In April, John Brancy (BM ’11, Graduate Diploma ’13, voice) launched johnbrancy.com. In May, he and the site were featured on the blog Barihunks: The Sexiest Baritone Hunks From Opera.
In June, Karina Canellakis (MM ’13, orchestral conducting) was awarded the Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship for the 2013-2015 seasons.
Benjamin Sheen (MM ’13, organ) won first prize (cash, a management contract, and a performance) in the inaugural Longwood Gardens (Pa.) International Organ Competition. Among the judges was faculty member Paul Jacobs. This month, Sheen became the assistant organist at New York City’s St. Thomas Church.
Yekwon Sunwoo (MM ’13, piano) won the top prize in the fifth Sendai (Japan) International Music Competition.
In July, soprano Lilla Heinrich Szsdasz (MM ’13, voice) won the American Prize in vocal performance—the Schorr Voice Award—in the college/university opera division. She also recently won the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust Grant and the SAI Competition in Voice. In July she performed Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Chautauqua Institute; it was conducted by Milos Repicky and directed by vocal arts faculty member John Giampietro.
Next Collective, which includes Kris Bowers (BM ’10, MM ’12, jazz studies) and Ben Williams (MM ’09, jazz studies), has released Cover Art (Concord).
Sean Chen (BM ’10, MM ’12) came in third in the 14th annual Van Cliburn Piano Competition, which was named after Van Cliburn (Diploma ’54, piano). Second-year master’s student Fei-Fei Dong was also a finalist. The jurors included piano department chair Yoheved Kaplinsky (Pre-College ’64; BM ’68, MS ’69, DMA ’73), Joseph Kalichstein (BS ’67, MS ’69, piano), and Blanca Uribe (BM ’70, piano).
Caleb Hudson (BM ’10, MM ’12, trumpet) has joined the Canadian Brass.
In May, Michael Lee (MM ’12, composition) was one of six recipients of a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
In March, Naomi O’Connell (MM ’10, Artist Diploma ’12, voice) performed a recital at Weill Recital Hall titled Witches, Bitches, and Women in Britches. The program featured unusual songs by English, French, and German composers.
The New York Philharmonic announced that Leelanee Sterrett (Academy ’12) will join its French horn section starting in the 2013-14 season and that Molly Norcross (BM ’09, MM ’11) and Jesse McCormick (BM ’04) will do so starting in the 2014-15 season.
Itamar Zorman (MM ’09, Artist Diploma ’12, violin), piano Artist Diploma candidate Andrew Tyson, and the Escher String Quartet, of which Dane Johansen (MM ’08, Artist Diploma ’10, cello) is a member, are recipients of 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grants.
Peter Anderson (BM ’09, MM ’11, jazz studies) and Will Anderson (BM ’09, MM ’11, jazz studies) will perform at Worldwide Plaza and St. Peter’s Church in New York City and the Stamford (Conn.) Yacht Club in September; Ohio State University’s annual Clarinet Spectacular in Columbus in November; Twins Jazz Club in December; and the Central Illinois Jazz Festival in Decatur in late January and February.
Caroline Cole (MM ’11, harp), second-year master’s violinist Nikki Chooi, and Christine Lamprea (BM ’11, cello) were among the musicians who won the Astral Artists National Auditions in April.
In May, David Fulmer (MM ’06, DMA ’11, composition) was one of two recipients of a Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
In April, Ta’u Pupu’a (Artist Diploma ’11, opera studies) sang Cavaradossi in the Hawaii Opera production of Tosca in Honolulu.
Beiliang Zhu (MM ’11, historical performance) was the viola da gamba soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra in its performances of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in March.
Javier Bernardo (MM ’10, voice) was one of the tenors to sing the role of Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore in the Martina Arroyo Foundation’s Prelude to Performance concerts at Hunter College in July.
Michael Gilbertson’s (BM ’10, composition) Guitar Concerto was premiered by Ben Pila (MM ’08, guitar) with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra in February.
