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Dance faculty member Janis Brenner participated in the Performing Arts Market in Seoul (PAMS) conference in in October; also that month she was the keynote choreography teacher for the Florida Dance Education Organization’s annual statewide conference. In September, Janis Brenner & Dancers toured to Amherst, Hadley, and South Hadley, Mass., to work with and incorporate UMass and East Street Dance Center dancers into the company’s work Lost, Found, Lost. In December, an excerpt of the company’s Dancing in Absentia was featured as part of World AIDS Day’s Portraits of Hope on the Edge Media Network. Also that month, the company previewed a new work, Where-How-Why Trilogy, at Judson Church with Esme Boyce (BFA ’09), Kyla Barkin, and Brenner. 

Colors of Feelings, a CD of vocal works by Graduate Studies faculty member Philip Lasser (DMA ’94,composition), was released on Delos/Naxos in November. 

Piano faculty member Seymour Lipkin performed an all-Beethoven solo recital at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society in November.

Graduate studies faculty member Michael Musgrave’s editions of Brahms’s four-hand arrangements of his Op.11 and Op.16 Serenades and Academic Festival and Tragic overtures were published in the Johannes Brahms Neue Ausgabe Sämtlicher Werke by Henle Verlag (Series 1A, Vol. 4) in September. In June, Musgrave spoke on Brahms at the International Song Institute in Vancouver; in October, he spoke on Brahms and Schumann at the Performer’s Voice symposium at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore, where he also received the Ong Teng Cheong visiting professorship. He gave a paper on the first major choral and orchestra societies in America at a congress in November and December celebrating the 200th anniversary of the foundation of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, Vienna.

In December, the Bang Group, dance faculty member David Parker’s troupe, presented the 10th season ofNut/Cracked. This Nutcracker sendup is by Parker and Jeffrey Kazin; performances took place at New York Live Arts.

In December, vocal arts faculty member Gary Thor Wedow made his New York Philharmonic conducting debut in Handel’s Messiah. In November, Wedow conducted the Virginia Opera’s production of Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus.


Jane Gottlieb, vice president for library and information resources, wrote “Special Collections by and for Performers at The Juilliard School,” which has been published in Collectionner la Musique: Au Coeur de L’Interprétation (Brepols) edited by Denis Herlin, Catherine Massip, and Jean Duron. Gottlieb presented the papers at the Royaumont (France) conference in 2010.

At the Acting Company’s 40th anniversary gala, held at New York’s Capitale, James Houghton, the Richard Rodgers Director of the Drama Division, received the John Houseman Award for his commitment to developing American actors and building a diverse audience for the theater.

In the fall, Rebecca Reuter, assistant director of educational outreach, took on leadership of the Omega Dance Company along with Katie Bignell and Martha Chapman. Among the dancers are Emily Regas, associate director of development marketing and communications.


In January, doctoral piano candidate Conor Hanick performed John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano at the Stone in Greenwich Village as part of a Cage festival organized by David Fulmer (MM ’06, DMA ’11,composition).

Second year master’s pianist Alexander Malikov won first prize at the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal’s Standard Life Competition in November.

In July, Pre-College violinist Madeleine Manasse won the 2012 Bronx Arts Ensemble’s Young Artist Competition; as part of her prize, she performed in a B.A.E. concert in November with pianist Gregg Kallor at the home of Bill and Paula Caplan.

Second-year pianist Colton Peltier performed Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor with the Baton Rouge (La.) Symphony in October. The program was led by music director Timothy Muffitt.

In December, doctoral candidate Chris Schmitt received an honorable mention and the Pearla Despot Award at the Wideman International Piano Competition in Shreveport, La.

Pre-College cellist Jakob Taylor accompanied DJ Spooky in a video of his song “Check Your Math” that was produced by actor Adrian Grenier for his independent recording project, Wreckroom. The video was released in October and can be viewed at

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