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Donald Stauffer '42E (Mas) was a guest conductor at the October 24 concert by the U.S. Coast Guard and the West Point Academy Bands in Ridgefield, Conn., in celebration of the city's 30 years of sponsoring military band concerts. Stauffer, a former member of the U.S. Navy Band, directed its first concert there in 1969, when a scholarship, which has been awarded annually ever since, was established in his name by the Kiwanis Club. Stauffer is currently conducting the Birmingham (Ala.) Concert Band, which he founded in 1980. He is also managing the Stauffer Press, which has many of his arrangements for band as well as several of his books.


Emily Oppenheimer retired from the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra at the end of the 1997-98 season. Oppenheimer was principal harpist with the Norwalk Symphony for 46 seasons and with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony for 22 seasons. She is on the faculty of the Julliard School Pre-College Division and the Westport School of Music. She has served on the National Board of the American Harp Society and has been an adjudicator for harp competitions around the country.


Gerhard Samuel has accepted the position of affiliate professor of music at the University of Washington, according to an article in the August 30 edition of The Seattle Times.


George Buckbee (Mas) sent an e-mail to let us know what he has been up to this year. Here are some highlights: In January, he was the accompanist to soprano Elizabeth Hodgdon for Mad Scenes in San Francisco. In March, he was the accompanist for the Lincoln High School Orchestra's trip to Italy. In August, he was artistic director for the Stockton Opera Association's production Sunday in the Quad with George, a show performed in honor of his long service with the group. In October, he was accompanist for vocal solos and solo quartets for the Brahms recital performed by Star Classics in San Francisco. . . . Donald Hunsberger '59E (MM), '63E (DMA) (see '59).


Marilyn Smith Sandness writes that she has retired from the University of Dayton, where she was founder and coordinator of the music therapy program for 24 years. Upon her retirement, she was named professor emerita and awarded the Department of Music's Amici Musicae (Friends of Music) Award for outstanding service in the music profession. She continues to serve as chair of the American Music Therapy Association's education committee and as a member of the AMTA Assembly of Delegates and Judicial Review Board.


Ned Corman, director of the Commission Project, writes to share the following information: On February 28, the Ying String Quartet, quartet in residence at Eastman School, will premiere String Quartet No. 1 by Jeff Beal '85 as part of Ying's subscription series at the Memorial Art Gallery. They will also work with students at several Rochester area schools using Beal's music as a vehicle to discuss creativity. The members of the Ying Quartet are David Ying '92E (DMA), Janet Ying '92, Phillip Ying '91, '92E (MM), and Timothy Ying '91E (DMA). On March 1, Larry Combs '61, principal clarinetist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, will perform Beal's Concerto for Clarinet/Saxophone and Wind Ensemble with the Eastman Wind Ensemble. Don Hunsberger '54, '59E (MM), '63E (DMA) will conduct the concert to be held in Kilbourn Hall. Combs will also work with Rochester-area students while in town. The Beal titles were commissioned through the efforts of the Commission Project, which fosters community outreach. Earlier, the Commission Project had arranged opportunities for Rochester area high school bands to perform Beal's music with several Eastman graduates, including Ramon Ricker '73E (DMA) and Roger Eckers '67E (Mas), '77E (PhD).


Larry Combs (see '59).



Laurence Lyon E (PhD) was featured in an article that ran in the Latter Day Saints Church News in June. Lyon is professor emeritus of music at Western Oregon University at Monmouth. Over a hundred of his musical works have been performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to date, and he is also the author of the music for the Rainbow Tones String Series, a string system designed to teach young children to play the violin.


Mary Jeanne van Appledorn E (PhD) reports that the premiere performance of her Music of Enchantment for Native American flute and strings took place at the December 1997 Composers Concert at Texas Tech University. Her Cycles of Moons and Tides for symphonic band has been performed at several Society of Composers conferences over the past few years, and her A Native American Mosaic for Native American flute was performed at the College Music Society Conference held in Colorado. Her double concerto for solo violin, solo piano, and strings, Terrestrial Music, was recorded for the CD Opus One, which was to be released this summer. New works by van Appledorn include Passages II for trombone and percussion and Incantations for oboe and piano. She is Paul Whitfield Horn Professor at Texas Tech University.


