Christopher Houlihan (MM ’11, organ) is currently on a recital tour that began in January and will continue into July. He is performing works of Bach, Liszt, and Vierne in churches throughout the U.S.
Nicola Wincenc (Pre-College ’11) plays Pierce Rockwell in Nickelodeon’s TV show Alien Dawn, which premiered in February.
In February, a reading of The Long Walk by Jeremy Howard Beck (MM ’10, composition) and librettist Stephanie Fleischman was presented as part of the American Lyric Theater’s series the Living Libretto at New York’s National Opera Center. The opera is based on Brian Castner’s memoir about his tours of duty as a bomb defuser.
In March, baritone Jonathan Estabrooks (MM ’09, voice) made his Carnegie Hall debut in an Oratorio Society of New York concert titled American Voices, which was co-conducted by faculty member Kent Tritle (BM ’85, MM ’88, organ; MM ’88, choral conducting) and David Rosenmeyer. Estabrooks was a soloist in the New York premiere of Paul Moravec’s The Blizzard Voices; the other soloists were sopranos Susanna Phillips (BM ’03, MM ’03, voice) and Maeve Hoglund; mezzo-soprano Malena Dayen; tenor John Tiranno; and bass Kevin Deas (BM ’78, voice).
Ensemble faculty assistant Joshua Tan (MM ’09, orchestral conducting) has been named an associate conductor for the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. The position will take effect in August. In March, he became the assistant director of the Guiyang Symphony Orchestra, in China.
Multicultural Sonic Evolution (MuSE), directed by Chihiro Shibayama (BM ’07, MM ’09, percussion) and Yui Kitamura (BM ’06, MM ’07, composition), will be presenting a program of arrangements of traditional songs called The Quest for Our Nostalgic Melodies at Merkin Concert Hall on April 23. Arrangers include Kitamura, faculty members Samuel Adler, Philip Lasser (DMA ’94, composition), and Milica Paranosic (MM ’96, composition), doctoral candidate Reinaldo Moya (MM ’08, composition), and other members of the Juilliard community.
On May 20, Richard Masters (MM ’07, collaborative piano) and mezzo-soprano Kathryn Findlen will perform Songs in the Rearview Mirror by Kenneth Frazelle (BM ’78, composition) at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.
In February, Isabel Leonard (BM ’04, MM ’06, voice) sang the role of Sesto in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito with the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto.
In February, John McMurtery (DMA ’05, flute) performed a recital at Western Illinois University, where he is on the faculty. His program included works by Carter, Hindemith, Copland, and Lowell Lieberman. Eric Ginsberg (BM ’73, MM ’74, clarinet) was among McMurtery’s accompanists.
In February, Susanna Phillips (BM ’03, MM ’04, voice) gave a recital of works by Berg, Messiaen, Schubert, and Granados at the American Philosophical Society’s Benjamin Franklin Hall.
The Murasaki Duo, consisting of Eric Kutz (MM ’96, DMA ’02, cello) and Miko Kominami (BM ’95, MM ’96, piano) launched its spring tour in March. The program featured five commissioned works, including goes around by Robert Pound (MM ’94, DMA ’98, composition) and compositions by Brooke Joyce, Jerry Owen, Maria Newman, and Jocelyn Hagen. The tour began at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where the Murasaki Duo has been in residence since 2002, and continued at Vanderbilt University in Nashville; Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro; Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa.; and Western Connecticut State University in Danbury.
The New Colossus, a choral work by David Ludwig (Graduate Diploma ’02, composition), was performed at the morning worship service preceding the President Barack Obama’s inauguration in January.
Sarah Wolfson (BM ’99, MM ’01, voice) sang the role of Rose in the French premiere of former faculty member Elliott Carter’s opera What Next? with Opéra de Montpellier in November. In January, Wolfson performed a recital at Pittsburgh State University with accompaniment by Renate Rohlfing (MM ’12, collaborative piano).
