1990s Motifs

James Sofranko (IAC 90-91) is a soloist with the San Francisco Ballet.

Adrienne (Welker) Moore (IAC 90-95, IAC St 96) plays the saxophone and also serves as the webmaster for the United States Navy Band  She is also program editor for the International Saxophone Symposium.

Joey (Henderson) Connaughty (IAC 90-91, IAA 91-93, IAC St 93-94) was recently named general manager of Old Hickory Golf Club in Beaver Dam, Wis.  She and her husband, Patrick, now have 3 boys: Silas, age six; Grahm, three; and Jack, one.

Caroline Campbell (IAC 90-91, 94, IAA 94-95) is the concertmistress of the Santa Barbara Symphony in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Rebecca Rosen (IAC 90-91) is founder of the yoga instruction company Nefesh Bliss.

Daniel Ponce (IAC 90) is the founder of the a cappella group "Straight No Chaser."

Jenny (Rieken) Gabrielle (IAC 90- 91-92) has performed as Sarah in "Fool's Gold," as Madison in "Easy Money;" as Rachel Miller in "In Plain Sight," and as Ricky Dale in "Spy School."

Omari (Williams) Tau (IAC 90) is a member of the touring company of Disney's "The Lion King" and understudy for the hyena character, Banzai.

Marilyn Shrude (IAC Fac 90-97) was the guest composer at the 39th annual Festival of New Music at Ball State University's Sursa Performance Hall in January 2009 and featured guest composer at the NOW Music Festival 2009 at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio in February 2009.  Her latest composition "Litanies" for flute, oboe and piano, was commissioned by the Spectrum Trio’s Theresa Delaplain (UW 88, IAC Fac 01-04).  It was premiered at the International Double Reed Society Convention in July 2008.

Yung-Chiao Wei (IAA 90-92) returned to the Interlochen campus in February to conduct a master class on double bass and perform a recital in collaboration with pianist Chao-i Chou (IAA 90-93).  Ms. Wei currently serves on faculty at Louisiana State University, in Baton Rouge. Chao-i Chou lives in Taiwan.

Alethea Fleming (IAA 90-93) and her husband have a three year-old son, Ulrich. She has a medical practice in the Pacific Northwest.

Anna Fidler (IAA 90-91) is a visual artist in Los Angeles, Calif. and Portland, Ore. Her most recent exhibits were held at Little Cakes Gallery, New York City; Japan Society Gallery in New York City; the A+D Gallery at Columbia College in Chicago and The Apartment Gallery in Los Angeles, Calif.

Jennifer Kuhn (IAC 91-94, IAA 95-97, IAC St 97) performed on cello with pop singer Justin Timberlake at the 51st Grammy Award ceremony in February. Jen also performed in "Persistence" at Theatre Encino in February 2009.

Annunziata Tomaro (IAC 91) is an instructor of conducting at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. She conducts the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music concert orchestra and contemporary ensemble.

Colin Fowler (IAC 91, IAA 95-99) is a full-time professor and advisor at Nyack College School of Music, where he is also the chair of the theory department. He teaches theory, ear training, music history, organ, piano, composition, and is co-director of the Nyack Chorale. Colin played the world premiere of Mark Morris' choreography Bach's Italian Concerto and is a member of their touring music ensemble.  He was a pianist for the Broadway production of 42nd Street, and currently plays for the Tony-award winning musical Jersey Boys in New York, N.Y.

Kevin Kendrick (IAC 91-92, IAA 92-95), Moira Meltzer-Cohen (IAA 92-95) and (Jonathan) Jonti Siman (IAC 93, IAA 94-95) have formed the band called "A BIG YES and a small no" and released their first album "Jesus That Looks Terrible On You," available for download on iTunes and emusic.

Sean "Sparky" Thomas (IAC 91, IAA 91-92, IAC St 92-95, 98-02, IAA St 98-99, 01-03) published a children’s book "Sedikit-Sedikit Menjadi Bukit: Little by Little We Climb the Mountain." He works as a television video journalist and freelance writer in Fresno, Calif.

Jannina Barefield (IAC 91-93) was named one of the 2009 Sphinx Competition semi-finalists. Other semi-finalists include Caleb Jones (IAC 03) and Andrew Gonzalez (AS 07). Jannina was also a finalist in 2008.

Amy Young (IAA 91-92), a member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company, performed in Taylors' "Esplanade" at the September 2008 Fall for Dance Festival at New York's City Center Theater.

