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Rochester Review
November-December 2009
Vol. 72, No. 2

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Eastman School of Music


Tom Hohstadt ’62 (DMA), director of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin String Orchestra and a senior lecturer, has won an Award of Merit from the Society for New Communications Research for his work in the field of virtual reality. He is teaching a course on virtual reality this fall.


Tom Hohstadt (DMA) (see ’55).


William Anderson ’65 (MM) writes that a 25th anniversary edition of the music education text he coauthored, Integrating Music into the Elementary Classroom (Schirmer Books), will be released early in 2010.


William Anderson (MM) (see ’63).


Samuel Hope is the executive director of the National Office for Arts Accreditation and has been designated a Lowell Mason Fellow by the National Association for Music Education in recognition of his outstanding role as a music educator and advocate.


Ted Piltzecker, a composer and vibraphonist, sends an update: This past summer, he traveled to Uruguay to present workshops in composition and ensemble performance at the conservatory in Mondivedo; to Patagonia to perform at the Seventh Festival Internacional de Percusión; and to Buenos Aires for a series of jazz appearances with drummer Fernando Martinez and bassist Arturo Puertas. Ted is chair of the studio composition department at the State University of New York at Purchase.


Sandra Dackow ’87 (PhD), the music director of the Hershey Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania, has been named a Lowell Mason Fellow by the National Association for Music Education, in recognition of her outstanding role as a music educator and advocate.


Jessica Suchy Pilalis (MM), ’82 (MA), a professor of music theory and harp, and chair of the Department of Theory, History, and Composition at the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam, presented a lecture on the 18th-century harpist Madame Delaval, at the American Harp Society Summer Institute held in Salt Lake City and Provo, Utah. Her article, “The Mysterious Madame Delaval (Part I),” appeared in the American Harp Journal and she has rewritten Madame Delaval’s entry for the next update of Grove Music Online. She adds that her Byzantine chant composition, The Order of Service for the Lesser Sanctification of Water, has been published by Antyka Press.



Dan Locklair (DMA) has written a new composition, Glory and Peace: A Suite of Seven Reflections for Organ, commissioned by the Anglican Association of Musicians, and premiered in June by organist Thomas Murray at Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles.


Jessica Suchy Pilalis (MA) (see ’79).


Sandra Dackow (PhD) (see ’73).


Douglas Cleveland was the featured organist in the opening concert of the American Guild of Organists convention in Seattle in July. The concert at St. James Cathedral, which features a 4,000-pipe organ, included the world premiere of Psalm 150, by Bruce Neswick, with the Seattle Pro Musica choir.


Peggy Thym Dettwiler (DMA) is the director of choral activities at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania. In July 2008, her concert choir won the championship in the gospel and spiritual category and placed second among 36 choirs in the mixed youth choir category at the World Choir Games in Graz, Austria. The choir was also invited to perform at the inaugural conference of the National Collegiate Choral Organization in San Antonio in 2006, and was invited to return for the third convention of the National Collegiate Choir Organization at Yale University in November. . . . James Bobb (MM) has joined the First Congregational Church in Columbus, Ohio, as minister of music.


Scott Provancher has accepted the position of president of the Arts & Science Council in Charlotte, N.C. Most recently, he was the vice president and campaign director of the Fine Arts Fund in Cincinnati.


Todd Queen (DMA), an associate professor of voice and the director of opera at Colorado State University, has been named to a five-year term as the chair of the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance.


Anthony Dean Griffey (MM) is an artist-in-residence in the music department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during the 2009–10 academic year.


Eli Asher (MM) (see ’03). . . . Stephen (Red) Wierenga (see ’03). . . . Malcolm Kirby (see ’03).


Josh Rutner writes that he, James Hirschfeld, Eli Asher ’02 (MM), Stephen (Red) Wierenga ’02, Malcolm Kirby ’02, and Ted Poor form the six-member improvisational group, the Respect Sextet. In April, the group released a new CD: Sirius Respect: The Respect Sextet Play the Music of Sun Ra and Stockhausen (Mode/Avant Records).


Angela Lee ’07 (MA) (see ’05 undergraduate).


Jeffrey Barker writes that he has been named principal flute for the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra. . . . Jonathan Gabriel Mitchie ’08 (MM) sends an update: In the past year, he has made his Off-Broadway debut in Music in the Air with City Center Encores in New York City; spent six weeks in Saratoga Springs as an apprentice artist with the Lake George Opera, where he premiered the role of President Franklin Roosevelt in the opera, Eleanor, about First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt; and in October, made his solo debut at Lincoln Center, where he sang a Bach solo cantata with orchestra.


Victor Duenas Olmsted is pursuing postgraduate studies at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Russia. He also was the featured guest violinist at the Guam Symphony Chamber Players season encore performance in June. . . . Angela Lee (MA) (see ’05 undergraduate).


Jonathan Gabriel Mitchie (MM) (see ’06).