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Glimpses of Some Recent Alums April 2016

I was recently invited to be the newest member of the Count Basie Orchestra and I’m playing in Shuffle Along on Broadway, which stars Audra McDonald (BM ’93, voice) and was choreographed by Savion Glover.—Alphonso Horne (MM ’13, jazz studies)


IMarie Daniels’m enjoying the freelance life and have some supplemental income from teaching (independently and with Opportunity Music Project) and working as Philippe Quint’s (Pre-College ’92; BM ’96, MM ’98, violin) assistant. Many of my performing gigs are on Baroque or Classical viola, something I got into through secondary lessons with the H.P. program. I’m also recruiting for Woodlands ChamberFest [the annual Texas festival she founded in 2012].Marie Daniels (BM ’13, MM ’15, viola(photo by Amy Su)

Francesca dePasqualeMy self-titled debut album came out last month and I’ve been on a recital tour alongside its release that includes outreach and educational presentations with each visit. I’ve also joined the violin faculty of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers and will be on the faculty this summer of HeifetzPEG—Program for the Exceptionally Gifted at the Heifetz Institute.Francesca dePasquale (MM ’14, violin) (photo by Sophie Zhai)

Christopher GrossI’m a teaching artist with the New York Philharmonic, I teach cello at Lehigh University, and I have a commissioning and recording project to create works for school-age string players called Cello Solos Today. I’m also a member of the Talea Ensemble and stay busy freelancing with various new music ensembles around the city.—Christopher Gross (DMA ’15, cello) (photo by Beowulf Sheehan)

Melody NishinagaI’m a music teaching artist for two underserved schools in the Bronx and I regularly perform with my chamber music group, Filigree Baroque—last month, we led a series of educational outreach sessions and concerts in Florida (with help from a Juilliard Summer Grant!). In February, my composition Roots premiered at the South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and I also gave a lecture there on Corelli.Melody Nishinaga (MM ’15, historical performance) (photo by Peter Nishinaga)

Max WoertendykeI made my Broadway debut understudying in Ivo van Hove’s A View From the Bridge this winter, and I’ve begun rehearsals for Mercutio, Prince, and others in Romeo and Juliet with the Public Theater’s Mobile Unit (an amazing initiative—check it out!). Offstage, I’m in the final phase of postproduction for the web series Moe & Jerryweather (as director and producer), which was written by and stars fourth-year David Corenswet and Adam Langdon (BFA ’15, drama). I’m also developing (as writer and creative producer) a feature-length film with Mav Block.Max Woertendyke (Diploma ’15, drama) (photo by Nancy Adler)

Matthew Wright​Here in my first year of medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, I’m busy learning what goes on behind the scenes of the human body. Anatomy has quickly become my favorite class, and my fascination with the sometimes- delicate, sometimes-brutal choreography of surgery has inspired dreams of being at the head of the operating table myself one day.Matthew Wright (BM ’12, flute) (photo by dance alum Ingrid Kapteyn)

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