2000s Motifs

Hunter Noack (IAC 00-01, IAA 04-06) studies piano at the University of Southern California.

Ceceilia Allwein (IAC 00-01) was a soprano soloist with the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus in their concert "Out of the Box" in March 2009 in Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Mass.  Ceceilia is a student at the New England Conservatory of Music and helped lead the conservatory’s Queer Performing Arts Alliance.

Eli Zoller (IAC 00-01, IAC St 02) and Michael Kohn (IAC 95-00) have founded the non-profit organization, Artists Take Action!, which will benefit arts education in public schools. Their first benefit concert was held in New York City in November 2008. Eli is a professional actor and musician. He received a bachelor's degree in musical theatre from the University of Michigan in musical theatre. Michael graduated with a theatre degree from Northwestern University.

Nick Westrate (IAC 00, IAA 00-02 IAC St 02) stars in the off Broadway premiere of Edmund White's "Terre Haute." Nick portrays the character of Timothy McVeigh.

William Palmisano (IAC 00-03) and his fiancée Nicole Schiller participated in the Charleston, S.C. ultimate wedding giveaway contest in October 2008.

Nick Mayo (IAA 00-02) is currently in the cast of Rodger's and Hammerstein's revival of South Pacific at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center in New York City.

Jamie Davis (IAC 01-03, IAA 00-04) graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in oboe performance and a minor in Spanish. She will attend graduate school at Ithaca College to pursue her master of music degree in oboe performance.

Natalie Knepp (IAA 00-02) guest stars as the character Lexi on "Gossip Girl" on the CW Network and in an episode of "Damages" on the FX Network.  She continues her harp and acting studies in New York City and works as a voiceover actor for radio and television commercials.

Abigail Elzemeyer (IAA 00-02) is a casting agent and owner of Elzemeyer Talent Agency located in Memphis, Tenn.

Erica (Piechal) Kooymans-Stennes (IAA 00-02) married Lee Stennes in May 2008.  They have a beautiful baby girl, Sadie Elizabeth, and live in Athens, Ga., where Erica now teaches and competes in ballroom dancing competitions.

Luke (Balzuweit) Winslow-King (IAA 00-01, IAC St 01, ICCA Fac 08) released his second solo CD, "New/Old Baby" on the Fox Hill label.

Nicholas Stovall (IAC 01-02, IAA 01-02) is principal oboe of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC.

Alexander Hanna (IAC 01-02) was appointed principal double bass of the Detroit Symphony in the fall of 2008.

James Shields (IAC 01) is principal clarinetist with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra in Albuquerque, N.M.  James is currently working toward his master degree in music composition at the University of New Mexico.

Michael A. Young (IAC 01-02) is a member of the Kansas City Civic Orchestra.

Collin Baja (IAA 01-04) is currently starring in Equus on Broadway as one of the five horses.

Jackson Rathbone (IAA 01-03) performed in February with the band 100 Monkeys during a fundraiser in honor of Spencer Bell (IAA 01-02) who passed away in December of 2006 after being diagnosed with adrenal cancer. He appears in the new film, The Twilight Saga, which opened in Fall 2009.

Jeremy Viner (IAA 01-04) performs on saxophone with Surrender, Jesse Elder, Bing and Ruth and a variety of other bands in New York City.

Gohar Vardanyan (IAA 01-04) earned a bachelor’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. In September 2008, she began pursuing a master’s degree at The Juilliard School.

Amber Bard (IAA 01-03) has taught English in Tokyo, Japan and served for four months as a web-based reporter aboard the Peace Boat. The Peace Boat stopped at 20 ports in 17 countries to investigate conflict and in Antarctica to report on global warming.

Micah Young (IAA 01-03) is conducting "Spring Awakening" and is a substitute pianist for "Mamma Mia" and "Chicago" on Broadway.  She is also playing keyboard in the pit orchestra of Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" on Broadway.

