November 2011

Dance | Drama | Music



Billy Barry (BFA ’11) was featured in the October issue of DanceSpirit magazine in an article by Margaret Fuhrer. 

Chelsea Ainsworth (BFA ’10) and Kendra Samson (BFA ’09) are planning a five-week trip in 2012 to the Philippines, where they will give dance, art, and improvisation classes to students at the Philippine High School for the Arts. 

Ballet Hispanico members Donald Borror (BFA ’10), Jamal Callender (BFA ’09), and Rodney Hamilton (BFA ’03) performed with the company at New York City’s Bryant Park Festival in September. 

Kelly Robotham (BFA ’10) joined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in June. 


Nathan Madden (BFA ’09) has left Montreal’s Les Ballet Jazz to get back to his musical theater roots, performing at the Northshore Music Theater in Beverly, Mass., in Footloose as Jeter and a member of the ensemble in August. Madden moved on to Houston to the Theater Under the Stars to play Rusty Charlie in Guys and Dolls September and October. 

Marla Phelan (BFA ’09) performed in Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More at New York City’s McKittrick Hotel. In this immersive theater work, the audience roams around a building and experiences Macbeth through physical performance. 

Andrea Miller (BFA ’04), artistic director and founder of Gallim Dance, choreographed a new work for ballet dancer Drew Jacoby that was premiered at New York City Center’s  2011 Fall for Dance Festival at New York City Center in October. Also in October, Gallim dancers Arika Yamada (BFA ’09), Caroline Fermin (BFA ’07), and Troy Ogilvie (BFA ’07) performed in Miller’s Blush at the University of Massachusetts Concert Hall in Amherst, Mass., and at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. 

In July and August, Brock Labrenz (BFA ’03), an associate artist of the Forsythe Company in Frankfurt, performed choreographer William Forsythe’s Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time, a four-hour solo amid more than 400 swinging pendulums, at the Taipei (Taiwan) Arts Festival. 


From November 10 to 13, Erin Wilson (BFA ’98) will be exhibiting quilts she made at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. Proceeds from this annual juried exhibition and sale benefit the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Wilson worked with David Neumann/Advanced Beginner Group from 1999 to 2007 and now works full-time as a self-employed textile artist.

In October, Jessica Lang (BFA ’97) debuted her new company, Jessica Lang Dance, at New York City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival with the New York premiere of Among the Stars.  


After graduating from Juilliard, Kaisha Thomas (BFA ’87) received two master’s degrees: one in dance/movement therapy and the other in mental health counseling; she also has a Ph.D. Dually licensed as a mental health counselor and marriage and family therapist, she has a private practice in Palm Beach, Fla.

Laura Colby (BFA ’84), the director of Elsie Management, which she founded in 1995, accompanied the Brian Brooks Moving Company to the Goyang Lake Park Arts Festival as part of the Seoul (Korea) Performing Arts Market in October.

Nan Friedman’s (BFA ’80) long career in dance included performing with Lucinda Childs Dance Company, Martha Clarke (BFA ’65), David Rousseve, Robert Wilson and Philip Glass (Diploma ’60, MS ’62, composition), and Victoria Marks. She has been in a few films (including Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) and commercials, staged dances in Italy and Israel, and taught dance and movement for actors at Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles), U.C.L.A., and the Laura Henry Acting Studio. She wrote for the 2002 Emmy-winning season of Rugrats and also wrote a book for Time for Kids. She has also spent many years as an event producer, and in 2009 opened and still manages Santa Monica’s Annenberg Community Beach House, a five-acre oceanfront public venue.


Susan Allair (BFA ’79, dance) became a certified public accountant in 1993 and has worked for the California Franchise Tax Board since 1994. This winter, she will be teaching ballet classes at the Sierra 2 Center for the Arts and Community in Sacramento.

Debra Zalkind (BFA ’73) danced in Anabella Lenzu’s The Grass Is Always Greener, a piece about immigration and the struggle to find a better life. The performances took place in September and October at the Baryshnikov Art Center in New York City.

