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Alumni Achievements

Below are alumni updates from the fall 2019 issue of Fanfare.


David (49) and Edith Faust (49) were recently honored by the El Paso Music Teachers Association with a lifetime membership. They met at Northwestern and now look forward to celebrating their 69th wedding anniversary. A Navy veteran, David worked in sales at Georgia Pacific and has taught piano lessons since his retirement. Edith taught piano nearly all her adult life and retired after 63 years of teaching. They are both composers and have published their piano music under their own imprint, EDFmusic. 

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Carlton Gamer (50), composer and professor emeritus at Colorado College, was celebrated there in a February concert of his music on the occasion of his 90th birthday. The program featured works for strings and woodwinds with Veronika String Quartet and Colorado College faculty performers; a work for piano, narrator, and dancers with members of the Colorado College dance department; and orchestra and band compositions, arranged by Mark Arnest for two pianos, played by Susan Grace and Steven Beck of Quattro Mani.

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Timothy Broege (69) performed as harpsichordist in a chamber music program with violinist Diane Bruce and cellist Susannah Chapman in April. Presented by New Jersey’s Red Bank Chamber Music Society, the program included 17th- and 18th-century music as well as two Broege compositions, his Serenade for violin and harpsichord and Spiritual Bell for cello and harpsichord. Broege’s most recent compositions include The Lesser Voluntaries for organ, Season of Ocean for piano, and Partita for band, published by Hal Leonard. He continues as organist and director of music at the First Presbyterian Church of Belmar, New Jersey, and the historic Elberon Memorial Church in Long Branch. 

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David Michael Frank (70) received the award for best score at the 2019 Chandler International Film Festival for Snapshots, starring Piper Laurie. His score also received an honorable mention at the Queen Palm Awards and nominations at the Auckland International Film Festival and the Paris Art and Movie Awards. Snapshots won Best in Show at Ottawa’s Creation International Film Festival.

John C. Wakefield (G71) received the Distinguished Alumni Award from MacMurray College.

Cathy White O’Rourke (G73), a business leader, classically trained pianist, and devoted advocate for music education, was the 2019 honoree at the Kaufman Music Center Gala in June. O’Rourke joined the Kaufman Center’s board of trustees in 2002 and was appointed president in 2015. An active chamber musician, she is also a member of the center’s Chamber Music Associates program.

Doug Montgomery (76) is celebrating 37 years as artist in residence at the Vanessie Santa Fe, which the Hollywood Reporter called the best piano room in the country. He has recently performed numerous concerts at such venues as the Gulf Stream Golf Club Cabaret Series and Crest Theater in Delray Beach, Florida; Northwood Woman’s Club, Dallas Park City Club, and Chautauqua Music Series at Presbyterian Village North in Dallas; Sun City Music Buffs Series in Palm Desert, California; the Historic Fox Theater in Hutchinson, Kansas; a music scholarship fundraiser at Oklahoma State University; and a fundraising concert for the Austin Woman’s Club in Austin, Texas. 

Howard Reich (77) presented the Bienen School’s convocation address on June 22. His latest book, The Art of Inventing Hope: Intimate Conversations with Elie Wiesel, builds on Reich’s research into his family’s narrative; he worked on the project with Wiesel during the last four years of the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize recipient’s life. Kirkus Reviews gave the book a starred review and called it a “moving work [that] artfully intertwines Wiesel’s words of wisdom with Reich’s quest to further understand his own family’s untold story.” 

Kiki Wilson (G77) is the executive producer of the new PBS documentary American Masters: Robert Shaw—Man of Many Voices. Wilson is a 32-year veteran of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and sang under Shaw for 18 of those years.

E. L. Lancaster (G78) and Jane Magrath (G82) each received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. The award is presented on behalf of the Frances Clark Center to individuals who have made substantial and enduring contributions to the field of piano pedagogy. The summer 2019 issue of the Piano Magazine features “Building Our Pedagogical Community: An Interview with Jane Magrath and E. L. Lancaster,” who are pictured on the issue’s cover.

