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
A Message from the Eastman Alumni Relations Office
Please note that we inadvertently disseminated incorrect information regarding
reunion years that appeared in recent issues of Rochester Review. The
correct years have been published in Eastman Notes and on the Web.
We apologize to members of class years ending in 2 or 7 for any confusion this
may have caused. Please be assured that your official celebration will be held
on schedule in 2008, along with classes ending in 3 and 8. Of course, Eastman
Weekend is for all alumni of the Eastman School of Music, and we encourage everyone
to return to Rochester this October.
Madeline Bramer Ingram (see ’61).
Dorothy Purdy Amarandos (see ’61).
Composer Charles Strouse received a Lifetime Achievement
Award at a benefit for the Encompass New Opera Theatre in New York City last
Robert Thayer is dean of the Conservatory of Music
at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis. Robert, dean emeritus of the College
of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University, served as interim music unit
executive at DePauw University in 2001–02 and the University of Connecticut
K. David Van Hoesen (see ’86).
Alvin Fulton ’53 (MM) (see ’61).
John Braund ’61W (Mas) (see ’61).
Donald Hunsberger ’59 (MM), ’63 (DMA)
(see ’61). . . . Myrta Borges Knox (Mas)
(see ’61). . . . Daniel Patrylak ’60
(MM) (see ’61).
John Ingram writes, “Recently rediscovered,
rebalanced audio tapes have yielded 81 tracks on four remastered CDs recorded
live and drawn from 16 Ars Antiqua musical productions performed in the Fountain
Court of the Memorial Art Gallery from 1960 to 1965. The robust and greatly
entertaining music from before 1750 was performed using authentic period instruments
and was enhanced by singers, narrators, and actors. More than 40 performers
had either Eastman or College affiliations, including Masako Toribara (Eastman
faculty), Joyce Castle ’66 (MM), Myrta
Borges Knox ’54 (Mas), Daniel Patrylak
’54, ’60 (MM), Alvin Fulton ’52,
’53 (MM), Robert Eliscu ’66, Donald
Hunsberger ’54, ’59 (MM), ’63 (DMA), John
Braund ’53, ’61W (Mas), Madeline Bramer
Ingram ’45, me, and many others, with Dorothy
Purdy Amarandos ’46 as director.”
Joyce Castle (MM) (see ’61). . . . Robert
Eliscu (see ’61).
Bill and Ruth McLean Cahn
were in residence at the University of Michigan School of Music last spring.
They conducted percussion and music education workshops and master classes,
as well as held a concert with the school’s percussion ensemble, which
performed Bill’s compositions Raga No. 2, Balalaika, Night Ride, and
Time Traveler. In addition, Bill held a workshop, “Creative Music
Making,” at the Oberlin Conservatory in February. Bill and Bob
Becker ’69, ’71 (MM), as part of the percussion group Nexus,
performed four concerts at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games 2006 Festival last
Geary Larrick (MM) writes, “My ninth book,
An Autobiographical Bibliography of Percussion Music, was published
last spring, and I was recognized for 20 years of citations for scholarly writing
in RILM Abstracts of Music Literature. I have earned 28 notices since
Eden Vaning-Rosen (MM) writes, “I was named
the Florida Studio Teacher of the Year by the American String Teachers Association.
Last February, I presented a lecture, ‘Expressive Vibrato, the Window
to the Soul,’ at the ASTA National Convention in Kansas City, and I performed
at a benefit concert in the San Francisco Bay area. I published my 20th book
in my violin series—The Violin Book 6a: The Tension-Free Bow Hand.
In the summer, I toured the Southeast, giving lectures on violin teaching and
my book series.”
Judy LeClair (see ’86).
Kate Light ’82 (MM) writes, “My new
concert narration, Einstein’s Mozart: Two Geniuses, commissioned
by the Colorado Chamber Players to celebrate Mozart’s 250th birthday and
the 101st anniversary of Einstein’s Miracle Year, was premiered in Denver
last January. The piece features my light poetry and prose about the lives and
works of Einstein and Mozart and chamber music by Mozart. My third book,
Gravity’s Dream, published in June, won the inaugural Donald Justice
Anne Lindblom Harrow (see ’86). . . . Pater
Noster, a choral work by composer Dan Locklair
(DMA), was recorded for the fourth time in one year, most recently by the Choir
of Men and Boys of Saint Thomas Church.
Roger Nye writes, “My wife,
Caroline Park ’85 (MM), has been playing principal oboe and English
horn with the Princeton Symphony since we moved to New Jersey in September 2005.
She also continues to serve as the oboist with the Lake Placid Sinfoniettia
in the summer months along with K. David Van Hoesen
’50 (long-time Eastman bassoon instructor) and Anne
Lindblom Harrow ’81 (current instructor of flute at Eastman). I
am enjoying my new job as second bassoon with the New York Philharmonic, especially
playing with Judy LeClair ’79, the principal
bassoonist. Caroline and I and our 3-year-old son, Zeke, live in Kendall Park,
A composition by Gordon Chin (DMA), Double
Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Orchestra, was performed by the Kansas
City Symphony last spring.
Jeff Vidov has released a set of classical, jazz,
and world music, Arise, for There Are Four Paths to Truth, featuring
compositions by Scott Good ’95 and performances
by Mark Babbitt, Matt Senra, Jeff Zeigler ’95,
Neal Shaffer ’95, ’96 (MM), Greg
Pinney ’95, Elisa Swift, and Jesse
Lowry ’95. Jeff also is working on four scores simultaneously at
his home studio—one for a feature film and three for shorts. His CD of
rock/pop/progressive music is scheduled for release in September, and a rock
opera/concept CD is due in early 2007. He writes, “I am recording, mixing,
and mastering my own material. Any Eastman alumni who live near Toronto should
e-mail me at jvidov (at) sympatico (dot) ca, because when I need players for
my film scores and rock songs, I prefer Eastman alums!”
Tom Bara (MM) is an organ instructor at Interlochen
Center for the Arts and music director at Central United Methodist Church in
Traverse City, Mich.
Scott Good (see ’93). . . . Jesse
Lowry (see ’93). . . . Greg Pinney
(see ’93). . . . Neal Shaffer ’96
(MM) (see ’93). . . . Jeff Zeigler (see
Andrew Harnsberger (DMA) is artist-in-residence
and a percussion instructor at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn. He gave a
marimba recital at the school last March. . . . David
Pope (MM) was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor of saxophone
at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.
Scott Provancher is vice president and campaign
director of Cincinnati’s Fine Arts Fund.
Lina Perkins Wilder (see ’99RC undergraduate).
Carol Frierson-Campbell (PhD) is the author of
Teaching Music in the Urban Classroom.
Nicole Cabell performed the role of Juliette in
Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston,
S.C., last spring.