From September through December, Kathryn E. Peterson (BM ’13, French horn) was a corporate and foundation relations intern at the Kennedy Center.
In October, Caroline Cole (MM ’11, harp) opened the Bobcaygeon (Ontario) Music Council’s concert series with works by French, English, Spanish, and Canadian composers.
In August, Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Trumbull, Conn., appointed Michael Gilbertson (BM ’10, composition) as its new music director and organist, a few months after receiving his master’s in composition from the Yale School of Music last spring. In November, his one-act opera Breaking, which was commissioned by the Washington National Opera’s America Opera Initiative, was premiered at the Kennedy Center.
In November, Burak Ozdemir (Artist Diploma ’10, bassoon) released his second album, Bach—The Silent Cantata (Sony Music/Deutsche Harmonia Mundi), with his ensemble, Musica Sequenza. Occupy Gezi, which he composed for German dancer and choreographer Sasha Waltz, premiered at the Avignon (France) Festival in July. On New Year’s Eve 2013, Ozdemir’s Opera del Futuro premiered at Radial System in Berlin.
The Momenta Quartet, whose members are violinists Emilie-Anne Gendron (Pre-College ’02; B.C.J.E. ’05, MM ’07, Artist Diploma ’09) and Adda Kridler, Stephanie Griffin (MM ’97, DMA ’03, viola), and Michael Haas (MM ’08, cello), will perform this spring with David Fulmer (MM ’06, DMA ’11, composition) conducting. Steven Beck (BM ’01, MM ’03, piano), Alan R. Kay (BM ’82, MM ’83, clarinet; Advanced Certificate ’90, orchestral conducting), doctoral student Michael Truesdell (MM ’11, percussion), faculty member Fred Sherry (Diploma ’69, cello), and Ursula Oppens (MS ’67, piano) will also perform with the quartet.
In November, pianist Aaron Diehl (BM ’07, jazz studies) headlined his first show—of jazz and ragtime pieces—at Columbia University’s Miller Theater.
Martin Kennedy (DMA ’05, composition) released Trivial Pursuits (CD Baby), featuring original compositions, in September. Kennedy is joined on the recording by violinist Lara St. John, pianist Molly Morkoski, and the Moravian Philharmonic.
In November and December, Erin Morley (MM ’05, voice; Artist Diploma ’07, opera studies) replaced Mojca Erdmann, who got pneumonia, as Sophie in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier.
Amanda Stewart (BM ’04, trombone) will become the associate principal trombonist of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in September.
In June, Katherine Bryan (Diploma ’03, flute) released her second album, Katherine Bryan Plays Flute Concertos by Christopher Rouse and Jacques Ibert (Linn Records). The album’s centerpiece is an original work by composition faculty member Christopher Rouse.
In September, Lisa Liu (Diploma ’96, BM ’00, MM ’02, violin) served as concertmaster for the television shows America’s Got Talent, The Voice, and X-Factor in sessions that included Bruce Dukov (BM ’73, MM ’74, violin) and David Low (BM ’86, MM ’87, cello).
Lera Auerbach (BM ’96, piano; MM ’99, composition) has been the composer-in-residence with the São Paulo State Symphony and a number of her works received their South American premieres in São Paulo this fall. In September, 14 of her works were performed at the Trondheim Festival in Norway. In July, her symphony In Praise of Peace premiered at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, where she was the composer-in-residence; also that month, her a cappella opera for 12 voices, The Blind, premiered at the Lincoln Center Festival. In March, she and Ani Aznavoorian (BM ’99, MM ’01, cello) released an album of Auerbach’s 24 Preludes for Cello and Piano called Auerbach: Celloquy (Cedille).
In December, Tania Halko Susi (Pre-College ’91; BM ’95, MM ’97, viola) appeared as soloist with Esopus Chamber Orchestra and Kairos Consort of Singers in a performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Flos Campi at SUNY Ulster Stone Ridge. The orchestra was conducted by Nadege Foofat (BM ’00, viola) and included Allison Rubin (’92, oboe).
In November, Elisabeth Kotzakidou Pace (MM ’92, voice) presented a lecture with pianist Ines Irawati titled Fugues as (Musical) Objects of Wonder at the University of California San Diego’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Last February, Pace presented her research on the implications of Baroque dance in J. S. Bach’s sacred cantatas at Osher.
Starting in July, the Brentano Quartet—Mark Steinberg (Pre-College ’95; MM ’90, violin), Serena Canin (Certificate ’90, MM ’92, violin), Misha Amory (MM ’92, viola), and Nina Lee (BM ’97, MM ’99, cello)—will be Yale University’s faculty quartet-in-residence. The Brentano has been Princeton University’s quartet in residence since 1999.
In November, Stephanie Arado (MM ’89, violin) joined the faculty of the Interlochen (Mich.) Arts Academy.
Steven Sigurdson (BM ’88, cello) earned his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago last year and works as a project manager for Information Resources, a market research firm in Chicago. He writes that although he has happily withdrawn from being a professional cellist, he is enjoying teaching a dozen cellists and two double bassists.
In November, Marina Piccinini (BM ’85, MM ’85, flute) was the featured artist in Skidmore College’s annual flute festival. She performed a sonata by Yuko Uebayashi, Three Pieces for Solo Flute by Pierre-Octave Ferroud, Paul Taffanel’s Fantaisie sur le Freischutz, a transcription of Richard Strauss’s Violin Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 18, and Jennifer Higdon’s Lullaby for two flutes, with Jan Vinci (DMA ’86, flute) playing the second flute. Piccinini’s transcriptions of Paganini’s Violin Caprices (Avie Records) have been published by Schott Music. Piccinini is still teaching at Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Institute and in April will become a flute professor at the music conservatory of Hanover, Germany.
