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School of Music



The U.S. Air Force honors Colonel Arnald Gabriel ’50, M.S. ’60, H.D.M. ’89.    by Alex Meril ’07

Raised in humble circumstances during the Great Depression, Arnald Gabriel ’50 discovered his love of music listening to the Metropolitan Opera on the radio. He honed his own musical talent...

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Frances Cicero LaPlaca ’60 infuses her classroom and studio with grace and love.   by Anne Ryan

She was a second grader in Albany when she fell in love with the piano, but Fran Cicero’s Italian immigrant parents could not afford to buy her one. Three years later they presented her with a second-hand piano...

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The Ithaca College Wind Ensemble, conducted by music performance professor Stephen Peterson, performed John Corigliano’s “Circus Maximus” at Cornell University’s Bailey Hall in February. The piece — which employs a marching band, two sirens, and a shotgun, among more traditional instruments — is designed to create an...

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Sally Jane Ketcham Tanzer ’70  honors the teachers of whom she thought the world. by Kate Larrabee

Sally Jane Ketcham Tanzer says the strong reputation of Ithaca’s music education program preceded her when it came time to interview for teaching positions. “Ithaca really prepared me to walk into an...

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Tom Everett is grateful for his life in music — as are his listeners.    by Kathryn Good-Schiff

Tom Everett feels about his job the way everybody wants to feel about theirs: “I do what I love to do,” he says. As Harvard University’s director of bands since 1971 and founder of its jazz...

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