Ruth Cahn, a percussionist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, was a judge at the Leigh Howard Stevens International Marimba Competition held at Eastman this August. In an interview that ran in the August 27 Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, she praised the work of fellow Eastman grads Leigh Stevens '75 and Gordon Stout '74, '80E (Mas) for having raised the art of marimba to new levels.

Vivian Goh and Soon-Lee Lim


Sharon Cuthbertson has received her marriage, family, and child counselor license and has been appointed clinical supervisor of Pryor Center in Concord, Calif. . . . Vivien Goh met up with Soon-Lee Lim '87 in Aberdeen, Scotland. Both were participating in the Aberdeen International Youth Festival. Soon-Lee is the conductor of the National University of Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Vivien was a member of the viola section for the tour.


Charlene Butler Campbell writes that she has recently completed a 31-performance tour of a one-woman adaptation of Rossini's Cinderella with her own company, Charlene Campbell Presents. The company has been performing for four years now, with past productions including The Telephone, Sweet Betsy from Pike, and Hansel and Gretel. Campbell also maintains her own piano and voice studio. . . . Robert Silverman '65E (MM), '70E (DMA) is the first recipient of the Paul de Heuck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award for Keyboard Artistry. . . . Chris Vadala, director of jazz studies and professor of saxophone at the University of Maryland, was recently elected to the executive board of the Maryland Band Directors Association and continues to serve as president of the Maryland I.A.J.E. state unit. He reports that he is a very active guest soloist/clinician on behalf of the Selmer Company and that his solo debut CD, Out of the Shadows, is now getting air play around the country.


John Oliver Beall E (PhD) (see '78). . . . Alice Bancroft Damp '68E (MM), '73E (DMA), George Damp '74E (DMA), and J. William Denton '77E (DMA) have collaborated on a CD, Meditations from Grace, recently released by Calcante Recordings, Ltd. The CD includes music for oboe and organ by Krol, Krebs, and Pinkham; music for organ by Bach, Mendelssohn, Couperin, and Barstow; and a duet for organ and piano by Callahan. William is professor of music at Indiana State University at Terre Haute and principal oboist with the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra. George is professor of music at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis. Alice is minister of music at First Baptist Church and clinic supervisor at the Tompkins County Health Clinic in Ithaca, N.Y. . . . Donald Freund '70E (MM), '73E (DMA) (see '78). . . . West End Express by Anthony Iannaccone (PhD) was commissioned by the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, which premiered the work on January 23, 1998, under the direction of conductor Yoshimi Takeda. A CD released in March, Sea Drift, contains seven of his wind ensemble works performed by the Clarion Wind Symphony. . . . Ramon Ricker E (DMA) (see '59).


George Damp E (DMA) (see '73). . . . Gordon Stout '80E (Mas) (see '68).


Leigh Stevens (see '68).


Steven Rehbein, coordinator of jazz studies and percussion at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, was featured on a MIDI vibraphone master class CD in the February/ March 1998 issue of the Sticks and Mallets Journal. Rehbein is also an artist/clinician with Ludwig/Musser Industries, sponsored by Mike Balter Mallets, and a solo vibraphone and marimba artist with the Nebraska Arts Council's touring program. Rehbein has a new adult contemporary jazz group, Dr. Steve, which recently performed at the Mid-American Jazz Conference in Kansas City, Mo.


J. William Denton E (DMA) (see '73). . . . Roger Eckers '67E (Mas), '77E (PhD) (see '59). . . . Bradley Nelson '75E (MM), '77E (DMA) reports that he's had four new choral works, including Song for Christmas Eve and This Is My Father's World, published in recent months by the Neil A. Kjos Music Co., Augsburg Fortress Publishers, and Lawrence-Gould Music Publishers. In addition, nine more pieces are under contract to be released in 1999. Two selections will be released by Carl Fischer Inc., a new publisher for Nelson's music. Brad would love to hear from friends through his e-mail address: mnelson@grossmont. . . . Michael Toth is a member of the chamber ensemble Satori and the Allentown Symphony Orchestra.