Matthew Hinsley (IAA 91-92), a classical guitarist, published his first book "Classical Guitar For Young People" in 2008. It is the instructional book for the University of Texas Guitar Project. Matthew has directed the Austin Classical Guitar Society for 12 years. In 2008, Matthew passed the $1,000,000 mark in funds raised for classical guitar programming in Central Texas. Also in 2008, the Austin Classical Guitar Society published its middle and high school classroom classical guitar curriculum. Matthew lives in Austin with his wife Glenda, and enjoys teaching, performing non-profit and  plenty of tennis mixed in. He will host the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Convention in June 2010 and plans to finish his new book, "How to Build a Non-Profit Arts Organization" this year.

(Patrick) Jake Mahaffy (IAA 91-92) is a filmmaker and associate professor of art and film at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. His feature film "Wellness" received the Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Newport International Film Festival in June 2008. In March 2008 ir received the Grand Jury Award for best feature film at the South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas and Newport Film Festival. "Wellness" is also nominated for the IFP Gotham's Best Undistributed Film of the Year award.

Carrie Dennis (IAC 92-93) serves as principal viola of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Her two previous positions were as solo viola of the Berlin Philharmonic and associate principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Dan Trahey (AS 92, 95) is the director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s new education initiative ORCHkids. He is also a music teacher mentor for the Peabody Conservatory of Music and serves as tuba player and executive director of the non-profit music education ensemble, The Archipelago Project with Garrett Mendez (AS 92). The Archipelago Project has hosted events in Innsbruck, Austria, Venezuela and Traverse City, Mich.

Orion Weiss (IAC 92-95) has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Highlights of his 2008-2009 Season include performances with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the Detroit Symphony. In spring 2008, he released his debut recording, a recital disc for Yarlung Records including works of Bach, Mozart, Scriabin, and Carter.

Barrett Foa (IAC 92-95) was a guest star on CBS's "NUMB3RS" and "NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" in March/April 2009.

Amy Eyles (IAC 92-93, IAA 93-95) is principal flutist in the Great Falls Symphony and flutist in the Chinook Winds Quintet in Montana.

Jeffrey Toyne (IAC 92) is a composer whose feature film credits include The New Twenty, Box Elder, Within and Shadow in the Trees. He has composed for numerous television programs and short films, including two Academy Award nominees. Jeff was commissioned in 2005 by the Vancouver Symphony to write "No Fanfare" in anticipation of 2010 Winter Olympic Games. As an orchestrator, Jeff has worked on such films as Public Enemies, Eagle Eye, Poseidon and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.

Noah Keesecker (AS 92, 95) was awarded a McKnight Foundation Fellowship for the 2008-09 year.

Ava Mendoza (IAC 92, IAA 98-01) is a guitarist and composer living in Oakland, Calif. She performs with the group Mute Socialite, which has just released its debut CD More Popular than Presidents and Generals. She has also performed with Moe Staiano and songwriter Mark Gergis' Porest group.

Violinist MingHuan Xu (IAA 93-95, IAC St 95-96) has been appointed assistant professor of music at Grand Valley State University.

Jacob Huston (IAA 92-94) works for Google in California.

Bruce Henniss (IAA Fac 92-95, IAC Fac 07) is associate professor of horn at Ohio State University.  Bruce is married to Karen Pierson (AS 79, IAC 80-81, IAC St 82, UW 83-85), associate professor of bassoon at Ohio State University.

Erik Nielsen (IAC 93-95) conducted The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at the Tanglewood Music Center in August 2008 at the request of James Levine who had taken ill. Erik is the Kapellmeister at Oper Frankfurt.
Hepsie Loeb (IAC 93-94) earned her master’s in fine arts in visual arts from the University of Chicago in 2007.

Matthew Brewer (IAC 93-00, IAA 98-01) performed with Adam Birnbaum (IAC 99) on the 2007 release of Ryan Keberle's "Double Quartet."

Beth Bartley (IAC 93, IAA 93-96) and her band Ultrafine have produced their new album "Particle" available on iTunes.

Melissa L. White (IAC 93-94, IAA 00-02) was a soloist with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra at the 12th Annual Sphinx Competition in Orchestra Hall, Detroit, Mich. in February 2009.

