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Nigel Campbell (BFA ’08) has joined Ballett des Sarrlandischen Staatstheaters in Saarbrucken, Germany.

Chanel DaSilva (BFA ’08), Brett Perry (BFA ’08), and Dylan G-Bowley (BFA ’08) have joined the Trey McIntyre Project in Boise, Idaho.

Robert Valdez (BFA ’08) and Sarah Roberts (BFA ’08) are now members of Luna Negra Dance Theater in Chicago.

Christopher Vo (BFA ’08) is now working with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company in New York in its 40th-anniversary season. He appeared in Eliot Feld’s Mandance Project in April, presented by Ballet Tech Foundation and the Joyce Theater Foundation at the Joyce Theater in New York.

Adam Weinert (BFA ’08) has joined the Mark Morris Dance Group in New York.

Antonio Brown (BFA ’07) performed in July at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, Mass., and in a new piece by Bill T. Jones titled Another Evening: Serenade/The Proposition at the American Dance Festival in Durham, N.C., with music co-composed by new Juilliard Dance Division faculty member Jerome Begin.

Shamel Pitts (BFA ’07) performed Conductivity with choreography by Sidra Bell at LaGuardia High School of Music and Art in New York in April. The work was repeated in July at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York.

Zen Jefferson (BFA ’06) performed in a duet in March at the Hannover (Germany) Choreographic Competition that was awarded both first prize and the audience prize. Also at the competition, Armando Braswell (BFA ’06) presented a duet, In Passage, that made it to the finals.

Austin McCormick’s (BFA ’06) Company XIV presented his work The Judgement of Paris in May at 303 Bond Street in New York. Among the company members performing were Laura Careless (BFA ’07) and Davon Rainey (’04). The work was repeated in July in the East to Edinburgh Festival at 59E59 Theater in New York before traveling to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August, where it also included Seth Numrich (Drama Group 36).

Brian McNeal (BFA ’05) begins his second season this fall with Kevin O’Day Ballett Mannheim in Germany.

Members of Cedar Lake Contemporary Dance who performed during the company’s spring season at Cedar Lake Dance in Manhattan included Jubal Battisti (BFA ’04), Harumi Terayama (BFA ’06) and Kristen Weiser (BFA’04). They performed in three world premieres: Lasting Imprint and Annonciation by Angelin Preljocaj, and Sunday, Again by Jo Stromgren.

Rachel Tess (BFA ’04) and Stephan Laks (BFA ’03) performed Into the Fold, presented by Rumpus Room Dance in June in Portland, Ore. Tess has also joined the Cullberg Ballet in Sweden for the coming season.

William Brisco (BFA ’03) and Banning Roberts (BFA ’02) danced in Aszure Barton’s A Traveling Show in April at Duo Theater in New York.

Shannon Gillen (BFA ’03) and Elisabeth Motley (BFA ’03), founders of the Doorknob Company, presented The Miracle Show and the Death of Optimism in June in Bowling Green Park in New York, as part of the River to River Festival. Joining them were Amelia Uzategui Bonilla (BFA ’07), Jane Sato (BFA ’03), and Marie Zvosec (BFA ’04).

Darrell Grand Moultrie (BFA ’00) is a member of the ensemble in the musical Billy Elliot, which begins previews at the Imperial Theater on Broadway on October 1.


Trey Gillen (BFA ’96) performed in Damn Yankees! in Austin, Tex., last February and in the New York City Opera’s production of Candide in April. This summer, he choreographed Wagner’s Das Liebesverbot for Glimmerglass Opera.

Robert Battle’s (BFA ’94) Battleworks Dance Company celebrated its fifth anniversary with performances at the Joyce Theater in New York in July and August. The programs included the New York premiere of Reel Time, set to a commissioned score by John King. Also on the program was the company premiere of Juba, originally commissioned by the Alvin Ailey Company, with music by John Mackey (MM ’97, composition). Performing as members of Battleworks Dance Company are Erika Pujic (BFA ’95), Samuel L. Roberts (’98), and Kate Skarpetowska (BFA ’99).


Ann Crosset (BFA ’76) designed and choreographed two works for Denmark’s Royal Ballet Schools. Her Sylvester’s Swan Lake was performed at Copenhagen’s Royal Theater in March; Sweet Peas and Other Great Recipes for World Dance …, a co-production with the King Hussein Foundation’s National Center for Cultural and Performing Arts in Amman, Jordan, was performed the previous summer. She also has been performing with Robyn Orlin City Dance Theater.

Dunya Dianne McPherson’s (BFA ’75) memoir/guidebook Skin of Glass: Finding Spirit in the Flesh was published by Dancemeditation Books in April. McPherson is on the faculty of the Kripalu Center in the Berkshires, and does consultation and master classes in dancemeditation, choreography, Sufism, and spiritual bellydance.


Marcia Jean Kurtz (BS ’64) was seen in May in the premiere of the HBO movie Recount, directed by Jay Roach and starring Kevin Spacey (Drama, Group 12). Kurtz also has a featured role in the independent film Big Fan, written and directed by Rob Siegel, starring Patton Oswalt. In April, she directed a staged reading of her play Between Two Worlds at Ensemble Studio Theater in New York.

The Lar Lubovitch (’64) Dance Company presented “Prelude to a Dance” in April at Hudson Theater in New York, launching his company’s 40th-anniversary tour. Performing Lubovitch’s Little Rhapsodies were Jonathan Alsberry (BFA ’06) and Jay Franke (BFA ’97); joining them in Jangle were Brian McGinnis (BFA ’07) and Kate Skarpetowska (BFA ’99).



In June, Erica Newhouse (Group 37) appeared in New York with the Hourglass Group in Frequency Hopping, a new collaborative piece created by the company.

Erica Peeples (Group 36) will appear next month in California at Berkeley Repertory Theater in a revival of August Wilson’s play Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, directed by Delroy Lindo.

Sam Gold (Directing ’06) directed Jollyship the Whiz Bang, a pirate puppet rock odyssey, at Ars Nova in New York last spring. The production featured Group 30 alumnus Steve Boyer.

Jaron Farnham (Group 35) appeared this summer in Zootopia Theater Company’s production of Barton Bishop’s Still the River Runs, directed by Matthew J. Nichols.

