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Jonathan Campbell (BFA ’10) and Shamel Pitts (BFA ’07) danced in the world premiere of Sidra Bell’s Homme on July 17 at Baruch College Performing Arts Center in New York City. 

GroundWorks DanceTheater, including company member Katie Wells (BFA ’10), performed dance faculty member David Parker’s All I Do, a riff on the tune “All I Do Is Dream of You,” from the 1952 movie musical Singin’ in the Rain. The performance took place at the Akron-Summit County (Ohio) Main Library in April. 


Charlotte Bydwell (BFA ’09) performed her one-woman show Woman of Leisure and Panic in May at New York City’s P.S. 122 as part of the eighth annual soloNOVA festival. In June, Bydwell, a member of Monica Bill Barnes & Company, performed with the company in the Gotham Dance Festival at the Joyce Theater in New York City. 

In June Carlye Eckert (BFA ’09) appeared in the lengthily named Rememory: a glimpse in to the minds of two people building, projecting, and recalling a reality that may or may not exist. A duet for actor Seth Michael May and choreographer Carlye Eckert. The performance took place at New York City’s Dance New Amsterdam and was the culmination of Eckert and May’s three-month emerging artist residency. Also in June, Eckert performed with Luke Murphy in Drenched, which Murphy choreographed for the La Mama Moves Dance Festival. 

Kristina Hanna (BFA ’09), Aaron Carr (BFA ’09), Brandon Cournay (BFA ’09), and Emily Oldak (BFA ’05)—all Keigwin + Company dancers—took part in K + C Extended, a summer tour of large-scale works. They performed at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (Becket, Mass.), Green Box Arts Festival (Green Mountain Falls, Colo.), SummerStage (New York City), and Vineyard Arts Project (Edgartown, Mass.). 

Choreographer Adam Weinert (BFA ’08) celebrated the online release of his Match Box Dances with a party on April 16 at Envelope in Brooklyn. This short film was shot Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood and  features dancers Carlye Eckert (BFA ’09) and Charlotte Bydwell (BFA ’09) among others. 

Austin McCormick’s (BFA ’06) Company XIV performed Dénouement as part of New York City’s  La Mama Moves Dance Festival in June. Company XIV dancers Laura Careless (BFA ’07), Brittanie Brown (BFA ’11), Arika Yamada (BFA ’09), Davon Rainey (BFA ’04), and Lauren Michelle Criddle (BFA, ’05) performed Pinocchio: A Fantasy of Pleasures at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe  in August. 

Bennyroyce Royon (BFA ’06), a member of Armitage Gone! Dance, performed with the company at the Joyce Theater in New York City in April and May. Royon also taught dance workshops at Evolve Dance in Tarrytown, N.Y. in May and gave a weeklong workshop in Stavanger, Norway, in August. 

Brynt Beitman (BFA ’05) performed in June with Bruce Wood Dance Project at the Montgomery Arts Theater in Dallas. 

Gallim Dance, which was founded by Andrea Miller (BFA ’04), presented Miller’s Wonderland in June at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City. Company members Caroline Fermin (BFA ’07), Troy Ogilvie (BFA ’07), and Arika Yamada (BFA ’09) performed. 

Rachel Tess (BFA ’04), spent the month of March at the Wieden + Kennedy gallery space in Portland, Ore., for a monthlong project in which she improvised movement in response to an elaborate sculptural installation by artists Damien Gilley and Jordan Tull, with Thomas Thorson composing an abstract score. Tess and company showed the work in progress on March 17 and revealed its final form in performances on March 30 and 31. 

Shannon Gillen (BFA ’03) and her company, Shannon Gillen & Guests, premiered Clap for the Wolfman in May at New York City’s St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery. 

Grasan Kingsberry (BFA ’03) can be seen performing in the ensemble of Catch Me If You Can at Broadway’s Neil Simon Theater. 

Darrell Grand Moultrie (BFA ’00) debuted his new dance company, Dance Grand Moultrie, with three premieres in June at Red Hook Park in Brooklyn and two premieres in July at  SummerStage in Central Park. 


Takehiro Ueyama’s (BFA ’95) company Take Dance premiered his first full-evening work, Salaryman, in May at New York City’s Dance Theater Workshop.


Duane Cyrus (BFA ’88) received tenure at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he will teach graduate and undergraduate students in technique and  repertory and also advise students taking part in independent studies in entrepreneurship. 

In July, Neta Pulvermacher (’85) directed the 2011 Swamp Dance Festival, a four-week intensive for pre-professional and professional dancers 16 and older at the University of Florida School of Theater and Dance in Gainesville. 