Adam Hunault (IAC 93-96, IAA 98-00, IAC St 01) was runner-up in the Iowa Review 2006 national short story contest judged by James Alan McPherson.  His story, "The Royal Flush Saga," was published in the Winter 2007 Review.  "Penetralia," a play he co-authored for the New York City repertory company Stone Soup, was performed off-off Broadway in May 2006, and a new play, "Us and Them." was performed by the company in March 2007.  Adam taught English in Nantes, France during the 2006-07 academic year.

Quincy Davis (IAA 93-95) continues to perform, compose and record. His most recent CD's are Vin Slidin with the Vincent Gardner Quartet, G-Rays with David Gibson and Eyes Wide Open with Sachal Vasandani.

(Laura) Nell French (IAA 93-96) lives in Kansas City and performs with Fontana, the St. Joseph Symphony, and is principal violist of the Heritage Philharmonic. She also serves on the executive board for the Chamber Music Society of Kansas City.  Nell is an instructor with the music faculties of Kansas City, Kansas Community College and Missouri Western State University and maintains a private studio in Prairie Village, Kan.

Carolyn Jantsch (IAC 94-96, 98-99, IAA 99-02, IAC St 02, AS Fac 03-05), principal tubist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, has released her first CD, Cascades.

Kyle Taylor (IAC 94-95, IAA 95-96) earned his master's in educational administration with a principal's certification in December 2008. He has been married for nine years and has two boys, ages four and two. Kyle is the campus technology specialist, the Career and Technology Department Chair, and a high-school credit Computer Teacher at Claughton Middle School in Spring, Texas.

Andrew H. Grams (IAC 94- 95) has served as guest conductor for the Baltimore, Chicago, and Philadelphia Symphony Orchestras. Andrew has been an assistant conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra and the resident conductor with the Florida Orchestra.

Marshall Gilkes’ (IAC 94, IAA 95-96) most recent CD is Lost Words. He is a member of the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Edmar Castañeda Trio, and performs with drummer Billy Cobham.

Giuliana Hazelwood (IPS 94-03, IAA 03-08) and Ali Scattergood (IAC 06, IAA 06-08) won first place with their short film titled "Diversion: A Documentary" at the Zonta Club of Traverse City's first film festival.  During the month of December 2008, a 10-minute cut from the film was seen before the opening credits to various major Hollywood films at the Horizon Cinemas in Traverse City, Mich.

Dustin Tucker (IAA 94-98) completed "Santaland Diaries" at the Portland Stage Company in Portland, ME and is performing in "Around the World in 80 Days" at the Sierra Repertory Theatre in Calif.

Maiya Papach (IAC 95, IAA 95-96) recently joined the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra as section violist.  She is a founding member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE.)

Ethan Bensdorf (IAC 95-00, 02) joined the New York Philharmonic’s trumpet section June 2008.  He also won first prize in the 2006 Armando Ghitalla Trumpet Competition.

Sydney Skybetter (IAC 95-98, IAA 99-00, IAC St 00-01) is the artistic director of Skybetter and Associates, a contemporary dance company based in Brooklyn. He received his M.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography from New York University and has been teaching, setting repertory and performing with his company. Sydney was married in August 2008.

Caitlyn Valovick Moore (IAA 97-98) joined the Utah Symphony in the fall of 2008 as the piccolo player.

Melissa Janik (IAC 95-98) is a member of the Kansas City Civic Orchestra.

Jennifer Walvoord (IAC 95-97) and Andrew Le (AS 92-94, IAA 95-96, IAC St 96) performed together at a Valentine's Day concert in Holland, Mich.  Jennifer is on the violin faculty of Calvin College, the West Shore Symphony Orchestra concertmaster, and a member of the Grand Rapids Symphony.  She performs recitals regularly with her husband, Andrew Le. Walvoord and Le were recently appointed to be the new artistic directors of the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck. Andrew is the head of keyboard studies at Hope College.

Alice K. Dade Del Campo (IAA 95-98) is acting co-principal flute of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Stockholm, Sweden.  Alice married Rhett Del Campo, principal percussionist of the Royal Swedish Opera, on July 7, 2007. The couple met while they were both fellows of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Fla.

Michael McMillian (IAA 95-98, IAC St 00) portrays the character Steve Newlin in the HBO series True Blood.

Bryan Miller (IAC 96) is a member of the Kansas City Civic Orchestra.