Nick Mayo (Group 35) is currently appearing on Broadway in Lincoln Center Theater’s revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical South Pacific, directed by Bartlett Sher.

Keith Scott McDonald (Group 35) appeared in The Imaginary Invalid, directed by Keith Baxter, at the Shakespeare Theater Company in Washington.

Mike Batistick's (Playwrights ’05) 10-minute play, Urban Legend, was performed in July at the Source Festival in Washington.

Noah Haidle’s (Playwrights ’04) new play, Saturn Returns, will open the 2008-09 Lincoln Center Theater season in October. The production, to be directed by Nicholas Martin, will feature Group 37 alumnus Robert Thompson.

Graham Hamilton (Group 32) appeared in two Shakespeare productions at San Diego’s Old Globe Theater over the summer. He played Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, directed by Richard Seer, and Bertram in All’s Well That Ends Well, directed by Darko Tresnjak.

Luke Macfarlane (Group 32) returns as a series regular this season on the ABC primetime drama Brothers and Sisters.

Tanya Barfield's (Playwrights ’02) new play, Of Equal Measure, received its premiere at the Kirk Douglas Theater in Los Angeles in June. The production was directed by Leigh Silverman.

Daniel Breaker (Group 31) was nominated in April for a Drama Desk Award for outstanding actor in a musical for his performance in Passing Strange. The ensemble of that production was honored with an Obie Award in May, and Breaker was also nominated in May for a Tony Award for his performance in the production.

In June, Sarah Grace Wilson (Group 31) appeared at the Irish Arts Center in New York in a new play called Monsterface, directed by Daniel Roberts.

Jeffrey Carlson (Group 30) reprised his title role in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, directed by Michael Kahn, at Washington’s Carter Barron Amphitheater in June. The production also featured Colby Chambers (Group 34).

Katie Kreisler (Group 30) can be seen in the Merging Pictures independent film Full Grown Men, directed by David Munro.

Lee Pace (Group 30) was nominated in July for an Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series for his role as Ned on the ABC series Pushing Daisies.

In May, Darren Pettie (Group 30) appeared at the Huntington Theater Company in Boston in The Cry of the Reed, a new play written by Sinan Unel and directed by Daniel Goldstein.

Morena Baccarin (Group 29) appeared in A Seagull in the Hamptons, adapted from Chekhov’s The Seagull and directed by Emily Mann, at the McCarter Theater in Princeton, N.J., in May.

In May, Sean McNall (Group 29) won an Obie Award for sustained excellence of performance.

Adam Rapp (Playwrights ’00) will direct his new play, Kindness, at Playwrights Horizons in New York this fall.


Brooke Berman’s (Playwrights ’99) latest play, A Perfect Couple, opened Off-Broadway at the DR2 Theater in June, presented by WET (Women’s Expressive Theater) and directed by Maria Mileaf.

This summer, Damon Gupton (Group 28) played the title role in Othello, directed by Sidonie Garrett, at the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival in Kansas City, Mo.

Elizabeth Reaser (Group 28) stars in the new CBS series The Ex List, premiering this fall.

In June, Tom Story (Group 27) played Lady Sneerwell in Sheridan’s The School for Scandal, directed by Richard Clifford, at the Folger Theater in Washington.

In July, David Denman (Group 26) played the title role in Shakespeare’s Henry V, directed by Carl Reggiardo, at Shakespeare Orange County in Costa Mesa, Calif.

Angela Pierce (Group 26) appeared in July in a revival of Tennessee Williams’s play A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Sheila Daniels, at the Intiman Theater in Seattle.

In July, Opal Alladin (Group 25) appeared in the Barrington Stage Company’s production of The Violet Hour, directed by Barry Edelstein, in Pittsfield, Mass.

Matt Daniels (Group 25) can be seen now through October 4 in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and King Lear at the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival.

Kate Jennings Grant (Group 25) starred in the Off-Broadway revival of faculty member Christopher Durang’s play The Marriage of Bette and Boo over the summer. The Roundabout Theater production was directed by Walter Bobbie.

Megan Dodds (Group 24) stars in Not Going Out, a new sitcom on BBC America.

Matt Keeslar (Group 24) stars in the title role on ABC Family’s new series The Middleman.

Matt Ross (Group 22) can be seen in the independent film Turn the River, written and directed by Chris Eigeman.

In May, Frederick Weller (Group 21) appeared in the USA Network film In Plain Sight, created and written by David Maples.

Laura Linney (Group 19) was nominated in July for an Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or a movie for her role as Abigail Adams in HBO’s John Adams.

LisaGay Hamilton (Group 18) won an Obie Award in May for her performance in last season’s Off-Broadway production of The Ohio State Murders.


In May, Andre Braugher (Group 17) and Viola Davis (Group 24) appeared together in Ridley Scott and Tony Scott’s A&E television film The Andromeda Strain. Braugher also appeared opposite Michael Stuhlbarg (Group 21), Greg McFadden (Group 24), and Stephen King (Group 37) in the Public Theater’s production of Hamlet, directed by Oscar Eustis, in New York’s Central Park this summer.

Mark Vietor (Group 16) appeared last spring at the Huntington Theater in Boston, and then at the Williamstown (Mass.) Theater Festival over the summer, in a revival of the musical She Loves Me, directed by Nicholas Martin.

In July, Wendell Pierce (Group 14) starred opposite François Battiste (Group 35) at the Williamstown Theater Festival in the world premiere of Broke-ology, a play developed last year at Juilliard by playwright-in-residence Nathan Jackson. The production was directed by Thomas Kail.

Michael Elich (Group 13) is currently appearing as Tullus Aufidius in Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, directed by Laird Williamson, at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Mary Stein (Group 13) can be seen opposite Angelina Jolie in the Universal Pictures feature film Changeling, directed by Clint Eastwood, this fall.

Evan Handler (Group 12) can be seen in the feature-film adaptation of the HBO series Sex and the City, written and directed by Michael Patrick King.

Kevin Spacey (Group 12) was nominated in July for an Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or a movie for his role as Ron Klain in HBO’s Recount.