In June, Moran Katz (BM ’06, MM ’08, Artist Diploma ’10, clarinet) won first prize in the 2013 Ima Hogg Competition in Houston; as part of her prize, she performed with the Houston Symphony later that month. Elizabeth Fayette (Pre-College ’06) received fourth prize in the competition.
Evan Shinners (BM ’08, MM ’10, piano) kicked off the 2013 Harlem Arts Festival in June; his performance was followed by one by Kris Bowers (BM ’10, MM ’12, jazz studies). In July, a play that Tina Howe wrote for Shinners called Breaking the Spell was produced at Summer Shorts, a festival of new American plays mounted at the 59E59 Theaters.
Yoonjung “Yoonie” Han (Pre-College ’03; MM ’09, piano) gave recitals at the following venues this spring: Reduta Bratislava Concert Hall in Slovakia; the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; and the Frick Collection in New York. Her debut recording—which is part of a series called the Victor Elmaleh Collections and includes works by Granados, Haydn, Liszt, Bach-Busoni, and Albéniz-Godowsky—was released by the Concert Artists Guild in June.
The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra named Allegra Lilly (BM ’07, MM ’09, harp) as principal harp and announced that Ann Fink (BM ’05, MM ’07, violin) has joined the first violin section.
Kimberly Patterson’s (MM ’09, cello) Cold Dark Matter: Music for Cello and Guitar (MSR Records), which she recorded with guitarist Patrick Sutton, came out in May.
In April, Ballet San Jose premiered Eighty One, a dance set to music by Jakub Ciupinski (MM ’08, composition) and choreographed by Jessica Lang (BFA ’97, dance).
Avner Dorman (DMA ’06, composition) was named music director of CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra in May and will hold the position through June 2016. Dorman conducted the Brussels Philharmonic for the recording of his score for the film The Wonders, a film noir set in modern-day Jerusalem, which was released in Israel in June.
Ryan McAdams (MM ’06, orchestral conducting) conducted the Opera Theater of St. Louis’s production of The Pirates of Penzance in May and June.
In June, Cynthia Lee Wong (BM ’04, MM ’05, composition) was named the second annual New Voices composer. As such, she will participate in a multi-organizational residency that includes working with a publisher (Boosey & Hawkes), workshopping new compositions, and premieres with the New World Symphony (in November and April) and San Francisco Symphony (in the 2014-15 season) in orchestral and chamber settings.
This summer, Yaniv Attar (MM ’03, guitar) started as the new-music director of the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra in Bellingham, Wash. In April, Attar conducted a performance of the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra in which faculty member (and Attar’s former teacher) Sharon Isbin was the soloist.
Jessie Montgomery (BM ’03, violin) has been named the Sphinx Organization’s inaugural composer in residence. Her works will be presented by the group’s chamber ensemble and the Catalyst Quartet, of which Montgomery is one of the violinists, at various venues in the fall including Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium on October 8.
Daniel Alfred Wachs (MM ’00, piano, MM ’03, orchestral conducting) performed in the Los Angeles Philharmonic Chamber Music Series at Walt Disney Concert Hall in January. He made his conducting debut with the Oakland East Bay Symphony in April conducting Arab and Israeli musicians in the West Coast premiere of Astrolatry by Avner Dorman (DMA ’06, composition); Liran Avni (BM ’98, MM ’00, DMA, ’07, piano) was a soloist. In May, Wachs led the Chapman University Chamber Orchestra, of which he’s the music director and conductor, in Mozart’s Requiem in May. In August, he led the Orange County (Calif.) Youth Symphony Orchestra on a 10-day tour of the United Kingdom.
Reto Bieri (Graduate Diploma ’02, clarinet; pictured) chamber music professor at the Würzburg (Germany) University of Music, becomes the artistic director of the Davos (Switzerland) Festival this month.
In August, Joseph Bousso (MM ’02, orchestral conducting) took over as the resident conductor of the opera house in Koblenz, Germany.
Alexander Fiterstein (BM ’00, Graduate Diploma ’02, clarinet), cellist Nicholas Canellakis (Academy ’10), and Steven Beck (BM ’01, MM ’03, piano) performed at Bargemusic in June.
