Evy Kaplan Sussman (IAC/NMC 53-54, 57; IAC/NMC St 74-78) writes that Interlochen laid the foundation for two of the passions of her life: cello and crafts. She still plays cello and, thanks to Interlochen craft shop instructor Tex (Mildred) Fuchs (IAC/NMC St 53-85), continues to organize and teach crafts in Northport, Michigan.
The University Musical Society, led by UMS president Ken Fischer (IAC/NMC 55, 57-58, 60-62; IAC St 66; ICA Trustee Emeritus), received the Best Historical Documentary Emmy Award from the Michigan Chapter of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for its documentary entitled "A Space for Music, A Seat for Everyone: 100 Years of UMS Performances in Hill Auditorium."
Dell Grace Schroeder (Univ 59, IAC/NMC St 63-64) reports that Band at the Beach Music Camp in San Diego, California, is entering its 26th year this summer. She credits her own Interlochen experience as the inspiration behind it.
James Carter Cathcart (IAA 68-71) continues his "Celebrating 60! Playing it Forward" tour with a benefit piano recital on July 7, 4 pm, at First Presbyterian Church in MIchigan City, Indiana. He then heads to Traverse City, Michigan, for another benefit performance on August 1, 7 pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse.
Bradley Wong (AS 68-69, IAC/NMC 70, IAA 70-72, Univ 72) has been promoted to director of the School of Music at Western Michigan University.
Joel McNeely (IAA 74-77, IAA St 76, ICA Trustee) composed and conducted the score for the new Seth MacFarlane western comedy, "A Million Ways to Die in the West." He also composed the film's theme song with MacFarlane which featured country music legend Alan Jackson. The soundtrack has been released by Universal/Back Lot Music.
Juan-Paolo Perre's (Adam Alexi-Malle) (IAA 77-80, UM 81) book of poetry, "A Confederacy of Joy: Poems," was published by Siena Press after being selected for the 2014 Legacy Poetry Prize.
Dmitri Matheny's (IAA 83-84) new recording, "Sagebrush Rebellion," will be released August 9 on the Papillon Recordings/BluePort Jazz label. The album features his quartet performing a mix of new original music and classics.
Armando Bayolo's (IAC/NMC 89-91, IAA 89-91, IAC St 92) new work "Lincoln" was performed at the Kennedy Center last month as part of a program entitled "Made in America." The concert featured performances by the Washington Chorus, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, the Children's Chorus of Washington and the Great Noise Ensemble. In addition to his work as a composer, Armando is music director for the Great Noise Ensemble.
Rachel Kaplan (IAC 96-01, IAC St 04-05) was sworn into the New York State Bar Association in June. She lives and practices law in New York City.
Michael Hayden (IAC 97) earned his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2006 and his Master of Music in Music Education from Northwestern University in 2013. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he teaches commercial music and orchestra. In addition to teaching, Michael is a frequent presenter and clinician in the areas of secondary general music, music technology and technology integration.
Cristian Macelaru (IAA 97-99, IAC 98, IAC St 99) received the 2014 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award. He is conductor-in-residence of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Dr. Ashley Fure (IAA 98-00) is a Mellon postdoctoral teaching fellow in music at Columbia University for 2014-16. As a composer interested in chaotic matter and music's ability to convey movement, Ashley works in both acoustic and electroacoustic media and collaborates frequently with artists from other disciplines. A 2013-14 Fulbright fellow in France, Ashley is working on an electroacoustic ballet with choreographer Yuval Pick commissioned for the 2014 Manifeste Festival in Paris. She earned a Ph.D. in Music Composition from Harvard University.
Aaron Kruziki (IAC 00, IAA 00-01) works for Steinway & Sons in historic Steinway Hall in New York City. He joined the sales staff last year as rental manager and sales representative. Aaron lives in Astoria, Queens, and is also a freelance saxophonist, clarinetist, keyboardist and teacher. Aaron writes that he is still fed by the passion, creativity and inspiration that Interlochen's peers, teachers and staff instilled in him.
Keitaro Harada (IAA 02-04, IAC 03) has been named associate conductor for the Richmond Symphony and music director of the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra. He continues his relationship with Arizona Opera as their associate conductor. This summer he is taking the Phoenix Youth Symphony on a European tour.
Haley Bangs (IAC 02-03, IAA 03-05) was appointed principal flutist of the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C., in May.
Ryan Reynolds (IAA 04-08, IAC 06-09, IAC St 12-13) and Tim Gocklin (IAC 07, IAC St 12), members of the Akropolis Reed Quintet, won the Gold Medal in the Senior Wind Division at the Fischoff Competition in May.
Kimiko Glenn (IAA 06-07) plays the role of Brook Soso on the Netflix series "Orange Is the New Black."
Ricardo Acosta Murguia (IAC 07-08, IAA 09-12) performed in a master class with pianist Lang Lang in Mexico City last month.
Julia Morrison (IAC 09-10, IAA 11-13) works as a marketing and media associate with the award-winning Transcendence Theatre Company--Broadway Under The Stars in Sonoma, California.
Reagan Lukefahr (IAC 2009-10) was named a 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts for theater.