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Class Notes

Eastman School of Music

1959 Katherine Hoover sends several items of news. She received the National Flute Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the association’s convention in San Diego last August; her composition Requiem for the Innocent was performed at Lower Manhattan’s historic Trinity Church on September 21, World Peace Day; the Requiem for the Innocent CD was released in August by 4Tay Records; and Eastman flute professor Bonita Boyd was the soloist in a performance of Katherine’s flute concerto The Four Winds at the Masterworks Festival in Cedarville, Ohio.

1961 John McIntosh (MM), ’73 (DMA) died in April, his wife, Diane, writes. John taught organ and music theory at Western University in London for more than 30 years, and was organist and choirmaster at London’s St. James Westminster Anglican Church for more than 20 years. Among the highlights of his career were performances at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge as well as Paisley Abbey in Scotland.

1966 Pianist and composer Laima Obelenis Gaizutis has released a CD, Simply Beautiful Collection II (Laima Music). It includes 11 original tracks. “They crisscross from one genre to another, always with an overriding discernible romantic influence,” Laima writes.

1973 John McIntosh (DMA) (see ’61).

1981 Composer Dan Locklair (DMA) has released a CD, Gloria (Convivium Records). The recording consists of 14 pieces from texts that span the liturgical year. Performing on the CD are the Winchester College Chapel Choir, the Portsmouth Grammar School Chamber Choir, and the mixed voice choir Sospiri.

1989 Jim Lowe writes: “I’ve been the music director and conductor of the recent Broadway revival of Les Misérables at the Imperial Theater. It just closed in September after two-and-a-half years and over 1,000 performances. This past season, I made my debut at San Francisco Opera, conducting Sweeney Todd. I also led Stewart Wallace’s Hopper’s Wife at New York City Opera and Daniel Catan’s Il Postino at Opera Saratoga. This season I’ll conduct Candide at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse and the Opéra National de Bordeaux, and will return to the Glimmerglass Festival to conduct Oklahoma!

2014 Jamie Wilson (MA) (see ’11 College).