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The Latest on Faculty, Staff, and Students May-August 2015


Drama faculty member Frank Deal has finished filming the feature film Manhattan Nocturne, in which he plays the role of Campbell.

Sam Waterston and Francesca Carpanini

Third-year actor Francesca Carpanini plays Miranda in the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park free production of The Tempest. She is shown here with Sam Waterston, who plays Prospero. 

(Photo by Joan Marcus)
Alice in Wonderland ballet

Dance Division staff member Keith Michael’s production of Alice-in-Wonderland.

(Photo by Keith Michael)


Adjunct dance faculty member Susan Hamburger’s residential lighting design was featured in Designing With Light: The Art, Science and Practice of Architectural Lighting Design (John Wiley & Sons), a guide to the theory and practice of lighting design.

Guitar faculty member Sharon Isbin was profiled in the spring issues of Classical Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Soundboard, Teaching Music, and Making Music magazines. And the documentary Sharon Isbin: Troubadour has been released on DVD and Blu-ray.

On May 3, Evening Division faculty member Julie Jordan’s (MM ’83, piano) New York Concert Sinfonietta, the conductor of which is Paul Hostetter (MM ’89, percussion), will perform with jazz trombonist and former Juilliard faculty member Wycliffe Gordon at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. The concert will also feature pianist Joe O’Grady, cellist Killian White, clarinetist Chris Moriarty, and violinist Mariead Hickey, who were each winners of Jordan’s International Shining Stars Concerto Competition. In October, competition winners performed at Weill and at the DiMenna Center in Manhattan.

In March, Fedora—a new chamber group that includes clarinet and chamber music faculty member Alan R. Kay (BM ’82, MM ’83, clarinet; Advanced Certificate ’90, orchestral conducting), Jesse Mills (Pre-College ’97; BM ’01, violin), Gregg August (MM ’89, double bass), and Jon Klibonoff (MM ’82, DMA ’88, piano)—debuted at the Palm Beach (Fla.) Chamber Music Society, of which Michael Finn (Postgraduate Diploma ’79, bassoon; former associate dean) is executive and artistic director. In February, Kay’s quintet Windscape, which includes Frank Morelli (MM ’74, DMA ’80, bassoon), performed in Logan, Utah; San Francisco; and at Manhattan’s Washington Irving High School. 

This summer, piano faculty member Seymour Lipkin begins his 28th year as artistic director of the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Blue Hill, Me. In January, Lipkin played a recital for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society at the American Philosophical Society. And in February, Lipkin played chamber and solo works by Mozart—including Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major—at a concert in Berkeley, Calif., to benefit the Midsummer Mozart Festival.

Wynton Marsalis (’81, trumpet), the director of Juilliard Jazz, has been named one of five Andrew Dickson White Professors-at-Large by Cornell University. The six-year appointment runs from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2021; during that time he will make extended visits to Cornell to interact with students and faculty and present programming on campus.

The Bang Group, which was founded by choreographer David Parker, performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in April as part of the Brooklyn Dance Festival. Parker teaches composition to first-year dancers.

Lawrence Rhodes, artistic director of the Dance Division, served as a panelist at Dance UK, an industry conference held in London in April.

Pre-College faculty member Pablo Rieppi (MM ’94, percussion) has returned from a tour of China; he taught 12 percussion master classes.

This spring music faculty member Joel Sachs gave seminars and talks about his book Henry Cowell—A Man Made of Music (Oxford University Press) at the Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, Institute of Musical Research (London University), and Columbia University. The paperback comes out in June. On May 2, Sachs will play John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano in the King’s College Chapel, University of Cambridge.

In March, dance faculty member Rachel Straus taught a dance criticism seminar for dance students at London’s Roehampton University.