In February, Diane Butler (BFA ’83) was noted as the first foreign doctoral candidate to receive a Ph.D. in cultural studies from Bali’s Universitas Udayana. Her dissertation was called “Religiosity in Art Inspired by Samuan Tiga and Tejakula, Bali: Unity in Diversity.” 


Yasuko Tokunaga (BFA ’70), retired in June after 21 years as director of the Boston Conservatory’s dance division. 



On June 15, Berkshire Playwrights Lab presented a staged reading of The Recommendation by Jonathan Caren (Playwrights ’10) at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Mass. Daniel Winerman directed the reading. In May, Caren joined 50 emerging actors, writers, directors and producers for the 2011 T.S. Eliot U.S./U.K. Exchange at London’s Old Vic Theatre. 

In May and June, Special Sauce Company, a New York-based theater collective whose co-artistic director is Chris Myers (Group 39), presented The Flash Plays: City to City, a monthlong festival of new site-specific theater performed in public locations around the city to raise money for disaster relief in Japan. 


Gabriel Ebert (Group 38) starred in 4000 Miles by Amy Herzog, which was directed by Daniel Aukin and presented by Lincoln Center Theater/LTC3. Performances took place in June and July, at the Duke on 42nd Street in New York City. The play will be revived as part of Lincoln Center Theater’s regular season, in May 2012.

Welcome to Walmart by Samuel D. Hunter (Playwrights ’08) was featured in Theater Breaking Through Barriers’ presentation of Some of Our Parts, a group of seven short (10-minute) plays on themes related to disability. Performances took place at New York City’s Clurman Theater in June and were directed by Kimothy Cruse.

This summer, Ben Rappaport (Group 37) was featured in the premiere of Sex Lives of Our Parents by Michael Mitnick at McGinn/Cazale Theater in New York City. It was directed by Davis McCallum.

Sam Gold (Directing ’06) will direct Seminar by Theresa Rebeck, which is scheduled to open on Broadway this fall.

On April 11, Erin Krakow (Group 35), Pamela Nyberg (Group 09), and Michael Urie (Group 32) did a reading of Stephen Fry’s translation of Ring Round the Moon by Jean Anouilh. The reading took place at the Acting Company in New York City and was directed by Rob Melrose.

In July, Daniel Morgan Shelley (Group 35) performed in Lucy Thurber’s The Insurgents at the Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, W.Va. The production was directed by Lear deBessonet.

In April, David R. Adjmi (Playwrights ’02) was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship for both prior achievement and exceptional promise.

From May to July, Samantha Soule (Group 31) performed in Rachel Crothers’s rarely seen A Little Journey at the Mint Theater Company in New York City. It was directed by Jackson Gay.

In March and April Daniel Talbott (Group 31) directed Stephanie Janssen’s The Umbrella Plays at the Tank in New York City. In May, Talbott directed the premiere of the Lesser America theater company’s production of Squealer. Among the cast members of the play, which is by Jonathan Blitstein, was Nate Miller (Group 39).

Tanya Barfield (Playwrights ’01) has been commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to write a new work for its American Revolutions: The United States History Cycle of plays.


In February, Joanna Settle (Directing ’97) will direct the world premiere of The Total Bent, at the Public Theater in New York City. The book and lyrics are by Mark “Stew” Stewart who, with Heidi Rodewald, also wrote the music.

In May and June, Daniel Goldfarb’s (Playwrights ’96) Cradle and All was presented by Manhattan Theater Club at New York City’s Center Stage I. It was directed by Sam Buntrock.

This summer, David Auburn (Playwrights ’95) directed Michael Weller’s Side Effects. The production was presented by MCC Theater and performed at New York City’s Lucille Lortel Theater. Auburn will direct the Old Globe Theater’s production of Eugene O’Neill’s Anna Christie, which is scheduled to run from March 10-April 15, 2012, at the Sheryl and Harvey White Theater at the Conrad Prebys Theater Center in San Diego.

In May, Gregory McFadden (Group 24), Michael Milligan (Group 30), Samantha Soule (Group 31), and Gregory Wooddell (Group 27) participated in a reading of John O’Keefe’s Wild Oats at New York City’s Red Bull Theater as part of the Revelation Readings series. 

Danny Mastrogiorgio (Group 23) appeared in Ten High by Ben Rosenthal. The play, which ran in May and June, was part of Ensemble Studio Theater’s Marathon 2011: Series A in New York City. It was directed by Vocal Arts drama coach John Giampietro. 