This summer, Shakespeare Santa Cruz featured a number of Drama Division alumni, including the company’s new artistic director, Marco Barricelli (Group 11). Yvonne Woods (Group 28) appeared in Romeo and Julietfeaturing choreography by Orlando Pabotoy (Group 27)—and All’s Well That End’s Well; Stephen Bel Davies (Group 36) appeared in Lanford Wilson’s Burn This, directed by Michael Barakiva (Directing ’00).

Val Kilmer (Group 10) can be seen in the Stage 6 Films independent film Felon, written and directed by Ric Roman Waugh.

Nancy Opel (Group 9) can currently be seen in the national tour of The Drowsy Chaperone, with music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, and book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar. The production is directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw.


In June, Boyd Gaines (Group 8) won the Tony Award for best performance of a featured actor in a musical for his work in the Broadway revival of Gypsy.

Kathryn Grant’s (Group 8) new play, Wonderful Counselor, was part of LAByrinth Theater’s Summer Intensive over the summer.

Kelsey Grammer (Group 6) will play the title role in the American version of the BBC2 comedy Roman’s Empire for ABC this fall.

Harriet Harris (Group 6) appeared this past spring in the Broadway musical Cry-Baby, directed by Mark Brokaw.

William Hurt (Group 5) and Tim Blake Nelson (Group 19) appear together in the Universal Pictures feature film The Incredible Hulk, directed by Louis Leterrier.

Janet Zarish (Group 5) has a recurring role on the daytime soap One Life to Live and recently directed Frank Gilroy’s play Piscary at the Ensemble Studio Theater in New York.

Christine Baranski (Group 3) appears in the Universal Pictures film Mamma Mia!, directed by Phyllida Lloyd.

Kevin Kline (Group 1) was nominated in April for a Drama Desk Award for outstanding actor in a play for his performance in Cyrano de Bergerac.

Patti LuPone (Group 1) won the Tony Award in June for best performance of a leading actress in a musical for her performance in Gypsy. LuPone also won the Drama Desk Award in May for this performance.



Baritone Charles Freeman (BM ’08, voice) toured over the summer with Living Arts, Inc., in its production of Porgy and Bess, performing the role of Jim. He has already toured with Living Arts to Russia, Poland, Greece, Latvia, and Estonia. Freeman will be joining the Michigan Opera Theater Chorus in September and performing in Richard Danielpour’s (MM ’82, DMA ’86, composition) Margaret Garner with that company.

Mattias Jacobsson (Graduate Diploma ’08, guitar) played a recital in August with violinist Kristin Lee at the New York Botanical Garden, broadcast live on WQXR. He also replaced guitarist Angel Romero at the Endless Mountain Music Festival, playing Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez and Fantasia para un Gentilhombre with the Endless Mountain Festival Orchestra, conducted by Stephen Gunzenhauser.

Sharel Cassity (MM ’07, jazz studies) and Michael Dease (BM ’05, MM ’07, jazz studies) were among the Young Jazz Composer Award recipients, who were honored by ASCAP in June.

Djore Nance (BM ’07, voice) sang the role of Zuniga in the Opera Company of Brooklyn’s performance of Carmen in May.

Julia Sakharova (MM ’06, violin) won the assistant concertmaster position with the Alabama Symphony and joins the orchestra this month in its new season.

Mezzo-soprano Betany Coffland (MM ’05, voice) has been selected as one of Opera San José’s resident artists for the 2008-09 season. She will sing the roles of Olga in Tchakovsky’s Eugene Onegin in September, Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte in February, and the title role in Bizet’s Carmen in April.

Christina Courtin (BM ’05, violin) toured the East Coast in August, opening six shows for singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega, in New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland. Courtin also performed in Brooklyn with the Knights in August. Her debut record is due for release in January 2009 on Nonesuch records.

JoAnna Farrer (BM ’05, MM ’07, violin) won the principal second violin position with the Göteborgs Symfoniker (Gothenburg Symphony) in Sweden in May.

The iO Quartet—whose members are Wayne Lee (BM ’05, MM ’07, violin), current violin student Christina McGann, violist Elizabeth Weisser, and Chris Gross (MM ’06, cello)—curate and perform in the Fourth Sundays Chamber Music Concert Series at the Roger Smith Hotel in New York. Concerts in April, May, June, and July explored Bartok, Dvorak, Schumann, and the form of fugue, respectively. The quartet's September 28 concert will present a whirlwind tour of Haydn’s 83 String Quartets.

Kean University in New Jersey has engaged Gabriela Martinez (BM ’05, MM ’07, piano), Joanna Frankel (BM ’05, MM ’07, violin), and Lisa Hansen (BM ’81, flute) as members of its concert artist faculty. The concert artist program is directed by Anthony Scelba (DMA ’76, double bass), chair of the music department. Kean’s 18 concert artists perform a 15-concert chamber music series at the university. This season, the program celebrates its 10th anniversary and the opening of its new concert hall. Other concert artists include Sharon Roffman (Graduate Diploma ’03, violin) and Victoria Stewart (’70, violin), Allison Brewster Franzetti (MM ’80, piano), James Musto (MM ’84, percussion), Alexander Fiterstein (BM ’00, Graduate Diploma ’02, clarinet), and current Artist Diploma cello student Caroline Stinson.

Mark Dubac (BM ’04, clarinet) won the second clarinet position with the Oregon Symphony, which he began in August. Dubac also performed this summer as a member of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, playing clarinet, bass clarinet, and basset horn.

A recital by Melody Fader (MM ’04, piano) at the Greenwich House Music School in New York in May included works for solo piano by Chopin, Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D Minor (with violinist Bruna Myftaraj and cellist Melissa Morgan), and an interdisciplinary collaboration with a dancer (Laurie Benoit) and singer (Laura Bohn) by Stefan Weisman titled I Would Prefer Not To.

Violinist Mark O’Connor and the Knights—whose members include Kyle Armbrust (BM ’03, MM ’06, viola), Steve Beck (BM ’01, MM ’03, piano), Zack Cohen (BM ’05, double bass), Colin Jacobsen (BM ’99, violin), Eric Jacobsen (BM ’04, cello), Tomoko Katsura (BM ’97, MM ’99, violin), and Max Mandel (Advanced Certificate ’01, viola)—presented “Three Perspective on Four Seasons” at Symphony Space in May. The program included selections from works by Vivaldi and Piazzolla, as well as O’Connor’s American Seasons.

