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Conductor Mitch Miller was the subject of a feature story in On the Air Magazine. The article said, "At 84, he still enjoys a good cigar, keeps an impossibly busy schedule and loves to please an audience. . . . And yes, he still loves his work too much to even call it work." In April, Miller conducted two pops concerts with the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra in Bridgeport, Conn.


Wayne Barlow '37E (PhD) (see '66).


In January, the Eastman School held its first Gardner Read '37E (Mas) festival, a four-day retrospective of his music. Concerts included the world premiere of Read's Piano Concerto with soloist Randall Hodgkinson and the Eastman Philharmonia. On Feb. 5, the festival ended with Read conducting the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra in his works. The Sibley Music Library exhibited Read's writings and scores during the festival.


William Warfield performed with the Greater Spartanburg (S.C.) Philharmonic and 200 singers from area choruses in a "Celebration of Freedom." The concert, held in February in Spartanburg as part of Black History Month, included Martin Luther King's speeches from the civil rights movement.

'46, '47, '48

50TH REUNION, OCTOBER 17-19, 1997


On Feb. 6, the Cello Sonata by Louis Gordon '49E (Mas), '62E (DMA) was performed by his son, Joshua Gordon, and pianist Margaret Kampmeier '85E at Merkin Hall in New York City. The performance was part of a concert celebrating Gordon's 70th birthday. On March 10, Gordon continued his birthday celebration by performing his Second Piano Sonata and Jazz Vignettes as part of the "Eastman Endeavors" concert presented by Harrington Crissey '66. (See story, "Coming Up: The Next Eastman Alumni Concert," for more on "Eastman Endeavors.") . . . In April, master flutist Walfrid Kujala '50E (Mas) was guest soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, whose members include principal flutist Joanna Bassett '86E, who was a student of Kujala's at Northwestern University. During his visit to Rochester, Kujala also gave a master class at Hochstein Music School for players in the Rochester Flute Association. Kujala is principal piccolo with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a full-time professor at Northwestern University. At the time of his visit, Kujala was the subject of a feature article in the Sunday Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. . . . Mary Jeanne van Appledorn '50E (Mas), '66E (PhD) was a feature composer represented in the Summer 1995 International Peace Concert Tour given by the New York Inoue Chamber Ensemble with the Oberlin Conservatory String Orchestra. The Texas Tech University Symphonic Band recorded her Cycles of Moons and Tides, recently released on Opus One, CD #170. Her Trio Italiano for trumpet, horn, and trombone won an award in the 1996 International Trumpet Guild Brass Trio Composition Competition and recently Trio Italiano and Cycles of Moons and Tides were accepted for publication by Southern Music Company. Van Appledorn reports that a catalog of her music and recordings appears on the World Wide Web site of the American Music Center at Appledorn.


Santa Barbara Overture, by composer Emma Lou Diemer (Mas), '60E (PhD), was given its premiere by the Santa Barbara Symphony in March. Before the concert, Diemer was featured in an article about the composition in the Santa Barbara News-Press.


Conductor Donald Johanos '52E (Mas) led the Rochester Festival Youth Orchestra in a Mother's Day concert in the Eastman Theatre, featuring works by Howard Hanson, Wagner, and Dan Welcher '69E. Johanos is music director laureate of the Honolulu Symphony. . . . Julius Kovach wrote to bring us up-to-date on his activities since graduation: "After graduation, I joined the Buffalo Philharmonic as associate principal violinist. In 1960, I was appointed principal music librarian and held the two positions concurrently for 33 years. I retired from playing in 1993 and from the library in 1994. My total service to the BPO was 44 years. Since my retirement, I am concertmaster and assistant conductor of the Amherst (N.Y.) Chamber Ensemble. It is an advanced amateur group and we give one concert a month. It is very enjoyable and I am having the time of my life!"