Vivian Fung (BM ’96, MM ’97, DMA ’02, composition) is one of four composers commissioned by the Chicago Sinfonietta with the Chicago Architecture Foundation to write a four- to six-minute musical evocation of a landmark for a project called ChiScapes. Fung’s piece, Aqua, inspired by Jeanne Gang’s Aqua Tower, was premiered by the Chicago Sinfonietta in June and will be performed by the Toronto Symphony in Toronto on April 14. In April, Fung won the classical composition of the year Juno Award (the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy) for her Violin Concerto, which was commissioned, performed, and recorded by Metropolis Ensemble.
The Euclid Quartet, which includes Si-Yan Darren Li (MM ’02, cello), released an album of Bartok’s String Quartets Nos. 1, 3, and 5 on Artek Recordings in April.
Jeremy Denk (DMA ’01, piano) has signed a contract with Random House to turn his New Yorker article “Every Good Boy Does Fine” into a book of the same name that is slated to come out in 2015 or 2016.
Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin’s (BM ’01, viola) string quartet Culai was premiered and recorded by Brooklyn Rider, featuring Colin Jacbosen (Pre-College ’94, BM ’99, violin) and Eric Jacobsen (Pre-College ’00, BM ’04, cello), for their debut album, A Walking Fire (Mercury Classics). Ljova was also commissioned to write a new song cycle, Songs of Bert Meyers, by the San Diego-based chamber music series Art of Élan. The premiere featured several Juilliard alumni including Demarre McGill (MM ’99, flute), Andrea Overturf (MM ’07, Artist Diploma ’09, oboe) and Erin Breene (MM ’03, cello). Ljova has recently finished compositions for DuoJalal and the Quintet of the Americas. With his main performing ensemble, Ljova and the Kontraband, he is currently preparing for an appearance at WOMEX, in Cardiff, Wales.
Jeffrey Fair (MM ’00, French horn) joined the faculty at the University of Washington last October and was named principal horn of the Seattle Symphony in February.
The Blind, a new opera by Lera Auerbach (BM ’96, MM ’99, piano), had its premiere at the Lincoln Center Festival in July. Among the cast members were Dominic Armstrong (MM ’05, voice) and Faith Sherman (Artist Diploma ’07, opera studies). The opera is a reimagining of Auerbach’s a cappella piece of the same name, scored here for 12 unaccompanied voices.
Andrew Grams (BM ’99, violin) became the music director of the Elgin (Ill.) Symphony Orchestra in July.
The Dallas Symphony has named Demarre McGill (MM ’99, flute) its new principal flute. He had been principal flute of the Seattle Symphony for two years.
In January, Benjamin Loeb (DMA ’98, accompanying) started as executive director of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra in Davenport, Iowa.
After 12 years with the LVMH group, Benjamin Rankin (MM ’98, percussion) has been named vice president of retail development and education at Lancôme, which is part of the L’Oréal group.
In April, James Ehnes (Pre-College ’91; BM ’97, violin) won a Juno award for best large-ensemble classical album for his recording of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto.
Speranza Scappucci (Certificate ’95, piano; MM ’97, accompanying) will conduct Don Giovanni at the Scottish Opera in October; she led the Pergolesi Stabat Mater, which was choreographed by Jessica Lang (BFA ’97, dance), at the Glimmerglass Festival in July and August.
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra has announced the appointment of Kyu-Young Kim (Pre-College ’90; BM ’95, MM ’96, violin) as senior director of artistic planning; he will also continue to be the orchestra’s principal second violinist.
In April, Jörg Widmann (Advanced Diploma ’95, clarinet) gave three concerts at the 92nd Street Y with Christian Tetzlaff, Tanja Tetzlaff, Alexander Lonquich, and Cristina Barbuti. Among the pieces on the program were Widmann’s 24 Duos for Violin and Cello; Nachtstück for clarinet, cello, and piano; and Clarinet Fantasie. In October his first grand opera, Babylon, had its premiere at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.
In February, Hyung Joon Won (Pre-College ’94; ’95, violin) gave a speech at the Oxford Union, Oxford University’s debating society, about bridging the gap between North and South Korea through music.
