Alumni Notes

'00s

ConradDirikilovDrew LeslieLeybourneSipesAlex SpringerSipesNichelsenMarcia Porter

From top: Conrad Miller, Carla Dirlikov, Drew Leslie, Carol Leybourn Janssen, John Rutherford, Alex Springer with Lindsay and Jason Dietz Marchant, Theodore Sipes, Ted Nichelson with Ann B. Davis, Marcia Porter

Carla Dirlikov, BM ’02 (voice), recently made her European debut in Belgium as Princess Eboli in Verdi’s Don Carlo at the Opera Royal de Wallonie. She was also the mezzo soprano soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater for the Spoleto Festival in Italy, a concert that was recorded and will be released by RAI. She will make her Michigan Opera Theater debut this fall as Fenena in Verdi’s Nabucco and her Lincoln Center debut as the mezzo soprano soloist in Beethoven’s 9th symphony with the National Chorale. She and fellow alumnus Michael Gallant (MM ’02) have been married for three years.

Ross Huff, BFA ’04 (jazz and contemplative studies), trumpet player for the Ann Arbor-based jazz-rock quintet the MacPodz, was tapped to play the national anthem in front of tens of thousands of people at an August Detroit Tigers game in Comerica Park. Asked by AnnArbor.com if he planned to take liberties with the melody, Huff said, “I’ll walk the line between a tasteful rendition, but also let people know it’s me. I’ve been playing it for a good while since my days in a marching band. It’s middle-of-the-road in terms of difficulty.”

Scott M. Hyslop, DMA ’07 (organ), recently compiled and edited an anthology of the original hymn tunes and liturgical songs written by the eminent American composer and organist, Paul Manz. The collection entitled Sing to the Lord: The Paul Manz Hymnary was published in July.

Kirsten C. Kunkle, MM ’04, DMA ’07 (voice), had her dissertation acquired by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) and Merkel Area Museum in Merkel, TX. NMAI has also placed Kunkle on its list of Classical Native American Musicians and Artists. During 2008, she served as interim choral director of First Congregational Church in Fremont, OH. After serving on faculties at Youngstown State University, Wright State University, and Terra State Community College, as well as becoming Terra’s first director of its Multicultural Arts Institute, she was promoted from visiting assistant professor to assistant professor at Shorter College in Rome, GA.

Drew Leslie, BM ’02 (trombone performance), has accepted a position as visiting assistant professor of trombone at the University of Missouri in Columbia. He recently completed his DMA at the University of Texas and has a master’s from the Manhattan School of Music. He is married to Jessica Warner (BM ’04, oboe), who will complete her master’s at the University of Texas in December.

Caleb Levengood, BTA ’03 (theatre & drama), was nominated for a New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Set Design for his work in Angel Eaters, produced by Flux Theatre Ensemble at the Wings Theater in New York. Angel Eaters is a trilogy of plays staged in repertory over three weeks. The awards were presented at a ceremony in September. The IT Awards are given annually to honor individuals and organizations who have achieved artistic excellence in off-off-Broadway theatre.

David T. Little, MM ’02 (composition), recently heard the world premiere of newly commissioned works performed by the NOW Ensemble, New World Symphony, and Carnegie Hall. In July, American Opera Projects presented a showcase of his vocal music at Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn and The New Jersey Star Ledger featured an extended profile on him. His ensemble Newspeak performed on the Wordless Music series, at the Bang on a Can Benefit after party, the First Annual New Music Bake Sale, and in the New York premiere of his award-winning opera Soldier Songs. In 2010, The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marin Alsop, will perform his U-M master’s thesis, Screamer.

Wes Mason, BM ’09 (voice), has been cast in the leading role of the world premiere of Jorge Martin’s biographical opera Before Night Falls.  The opera, which tells the story of poet Reinaldo Arenas’s personal rebellion during the Cuban Revolution, will be performed as part of the Fort Worth Opera Festival in May and June of 2010.

Lauren Molina, BFA ’03 (musical theatre), originated the role of Regina on Broadway in Rock of Ages. She also starred as Johanna in the critically acclaimed Broadway revival and national tour of Sweeney Todd, winning an Independent Reviewers of New England Award. She is the co-creator of a backstage ‘mocumentary’ Web series, Rock of Ages Productions.

