’s frequent collaborator, Beata Moon (BM ’90, piano).

Elizabeth McPherson (BFA ’90) presented a paper titled “Martha Hill: Supporting the Creative Work of José Limón” at the Congress on Research in Dance conference at Barnard College in New York in November. Also presenting papers at the conference were dance alums Ann Vachon (Diploma ’61), Janet Soares (BS ’61), and Daniel Lewis (Diploma ’67). Dance faculty member Risa Steinberg (BFA ’71) taught a master class and faculty member Dawn Lille chaired a roundtable discussion on former Juilliard faculty member Alfredo Corvino that was joined by faculty member Stephen Pier (’77), Carla Maxwell (BS ’67), and Corvino’s daughter Ernesta.

The Rebecca Stenn (BFA ’90) Company—with Stenn and Faith Pilger (BFA ’95) dancing—performed Blueprint and Periphery at Dance New Amsterdam in New York in December.


Mercedes EllingtonActors Equity Association awarded Mercedes Ellington (BS ’60) the Paul Robeson Award in October. This past summer she traveled to the United Arab Emirates to direct and choreograph Ambassador Satch, starring Andre De Sheilds; Jacobs Pillow, where she conducted master classes and choreographed; and Stratford and Hamilton in Ontario, Canada, where she lectured on the Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn album Such Sweet Thunder: The Shakespearean Suite. She is currently developing a multidisciplinary theatrical production based on the album, and is finalizing the board of directors and organization of her nonprofit Duke Ellington Center.

Carole Schweid (BFA ’69) is the artistic director of Play With Your Food, a lunchtime play-reading series in Greenwich, Westport, and Fairfield, Conn., now in its sixth season. Play With Your Food presented performances of Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory (along with a buffet lunch) in December.


Rena Gluck (BS ’54) received a Lifetime Achievement Award in the field of dance last May from the Israel Ministry of Science, Culture, and Sport.



Zina Camblin (Playwrights ’06) will appear in her comedy And Her Hair Went With Her, in its world premiere at the New Jersey Repertory Company this month. The production, directed by Kamilah Forbes, will be produced next in Indianapolis, Atlanta, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

Oscar Isaac (Group 34) can be seen Off-Broadway this month at M.C.C. Theater in Grace, a new play by Mick Gordon and A.C. Grayling, starring Lynn Redgrave and directed by Joseph Hardy.

Jenny Schwartz’s (Playwrights ’05) play God’s Ear, which she wrote at Juilliard and which was produced in New York last year at New Georges, will have its Off-Broadway premiere this spring at the Vineyard Theater. The new production will again be directed by Anne Kauffman.

Jeff BiehlJeff Biehl (Group 32) can be seen this month in the new Donald Margulies play Shipwrecked: An Entertainment, directed by Evan Cabnet, at the Long Wharf Theater in Connecticut. (Left)

Graham Hamilton (Group 32) is appearing in Boston now at Huntington Theater Company in a revival of Wendy Wasserstein’s play Third, directed by Richard Seer.

In January, Julie Jesneck (Group 32) joined the cast of Tom Stoppard’s play Rock 'n' Roll on Broadway. The production, directed by Trevor Nunn, also features Drama Division graduates Steve Kunken (Group 26), Quentin Mare (Group 28), and Anna O’Donoghue (Group 36).

Michael Urie (Group 32), who returned last fall for a second season on the popular ABC comedy Ugly Betty, is also now the host on the new TLC reality program Miss America Reality Check, which premiered last month.

Jennifer Carpenter (Group 31) returned last month for the second season of the Showtime series Dexter, starring Michael C. Hall. 

Steven Boyer (Group 30) and Craig Baldwin (Group 31) appeared together last month at Classic Stage Company in New York in a new production of Shakespeare’s Richard III, directed by Brian Kulick and Michael Cumpsty.

Jeffrey Carlson (Group 30) can be seen next month in the Off-Broadway production of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, directed by Darko Tresnjak, at Theater for a New Audience.


