Faculty Notes

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Posted by Erik Kibelsbeck at 12:09PM

Carl Johengen (voice) served as conductor of the Sullivan County Music Educators Association All-County Sr. High Chorus in March of 2009; his host for that event was IC School of Music alumnus Timothy Hamblin who was chairperson for the event. In 2008, Dr. Johengen presented choral singing workshops for the Herkimer (NY) Sr. High School Choruses, and for the Ithaca Community Choruses, an umbrella organization that serves several community choral groups in Ithaca.

In June, Deborah Lifton (voice) performed as the Dark Lady and Lady Magnesia in a double bill called "Shaw Sings" at Symphony Space in New York City. The operas were entitled The Dark Lady of the Sonnets and Passion, Poison, and Petrifaction, and her performance received positive reviews from the New York Times, NYC Onstage, and Backstage.

In October 2008 at the State Conference for the New York State Music Teachers Association held in New Paltz, NY, Deborah Martin (piano) was awarded the 2008 Citation, the highest award given by the organization.  Martin was cited for her outstanding service to the organization and recognized for holding offices at the local, state, and national level.  Past winners of this award have included Peter Mennin, Lynn Freeman Olson, Robert Freeman, Nelita True, Sam Adler, Robert C. White, Maurice Hinson, Lee Evans, and Jean Barr.

In May 2008 Phiroze Mehta (piano) presented a lecture and two master classes on the fundamentals of piano technique at Lanzhou University, in China's Gansu Province.

Jeffery Meyer (orchestra) won third place in the Pedrotti International Conducting Competition in Italy last fall and was one of seven finalists in the Cadaques International Conducting Competition in June.  He taught and performed (as both pianist and conductor) at the LSM Academy and Festival in Minnesota. He debuted with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the national orchestra of the Philippines; and taught and performed (as both pianist and conductor) for two weeks at Opusfest, an international piano chamber music festival in the Philippines

This past summer Patrice Pastore (voice) was a faculty member at OperaWorks, where she taught improvisation and translation, facilitated the Voice Teacher Workshop and Lab, and coached foreign-language diction to 31 students. Over the last three years she has been invited to the University of Limerick, Ireland, to be part of planning team for the school's new performance/movement degree.

Stephen Peterson (wind ensemble) recently conducted at the International School in Luxembourg City. His upcoming guest conducting appearances include the University of Wisconson Eau Claire, Pennsylvania Music Educators' Association, the Kentucky and Colorado All State Bands, and in Qatar.

This summer, Susan Waterbury (violin) taught and performed as a faculty member of the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival in Bonefro, Italy.


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