Keith Ward (G79, G86) was appointed director of the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music in August 2018.

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Daniel Sommerville (G80, G84) was named the 18th conductor of the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra. As professor of music at Wheaton College’s Conservatory of Music, he teaches conducting and directs the award-winning Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra.

Lydia Hermosilla Coleman (G81) recently celebrated 10 years with her innovative studio, ConBrio Arts. A musician and artist in Raleigh, North Carolina, she was previously an instructor of oboe and chamber music at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio. Also active as a counselor and chamber music coach, she has performed with the Haydn Symposium in Austria as well as with Ohio’s Middletown Symphony, Cincinnati Ballet, Dayton Symphony, and Springfield Symphony Orchestras.

Peter Cooper (81) is principal oboist of the Colorado Symphony and senior oboe instructor at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He recently performed Kevin Puts’s new “Moonlight” Oboe Concerto with the Colorado Symphony. An oboe consultant for Marigaux of Paris, Cooper has recently taught master classes at the Paris Conservatory, the Manhattan School of Music, the University of Texas, and Louisiana State, Kennesaw State, and Sam Houston State Universities. Last summer he gave a recital and master class for the International Double Reed Society conference at the University of South Florida.

Norman Hanson (84) conducted the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Orchestra in the premiere of Poems for Orchestra by Philip Orem (81, G83) in May.

Stephen Ferre (G85, G88) has been teaching at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music since 2017. His orchestral work Paradiso will premiere in October at the College Music Society national conference in Louisville, Kentucky.

Steven Morrison (86) has joined the Bienen School faculty as professor of music education.

Mark Nuccio (G86), has joined the Bienen School faculty as lecturer in clarinet. 

Kedrik Merwin (G89) was named executive director of Michigan’s Traverse Symphony Orchestra. He has been a member of the orchestra’s trombone section since 2009 and also served for 10 years as music director at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

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Jerod Tate (90), an Emmy Award–winning composer, was a featured artist at the inaugural Native Maestro Series, spotlighting Oklahoma native American performing artists, as part of July’s Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. Two of his compositions, Shakamaxon and Oktibihah, were adapted for the “Kiksuya” (Remember) episode of HBO’s Westworld. In February the Oklahoma City Philharmonic debuted Tate’s Clans from Lowak Shoppala’ (Fire and Light).

Michelle Rakers (G91) received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Women’s Brass Conference at its annual event in May. The award recognizes successful careers dedicated to the highest level of musical performance, education, and outreach. The first female commissioned officer in the history of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, Rakers retired from the band in 2018 after 20 years of service. She joined the Marine Band as a trumpeter and in 2004 became its first female assistant director.

Giancarlo Guerrero (G92), music director of the Nashville Symphony, made his Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducting debut in May in a program of Spanish and South American works by Ginastera, Chabrier, and Piazzolla. He also conducted Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, featuring guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas.

Dale Sorensen (G92) has been appointed assistant professor of brass at the University of Prince Edward Island. This past summer marked his 30th season with the Charlottetown Festival Orchestra. He continues to commission new music and has premiered more than 20 Canadian compositions for trombone.

Andrew Carpenter (G93), saxophone instructor at Carthage College, presented a consortium premiere of Quicksilver, an alto saxophone concerto by Stacy Garrop, with the Carthage College Wind Orchestra conducted by James Ripley (G86). Carpenter also presented recitals in Wilmette, Illinois, and Washington, DC.

Keith Clifton (G93, G98) is professor of musicology and coordinator of graduate studies at Central Michigan University, where he has taught since 2002. His recent publications include articles and reviews for the Journal of Musicological Research, Fontes Artis Musicae, Notes, and the A-R Online Music Anthology, for which he wrote the foundational article on Claude Debussy. He presented the poster “Opera Stars on Film: Chaliapin, Ibert, and the Adventures of Don Quixote” at the National Association of Teachers of Singing conference in summer 2018. After completing a three-year term on the American Musicological Society’s committee on career-related issues, Clifton was recently elected secretary of AMS’s Midwest chapter. He remains active as a recitalist, vocal soloist, and chorister.

