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Gardner Read: A Bio-Bibliography (Greenwood Press, 1996) by Mary Ann Dodd and Jayson Rod Engquist records the life and works of Gardner Read '37E (Mas). Among recent Gardner CDs: Phantasmagoria, for English horn and organ, performed by Thomas Stacy and Kent Tritle on the Cala label; Toccata Giocosa, Night Flight, Symphony No. 4, on the CRI Masters CD; Epistle to the Corinthians, The Hidden Lute, By-Low, My Babe, and Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, on the Albany Records label. Read's works performed in 1996 include Vernal Equinox, performed by the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra, Ronald Feldman conducting; and Pennsylvania, performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Lorin Maazel conducting.


Music of Roland Leich (Mas) and John Davison '59E (PhD) has recently been published by the Vienna Woods Music Company of Vienna, Va. Leich studied composition with Bernard Rogers and then went on to teach music theory and composition at Carnegie Mellon University for 30 years. His works include art songs, choral music, pieces for organ and piano solo, and orchestral and chamber works. Davison, who studied with Howard Hanson and Bernard Rogers, has been teaching music theory and composition at Haverford College since 1959. Among his compositions are works for organ and piano, as well as chamber and orchestral music. The composers invite you to check out their web site:, for more info.


In the previous issue, we published an incorrect report that Anastasia Jempelis '48E (Mas) had retired from the Eastman School's Community Education Division in May. Jempelis continues to teach violin in the division. Rochester Review regrets the error.


New works by Mary Jeanne van Appledorn '66E (PhD) premiered in 1997 include Reeds Afire, three duos for clarinet and bassoon, performed by Paul Gallo on clarinet, and Gilbert Dejean on bassoon, in New York City; and Native American Mosaic, music for Native American flute, commissioned by James Pellerite and premiered by him in February, 1997. Van Appledorn reports that her new compact disc, Postcards, was released in June by North/South Records, and that three of her early compositions, Contrasts for Piano, Two Shakespeare Songs, for SATB chorus and piano, and Cello Rhapsody, for cello and piano, are about to be released by Arsis Press, Washington, D.C. Van Appledorn received her 18th consecutive ASCAP Standard Panel Award in June 1997.


The Mind Of Edmund Gurney, by Gordon Epperson (Mas) has been published by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. His new CD releases include Barber's Sonata, Op. 6, Martinû's Sonata No. 2, Bartók's First Rhapsody, and Bavicchi's Sonata No. 2, Op. 25, (performed by Epperson on cello, and Frances Burnett on piano); Ysaÿe's Sonata pour violoncelle seul, Op. 28, Crumb's Sonata for Solo Violoncello, and Kodály's Sonata pour violoncelle seul, Op. 8, (performed by Epperson on cello). Both CDs are available from Centaur Records. . . .Pianist Roy Hamlin Johnson '51E (Mas), '61E (DMA) has a compact disc out--Music of John Powell: Sonata Teutonica, Op. 24 (1913); Sonata Psychologique, Op. 15 (1906), CRI Masters CD 704.


Joe Scianni (MM), '59E (DMA) (see '59 graduate).


Franklin Butler '59E (Mas) reports that his Interlochen Theme, originally presented at the National Music Camp in 1931, was performed by several hundred players at the annual International Horn Society Symposium at the Eastman School in June, and earlier at the annual Interlochen Alumni Weekend last year. "The horn choir arrangement is one of 21 settings I have made of the Interlochen Theme," he writes, announcing its forthcoming publication. Other instrumental, vocal, and choral arrangements may be published in the future, he says.


Raymond Premru, a professor of trombone at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music since 1988, writes to catch us up on his news over recent years. Some highlights: He was guest trombonist with the New York Philharmonic in 1993, and recorded two Wagner operas, Die Walküre and Das Rheingold. In '94 he taught a master class at the Royal College of Music in London and premiered his Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra in Birmingham. In 1995, he was a judge at the Kingsville International Music Competition in Texas, where his Symphony No. 1 was premiered by the Oberlin Orchestra. So far this year, he reports, he has conducted the British premiere of his Symphony for Brass and Percussion at the Royal Academy of Music in London, was invited to conduct orchestral concerts on a return visit to the UK, was awarded the Cleveland Arts Prize for Music, and had a CD released--the first for his trombone quartet, High Anxiety 'Bones, featuring his composition Tissington Variations.