N. Seth Nelson, MM ’03, DMA ’06 (organ), has accepted the position of organist at First Baptist Church in San Antonio, TX, having served as interim organist/pianist at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Austin. Dr. Nelson recently returned from an organ concert tour in Poland. He is in his fourth season as accompanist of the San Antonio Choral Society and his third as accompanist at Trinity University. In honor of the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin, Seth presented a lecture/recital on the music of the Calvinist reformation for the 49th Conference on Organ Music at SMTD.

Sean Panikkar, BM ’03, MM ’04 (voice), was featured in an article in Opera News Online in September. This fall, he sang the role of Cassio in Otello, opening Dallas’s brand new Winspear Opera House. He took away first prize in the George London Foundation Awards Competition, replete with $10,000 award.

Andrew Parker, DMA ’09 (oboe), was awarded the position of assistant professor of oboe at the University of Iowa School of Music.

Fred Peterbark, BM ’05 (voice), was hired to tour with Musikanten, a Washington, D.C.-based choir, for its concerts in Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, in April. Fred has also completed his master’s degree in voice performance at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and has been hired full-time as the assistant to the dean for recruitment and outreach.

Marcía Porter, DMA ’02 (voice), soprano, who made her Carnegie Hall solo recital debut in 2005, was recently tenured and promoted to associate professor of voice at the Florida State University College of Music. Other activities and performances include a stint as faculty member at Ameropa International Chamber Music Festival in Prague, the European premiere of Elegy for a Great Person for soprano and harp, composed by Narong Prangcharoen, and a recording of works for soprano with orchestra by Antonio Rosetti, scheduled for an early 2010 release. Marcía resides in Florida with her husband and two
young sons.

Brennan Szafron, DMA ’03 (organ), has been appointed adjunct instructor of organ at Converse College, Spartanburg, SC, where he began duties this fall. He has served as the first full-time organist/choirmaster of the Episcopal Church of the Advent, Spartanburg, since 2003, and was previously the assistant organist of Christ Church, Grosse Pointe, MI.

Felicia Sandler, Ph.D. ’01 (composition and theory), is a contributor to a book being released this fall by University of Illinois Press, Music and Cultural Rights, edited by Yung and Weintraub. Her chapter is titled “In Search of a Cross-Cultural Legal Framework: Indigenous Musics as a World-Wide Commodity.” Felicia’s composition Pulling Radishes, commissioned by Frank Epstein (BSO principal percussionist and director of the New England Conservatory Percussion Ensemble) for the NEC Percussion Ensemble, has been recorded for release on a CD of works commissioned for the ensemble. Her new choral arrangement All Through the Night will be released this fall.

Eric Saylor, Ph.D. ’03 (musicology), has been tenured and promoted to associate professor of music history at Drake University. He has had articles published in the Journal of the Royal Musical Association (“Dramatic Applications of Folksong in Vaughan Williams’s operas Hugh the Drover and Sir John in Love”) and The Musical Quarterly (“It’s Not Lambkins Frisking At All: English Pastoral Music and the Great War”).

Theodore Sipes, DMA ’04 (vocal performance), premiered the song cycle, Three Songs for a Wedding, by composer Manly Romero, DMA ’06 (composition), at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA in December. A New York City premiere was then performed at the University of the Streets in Manhattan in the spring. Erica Sipes played piano in both performances. The cycle consists of songs composed to English translations of three Pablo Neruda sonnets and was commissioned for Sipes’ voice.

Alex Springer, BFA ’07 (dance), Lindsey Dietz Marchant, and Jason Dietz Marchant (BDA ’96), sent their greetings from Russia where they were all attending the same dance festival in Siberia.

Robert Vuichard, BM ’08 (composition), had his The Camera Obscura of Jan van Eyck, a work composed for double choir, accepted for inclusion in The Westminster Choir College Choral Series. The work, which received its premiere performance at St. James Episcopal Church in Florence, Italy last July by the Westminster Chamber Choir, was written for Joe Miller, conductor of the renowned Westminster Choir and director of Choral Programs at The Westminster Choir College at Rider University in Princeton, NJ.

Michael Wayne, BM ’03 (clarinet), received tenure with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, it was announced in July.

Christopher Wild, BM ’05 (cello) and MM ’07 (music education), now lives in Chicago where he works as a cellist, conductor, and music educator. He performs regularly as cellist for contemporary music ensemble dal niente and string duo Wild and Wulliman. He is also entering his third year as director of orchestras for the DeKalb School District, where he founded an alternative string band and has seen enrollment in the program double in size. Wild spent the last two years developing his conducting skills and was off to Maine this summer as a student at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors.

