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News from Our Alumni

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Joe Brown '08 played in the Raphael Mendez Institute during the summer of 2009.
Will Cicola '07 had an article published in September 2009 issue of The Clarinet magazine, entitled "Some Strings Attached: The German Clarinet Ligature".
Meghan McNamara-Cabral '06 had an article published in The Instrumentalist Magazine under the "Advice to New Teachers" column, entitled "Balancing Goals With Experience."
Patrick O’Connell ’06 has earned an M.M. in bass performance from the Yale School of Music, where he was awarded the Yale School of Music Alumni Association Prize, which is given to “students who have not only excelled in their respective fields, but have also made an important contribution to the general life of the School.” While at Yale, he performed with the Sarasota Music Festival (Sarasota, FL) and the Mimesis Ensemble (New York, NY). In the summer of 2008, he performed with the Yale Philharmonia at the Musicathlon 2008: Cultural Prelude to the Beijing Olympic Games in South Korea and China. Patrick now teaches grades 4-6 strings at the Shenendehowa Central School District in Clifton Park, NY, and plays with the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra and the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra.

Jim Van Slyke
is taking his cabaret "The Sedaka Show" on tour this fall, and returns for performances in New York as well.  The show celebrates the music of pop icon Neil Sedaka; for more information visit
Aimee Shorten '09 has won the principal flute position in the Amman (Jordan) Symphony Orchestra and will teach at the National Conservatory of Jordan.  She will be performing bi-monthly concerts, teaching flute students ranging from age 14 to around 60, and a music theory class.  This fall she will be designing a western music history course (not yet a part of the curriculum in Jordan) to be taught in the spring, and hopes to do some ethnomusicology research and field work in traditional Arabic music. 
Timothy Winfield M.M. '07 won a trumpet section position in the Billings Symphony Orchestra in Montana.

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Rachele Armstrong '06 and Sara Barasch '05 are working at IMG Artists in New York.  Rachele reports that she works specifically in the Conductors and Instrumentalists division doing contracts and work visas for a roster of artists and also in Special Projects, working on arts/music festivals and special event consulting/planning. Sara is in the Sales Division, and books the vocal roster with an extensive list of accounts in North America. She also manages ad placement, creation and details for industry publications and coordinates conference materials and sales brochures.

Daniel Bacigalupi ’08 has been working at Georgetown Masters in Nashville since graduation. He just finished mastering the new CD for IC’s retired jazz man Steve Brown's latest project Atlantic Bridge. Tracking for the project was engineered in the Whalen Center by Brian Dozoretz ’94 and current staff and faculty engineer Alex Perialas ’81.

Andrew Bergevin '08 has just won a full time section violin seat in the Syracuse Symphony starting with the 2009-10 season.

Christopher Brellochs '91 was recently interviewed in May/June issue of the Saxophone Journal, where he spoke about studying with Steve Mauk at Ithaca College. He also recently released a solo CD entitled Apotheosis of the Saxophone.  Brellochs currently teaches at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, NY where he is the chair of the music certificate program and department supervisor of music.

Andrew Chugg '02 has been appointed artistic administrator of the Virginia Opera in Norfolk.  In this position he is in charge of the artistic budget, casting, contracting, and scheduling, among other things. He is one of the youngest, if not the youngest, artistic administrators at an opera company of Virginia Opera's size in the United States.  Prior to Virginia Opera, he was assistant artistic administrator and company manager for Florida Grand Opera, and before that was artistic coordinator for Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, NY.

Dominick DiOrio '06 has been appointed director of choirs at Music at Lone Star College-Montgomery starting in Fall 2009. In this position, he will be responsible for directing the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, teaching the Ear-Training/Sightsinging curriculum, and overseeing all aspects of the choral program. Dominick will also be traveling to Sweden in October 2009 to participate in the Eric Ericson Award, the top international competition for young choral conductors. He is one of twelve conductors invited to compete and--as part of the competition--will have the opportunity to work with such ensembles as the Academy Chamber Choir of Uppsala and the Swedish Radio Choir.

Dr. Carolyn (Schayes) Goettsch '76, a vocal student of Angus Godwin who continued her education to become a chiropractor in 1980, has been a soprano and soloist with The Master's Touch Chorale in Syracuse, NY since 1993. On December 22, 2008, the Master's Touch Chorale sang in the grand foyer of The White House during the Christmas season open house for military and their families. This was the third time the Master's Touch Chorale was invited to sing in the White House. They also sang there in December of 2002 and 2004.

Allison Hooper '07 is the artistic operations manager at Glimmerglass Opera, where she writes artist contracts, tracks the Artistic Dept budget, coordinates auditions for mainstage artists and applicants to the Young American Artists Program, coordinates travel for the mainstage artists for the festival season, writes visa petitions for foreign artists, and assists with the management of seasonal staff and visiting artists.

Stephanie Lauricella '06 is debuting with San Jose Opera next October in Cenerentola. She is currently in her second season with Central City as an apprentice and will be returning to Sarasota Opera, Florida next spring to cover Hansel in Hansel & Gretl and sing the role of Lola in Cavelleria Rusticana.

Jane Lazarovic MM '09 has received a grant from the Hungarian Scholarship Board to study for ten months at the Folk Music Department at the Ferenc Liszt Academy in Budapest.  She plans to analyze Hungarian folk music, paying particular attention to the role of the double bass. This opportunity will allow her to explore the idioms, rhythms, bass lines, and formal structures in Hungarian music. At the conclusion of her year of study, Jane will receive a certificate from the Folk Music Department at the Ferenc Liszt Academy in Budapest. 
Sound engineer Andrew Mendelson '98 currently operates Georgetown Masters and just finished mastering the latest CD by West African Kora master Madou Sidiki Diabate's latest CD Buru Ju. The release was recorded in France and mixed by Brian Dozoretz ’94 in Ithaca. Madou and his brother, Grammy-winner Toumani Diabate, belong to the 71st generation of Kora players in his family lineage.

Kristin Zaryski '04 has been appointed director of the Michigan State University Community Music School Children’s Choir.  She was selected from an international pool of 25 applicants. The search committee noted that her strong musicianship set her apart from the others. Kristin has been a music educator in Florida, New York and Michigan.  “She has exceptional musical and expressive gifts and has wonderful rapport with the young people,” said Rhonda Buckley, executive director of the MSU Community Music

Recent composition grads are heading in exciting directions: Ian Power ‘06 is working on a Ph.D. in composition at Harvard, Robert Pierzak ’06 is headed to UC San Diego, Dillon Kondor '08 is attending the Manhattan School, Cody Wymore ’09 will join David Fleszar '08 at the NYU Musical Theatre program, Matthew Podd ’08 is studying jazz composition at the Eastman School of Music, and Laura Intravia ’09 is off to Boston University.

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