Luke Randall (IAC 96-97, IAC St 99) participated in a film internship in Los Angeles in the summer of 2008 with Marty Katz Productions on the movie Love Ranch with Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci.

Evan Drummond (IAA 96-98) Evan is an instructor of guitar at the State University of New York, Fredonia School of Music. He earned a bachelor’s in music from Eastman School of Music, a master’s in music from Yale, and his professional studies certificate at the Manhattan School of Music. He is now a Doctoral candidate at the Eastman School of Music. Evan has collaborated with guitarist and programmer David Hindman in their pursuit of a guitar controlled video game battle presented as Modal Kombat.

Renee (Woodard) Hintz (IAA 96-97) and Chris Hintz (ICA St 06-present) and their son Isaac, age four, welcomed a baby girl, Anika Elizabeth Hintz, in January 2009.

Hsin-Ni Liu (IAA 96-99) made her debut concert at Weill Hall Carnegie Hall and was named Artist of the Week and Top Album Pick by Naxos Records. She has also performed as a concert and recital soloist throughout the USA, Europe, Israel, Russia and Taiwan.  During 2009, Ms. Liu has been invited as guest artist at Bartok Miskolc Opera Festival and appeared with Philharmonic Kelet-Magyarorszag Symphony Orchestra.

Jennifer Ousse-Seye (IAC 97) is a professional dancer and instructor of dance in the Baltimore area.

Michael Wayne (IAC 97, IAA 97-99) joined the conservatory faculty at Longy School of Music, Cambridge, Mass.

Ryan McAdams (IAC 97-98) is the music director of the New York Youth Symphony, has served as assistant conductor for the Aspen Music Festival and is the first recipient of the Glimmerglass-Aspen prize for opera conducting. He debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in December 2008 and will be a conducting fellow with James Levine at the Tanglewood Music Center in the summer of 2009.

Braham Crane (IAC 97-98) created the Artists Simply Human (ASH) Contemporary Dance Company. He has been commissioned to set his work for Odyssey Dance Theatre in Utah and the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and collaborated with Rasta Thomas’ company, Bad Boys of Dance. He set his signature piece "Ghosts of Things to Come,” which is being performed on tour. Braham guest teaches at Broadway Dance Center.

Kevin Sanders (IAC 97-98, IAA 97-98) is the assistant professor of tuba at the University of Memphis.

Colleen Matheu Johnson (IAC 97) is the third flute/piccolo for The Houston Ballet Orchestra in Houston, Texas.

Jesse Johnston (IAC 97-98, IAA 97-98, IAC St 00) completed his Ph.D. in Musicology at the University of Michigan.  Since September 2008, he has been teaching music courses at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Aaron Lewis (IAC 97 IAA 97-99) won first place in the Bluegrass Fiddle category at the 2007 Galax Old Fiddler's Convention.  He performed with the group Special Ed and the Short Bus at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, where the band won a Herald Angels Award.

Emre Yilmaz's (IAA 97-00) latest album Emre, Only Yesterday was released this winter on the BMI label. 

Laura Dunbar (IAA 97-99) is the education and outreach director for the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Peter Corwin (IPS 97-98, 99-00, 02-04, IAA 04-07, IAC St 08) is a student at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio majoring in materials science and engineering and minoring in studio art.

César Alvarez (IAA 97-99) earned his MFA during the summer of 2008 in music/sound at Bard College. His band, The Lisps, has released two albums, toured nationally since 2005, and have produced an original musical entitled "Futurity" in New York City. César wrote the music and book for the musical.

Marta Reiman (IAA 97-99, IAC St 00) performed in Feb-March 2009 in the world premiere play "Dangerous" by Michael McKeever at the Caldwell Theatre Company in Boca Raton, Fla.

Lila (Cohen) Pinksfeld (IAA 97-99) and her husband Nadav Pinksfeld are the proud parents of Aviv, born January 3, 2008. Lila lives in Houston, Texas where she is the Leadership Management Director for The American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Caleb Burhans (IAA 97-98) was featured in the New York Times Music/Breaking In section in October 2008.  He was commissioned by Lincoln Center and Alarm Will Sound to compose a piece for the reopening events at Alice Tully Hall.

Julie Jesneck (IAA 97-99) appeared in a revival of Horton Foote’s "The Trip to Bountiful", directed by Penny Metropulos, at the Denver Center Theater Company in September 2008.