In July, Jessica Krash (MM ’84, piano) released What I Wanted To Tell You (Albany Records), an album of her original chamber compositions. Krash also performs on the album, as does Ian Swensen (Pre-College ’80; BM ’82, violin).
Judith Lynn Stillman (Pre-College ’73; BM ’77, MM ’77, DMA ’82, piano) was the soloist for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Emperor”) with the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Gisele Ben-Dor at Harvard University’s Sanders Theater. Stillman has been the pianist for the Lancaster (Ohio) Music Festival for 11 seasons and has been a featured artist for Public Radio Music Month. In April, she performed a four-hand concert with Michael Lewin (Pre-College ’73; BM ’77, MM ’78, piano) on Drive Time Live on WGBH radio, and at Rhode Island College’s Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts.
Through February 23, David Krakauer (MM ’80, clarinet) will be performing a show with his sextet that reimagines the music of iconic movies with Jewish connections. The shows take place at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan. An accompanying CD called The Big Picture will be released on February 18.
In March Deborah Greitzer (BM ’78, bassoon) was appointed executive director of Maryland’s Chesapeake Orchestra.
Philip Smith (BM ’74, MM ’76, trumpet) has retired from his role as principal trumpet in the New York Philharmonic and is teaching in the trumpet studio of the University of Georgia’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music.
Michael Lasater’s (MM ’75, trombone) is the chair of integrated new media studies at the University of Indiana at South Bend. His works fusing video, animation, and sound elements have been shown recently in Kansas City (Mo.), Los Angeles, Greece, Germany, Sweden, India, Iceland, and New York.
In October, Michael Shapiro’s (MM ’75, composition) Frankenstein: The Movie Score was performed with the classic 1931 Boris Karloff film by the Springfield (Mass.) Symphony; Traverse Symphony of Traverse City, Mich.; and Garden State (N.J.) Philharmonic.
In November, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich (DMA ’75, composition) received an alumni award for distinguished writing from the Friends of the Florida State University Libraries.
In October, Erich Graf (BM ’72, MM ’74, flute), performed the Mozart G-Major Flute Concerto with the Tidewater Intergenerational Orchestra under conductor Paul Lindsay (MM ’89, trumpet) at St. Bede Catholic Church in Williamsburg, Va. (Photograph by Lieberman Photography, Detroit)
As part of the Audio Engineering Society convention in October, Andreas Klein (Postgraduate Diploma ’74, piano) was featured in a story on Merging.com about his career as a pianist and audio producer.
In November, Nancy Steltmann (BM ’73, MM ’74, cello) released Music to Dream By with pianist Helen Lukan. It includes Rachmananoff’s Vocalise, Debussy’s Sonate pour Violoncelle et Piano, and Shostakovich’s Sonata for Cello and Piano. Steltmann was the principal cellist with the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Symphony for 31 years before retiring in 2011.
In November, the Emerson String Quartet, consisting of Eugene Drucker (Pre-College ’68; Diploma ’72, Professional Studies ’73, violin), Lawrence Dutton (BM ’79, MM ’78, viola), Philip Setzer (BM ’73, MM ’74, violin), and new cellist Paul Watkins, performed its 34th season with the Smithsonian Institution. In May, the Emerson released Journeys (SONY Classical), featuring Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence and Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht.
In October, Stephen Dankner (DMA ’71, composition) concluded a successful crowd-funding campaign for a performance and recording of his recently completed Quartets Nos. 14, 16, and 17 with the Dover String Quartet. On March 21 and 22, the Mars Hill College (N.C.) New Music Festival will feature music by Dankner in celebration of his 70th birthday.
Gordon Roberts (BM ’67, MS ’68 piano) is the founder, artistic director, and conductor of the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida, a 158-member group that gave a concert with the Symphony of the Americas last season and performed in December at the University of Miami’s Gusman Hall.
In October, Julie Jaffee Nagel (BM ’65, MS ’66, piano) held a discussion about her book Melodies of the Mind at the Juilliard Store. Also that month, she participated in a panel discussing the connection between music and emotion at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Her fictional dialogue between Mozart and Freud was performed at the Jewish Community Center in Ann Arbor with her husband, Louis Nagel, (BS ’65, MS ’66, DMA ’73, piano), performing Mozart’s Sonata in A Minor, K. 310.
Judith Alstadter (Pre-College ’60; BM ’64, piano) continues to perform and give lectures, seminars, and teach master classes, splitting her time between New York and Florida.
In November, Nina Deutsch (BS ’64, piano) celebrated her 24th year as a nominator for the Inamori Foundation’s Kyoto Prize for achievement in technology, sciences, arts and philosophy.
In June, the Rivers School Conservatory in Weston, Mass., celebrated the 75th birthday of Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee (’60, piano) with more than 140 musicians from the U.S. and Europe performing in six recitals. In October, Goolkasian Rahbee lectured at a European Piano Teachers Association conference about her piano music, which was performed by pianists Alice Wilkinson (BS ’57, MS ’58), Phyllis Alpert Lehrer (MS ’63), Gary Steigerwalt (BM ’72, MM ’73, DMA ’81), Elizabeth Orens, and Judith Olson (BM ’70, MS ’71).
Kenneth Bennett Lane’s (’51, voice) DVD series the 300 Greatest Love Songs of Broadway Musicals, Movies and the Grammys (Valhalla Records), will be available on Valentine’s Day. It features 10 of his concerts. On March 22, Lane will perform lieder by Wagner, Schoenberg, and Mahler at the New Life Expo at the Pennsylvania Hotel in New York City.