'51, '52, '53

45TH REUNION, OCTOBER 17-19, 1997


Norman Heim (Mas), '63E (DMA) has been emeritus professor at the University of Maryland since 1994. In February 1996, Heim's composition Dance Fantasia Op. 221 for bass clarinet, cello, and piano was given its premiere by Due Boemi in Germany. Heim's book, The Clarinet Sonata: In Outline, was recently published by Norcat Music Press. . . . Joseph Henry '53E (Mas), '66E (DMA) writes, "Three Eastman alums collaborated on the final concert of the 41st season of the Missoula Symphony Orchestra. Our performance hall has a Morton Theatre organ, which allowed us to feature Nancy Cooper '80E (Mas), '83E (DMA) as soloist in everything from a silent movie to the Lone Ranger. Our 'Downtown Hoedown' theme presented broad possibilities, including concertmaster Margaret Nichols Baldridge '87E, '95E (DMA) playing the big On the Trail cadenza to bring Nancy on. The concert marked the conclusion of my 10th season as the orchestra's music director.". . . Sal Martirano (Mas)--an emeritus professor of music at the University of Illinois, an internationally acclaimed composer, and the inventor of what Science Digest called "the world's first composing machine"--died last November at the age of 68. In an obituary, the Chicago Tribune quoted his friend, Michael Holloway, "Sal will be remembered for his powerful music, his support of young artists, his generosity toward the poor and helpless, and his insistent manifestation of what is elegant and vital to the world." Among Martirano's compositions are "Contrasto" for orchestra, "Chansons Innocentes," "O, O, O, O That Shakespeare Rag," "Cocktail Music" for piano, "Three Electronic Dances," and "L's G.A." (Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, which was called "the quintessential anti-war piece"). He was a master collaborator and worked with poets, other musicians, artists, computer scientists, electronic engineers, and writers. . . . Ron Nelson '53E (Mas), '57E (PhD) has been commissioned by Leonard Slatkin to compose an orchestral piece for the National Symphony Orchestra. The piece will be used as part of fanfare for the Kennedy Center's 25th anniversary celebration in October. In 1993, Nelson retired as a professor from Brown University, where he had taught theory, counterpoint, and orchestration for 37 years. . . . The Cleveland Orchestra, with concertmaster William Preucil, was on a European tour this spring. In the audience at a concert in Vienna, Austria, violinist Susanne Bauer '61 heard the orchestra for the first time, though she had studied with Preucil at Eastman.


Pianist Arno Drucker '55E (Mas) and soprano Ruth Landes Drucker '55E (Mas) presented a master class for singers at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation in May. In July, the couple celebrated the 10th anniversary of participation in "Explorations in Singing," a week-long workshop at Marywood College in Pennsylvania. Ruth Drucker sang in sessions at the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies in England and was a vocal technician for the American Song Seminar at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in Connecticut last summer. At Towson State University, the Ruth Drucker Vocal Fund, established in her honor upon her retirement last year, sponsored a master class for vocal students and helped to support a performance by the Towson State University combined choruses and orchestra. Arno Drucker continues part-time piano teaching and chamber music coaching at Essex Community College, which he has done since his retirement from the college in 1995. . . . Henry Ingram (see '67). . . . Percussionist Stanley Leonard was featured in an article in the Greensburg, Pa., Tribune-Review in February. In 1994, Leonard retired after 38 years as principal timpanist for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in the 1995-96 season. As a member of the committee organizing the celebration, Leonard helped to develop a package of photographs and four CDs that chronicle the orchestra's history. Leonard also recently recorded Canticle, a CD with the Duquesne University Alumni Percussion Ensemble.

'56, '57, '58

40TH REUNION, OCTOBER 17-19, 1997


Robert W. Greenberg '57E (Mas) recently retired as assistant superintendent in Long Island, New York, and is now principal trumpet of the St. Augustine Orchestra in Florida and a resident of Palm Coast. . . . George Walker (DMA), '57E (DMA) received the Pulitzer Prize for his composition, Lilacs. (For more on Walker, see Rochester Gazette/Surviving the Pulitzer.)