Naoko Tanaka (Diploma ’76, Postgraduate Diploma ’77, violin) has joined the Raphael Trio, succeeding Andy Simionescu and joining founding members Daniel Epstein (BM ’69, MS ’70, piano) and Susan Salm (BM ’65, MS ’67, cello). Tanaka is concertmaster of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and a member of the Theater Chamber Players in Washington, D.C. In March, the Raphael Trio performed works by Haydn and Brahms as part of the City College of New York Graduate Center’s Music in Midtown series. 

In March, flute faculty member Carol Wincenc’s (MM ’72, flute) chamber music students performed for the Japanese ambassador to the United Nations, Motohide Yoshikawa.

Bassist Ben Wolfe, a Juilliard Jazz faculty member, kicked off the spring jazz series at Firehouse 12 in New Haven. He and his quartet played selections from their new album, The Whisperer (Posi-Tone Records), as well as some other recent compositions by Wolfe.


In March, the Andrew Gutauskas Trio, which includes saxophonist Gutauskas (Artist Diploma ’06, jazz studies), production manager of Juilliard Jazz; bassist Dave Baron (MM ’12, jazz studies); and drummer Luca Santaniello (Artist Diploma ’11, jazz studies), performed music by Gerry Mulligan and Serge Chaloff at the Bar Next Door in New York City.

Katherine Howell, assistant director of the Marks Center for Career Services and Entrepreneurship, was admitted to the college music teaching doctoral program at Columbia University’s Teachers College. She will begin studying there part-time in the fall.

In February, New York Theatre Ballet presented The Alice-in-Wonderland Follies, which was choreographed and staged by dance production coordinator Keith Michael. Michael was also honored for his 35 years of work with the company.

In March, Joshua Simka (BM ’14, voice), editorial assistant of The Journal, made his conducting debut at St. John the Baptist Church in Hillsdale, N.J., where he led the Ars Musica Chorale in Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. Michael Hey (BM ’13, MM ’14, organ) was the organist. Also in March, Hey played the organ at Cardinal Edward M. Egan’s Requiem Mass, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, where Hey is assistant director of music. Simka sang with the cathedral choir at the Mass and Renée Fleming (’86, voice) sang Schubert’s “Ave Maria.”


Pre-College students Johanna Bufler, Youlan Ji, Clayton Stephenson, Tony Yang, and Adria Ye are among the 24 competitors in the inaugural Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival. The winners will be announced in June.

Artist Diploma in Opera Studies candidate Julia Bullock and Sean Y. Chen (BM ’10, MM ’12, piano) are among this year’s five Leonore Annenberg arts fellows, it was announced in April.

Third-year actor Francesca Carpanini is playing Miranda in The Tempest in Shakespeare in the Park. The production, which runs from May 27 to July 5, also features Nicholas Christopher (Group 42), Frank Harts (Group 31), and Danny Mastrogiorgio (Group 23).

First-year violinist Randall Goosby (Pre-College ’14) participated in the winter term of the Perlman Music Program, in Sarasota, Fla.

In January, third-year violinist Sirena Huang (Pre-College ’12) placed third in the Singapore Competition and received prizes for the best performer of a commissioned work and best performance of a Paganini Caprice. She’s also a finalist in the Queen Elisabeth Competition; the finals take place in May. 

In February, doctoral candidate Khari Joyner (BM and MM ’13, cello) was the soloist for the world premiere of Carman Moore’s (BM ’66, composition) Madiba, which was played by the American Composers Orchestra led by George Manahan at Carnegie Hall.

Graduate Diploma violinist Edson Scheid has begun making the first recording of the complete Caprices by Paganini on gut strings.

As the winner of the Houston Symphony League Concerto Competition, first-year violist Jasper Snow performed William Walton’s Viola Concerto. 

Mezzo-soprano Virginie Verrez (BM ’13, voice), a master’s student, and Artist Diploma candidate Joseph Dennis, tenor, were among the five winners of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, which culminated in March with a finals concert with the Met Orchestra conducted by Fabio Luisi.


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