Steven Herbert Smith '66E (MM), '78E (DMA), professor of piano at Pennsylvania State University at University Park, gave several performances of his two-recital solo festival, Piano Entente, over the past year. He performed at Indiana University School of Music at Bloomington in February and at Merkin Recital Hall in New York City in April. Included in the program were works of contemporary composers, including Donald Freund '70E (MM), '73E (DMA), professor of composition at Indiana University, and John Oliver Beall '73E (PhD), professor and composer-in-residence at West Virginia University.


Brian Gordon, flutist with the Phoenix Symphony, was profiled in the May 2 edition of the Arizona Republic for his participation in the Symphony's CloseUps program pairing symphony musicians with a small audience. . . . Paula Kimper (see Alumni Gazette, THE STORY OF THE OPERA).


Walter Saul '79E (MM), '80E (DMA) e-mails: "Just to let you know that I have released a new CD, Out of Darkness into His Marvelous Light. It features six of my compositions from 1984 to 1996: Cry of the Untouchables, The Day after Trinity, Five Biblical Songs, Emmaus, Sonata #3 for Piano, and Toccata in C. The performers include my wife, soprano Daphne Saul, and myself on piano." Those interested in obtaining the CD may e-mail Saul at or call him at (503) 777-2359.


Dan Locklair E (DMA), composer in residence and professor of music at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., reports that his Concerto Grosso was performed by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra last spring; the performance was also broadcast nationally on Finnish Radio. His Venite (O Come Let Us Sing) for SSA choir, piano, and bells was commissioned and premiered by the Greensboro Youth Chorus at Christ United Methodist Church in Greensboro, N.C.; the piece was performed in Europe as well. Locklair participated in the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music's 1997-98 Visiting Composers Series where he spoke to composition majors and had some of his works performed by area musicians.


Jeff Beal (see '59). . . . Antonio Garcia (Mas) toured the United States and Europe this past summer as bass trombonist in the Phil Collins Big Band, performing a book of Collins and Genesis hits rearranged in jazz styles. Garcia writes: "The tour served as a reunion with a number of my former students and colleagues from the past 11 years who were in the band." The tour played such venues as Carnegie Hall and London's Royal Festival Hall. After the tour, Garcia returned to his associate professorship post at Northwestern University. A frequent traveler, he has presented workshops at many conferences, including the Music Educators National Conference, and he has freelanced with the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Doc Severinsen, and Mel Tormé. He continues his work as a composer, an editor of the International Association of Jazz Educators Journal, and a clinician at schools around the world.


Soon-Lee Lim (see '69)


Patrick Allen E (DMA) is the new director of music and fine arts at Independent Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Ala. . . . Anne Mittler (see '88 undergraduate). . . . The Buffalo News reported that Darleen Carl was to marry William Beck in Prospect Heights, Illinois, in August. Darleen has a master's degree from Northwestern University and is an instructor and clarinetist.


Gregory McCallum E (MM) was to perform at the North Carolina Museum of Art's opening of its "Closing: The Life and Death of an American Factory" exhibit in Raleigh on July 26, according to an article in the July 24 Durham, N.C., Herald-Sun.


Ned Boyd (MM) has been teaching saxophone at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, since September 1997. In December of that year, he was guest soloist with their top jazz ensemble. . . . Timothy Ying E (DMA) (see '59).


David Ying E (DMA) (see '59). . . . Janet Ying (see '59). . . . Phillip Ying '91E, '92E (MM) (see '59).


Robert Aaron (MM) has accepted a position as coordinator of new student programs at Virginia Commonwealth University. . . . In May, Timothy Dewitt E (DMA) played the role of Sydney Carton in the Woodland Hills (Calif.) Theatre production of Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities.


Janet Hackett E (MM) has joined the voice faculty of the College of DuPage in Illinois.


Janeen Ceparano was recently awarded the Harriet Hale Wooley Scholarship given by the Fondation Des Etats-Unis of La Cité Internationale de Paris. The grant is given to American musicians and artists living and studying in Paris for an academic year. Janeen planned to return for her second year of study in October.


Soprano Heidi Robena Whitehouse has received the 1998 Opera League of Maine Scholarship Award for Excellence in Singing.

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