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19 New Staff Members Join Juilliard

Karin Anderson joins the Drama Division as the assistant to the director. Her previous work experience includes positions as stage manager at the International Culture Lab; resident stage manager at the Capital Repertory Theater; and production stage manager at Lake George Opera. Most recently she worked at the Theater Communications Group as the operations assistant. Karin graduated from Skidmore College with a B.S. in theater. 

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Nathan Cabana is pleased to join the Juilliard community as a box office assistant in the Concert Office. Nathan is a saxophonist and woodwind artist who is also proficient on bass guitar. He received his bachelor’s degree in music performance from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 2007. He currently lives in Brooklyn where he continues to study and perform in the classical and jazz idioms. He also works as a stage technician and lighting designer. Nathan’s past work experiences include the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and he enjoys seasonal employment with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the Tanglewood Music Festival. From 2007-09 he performed as a member of the veteran New York City rock group Squirrels From Hell—“the band New York City couldn’t kill.”

Colby Carson joins the Office of Admissions as the assistant director for recruitment. He holds a B.M.E. in choral music education from Florida State University, and an M.A. in arts administration, also from F.S.U. Between degrees, Colby taught high school chorus in Orlando, Fla. Before coming to Juilliard, he worked as a graduate assistant in the admissions office for Florida State’s College of Music. Originally from Kennesaw, Ga., Colby recently moved to Manhattan with his wife, Beth, and their two cats.

Christina Choi joins the Pre-College staff as the administrative and program coordinator. Through the Juilliard Professional Intern Program, she spent the past year as an administrative intern with the Drama Division. Christina graduated in 2008 from George Washington University with a cello scholarship and majored in international affairs. She is currently attending the Pratt Institute for a master’s in arts and cultural management. Originally from South Carolina, Christina enjoys Sunday brunches, cooking, traveling, and playing with her community orchestra.   

Francesca DeRenzi joins the staff as the production activities administrator for the Vocal Arts Department. As a stage manager, she has worked with the New York City Opera, the Caramoor Festival, Glimmerglass Opera, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Juilliard School, Little Orchestra Society, the Manhattan School of Music, and Opera Tampa, among many others. Recent production stage management credits include Norma and Maria di Rohan for the Caramoor Festival in July, Così fan tutte for Mannes Opera, the 75th anniversary national tour of Porgy and Bess in winter/spring of 2010, The Tender Land for the 2010 Focus! festival at Juilliard, and a production of Tobias Picker’s Emmeline in Szeged, Hungary, for the International Mezzo Opera Festival that was televised live in 39 European countries.

Casey Molino Dunn joins the staff as financial aid and academic support services assistant. Previously, he coordinated the Careers Office at the Eastman School of Music, served as a music publicist and producer, and taught at Hunter College. Casey holds music and communication degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Music degree and arts leadership certificate from Eastman. He remains active as a baritone vocalist and keyboard musician, performing and teaching in a variety of genres; favorite highlights include singing in China, Italy, and locally with Dicapo Opera, and entertaining at a range of special events. He currently serves as the director of music at Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church in Chatham, N.J. Originally from the Poconos, he now lives in Rutherford, N.J., with his partner David.  

Phil Gutierrez, administrative assistant and event coordinator in the Production Department, is pleased to return to the neighborhood, having studied theater design and production at Fordham University at Lincoln Center. Most recently, Phil worked as a staffer in the N.Y.C. Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater, and Broadcasting, and he remains active as a stage manager and associate producer for theater, concerts, and live events. A native of Sacramento, Calif., Phil now resides in Brooklyn and enjoys skiing, graphic design, Prospect Park, and singing with the Choir of the Church of St. Francis Xavier in Chelsea.

Guerry Hood joins the Production Department as technical director. Previously, he worked for various scene shops as a technical designer on projects including Mary Poppins on Broadway, ESPN studios, and the Mystery Mine rollercoaster at Dollywood.  A native southerner, he has a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama. 