In May, Arianna Zukerman (BM ’95, voice) was the soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with her father, Pinchas Zukerman (Professional Studies ’69, violin), conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Reading, London, and Salisbury, England. In June, she was the lead singer in James Whitbourn’s Annelies. This choral setting of The Diary of Anne Frank with the Lincoln Trio and the Chicago Children’s Choir was released on Naxos.
Jamée Ard (DMA ’94, voice) has resigned from the position of director of national advancement and alumni relations at Juilliard to pursue a career in music therapy. She is completing her training at the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.
Mark Robertson (MM ’94, violin) served as the featured musician with the Hollywood Studio Symphony for Christopher Lennertz’s score for the film Identity Thief. David Low (BM ’86, MM ’87, cello) was the orchestra contractor.
Charis Dimaras (MM ’93, piano) has been promoted from associate professor to full professor at Ithaca College’s department of music performance.
In March, Strata, a trio comprising Audrey Andrist (MM ’87, DMA ’92, piano), Nathan Williams (DMA ’92, clarinet), and James Stern (Pre-College ’81; DMA ’91, violin) premiered Trio: A Book of Days by Kenneth Frazelle (BM ’78, composition) at the Secrest Artists Series in Winston-Salem, N.C. Other recent Strata performances took place in Westport Point, Mass; Teaneck, N.J.; and Berkeley and Stockton, Calif.
In October, the string quartet Ethel, including founders Dorothy Lawson (MM ’84, DMA ’90, cello) and Ralph Farris (BM ’93, MM ’94, viola), will give the world premiere of Ethel’s Documerica at the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. It includes music by Farris, Lawson, Ulysses Owens Jr. (BM ’06, jazz studies), and others.
The Eastman School of Music has named Renée Jolles (Pre-College ’84; BM ’88, MM ’89, violin) an assistant professor of violin.
Chin Kim (Pre-College ’77; BM ’82, MM ’83, DMA ’89, violin) performed, taught, and gave master classes at the Green Mountain (Vt.) Chamber Music Festival and at the Summit Music Festival in Pleasantville, N.Y. In November, he and David Oei (Pre-College ’69; Artist Diploma ’72, piano) will give a faculty recital at Mannes College the New School for Music with repertoire by Prokofiev, Chausson, and others.
In May, Mark Morton (Diploma ’82, BM ’83, MM ’84, DMA ’89, double bass) released his fifth CD, Bottesini’s Greatest Hits (Albany Records), on which he performs both the solo double bass part and the piano accompaniment. The first disc of the two-CD set has the double bass and piano parts; the second CD is the piano accompaniment alone.
In April, Mary Costanza (MM ’88, cello) released a two-CD set, The Complete Unaccompanied Bach Cello Suites (MSR Classics).
In July, Renée Fleming (’86, voice) received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama.
In April, Alvaro Bertrand (BM and MM ’86, composition) gave a lecture to the composition students at the Liceu Conservatory in Barcelona.
David Charles Abell (MM ’85, orchestral conducting) led two Stephen Sondheim musicals this spring: Follies at the Opéra de Toulon and Sunday in the Park With George at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. Both performances were filmed for television, and the live radio broadcast of Sunday in the Park ended a full day devoted to Sondheim’s music on France Musique Radio. In April, Abell conducted, for the third year, the Laurence Olivier Award ceremony (the British equivalent of the Tony Awards) in London.
Joy Cline Phinney’s (Pre-College ’77; BM ’84, MM ’85, piano; pictured) Our American Roots: Music for Cello and Piano (Delos), which she recorded with cellist Emmanuel Feldman, came out in May. It consists of cello and piano works by Barber, Copland, George Gershwin, and George Walker.
This spring, Jeffrey Biegel (BM ’83, MM ’84, piano) performed Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s (DMA ’75, composition) Shadows with the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston and Zwilich’s Millennium Fantasy and Liszt’s Concerto No. 1 with the Harrisburg (Pa.) Symphony Orchestra. Biegel’s third CD for the Steinway & Sons label, A Grand Romance, came out in May.