Yaniv Attar (MM ’03, guitar) has been appointed assistant conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra in Birmingham, beginning this season. Attar is completing his D.M.A. in conducting with Alexis Hauser at McGill University in Montreal.

The June issue of the U.K.-based Classical Guitar magazine features guitarist Cem Duruoz (Graduate Diploma ’03, guitar) on the cover, with an extensive interview.

The Jupiter String Quartet, which includes Daniel McDonough (MM ’03, cello) as well as violinists Nelson Lee and Meg Freivogel and violist Liz Freivogel, won a 2008 Avery Fisher Career Grant of  $25,000 in May.

Su Jeon (BM ’02, MM ’04, piano) performed the Grieg Piano Concerto with the North York Concert Orchestra in Toronto in June.

Frank Levy (’02, piano) performed works by Brahms at Mannes College in New York in July, as part of the faculty concert during the International Keyboard Institute and Festival. He also gave a master class.

In May, Eric Nathan (Pre-College ’02, composition) was named one of the winners of the 56th annual BMI Student Composer Awards, for his Icarus Dreamt for orchestra. He has just begun work toward a D.M.A. at Cornell University.

Andrew von Oeyen (BM ’02, MM ’03, piano) performed the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Cincinnati Symphony at the Riverbend Music Center in July and with the Chicago Symphony at the Ravinia Festival on September 1. He also performed Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 2 at the Spoleto Festival U.S.A. in June.

In April, Michi Wiancko (MM ’02, violin) gave the premiere of Margaret Brouwer’s Concerto for Violin and Chamber Orchestra with CityMusic Cleveland and conductor James Gaffigan. Also that month, she performed two of her original compositions with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and performed Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen and Carmen Fantasy with the Victoria Symphony in Victoria, Tex.

Mason Bates (MM ’01, composition) was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in April.

Jefferson Friedman’s (MM ’01, composition) Sacred Heart: Explosion, based on the work of “outsider” artist Henry Darger, received its Chicago premiere in June by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Slatkin, at Symphony Center. The program also included Berlioz’s Harold in Italy and Hindemith’s Der Schwanendreher, with violinist Pinchas Zukerman (Professional Studies ’69, violin). A recording of Sacred Heart: Explosion (in its premiere performance by the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center last October) can be heard at the American Folk Art Museum in Manhattan as part of the exhibit “Dargerism: Contemporary Artists and Henry Darger.”

Karen Gomyo (’01, violin) won a 2008 Avery Fisher Career Grant of  $25,000 in May.

Kati Agocs (Certificate ’00, MM ’02, DMA ’05, composition) received a Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, presented at the academy’s annual ceremonial in May.

Lance Horne (BM ’00, MM ’02, composition) won an Emmy in June for outstanding original song for the show One Life to Live on ABC. Horne was both composer and lyricist for the song, “Chemistry.”

Michael Midlarsky (Pre-College ’00, cello), and Miranda Sielaff (MM ’03, viola)—presented “Three Perspectives on Four Seasons” at Symphony Space in May. The program included selections from works by Vivaldi and Piazzolla, as well as O’Connor’s American Seasons.

Maria Millar (BM ’00, MM ’01, violin) and her rock trio, Kilterclash, performed in June as part of the Original Sessions Art House Series at the John Street Bar and Grill in New York.

Paul Stetsenko (DMA ’00, organ) conducted the Westminster Choir and soloists in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, Va., in March.


America’s Dream Chamber Artists—which includes founder Arash Amini (MM ’99, Professional Studies ’00, cello), Cyrus Beroukhim (MM ’01, DMA ’07, violin), Timothy Fain (MM ’00, violin), Stephen Sas (BM ’92, MM ’94, DMA ’99, double bass), and Melissa Marse (’99, collaborative piano), as well as violist Maurycy Banaszek and flutist Eveline Kuhn—performed at Symphony Space in New York in May, as part of the String Theory series. They were joined by violinist Mark O’Connor as guest artist.

In March, Erik Nielsen (BM ’99, oboe; BM ’99, harp) conducted the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra in a program of modern works with soprano Christine Schaefer. This summer he returned to the Tanglewood Music Center as a conducting fellow. Nielsen has been appointed Kapellmeister of the Oper Frankfurt, where he will conduct approximately 30 evenings in the 2008-09 season. He will make his debut with the English National Opera conducting The Magic Flute in February 2009.

New York City Opera Vox 2008 presented excerpts from Justine Chen’s (BM ’98, MM ’00, violin; DMA ’05, composition) second opera, Jeanne, in May at the Skirball Center of New York University, with the New York City Opera Orchestra. Kevin Burdette (MM ’00, voice) was in the cast. Scenes from Jeanne were also presented in June by the Long Leaf Opera in Carboro, N.C., along with the premiere of Chen’s Three, Two, One—BANG!, an opera commissioned by Long Leaf.

The Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble—which includes Meg Okura (BM ’97, MM ’99 violin) and Jun Kubo (BM ’98, flute)—collaborated with C. Eule Dance in the original production of The Crane Wife (choreographed by Caron Eule, composed by Okura), featuring Michelle Vargo (BFA ’97, dance) as the lead at the Kumble Theater in Brooklyn in February. The work was performed again at the University Settlement in New York in May.

In July, Lera Auerbach (BM ’96, piano; MM ’99, composition) performed Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes, which she arranged for cello and piano, with cellist Alisa Weilerstein at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany. Also in July, they gave the premiere of Auerbach’s 24 Preludes for Cello and Piano at the Caramoor Music Festival in Katonah, N.Y.

Zuill Bailey (MM ’96, cello) has just signed an exclusive recording contract with Telarc International. His first Telarc release is set for January and includes Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1, Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, Pezzo Capriccioso, and Nocturne. This new recording joins Bailey with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.

Darren Motise (MM ’96, collaborative piano) performed an organ recital in May in downtown Los Angeles at the new Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. He also performed an organ recital later in May at Trinity Episcopal Church in Vero Beach, Fla. The programs contained Duruflé’s Suite, Op. 5, and Messiaen’s Nativity of Our Lord.