Marilyn Smith Sandness, associate professor and coordinator of the music therapy program at the University of Dayton, was appointed to the Commission on Education, Training, and Accreditation of the World Federation of Music Therapy. She continues to chair the National Association for Music Therapy (NAMT) Education Committee and serves on the NAMT Judicial Review Board and the Assembly of Delegates.


John Davison (PhD) (see '42). . . . Thomas J. Cole (Mas) writes to let his classmates know that he is most definitely not deceased as listed in the most recent alumni directory. He reports that he is semi-retired but still teaching voice part-time at Broward Community College in Ft. Lauderdale.


June Ackroyd '64E (Mas) was awarded a sabbatical from Northern Michigan University for the 1996­97 academic year to study Dalcroz Eurhythmics at Carnegie Mellon University, and the Hochschule für Musik in Freiberg, Germany. Ackroyd writes, "While in Freiburg, I visited Eastman alumnus Mesias Maiguashca '60E, '63E (Mas), who is a professor there, and I also heard a recital by Eastman alumna Valerie Errante '95E (DMA)."


Mesias Maiguashca '60E '63E (Mas) (see '62). . . . Chuck Mangione (see '70). . . . Paul Tardif (see '86).


Ten New England Scenes for Canvas, Piano, and Camera was presented in 1996 at Mount Wachusett Community College (Mass.) featuring piano impressions composed and performed by Edward B. Wood.


Pierce Getz (DMA) was profiled in the Harrisburg Patriot-News for his work as director of the Lebanon Valley Alumni Chorale, director of the Masterworks Chorale and Instrumental Ensemble, and music director for the Market Square Church.


Carol A. Lucas '71E (MM) writes that she spent the summer of '97 with the Glimmerglass Opera serving as director of the young artists program. She continues as chorus master and head of the music staff for the Portland Opera. . . . In July, Sandra L. Seefeld played a flute recital accompanied by pianist Ron J. Matson at the Green Lake Festival of Music in Fond du Lac, Wis. . . . Robert Silverman '70E (DMA) e-mails to fill us in on what he's been doing since completing his term last year as director of the School of Music at the University of British Columbia: "Three new CDs have been released, Piano Music of Liszt (including the B Minor Sonata) on the Stereophile label, Piano Music of Brahms, Vol. 2 (Op. 76, 79/2, 116, 119) on the Musica Viva label, and The Parlour Grand, Vol. 2 (18 Favorites from a Bygone Era). I've also passed the halfway mark in my eight concert cycle devoted to the 32 sonatas of Beethoven, with the completion date scheduled for the composer's birthday, December 16, 1998." He invites you to visit his Web site at for more information.


Ingrid Jacobson Clarfield (MM) sends an update on what she been up to. Here are some highlights: Since 1982, she has been a professor of piano at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, N.J., where she also directs the Piano Week for high school students. She is a member of the board of directors and the organizing committee for the National Piano Pedagogy Conference, where she is also an annual presenter. She has co-authored (with Suzanne W. Guy) a recently released two-book series, From Mystery to Mastery, which takes students from their initial encounter with music through to a polished performance. She maintains an independent piano studio in Princeton, where her students have won top honors and awards in state and national competitions. She lives in Princeton with her husband, Mel Mack. Her eldest daughter, Amanda, is an elementary school music teacher and teaches piano in New Jersey. Her youngest daughter, Julie, is a sophomore at James Madison University in Virginia. . . . Geary Larrick (MM) is the founder of G and L Publishing in Stevens Point, Wis. He has compositions listed in the catalogs of Herbert Brandt and Steve Weiss and his duo for voice and marimba was recently reviewed in Percussions. . . . Jim Lemmond (Mas) was appointed assistant professor of music and music education at Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, W.Va., for the 1997­98 academic year. He served on the music faculty at Southwest State University in Marshall, Minn., for the 1996­97 academic year. . . . Art Michaels is co-author with Joe Fox of Starting in Taekwondo, recently published by Sterling Publishing Co. . . . Susan Rouzer has received a juris doctor degree from Whittier Law School in Los Angeles. . . . Chris Vadala, director of jazz studies and professor of saxophone at the University of Maryland, writes, "I continue to be very busy as a guest soloist and clinician with jazz ensembles, concert bands, and orchestras around the world sponsored by Selmer Company. I'm also a frequent performer with the National Symphony Orchestra and still concertize with Chuck Mangione '63E." His book Improve Your Doubling (Dorn Publications) continues to receive rave reviews.