In June, Four Nations Ensemble, which includes Andrew Appel (DMA ’83, harpsichord), released its recording of Jean-Marie Leclair’s Sonatas for Flute and Continuo from Book IV and Deuxiéme Récréation de Musique (Orchid Classics Recordings).
Online courses were held to prepare listeners prior to the Ojai Music Festival, which took place in June. The courses were led by Douglas McLennan (MM ’83, piano), editor and founder of ArtsJournal.com, and featured guest instructors including Jeremy Denk (DMA ’01, piano) and Juilliard Dean and Provost Ara Guzelimian.
In March, Susan Nicholson (BM ’80, MM ’83, organ) conducted the Aspen (Colo.) Chapel Choir in the organ-only version of Duruflé’s Requiem with Mark Kruczek (BM ’78, MM ’79, organ) at the Aspen Chapel.
In December, Paul Verona’s (MM ’82, piano) recording of Isaac Albéniz’s Iberia Suite for solo piano was released on Centaur Records.
In July, Jessica Krash (MM ’84, piano) released What I Wanted to Tell You (Albany Records), an album of her own chamber compositions on which she can also be heard at the piano. Ian Swensen (Pre-College ’76; ’82, violin) is featured as well.
In May at St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church in New York City, the New Amsterdam Singers, conducted by its music director, Clara Longstreth (MM ’82, choral conducting), performed works by Matthew Harris (BM ’78, MM ’79, DMA ’82, composition), former president William Schuman, and composition doctoral candidate Elizabeth Lim, among others.
Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music has announced that Joseph Swensen (Diploma ’82, violin) will join its violin faculty as a visiting professor this fall.
Yefim Bronfman (’81, piano) is the soloist on Magnus Lindberg: EXPO; Piano Concerto No. 2; Al Largo (Dacapo Records) with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by faculty member Alan Gilbert (Pre-College ’85; MM ’94, orchestral conducting).
Wynton Marsalis (’81, trumpet) was the commencement speaker at the University of Vermont, from which he also received an honorary degree.
In April, it was announced that Peter Oundjian’s (BM and MM ’81, violin) contract as music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra would be extended through the ensemble’s 2016-17 season.
In March, Douglas Humpherys (MM ’80, piano), who is the chair of the piano department at the Eastman School of Music, was named artistic director of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation.
An article by C. Matthew Balensuela (BM ’79, saxophone), “The Israelites, the Egyptians, and ‘Plain Chicken-Shit’: The 1934 Biblical Battle of the Bands at the Indiana Roof Ballroom,” was published in the Spring 2013 issue of Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History. Balensuela is a professor of music at DePauw University and the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Music History Pedagogy.
In May, Sophia Agranovich (BM ’77, MM ’78, piano) gave two recitals—of music by Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, and the Schumann-Liszt Widmung—at the Watchung (N.J.) Arts Center and at the Nicholas Roerich Museum in Manhattan.
On September 7, Marin Alsop (Pre-College ’72; BM ’77, MM ’78, violin) will be the first female conductor of Last Night of the Proms, the culminating concert of the BBC Proms season. In July, Alsop extended her contract as music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra through 2021.
Self-Portrait With Gebirtig for cello and orchestra by Joel Hoffman (MM ’76, DMA ’78, composition) was featured on the Milken Archive of Jewish music, which is hosted by Leonard Nimoy, in June. The piece was recorded by cellist Gary Hoffman with Christopher Wilkens conducting the Berlin Radio Symphony.
Frederick Schipizky’s (MM ’78, double bass) music theater work The Reunion had its world premiere by the Erato Ensemble in May in Vancouver, B.C.
Recent performances by William Wolfram (Pre-College ’73; BM ’78, piano) include Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto in G Minor with the Rochester Philharmonic in March; three of Beethoven’s piano concertos with the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra in June; and Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Ireland’s Legend for piano and orchestra with the Oregon Coast Festival Orchestra in July.