Michael Hayden (Group 21) was featured in the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park productions of All’s Well That Ends Well, directed by Daniel Sullivan, and Measure for Measure, directed by David Esbjornson. Katie Tuminelly (Group 40) also appeared in Measure for Measure. Both productions ran in repertory from June 25 through July 30 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. 


Bill Camp (Group 18) participated in a reading of Alan Alda’s play Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie on June 1 at Alice Tully Hall.

In June, John Benjamin Hickey (Group 18) won a Tony Award for best supporting actor for his performance in Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart. Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire (Playwrights ’97) received a Tony nomination for best play and Patti LuPone (Group 1) was nominated for best supporting actress in a musical for Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

In May, three Juilliard alums received Obie Awards: Andre Braugher (Group 17) for The Whipping Man, Michael Chernus (Group 28) for In the Wake, and Samuel D. Hunter (Playwrights 08) for his play A Bright New Boise.

In April and May, Kathleen McNenny (Group 17) performed in Christopher Durang’s absurdist comedy Beyond Therapy, which was directed by David Kennedy at the Westport (Conn.) Country Playhouse. 

In July, Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish, a feature film dramedy written, produced, and directed by Eve Annenberg (Group 14), opened commercially at the new Eleanor Bunin Monroe Film Center at Lincoln Center. The film had its world premiere in 2010 at the Berlin Jewish Film Festival, where it won the audience favorite award. Dramaturgy was by faculty member Eve Shapiro.


Henry Stram (Group 6) and Finn Wittrock (Group 37) performed in The Illusion,  Tony Kushner’s adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s play, directed by Michael Mayer, and presented by Signature Theater Company at Peter Norton Space in New York City (May 17–July 17).

Linda Alper (Group 4) was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to direct and teach in Tapei, Taiwan.

Kevin Kline (Group 1) was featured in the Lincoln assassination film The Conspirator, directed by Robert Redford, which opened on April 15. Kline also starred in the French film Joeuse, directed by Caroline Bottaro, which opened as Queen to Play in the U.S. on April 1.

In May, Patti LuPone (Group 1) starred in New York City Ballet’s production of Brecht and Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins. Directed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, the production took place at the Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater. LuPone also hosted a televised tour of Lincoln Center, which aired on PBS in July.



In April, it was announced that Gabriel Lefkowitz (MM ’10, violin) had been named concertmaster of the Knoxville (Tenn.) Symphony Orchestra.


Kathryn Eberle (MM ’09, violin) is now the associate concertmaster of the Utah Symphony, in Salt Lake City.  

In May, soprano Haeran Hong (MM ’09, voice) took first prize in the in the seventh singing competition of the Queen Elisabeth International Competition. 

In June, bassist Ben Williams (MM ’09, Jazz Studies) released State of Art (Concord Jazz).

Asian Fantasias, Paul Smith’s (MM ’08, guitar) debut recording, was released on the Vienna Modern Masters label. The music is by David Loeb.

After competing in the American Pianists Association’s Jazz Discovery Week in Indianapolis in April, Aaron Diehl (BM ’07, jazz studies) won the 2011 Cole Porter Fellowship, which includes $50,000 plus career development assistance. 

Guerguan Tsenov (MM ’07, orchestral conducting) led the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra as a guest conductor in June at New York City’s Peter Norton Symphony Space. The program included Brahms’s Symphony No. 3, Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 2, and Bizet’s Carmen Suite No. 2. 

The inaugural concert of Gala NYC, a multigenre, improvisation-linked series founded by Mike Block (MM ’06, cello), took place at the Brooklyn Lyceum in May. Performing with Block were Anastasia Khitruk (’92, violin), Kinan Azmeh (MM ’03, Graduate Diploma ’04, clarinet), percussionist John Hadfield, singer-songwriter Jefferson Hamer, bass player Josh Meyers, and guitarist Kyle Sanna. The group will present a full season of concerts from September to May.

Katherine Bormann (MM ’06, violin) joined the first violin section of the Cleveland Orchestra in March; previously she was a soloist and concertmaster with the New World Symphony, in Miami Beach. 

Miranda Cuckson (Pre-College ’90; BM ’94, MM ’01, DMA ’06, violin) launched her Web site,, in April. In May, she played Ileana Perez-Velázquez’s … Un Ser Con Unas Alas Enormes, for violin and electronics, with the Azure Ensemble at New York City’s Peter Norton Symphony Space. Later that month, with the ensemble counter)induction, of which she’s a member, Cuckson premiered a work written for her—Kyle Bartlett’s Tombeau. Tattoo. Tether.—at the Tenri Cultural Institute in Manhattan. The program also included works by Jorge García del Valle, Katharina Rosenberger, Douglas Boyce, and Jukka Tiensuu (’73, composition). In June, Cuckson performed again with counter)induction, playing works by Wuorinen, Babbitt, Davidovsky, and Louis Karchin with fellow ensemble members Benjamin Fingland (BM ’97, MM ’99, clarinet), Sumire Kudo (Artist Diploma ’03, resident quartet), Jessica Meyer (BM ’96, MM ’98, viola), and Steven Beck (BM ’01, MM ’03, piano) at Bargemusic in Brooklyn. In August, Cuckson performed in the Bard Music Festival in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., and the Portland (Me.) Chamber Music Festival. 