Bruce Hoover, assistant production manager, has been a production manager or stage manager for 24 Broadway plays and musicals, including A Moon for the MisbegottenRabbit HoleCity of AngelsSarafina!, and Cats. From 1997 to 2004, he was production manager for the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has stage managed for such resident theaters as the Old Globe Theater in San Diego, A.P.A. Phoenix Repertory Company, Denver Center Theater Company, and the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. In New York, he was production manager for the Lincoln Center Repertory Company, Playwrights Repertory at the Billy Rose Theater, the New York Dance Festival at the Delacorte Theater, and Broadway dance seasons of the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, the José Limón Dance Company, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Internationally, Bruce has stage managed New Dance U.S.A. in Tokyo and Jerome Robbins’s Celebration: The Art of Pas de Deux in Spoleto, Italy. He has also served on grants panels for the New State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Terence Kennedy, Information Technology office manager, hails from the “sunny” and musical shores of Liverpool, England. Moving to New York in the summer of 2009, he quickly became a fan of the Mets and baseball in general, though still retains a love of his original sport—football (a.k.a. soccer), despite England’s poor showing in the recent World Cup. Terence enjoys lasagna and Cadbury’s chocolate (not together), and in his spare time likes to read (quietly), dance (terribly), and laugh (loudly). Prior to joining the Juilliard staff, Terence worked for the Virgin Group in the U.K. and the New York State Department of Labor. 

Nicole Labrecque, assistant manager of the Juilliard Store, is a 2008 graduate of Berklee College of Music, where she received a bachelor’s degree in music business/management. A saxophone player, she spends a lot of time attending live music and theater performances. While at Berklee, Nicole worked with a few local Boston musicians in publicity and marketing, and was a contributing writer and editor for Berklee’s Music Business Journal. After college she was a floor supervisor at the Harvard Coop. She recently relocated to New York after living in Boston for five years. 

Mayra Langomas, who joins the I.T. staff as a junior programmer/analyst, grew up in New York City and received a B.A. in computer science from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 2003. After graduating, she worked for the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications as an I.T. associate, and as a member of the technical staff for Pacific Datavision, a wireless software company in New Jersey. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in applied computer science with a concentration in software development at Columbus State University in Columbus, Ga., via an online education program. She enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband, as well as reading, exercise, nutrition, and computers.  

Joseph Reecher joins the Production Department as staff electrician. Originally from Ann Arbor, Mich., Joseph moved to New York three years ago for an internship in the Juilliard electrics shop. After the internship he freelanced in theaters around the city, went on tour through Mexico with the Russian Ice Ballet, and spent a summer at the Santa Fe Opera as the lightboard operator.

Julie Rosier joins the staff of the Music Technology Center, serving as a producer. She is a proud graduate of Juilliard’s Professional Intern Program, where she worked as assistant production manager for the 2009-10 season. In addition to producing, Julie is a writer, performer, and activist. She is a big proponent of self-study and the do-it-yourself culture. In 2008, she founded Red Thread Theater, a company that uses multidisciplinary performance to illuminate a common connecting thread of human experience by telling the personal/political stories of everyday life.  

Elisabeth Stern, archives assistant, is a New York native who began her career at Juilliard after completing her internship in the archives at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Elisabeth’s undergraduate work in music, along with her dramatic training, greatly contributed to her graduate work at Queens College, where she earned her M.L.I.S. degree in May. She currently resides in Brooklyn with her fiancé and their dog.

Veronica Rose Stocker, office assistant in the Concert Office, is a proud graduate of the University of Vermont’s jazz studies and anthropology departments. She aspires to continue her education in New York City and someday receive her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology. She is a jazz vocalist and classical cellist. When she isn’t playing music, Veronica is probably practicing yoga or conjuring up a delicious vegetarian meal. She is thrilled to be back home in New York where the winters are a bit more forgiving than in Vermont! 

Tina Swiek, who joins the staff as associate buyer of apparel and gifts for the Juilliard Store, has experience in buying and planning merchandise for sporting events in New York City. She has worked for large national brands as well as specialty retailers and plans to use her experience to help create a sophisticated and chic product assortment for the Juilliard Store. Tina is a graduate of the University of Maryland and New York University, where she studied finance, economics, and sports business. 

Rachel Szymanski joins the staff as assistant to the provost and dean. A Michigan native, she received a B.A. in bassoon performance and sociology from Albion College and an M.A. in ethnomusicology from Michigan State University, where she got a taste of the academic side of higher education as a teaching assistant. She later became acquainted with the administrative side while working as an assistant in the dean’s office of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan. After becoming interested in a career in arts administration while in graduate school, Rachel came to New York State this past summer for an internship in the box office and development department at Glimmerglass Opera. 

Laura Terracciano, who joins the Human Resources Department as the benefits coordinator, is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University with a B.A. in psychology/communications. She is a member of the Society of Human Resources and is scheduled to take the Professional in Human Resources exam in December. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and baking.

 

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