Victoria Bond’s (MM ’75, DMA ’77, orchestral conducting) Clara (libretto by Barbara Zinn Krieger) was performed by the Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble in Cutler, Fla., in March. In April, at Symphony Space’s Cutting Edge Music Festival, Bond conducted the Manhattan Choral Ensemble and Pulse Chamber Ensemble in a performance of her Cyclops, set to a text from James Joyce’s Ulysses. Also at the festival, Kathleen Supové (MM ’75, Professional Studies ’76, piano) and actor Oleg Dubson performed Bond’s Page Turner. In May, the Chinese Fine Arts Society performed Bond’s Jing Zhong Bao Guo in Chicago, and harpist Karen Lindquist and flutist Sally Shorrock performed “Ruth” from Bond’s Sacred Sisters.
David Deveau (MM ’77, piano), the artistic director of the Rockport (Mass.) Chamber Music Festival, opened the festival in June, performing two of J. S. Bach’s concertos for two keyboards (BWV 1060 and 1061) with Peter Serkin and A Far Cry, a conductorless string orchestra. In October, Deveau performed the Beethoven’s Fourth Concerto with the Boston Chamber Music Society; he performed Rachmaninoff’s Second Concerto with the Cape Ann Symphony in March. In July, he performed at the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Deveau is a senior lecturer in music at M.I.T.
In May, Anthony Scelba (DMA ’76, double bass), chair of the Kean University Conservatory of Music, gave master classes in double bass and in chamber music at Eastern Washington University. In April, he performed a chamber music concert at Kean that included works for traditional Chinese and Western instruments and works written for him by Liduino Pitombeira and Yang Qing.
David Tilman (MM ’75, choral conducting) is an associate professor of music at the H. L. Miller Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City; he teaches methods and materials of Jewish music education and conducting. In December, Tilman conducted the Miller School chorus in the New York City premiere of Eight Days of Chanukah, a suite of eight songs written by Abraham Kaplan (Diploma ’55, Postgraduate Diploma ’57, choral conducting), who was his teacher at Juilliard. Elizabeth Rodgers was the accompanist.
David Tobey (Pre-College ’71; BM ’75, violin) was honored at the Music Conservatory of Westchester’s first alumni reunion, which was held in June.
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich (DMA ’75, composition) will become an honorary member of the Society for American Music at the organization’s annual conference, in March.
In May, Lynn Habian (BM ’73, MM ’74, piano) gave a three-week tour in France and Brussels; she presented programs of Chopin and Debussy. In June, she released The Music of Claude Debussy (1862-1918) (Lynn Habian Classics), which was recorded live in 1995.
Trudy Kane (BM ’72, MM ’74, flute), an associate professor of flute at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, soloed with the Frost Wind Ensemble in David Maslanka’s O Earth, O Stars in November. Her flute ensemble performed at the National Flute Convention in August in New Orleans.
In April, Andreas Klein (Postgraduate Diploma ’74, piano) performed the chamber-music version of Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A Major, K.414, with the Minetti Quartet from Austria at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay; the University of Vermont, Burlington; at Trinity Church Wall Street; and at Rockefeller University in New York City. He presented his third master class at the Longy School in Cambridge, Mass., after performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Bismarck-Mandan (N.D.) Symphony.
In March, Richard Kogan (Pre-College ’73), a clinical professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and artistic director of the Weill Cornell Music and Medicine Program, gave a lecture-recital called The Mind and Music of Beethoven for the Pro Musica of Detroit concert series. The talk, which explored the psychological factors that influenced Beethoven’s creative evolution, included performances of sonatas from Beethoven’s early, middle, and late periods.
Max Lifchitz (BM ’70, MM ’71, composition), conducted the North/South Chamber Orchestra at Christ and St Stephen’s Church in New York City in June.
Claudia Polley (Diploma ’71, voice) is hosting Music Box at the Moon, a new dinner-music series that opened in June at Pasta Moon restaurant in Half Moon Bay, Calif.
In April, Craig Sheppard’s (BM ’70, MS ’71, piano) The 24 Debussy Préludes (Roméo Records) was released. His two-CD set of Liszt’s Années de Pèlerinage, Books I and II, came out last year.
Two CDs by Paul Fried (Pre-College ’59; BM ’70, flute), Flute and Piano Masterpieces (with Bryan Pezzone) and Paul Fried Wails (compositions and performances by Fried), came out in June and August 2012, respectively, and are available on CDBaby.