David Salsbery Fry (Graduate Diploma ’06, voice) won first place for men in the ninth International Vocal Competition Bidu Sayão in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in April. He was also named best performer in the opera aria category.

Wei-En Hsu (MM ’06, collaborative piano) was the pianist for the Opera Company of Brooklyn’s production of Verdi’s Rigoletto at Studios353 in New York City in April. 

In May, Ryan McAdams (MM ’06, orchestral conducting) led the New York Youth Symphony in its last concert of the 2010-11 season. The performance took place at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium and included Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” Symphony, Siegfried’s Rhine Journey interlude by Wagner, and the premiere of Eric Guinivan’s Meditation and Awakening.

In June, a one-act opera by Justine Fang Chen (Pre-College ’94; BM ’98, MM ’00, violin, composition; DMA ’05, composition) called On the Origin was presented as part of American Lyric Theater’s evening of “operatic fantasies on temptation.” Cheng worked with librettist Rochelle Bright, and the work was performed by sopranos Chelsea Basler and Caroline Worra, baritone Christopher Burchette, and music director/pianist Keith Chambers. The concert took place at New York City’s Peter Norton Symphony Space

Richard Cox (Artist Diploma ’04, opera studies) gave a recital as part of the Chattanooga Music Teachers Association’s Day of Collaborative Music at Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, Tenn., in January. In March, he made his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut as Don José in the company’s student matinee performances of Bizet’s Carmen. In June, he appeared as Bacchus in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos at the Teatro Municipal in Santiago, Chile. Cox can be heard in the role of Froh on the Oehms Classics recording of Wagner’s Das Rheingold, released in January; he is scheduled to perform the same role with Oper Frankfurt in June 2012. 

A work by Spencer Topel (BM ’02, MM(’04, composition) and installation artist Soo Sunny Park is being featured through July 1, 2012, at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Mass. Their installation, Capturing Resonance, combines state-of-the-art technologies from both material sciences and signal processing with industrial construction materials to create a large-scale immersive environment. Topel is on the faculty at Dartmouth College, where he teachings composition in the Digital Musics program. 

On September 26 at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s season opener, Pizzicato for String Quartet by Vivian Fung (BM ’96, MM ’97, DMA ’03, composition) will be performed by the Escher String Quartet, whose members include Adam Barnett-Hart (BM ’04, violin) and assistant faculty member Dane Johansen (MM ’08, Artist Diploma ’10, cello). Fung’s Violin Concerto, which will have its premiere on September 15 at New York City’s Angel Orensanz Center, will be performed by the Metropolis Ensemble and soloist Kristin Lee (Pre-College ’04; BM ’08, MM ’10, violin). In April, some of Fung’s work was performed by Juilliard’s graduate string quartet in residence, the Afiara, and baritone Jonathan Estabrooks (MM ’09, voice) in a composer spotlight concert at New York City’s Americas Society. Fung’s Yunnan Folk Songs was premiered in March by the Fulcrum Point New Music Project in Chicago. In July, North Carolina’s Eastern Music Festival premiered a commission Fung wrote for its 50th anniversary, with Gerard Schwarz (BS ’72, MM ’90, trumpet) conducting. 

Daniel Alfred Wachs (MM ’00, piano; MM ’03, orchestral conducting) served as a cover conductor for the Houston Symphony in January and for a rehearsal of the Pacific (Orange County, Calif.) Symphony in February. He also guest conducted a Monterey (Calif.) Symphony youth concert in March before leading Chapman University’s gala production of selections from La Traviata and Die Fledermaus in April. His CD of Mozart piano concertos and symphonies was released on an independent label in December, and in May he was elected to be a class representative on the Curtis Institute of Music alumni council.

Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin’s (BM ’01, viola) ensemble, Ljova and the Kontraband, performed Busk with Aszure Barton and Artists, including dance alumni Jonathan Alsberry (BFA ’06), Emily Oldak (BFA ’05), Stephan Laks (BFA ’03), Andrew Murdock (BFA ’07), and Cynthia Welick Salgado (BFA ’05), at New York City’s Baryshnikov Arts Center in December. In February, Zhurbin’s Sirota, commissioned by the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies and pianist Inna Faliks, was premiered by Falkis at the Highland Park (Ill.) Community House; she performed it at Brooklyn’s Bargemusic in June. In March, Yo-Yo Ma (Pre-College ’71, Professional Studies ’72, cello) and the Silk Road Ensemble premiered Zhurbin’s arrangement of a piece by Rabih Abou-Khalil. In May, cellists Eugene Carr (Pre-College ’77) and Jessie Reagen Mann of 2VC played Zhurbin’s Lamentation at the Sixth Street Community Synagogue in New York City. Tim Fain (MM ’00, violin) and Steven Beck (BM ’01, MM ’03, piano) played Zhurbin’s Sicilienne at New York City’s Icosahedron Gallery in February.

In March at Paramount Theater in Oakland, Calif., Arash Amini (MM ’99, Professional Studies ’00, cello), Cyrus Beroukhim (MM ’01, DMA ’07, violin), and pianist Tara Kamangar performed Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, conducted by Michael Morgan. 

Jennifer Choi (MM ’00, violin) replaced Mary Rowell (Pre-College ’74; BM ’80, MM ’81, violin) in the self-described postclassical collective Ethel. Rowell founded the ensemble in 1998 with Ralph Farris (BM ’93, MM ’94, viola), Neil Dufallo (Pre-College ’91; BM ’95, MM ’97, DMA ’02, violin), and Dorothy Lawson (MM ’84, DMA ’90 cello).

Karen Johnson (BM ’00, violin) joined the United States Marine Band in March as a violinist.  


Judy Kang (MM ’99, violin) performed as a violinist in Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball tour from February 2010 to May 2011. This past January, Kang performed Affairs of the Heart, a concerto for strings and string orchestra by Marjan Mozetich, with Sinfonia Toronto, conducted by Nurhan Arman, at Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studio. 

Ilona Oltuski’s interview with Inbal Segev (BM ’98, cello) was published on in January and on in April. In May, Segev was a soloist with the Boulder (Colo.) Chamber Orchestra, playing the Brahms Double Concerto with concertmaster Annamaria Karacson. That same month, Segev performed works by Dohnanyi, Debussy, and Brahms with fellow members of the Amerigo Trio, which also includes faculty members Glenn Dicterow (BM ’71, violin) and Karen Dreyfus (viola), at Tannery Pond in New Lebanon, N.Y. The ensemble was joined by pianist Alon Goldstein. In June, Segev performed works by Bach and Kodaly with composer and pianist Fernando Otero at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. 

In May, Tonna Miller (’97, voice), Jennifer Hines (BM ’94, MM ’96, voice), and Michael Zegarski (Advanced Certificate ’96, voice) sang Charles David Osborne’s settings of the works of Henry Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Thomas Merton, Robert Frost, D.H. Lawrence, David Wagoner, William Austin, Donald Justice, and Jane Hirshfield at Merkin Concert Hall.

In March, Samuel Marchan (BM ’95, viola) led master classes, workshops, and private lessons in Canaima, Venezuela, through El Sistema, a program that aims to foster social change through music education for children. At St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, Marchan organized and produced an April concert by Musica de Camara—an ensemble founded by Eva de la O (BS ’53, voice) to celebrate Hispanic music. The program included works by Héctor Campos Parsi, Astor Piazzolla, and Francisco Zumaqué. In May, Marchan participated in Musica de Camara’s lecture-demonstration series at Castle Hill Middle School in the Bronx. 

In May, Ayako Yonetani (BM ’86, MM ’87, DMA ’93, violin) performed the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Slovak State Philharmonic of Kosice, conducted by Martin Leginus, at Spisska Nova Ves and Humenne in Slovakia.

In June, Terence J. Flanagan (’91, organ) was made the music director at the Presbyterian Church of Mount Kisco, N.Y.; he had been the interim music director. The church’s pipe organ is built by von Beckerath and was installed in 2008.

In March, Viviana Guzman (MM ’90, flute) performed her arrangements of three tangos for flute and orchestra with the Stockton (Calif.) Symphony at San Joaquin Delta College and played with her guitar and flute quartet, Festival of Four, for the Ripon (Calif.) Arts League. In April, she gave a master class and performance at the San Diego Flute Guild’s Spring Flute Festival at San Diego State University. 

In June, Gerard Schwarz (BS ’72, MM ’90, trumpet) conducted his final concerts as music director of the Seattle Symphony, a position he held for 26 years. He then became the conductor laureate. The city of Seattle gave a block-long section of University Street a new name, Gerard Schwarz Place, in his honor. 