Frederick Kopp (PhD) reports that he celebrated his 82nd birthday by completing work on a new opera, The Sophisticate. "Since then, I've also written a new song to celebrate the 'debut' of my newest granddaughter--an event for which I am not totally responsible, but is nonetheless a welcome and happy one," Kopp writes.


Nicholas Di Virgilio directed a production of Bizet's Carmen in Humbach, Germany, with University of Illinois students taking lead roles. Di Virgilio reports that the elementary school opera education and Opera Look-In projects he directs in Illinois are doing well and Teen Opera will debut in the fall. . . . Carol Dawn Winkelman (see '66).


John Davison (PhD) (see '66). . . . Ken Murley '61E (Mas) reports that his composition Christ Is Born, Alleluia was performed by the Toccoa, Ga., Symphony and Chorus in December 1995. Murley's New England Portrait was performed by the Toccoa Symphony in March. Murley, a freelance composer/ arranger in the Atlanta area, composed the film score for Grit, a film that was scheduled to be shot in the summer of 1996. . . . Roland Persson '60E (Mas) writes that he is now in his fourth year of teaching ninth-grade English at Richmond (Calif.) High School. He is still playing and teaching music on a private basis.


Pianist Gary Wolf (Mas), '64E (DMA) performed in a concert at the Dayton (Ohio) Art Institute as part of the Soirees Musicales piano series in March.

'61, '62, '63

35TH REUNION, OCTOBER 17-19, 1997


Susanne Bauer (see '52). . . . James Miltenberger (Mas), '65E (DMA), a professor of music at West Virginia University, served as judge of piano events at the 47th annual Young Musician Auditions held in March in Wheeling, W.Va.


In February, Roger Thorpe (Mas) was inducted into the Big Band Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Palm Springs, Fla. Thorpe, who has retired from teaching at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., played in the brass section of the Glenn Miller Band and with Woody Herman and Les Elgart. Sammy Kaye nicknamed Thorpe "The Professor." Thorpe now directs and tours with the band Swing and Sway.


Mitzie Collins played the hammered dulcimer in the third annual Concert of Traditional Scottish Music in Rochester in April. . . . Bassoonist Phillip Kolker '67E (Mas) appeared in a concert at the Second Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, Md., in February. Kolker is principal bassoonist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and a faculty member of the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. Kolker is a founding member of the Baltimore Wind Quintet and also of the early music group Pro Musica Rara, where he plays baroque bassoon. Kolker is married to soprano Elizabeth Hart '65, co-chair of the Peabody Preparation Voice Department. . . . John Wyre (see '68).


Horace Boyer (Mas), '73E (PhD) is the author of How Sweet the Sound: The Golden Age of Gospel, published by Elliott and Clark Publishing. The book covers the period from the 1940s to the 1960s and includes sketches about Mahalia Jackson, Clara Ward, James Cleveland, and other gospel artists. Boyer is professor of music at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


Elizabeth Hart (see '63).


Passacaglia and Rondo, a composition by Newel Kay Brown (PhD) was commissioned by the Texas Harp Ensemble last January. It received a Dallas premiere in April and a second performance at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. . . . Paul Anthony McRae resigned as conductor of the Greensboro (N.C.) Symphony Orchestra in December 1995. McRae, who had been with the orchestra since 1987, left to join a real estate venture in Florida. In a Greensboro News & Record article at the time, Henry Ingram '54, a professor at Greensboro College and a freelance critic, says McRae contributed enormously to the artistic growth of the orchestra during his tenure. . . . Paula Rothman (see '66). . . . Organist Karl Tricomi performed a recital entitled "Heroic Music from Opera and Oratorio," in January at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. Tricomi lives in Cherry Hill, N.J.