John Noel Roberts '75E (Mas) was appointed Callaway Professor of Music and chair of the department of music at Mercer University in Macon, Ga. He was formerly head of music at the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music of the Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia.


Thomas Aversano '73RC writes that his wife, Marjorie Merkel Aversano (Mas), died on July 26, 1997, and adds this request to her friends and colleagues:

"Marjorie is survived by a 10-year-old son, Alex, and myself. To help Alex's memory of his mother remain vital and well-rounded over his many years yet to come, I am compiling stories written by friends, colleagues, and relatives of Marjorie. I would like to ask those who knew her at Eastman to please write or record on audio cassette a story or anecdote about Margie that illuminates her character or relates a humorous or serious event. These can be sent to the family home at 1226 Lake Falls Rd., Baltimore, MD 21210 or sent via e-mail to


Deborah Layne Pritts (see '79).


Martha Curtis, now a violinist with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, was profiled in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as having overcome performance difficulties related to epilepsy, through a series of brain surgeries and medication modifications. According to the Brighton-Pittsford Post, she shared her story with Rochesterians at the Al Sigl Center in September.


Allan R. Mosher (Mas) has been promoted to associate professor at Youngstown State University's Dana School of Music. . . . Kraig D. Pritts was recently appointed assistant elementary principal and district technology coordinator for the Moravia (N.Y.) Central School District. He and his wife, Deborah Layne Pritts '77, reside in Cortland, N.Y. Deborah is the district superintendent for the Seven Valleys District at the North Central New York Conference of the United Methodist Church.


Susan Laib wrote to let us know that we erroneously reported her as teaching at Mansfield State University. The correct name of the school, where she is double reed professor in the department of music, is simply Mansfield University. . . . The Laws of Falling Bodies, the first collection of poetry by Kate Light '82E (MM), was co-winner of the 1997 Nicholas Roerich Prize in poetry and is scheduled for release in October. She writes that she'll be doing readings around the country, including a stop at Rochester. In addition to her poetry writing, she is a violinist in New York City. . . . Philip Waite (see Alumni Gazette).


In April, Robert Siemers (Mas) gave a recital featuring Bach's Goldberg Variations at Milton Hershey School, where he is the piano instructor. He also teaches piano at Lebanon Valley College and has lectured and taught master classes on Bach's keyboard works throughout the United States and at the Moscow Conservatoire.


Jane Adler '84E (MM) makes her Carnegie Hall debut December 20th singing Handel's Messiah with the St. Cecelia Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by David Randolph. She goes on to make her Weill Concert Hall debut singing a benefit concert with Bach Works New York in February 1998.


Diane L. Lim (DMA) was featured in the Biog in Brief section of the Lawrence, Mass., Eagle-Tribune. She is a concert pianist, teaches piano at Phillips Academy and the Longy School in Cambridge, and helps her husband run his medical practice. . . . Pamela L. Poulin (PhD), who is on the music theory faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University, wrote that she was participating in and moderating a panel on the teaching of graduate music theory pedagogy for the College Music Society national meeting at Cleveland this fall. She and an Eastman doctoral theory student Jonathan Atleson are presenting a paper on utilizing web sites for music theory instruction at the ATMI national meeting. Her article Discoveries in Riga: What Stadler's Basset Clarinet Looked Like and the First Documented Performance of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto appeared in the 1996 issue of the Journal of the American Musical Instrumental Society, and her article The Many Sides of Mozart's Friend Anton Stadler, Clarinetist Extraordinaire, will appear in Austria, 996­ 1996: Music in a Changing Society in Ottawa. She has been asked to contribute to the New Revised Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians edited by Stanley Sadie and the Oxford Companion to Mozart edited by Cliff Eisen.


John Cipolla writes to update us on his recent doings: "I recently completed a new play-along edition of the Carl Baermann Method for Clarinet. It is available on Music Minus One (MMO) in two sets, The Virtuoso Clarinetist and The Art of Clarinet. I've recorded eight other MMO albums being released in late 1997. I've recently become a Yamaha artist and will be doing clinics for them. I've also recently released a CD of Carl Baermann's music for clarinet and piano as well as a free jazz CD, Free Sketches of Color. I still play for the Broadway show Cats and the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra. I continue to teach at Wagner College as an adjunct clarinet and saxophone instructor." He and his wife, Lisa, live in New York City with their 18-month-old daughter, Gabriela.