Kathleen Harty Gray (BS ’71) recently presented her piece Grant Us Courage ... Grant Us Peace as part of a September 11 commemoration at Northern Virginia Community College; Gray’s three brothers were in the New York City Fire Department at the time of the attacks. Gray is a choreographer and teacher at the community college, which has a student body representing 190 different ethnic backgrounds. She received a master’s in education from the University of Virginia in 1978.

Darryl Robinson (’71) reports that his relationship with Lincoln Center began in 1971 and continues to this day. He was recruited to Dance Theater of Harlem so he didn’t graduate from Juilliard, but since retiring from performing, he has worked as a telephone sales agent with Center Charge, a customer service manager for Lincoln Center, and is now a box office agent for New York City Ballet.


In September, Jennifer Muller (BS ’67), artistic director and founder of Jennifer Muller/The Works, presented her company at New York City’s Bryant Park Fall Festival.



Gabriel Ebert (Group 38) and Corey Hawkins (Group 40) are in Andrew Hinderaker’s Suicide, Incorporated, presented by Roundabout Underground, Roundabout Theater Company’s new-works initiative. The production, directed by Jonathan Berry, opened in October and runs through December 23.

Sam Gold (Directing ’06) directed Zoe Kazan’s We Live Here at Manhattan Theater Club; the production, which ran from September 22-October 30 featured Oscar Isaac (Group 34)

Rebecca Brooksher (Group 34), Jorge Chacon (Group 40), Keith McDonald (Group 35), Nick Westrate (Group 35), and Samira Wiley (Group 39) are appearing in the Public Theater’s production of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost. Directed by Karin Coonrod, the production is scheduled to run through November 6 and is presented as part of the New York City theater’s Public Lab season.

Jessica Chastain (Group 32) stars in Don Ferrarone’s film Texas Killing Fields, which was directed by Ami Canaan Mann and released by Anchor Bay Films on October 7. She was also featured in Take Shelter, which was written and directed by Jeff Nichols and released on September 30 by Sony Pictures Classic. 


Benjamin Krevolin (Group 22) recently became the associate director of leadership gifts in the office of alumni affairs and development at Vassar College. Prior to that, he served for eight years as the president of the Dutchess County Arts Council, where he raised money for the arts, funded programs from grassroots projects to professional organizations, and advocated for the arts in Albany and Washington. He is also now an amateur violinist. 

Paul Michael Valley (Group 20) is featured in Act II Playhouse’s Any Given Monday at 59E59 Street Theater. It opened in October and is scheduled to run through November 6. The play, by Bruce Graham, was directed by Bud Martin.


In September, David Rainey (Group 16) directed the Back Porch Players’ production of In the Blood by Suzan-Lori Parks. The performance took place at the Barnevelder Theater in Houston.

Gregory Jbara (Group 15) has a recurring role in the CBS police drama Blue Bloods. In September, Jbara gave his final performance as Jackie Elliot (Billy’s dad) in Billy Elliott the Musical after an award-winning three-year run in the role.

Sandy Souhrada D’Amato (Group 13) has launched The Hello You Show at, a storytelling and activity site for toddlers, preschoolers, and their families. 


Thomas Eley (Group 5) works in marketing and sales for an online newsletter called Sales-Fax News. His clients are media companies including NBC, Spin magazine, and City Search. “After Juilliard and after a lot of auditions and a few acting jobs, I got my M.B.A. from Columbia and then went into advertising,” he reports. He worked for ad agencies in New York and Greece, developed new customers for the out-of-home advertising industry, did marketing for, worked for a start-up Israeli technology company called Magink, and was a consultant to Coca-Cola, among other jobs. “One through-line for my career in business is that I am a really good presenter in small meetings or in front of large groups,” he wrote. “That acting training, especially speech class with Robert [Neff] Williams, has paid off after all!”

Lyn Greene (Group 5) and Richard Levine (Group 6) are executive producers and writers of the new Starz TV series Boss. The show stars Kelsey Grammer (Group 6) and premiered on October 21.