In January, Michael Barakiva (Directing ’00) directed Save the World: A Superhero Adventure Play, a new play by Chris Kipiniak, at the Roundtable Ensemble in New York City.

Brooke Berman’s (Playwrights ’99) play Hunting and Gathering had its premiere Off-Broadway at Primary Stages last month. The production, directed by Leigh Silverman, features Group 28 alumnus Michael Chernus

Patch Darragh, Photo by Laura RosePatch Darragh (Group 28) appears Off-Broadway this month in the Roundabout Theater Company’s revival of Beth Henley’s play Crimes of the Heart, directed by Kathleen Turner. (Left)

Last fall, Damon Gupton (Group 28) was co-winner in the Third International Eduardo Mata Competition in Mexico City, an honor that allowed him to conduct eight Latin American orchestras. Last month, Gupton spent a week conducting education concerts with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at the Apollo Theater in New York, and in April he will conduct his hometown Detroit Symphony for the first time. Gupton can also be seen on screens now in the Sidney Lumet film Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.

Elizabeth Reaser (Group 28) stars in the Ambush Entertainment independent film Against the Current, written and directed by Peter Callahan, and also featuring Joseph Fiennes and Mary Tyler Moore.

David DenmanDavid Denman (Group 26) can be seen opposite Dennis Quaid and Sarah Jessica Parker in the film Smart People, directed by Noam Murro, which premiered at Sundance last month, and in the Weinstein Company’s feature film Fanboys, directed by Kyle Newman, which will be released this spring. Denman will also appear soon in the lead of the new Fox pilot Saint of Circumstances, created by Adam Braff and directed by Zach Braff.

Reuben Jackson (Group 26) recently completed a six-episode arc for the ABC daytime serial One Life to Live. His original play, Blood and Coffee in the City of Wisdom, was nominated for the Cherry Lane Mentor Project 2008.

In November, Opal Alladin (Group 25) appeared in Rebel Voices, a series of staged political readings at the Culture Project in New York.

Elizabeth Marvel (Group 21) and Jenny Ikeda (Group 30) will be seen on Broadway this spring in a revival of Caryl Churchill’s play Top Girls, directed by James Macdonald. Marvel is currently appearing at the Atlantic Theater Company in three comic plays by filmmaker Ethan Coen in a program called Almost an Evening.

In April, Laura Linney (Group 19) and Benjamin Walker Davis (Group 33) will appear together on Broadway in the Roundabout Theater Company’s revival of Christopher Hampton’s play Les Liaisons Dangereuses, directed by Rufus Norris.

In January, Jake Weber (Group 19) returned for a new season of the NBC television series Medium.


Andre Braugher (Group 17) can be seen in the MGM feature film Stephen King’s The Mist, written for the screen and directed by Frank Darabont.

Mark Vietor (Group 16), Robert Breckenridge (Group 18), and Claire Lautier (Group 25) appeared last month in Red Bull Theater’s production of Marlowe’s Edward the Second at Playwrights Horizons in New York.

Wendell Pierce (Group 14) returned to the popular HBO series The Wire for its fifth and final season last month.

Kevin Spacey (Group 12) appears this month in a revival of David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow at London’s Old Vic Theater. The production was directed by Matthew Warchus.


Robin Williams (Group 6) is in the Warner Bros. feature film August Rush, directed by Kirsten Sheridan.

Lyn Greene (Group 5) and Richard Levine (Group 6) continue as executive producers, writers, and directors of FX’s popular series Nip/Tuck, which recently began its fifth season.

Tony Reilly (Group 5), artistic director of AIRE (American Irish Repertory Ensemble) in Portland, Me., directed Eclipsed, by Patrician Burke Brogan, last month. This month, Rielly can be seen in Portland Stage Company’s production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Cecil MacKinnon.

Patti Lupone (Group 1) will be seen in the Broadway revival of the musical Gypsy this spring. The production, directed by the show’s co-creator Arthur Laurents, will also feature Boyd Gaines (Group 8) and Nancy Opel (Group 9).