The Hurricane Saxophone Quartet—Amy Inmon (93), Debra Schweihs (91), Laura Kidd Pryzby (91), and Holly Copeland Aaronson (89)—performed in March at Barrington’s White House in north suburban Illinois with soloist Jan Berry Baker (G98, G03). Professor emeritus Frederick L. Hemke was an honored guest at the event. 

Ingrid Gordon (G93) and her New York–based chamber ensemble Percussia performed at Diversity Plaza in Queens as part of June’s citywide Make Music New York Festival. The immigration-themed program featured works by several local composers. Percussia was recently recognized by New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs for its efforts to promote cultural diversity through programming and to bring music to diverse audiences in Queens communities.

Jennifer DelMonico (94), managing partner of Murtha Cullina LLP, has been elected to the board of directors of Lex Mundi. A trial lawyer for over 20 years and a James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation, DelMonico recently completed a two-year term as board chair of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce. She currently serves on the boards of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. 

Jennifer Hambrick (G94), a broadcaster and soprano, has received poetry commissions from the 2017 VIVO Music Festival, for which she wrote the award-winning poem “on a cold sea we travel,” and from the Big SCORE, the Johnstone Fund for New Music’s collaborative poetry and music commissioning project. Her poem “Thorn Tree” was set to music by composer Jacob Reed as an orchestral song that was premiered in April 2018 by the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra in Worthington, Ohio. The performance marked the culmination of the Poet’s Song, a project showcasing selected poems in new musical settings. More than 200 of Hambrick’s poems have been published in literary journals worldwide.

Erin Freeman (95) was a finalist for Performance Today’s Classical Woman of the Year. Other finalists included Marin Alsop, Hilary Hahn, Jennifer Higdon, Emily Remington, Jeannette Sorrell, and winner JoAnn Falletta. Freeman is director of the Richmond Symphony Chorus, director of choral activities at Virginia Commonwealth University, and artistic director of Wintergreen Performing Arts. 

Maud Hickey (G95) retired as associate professor of music education at the Bienen School at the conclusion of the 2018–19 academic year and was named professor emerita. 

Julien Benichou (G97) is music director of the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra, which he led in the March premiere of Stephanie Ann Boyd’s Vermilion, featuring violinist Kurt Nikkanen. Benichou is also principal conductor of the Washington Opera Society and music director of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony and Southern Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestras.

Stacey Davis (G97, G01) won the 2019 University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. An associate professor of music theory and associate chair of the music department in the University of Texas at San Antonio’s College of Liberal and Fine Arts, Davis teaches undergraduate and graduate music theory, aural skills, and music psychology, specializing in music perception and cognition. She joined the UTSA faculty in 2002. The $25,000 award includes a certificate and medallion. The nomination materials lauded her impeccable clarity in explaining difficult concepts, her talent for inspiring a deep love for music analysis and research, and her ability to encourage students to maintain curiosity, think critically, develop fluent skills, and make connections between all aspects of their musicianship.

Dan Lipton (97) composed music for the 2018 film All These Small Moments, starring Molly Ringwald and Brian d’Arcy James (C90). 

Rena Kraut (99), founder of the Cuban American Youth Orchestra, led 25 college-aged musicians from across the US on CAYO’s inaugural tour of Cuba in May. The students spent a week with 40 of their Cuban counter parts in rehearsals, sectionals, and cultural exchanges ranging from salsa dancing to late-night jam sessions. Led by CAYO music director James Ross of the Juilliard School and organized under the direction of Timothy Zavadil (G94), the artists premiered two compositions by Cuban composers as part of concerts in Matanzas and Havana’s National Theater. Among the student musicians were Bienen School clarinetist Jordyn Krause and trombonist Caleb Christiansen.

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Spektral Quartet—violist Doyle Armbrust (00), cellist Russell Rolen (G11), and violinists Clara Lyon and Maeve Feinberg—won a National Endowment for the Arts grant to support a new work for string quartet. The ensemble will premiere Enigma for string quartet and immersive video by composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir and video artist Sigurdur Gudjónsson.