Inbal Segev (BM ’98, cello) performed the premiere of Avner Dorman’s (DMA ’76, composition) Cello Concerto with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra in February. She will perform the piece again in May, with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and in July, with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia.
Orli Shaham (Pre-College ’93; Barnard-Columbia-Juilliard Exchange ’97, piano) will perform Steve Mackey’s Stumble to Grace for piano and orchestra with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (conducted by her husband, David Robertson), April 5-7, and with the New Jersey Symphony (conducted by Jacques Lacombe), May 16-19. On April 18, Shaham will give a recital at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas. In recent months, she has presented her Baby Got Bach series (interactive concerts for kids) in New York, Aspen, and St. Louis.
In March, Mats Bergstrom (Artist Certificate ’92, guitar) performed Electric Counterpoint by Steve Reich (’61, composition) at London’s Royal Festival Hall and on tour in the U.K. with the composer and London Sinfonietta. Bergstrom first stumbled across the piece in the Juilliard Bookstore while he was a student; his recording of this and other works by Reich was released in February 2012 on Naxos.
In February, Gary Ginstling (MM ’91, clarinet) took over as the C.E.O. of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
Chris McKinley (Advanced Certificate ’89, percussion) is the drummer for the band the Slewfoot Project, which released its second CD, Torn (Newbury Bar Records), in February.
Peter Rubardt (DMA ’89, orchestral conducting) became the music director of the Meridian (Miss.) Symphony Orchestra in January.
A CD of five works by Kenneth Fuchs (MM ’83, DMA ’88, composition) was released in August on Naxos. The disc features the London Symphony Orchestra under the direction of JoAnn Falletta (MM ’83, DMA ’89, orchestral conducting).
A recording of Scott Joplin’s opera Treemonisha conducted by Rick Benjamin (’87, tuba) was named Sterophile’s recording of the month in August, Gramophone’s editor’s choice recording last April, and BBC Music’s editor’s choice in March 2012. The album, featuring Benjamin’s Paragon Ragtime Orchestra and Singers, was produced by Judith Sherman. In December, Benjamin’s Black Manhattan Vol. 2 (New World) was released; it’s the latest installment of his series on trailblazing 19th-century African-American composers.
In January, Frank Pedulla (MM ’86, trombone) joined the trombone faculty of Five Towns College, on Long Island.
Sam Ruttenberg (MM ’86, percussion) designed a set of practice drumsticks called HingeStix that are now being produced and sold by Vic Firth.
In November, The Triumph of Lightness, a cello concerto by Larry Bell (MM ’77, DMA ’82, composition), was premiered by the Boston Civic Symphony with soloist Sam Ou (MM ’96, cello). In January, Bell’s Emersonia for a cappella chorus was premiered at First Church in Boston, conducted by Paul Cienniwa.
Last April, Judith Lynn Stillman (Pre-College ’73; BM ’77, MM ’77, DMA ’82, piano) gave master classes in solo and collaborative piano at the Vologda (Russia) College of Music. She was also featured on the Jordan Rich Show on WBZ radio in Boston. Last March, soprano Lori Phillips performed the premiere of Stillman’s Phoenix From the Ashes, a song cycle based on poetry from Vedem, a magazine created at the Terezin concentration camp during the Holocaust.
Jeffrey Thomas (’81, voice) is celebrating his 25th year as the director of the American Bach Soloists.
The 16th annual Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival, directed by Victoria Bond (MM ’75, DMA ’77, orchestral conducting), will be presenting three concerts this month (April 1, 8, and 29) at the Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York. The series will include works by 16 composers, among them seven premieres.
In November, Benjamin David Goldberg (’68, percussion) founded the Goldberg Tax Practice, which specializes in meeting the tax needs of performing artists in the Washington, D.C., area.
In February, Joseph Smith (’68, piano) performed in an installment of Manhattan School of Music’s Lives of the Piano series called Piano and Jazz: Jazz in Classical Music. In March, Smith gave a lecture-recital at the Kosciuszko Foundation that included pieces by C.P.E. Bach, Rubinstein, and Schumann.