Eastman School of Music
Ralph Sauer (see ’68).
Herbert (Sonny) Ausman, a trombonist in the Los Angeles Philharmonic, writes that he and the other members of the philharmonic’s trombone section, including Ralph Sauer ’65 and the late Steve Witser ’81, released a CD of hymns and spirituals in 2009, Abide With Me: Hymns and Spirituals (Los Angeles Philharmonic Trombones). Steve died in April 2009.
Robert Lau (MA) writes that he has published a book, A Practical Approach to Improvisation for the Church Organist (Paraclete Press).
Ed Childs (PhD) writes that he has released a new CD, All Might and Majesty: The Organ Music of Edwin T. Childs (Hesed Music). He adds: “I am in the process of retiring from 35 years of teaching college level theory and composition but will continue to teach part time.” Ed teaches at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.
Peter DuBois, the director of music and organist at the Third Presbyterian Church in Rochester, has been named the host of With Heart and Voice, a sacred choral and organ radio program that’s produced by WXXI, Rochester’s National Public Radio affiliate, and broadcast on public radio stations nationwide. . . . Kate Light ’82 (MM) has written the libretto for a one-act opera, The Life and Love of Joe Coogan, adapted from the Dick Van Dyke Show episode of the same title written by Carl Reiner. The opera, composed by Paul Salerni, the National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Chair in the Humanities at Lehigh University, premiered in September at Lehigh’s Zoellner Art Center. Featured were sopranos Nancy Allen Lundy ’89 (MM) and Jacquelyn Familant ’96, and Eastman School voice professor and bass-baritone Jan Opalach.
Kate Light (MM) (see ’80).
Nancy Allen Lundy (MM) (see ’80).
Jacquelyn Familant (see ’80).
Shane Endsley, Kaveh Rastegar ’01, Ben Wendel ’99, and Adam Benjamin have released a new CD, You Can Have Your Moment (Winter & Winter), as members of the quintet Kneebody.
Ben Wendel (see ’97).
Kaveh Rastegar (see ’97).
Bass-baritone Colin Porter (MM) performed the title role in Phantom of the Opera at the Modesto Performing Arts Center in Modesto, Calif., in July.