Edward Edwards (Group 4) appeared in Ruskin Group Theater’s production of Stephen Metcalfe’s The Tragedy of the Commons. Directed by Dave Florek, the production opened September 30 in Los Angeles and is scheduled to run through November 7. Edwards is also developing and directing a one-man show called It’s About Time for actor Paul Linke. 

Elaine Hausman (Group 3) writes, “although I appeared as Allegra Calderello on the hit FX television series Nip/Tuck in 2004 and 2009, I left the field of acting in 1991 to pursue my interest in advanced accounting at U.C.L.A.” Among the companies she did consumer research for were Ford and Chrysler, and she also spent 14 years as a consultant for Aromatique, a home fragrance company. Since 2009 she has been an executive vice president of marketing and practice liaison for the internal medicine and geriatric practice at Hampton Health, Ltd., in San Francisco. 

Patti LuPone (Group 1) and Mandy Patinkin (Group 5) have teamed up for An Evening With Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, which opens in previews at Broadway’s Ethel Barrymore Theater on November 16 and runs through January 13, at which point it will tour the United States.



In May, Robert Knopper (BM ’09, percussion) was appointed to the Metropolitan Opera orchestra’s percussion section. 

In August, violinist Kyung Jun Kim (Pre-College ’06) won third prize in the strings category at the fifth Yokohama (Japan) International Music Competition. 

Julianne Marie (BM ’04, MM ’05, viola) is currently a captain and a physician in the Canada’s armed forces.

In May, the sixth annual Keys to the Future festival celebrated contemporary solo piano music with 27 recent works and three premieres at the Henry Street Settlement’s Abrons Arts Center in New York City. Five out of the 10 performers were alumni: Stephen Gosling (BM ’93, MM ’94, DMA ’00, piano), Marina Lomazov (MM ’95, piano), Eric Huebner (BM ’99, MM ’01, piano), Blair McMillen (MM ’95, piano), and Tatjana Rankovich (BM ’84, MM ’85, piano).

Zachary Smith (BM ’01, double bass) recently became the chief operations officer at Voxel in New York City. The appointment was made after he successfully led the Internet infrastructure and content delivery company’s first institution round of funding. Prior to working at Voxel, he worked in information technology support at Credit Suisse First Boston and founded a company that provides electronic transaction technology for Internet Web sites. He lives in Battery Park City with his wife and son.

In May, Hazel “Hazy” Malcolmson (BM ’00, bassoon) became the assistant general counsel at American Realty Capital in New York City. Prior to that, she was an associate in the corporate department of Proskauer Rose, LLP, in New York City. In addition to corporate work at Proskauer, she also advised arts-related pro bono clients with respect to co-production, rights, employment and services agreements, corporate governance policies, and obtaining and maintaining nonprofit tax exemption.


We Are the Knights, a documentary about a Brooklyn-based orchestra (the Knights), aired in September on Thirteen/WNET. The ensemble, founded by brothers Colin Jacobsen (Pre-College ’94; BM ’99, violin) and Eric Jacobsen (Pre-College ’00; BM ’04, cello), is made up mainly of Juilliard alumni. 

Benjamin Rankin (MM ’98, percussion) is the international training director at Givenchy Parfums in Paris.

Jennifer Gartlan (Pre-College ’94; ’96 bassoon), who received a J.D. from Catholic University in 2002 and an LL.M. from Georgetown Law Center in 2009, is counsel to the managing director for the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission.

Tenor Jeff Prillaman (MM’94, voice) recently collaborated with Charles Hulin (MM ’96, piano) on Hulin’s new song cycle Come Thou Fount, which they will be performing at festivals across the country in the coming year. Both are also on the board of a community music startup Da Capo Virginia (dacapova
.org) that merges education, performance, and community service. Prillaman’s passion for integrating technology and the arts is also echoed in his career outside performing. In October 2010, he resigned from his position as director of information technology at Capital One and became a managing solutions architect at Cisco Systems. 

Audra McDonald (BM ’93, voice) is currently on a tour of North America (including an October stop at Carnegie Hall) performing show tunes, movie songs, and new works with an orchestra led by conductor Ted Sperling. Upon completing the tour, McDonald will open on Broadway as Bess in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess at the Richard Rodgers Theater. Previews of the show, whose original book was reimagined by playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, begin on December 12; the show’s out-of-town previews took place in Cambridge, Mass., in August and September.

