Hal Reynolds, associate professor of trombone, performed three solos with Orchard Park High School bands and conducted 15 clinics for the low brass players in that school district. He taught trombone and tuba at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute for two weeks and performed with the William Cramer Trombone Choir in a featured concert at the International Trombone Festival in Boulder.

A group of seven IC trombonists --- Colleen Curry ’00, Phil Hophan ’98, David McCormick ’00, Phillip Obado ’99, Amara Peltier ’98, Maria Portello-Swagel ’98, and Brian Zimmer ’00 --- also performed at the ITF. One of 11 invited ensembles, representing colleges and universities worldwide, they played the Mass for Seventy-Seven Trombonists by Wendy Chambers.

The Ithaca College Trombone Troupe released its first compact disc recording in March. The album, Echoes, Moods, and Reflections, is dedicated to the memory of Allen E. Ostrander ’32, longtime bass trombonist with Toscanini and the NBC Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. The album contains a collection of works commissioned by the troupe, as well as works by the most recent winners of the Allen E. Ostrander Trombone Composition Prize. Proceeds from the sale of the CD go directly to the composition prize fund. Anyone interested in purchasing the CD may contact Hal Reynolds at the School of Music.


The first of the 1998–99 Ithaca College Concerts will feature baritone William Stone on Sunday, September 13, at 8:15 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the Clinton House in downtown Ithaca.

Voice professor Deborah Montgomery performed three concerts with the Syracuse Symphony this spring. She also performed the soprano solo in Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem with Gerald Wolfe and the Ithaca Community Chorus and Orchestra. She sang Richard Strauss’s Vier letzte Lieder with the Ithaca College Orchestra in April.

Angus Godwin, professor of voice, while on sabbatical during the spring semester, gave a master class at Colgate University; observed voice lessons taught by members of the faculties at the Paris, Lyon, and Toulouse Conservatories in France; and was a member of an international committee hearing voice exams at the Conservatoire National in Toulouse. Voice professors Carol McAmis, Randie Blooding, David Parks, and Beth Ray performed a concert of music for vocal quartet, accompanied by Diane Birr and Deborah Martin of the piano faculty, at Elmira Southside High School in June. The group was also awarded a summer faculty research grant to explore and rehearse music for solo vocal quartet written by German composers of the late-18th and 19th centuries. Parks, Ray, and Karl Paulnack performed a recital at Kendal at Ithaca as part of the Bisk Concert Series. Ray also sang the alto solos in a performance of Kodály’s Te Deum and Liszt’s Missa Solemnis at Hamilton College and performed the alto solos in Bach’s St. John Passion with the Elmira Cantata Singers.


Assistant professor of piano Diane Birr again served on the piano faculty of International Workshops, a two-week music and art workshop held in Biarritz, France.

Ithaca College Orchestra conductor Grant Cooper was the artistic director for Bach and Beyond in Fredonia, New York, in June. Faculty members featured were Debra Moree, viola, and Karl Paulnack, harpsichord. Cooper also conducted the Picnic Pops concert with the Penfield Symphony Orchestra and 12 concerts with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, which included Cooper’s composition The Song of the Wolf. In July and August he and lecturer Margie Cooper were in Chautauqua, New York, where she performed as a member of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.

Clarinetist Richard Faria ’87 taught at New Hampshire’s Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, where he performed the trio version of Stravinsky's L'histoire du soldat with members of the Apple Hill Chamber Players. He was also in Germany to participate in the first annual interpretation and composition courses on the works of Karlheinz Stockhausen, at which he performed Stockhausen’s In Freundschaft and Amour for solo clarinet.

Associate professor William Pelto returned to the University of Alaska Summer Fine Arts Camps for a 16th season. He was coordinator of music theory and the musical director of West Side Story.  

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