Abigail Shupe (IAA 01-03, IAC St 03) earned her bachelor's degree in music composition with a concentration in voice and minor in Germanic studies from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2007.  She will receive her master's degree in music theory from Indiana University in May 2009 and plans to begin her Ph.D. in music theory in September 2009.

Brian Blanchard (IAA 01-02) is a member of the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra.

Ursula Topete (IAC 02) won first place in the art of the Rotary Club in 2007 and first place in the 2008 art of Epinal, France.

Andrea Jarrett (IAC 02-06) won the Gold Medal, Junior Division, at the 2008 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition with the ensemble Quartet Polaris.  Andrea studies at the Music Institute of Chicago's Academy program for pre-college musicians.

Elizabeth Wall (IAC 02-05, IAA 05-07) studied Somatic Movement Therapy through a graduate program in San Francisco, Calif and is trying to combine environmental studies, human rights advocacy and theater through contact improvisation. Elizabeth is studying at Sarah Lawrence College in N.Y.

Jaie Woodard (IAC 02-04, IAA 04-06) is researching biophysics at Oberlin College, while pursuing undergraduate degrees in physics and horn performance. In January 2009, she interned at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, conducting research in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and molecular dynamics studies of biological molecules. After graduating from Oberlin, she plans to attend graduate school to obtain a Ph.D. in physics.

Greg Thaller (IAC St 02) is an associate professor of music and the orchestra director at Goshen College in Goshen, Ind.

Erika Schroth (IAC Fac 02-04) was the musical director for the 2008 productions of "Meanwhile, on the other side of Mt. Vesuvius" and "Rough Crossing" at the Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, Conn.

John "Joey" Peters (IAA 02-05) will graduate with a music degree from DePauw University in May where he studies trombone with James Beckel. He will pursue a master’s degree in trombone performance with Carl Lenthe at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, beginning in the fall.

(Robert) Kit Williamson (IAA 02-04) performed as Spike in Eric Bogosian's "Talk Radio" on Broadway in the spring of 2007.  Kit earned his degree from Fordham University and is a founding member of "at play productions" in New York City.

R.J. Magee (IAC 02-05, IAA 06-08) is a musical theatre student at Temple University. He was included in a Back Stage Magazine article in the March 11, 2009 issue detailing the college experiences of six current undergraduate drama students from around the country

Patrick Graney (IAC 03) was awarded the United States Artists (USA) Rasmuson Fellowship in Dance by the USA organization.  The fellowship provides direct support for artists by annually awarding fifty unrestricted grants of $50,000 to each winner.

Travis Reuter (IAC 03, IAC St 04) performs on guitar in New York City with a number of groups and co-leads a group with alto saxophonist Curtis MacDonald that just finished its first tour of Canada, "The Vacant Project". Travis was awarded an ASCAP Young Composers Award in February 2009.

Carolyn-Anne Templeton (IAC 03, IAA 03-05) performed a vocal music program at the Opera Guild's annual membership meeting in March 2009 at the Crescent Hotel, Eureka Springs, Ark.  Templeton is a senior at DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind., pursuing degrees in vocal performance and political science.  She has been a performer at Opera in the Ozarks for the past two summers, and has appeared in numerous DePauw opera productions.

Jeremy Hatch (IAC Fac 03-04) founded Ricochet Studio to explore the intersections between craft, art and design and to collaborate with artists from various disciplines in order to develop limited edition works.

Caitlin Papier (IAC 04) performed for 6th African Conference of Ministers for Public/Civil Service held in Johannesburg, South Africa in October 2008. Those in attendance were the Deputy Prime Minister of Namibia, Dr Amathila; 28 Ministers and Deputy Ministers from the African continent; numerous Heads of Public or Civil Service in Africa and numerous Ambassadors and High Commissioners.  Caitlin also performed for Nelson Mandela at a Miss World Event in Johannesburg in December 2008.

Nathaniel West (IAC 05, 07) performed the trio Reiziger on NPR’s "From the Top" in the spring of 2007. He received a two year fellowship to attend Aspen Music Festival in 2008 and 2009.  Nate was a National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA) finalist for 2008 and was nominated as a Presidential Scholar for the Arts.

