Eastman School of Music
Eastman School classes celebrating reunions
October 20–22, 2006
70th Reunion: 1935 and 1936
65th Reunion: 1940 and 1941
60th Reunion: 1945 and 1946
55th Reunion: 1950 and 1951
50th Reunion: 1955 and 1956
45th Reunion: 1960 and 1961
40th Reunion: 1965 and 1966
35th Reunion: 1970 and 1971
30th Reunion: 1975 and 1976
25th Reunion: 1980 and 1981
20th Reunion: 1985 and 1986
15th Reunion: 1990 and 1991
10th Reunion: 1995 and 1996
For more about Alumni Weekend, visit the Eastman School’s office of Alumni Relations
Dorothy Eshelman writes, “I am still very
active in my chosen field.” Dorothy plays piano every day for the residents
of her senior-living facility and three times a month for the residents of a
nearby nursing home. She also is an accompanist for church services every Sunday
and for special functions. Dorothy lives in Buffalo.
The music of Sarah (Sallie) Dietrich Farabaugh, who
began composing later in life, was performed in the concert “An Afternoon
of Musical Reflections with God” at Duquesne University last October.
Her grandson, Vincent Tresco, was one of the vocalists.
Two compositions by Donald Cervone ’70 (PhD)—Non
Nobis Domine, a motet for mixed chorus and organ, and A Simple Mass
for chorus, cantor, congregation, and organ—were performed at St.
John of Rochester Church in Fairport, N.Y., as part of a service celebrating
the 50th anniversary of the ordination of the Rev. John J. Philipps.
The Las Vegas Philharmonic premiered Hoopla (A Touch of Glee), composed
by George Walker (DMA) last year. The piece was
one of three compositions commissioned for the Las Vegas Centennial.
Arlene Cohen Stein ’77 (MM) is the author
of The Eye of My Apple, a collection of correspondence with her mother
while she was attending the Eastman School as an undergraduate.
The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra opened its 2005–06 season with a performance
of Symphony No. 3, Palo Duro Canyon, by Samuel
Jones (PhD). Samuel is composer-in-residence with the Seattle Symphony.
June Ackroyd ’64 (MM) writes, “I retired
in May 2005 after 26 years as a member of the music faculty at Northern Michigan
University in Marquette. Last summer, I performed as a vocal soloist in recitals
in Marquette and Traverse City, Mich. My future plans include travel and part-time
John Wyre (see ’68).
Bill Cahn and Bob Becker
’69, ’71 (MM), of the percussion group Nexus, as well as John
Wyre ’63, received lifetime achievement awards at the Percussive
Arts Society International Convention in Columbus, Ohio, last November. In addition,
Nexus appears on the recently released CD of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s compositions,
Violin Concerto, Rituals for Five Percussionists and Orchestra, and
Bill was artist-in-residence at the Showa College of Music and the Arts in Kanagawa,
Japan, last October. . . . Webb Wiggins (MM) is
associate professor of harpsichord at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Webb
has been a faculty member of the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute since
Charlene Campbell Butler writes, “I sang
five recitals at sites in Delaware this season and performed my one-woman show,
What’s So Grand About Opera?, at state libraries and at the Winterthur
Museum in Wilmington, Del., last year. I also teach voice and piano.”
. . . Donald Cervone (PhD) (see ’55). .
. . Fred DiCesare (see ’05RC undergraduate).
. . . Geary Larrick (MM) writes, “I presented
a youth concert, ‘Playing and Reading,’ to students at the University
of Wisconsin at Stevens Point’s Gesell Institute last October. The program
included Jingle, played on xylophone, that my daughter, a former member
of the class, composed. I also premiered Blues for Geary on solo marimba
at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Stevens Point last fall.”
Michael Pratt is music director of the Delaware
Valley Philharmonic in Pennsylvania.
Sandra Dackow ’77 (MM), ’87 (PhD)
was a guest conductor with the Danbury (Conn.) Symphony Orchestra last November.
Karen Ritscher ’79 (MM) is associate professor
of viola at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She also is a member of the Azure
Ensemble. . . . Jeffrey Showell ’76 (MM)
is director of the James Madison University School of Music in Harrisonburg,
Arlene Cohen Stein (MM) (see ’57).
Violinist Madeleine Mitchell (MM) has released
the CD In Sunlight: Pieces for Madeleine Mitchell, which features works
written for her by several British composers. . . . Gene
Scheer ’82 (MM) was the librettist for Tobias Picker’s opera,
An American Tragedy, based on the novel by Theodore Dreiser.
Byron Stripling (see ’91).