John MacFarlane (00), assistant principal second violin in the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, discussed building relationships through music in a recent episode of the Northwestern Intersections podcast, produced by the Northwestern Alumni Association.

Ryan Belongie (02) and Juliet Petrus (G03) performed as soloists in Carmina Burana with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. The two were Carmina soloists with the St. Louis Symphony in 2014. Belongie appeared as Ottone in Boston Baroque’s L’incoronazione di Poppea in April and performed in Abraham in Flames, a new opera presented by San Francisco’s Niloufar Talebi Projects, in May. 

Scott Harrison (02) was named to the advisory board of the National Alliance for Audition Support, whose goal is to increase diversity in American orchestras.

Cory Hills (G03) wrote his second children’s book, Beatrice and the POGs, a chapter book for ages 8 to 12. Percussive Storytelling, his program fusing classical music with storytelling, has presented more than 500 performances and reached more than 135,000 children in nine countries.

Matt Leisy (03) performed for composer Stephen Sondheim in the acclaimed New York revival of Sweeney Todd. Leisy opened the international tour of The Phantom of the Opera as Raoul de Chagny, with recent performances in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Tel Aviv, and Dubai.

Juliet Petrus (G03) has become a leading Western interpreter of modern Chinese classical music. She was invited to join the iSing Beijing program in 2011 and received a Confucius Institute scholarship in 2014 to study Mandarin at Shanghai’s Tongji University, leading to her solo recital debut. In 2015 she recorded A Great Distance, an album of Chinese art song for MSR Classics, leading to invitations to perform and teach in conservatories across China. In 2018 she completed a 10-city concert tour of China with pianist Lydia Qiu. In demand in the US, Europe, and China, Petrus is frequently invited to perform on Chinese television. She has recently appeared at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion as well as in Kremsmunster, Austria. Petrus is committed to using music to help bridge understanding between Chinese and American cultures.

Rob Ryndak (03), a Chicago-based composer, pianist, and percussionist, released the album Gratitude with Tom Lockwood on the Pacific Coast Jazz label. Featuring 12 original compositions, the album is Ryndak’s sixth CD as leader or coleader.

Darien Shulman (03) scored the second season of Netflix’s American Vandal. Shulman met the show’s creators, Dan Perrault and Tony Yacenda, soon after graduation and began producing music for their projects while the two were still students at Emerson College.

Daniel Beckley (G05) became executive director of the Kansas City Symphony in July. He previously served as vice president and general manager of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Bobby Broom (G05) is assistant professor of music at the Northern Illinois University School of Music, where he teaches jazz guitar and improvisation.

Michelle Edgar (05) recently joined Epic Records as vice president of brand marketing, working across an artist roster that includes Travis Scott, 21 Savage, Camilla Cabello, and DJ Khaled. Previously a branding agent at ICM Partners, she has also worked at FRUKT, Red Light Management, KIDinaKORNER, and Warner Bros. Records. Edgar is founder of the nonprofit Music Unites, funding sustainable music education programs in underserved public schools. She also founded the XX Project as a platform for leading women in business and has produced more than 50 events across such major markets as Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.

Melissa Treinkman (05) was selected for the 2019 National Association of Teachers of Singing Intern Program, a 10-day forum pairing master teachers with talented early-career NATS members. A Los Angeles–based singer and voice teacher, Treinkman is pursuing her doctor of musical arts degree at the University of Southern California.

Jay Dorfman (G06), associate professor and coordinator of music education at Kent State University, is the author of Theory and Practice of Technology-Based Music Instruction (Oxford University Press, 2013) and coeditor of Pluralism in American Music Education Research: Essays and Narratives (Springer, 2018).

Amanda Majeski (06) received widespread critical acclaim for her performance in the title role of Katya Kabanova at the Royal Opera House–Covent Garden in February. Richard Morrison’s review in London’s Times declares, “If there is a more compelling solo performance on the operatic stage this year than Amanda Majeski’s in the title role of Janáček’s opera, I will need a new stock of superlatives. I unhesitatingly say that you are unlikely to encounter a Katya more profoundly acted than by the American soprano, nor more strikingly sung.”