Ricardo Romaneiro (MM ’07, composition) was featured in Esquire magazine in December in its annual issue devoted to “America’s Best and Brightest.” Romaneiro composed a four-song suite titled Esquire Afterhours, featuring mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke (MM ’06, voice), which can be downloaded free from the magazine’s Web site.

Faith ShermanFaith Sherman (Artist Diploma ’07, voice) was mezzo-soprano soloist in the Houston Grand Opera’s world premiere of The Refuge, a new work by Christopher Theofanidis performed at the Wortham Theater in November under the baton of Patrick Summers. The new work is at the heart of the company’s Song of Houston project, designed to connect the Houston Grand Opera to its community through collaboration.

Eugene Tzigane (MM ’07, orchestral conducting) was awarded the first prize at the Eighth Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors in Katowice, Poland, in November. His prize included the golden baton and 10,000 euros. As the competition’s top prizewinner, Tzigane will be invited to perform numerous concerts in Poland, Germany, and Chile.

Matt Boehler (Artist Diploma ’06, opera studies) sang the role of King Balthazar in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in December, in a program by the church’s choir and orchestra conducted by faculty member Kent Tritle (BM ’85, organ; MM ’88, organ and choral conducting).

David Salsbery Fry (Graduate Diploma ’06, voice) sang the roles of Sciarrone and the Jailer in Puccini’s Tosca with the Opera Company of Brooklyn in November. The performance took place at the Northside Piers in Williamsburg.

William Harvey (MM ’06, violin) was featured as soloist in the premiere of Clint Needham’s Violin Concertino, as well as Ravel’s Tzigane, with the New York Youth Symphony, conducted by Ryan McAdams (MM ’06, orchestral conducting) at Carnegie Hall in December. This concert, which also included Ginastera’s Seven Dances from Estancia and Stravinsky’s Suite from The Firebird, marked the debut of McAdams as the Symphony’s new music director.

Jennifer CurtisViolinist, mandolinist, and composer Jennifer Curtis (MM ’05, violin) was presented on Merkin Concert Hall’s Tuesday Matinee Series in New York in January. The program (for which she was joined by pianist Andrea Lam and harpsichordist and pianist Ilya Poletaev) included works by Bach, Enescu, Ysaÿe, and Brahms, as well as one of her own compositions.

Pianist Gilles Vonsattel (MM ’05, piano) was presented in January by the La Jolla (Calif.) Music Society on its North County Series at the Carlsbad Library.

Scott Dispensa (MM ’04, voice) is a member of the male vocal quartet New York Polyphony, which recently signed with Avie Records. In October its debut CD, I Sing the Birth, was released internationally.

Aya Hamada (MM ’04, harpsichord) performed John Rutter’s Suite Antique for flute, harpsichord, and strings with Promusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio, in December.

In January, Cynthia Wong’s (BM ’04, MM ’05, composition) Sinfonietta (2006) was premiered by the Cincinnati College-Conservatory Concert Orchestra. Another of Wong’s compositions will be premiered when Irantzu Agirre (BM ’03, MM ’05, harp) gives her Weill Recital Hall debut recital concert on February 23.

Kinan Azmeh (MM ’03, Graduate Diploma ’04, clarinet) performed in January at the amphitheater of the Bastille Opera in Paris. For the concert, which featured his own works, Azmeh was joined by Issam Rafea (oud), Dima Orsho (vocals), pianist Dinuk Wijeratne (MM ’03, composition), Rubin Kodheli (BM ’01, cello), Dave Phillips (MM ’92, double bass), and Afra Mussawisade (percussion).

Julia Bruskin (’03, cello) and David Jolley (BM ’71, MM ’72, horn) joined pianists Leon Fleisher, Katherine Jacobson Fleisher, and Alon Goldstein, and cellist Sharon Robinson for a December concert on the Chamber Music at the Y series at the 92nd Street Y in New York. Works by Schumann and Brahms were on the program.