Recent performances by percussion group Nexus include a concert with the Toronto Children's Chorus in May and a performance at Carnegie Hall, which featured works by Nexus members, with The Metro Youth Orchestra of Huntsville, Ala. In early March, the group was in residence with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra in Ontario. Recent compact discs by Nexus include World Diary and Music for Heaven and Earth. New from Philips Classics is a recording by Nexus of One last bar, then Joe can sing, a work commissioned by Nexus and premiered in London in November 1994. The internationally acclaimed group includes Bill Cahn, John Wyre '63E, Bob Becker '69E, '71E (Mas), Robin Engelman, and Russell Hartenberger. . . . Steve Gadd was the subject of the cover story in the April issue of Modern Drummer. Gadd, who has toured with Paul Simon, Al Jarreau, and Eric Clapton, recently left New York City to return to Rochester. In the article, Gadd discusses in detail some of the many recordings on which he has performed. . . . Hilton Jones (see '86).


Bob Becker '71E (Mas) (see '68). . . . Pianist Paul Van Ness performed the Brahms Quintet with the Anderson String Quartet this past year and appeared with the Plovdiv Chamber Orchestra in Bulgaria. Van Ness took leave from his work as professor of piano at Cal State University, Los Angeles, in the winter term 1995 to work on his book on intercultural teaching of piano. The List-Glenn Institute for Piano and Strings, founded by Van Ness in 1986 as a memorial to Eastman professor Eugene List and his wife, Carroll Glenn, presented its 10th anniversary summer festival this year. The festival, Chamber Music-1996, featured musicians from Turkey, Bulgaria, Taiwan, and the United States. . . . Compositions by Dan Welcher were performed at a Mother's Day concert in the Eastman Theatre by the Rochester Youth Festival Orchestra.


Charlene Campbell Butler writes, "I recently formed a touring opera company that takes small chamber-style operas to schools, libraries, and senior centers. Our fall 1995 production was The Telephone and in the spring and fall of 1996 we perform Sweet Betsy From Pike. I sing the soprano roles, direct the productions, and serve as business manager." Butler also sang in the "Eastman Endeavors" concert presented by Harrington Crissey '66E in Wilmington, Del., in March 1996. . . . Geary Larrick (Mas) performed three recitals of percussion music in early 1996 in Stevens Point, Wis. The presentations featured instruments of Africa, America, and Europe, and music improvised by Larrick. . . . James Setapen, music director and conductor of the Amarillo, Tex., Symphony, was featured in a profile in the Amarillo Daily News in March. Setapen and his wife, Carol, have two children, Ilana, 12, who plays violin, and Adam, 9, who studies cello. . . . Saxophonist Chris Vadala appeared as a guest artist with the University of South Dakota jazz ensembles in April.

'71, '72, '73

25TH REUNION, OCTOBER 17-19, 1997


In January 1996, flutist Bonita Boyd performed with classical guitarist Nicholas Goluses in a chamber music performance at the Skaneateles (N.Y.) Festival. In May, Boyd performed in Rochester in a program honoring late American composer Leo Sowerby. Boyd is a professor at Eastman.


Pianist Susan Dersnah Fee (Mas), '75E (PhD) and her husband, pianist George Fee '73, frequently present master classes, lectures, and workshops nationwide. . . . Vibraphonist Ted Piltzecker was guest composer and performer with the UMO Jazz Orchestra in Finland in January. He was in residence for a week, rehearsing the band for a concert of his music at the Royal Cotton Club in Helsinki. Piltzecker's work, Tango for an Elegant Man, which was premiered at the Aspen Music Festival, received its first European performance at the concert. . . . Cecile Saine (see '81).