Heather (McCullagh) Siegerdt (IAA 97-98), Darren Siegerdt, and big brother Cole are proud to announce the birth of their new baby girl, Kirsten Morgen Siegerdt on July 14, 2008 in Heidelberg, Germany.

Paul Christensen (IAC 98-00, IAC St 02-03) is a pianist with the Oregon based band Weinland. They will release their third album in the spring of 2009.

Ayaka Kew Nishina (IAC 98, IAA 98-01) composed the soundtrack to accompany a nature documentary IMAX film, Water is Life, which will be at the permanent exhibition of the California Academy of Sciences inside Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, Calif. Kew has a recording contract with Tzadik Record Company and lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Julie (Fagan) Thayer (IAC 98-99, IAA 99-00) married Jeff Thayer (IAC 92-93) in June 2007.  Julie received the Samuel Morris Slack Music Scholarship at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University where she is studying for her master’s in horn performance. Julie also performs fourth horn with the Houston Symphony. Jeff is the concertmaster of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, San Diego, Calif.

Collin Bay (IAC 98-01, IAA 02-04) earned a bachelor in fine arts, music performance and a bachelor of arts, liberal arts - creative writing and fiction from the New School, New York, N.Y. in December 2008.

Elizabeth Draper (IAA 98-99) performs on bass with the band Black Blondie, which is based in Minneapolis, Minn.

Rachel Seiferth (IAA 98-00) plays Patience in the 2008 film, Henry Poole Is Here, the character Becky in The Game, and Christina Stanton in the film The Divided.

Benjamin Lulich (IAA 98-01) performed as a substitute (Eb, second clarinet) with the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting on their Asian Tour in October and December 2008, Gustavo Dudamel conducting. Ben is principal clarinet with the Pacific Symphony (Orange County, Calif.) and will perform in April 2009 as the soloist in Strauss' Duet-Concertino for Clarinet and Bassoon with the Pacific Symphony, Carl St.Clair (IAC Fac 79-84) conducting, and Rose Corrigan on bassoon.

Lia Romeo (IAA 98-99) earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a master's in fine arts from Rutgers University. She recently had her first book published by Abrams Image, "11,002 Things to Be Miserable About", a humorous book, in February 2009.

Michael Arden (IAC 99, IAA 99-01, IAC St 01) appeared alongside Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway in Bride Wars, released on January 9, 2009, and has recently appeared on NBC's mid-season drama KINGS.

Libby Brouwer (IAA 99-00) recently started her web-based company, A Vintage Sole which specializes in unworn vintage shoes.
John Beaty (IAA 99-01)
and Joe Beaty (IAA 99-01) have released their CD, B3 The Beaty Brothers Band.  John also performs with the Absolute Quintet.

Adam Birnbaum (IAC 99) toured West Africa in 2007 as a part of the Rhythm Road program sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center and the US State Department.  Travels, Adam's debut as a leader for Smalls Records was released in October 2008. Adam has also performed with Ron Blake (IAC 79-81, IAA 80-82, IAA Faculty 86-87, 88-89), Matthew Brewer (IAC 93-00, IAA 98-01), Marshall Gilkes (IAC 94, IAA 95-96) and Quincy Davis (IAA 93-95) on a variety of CD's.

Rachel Henderson Freivogel (IAC 99-00) is the cellist of the Jasper String Quartet, the Yale University graduate quartet-in-residence, which won the Grand Prize and Audience Prize at the 2008 Plowman Chamber Music Competition in Columbia, Mo., Grand Prize at the 2008 Coleman Chamber Music Competition, First Prize at the 2008 Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition, and the Silver Medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in the senior string division.   Rachel is married to J. Freivogel, the first violinist in the Jasper String Quartet.

Holly Weis (IAC 99-01) is in her second year of medical school at Rush Medical College in Chicago. She hopes to enter the field of neurology.

Leigh Madeline Nelson (IAC 99) performed as Amy in the Oberlin Opera Theatre's production of "Little Woman". Leigh graduated from the Oberlin College and Conservatory double degree program in 2007, with a bachelor’s degrees in English and vocal performance.

Darlene Herm MT-BC (AS 99) is a music therapist who works with children and adults with a variety of special needs including: autism spectrum disorder, hearing and vision impairments, speech and language impairments, traumatic brain injury, and emotional impairments. Darlene is also fluent in American Sign Language.

Mark Onsager (IAC 99-02) is studying at American University in Paris, France.