'90s

Marjorie Bagley, BM ’93 (violin performance), has accepted a position as associate professor of violin at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. During the past two summers, she was on the faculty of the International Music Academy Pilsen in the Czech Republic. Marjorie’s most recent CD, Sticks and Stones: Music for Percussion and Strings, features her in performances of the Concerto for Violin and Percussion by Lou Harrison and Porch Music by Mark Phillips. The CD was recorded with percussionist Roger Braun (BM ’90). Marjorie is assistant concertmaster of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, OH, and performs regularly with the Berkshire Bach Society.

Ross Benoliel, BM ’99 (voice), performed with the New York City Opera in the January 2009 production of Antony and Cleopatra at Carnegie Hall, and was also seen in La Bohème with Opera Omaha in April.  Benoliel will perform in the coming year again in La Bohème as Marcello, as the baritone soloist in the Brahms Requiem, and as Malatesta in Don Pasquale.

Derek Bermel, MM ’93, DMA ’97 (composition and clarinet), has been collaborating with Alarm Will Sound since 2003. The group, a 20-member band committed to innovative performances and recordings of today’s music, just performed The Music of Derek Bermel at Le Poisson Rouge in New York. Bermel, who won the 2008 Alpert Award in the Arts, just finished a three-year stint as artist-in-residence as part of the American Composers Orchestra’s Music Alive program. In March, Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study announced Bermel’s appointment as their artist-in-residence. During his stay, Bermel will pursue his scholarly and creative interests while developing major works.

Roger Braun, BM ’90 (percussion), was promoted to professor at Ohio University where he has directed the percussion program since 2000. He has two recent CD releases, Sticks and Stones: Music for Percussion and Strings, and Biakuye Percussion Group. Recent notable performances include the Sacheon Inter-national Percussion Festival in Korea and the Crossdrumming Festival in Poland. Braun lives in Athens with his wife Elizabeth (Longo) (BM ’90, music ed and clarinet), who is director of the Athens Community Music School and assistant director of the Ohio University School of Music. They have five-year-old daughter, Sarah.

Stephen Caplan, MM ’82, DMA ’92 (oboe), saw the publication of his book, Oboemotions: What Every Oboe Player Needs to Know about the Body. It incorporates recent research on body maps, explaining how performers can use this information to attain greater fluency and avoid injury. Reviewers have described it as “the operating manual for oboists” and as “indispensable reading for the serious student.” Caplan is an active performer of solo, chamber, and orchestral music, and serves as professor of oboe at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Erin C. Dilly, BFA ’94 (musical theatre), who received a Tony nomination for her role as “Truly Scrumptious” in Broadway’s Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang, is starring opposite Kristin Chenoweth in Lifetime’s Twelve Men of Christmas. She also plays Judith Jones in the movie, Julie and Julia, starring Meryl Streep. Recent television guest star appearances have included Showtime’s Nurse Jackie and NBC’s Law & Order. While raising her two daughters and developing her television and screen credits, Erin has been making television commercials, performing in concerts and workshops, coaching, and teaching for the Broadway performance intensive Making it on Broadway.

Barrett Foa, BFA ’99 (musical theatre), continues his run on television series, since moving to Los Angeles in January. In the fall, look for Barrett regularly in the recurring role of tech operator Eric Beal on the new CBS series NCIS: Los Angeles, which also stars Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J. Along with his earlier guest appearances on NCIS and Numb3rs, Barrett has appeared on the series The Closer with Kyra Sedgwick. In September, he was seen on the hit HBO show Entourage, opposite Jeremy Piven.

Gregory Hamilton, MA ’90 (musicology) and DMA ’01 (organ), continues as music director at St. Theresa Church in Houston. In April, he hosted a workshop “Rediscovering the Sacred; a Workshop in Gregorian Chant,” attracting participants from throughout the southwest. He was organ recitalist at St. Benedict’s Abbey and College, Atchison, KS, for the Abbey and College’s centennial celebrations. Recent composition commissions include Night Psalm for string sextet, Five Psalm Pictures for organ, Rosa Virga for SATB choir, and a new piece for solo horn, based on chants of Hildegard Von Bingen, commissioned by Marlene Ford, professor at Old Dominion University.