Anne Akiko Meyers (Pre-College ’87; Certificate ’90, violin) recorded U2’s “Pride (In the Name of Love)” with Michael Bolton for his CD Gems (Sony), which was released in June. In March, Meyers performed with the KBS Symphony in Seoul, Korea. In April, she gave two performances to benefit disaster relief in Japan, at New York City’s Japan Society and at Woodside (Calif.) High School. 


The Asian American Performing Arts Association of Texas presented its spring concert in May at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano, Tex., featuring a performance of the Brahms Piano Trio in B Major, Op. 8, by artistic director Fenia I-Fen Chang (BM ’87, MM ’89, piano), Michael Shih (Pre-College ’88; BM ’93, MM ’95, violin), and cellist Bion Tsang (Pre-College ’84). 

In May, Ireland’s Ulster Orchestra announced that JoAnn Falletta (MM ’83, DMA ’89, orchestral conducting)  had been appointed its principal conductor. She is the first woman and first American to hold the post. Also in May, Falletta conducted the Buffalo Philharmonic and its concertmaster, Michael Ludwig, in Songbook, a violin concerto by Daron Hagen (MM ’87, composition), at Buffalo’s Kleinhans Music Hall. 

In August, Chin Kim (Pre-College ’75; BM ’82, MM ’83, DMA ’89, violin) gave a recital (with David Oei (Pre-College ’69;’72, piano) at the Honest Brook Music Festival, in Delhi, N.Y., where he is also a member of the faculty. Kim also performed this summer at (and is on the faculty of) the following: Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vt.; the Summit (N.J.) Music Festival; and the International Music Institute in Emmitsburg, Md. 

Vesna Stankovic (MM ’89, violin) was appointed to the violin faculty at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria, in March. That month, she also gave a recital of works by J.S. Bach, Lutoslawski, Dvorak, and Brahms with pianist Uki Ovaskainen in Vienna’s Schubert-Saal of the Wiener Konzerthaus. 

The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra under the direction of Rick Benjamin (’87, tuba) released Midnight Frolic: The Broadway Music of Louis A. Hirsch (New World Records) in November. Benjamin is currently at work on a multidisc recording of his reconstruction of Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. It will be released by New World and produced by Judith Sherman (as was Midnight Frolic).

In April, Renée Fleming (’86, voice/opera), graphic designer Milton Glaser, and actor John Lithgow received 2011 Fulbright lifetime achievement medals at the New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. The medals are awarded to Fulbright alumni who have contributed to civic and cultural causes as well as to their fields. In July, she and tenor Joseph Calleja performed in a program called “Live From Jerusalem” in July with the Israel Philharmonic under the baton of Zubin Mehta. Also in July, Fleming sang at the wedding of Prince Albert of Monaco. 

This spring, two works by Victor Kioulaphides (MM ’86, double bass), Guitar Concerto and Gotas, a three-part song cycle, were premiered by guitarist Christopher Kenniff, who performed with the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra at Summit (N.J.) High School on the concerto and joined soprano Katherine Harris for Gotas at Kean University, in Union, N.J. 

In June, Richard Kessler (BM ’82, MM ’83, trombone) was named the dean of Mannes College the New School for Music. Previously, Kessler had been the executive director of the Center for Arts Education, which promotes arts education in New York City public schools.

In March, Carolyn Sebron (BM ’81, MM ’83, voice) appeared as Marian Anderson in the Washington National Opera’s educational presentations of Let Freedom Sing: The Story of Marian Anderson, a chamber opera by Bruce Adolphe (Pre-College ’71; BM ’75, MM ’76, composition). The previous month, Sebron and Lloyd Arriola (MM ’96, DMA ’02, piano) performed with Onyx Vocal Consort at CUNY-York College in a Black History Month celebration. 

On June 13, Larry Thomas Bell’s (MM ’77, DMA ’82, composition) Baroque Concerto was performed by Aldo Abreu (recorder), Paul Cienniwa (harpsichord), and Sam Ou (MM ’96, cello) at a Boston Early Music Festival fringe concert at First Church in  Boston.

David Bernard (Pre-College ’82) led the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony and jazz pianist Ted Rosenthal in May at All Saints Church in New York City.  

In April, Gary Goodman (MM ’82, piano) played the second installment in his series of performances comprising Beethoven’s complete piano sonatas at the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin in Chappaqua, N.Y. The concert was sponsored by a client of Orange Crystal Consulting, Goodman’s computer services company, and proceeds benefited disaster relief in Japan. 

