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Rochester Review
November–December 2013
Vol. 76, No. 2

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Eastman School of Music


Wayne Bohrnstedt (PhD) writes that the Redlands Symphony Orchestra performed his Variations for a Celebration as part of the California city’s 125th birthday celebration. Wayne is the retired director of the University of Redlands School of Music and Division of Arts, and served on the school’s faculty for 40 years.


Harry Faulk ’71E (MM) has been named vice president for academic affairs at Mountwest Community and Technical College in West Virginia. . . . Webb Wiggins (MM) has released a CD, Variazioni (Smithsonian Friends of Music), on which he plays two 17th- century Italian harpsichords from the Smithsonian collection.


Max Stern has released Perek Shirah (Israel Music Institute), a recording of his composition for narrator and orchestra by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, with Max conducting. He writes that the piece is “a cosmic song of praises from Psalms.”


Harry Faulk (MM) (see ’68). . . . As a result of a data entry error in a University-wide database, the Review mistakenly included Helen Tuntland Jackson’s (MM) name in our In Memoriam column in the September–October issue. Helen is, happily, alive and well. We apologize to Helen and her family and friends for the error.


Jeff Tyzik ’77 (MM) has been named principal pops conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.


Bill DiCosimo, an assistant professor of music at Syracuse University, completed a performance tour in Brazil during which he spoke to students at the Federal University of Rio about music production. Bill chairs the department of music and entertainment industries at Syracuse’s Setnor School of Music.


Jeff Tyzik (MM) (see ’73).


Pianist Bill Cunliffe (MM) released the CD River Edge, New Jersey (Azica Records). He writes: “It’s a collection of originals and unusual takes on tunes such as Björk’s ‘All Is Full of Love,’ and Three Dog Night’s ‘One Is the Loneliest Number.’ ” Joining Bill on the recording is bassist Martin Wind and drummer Tim Horner.


Cora Cooper (MM), professor of music at Kansas State University, has edited Violin Music by Women: A Graded Anthology, Vol. 1–4 (Sleepy Puppy Press). The volumes include works for beginning, intermediate, and advanced players.


Lisa Knorr Nauful has been named assistant director and communications director for the San Luis Obispo Symphony. Lisa also continues in her third season as the symphony’s principal bassoonist.


Mel and Ellen Heinicke Foster have released their premiere recording as a husband-and-wife duo. Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal (Feiner Musicke) features Mel, a tenor, and Ellen, a harpist, performing 10 selections from composers ranging from Alessandro Scarlatti to Stephen Foster. Mel is an associate professor of voice at Morehouse College and Ellen performs with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Georgia Boy Choir, and various ensembles, and maintains a private harp studio.


Robert Moody (MM) conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s all-Tchaikovsky concert at the Hollywood Bowl in August. The “Tchaikovsky Spectacular,” a long-running Hollywood Bowl tradition, marked Robert’s conducting debut with the orchestra. In February, Robert will lead the Chicago Symphony in part of its “Music Now!” series, featuring works by living composers.


Julie Schlegel Ross Ford (MM), who has been director of choirs at Saint Mary’s College of California, has joined the college’s performing arts faculty full time. Julie completed her doctorate of musical arts at the University of Oklahoma. She focuses on the integration of classical and jazz musical styles in education, worship, and performance.


Cynthia Perry MacCrae (DMA), professor of piano at the University of Montevallo in Alabama, began in August a series of 10 recitals during which she’ll perform all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas. The recitals will take place over a five-month period.


Jennifer Barlament (MM) has been named general manager of the Cleveland Orchestra.


Vicente Avella (MM) writes that his solo piano CD, All the Days of My Life (Pandora’s Boombox Records), received multiple Global Music Awards: an Award of Excellence for instrumental performance solo, and an Award of Merit in the categories of album and album cover/art/graphics. . . . Scott Emmons (PhD) has been named dean of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts.


Ann Choomack has joined the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra as piccoloist.


Composer and instrumentalist Caleb Burhans, a member of the Eastman-originated ensemble Alarm Will Sound, has released a CD, Evensong (Cantaloupe), comprised of seven of his choral and instrumental pieces. . . . Carmen Lemoine ’11 (DMA) (see ’03 College).


Pianist Sarah Chan (DMA) performed as a soloist last season with the New York Concert Artists Symphony and the Enid Symphony Orchestra. Over the summer, she performed a solo recital at Kunstlerhaus Concert Hall in Munich, and in October, she performed her debut solo recital at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City.


Nathan Motta (MM) has been named artistic director of Dobama Theatre in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.


Jennifer Chen writes that she married Roger Wu in April in Rockville, Md.