Trombonist John Fedchock (MM) performed with the Dayton Jazz Orchestra in a special performance at Gilly's nightclub in Dayton. . . . Cynthia Folio (PhD) sent in a note to let us know what she's been up to. Here are some highlights: In 1996, she lectured on the topic of music analysis and performance at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and her composition Trio for flute, cello, and piano was performed by the Sierra trio at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Earlier this year, she was a guest lecturer at the University of New Mexico Composer's Symposium, had her composition for flute solo, Arca Sacra (commissioned by the National Flute Association for its 1997 High School Flute Soloist Competition), premiered and published, and had a number of her works performed, including One for Four for flute quartet (performed by the Flute Ensemble at Stanford) and Developing Hues for flute and bass clarinet (performed at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania). She received a commission from Girard College to write a piece for band, organ, and heraldic trumpets to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the college. She is also a member of Sigma Alpha Iota as a National Arts Associate.


Fritz Gearheart '88E (MM), currently on the faculty of East Carolina University, was praised in the May issue of Strad magazine for his performance on the Koch CD American Violin with pianist Paul Tardif '63E (MM): "a bold assertive player with plenty of variety of tone and colour . . . beautifully controlled yet voluptuous." Gearheart is working on his next project, a CD release of unpublished manuscripts for violin and piano, with pianist John Owings. Gearheart reports that the duo plans to present these unpublished works in the Mid-American Chamber Works Music Series concert at Weill Hall in March 1998.


Paul Dickinson e-mails, "I am now assistant professor of music theory and composition and director of the music computer lab at the University of Central Arkansas. Also, I won a 1997 Arkansas Arts Council Grant for artistic achievement.". . . Jennifer Greenfeld '87RC has moved from her position as photo editor at Marie Claire magazine in New York City to take the position of photo editor at Jump magazine in Woodland Hills, Calif.


David Heuser and his wife, Cherie, announce the birth of their daughter, Gwyneth Paige, on May 19. David reported in July that they were going to move to San Antonio in the fall, when he was to start his new job teaching composition, electronic music, and theory at the University of Texas-San Antonio. . . . Mark Davis Scatterday (DMA) was appointed to a five-year term as chairman of Cornell's Department of Music, where he is an associate professor of music and director of the Cornell wind ensembles.


Brady R. Allred (DMA), director of the Duquesne University Chamber Singers, was named best director at the Marktoberdorf Chamber Choir Competition in Germany this spring. The Duquesne University Chamber Singers under his direction were awarded first place overall and cited for best interpretation of a 20th-century piece at the competition. . . . Kelly J. Maynard reported in September that she was recently married and planning to begin a Ph.D. program at UCLA in cultural history. She also wrote that she would be attending Grace Chang's wedding in Virginia in October. . . . Paul Nauert '89RC (see '90RC undergraduate). . . . Steve Vacchi writes, " I received a DMA degree and performed in the Flagstaff Festival Orchestra during the summer of '97. I continue as assistant professor of bassoon at Wichita State University and principal bassoonist of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra."


Trumpet player Lisa Verzella performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in July at a special performance celebrating the birthdays of both her father, Nicholas, and her hometown, East Rochester. The Democrat and Chronicle also reported that she currently plays with the Utah Symphony Orchestra and the Salt Lake City Ballet Company.


Doreen Gilmartin Waldbriser '92RC writes that she married Michael Waldbriser in June.


Michael Ranelli is the director of group sales for the Lynchburg (Va.) Hillcats, a professional minor league baseball team affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He invites fellow alums to contact him at his e-mail address:


Kathleen Callahan won the 1997 Jenny Lind Competition for Sopranos sponsored by the Barnum Festival and the Stamford-based Connecticut Grand Opera & Orchestra. . . . Valerie Errante '95E (DMA) (see '62). . . . According to an article in the Dover, Del. Post, Josh Nesmith recently completed a master's degree at the University of Texas­Austin and was to begin doctoral work at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in September.


Helen Pridmore (DMA) is now assistant professor of music at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln. She is a member of the Timaeus Ensemble, a chamber group that performed in New York, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts this year. The ensemble premiered a new work by Patrick Long (DMA) in February.


Saxophonist David Pope recently joined the Rochester band Swing Shift, which headlined the annual street dance in the town of Irondequoit this July.

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