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Rochester Review
May–June 2014
Vol. 76, No. 5

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Eastman School of Music


Elizabeth Bachelder ’71 (MM), ’81 (DMA) (see ’86).


Geary Larrick (MM) performed a solo marimba program for Black History Month in Stevens Point, Wis. . . . Arthur Michaels has had two works published: “ The Quest,” a grade 1.5 concert band march (TRN Music Publisher), and “Procession,” a grade 3 saxophone quartet (Eighth Note Publications). In addition, his string orchestra piece “Danzetta” will be performed by the Knox-Galesburg (Ill.) Symphony Orchestra in November 2014.


Elizabeth Bachelder (MM), ’81 (DMA) (see ’86).


Composer and vibraphonist Ted Piltzecker writes: “I was a guest at the Australia Percussion Festival in Adelaide in January, and at the Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif., in February. In March, I visited Virginia Tech and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Winston-Salem as a guest artist. In August, I’ll perform at the Belo Horizonte Percussion Festival in Brazil.”


Composer and conductor Anthony Iannaccone (PhD) was a visiting artist at Ashland University in Ohio last February. He conducted two concerts featuring his original compositions as part of his visit. Anthony teaches at Eastern Michigan University.


Luce Amen (MA) writes that her musical production I Will has been chosen by the Thespis Theater Festival in New York City to be presented for a three-night run this June. The 18-song musical, for which Luce wrote both music and lyrics, will play at the Cabrini Repertory Theater in Manhattan. . . . Elizabeth Bachelder (DMA) (see ’86).


Pianist, composer, and Portland State University professor Darrell Grant has been performing his 2013 work “The Territory” in New York and Oregon. Commissioned by the Chamber Music America Jazz New Works program, the piece is a concert-length work for nine musicians combining improvisation, composition, and narrative. Darrell premiered the piece last July at Reed College and performed it in January at the Jazz Standard in New York City. He performed the piece again at the Portland Jazz Festival last February with an all-Oregon ensemble.


Michael Boyd (MM), ’93 (DMA) (see ’93).


Cellist Alan Weinstein (MM) and pianist Elizabeth Bachelder ’69, ’71 (MM), ’81 (DMA) released On Light Wings (OmniTone) as part of the Kandinsky Trio. The recording includes a mix of American works, including premiere recordings of compositions by Gunther Schuller and John D’earth.


Hornist Ann Ellsworth, an artist-in-residence at Stony Brook University, self-released a recording of chamber music selections, Late Night Thoughts.


Leon Shernoff is editor of Mushroom: The Journal of Wild Mushrooming. “It’s sort of a cross between Field and Stream (but for mushrooms!) and a science program,” he writes of the journal, which has been published for almost 20 years. Leon is also codirector of the Tiny Mahler Orchestra, a Chicago ensemble performing rarely heard music.


John Hollenbeck ’91 (MM), composer, drummer, and leader of the Claudia Quintet, recorded 10 new works on a CD, September (Cuneiform Records), commemorating the quintet’s 15 years of work together.


Michael Johanson (see ’93).


Garth Simmons (MM), principal trombonist of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, self-released his debut solo recording, American Visions. The CD includes sonatas by Robert Sanders, George Frederick McKay, and Richard Monaco, and a work for solo trombone by Michael Johanson ’91. Garth is accompanied on the recording by pianist Michael Boyd ’85 (MM), ’93 (DMA).


Baritone Thomas Meglioranza (MM) has self- released two recordings: Schubert: Winterreise and The Good Song, a collection of songs by French composers. He’s accompanied by pianist Reiko Uchida on both recordings.


Organist Andrés Mojica writes that he performed Alexandre Guilmant’s Symphony No. 1 for Organ and Orchestra and George Frideric Handel’s Concerto in B Flat Major for Organ and Orchestra with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra in January. Maximiano Valdes conducted. Andrés is professor of organ at the University of Puerto Rico and is pursuing a DMA in organ performance at the University of Kansas.


Molly Bashaw (see ’00 College).


Andrea Sqad Kalyn (PhD), formerly an associate dean at Oberlin Conservatory, has been promoted to dean of the conservatory.


Electronic music composer Ethan Borshansky has released an EP, Iseline Aerial (Thema), including six electro-acoustic tracks.


Adam Horowitz (see ’11). . . . Composer and double bassist Scott Worthington has released a recording of an 86-minute original composition, Even the Light Itself Falls (Populist Records). He performs with his trio, Ensemble et Cetera, which includes percussionist Dustin Donahue and clarinetist Curt Miller.


Ben Bishop (MM) (see ’11). . . . Kevin McDonald (see ’10 College).


Saxophonist, composer, and arranger Marc Schwartz ’13 (MM) has self-released his debut recording, In the Wee Small Hours of the Night. Joining Marc on the recording are Adam Horowitz ’09, ’12RC on trumpet, Ben Bishop ’10 (MM) on guitar, Jeff Krol ’13 on drums, and Fumi Tomita ’14 on bass.


Jeff Krol (see ’11).


Fumi Tomita (see ’11).