Paul R. Lehman, MM ’99 (music theory), MM ’02 (composition), Ph.D. ’03 (music theory), has remained active since his retirement, authoring more than forty articles in professional publications and delivering more than two-dozen addresses to professional organizations, including as keynote speaker at the 2007 Centennial Congress celebrating the 100th anniversary of MENC: The National Association for Music Education. He was inducted into the Music Educators Hall of Fame, sponsored by MENC, in 2000, and in 2002 was made an Honorary Life Member of the International Society for Music Education. He now lives Georgetown, TX, with his wife Ruth; together they have traveled extensively.

Payton MacDonald, BFA ’97 (jazz and improvisational studies), performed his percussion concerto Cowboy Tabla/Cowboy Raga with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in May, with John Adams conducting, as part of the Green Umbrella Series. Over 1,500 people attended the concert; MacDonald received a favorable review in the Los Angeles Times. Also in 2009, MacDonald released Super Marimba II, which too received favorable reviews. MacDonald continues to compose for and tour widely with Alarm Will Sound, including a recent tour in Russia.

Tom Masse, DMA ’95 (clarinet performance), was appointed associate provost for the arts at Yale. Masse was promoted to deputy dean in 2006, following six years as associate dean for admissions and student affairs. “It is fortunate that Tom’s passion for artistic and academic excellence will now extend to the entire university community,” said a press release. Masse also coaches chamber music at Yale.

Ted Nichelson, MM ’99 (harp), has been working fulltime as a freelance harpist in Los Angeles. In addition to weddings, parties, and other special events, he has been performing at the Magic Castle in Hollywood and serves as staff harpist for Forest Lawn Mortuary and Hollywood Forever Funeral Home. Nichelson is also a pop-culture historian, and has teamed up with former Brady Bunch star Susan Olsen for the coffee table book Love to Love You Bradys: The Bizarre story of The Brady Bunch Variety Hour (Ann B. Davis, who played the Brady’s maid Alice, is a Michigan grad, LSA ’48, theatre).

Jonathan Pieslak, MM ’99 (music theory and double bass), MM ’02 (composition), Ph.D. ’03 (music theory), published Sound Targets: American Soldiers and Music in the Iraq War (Indiana U Press, 2009), the first interview-based book exploring the relationship between music and American soldiers in Iraq. Since its publication in May, Sound Targets has been featured in The New Yorker’s “Talk of the Town,” The New York Post, and The Chronicle of Higher Education; Pieslak has appeared on New York Public Radio’s Soundcheck and numerous NPR stations.

John Rutherford, BM ’99 (trombone), announces three releases on his record label. The Motor City Brass Quintet’s debut recording features the world premiere recording of John Harbison’s Christmas Vespers. The Spectrum Brass Quintet’s debut recording features the music of George Gershwin; Spectrum recently performed a new show for quintet and orchestra with the Bozeman Symphony, led by Matthew Savery (MM ’92). His third group, The Motor City Horns, released their debut CD, Local Boys, featuring his horn section and over 48 musicians, including members of Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band and Kid Rock’s Twisted Brown Trucker.

Jeremy Van Hoy, BM ’93 (euphonium), was named the concert band director at Colorado College, where he teaches low brass, in September of 2008. He continues to perform as a member of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Denver Brass, and Crested Butte Music Festival. His new quartet, Philharmonic Trombone Quartet, recently gave its premiere performance. He is also celebrating the birth of his daughter, Olivia Van Hoy.

Karen Walwyn, DMA ’94 (piano), released her debut composition, Reflections on 9/11, to strong reviews in Fanfare magazine (January/February 2009). A monumental work in seven movements for solo piano, Reflections on 9/11 evokes the tragic events of this period of time in our nation’s history. Her Classical Music for Children and accompanying workbook was recently published. She is currently at work on Vol. III in her CD series Dark Fires, Classical Music Americans of African Descent. Walwyn is on the faculty at Howard University.

Michael Woodberry-Means, BDA ’94, MFA ’06 (dance), was honored as Michigan Dance Council’s Dance Teacher of the Year. The award was presented at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival dinner in May.

'80s

Laurence Kaptain, DMA ’87 (percussion), was named dean of the College of Music and Dramatic Arts at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, beginning his new position on July 1.  Prior to this appointment, Kaptain served as the dean of Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University in Virginia.  Kaptain was the first to receive a DMA in percussion from the University of Michigan.