In June, Katherine Thomas (Pre-College ’79; Diploma ’82, violin), a.k.a. the Great Kat, released her CD Beethoven Shreds. In other news, Thomas’s 1998 EP Bloody Vivaldi was named the sixth bloodiest album cover of all time by writer K. Thor Jensen in March.

In February, Dauri Podenski Shippey (BM ’78, MM ’80, voice) performed in a Westminster Choir College faculty recital titled “Music of the Night” at Bristol Chapel in Princeton, N.J. She sang Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire as well as works by Bellini, Kurt Weill, Schumann, Brahms, and others. In May, she was a soloist with the Westminster Community Orchestra—singing arias by Mozart, Weber, Nicolai, and Puccini—at Princeton University’s Richardson Auditorium.


In March at Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City, Thomas Brown (MM ’79, piano) played the opening recital in a three-part series inaugurating the church’s recently restored 1898 Steinway C concert grand piano and celebrating the fifth anniversary of its Anderson pipe organ. He played works by Granados, Ravel, Balakirev, and Chopin on the piano and music by Gigout, Franck, Widor, and Duruflé on the organ.

In March, the Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble played two works by Victoria Bond (MM ’75, DMA ’77, orchestral conducting)—Bridges and Jasmine Flower—at the Deering Estate at Cutler in Miami. In April, Jon Deak (BM ’65, double bass), David Wallace (Advanced Certificate ’95, DMA ’99, viola) on violin, and banjo player Bill Gordh performed Br’er Rabbit at the Wolves Party (music by Bond, words by Gordh, who also narrated) as part of a New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concert. That same month, two of Bond’s works were performed at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater in New York City’s Peter Norton Symphony Space as part of the Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival. Also in April, Kathleen Supové (MM ’75, piano) and actor Oleg Dubson performed Bond’s farce The Page Turner at St. Peter’s Church in New York City. In May, the Phoenix Youth Symphony premiered Bond’s Thinking Like a Mountain at Phoenix Symphony Hall. 

 In December, Anthony Scelba (DMA ’76, double bass) entered into a partnership with the Riverwoods, Ill., publisher Edition Silvertrust, which now publishes his arrangements of chamber works with double bass parts. 

In May, Joel Rosenberg (BM ’75, viola) was a guest conductor with the Symphony of the Canyons at Kanab (Utah) High School’s auditorium. He led the orchestra in a performance of Mozart’s Symphony in A Major, K. 201, and was a soloist, along with Linda Ghidossi-DeLuca (BM ’75, MM ’77, viola), in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola, K. 364, and in Glinka’s Two Songs for Piano and Orchestra. The concerts were part of Amazing Earthfest, a celebration of the Colorado Plateau.  

In April, David Tobey (Pre-College ’71; BM ’75, violin) performed in the White Plains Library Foundation’s annual gala. From March to June, Tobey’s artwork was on display at the White Plains Museum Gallery, with the library receiving a percentage of the proceeds from sales.

The premiere of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s (DMA ’75, composition) Quintet for Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Contrabass was presented by the La Jolla (Calif.) Music Society in August. The piece was commissioned and written for the 35th anniversary of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, comprising piano faculty member Joseph Kalichstein (BS ’67, MS ’69, piano), violinist Jaime Laredo, and cellist Sharon Robinson. The work will receive its New York premiere on November 29 in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall and will then be performed in venues across the country. Jeffrey Biegel (BM ’83, MM ’84, piano) will premiere Zwilich’s Shadows for Piano and Orchestra, which he and a dozen international orchestras commissioned, with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto, on October 29 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater in New Orleans. Biegel will subsequently perform the piece with Canada’s Niagara Symphony, Boston’s Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, West Virginia’s Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, Iceland’s Aurora chamber orchestra, and other ensembles.

Trudy Kane (BM ’72, MM ’74, flute) was granted tenure as associate professor of flute at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, on June 1. The 2010-11 year marked many performances: a September recital at the school’s Coral Gables campus concluding with Angels and Devils by Henry Brant (Diploma ’30, piano; Certificate ’32, composition) with Douglas Phillips conducting the flute performance majors. Angels and Devils was repeated at the Florida Flute Convention in January, and Kane performed the Prokofiev Sonata there as well. Kane gave chamber performances with other Frost faculty members during the school year as well as several performances of Joel Puckett’s flute concerto Songs of Sirius with the Frost Wind Ensemble conducted by Gary Green. 

After 31 years on the faculty of Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama, William DeVan (BM ’71, MM ’72, piano) gave his retirement recital in May at the college’s Hill Recital Hall, playing works by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, Ravel, and Barber. DeVan will continue teaching individual piano students at the college. 