Soprano Robin Eaton was soloist for the Schubert Mass in G with the Syracuse Opera Chorus and Syracuse Symphony in January. Eaton also sang a recital in November 1995 for Civic Morning Musicals at the Everson Museum in Syracuse, N.Y. . . . George Fee (see '72). . . . Chris Koch has been awarded a Rotary Ambassador Scholarship for one year of music study in Australia. Koch is pursuing a master's degree in orchestra conducting at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. . . . The December 1995 issue of Wake Forest University Magazine featured an article on soprano Teresa Radomski. Radomski, associate professor of music at Wake Forest, was involved in a research project entitled "Laryngeal Biomechanics of the Singing Voice." The article says that in a Cable News Network segment last fall, "Radomski's vocal cords were front and center as she helped to demonstrate transnasal fiber optic laryngoscopy, a procedure in which a scenic view of the voice box is filmed via a tube with a light at the end of it." Radomski says the research helped her to form a clear image of how vocal cords vibrate. . . . Suzanne Blum Stearns '75E (Mas) (see '74). . . . Trumpeters Jeff Tyzik '77E (Mas) and Allen Vizzutti '74E, '76E (Mas) and drummer Dave Mancini '74E performed with Doc Severinsen in a Weekender Pops Concert with the Minnesota Orchestra in January. Tyzik is pops conductor for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.


Louise Goldberg (PhD) received specialized training and certification as a holistic health counselor from the American Society of Alternative Therapists, as well as a diploma in transformational counseling from the Institute of Transformational Studies. Goldberg is also a graduate of the course of study in the curative aspect of breath, tone, and drumming given by the Institute for Music, Health, and Education. . . . David Isele (DMA) was the subject of the "Artists & Their Art" feature in the Tampa Tribune in December. Isele is professor of music at the University of Tampa and music director at Tampa's Sacred Heart Church. . . . Dave Mancini (see '73). . . . Phil Markowitz recently received his second composition grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Markowitz, who teaches composition and theory at Mannes College Jazz and Contemporary Music School, performed this year at the Lisbon Jazz Festival in July and at the Lillehammer Jazzfest in Norway, and was a featured soloist in the Kobe (Japan) Contemporary Music Festival. . . . Baritone Jay Stearns was soloist along with Marilyn Horne and the National Symphony Orchestra in John Corigliano's first symphony Of Rage and Remembrance, to be released on CD in October 1996. He also appeared with Opera Camerata of Washington, D.C., in the U.S. premiere of Donizetti's Poliuto in June. Stearns and his wife, Suzanne Blum Stearns '73E, '75E (Mas), sing with the U.S. Army Chorale in Washington. Jay Stearns is on the vocal faculty of Catholic University of America. . . . Allen Vizzutti '76E (Mas) (see '73). . . . Mary Watkins is general manager of the Kansas City Symphony.


John Serry '91E (Mas) won the grand prize in the Jazziz magazine Key Players Competition, a keyboard/composer contest judged by Dave Brubeck and Bob James. The prize included a Steinway grand piano and free full page ads in the magazine for Serry's CD, released by Telarc International last June. Serry also composes music for television commercials and wrote the sports music for CNN's "Headline News."


Vibraphonist Steve Rehbein gave a recital in March at the University of Nebraska Performing Arts Center in Omaha. Rehbein is coordinator of jazz studies and percussion and assistant director of bands at the university. . . . Judith Paniccia Ricker '81E (Mas), '91S (MBA) was the subject of a feature article in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle in May. Ricker, who played the oboe with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra for many years, is now a senior analyst in business research for Eastman Kodak. Ricker completed her M.B.A. at the University's Simon School while still performing with the RPO and teaching at Hochstein Music School. In 1991, she joined Kodak. Ricker, who is married to RPO clarinetist Ramon Ricker, still plays with Hochstein's Antara Winds and the Greater Rochester Women's Philharmonic.


Composer and commentator Robert Kapilow performed with The Ying Quartet '91E as part of a music-discovery series sponsored by the Friends of Chamber Music in Kansas City, Miss., in February. Kapilow provided a play-by-play analysis while the quartet performed Beethoven's Second Quartet.


Allen Gimbel's Sonata for Piano was performed by Jon Klibonoff at the Festival of New American Music at Sacramento State University in 1995. Gimbel also gave a lecture on neo-romanticism and ethics at the festival. He is associate professor of music at Lawrence University's Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wis.


William Copper (see '66).