Pauline Martin, DMA ’82 (piano performance), has been featured with the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra and the Windsor Community Orchestra the past two seasons. She returned to the Grove Festival, Art Reach of Mid Michigan, Wayne State University, Fair Lane Music Guild, Detroit Institute of Arts, Schoolcraft College, Pro Mozart Society, and Troy Public Library, collaborating with, among others, violinist Yehonatan Berick, flutist Amy Porter, and oboist Nancy Ambrose King. She gave seminars to students of Western Michigan and Indiana Universities and to 2009 Southeastern Michigan Flute Association Festival participants, and returned as artist-teacher at Irving S. Gilmore Foundation events.

William Neil, DMA ’86 (composition), saw the world premiere of his piece Oratoria, for chorus, soloists, brass, and percussion, at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona in April, where he worked as the recipient of the McKnight Visiting Composer Grant from the American Composers Forum.  During the week of the performance, Neil gave a talk on Baroque Mannerism and the Sonnets of Shakespeare and conducted a seminar for student composer and poets.  He also appeared at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington Festival of New Guitar Music in June.

Barbara Neri, MFA ’80 (dance), had her play Unlocking Desire presented in a staged reading at The Stella Adler Theater in Los Angeles as part of the New Works Festival of the Los Angeles Women’s Theater Project, in October. Neri is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary artist, published writer, and scholar, with a studio in Michigan. She recently created an art installation called Homage to our Dancing Ancestors for the U-M Department of Dance’s “Dancing at 100” celebration in June.

Joseph Urla, BA ’80 (theatre & drama), starred in a short film, as “a domineering, difficult-to-please acting instructor” in Acting for the Camera, that played at Sundance this year. Last year, he appeared on stage in New York in frequency hopping and on film in Italy in Four Single Fathers.

'70s

William M. Anderson, Ph.D. ’70 (music education), saw the release of the eighth edition of his Integrating Music into the Elementary Classroom, co- authored with Joy E. Lawrence. This is the 25th anniversary edition of the long-standing, internationally recognized music education text.

Constance Baur, MM ’71 (organ), taught music for 36 years in Michigan, the Virgin Islands, England, and Missouri, before retiring just this past May. She continues to play for four churches and teaches piano and organ privately. She studied with Robert Glasgow.

Richard F. Grunow, MM ’74, Ph.D. ’80 (music education), is professor of music education at the Eastman School of Music, having served two terms as chair. Last October, he received the Arts and Letters Hall of Fame Award from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. As principal author of Jump Right In: The Instrumental Series, Grunow presented at state conferences in Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, North Dakota, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania in 2008-2009, as well as at the University of Tennessee and Duquesne University. In April, he returned to Vilnius, Lithuania for the 7th International Conference of Music Education and last summer taught at the Eastman School of Music, Central Connecticut State University, and West Chester University.

Gwen Laster, BM ’79 (music education), MM ’82 (violin), most recently performed at one of Obama’s Neighborhood Inaugural Balls with Colombian singer/songwriter Shakira. As a clinician, Laster presents her “Creative Strings” workshop to colleges, universities, schools, and arts camps around the globe, a concept that brings together traditionally trained string players to nurture their composition and improvisation skills. Jazz and global music repertoire are also used to express individuality of sound; students learn music theory and ear training. Laster published her first educational method book, Music for the Creative String Player, in October. Her solo recording The Gameboard is scheduled for a 2010 release.

Ann McCutchan, MM ’76 (clarinet), announces the release of her third book, Circular Breathing: Meditations From a Musical Life, coming out in December. In the spring of 2008, she was a guest speaker at the Florida State University and Sam Houston State University music schools and delivered the annual Lee Lecture at the University of St. Thomas. Ann teaches creative writing at the University of North Texas.

Conrad Miller, MM ’74, (voice), who spent most of his post-Ann Arbor days in the pharmaceutical industry, is back to singing and writing songs. The untimely death of his 16-year-old daughter, Lauren, made him realize how precious life is: no more excuses. The outgrowth of this life-changing experience is his debut CD, My Journey, an 11-track offering of original songs in the traditional gospel style. Produced by Grammy, Dove, and Stellar Award-winner Steven Ford, the first release contains songs of hope, jubilation, and motivation. Singles from the project are being played on gospel stations across the country.