Christina Petrowska Quilico (Pre-College ’64, BM ’68, MS ’69, piano) performed the world premiere of Visions by Constantine Caravassilis at Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studio in January; the CD of the same name was released on Centrediscs. She performed Mozart sonatas with violinist Jacques Israelivietich at York University in November and the piano suite Rivers by Ann Southam with the Toronto Dance Theater in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and Oakville, Ont., in October. In March, she took part in an all-women’s recital at the Canadian Opera Company’s noontime series at the Four Seasons Performing Arts Center in Toronto.
Robert Owen Jones (MS ’67, voice) received Muskingum University’s distinguished service award in June. A professor emeritus of music at Muskingum, Jones has taught and been director of choral activities for more than 30 years.
Daniel Sher (MS ’67, piano) retired as dean of the University of Colorado College of Music after two decades. He remains a member of the faculty.
In May, Leonard Slatkin (BM ’67, orchestral conducting; former faculty) received an honorary doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music.
In April, the Northern Tier Symphony Orchestra under music director Robert Helmacy (Diploma ’66, trumpet) performed in Honesdale and Tunkhannock, Pa.
In May, Nina Deutsch (BS ’64, piano) performed her Classic Broadway Composers program for the Women’s Association of the Presbyterian Church of Flemington, N.J. Her bio also appeared in 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century-2013.
Pamela Ross (Pre-College ’62; BM ’64, piano), a Hoboken-based pianist, actress, and writer, and Isabel Hagen (Pre-College ’09; BM ’13, viola) were among the presenters of Beauty and the 3 B-sters, a family program of quartets, trios, and duets given in May at Hoboken’s Hudson School.
A requiem composed by Samuel Bellardo (BS ’61, MS ’63, piano) was given its premiere by the Newtown Chamber Orchestra in Fairless Hills, Pa., in June. Bellardo had composed the piece for his great-nephew, who’d died in a car accident in 2003; Bellardo completed the piece in January 2007 and the next month was on his way to show it to a friend when he, too, was killed in a car accident.
The Perfect American by Philip Glass (Diploma ’60, MS ’62, composition) had its English premiere by the English National Opera in June; it premiered in Madrid in January.
William Cooper (BS ’57, piano) gave a recital at the University of Kentucky’s Singletary Center for the Arts in Lexington last September. The program included the Schubert “Arpeggione” Sonata with cellist Geoffrey Hershberger, Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (The Shepherd on the Rock) with clarinetist Chase Miller, and soprano Rebecca Farley. Cooper continues to do vocal coaching and accompanying at the university.
Aaron Blumenfeld (’54, composition) recently taught a six-week course on music and spirituality for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. In May, his Holocaust memorial song “Monolith” and several of his Hebrew songs were performed at the Holocaust memorial service in Berkeley. Also in May, a concert of his music was presented at the Berkeley Arts Festival.
In April and May, Henry Grimes (’54, double bass) performed in Champaign, Ill.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Chicago; Pittsburgh; Glasgow; Paris; London; and Valposchiavo, Switzerland.
In June, Kenneth Bennett Lane (’51, voice) gave a concert of love songs at the New Yorker Hotel.
Peter Nero (Pre-College ’51) retired in May after 34 years as conductor of the Philadelphia Pops. Starting on September 21 at George Mason University in Manassas, Va., he will be touring through June 2014.
Gerald Fried’s (BS ’48, oboe) Omnia Ad Dei Gloriam, or Les the Least Straightens the Lord, one of his jazz-flavored Baroque oratorios, was one of the winners of the 2013 New York Music Festival competition. He conducted the three resulting performances of it in July at New York City’s Griffin Signature Theater.
An article about former L&M and Graduate Studies faculty member Joseph Machlis (Diploma ’25, Certificate ’28, piano; Diploma ’27, music education), written by Robert Ball, appeared in the winter 2012 issue of The Musical Quarterly. Machlis, whose 1955 textbook The Enjoyment of Music became one of the most universally read music appreciation books, died in 1998.