Violinist Lynn Chang (Pre-College, ’71) performed last December at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo, Norway, to honor imprisoned human rights activist Liu Xiaobo. 

Max Lifchitz (BM ’70, MM ’71, composition) accompanied soprano Patricia Caicedo in a Cinco de Mayo celebration concert at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church in New York City. 


In March, Christina Petrowska-Quilico (BM ’68, MS ’69, piano) gave a recital to launch two new CDs at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, Ontario. The CDs, her 24th and 25th, are The Liszt Anniversary Collection and Ann Southam’s Glass Houses Revisited

In March, Sahan Arzruni (Diploma ’65, BM ’67, MS ’68, piano) marked the 100th anniversary of birth of Armenian-American composer Alan Hovhaness with a recital at First Congregational Church in Berkeley, Calif., organized by the new-music organization Other Minds. The program contained several premieres whose manuscripts are in Arzruni’s possession. Portions of the recital were broadcast on American Public Radio’s Performance Today later that month. Arzruni also performed an all-Khachaturian program in Montreal. A documentary of Khachaturian’s life, which the pianist helped create in 2003, was screened as well.

Rita Chen (Diploma ’67, Postgraduate Diploma ’68, piano) played works by Scarlatti, Haydn, Schumann, Chopin, Cécile Chaminade, Debussy, Granados, and Liszt at the Chaminade Music Club in Yonkers in April. In January, some of Chen’s compositions were presented by the Westchester Musicians Guild in Scarsdale, N.Y. Among them were a medley of American children’s songs for six hands on one piano, two Taiwanese vocal songs, Lantern Dance, and the premiere of Meandering for violin. 

In March, Stephen Shiman (Pre-College ’56; BS and MS ’68, oboe) recently became the executive director of the Portland (Me.) Conservatory of Music. Previously he was director of the Newark School for the Arts for 22 years.

Toby Perlman (BS ’65, violin) and faculty member Itzhak Perlman (Pre-College ’63; ’68, violin) received honorary doctorates from the Cleveland Institute of Music in May. The awards honor the couple’s creation of the Perlman Music Program for gifted young musicians. 

In February, Francis Schwartz (BS ’61, MS ’62, piano) performed his political music theater work The Structure of Mendacity—a response to the art show “The Rhythm of Structure”—at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Fla. His Le Rêve d’Antigone was premiered in March by the Orchestre de Flûtes Français and soloist Pierre-Yves Artaud, conducted by Paul Mefano, at Reid Hall in Paris. 

Twelve international prize-winning students of Solomon Mikowsky (B.S. ’60, M.S. ’61 piano) participated in the opening of the Mikowsky Recital Hall at the Manhattan School of Music last October. In March, Mikowsky was a member of the jury at the inaugural Bang & Olufsen PianoRAMA-Competition in Aarhus, Denmark. In May, he visited his native Havana, Cuba, to verify the completion of the renovation of a new concert hall and the delivery of a Steinway concert grand piano he donated. In June, he toured China with two of his M.S.M. students and gave master classes. In July, he taught two one-week summer piano courses at the International Piano Festivals in Torreldones, Spain. 


In June, David Cerone (’59, violin) received a Cleveland Arts Prize lifetime achievement award. Cerone was being honored in part for his work as president of the Cleveland Institute of Music, from 1985 to his retirement in 2008, when he was succeeded by former Juilliard faculty member Joel Smirnoff (BM ’75, MM ’76, violin).

In June, students of Stephen Wolosonovich (BS ’59, violin) gave a recital of works by, among other composers, Walter Legawiec (BS ’51, violin), at the Westfield (N.J.) Library. 

Bobby McFerrin (Pre-College ’58) was a headliner in the D.C. Jazz Festival in June, where he performed with Howard University’s Afro Blue Reunion Choir at Warner Theater. 

In April, Henry Grimes (’54, double bass) performed in Brooklyn at 475 Kent Street with bass guitarist Melvin Gibbs. In June, he performed in the Vision Festival in Manhattan. And in July, he and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith performed at Zurcher Studio in New York City. Grimes played bass and violin and read poetry. 

Alfred Watson (BS ’54, piano) launched his new Web site,, in April. 

In April, Russell Oberlin (Diploma ’51, voice) gave a master class for voice students and a lecture/discussion on his career for faculty and students at Cornell University. 

In April, Joan Rothman Brill (’50, piano) played in the Lower Keys Community Choir and Keys Chamber Orchestra performances of Ruth Elaine Schram’s The Living Last Supper, conducted by Wayne Hulting, in Big Pine Key and Cudjoe Key, Fla. 

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