David Enlow (BM ’03, MM ’05, organ) was awarded a fellowship by the American Guild of Organists in November.

Konstantin Soukhovetski (BM ’03, MM ’05, Artist Diploma ’07, piano), Vassily Primakov (BM ’03, piano), Dmitry Lukin (BM ’06, violin) and soprano Svetlana Strezeva presented a New York Winter Salon at Steinway Hall in November, featuring Russian repertoire (including premieres of two works by Soukhovetski) and a work by choreographer/dancer Carlos Dos Santos. Soukhovetski also gave two concerts at the Yamaha Salon in Manhattan in December: one with Lukin and Soyeon Lee (BM ’01, MM ’03, Artist Diploma ’05, piano), and the other with Primakov.

Andrea “Fluterscooter” Fisher (BM ’02, MM ’04 flute) is a producer on 50 Cent’s album Curtis, released in September, and is featured on John Legend’s second album, Once Again. She performed with Legend on Good Morning America in August and will be featured on his upcoming live DVD. Fisher was invited to play the National Anthem at Madison Square Garden for the New York Knicks in November.

Spencer Myer's (MM ’02, piano) debut solo CD was released on Harmonia Mundi USA in November. The disc contains the complete Preludes Book II of Debussy, Copland’s Piano Variations, Busoni’s Variations on a Prelude of Chopin, and the premiere recording of Variations on L’homme Armé by Ellis Kohs (’39, composition, d. 2000). Myer made his debut with the Blossom Festival Orchestra (Gershwin’s Second Rhapsody) in July, the New Haven Symphony (Schumann Concerto) in September, and the Dayton Philharmonic (Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini) in November. Also in September, he competed (along with soprano Martha Guth) in the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition in London, where they were awarded first prize.

Melissa Shippen, credit: David JerusalemMelissa Shippen (BM ’01, MM ’03, voice) won first prize at the Viotti “Vokal Genial” International Vocal Competition last May in Munich, Germany. In October she sang in concert with Vesselina Kasarova and the Bayeriche Rundfunk Orchestra to a sold-out crowd in Munich’s Gasteig concert hall. The evening of French arias and duets was recorded by Sony Classical. Shippen will sing the role of Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen this summer at the Staatstheater Schwerin Schlossfestspiele in northern Germany.

Alexander Fiterstein (BM ’00, Graduate Diploma ’02, clarinet) and Ken Noda (’82, piano) performed at Arium in New York in November.

KilterclashMaria Millar (BM ’00, MM ’01, violin) and her band, Kilterclash—a world-music rock band drawing from classical-music tradition that also includes acoustic/electric bassist Matt Aronoff and drummer Ulysses Owens Jr. (BM ’06, jazz studies)—performed a concert of original compositions and improvisations at the Chelsea Art Museum in New York in December.


In November, Arash Amini (MM ’99, Professional Studies ’00, cello) performed as part of the Rumi Ensemble, with Iranian classical singer Shahram Nazeri and his son, the singer-sitar player-composer Hafez Nazeri, for the Asia Society’s annual dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria. Honorees of the event included U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon; Yoshio Taniguchi, architect of the recent expansion of the Museum of Modern Art; and Shahram Nazeri. Also in November, Amini performed in Minnesota Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, as cellist of a new piano trio with violinist Mark O’Connor and Melissa Marse (’99, collaborative piano).

Jens Georg Bachmann (Advanced Certificate ’99, orchestral conducting) conducted the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the Tanglewood Festival with soloists Daniel Hope (violin) and Marc-André Hamelin (piano). He also conducted performances of the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Lucia di Lammermoor in New York in October.

Amy Oshiro (’99, violin) will join the second-violin section of the Philadelphia Orchestra in July.

Monica Chung (Pre-College ’97, piano) performed with cellist Laura Metcalf and violinist Stephen Miahky in December at the Greenwich House Music School in New York.