'81, '82, '83

15TH REUNION, OCTOBER 17-19, 1997


Christopher Lamb (see '85). . . . Pianist Robert Siemers E (Mas) presented a concert in February at Atonement Lutheran Church in Wyomissing, Pa. Siemers teaches piano at Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania and is a doctoral candidate at Indiana University. . . . Pianist Howard Spindler (Mas) is the organizer of "Eastman at Washington Square," a series of free concerts held at lunch time in Rochester at the First Universalist Church. The concerts ran from February until June and featured student faculty and ensembles from Eastman and its Community Education Division. The series opened with a concert by soprano Cecile Saine '72E, accompanied by Spindler.


Soprano Jane Adler '86E (Mas) made her debut with the Cincinnati Symphony, with James Conlon conducting Mozart's great Mass in C Minor. She also sang chamber music on the Bargemusic Series in New York City with Paul Newbauer, viola, and Ann-Marie McDermott, piano. . . . Violinist Lois Finkel (Mas) plays with the Charleston String Quartet, which has been in residence at Brown University for 10 years.


William Eddins '86E (Mas) was guest maestro with the New Hampshire Symphony at the Portsmouth Music Hall in March.


Margaret Kampmeier (see '48). . . . Mike McKeever and his wife, Kathy Mills McKeever (Mas) write they are pleased to announce the birth of Nathan Malcolm on April 5, 1996. The McKeevers have two other children, Seth, 4, and Hope, 2. In May, Mike and Kathy were preparing to go overseas with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Mike will be working in a finance office in Cameroon, West Africa. . . . Bridget-Michaele Reischl was featured in an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in December. Reischl, the first American and first woman to win Italy's Antonio Pedrotti International Competition for Orchestra Conductors, conducts the Lawrence University Symphony Orchestra. . . . Stephen Rush continues to teach at the University of Michigan, where he is the music director of the Dance Department and directs the Digital Music Ensemble. He recently gave performances of his work in Paris, Budapest, and San Jose, Costa Rica, and received grants from Meet the Composer and the International Institute at the University of Michigan. Rush's recent CD projects include a recording of his electronic chamber opera Murders in the Rue Morgue, which was scheduled to be released in summer 1996 on MMC Records. Rush's Rebellion for trombone, percussion and piano was scheduled to be recorded by Joe Alessi and Christopher Lamb '81 of the New York Philharmonic. . . . Dave Silon '87 (see '85 River Campus undergraduate). . . . David Wilborn (Mas), director of bands and assistant professor of music at Eastern New Mexico University, was recently elected college and university vice president of the New Mexico Music Educators Association. He will assume the position in January 1997.


Each spring the Tampa, Fla., area is home to the BONK Festival, a week of experimental music. The festival began in 1991 when Paul Reller (Mas) got together with a bunch of fellow Eastman alumni and put on a marathon concert at the University of South Florida Fine Arts Auditorium. The next year they expanded the concert to five nights and in 1993 to seven nights, where it is now. In an article in Tampa's Weekly Planet, Reller describes BONK's music as "white-collar underground music, because most of the composers and performers have Ph.D.s." Reller, a professor of composition at the University of South Florida School of Music, also plays in the rock band Clang with Corey Jane Holt '88E (Mas), a fellow BONK board member. The festival has no sponsors or grants or outside funding. All of the composers and musicians donate their works and their time. The 1996 BONK festival included compositions by Holt and Reller and by Hilton Jones '68E (Mas), Mikel Kuehn '93E, Eric Lyon '88E, and David Rogers '89E.


Pianist Donna Coleman (DMA) performed as part of the Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concerts at California State University at Fresno in December 1995. Coleman, who is head of the keyboard department at Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia, presented a performance of Charles Ives' rarely heard Second Pianoforte Sonata: Concord, Mass. 1840-1860.


Aurora for violoncello solo and Wet on Wet for clarinet solo by Lee Gannon were performed at Middle Collegiate Church in New York City in December. The concert, held on World AIDS Day, was part of the Benson Series Concerts, which commemorate composers and musicians who have died of AIDS. Symphony No. 1 by Gannon, was performed by the University of Kentucky Wind Ensemble at the University of Southern Mississippi in January as part of the College Band Directors National Association Convention. Gannon's Sonata for Violoncello & Piano was performed by Gannon and Bradley Mansell in a concert at Middle Tennessee State University in April. . . . Eric Lyon (see '86).