Adam Swayne (G06) has been a lecturer at the Royal Northern College of Music since 2017. In April he visited pianists at the Bienen School to present works from his new solo album, (Speak to Me): New Music, New Politics. Produced by Aaron Holloway Nahum (05), the album was an instrumental monthly choice in BBC Music Magazine and has been played on national radio stations in Europe. Swayne also preented his work at the University of Memphis’s Balancing the Mix conference on music and social justice.

Alejandra Valarino Boyer (G07) was appointed Seattle Opera’s director of programs and partnerships. She previously served as director of community programs at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Suna Avci Gunther (07) was selected for the 2019 National Association of Teachers of Singing Intern Program, a 10-day forum pairing master teachers with talented early-career NATS members. A lecturer at Berea College, Gunther also coaches at the University of Kentucky.

Nora Anderson Lewis (G07) joined Lawrence University’s Conservatory of Music as associate professor of oboe. She previously taught at Western Michigan University and Kansas State University. 

Matt Martin (07) was elected alderman for Chicago’s 47th ward. Since graduating from Northwestern with degrees in jazz studies and political science and earning a law degree from Harvard, Martin has worked for a Chicago federal appellate judge, at a large Chicago law firm, and as a civil rights attorney in the Illinois Attorney General’s office.

Ryan Robinson (G07) joined the faculty of Oklahoma State University’s Michael and Anne Greenwood School of Music as assistant professor of tuba and euphonium.

Alexandra Schoeny (07) was featured in Broadway World for her performance as Pamina in The Magic Flute with the Pacific Opera Project. She also recently performed as soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the Reno Philharmonic and as Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos with Cincinnati Opera. An active educator as well as performer, Schoeny is a founder of Crossover Camp, a program for performers who wish to cross between musical theater and opera with confidence.

Bryce Bowlin (08) won a euphonium position in the US Fleet Forces Band, the largest of the Navy’s nine Fleet Bands.

Austin Wulliman (G08) is a violinist in the JACK Quartet, winner of a $25,000 Avery Fisher Career Grant. The prestigious grant provides professional assistance and recognition to talented instrumentalists with great potential for major careers. Named Musical America’s 2019 Ensemble of the Year, JACK Quartet is the quartet in residence at the New School’s Mannes School of Music as of this fall.

Viacheslav Dinerchtein (G09) recorded the complete viola sonatas of Mieczysław Weinberg, to be released by Solo Musica in honor of the composer’s centennial. In the words of eminent violinist Gidon Kremer, “Each bar of this masterful interpretation is filled with unquestionable dedication to a genius we should all recognize.”

Brian Hecht (G09) premiered the orchestral version of the bass trombone concerto Catharsis by composer Amy Riebs Mills (77, G78) with the US Army Orchestra in March. Hecht commissioned the work and has frequently performed it with piano accompaniment.

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Will Curry (10) is currently the music director and conductor for the national tour of Miss Saigon.

Erikk M. Hood (G10) was selected for the 2019 National Association of Teachers of Singing Intern Program, a 10-day forum pairing master teachers with talented early-career NATS members. Hood serves as voice area program coordinator and interim director of opera at Utah State University.

Jean Laurenz (10) was named assistant professor of trumpet at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Alex Lewis (10) led a team at Philadelphia public radio station WXPN in producing the nationally syndicated radio documentary Saturday Night and Sunday Morning: The Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul. Hosted by legendary gospel singer CeCe Winans, the documentary examines the history of black gospel music and its influence on early rock ’n’ roll and soul. It has aired on hundreds of radio stations around the country.

Sandra Wu (G10) is the director of artistic administration for Kentucky Opera in Louisville. Previously she was executive director of Chamber Music International in Dallas.

Violinist Kate Carter (G11) and pianist Louise Chan (G11) have joined forces as the Blue Violet Duo. They made their recording debut with American Souvenirs, an album of jazz, blues, and dance-influenced classical works from the mid- to late 20th century by American composers.