Lera Auerbach’s (BM ’96, piano; MM ’99, composition) Piano Sonata No.1 (“La Fenice”) was premiered by pianist Ksenia Nosikova in Brazil in October. In November, the sonata received seven performances in Brazil and the U.S. Auerbach’s Symphony No. 1 (“Chimera”) had its Czech premiere in November by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Hradec Kralove, conducted by Miriam Nemcova, at the local contemporary music festival, Music Forum Hradec Kralove. Auerbach’s Ludwig’s Alptraum, commissioned by the International Beethoven Competition for Piano in Bonn, Germany, as one of the three compulsory contemporary works, was selected by all six semifinalists for performance in December. This spring, Auerbach will be performing solo piano recitals and chamber concerts with the Kuss and Artemis Quartets in Spain, Switzerland, and Germany. The Dutch premiere of her Suite for violin, piano and string orchestra will be presented by the Amsterdam Sinfonietta at the Amsterdam Muziekgebouw on March 15.

Electric Kompany—including members Kevin Gallagher (MM ’95, guitar) and James Johnston (BM ’97, piano)—performed Sugar Veins, a new work for rock quartet and tape by Anna Clyne, at Roulette in New York in November. The quartet Ethel—whose members are Cornelius Dufallo (BM ’95, MM ’97, DMA ’02, violin), Ralph Farris (BM ’93, MM ’94, viola), Dorothy Lawson (MM ’84, DMA ’90, cello), and Mary Rowell (BM ’80, MM ’81, violin)—also performed on the program. Ethel also performed at Joe’s Pub and at the World Financial Center, both in Manhattan, in January.

Tatiana GoncharovaTatiana Goncharova (MM ’95, piano) performed with violinist Viviane Hagner in January on the 92nd Street Y’s Distinguished Artists in Recital series. (Left)

In September, Garrick Zoeter (BM ’94, clarinet) was appointed as the Anna Lee Van Buren Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Va.

Alexander Miller’s (BM ’90, MM ’92, oboe) work For Helen was premiered at the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Symphony’s biennial Bravo! Awards gala in November by the DeVos String Quartet. It was also recorded for a limited pressing CD. Another new work, Ghasi (The Grass Cutter), a setting of Nepali poetry written for the Nepali education charity Answer, was premiered by cellist David Lockington and alto Edye Evans Hyde at Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids in December. Miller is currently working on the film score for the upcoming documentary Except for Six, which follows three families through end-of-life hospice care.


Su Lian Tan (MM ’88, composition) was a judge for the second ASCAP/Lotte Lehmann Foundation Art Song Competition, held in New York in November.

Dmitry Yablonsky (Professional Studies ’88, cello) was nominated in December for a Grammy Award for his conducting of Miklos Rozsa’s Violin Concerto and Sinfonia Concertante on the Naxos label. 

Thomas A. Gilson (MM ’87, piano) was elected to the board of directors of the Phoenix Symphony in December.

Piano trios by Daron Hagen (MM ’87, composition) were performed by the Finisterra Piano Trio—whose members are Kwan Bin Park (BM ’95, MM ’99, violin), cellist Kevin Krentz, and Tanya Stambuk (BM ’82, MM ’83, piano)—along with the spirituals that inspired them (sung by Gilda Lyons and Elaine Valby), at the Phoenix Concerts of St. Matthew and St. Timothy in New York in December.

The Quintet of the Americas—whose members are Edward Gilmore (’85, clarinet), flutist Sato Moughalian, oboist Matt Sullivan, hornist Barbara Oldham, and bassoonist Laura Koepke—performed at Brigham Young University in Rexburg, Idaho, in October. The ensemble also performed at the Greenwich House Music School in New York in November, at the New York Hall of Science in Queens in December, and at the Flushing Library in January.