David Tovey, Ph.D. ’79 (music education), was appointed associate dean at The Ohio State University in January 2009. David joined the OSU School of Music faculty in 1992, teaching music education courses and serving as director of choral activities at OSU’s Mansfield Campus.

Douglas Wolf, MM ’76 (percussion), and the University of Utah Percussion Ensemble performed to a sold-out crowd for their 30-year celebration concert in Salt Lake City. Percussion alumni from across the nation returned to pay tribute to Wolf as founding director of the ensemble. Through commissioned compositions and performances at major music conventions, Wolf and the ensemble have been leading ambassadors for percussion throughout the U.S. Wolf was presented a specially framed cymbal-clock with the inscription: “In Honor of Douglas J. Wolf for thirty outstanding years of inspiring contribution and service to Utah’s Percussion and Musical Communities. Thanks for the Lessons.”

'60s

Morton Achter, BM ’61, MM ’63 (music theory), Ph.D. ’72 (musicology), directed the musical Gypsy this past March for the Lincoln County Community Theater in Damariscotta, ME. In 1964, he served as musical director for the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre’s production of Gypsy, which featured Judy Dow Rumelhart as Mama Rose.

Sheilah Rae (neé Bernstein) Gross, BM ’67 (voice), announces the publication of her musical, Funny, You Don’t Look Like a Grandmother, based on The New York Times bestseller by Lois Wyse, who co-wrote the musical. Her latest musical, I Married Wyatt Earp, was presented in staged readings at the Wadsworth Theatre in Los Angeles, where Sheilah was called in to substitute for an ailing Carol Lawrence. She is also the creator and sponsor of “Curtain Call: 100 Years of Women Designing for the Visual Arts,” which was on view at the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts in May 2009.

Robert Jager, BM ’67, MM ’69 (music education), has been selected for inclusion in the New Grove Dictionary of American Music. Jager’s composition for band, The Wall, was performed in July at the World Music Concours in Kerkrade, The Netherlands, by the Associazione Musicale Stanislao Silesu from Italy, and his Third Suite for Band was a required work at Kerkrade for the world competition for conductors. Jager is a professor emeritus from Tennessee Tech University who now lives in Santa Fe, NM, where he continues to compose.

Richard J. (Dick) Lutz, BA ’60, MA ’62 (theatre & drama), who served as business and promotion manager for University Players under William P. “Doc” Halstead in the late 1950s, published a historical novel, Jadwiga’s Crossing, about 19th century emigration from Poland to the U.S. In retirement, he edits and publishes The Main Street WIRE, a fortnightly community newspaper serving Roosevelt Island, part of Manhattan in New York City.

'50s

William Hawes, MA ’56, Ph.D. ’60 (theatre & drama), professor in the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication at the University of Houston and Hopwood Award Winner, published Caligula and the Fight for Artistic Freedom and in the fall saw the release of The Performer in Mass Media, which he co-authored with Beth Olson. He sends his congratulations on 100 years of dance. He tapdanced at a rally near Willow Run in 1943; U-M great Tom Harmon, however, rather than Dr. Hawes, was the draw, he confesses.

Carol Leybourn Janssen, BM ’55, MM ’57 (piano), celebrated her 75th birthday with a lifelong dream, playing the slow movement of the Brahms piano concerto in Bb with her daughter, Laura Kenney (BM ’89, MM ’90) on cello. Laura organized a fifty-piece orchestra comprised of Carol’s present and past chamber music students. In January, she was able to play that slow movement at the Lawrence (WI) Academy of Music. Since she also played French horn in high school, it was decided that for her 80th it would be the first movement of that same Brahms Piano Concerto.

Guinevere Dorn Krupp Toney, BM ’52 (piano), was accompanist for the master choir in Ocala, FL, and sang in the Marion Civic Chorale under the direction of Wayne Earnest (MM ’74, organ). She belongs to the American Guild of Organists and volunteers in the elementary school with Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite. She helped celebrate Bach’s birthday in March, playing the harpsichord.

Kenneth D. Smith, BA ’57 (theatre & drama), served as entertainment director for the U.S. Army, starting in La Rochelle, France in 1957. He eventually took over the job of running soldier-produced music and theater activities for all of Europe before retiring in 1980 and taking a post with the Department of the Army and the Pentagon.