Roderick Cox (G11), a 2018 Solti Fellow of the Solti Foundation US, made his opera debut conducting Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers at Houston Grand Opera. A review in the Houstonian called the orchestra “perfectly balanced, a testament to the deftness with which Roderick Cox led the ensemble,” adding that “the responsiveness and sheer beauty the conductor drew from his musicians was a delight to witness.”

Kangmin Justin Kim (11) made history in June by becoming the first male singer to play the role of Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro at London’s Royal Opera House. Other recent engagements have included his debut at Berlin’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden as Nerone in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Idelberto in a new production of Lotario in Bern, Idamante in a new staging of Idomeneo at Staatstheater Wiesbaden, and Megacle in Vivaldi’s L’Olimpiade with the Orchestra La Cetra under Andrea Marcon in Basel and Herne.

Aaron Stampfl (G11) is assistant professor of piano and coordinator of keyboard studies at Colorado Christian University. Previously Stampfl served as guest lecturer in piano at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music.

Chase Hopkins (12) is founder and artistic director of Opera Edwardsville, a downstate Illinois company that recently presented its artistic adviser, Grammy-winning soprano Christine Brewer, in concert with Lyric Opera of Chicago pianist Craig Terry. Northwestern voice professor Karen Brunssen presented a two-day master class series for Opera Edwardsville in September.

Julia Yang (12) won the senior strings division of the 46th annual Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition as the cellist in the Merz Trio.

Laura C. Brisson (13) is a member of the Washing ton, DC–based wind quintet District5, which released its debut recording of the first complete wind-quintet transcription of the Chopin Preludes. The album’s videos, by George Marshall (13), can be found on District5’s YouTube channel. Brisson and Marshall were both horn performance majors; this was their first major artistic collaboration since graduation. 

Kimberly Fang (14) was accepted as a member of the Fellows String Quartet for Community MusicWorks, a nonprofit organization based in Providence, Rhode Island. She begins the two-year position this fall, teaching underprivileged students and performing with the quartet throughout the year.

Kelton Koch (14) was one of 16 top brass musicians who advanced to the semifinals of the 16th International Tchaikovsky Competition. Koch currently studies with Ian Bousfield at the Hochschule der Künste Bern. As of the 2019–20 season, he is the first academist of the Vienna Philharmonic.

Sandra Oberoi (G14) directs the Harmony Chorus, a children’s choir that reached the top eight in India’s reality singing show Rising Star on Colors TV in 2018. The group subsequently made its first international concert tour to Russia, performing at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Gnessin Russian Academy of Music, Gatchina Philharmonic Hall, and Moscow’s Indian Embassy. The choristers all study music at an after-school music program that Oberoi established more than a decade ago.

Nick Platoff (14) was invited to perform in the 16th International Tchaikovsky Competition’s inaugural brass competition. Platoff has served as associate principal trombone of the San Francisco Symphony since 2016. 

Jeff Siegfried (G14, G15) was named assistant professor of saxophone at West Virginia University.

Michael Cox (16) was named a trombone fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center.

Caitlin Finnie (16) appeared as Cosette in Les Misérables in a July 16 Chicago performance on the show’s national tour. Finnie understudies the role as a member of the ensemble.

Alexandria Hoffman (16), a flute fellow with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, performed with renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma at a special “Day of Action” event in Chicago as part of Ma’s Bach Project, a 36-city, six- continent tour that seeks to explore how culture can better society. The Chicago event focused on using culture to confront gun violence.

Erik Leung (G16) is director of bands at Oregon State University as of this fall. He had served as director of bands at California’s Fresno Pacific University since 2014.

Danny Mui (G16) is second and bass clarinetist in the New York City Ballet Orchestra at Lincoln Center. He previously held positions in the Baton Rouge and Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestras.

Elena Murphy (16) was named a Texas Music Festival Orchestra clarinet fellow.

Ansel Norris (16) won fifth prize in the brass division of the 16th International Tchaikovsky Competition as the highest ranked trumpeter in the competition. In 2018 he became the assistant principal/second trumpet of Florida’s Naples Philharmonic.