The Mobile Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Scott Speck, premiered Kenji Bunch’s (BM ’95, MM ’97, viola; MM ’97, composition) Symphony No. 2 (“Jubilee”) at the Saenger Theater in Mobile, Ala., in April. Bunch has been the orchestra’s composer-in-residence for the past three years.

The Marian Anderson String Quartet—which includes Nicole Cherry (MM ’95, violin)—won Chamber Music America’s 2008 Guarneri String Quartet Residency Award in May. The ensemble will work with the University of Washington’s World Series cultural program in Seattle for two weeks, one this fall and one in the spring. The quartet, in its eighth year of residence at Texas A&M University, hosted its third annual Summer Session Chamber Music Camp in June.

In February, John David Smith (MM ’95, DMA ’99, horn) won two auditions for principal horn, with Opera Philadelphia and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. In addition, he performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera several times during the season and performed with the New York City Opera in April. In May and June, Smith toured with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Sarah Chang. Smith’s horn studio at the University of Delaware was invited to perform at the International Horn Symposium, hosted by the University of Denver in July.

The rock quartet Electric Kompany—including members Kevin Gallagher (MM ’95, guitar) and James Johnston (BM ’97, piano)—performed in May at the OK Harris Art Gallery in New York, as part of the Look and Listen Festival.

The Volterra Project, a 10-day summer guitar institute founded and directed by Antigoni Goni (MM ’95, guitar), for the second year took place in Volterra, Italy, during July and August.

A new CD by Mattia Zappa (Advanced Certificate ’95, cello) and Massimiliano Mainolfi (Advanced Certificate ’96, piano) of the three sonatas for cello and piano by Martinu was released by Claves Records in May. The CD is part of the observance of the 50th anniversary (in 2009) of the composer’s death. (See Discoveries on Page 12.) Beginning in October, the duo will tour Europe, performing the sonatas in Munich, Prague, Hamburg, Bratislava, Lousanne, Lugano, and other cities.

Pablo Rieppi (MM ’94, percussion) has been appointed to the faculty at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, where he will teach privately and instruct the orchestral repertoire class beginning this fall.

Violists Sheila Brown (BM ’93, viola) and Kathryn Lockwood were featured in a program titled “Mixed Doubles II,” presented by the New York Viola Society in May at the Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. Cheng-Hou Lee (BM ’95, MM ’97, cello) and percussionist Yousif Sheronick also performed on the program, which included David Krakauer’s (MM ’80, clarinet) Klezmer à la Bechet.

In April, Carlo Andrea Malanima (Advanced Certificate ’92, viola) joined the Carlo Felice Opera House Orchestra in Genoa, Italy, as a permanent player, after serving as a substitute for a long period. He is also a member of the Modigliani String Quartet, with which he performs all over Italy.

Anne Akiko Meyers (Certificate ’90, violin) has been made regent’s lecturer at U.C.L.A., where she gave lessons, master classes, a symposium, and a concert in May. Meyers performed Bernstein's Serenade at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, in July and recorded a new album titled Mirror in Mirror for Koch Records in August.


Gregg August (MM ’89, double bass) performed with the J.D. Allen Trio (also including Allen and drummer Gerald Cleaver) in June at Le Poisson Rouge in New York, opening for Rickie Lee Jones.

In April, Alicia Whitaker-Gonzalez (’89, voice) sang the part of Christine in The Phantom of the Opera with the Upscale Singers in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Paul Redman (BM ’88, MM ’91, trombone) has accepted the position of director of business operations for the School of Music at the University of Illinois. He will manage the school’s budget and supervise all of its facility and operational activities.

Midori (Pre-College ’87, violin) presented a concert in May on the Great Performers series at the Rose Theater in New York, the third and final program in a series exploring the music and influences of 20th-century composers Schnittke and Takemitsu.

Andreas Delfs (MM ’86, orchestral conducting), music director of the Milwaukee Symphony since 1997, received an honorary doctorate in May from Marquette University in Milwaukee.

Soprano Renée Fleming (’86, voice/opera) and the British rock group Pink Floyd were named the winners of the 2008 Polar Music Prize, Sweden’s largest music award, in May. The honors were bestowed at an award ceremony in Stockholm in August.

In July, Sam Ruttenberg (MM ’86, percussion) was in Buenos Aires, presenting a drum set clinic on his new book, Drum Tips (HoneyRock 2008) at the IUNA University. The workshop was hosted by Estela Telerman (head of the music department) and Nestor Astutti (head of the percussion department), and sponsored by Remo, Sabian, and Vic Firth.

Ayako Yonetani (BM ’86, MM ’87, DMA ’93, violin) was invited to perform the Bruch Violin Concerto with the Slovak State Philharmonic at Kosice during the 53rd Kosice Spring Music Festival in May. She also performed in Vel’ke Kapusany and Roznava, Slovak Republic. She was re-elected as an official artist of the Florida State Touring Program for 2008-10.

Ryan Brown (MM ’85, violin), Evan Johnson (’72, violin), Wei-Chieh Lin (MM ’08, viola), and Cynthia Wong (BM ’04, MM ’05, composition) were among the recipients of the 2008 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, presented in May at the Times Center in New York. Current master’s student Evan Fein received an honorable mention.

Frank Foerster’s (Postgraduate Diploma ’85, Professional Studies ’86, MM ’87, DMA ’92, viola) Suite of Scandinavian Folk Melodies for Viola and String Orchestra was premiered by the New York Scandia Symphony, conducted by Dorrit Matson, in May at Trinity Church in Manhattan.

The Quintet of the Americas—flutist Sato Moughalian, oboist Matt Sullivan, Edward Gilmore (’85, clarinet), hornist Barbara Oldham, and bassoonist Laura Koepke—presented two concerts in June in connection with their New York University Summer Institute for Woodwind Quintets for high school and college students. One program included Eric Ewazen’s (MM ’78, DMA ’80, composition) Roaring Fork. Matt Sullivan and Esther Lamneck (BM ’71, MM ’72, DMA ’80, clarinet) are directors of the summer woodwind intensive at N.Y.U.