Christian Elan Ortiz Tremer (IAA 05-06) joined the cast of the Broadway revival of West Side Story.  The show previewed in Washington, D.C. at the National Theatre in December 2008, and opened on Broadway at the Palace Theatre in February 2009.  Christian is a junior in the Ailey/Fordham bachelor of fine arts program in dance.

Diana Spechler (IAC Fac 04-05) has had her novel "Who by Fire" published by Harper Perennial.  She lives in New York, N.Y.

Zach Elyshevitz (IAC 05-06) is a member of Team Blackout. Their debut album is Lights Out.

Hannah Baumgarten (IAC Fac 05-08) and Diego Salterini (IAC Fac 05-08) are co-artistic directors of Dance Now!, a professional dance company in Miami, Fla. Their company performed at the first Dance Festival at Central Florida Community College in Ocala, Fla.

Alan Huckleberry (AS Fac 05) is assistant professor of piano pedagogy and collaborative arts at University of Iowa.

William Gowen (IAC 06-07) was appointed to the Austin Symphony Orchestra as a section bassist.

Mason Copeland (IAC 06, IAA 06-07, IAC 07) placed first in the Competition for Young Organists in Indianapolis, Ind.  He will perform in the regional competition in Detroit, Mich. in June 2009.

Katherine Gluck (IAC St 06) is studying economics and classical saxophone at Oberlin College and earned a Creativity and Leadership-funded internship with the Bang on a Can ensemble in the summer of 2008.  She will study in Siena, Italy for a semester in the spring of 2009.  Katie received a Creativity Fund Grant from Oberlin to produce a public concert while she is in Siena.

Kimiko Glenn (IAA 06-07) is currently with the Broadway tour of the Tony Award Winning musical "Spring Awakening" produced by alumnus Tom Hulce (IAC 66-67, IAA 69-70).

Meng Yang Wang (IAA 06-08) is studying clarinet at the Eastman School of Music.

David Keep (IAA 06-07, IAC St 07) was the winner of the Green Bay Civic Symphony Young Artist's Competition. David performed with the Green Bay Civic Symphony Orchestra in February 2009.  He is attending Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisc.

Garrett Jones (IAA 06-07) is the drummer for the indie rock band "Mason Proper," which will be performing at Interlochen in July 2009.

Amber Reed (IAC 07-08) was soloist with the Arizona Symphony Orchestra in February as part of The University of Arizona's "President's Concert" series.
Matthew Vera (IAC 07-08) performed in tandem with the concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Michael Ludwig in the Presto from Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante as part of NPR's "From the Top" collaboration with the BPO under the musical direction of JoAnn Falletta (IAC Guest Conductor 08)

Jacob Foskuhl (IAC 07) participated in the Obama Organizing Fellowship program as a grassroots organizer for six weeks in the summer of 2008.

Trevor Olds (IAC 07-08) won the Barbara Berrett Award with the highest score in the mono-acts or duo/trio scenes at the 32nd annual High School Shakespeare Competition in Cedar City, Utah in November 2008.

Bryan Dunnewald (IAC 07-08) is the assistant organist at a Methodist church in Denver, Colo. and performs on their Roosevelt organ.

Acadia Kocher (IAC 08) was the winner in the senior division-wind category of the 2009 Young Artist Competition in Columbia, Md.  Kelly Klomparnes (IAC 08) earned honorable mention.

Brianna Girimont (IAC 08) was awarded the 2008 Anne McElheney Memorial Music Scholarship and was the second-place winner in the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championships held in October 2008.

Allison Parssi (IAC 08) had her poem "The Math Problem" published in an anthology titled "Voices of Everyday Women" by the Grey Nuns Women’s Wellness Program in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

John Page (IAC 08) will be a freshman at LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts in New York, N.Y.  John's name appears in the dedication page of his father's Tim Page's book "Parallel Play: Life as an Outsider".