Violinist John Fadial (Mas) and his wife, cellist Beth Vanderborgh '90E (Mas), comprise the ensemble Duo Nouveau, which toured Europe and the U.S. East Coast earlier this year with the French quartet Ensemble Stanislas. Vanderborgh teaches at Adelson-Broaddus College in Virginia and Fadial teaches at West Virginia University. The couple live in Morgantown. . . . Organist Michael Farris (DMA) was featured performer in the 1996 Lumpkin Memorial Organ Recital in Columbus, Ga., in February. Farris is associate professor of music at Eastman. . . . Organist John Mitchener (Mas), '95E (Mas) teaches at Salem College and the North Carolina School of the Arts, both in Winston-Salem, N.C. . . . "A Tribute to Dana School Music Jazz Composers/Arrangers," a concert presented by the Youngstown (Ohio) State University Jazz Ensembles in February, featured trumpeter Dave Rivello E (Mas). Rivello, a Dana School graduate, performed his own compositions and arrangements. Rivello is a freelance composer/arranger and copyist working in Rochester. . . . David Rogers (see '86).


Melanie Mitrano, who holds a D.M.A., has recently been appointed assistant professor of voice and vocal program coordinator at Jersey City State College. . . . Steve Vacchi is visiting assistant professor of bassoon at Wichita State University and principal bassoon with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. Vacchi was an invited performer at the 1996 International Double Reed Society Conference in Tallahassee, Fla. . . . Beth Vanderborgh (Mas) (see '89).

'91, '92, '93

5TH REUNION, OCTOBER 17-19, 1997


Organist Douglas Cleveland presented concerts in March at the First Presbyterian Church in Saginaw, Mich., and in April at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Albany, N.Y. . . . Daniel Florio (Mas) writes, "after holding positions with the Honolulu Symphony, the Canton Symphony, and the Erie Philharmonic, I recently became a percussionist with the Dallas Symphony." . . . Robin Kornblith Sneider (see '91 undergraduate). . . . The Ying Quartet's busy touring schedule included participating in a residency program in Waterford, Mich., with students from the town's string program, in February and performing with the Chamber Music Society at Detroit's Orchestra Hall. Also in February they presented a concert at the Peace Center for the Performing Arts in Greenville, S.C., and performed with composer and commentator Robert Kapilow '77E (Mas) as part of a music-discovery series sponsored by the Friends of Chamber Music in Kansas City, Miss. In March, the quartet appeared at the Duncan Theater in West Palm Beach, Fla. The Ying Quartet is made up of siblings Timothy (DMA), Phillip '92E (Mas), Janet '92E, and David '92E (DMA). (For news of the Yings' recent appointment to the Eastman faculty, see Rochester In Review/Ying Quartet to Return as Eastman Faculty.)


Gregory Jones (DMA) received a Fulbright Artist-in-Residence Senior Award for Greece, 1995-96. During winter break in 1995, Jones directed the Northeast Missouri State University Jazz Ensemble in a tour of Russia organized by the Russian Ministry of Culture.


In 1995, Walter DuMelle (Mas) spent his second summer season in Des Moines performing the role of Figaro in a full orchestra presentation of The Marriage of Figaro. DuMelle is currently under contract with the San Diego Opera Education Department's Outreach Program, performing with five other singers in schools and community centers. He writes, "The hippie in me is very happy with the life and sights in San Diego." . . . Mikel Kuehn (see '86).


Chris Jentsch (Mas) has been appointed composer-in-residence for the 1995-96 academic year to work with Fairport (N.Y.) High School jazz ensembles.


Timothy Muffitt (DMA) is director of the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra, assistant conductor of the Austin Symphony, and a regular guest conductor with the Louisiana Philharmonic.

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