Maria Radicheva (BM ’84, MM ’85, violin) was a faculty member for the Violins in Valencia ’08 international master classes, held in July at the Music Conservatory “José Iturbi” in Valencia, Spain. The weeklong course included a faculty concert as part of the Chamber Music Festival in Monserrat, Valencia.

Clare Shore (DMA ’84, composition) attended the premiere of her Eser Makot (Ten Plagues) for SATB chorus, amplified viola, and three male dancers at Charleston’s Spoleto Festival in June. The Taylor Festival Choir, conducted by Robert Taylor, with Rozanna Weinberger (MM ’82, viola) and Robert Ivey Studio dancers Jon Perry, Scott Robinson, and Josh Wise presented the premiere at Circular Congregational Church in Charleston, S.C.

Bruce Stark’s (MM ’84, composition) Five Preludes and Ode to “Ode to Joy” received their European premiere in May by pianist Kai Schumacher in Duisburg, Germany. Paula Robison’s (BS ’63, flute) latest CD, Places of the Spirit, includes Stark’s Blue for flute and piano.

Composition faculty member John Corigliano, JoAnn Falletta (MM ’83, DMA ’89, orchestral conducting), Joseph Jennings, and David Lang (’74, percussion) were honored at ninth annual ASCAP Concert Music Awards at the Times Center in New York in May.

Kenneth Fuchs’s (MM ’83, DMA ’88, composition) horn concerto Canticle to the Sun was premiered by the Hartford Symphony at the Bushnell Center in Hartford, Conn., in April, with Richard Todd as soloist and Edward Cumming conducting.

John Salmon (MM ’83, piano) gave the premiere of Dave Brubeck’s Remembrance of Madeleine Milhaud in a recital at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville in February. Brubeck composed the work to commemorate the wife of composer Darius Milhaud, who died in January just two months shy of her 106th birthday. Also in February, Naxos released Salmon’s CD Nikolai Kapustin Piano Sonata No. 15, Preludes, Etudes, Bagatelles. Salmon gave piano recitals in March at McDaniel College (Westminster, Md.) and at the Festival for Creative Pianists (Grand Junction, Colo.); and in April at the Tulane Keyboard Festival (New Orleans, La.). He adjudicated for the American Pianists Association (Indianapolis, Ind.) in February and for the Texas Young Artists Competition (Conroe, Tex.) in March.

Mark Morton (Diploma ’82, BM ’83, MM ’84, DMA ’89, double bass) joined the faculty of Texas Tech University in Lubbock in August as assistant professor of double bass.

Katherine Thomas (Diploma ’82, violin), a.k.a. the Great Kat, was the only female guitarist listed in Guitar World magazine’s article, “The 50 Fastest Guitarists of All Time,” in the July issue.

Adrian Carr (BM ’81, composition) presented two days of concerts at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh, N.Y., in May, concurrent with the release of his new album, finding charlotte.

Emergency medicine physician Eric Roter (Pre-College ’81, College ’82, cello) performed a recital in February with pianist Ayke Agus, the former accompanist and assistant of Jascha Heifetz, at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles for the hospital’s annual multiple sclerosis conference.


C. Matthew Balensuela (BM ’79, saxophone) has been promoted to the rank of professor of music at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind.

Countertenor Marshall Coid (BM ’79, violin) was one of the performers in the premiere of Peter Westergaard’s ensemble opera Alice in Wonderland in May at Princeton (N.J.) University. The opera was also given two performances in June at Symphony Space in New York.

Leon Milo (BM ’79, MM ’80, percussion) played a recital in April at the Beethoven House recital hall in Bonn, Germany, with his duo partner, pianist Susane Kessel, and clarinetist and saxophonist Demetrius Spaneas. Milo is currently preparing new works for a concert in homage to Olivier Messiaen’s 100th birthday, to be presented by the Beethoven Festival in Bonn on September 6 at the Bonn Munster-Basilika with Kessel and organist Markus Karas. Milo’s arrangement for piano and electronics of Bjork’s “I Miss You” was featured on the OEHMS Classics CD released in May titled Iceland that includes piano music by Icelandic composers performed by Kessel. Milo’s India House techno track was also released on vinyl last spring by Authentic Music in Cologne, along with remixes of the track by D.J.s Drivetrain (Detroit Beat Down) and Frank Martinique (Cologne Tech-House).

William Wolfram (BM ’78, piano) performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Rochester Philharmonic, conducted by Jerzy Semkov, in February; Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Mexico City Philharmonic, conducted by Marco Parisotto, in March; Corigliano’s Piano Concerto with the Baltimore Symphony, conducted by Marin Alsop (BM '77, MM '78, violin), in April; and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 with the San Diego Symphony, conducted by Edward Cumming, in May.

Marianne Chen (BM ’77, cello) is one of the four jurists who will work with Sir John Eliot Gardiner to determine the prizewinners for the Arturo Toscanini International Conducting Competition, which will take place in October in Parma, Italy.

Centaur Records released American Fantasies, featuring pianist Mary Kathleen Ernst (BM ’77, MM ’78, piano) and violinist Hasse Borup, in May. Recorded at the National Slovenian Radio in Ljubljana, the CD features Arnold Schoenberg’s Phantasy, Op. 47 (1949) and highlights his American teaching legacy through works by Americans John Cage, Leon Kirchner, Gunther Schuller, and Donald Harris, and Canadian Jean Coulthard. Several works are heard in their world premiere recordings.

Cristine Lim Coyiuto (MM ’77, piano) performed the Schumann Piano Concerto with the Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Helen Quach, in May at the Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore. She performed the work with the Manila Symphony Orchestra in August at Santiago Hall in Manila and at the Luce Auditorium of Silliman University in Dumaguete City; and in September at the Meralco Theater in Manila.

Meral Guneyman (Diploma ’76, Postgraduate Diploma ’78, piano) performed at the 92nd Street Y in March on a program called “Piano Players, the New York Mix,” which also included Dick Hyman, Norman Simmons, Ted Rosenthal and Ray Kennedy. In April, Guneyman played a recital at Princeton University of works by Scriabin, Berg, Liszt, Ellington, Gershwin, and transcriptions by Earl Wild, as well as improvisations by Dick Hyman that she transcribed. The program also included the U.S. premiere of the Piano Sonata by Turkish composer Ali Darmar. Her recital in May at the Yamaha Recital Hall in New York was dedicated to composer and producer Ilhan Mimaroglu.