Alex Schwarz (16) was named principal trumpet of the Louisville Orchestra.

Kaitlin Zardetto (16) accepted a fellowship with Opera Omaha, where she will cover the role of Romeo in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi. The fellowship brings operas into local juvenile prisons, shelters, and other new environments to illustrate and promote music as self-discovery and value across humanity.

Bruno Alcalde (G17) was appointed assistant professor of music theory at the University of South Carolina.

Steven Banks (G17) is now assistant professor of saxophone at Ithaca College. He previously served two years on the faculty of Baldwin Wallace University’s Conservatory of Music.

Daniel Black (G17) made his conducting debut with Michigan Opera Theatre in a new production of Bernstein’s Candide in March. He also guest conducted the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra in April. As assistant conductor of the Florida Orchestra, Black conducted more than 20 performances during the 2018–19 season.

Cellist Brannon Cho (17) received the 2019 Ivan Galamian Prize from the Meadowmount School of Music. The $25,000 prize is awarded to a musician demonstrating potential for an important professional career.

Antonio Escobedo (G17) was accepted into the Pacific Music Festival 2019 Academy. He is a second-year bass fellow in the New World Symphony.

JingPing He (17) won the second flute position with China’s Suzhou Symphony Orchestra. 

Aaron Karp (17) was awarded a Luce Scholarship. The national fellowship program selects scholars for travel to Asia to gain professional experience in their areas of interest. Karp’s research focuses on experimental, electronic, and electroacoustic composition as well as sound installation. He recently earned a master’s degree in digital musics at Dartmouth College.

Casey Karr (G17) received a fellowship to the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Megan Orticelli (17) appeared as Florinda in Into the Woods with Barrington Stage Company. She also recently performed in Asolo Repertory Theatre’s production of Sweeney Todd.

Alex Temple (G17) was named assistant professor of composition at Arizona State University. 

Katherine Young (G17) was named assistant professor of composition at the Berklee College of Music. 

Adam Attard (G18) was accepted to the Aspen Music Festival. 

Aaron Blick (18) received a fellowship to the Aspen Music Festival and School. 

Jack Bryant (18) was named a 2019 horn fellow at the Music Academy of the West. 

Hana Cohon (18) was named a cello fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center.

Sarah Crowell (G18) won a clarinet position with the Air Force Academy Band in Colorado Springs. 

Devin Gossett (G18) won a horn position in the Richmond Symphony. 

Jasper Igusa (18) was named a Texas Music Festival Orchestra oboe fellow.

José Lomeli (G18), a Chicago-based classical guitarist and teacher, submitted a question to WBEZ’s Curious City asking why Chicago Public Schools do not have a city-wide music education curriculum that studies and celebrates the city’s rich musical heritage. The station’s response included a do-it-yourself guide to “Chicago Music History’s Greatest Hits,” including a breakdown of 10 genres and their essential songs.

Lindsey Orcutt (G18) was accepted to the Verbier Festival Orchestra. 

Drew Powell (G18) advanced to the quarterfinals in the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition.

CSEME Shapes Alumni Network

Northwestern’s Center for the Study of Education and the Musical Experience hosted a four-day campus event in May bringing together a core group of 14 PhD music education alumni and faculty. The cohort gathered to help shape the vision and goals for its entire alumni network and to honor and remember CSEME founder Bennett Reimer for his contributions to music education. The group’s new mission is to influence the field of music education through cultivating a strong community of academics, encouraging rigorous and relevant scholarship, and advancing Reimer’s vision. Attendees included Sarah Bartolome (G02), Susan Bolanis (G96), Bruce Carter (G08), Teri Dobbs (G05), Maud Hickey (G95), Sara Jones (G14), Michele Kaschub (G99), Jacki Kelly-McHale (G11), Laura Sindberg (G06), Evan Tobias (G10), Jeffrey Wright (G91), Betty Anne Younker (G97), and David Zerull (G94) as well as Beth Hebert (C73) and PhD student Amanda Draper.

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