The New York Women’s Ensemble, under the direction of Virginia Luque (Advanced Certificate ’91, guitar), will be making its debut on November 29 in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall with an all-Mozart program. 

Gabe Wilson (Barnard-Columbia-Juilliard Exchange ’93, violin) is associate medical director of New York City’s St Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital emergency department, where he has worked for 11 years. He appears on television newscasts locally and nationally discussing medical issues, most recently on Fox 5 Evening News in August.


Lisa Lind (MM ’89, French horn) has worked in property management, information technology, administration, and operations since 1998. Currently, the urban biking aficionado lives in a suburb of Minneapolis/St. Paul with her son and daughter and is the assistant to the executive director and building coordinator at Resources for Child Caring, a nonprofit organization. 

An Die Musik, whose members are Frank Almond (BM ’87, MM ’89, violin), Nicholas Cords (’94, viola), pianist Constance Emmerich, cellist Daniel Rothmuller, and Robert Ingliss (BM ’78, oboe), will be performing works by Jerzy Sapieyevski, Schubert, Mozart, and Mendelssohn at New York City’s Merkin Concert Hall on November 6.

Steve Sigurdson (BM ’88, cello) was the principal cellist of the Florida Philharmonic until 2003, when the orchestra folded. After that, he worked as a freelance cellist and cello teacher for several years until he moved to Chicago to pursue an M.B.A. at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Sigurdson expects to graduate in June 2012, at which point his goal is to apply his newly gained knowledge toward improving the business of arts education and nonprofit management. 

Emine Aysegul Durakoglu (MM ’87, piano) presented a lecture-recital at Bilkent University in Turkey on April 19. The program included works by Debussy and Chopin. Earlier that month, she performed at Drom, a club in New York City, in celebration of the release of her newest album, of Debussy’s 12 piano études. 

Lisa Sinden-Gottfried (BM ’87, viola) received her Ph.D. in counseling psychology in 1999 and is currently a psychologist in private practice in St. Louis. Prior to this, she worked at Washington University in St. Louis as a staff psychologist for nine years. 

Gretchen Gillis (Pre-College ’86) lives in Houston, where she works as a petroleum geologist and occasionally joins the viola section of the Houston Sinfonietta. 

Mary Hastings (MM ’86, trumpet) recently accepted the position of director of development of the London Symphony Orchestra. She will launch a U.S. fund-raising arm of the orchestra with offices based in New York City. An active performer and teacher, Hastings continues to serve on the adjunct faculty of Queens College at the Aaron Copland School of Music. 

On November 1, the Cross Island ensemble, whose members are Suzanne Mueller (Pre-College ’80; BM ’85, cello), Elinor Abrams Zayas (Pre-College ’69), and clarinetist Joseph Rutkowski, will perform a CD release concert for their latest album, Quiet Strength. The concert, held at New York City’s Saint Peter’s Church, will feature works by Roger Blanc (MM ’81, composition), Jeffrey Harrington (’79, composition), and others.

Yukari Saegusa (Pre-College ’85) is a managing director in investment banking for Barclays Capital in New York. Yukari studied Piano in the Pre-College Division with Jane Carlson. Saegusa received a B.S. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and then worked for Price Waterhouse’s management consulting division for four years before getting an M.B.A. from M.I.T.’s Sloan School of Management. She worked for Citigroup before joining Barclays, in 2004. 

Bruce Stark’s (MM ’84, composition) American Suite for flute and piano was performed by flutist Pamela Youngblood and Gabriel Bita (MM ’ 96, piano) at the National Flute Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on August 12. In July, a complete concert of Stark’s works was presented at the Nogata Kumin Hall in Tokyo. In May, pianist Tatjana Rankovich (BM ’84, MM ’85, piano) gave the U.S. premiere of Stark’s Six Dances at New York City’s Henry Street Settlement: Abrons Arts Center as part of the Keys to the Future festival. 