In May, Helen Kamioner (’76, voice), proprietor and director of the classical music publicity firm Creative Consultants for the Arts, was named director of North American public relations for the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.

Violinists Daniel Phillips (BM ’76, violin) and Todd Phillips (’80, violin), violist and Juilliard faculty member Steven Tenenbom, and faculty member cellist Timothy Eddy, who make up the Orion String Quartet, celebrated the ensemble’s 20th anniversary with an all-Beethoven concert in April at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In March, Koch International released the Orion’s three-CD set of Beethoven’s Late String Quartets, the second volume in the ensemble’s complete Beethoven string quartet series. In April, Phillips was featured as guest artist with musicians of the New York Youth Symphony’s Chamber Music Program in Weill Recital Hall.

A new CD of Menotti’s opera The Old Maid and the Thief, with members of the Dallas Opera and Dallas Symphony conducted by Victoria Bond (MM ’75, DMA ’77, orchestral conducting), was released last spring on Albany Records. Bond conducted Bizet’s Carmen with Chamber Opera Chicago at the Athenaeum Theater in Chicago in March. In April, she hosted her new music series, Cutting Edge Concerts, at Symphony Space in New York. Bond’s composition for children’s chorus titled Babies Can’t Eat Kimchee was premiered in May in Baltimore.

Stephen Erdody (BM ’75, MM ’77, cello) performed as cello soloist for the film August Rush, released last November, and can be heard as solo cellist in the film Nights in Rodanthe, to be released in October. 

Michael Shapiro (MM ’75, composition) was among the musicians performing Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet and Barber’s Adagio in a concert presented by the Chappaqua (N.Y.) Chamber Series in April at the Chappaqua Library Auditorium.

Piano soloist Douglas Riva (BM ’74, MM ’75, piano) joined the Coro Cervantes and the Cardiff Polyphonic Choir, directed by Carlos Fernández Aransay, along with organist Charles Matthews, for a concert in May at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London that featured the U.K. premiere of Granados’s long-lost masterpiece Cant de les estrelles, only the third performance of this work. The performance was part of the Chorus Festival organized by the South Bank Arts Center. Also in May, Riva presented a recital of works by Albéniz and Granados as part of the Clàsic Internacional de la Mediterrània in La Nucía, Spain.

Jeffrey Swann (BM ’73, MM ’73, DMA ’80, piano) performed two concerts at Bargemusic in Brooklyn in June. The program, which explored music and nature, included works by Schumann, Liszt, Messaien, and Debussy. Also in June, Swann performed two concerts at Bargemusic that featured music of Schubert, Mozart, and Chopin with the Voxare String Quartet, whose members are Emily Ondracek (BM ’04, MM ’06, violin), David Marks (BM ’06, violin), Erik Peterson (BM ’04, viola), and current master’s student Adrian Daurov, cello. In July, Swann performed works by Schubert/Liszt, Liszt, Schumann, Smetana, and Ravel on a program titled “Music of Ghost Stories, The Fantastic, The Bizarre” at Mannes College in New York in July, as part of the International Keyboard Institute and Festival.

Yo-Yo Ma (’72, cello) was inducted as an American honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters at the academy’s annual ceremonial in May. That month, he also received an honorary degree from the Rhode Island School of Design at the school’s commencement ceremony.

Ian Shapinsky (BM ’71, MS ’72, piano) gave a recital in April at the Red Rock Center in Fairmont, Minn. In February he played the Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Austin Symphony.

Works by Max Lifchitz (BM ’70, MM ’71, composition) and Awilda Villarini (’75, piano) were among those premiered in May when North/South Consonance celebrated Cinco de Mayo at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church in New York. Lifchitz and Lisa Hansen (BM ’80, flute) were among the performers.

Sandra Rivers (BS ’70, MS ’72, piano) performed the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Oakland (Calif.) East Bay Symphony, conducted by Michael Morgan, in April.


The mother-son duo of Miriam Fried (’69, violin) and pianist Jonathan Biss was presented on the 92nd Street Y’s Distinguished Artists in Recital Series in May in New York. The program included works by Brahms, Bartok, and Janacek.

The Cathedral Choral Society, conducted by J. Reilly Lewis (MS ’69, DMA ’77, organ), presented Mendelssohn’s Elijah at Washington National Cathedral in May. The soloists included mezzo-soprano Jennifer Hines (BM ’94, MM ’96, voice).

Pianist Meir Wiesel (BM ’69, orchestral conducting) performed Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations with the insertion of video art in between sections of the variations at the Tzavta Auditorium in Tel Aviv, Israel, in May.

Mescal Wilson (MS ’69, piano), a faculty member at the Greenwich House Music School in New York, was featured with violinist Lynn Bechtold in a joint faculty recital at the school in May. Also on the program was Messiaen’s Quartet For the End of Time, with David Gould (BM ’96, clarinet) and the Sophia Ensemble.

Sahan Arzruni(MS ’68, piano) played in Istanbul at the Bogazici University in May.

In May, Christina Petrowska Quilico (BM ’68, MS ’69, piano) was the recipient of the 2007 Friends of Canadian Music Award, which honors those who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to Canadian composers and their music. Also in May, her two-CD set was released, featuring music by 15 composers including Americans, Japanese, French, British, and Canadians.

In January, Donald Palma (BM ’66, double bass) gave the world premiere of Figment III, a solo double-bass piece composed for him by Elliott Carter, at Merkin Concert Hall in New York.

Carole Dawn Reinhart (BM ’65, MS ’66, trumpet) taught master classes at the China Conservatory in Beijing in April.

Conductor James Levine (Diploma ’63, orchestral conducting) and soprano Leontyne Price (’52, voice) were among the four recipients of the newly created N.E.A. Opera Honors, announced in May—the first new awards created by the National Endowment for the Arts in more than 25 years to celebrate lifetime achievement and individual excellence. (The other recipients are composer Carlisle Floyd and administrator Richard Gaddes.) The awards ceremony will take place on October 31 at the Harman Center for the Arts in Washington.

Paula Robison (BS ’63, flute) received an honorary doctorate from the San Francisco Conservatory in May and delivered the commencement address at the graduation ceremony in the school’s new concert hall.