Jeffrey Biegel’s (BM ’83, MM ’84, piano) winter engagements include appearances with the Milwaukee, San Diego, Anchorage, Alabama, New Mexico, Key West, Springfield (Mass.), Maryland, Rockford, and Champaign-Urbana Symphonies. Koch International Classics released his Classical Carols for the 2007 holiday season, and Naxos released his CD with Leonard Slatkin conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra in Leroy Anderson’s Concerto in C in January. Biegel also performed in November for a celebration for friend and producer David Foster, with tenor Andrea Bocelli, at the “pop-up” (temporary) Bon Appetit Supper Club on New York’s 57th Street. In early 2008, Carl Fischer Inc. will publish two choral compositions of Biegel’s titled Ho Ho Hanukah! Ho Ho Christmas! and Different Kind of Hero.

Pianist Andrew Cooperstock (MM ’83, piano) and violinist William Terwilliger, as Opus Two, were featured in a showcase recital at the Chamber Music America national conference in New York in January. The two will also perform works by Paul Schoenfield at New York’s Bargemusic on May 18 with the composer as special guest. Opus Two’s newest CD, Souvenirs: Music of Paul Schoenfield, was released on Azica Records in June.

Joann Falletta, Photo by Mark DellasFour new recordings featuring Joann Falletta (MM ’83, DMA ’89, orchestral conducting) were released in October and November. Vetrate di chiesa (Church Windows) and other rarely heard works by Rossini are featured on a Naxos disc with the Buffalo Philharmonic (of which Falletta is music director). Falletta leads the Virginia Symphony (where she also serves as music director) with violinist Michael Ludwig in Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy and Massenet’s Meditation from Thaïs, released by Hamptons Road Classics. Another disk with the Virginia Symphony for Artisie 4 features Norman Krieger (BM ’79, MM ’89, piano) in the Brahms Concerto No. 1, along with other works by Brahms. Andrew Russo (BM ’97, MM ’98, piano) joins Falletta and the Prague Philharmonia for a recording of Paul Schoenfield’s piano concerto, Four Parables, and other Schoenfield works, released by Black Box Classics in October.

Stephen Hough (MM ’83, piano) was awarded the Northwestern University School of Music’s 2008 Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in piano performance in December. Hough, who receives a $50,000 award, will spend several weeks in residency at the school, giving lectures and master classes and coaching chamber music.

David BernardIn October David Bernard (Pre-College ’82, conducting) conducted a performance of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf with the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony at All Saints Church in Manhattan, featuring Whoopi Goldberg as narrator. The concert, which raised $13,000 for the Harmony Program, also included Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 with Graciela Arguedas-Herrera as soloist, Saint-Saëns’s Danse Macabre, and Stravinsky’s Suite from The Firebird (1919).

Wendy Stern (MM ’82,  flute) is one of the members of Flute Force, which performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in January in celebration of the ensemble’s 25th anniversary. The other flutists in the quartet are Elizabeth Brown, Sheryl Henze, and Rie Schmidt. The program included the New York premiere of Schwantner’s commissioned work Silver Halo.

Dmitry Rachmanov (BM ’81, MM ’82, piano) became associate professor of piano and chair of keyboard studies at California State University at Northridge this fall. Last summer he participated in the Interharmony International Music Festival in the Berkshires, performed at the Bard Music Festival: Elgar and His World at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. organized a family concert for the Bard Music Festival of the Hamptons, and served on the faculties of the International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Mannes College of Music and the Adamant Music School in Vermont.


Bruce LazarusBruce Lazarus’s (BM ’78, MM ’79, composition) Inflorescence for solo flute was performed by Laurel Zucker in November as part of the Festival of New American Music at the Center for Contemporary Art in Sacramento, Calif. The program also included the premiere of Lazarus’s Far Corners. His The Night Is Full of Noises was performed by the Cantabile Chamber Chorale, conducted by faculty member Rebecca Scott (MS ’70, choral conducting), in December at Christ United Methodist Church in Piscataway, N.J.

David Schiff’s (DMA ’79, composition) new orchestration of his work Peace was premiered in December by Fulcrum Point, a new-music group in Chicago, conducted by artistic director Stephen Burns (BM ’81, MM ’82, trumpet). Schiff’s Infernal, a reinterpretation of music from Stravinsky’s Firebird, appears on a CD titled Echoes released in November on Starbucks’s Hear Music series, with the Seattle Symphony conducted by Gerard Schwarz (BS ’72, MM ’90, trumpet). Schiff’s Nonet for four clarinets, string quartet, and bass was premiered at Chamber Music Northwest last summer. A recording of his opera Gimpel the Fool was released by Naxos last May.