This year, Dmitry Rachmanov (BM ’81, MM ’83, piano) has given performances and lectures in the U.S., China, and Russia. In March, he released an album, Beethoven and His Teachers, with pianist Cullan Bryant and soprano Maria Ferrante on the Naxos label. In October, he was a featured performer at Northwestern University’s Lisztomania, a celebration of Franz Liszt’s bicentennial year. 

Throughout November, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenburg (Pre-College ’78; Diploma ’80, Professional Studies ’82, violin) will be leading the San Francisco-based New Century Chamber Orchestra on a tour of the East Coast as part of its 20th-anniversary season. The tour will include a November 15 performance at New York City’s Peter Norton Symphony Space and the program will consist of works by Rossini, Barber, Bolcom, and Mendelssohn.

Guitar World magazine’s list “The 50 Fastest Guitarists of All Time” includes Katherine Thomas, a.k.a. the Great Kat (Pre-College ’79; Diploma ’82, violin). 

Maximo Flugelman’s (MM ’81, composition) Concerto Breve for piano and orchestra was performed on October 6 by the Buenos Aires Philharmonic at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires with Marouan Benabdallah as soloist. 

Wynton Marsalis (’81, trumpet) and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, in partnership with the New York City Center, will be presenting a new production called Cotton Club Parade at New York City Center from November 18 to 22. A hybrid of jazz and musical theater, the show will celebrate Duke Ellington and his orchestra’s years at Harlem’s Cotton Club during the 1920s and 1930s. 

This summer, the 30th-anniversary season of the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival in Highlands, N.C., whose artistic director is William Ransom (BM ’80, MM ’81, piano), included performances by more than a dozen Juilliard alumni. 


Robert Neu (BM ’80, MM ’79, clarinet) recently marked his 15th anniversary as vice president and general manager of the Minnesota Orchestra. He is also a freelance stage director in the Twin Cities, and his recent productions include On the Town for Skylark Opera and The Magic Flute for the Minnesota Orchestra in April. Upcoming productions include Hansel and Gretel with the orchestra (November 25-December 2), Patience with the Minneapolis Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company (March 9-April 1), and Wonderful Town with Skylark Opera (June 2012).

After graduating from Juilliard, Jules Putterman (BM ’78, MM ’79, clarinet) received an M.B.A. from Columbia University and then became a commodities trader. He is currently a managing director and head of the commodities group at Credit Agricole in New York. 

Christine Radman (Pre-College ’73; BM ’77, MM ’78, voice), who has a master’s degree in speech and language pathology, currently treats voice professionals for various disorders (she specializes in patients who have experienced sudden voice loss) in addition to giving voice lessons. In addition, she has worked for the past seven years as an attorney for the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Professional Medical Conduct, a regulatory agency that oversees physicians to ensure the safety of patients they treat. 

In October, the Isotone series, led by husband and wife duo Scott Lang Eddlemon (BM ’77, percussion) and Susan Eddlemon (BM ’71, MM ’72, DMA ’80, violin), made its New York City debut at Peter Norton Symphony Space. The program, which included new works by Victoria Bond (MM ’75, DMA ’77, orchestral conducting) and Larry Spivack (MM ’77, percussion), was a tribute to scientists Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, and Steven Hawking. 

Mark Wood (’76, viola) was featured in the October issue of Strings magazine for his workshop Electrify Your Strings, which teaches kids about contemporary music and electric string instruments.

On September 11, Jed Distler (Pre-College ’74) performed his composition 110 for 911 at New York City’s Jazz Gallery. The piece, which was written for piano and electronics, featured lines by 110 poets. 

Harold Haff (MM ’72, trombone) had his first book published in February 2011: The Founders of American Cuisine; Seven Cookbook Authors With Historical Recipes (McFarland Publishers). Haff is a chef instructor at Le Cordon Bleu in Atlanta and has written numerous magazine and journal articles about wine and food. For more information, visit

Yo-Yo Ma (Pre-College ’71; Professional Studies ’72, cello) is one of five performing artists who will receive a John F. Kennedy Center Honor for lifetime contributions to American culture. The award will be presented by President and Mrs. Obama at the White House on December 4. 