Simon Sargon (MS ’62, composition) celebrated his 70th birthday in April with a concert of his music at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Tex., presented by the S.M.U. Meadows Symphony and the S.M.U. Wind Ensemble. The program included the premiere of his Lift Off—A Concert Overture, commissioned by the wind ensemble. Sargon was honored this summer at the American Conference of Cantors’ national convention in San Francisco, where a program of his liturgical works was featured. A new CD by oboist Erin Hannigan released on the Crystal label in May titled From Hafiz to Firewing includes Sargon’s Homage to Hafiz for oboe and piano and Haas Trio for oboe, bassoon, and piano, with the composer as pianist.

The Israeli Contemporary String Quartet performed Steve Reich’s (’61, composition) Different Trains, a work for live string quartet and prerecorded sounds, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York’s Battery Park in May, commemorating Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day).

A 70th-birthday celebration marathon of Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee’s (’60, piano) music took place in June at the Rivers School Conservatory in Weston, Mass. Participating were musicians from the U.S. and Europe, including students of all ages and levels as well as teachers and concert artists. Several of Rahbee’s works for solo and two pianos were featured at the 18th annual Festival of Contemporary Music at the New England Conservatory in February, and a concert of her music was presented on a performing arts series in Lincroft, N.J., in March. Rahbee’s 10+10 was included in a CD of four-hand music released by New York pianists David Pearl and Rubi Miyachi last spring.


Conductor and flutist Harold Jones (Diploma ’59, flute) led his Antara Ensemble in the final concert of its 14th season at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in New York in May. The program included the premiere of Ray Leslee’s Andante for Strings, as well as music by Bach, Bizet, Ginastera, Grieg, and William Foster McDaniel.

Three CDs of the complete Beethoven violin and piano sonatas, performed by Uri Pianka (Diploma ’58, violin) and Jonathan Zak (’63, piano), were released in January on the Danish label Classico. They were recorded at three live concerts in Jerusalem, Israel.

Thomas Mastroianni (BS ’57, MS ’58, piano), president of the American Liszt Society, presented a three-day festival titled “Liszt, Literature and Painting” at the Library of Congress, the Catholic University of America, and the National Gallery of Art in May and June. Artists and scholars from the U.S. and six foreign countries attended. In July, Mastroianni presented a concert at the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival (of which he is co-founder) in Vietri sul Mare, Italy, titled “The Impressionists Rediscover the 17th Century.”

Henry Grimes (’54, double bass) performed at the Outpost Performance Space in Albuquerque and at the High Mayhem Studio in Santa Fe in May. He also performed in May at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, and in June at the Stone in Manhattan. Grimes also performed in June as part of the Vision Festival at Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center in Manhattan.

North/South Consonance presented music by Elizabeth Bell (BS ’53, composition), Victoria Bond (MM ’75, DMA ’77, orchestral conducting), Kenneth Froelich, Max Lifchitz (BM ’70, MM ’71, composition), and Carlos Salzedo in May at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church in New York. Performers included Renée Jolles (BM ’88, MM ’89, violin), harpist Susan Jolles, and Lifchitz. The North/South Consonance Chamber Ensemble, conducted by Lifchitz, presented two programs in June at the church. The first featured premieres by Hayg Boyadjian, Lifchitz, Hilary Tann, and Mary Jeanne van Appledown, with soloists Lisa Hansen (BM ’81, flute), oboist Virginia Shaw, and Claudia Schaer (BM ’02, MM ’02, violin). The second one included George Tsontakis (MM ’76, DMA ’86, composition) as narrator for a program that included premieres by Eleanor Cory, Lei Liang, Dominique Schafer, and Gregg Wramage.

Barbara Lepselter-Kupferberg (BS ’53, piano) gave a concert at Great Neck House in May with Lauretta Mennone and Herbert Feldman (’50, violin; ’51, viola). She just completed the lyrics to four songs composed by David Rubenstein, a Virginia composer, and is writing the libretto to an opera by Nikita Wells, a well-known baritone and composer also in the Washington area, where she now resides.

Harold Farberman (Diploma ’51, percussion) headed the Conductors Guild Workshop at Fredonia (N.Y.) University in April. In May, Farberman conducted the Taiwan National Conservatory Orchestra in the Taiwan premiere of his Double Concerto for Violin and Percussion; the program also included Mahler’s First Symphony. In July and August, he directed the Conductors Institute at Bard College.

Wagnerian heldentenor Kenneth Bennett Lane (’51, voice) sang at the Yoga Expo at the New Yorker Hotel in Manhattan in June.

The New York Cantata Singers and the Choral Symphony Society, under the baton of David Labovitz (Diploma ’50, Postgraduate Diploma ’52, piano), performed Bach’s Mass in B Minor at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church in Manhattan in May. Soloists included soprano Ruth Ann Cunningham (MM ’88, voice).


Edwin R. Benachowski (Diploma ’49, bass clarinet), conductor of the Desert Symphony, will launch the orchestra’s 20th anniversary celebration season on November 2 with a concert at the McCallum Theater for the Performing Arts in Palm Desert, Calif., that features pianist Roger Williams as guest artist. The Symphony’s Children’s Music Discovery Series (Hooked on Classics) continues to provide free concerts for school children; some of the program’s former scholarship recipients have attended Juilliard.

James Cohn’s (BM ’49, MS ’50, composition) A Grecian Festival was premiered by the Laurel Ensemble in San Francisco, in April, with repeat performances in May. His Three Bonbons, commissioned for Virginia Davidson and the New York Treble Singers, received its premiere in May. Premieres of Cohn’s works taking place in June included the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, performed by Eric Grossman (Certificate ’89, violin) with the Havana Philharmonic in Havana, Cuba, and the Sonata for Solo Violin, performed by Aaron Blomme in Ghent, Belgium. His Variations on a Chinese Folksong: Trio for Flute, Oboe and Piano for the La Senorite Trio and The Lily Pond for the Three Sisters Trio were both commissioned last spring.

Gerald Fried (BS ’48, oboe) conducted the Davenport Pops Orchestra at Yale University in a concert of his music for television and film on February. He also gave two seminars and a masters’ tea.

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