Larry Bell’s (MM ’77, DMA ’82, composition) String Quartet No. 3 (“Homage to Beethoven”) was commissioned for and recorded by the Borromeo String Quartet. The work appears on Bell’s new CD from Albany Records titled Larry Bell: Music for Strings, released in November. The CD also includes guitarist John Muratore performing Celestial Refrain and the Tarab Cello Ensemble (eight cellists) playing Tarab. Bell was appointed associate professor of composition at the Berklee College of Music in Boston in September, and was a visiting professor in composition at the Hartt School in West Hartford, Conn., this fall.

Meral Guneyman (Diploma ’76, Postgraduate Diploma ’78, piano) has joined the roster of Yamaha Artists. Her album Playful Virtuosity (Rykodisc)—a collaboration with pianist, composer, and arranger Dick Hyman that was released in June—was a CD of the week on German radio last August. The two will perform together at the 92nd Street Y in New York on March 8. Guneyman performed in September at Sinclair Community College and Wasson Music Center, both in Dayton, Ohio. She played a recital in November at the Church of St. Monica in Berwyn, Pa. In December she was the guest speaker at the Near Eastern Studies Department’s Lunch Talk at Princeton University.

Margaret Steele (BM ’76, MM ’77, oboe) was featured in the world premiere of A Prayer for the Living, by Bettina Covo (BM ’77, MM ’78, harpsichord) and Brian D. Taylor, performed by the Choral Arts Society (conducted by John Goodwin) on the winter choral concert at New York University in December. Steele also launched her acupuncture practice in Manhattan that same month.

George Tsontakis’s (MM ’76, DMA ’86, composition) latest CD, titled Clair de lune, was released by Koch International Classics in October. The album includes his Violin Concerto No. 2, and his Clair de lune and The Past, the Passion. Steven Copes (MM ’96, violin) is featured as soloist, with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra conducted by Douglas Boyd.

Brad Keimach (BM ’75, choral conducting) made his Disney Hall debut in November, conducting the Glendale Youth Orchestra in a program featuring violinist Erica Richardson in the Sarasate Carmen Fantasy, Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin, and the Beethoven Second Symphony. He is in his eighth season as music director of the orchestra, which was selected as one of the inaugural participants in the L.A. Philharmonic’s Youth Orchestra Partnership Program. Keimach divides his time between his conducting activities and teaching yoga.

Douglas RivaDouglas Riva (BM ’74, MM ’75, piano) performed a recital of works by Albéniz and Granados at Madrid’s historic Residencia de Estudiantes in January. A CD will be released by Naxos this spring of Granados’s long-lost masterpiece Cant de les estrelles for piano solo, organ, and three choruses, featuring Riva; the Voices of Ascension, directed by Dennis Keene (BM ’75, MM ’76, DMA ’84, organ); and Mark Kruczek (BM ’78, MM ’79, ’86, organ) in a performance last year at New York’s Church of the Ascension. In October, Editorial Boileau, Barcelona, published Riva’s critical edition of the score of Cant de les estrelles. In August, Naxos released Riva’s recording of Granados’s transcriptions of 26 sonatas by Scarlatti, Volume 9 of the series of Granados’s complete piano works. Volume 10 will be released this month.

The Tokyo Quartet—whose members are violinists Martin Beaver and Kikuei Ikeda (’73, violin), violist Kazuhide Isomura (Diploma ’71, violin), and cellist Clive Greensmith—will present the New York premiere of Blossoming by Toshio Hosokawa, as well as works by Haydn and Brahms, on February 9 at the 92nd Street Y in New York.