Helen Rosen (Pre-College ’66; MS ’71, BM ’70, piano) wrote a paper called “The Integration of Meditative Techniques into a Traditional Psychotherapy Practice” that was published in A Clinical Voice, a publication of the Pennsylvania Society of Clinical Social Work in September. In October, she led a workshop called “The Use of Buddhist Philosophy and Mindfulness-Based Psychology in Working with Difficult Emotions” at the Won Institute in Glenside, Pa. 


After graduating from Juilliard, Bruce McLellan (BM ’68, French horn) played with several American and Canadian orchestras until 1985, when he went to law school in St. Paul, Minn. “I literally did not touch the horn for over 23 years,” he writes. “But I started playing again about three years ago. I rejoined the union in Minneapolis and have had a few freelance jobs since. As the result of a local audition, I have been hired to play one of the Minnesota Opera’s productions this winter. I still have a full-time day job as an attorney, but I practice the horn every day and wait for the next freelance job to come along.”

In July, Kirstin Synnestvedt (BS ’63, organ) became the principal organist at the Glenview (Ill.) New Church. 

China II-Beijing by Dinos Constantinides (Diploma ’60, violin) received numerous performances this summer, including one by the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra International at New York City’s Avery Fisher Hall. In September, his Piano Concerto was premiered by the Louisiana State University Symphony with Michael Gurt (MM ’82, piano) as soloist. The following month included a performance of his Violin Concerto No. 1 by the Louisiana Sinfonietta and his Saxophone Concerto No. 1 and Symphony No. 6 by the Constanta (Romania) Symphony Orchestra. 


La Jolla, a quartet by John Williams (’55, composition), received its premiere at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s Sherwood Auditorium as part of the La Jolla Chamber Music Society’s Summerfest. The piece was dedicated to violin faculty member Cho-Liang Lin (Pre-College ’77; Diploma ’82, violin); movements of it were also dedicated to Deborah Hoffman (BM ’82, MM ’83, harp) and John Bruce Yeh (BM ’80, clarinet). The musicians were joined by cellist Joshua Roman for the performance. 

Henry Grimes’s (’54, double bass) fall schedule included a four-night residency with the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project and a 30-minute solo improvisation in Aldo Tambellini’s installation Black Zero at the Chelsea Art Museum in New York City. His schedule also includes performances in England, the Netherlands, France, Hungary, and Germany. For a complete list of performances, visit

Kenneth Bennett Lane (’51, voice) will be performing two solo recitals at the Lake Hiawatha, N.J., branch of the Parsippany Public Library. The first, on November 5, will feature “catchy, upbeat melodies,” Lane wrote; his three-hour concert on December 3 will be titled Love as Expressed in All the Vocal Music Formats. 


Doris Pines (Diploma ’47, Postgraduate Diploma ’49, piano) is a real estate broker with Century 21 on Long Island and also coaches performance-quality pianists. 

Christian “Al” Jensen (’46, oboe) writes that he attended Juilliard for two years and served in the Army Air Force before moving back to his hometown, Dallas. Before leaving New York, Jensen played oboe with the NBC Symphony “as a result of Harold Gomberg’s recommendation as he was my teacher and best friend.” (Gomberg was on the Juilliard oboe faculty from 1947 to 1977). Jensen graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1948 and then moved to Enid, Okla., where he opened a music store that he closed in 2007 after his wife of 55 years became ill. He was a professor of oboe at Phillips University in Enid from 1969 to his retirement, in 1995, and in 2010 became an adjunct professor of oboe at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Enid and Alva. Jensen, who received the Oklahoma governor’s arts award in 1984, reports that he is “still teaching, playing, and feeling great,” and that he has 11 oboe students. “Juilliard has always opened so many doors for me.”

In July, Bernard Zaslav’s (Diploma ’46, violin) memoir, The Viola in My Life: An Alto Rhapsody, was published by Science & Behavior Books. The book comes with two full-length CDs with recordings by the Zaslav Duo and various string quartets of which Zaslav has been a member.

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