A concert in honor of Bob Stata ’85 (MM),
who died of brain cancer on June 14, 2005, was held at the Nazareth College
Arts Center in Rochester last November. . . . Michael
Torke’s suite from An Italian Straw Hat was premiered
by the Alabama Symphony last September. . . . Heidi Chisholm
Wolfgang writes, “I’m the director of the Music Institute
at the Hackley School in Tarrytown, N.Y. I took time last summer to return to
my roots at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, where I served as the instrument
James Bearden is an instructor of clarinet and
saxophone at the Adler Institute of Music in Libertyville, Ill. . . . Jon
Rumney ’93 (DMA) is a violinist with the chamber ensemble Luminus.
The trio gave a concert at Valley City (N.D.) State University last October
and instructed students at the university’s Community School of the Arts.
. . . Phillip Snedecor ’93 (MM) is principal
trumpet with the Harrisburg (Pa.) Symphony Orchestra.
Oboist Nancy Ambrose King (MM), ’99 (DMA)
is associate professor of oboe at the University of Michigan School of Music
in Ann Arbor and president of the International Double Reed Society. . . . Steve
Stull (MM) and Grant Knox ’03, ’05
(MM) performed in the Oswego (N.Y.) Opera Theatre’s production of The
Merry Widow last November.
Sandra Dackow (PhD) (see ’73). . . . Scott
Shuler (PhD) is assistant superintendent of the Simsbury (Conn.) Public
Clarinetist Marianne Gythfeldt is a member of
the quintet Zéphyros Winds.
Michele Verheul (MM) is principal clarinet with
Orchestra London in Canada.
Robert Moody (MM), music director of the Winston-Salem
Symphony, conducted trumpeter Byron Stripling ’83
in the symphony’s concert “The Sounds of New Orleans” last
Jon Rumney (DMA) (see ’85). . . . Phillip
Snedecor (MM) (see ’85).
Joseph Johnson, a cellist with the Minnesota Orchestra,
was a guest musician last October with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra,
performing in the orchestra’s season-opening concert “Bohemia: Czech
it Out.” . . . Katherine Winterstein is
assistant concertmaster with the Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra and is
concertmaster with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. She also is a violinist with
the Rhode Island Philharmonic and a faculty member at Middlebury College in
Deborah Avery was the featured clarinetist in
the Inland Empire/Riverside County (Calif.) Philharmonic’s concert celebrating
Mozart’s 250th birthday last November.
Joel Schoenhals (DMA) is assistant professor of
piano at Eastern Michigan University. He was a featured artist, judge, and teacher
at the 2004 Besparmak International Piano Festival in Cyprus.
Nancy Ambrose King (DMA) (see ’86).
Kristen Hansen (DMA) teaches horn and music theory
at Georgia State University’s Schwob School of Music. Last fall, as a
guest of the horn studio at the University of Iowa, she gave a recital and presented
a master class. . . . David Milne (DMA) is professor
of music at the University of Wisconsin at River Falls, where he directs the
jazz ensembles and teaches jazz and saxophone.
Yasmin Craig (MM) is a violinist with the Portland
(Maine) Symphony Orchestra. Yasmin teaches Suzuki violin at L’Ecole Française
du Maine and the Portland Conservatory of Music. . . . Julia
Gray ’01RC and Michael Callahan ’02
were married on November 12, 2005, in New Canaan, Conn. Julia is the associate
manager of program planning at Carnegie Hall, and Michael is the director of
choral music, general music, and drama at Somerville Middle School and the director
of children’s music at the Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township in
New Jersey. . . . Anton Machleder (DMA) has released
the CD Guitarra de Cristal. Anton is assistant professor of guitar
and music technology at Houghton College’s Greatbatch School of Music
in Houghton, N.Y.
Katie Buckley ’04 (MM) is principal harp
with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. . . . Michael Callahan
(see ’01). . . . Organist Thomas Trenney
(MM) provided the accompaniment for the classic silent film Phantom
of the Opera, starring Lon Cheney, in Midland, Mich., as part of the American
Guild of Organists’ annual “Pipescreams” Halloween concert
Grant Knox ’05 (MM) (see ’86). . .
. Matthew Pivec (MM) is assistant professor of
music at California State University at Stanislaus.
Katie Buckley (MM) (see ’02). . . . Soprano
Heather Davis performed in the Crossroads Arts
Council’s season-opening concert in Rutland, Vt., last October. . . .
Deanna Joseph (MM) is a conductor and lecturer
at Smith College in Northampton, Mass. She also is director of the South Hadley
Chorale and the Northampton Community Children’s Choir, as well as a singer
with the Arcadia Players and Pioneer Valley Cappella.
Soprano Jennifer Gliere (DMA) performed the role
of Suzel in Mercury Opera Rochester’s first production, L’Amico
Fritz, last October.