Jeffrey Swann (BM ’73, MM ’73, DMA ’80, piano) will be featured on February 29 and March 1 in the Greenwich House Music School’s annual three-part series of piano recitals and master classes at the Renée Weiler Concert Hall in New York. Sara Davis Buechner (BM ’80, MM ’81, piano) will be presented on April 25 and 26, concluding the series.

The Emerson String Quartet, Photo by Mitch JenkinsThe Emerson String Quartet—Eugene Drucker (Diploma ’72, Professional Studies ’73, violin), Philip Setzer (BM ’73, MM ’74, violin), Lawrence Dutton (BM ’77, MM ’78, viola), and cellist David Finckel—joined by pianist Gilbert Kalish, was presented by Great Performers at Lincoln Center in an all-Brahms concert in January at Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York. Continuing the all-Brahms series there, the Emerson Quartet will be joined by clarinetist David Shifrin, faculty member Paul Neubauer (???, viola), and cellist Colin Carr on April 6.

Yo-Yo Ma (Professional Studies ’72, cello) and Harvey Phillips (’53, tuba) were announced as the newest inductees into the Classical Music Hall of Fame (along with composer Donald Martino and the Cleveland Orchestra) in December. Ma will receive his medallion at a ceremony in Rochester, N.Y., in May; Phillips will be presented with his medal at the International Tuba-Euphonium Conference at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in June.

Soprano Jessica Tranzillo (BM ’71, voice) was one of the featured soloists in “Angels and Shepherds: Baroque Christmas Pastorales,” a program of holiday music presented by Artek in December at St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York.


The Cathedral Choral Society, directed by J. Reilly Lewis (MS ’69, DMA ’77, organ), performed a program titled “The Joy of Christmas” at the Washington National Cathedral in December, joined by the United Voices Scandinavian Youth Choir, the Washington Symphonic Brass, organist Scott Dettra, and carillonist Edward Nassor.

Richard Stoltzman (’67, clarinet) appeared as soloist with the Stamford Symphony Orchestra in January at Carnegie Hall. The program, conducted by Eckart Preu, featured the N.Y. premiere of William Thomas McKinley’s Clarinet Concerto No. 4. Other works on the program were Roger Davidson’s Prayer for Peace and Brahms’s Symphony No. 4.

Susan Alexander-MaxFortepianist Susan Alexander-Max (BS ’65, MS ’66, piano) performed at Wigmore Hall in London in January, with violinist Simon Standage and cellist Jennifer Morsches. The program included music by Haydn, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn.

Tax attorney Donald J. Aibel (BS ’62, violin) visits Juilliard in February to talk about income taxes for the performer, in a seminar for dancers and in Robert Sherman’s “Business of Music” class. He also spoke at the Manhattan School of Music in January.


Henry Grimes (’54, double bass) performed at Le Grand Dakar Senegalese restaurant in Brooklyn in December.

In October Jack Heller (Diploma ’52, violin) opened his 22nd season as music director of the Tampa Bay Symphony with three concerts (in Tampa, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg) that featured the Florida premiere of British composer Charles Villiers Stanford’s Clarinet Concerto, Op. 80 (1902), with Bienvenido Yangco as soloist. The Tampa Bay Symphony is an all-volunteer orchestra of 95 musicians that performs regularly each season in the three professional halls in the Tampa Bay region.

Walter Legawiec’s (BS ’51, violin) Music for Christmas Recollections and his Slavic Christmas Suite were performed by the Slavic Arts Ensemble on a concert at the Kosciuszko Foundation House in New York in December. The program also included Legawiec’s arrangements of European carols from around the world and a grouping of Polish carols.


Robert Ward (Diploma ’46, composition) was honored on his 90th birthday with the Old North State Award, presented on behalf of the governor of North Carolina at Ravenscroft School’s Jones Theater in September. His opera The Crucible (which won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1962) was aired on WCPE radio in November. His new piece based on the William Blake poem The Lamb was premiered in December on a concert by the Durham Children’s Choir and the Duke University String School. A recording of his Symphonies Nos. 3 and 6, Dialogues, and Western Set was released on the Albany label last summer.

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