Larry Dittmar (IAC/NMC St 57-66, 75-94, 96-05) was honored by the Michigan chapter of the American String Teachers Association with their 2013 Career Achievement Award for his work as a music educator. Larry's career of more than 40 years included ten years in his hometown of Wayne, Michigan, with the remainder in the Ann Arbor Public Schools. After his retirement in 2000, he was invited to Meru, Kenya, to start a band/string program which is flourishing and soon to be expanding to other schools.
Lib Gosnell-Brockman (IAC/NMC 67, IAA 68-70) has been cast as “Sister Mary Luke” in "Nunsense" at the Batesville Community Theater in Batesville, Arkansas, this summer. Off-stage, Lib serves as a county coordinator for a gubernatorial candidate in Arkansas.
Diane Dupuis (AS 73, 75; ICA St 01-11) and her daughter, Fiona Carey (IAC 05-07, IAA 06-10, IAC St 10-12), were featured in last month's issue of BeLight, the ezine of Kalamazoo College. The article, "Forgotten Lunches, 30 Years Apart," focused on their Kalamazoo College experiences and similarities between their senior projects, translating French literature. Fiona graduates from Kalamazoo College this month. Diane works as a charitable giving specialist for the Grand Traverse Land Conservancy in Traverse City.
Lisa Johnson's (IAA 76-77) solo exhibition, "Metamorphosis," was installed at Project Gallery in Toronto, Ontario, in April. Her work has been shown in solo and group shows throughout Ontario and can be found in private and corporate collections in Canada, the United States, and Europe.
Pianist and Steinway artist Starr Parodi (IAA 76-77) composes music for television and films and was the first female composer to write the orchestral music for the Laguna Pageant of the Masters at the Irvine Bowl. Her recording “Common Places” received the recording of the year award in 2007 from solopianoradio.com, and she played piano on Carole King's holiday CD, "A Christmas Carole." Recent projects include "Bert Stern: Original Madman" and the current theme for "Transformers Rescue Bots." Her daughter is attending Interlochen Arts Camp for the first time this summer.
Scott Burgess (IAA 78-82) returns to the Aspen Music Festival and School this summer as head audio engineer. During the school year, he continues as the manager of recording labs and live sound at the University of Colorado-Denver, one of the longest-running audio engineering schools in the country.
Karl Martin (NMC 81-84) is a member of the Motion Picture and Television Art Directors' Guild and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. His recent projects include Art Direction and design for “The Last Ship,” “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” “Transformers 4,” “Gangster Squad,” “The Hunger Games” and “Salem.” He is a multiple ADG Award nominee, with one win for his work on James Cameron's “Avatar.” Karl lives in Pasadena, California, with his wife Una and works on location wherever there is a motion picture in need of designing.
Abdul Rashid (IAC/NMC 88-89, IAC St 90-95, IAA St 94-95) started a trans-media studio focused on comic-book related properties and will begin releasing titles this summer. Abdul is also collaborating with fellow alumnus Terry Crews (IAC/NMC 86) on a creator-owned original sci-fi property. Visit the AHR Visions (ahrvisions.com) site for more details.
Anthony McGill (IAC 91, 93; IAA 94-96; IAC St 96) was appointed principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic.
Barrett Foa (IAC 92-95) can be seen on stage this summer in "Buyer & Cellar" at the Barrow Street Theatre in New York. You can also catch Barrett on the small screen each week as Eric Beale in "NCIS: Los Angeles” and on the broadcast of the Tony Awards on June 8, both on CBS.
Nathan Warner (IAC 94-95), freelance trumpet player in New York, earned his DMA in classical trumpet from Stony Brook University and has been named professor of trumpet at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee.
Aaron Jonah Lewis's (IAC 97, IAA 97-99) bluegrass and oldtime band, the Corn Potato String Band, toured Ireland, the UK and Europe in the spring of 2014. Their first CD, "The Corn Potato String Band," was released in May. As a guest performer on fiddle and banjo with Tumbling Bones, Aaron will be a "musical ambassador" for the U.S. State Department later in this year.
Tony Kieraldo (IAA 98-00) performed at the White House last month in conjunction with Turnaround Arts. A public-private partnership between the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities and local partners, Turnaround Arts uses the arts to help narrow the achievement gap, increase student engagement and improve the culture and climate in the country’s highest poverty schools. Tony performed with three schools from across the U.S. and was joined by Sarah Jessica Parker on one of the numbers.
Nick Westrate (IAC 00, IAA 00-02, IAC St 02) is appearing in the new Harvey Fierstein play "Casa Valentina" at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York. The play was nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Play.
Sarah Huff (IAA 00-02, IAC St 03-04, IAA St 09-10) married Stan Frank on November 3, 2013. Fellow residence hall counselors Juliet Hinley (IAA St 09-10) and Anna Stornant (IAA St 08-10, ICA St 10-11) attended the wedding. Sarah lives in Dayton, Ohio, and works with the student ministry at Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City. After hours, she crafts, blogs, and plays competitive kickball (albeit poorly) with her pals.
Theodore Buchholz (IAC St 01) has accepted the position of assistant professor of cello at the University of Arizona.
Fana Tesfagiorgis (IAA 02-06) is a member of the company of Alvin Ailey Dance.
Jill Winternitz (IAA 03-04) is performing the role of "Girl" in the musical "Once" in London's West End.
Soprano Alissa Andraski (IAA 03-05) lives in Melbourne, Australia, where she is participating in The Opera Studio's Performance Program. She has performed in the United States and Europe and was a 2013 scholarship winner of the Chicago Italian Cultural Center's Young Artist Vocal Competition.
Nicole VanDerKolk Lundy (IAA 03-06) received her D.O. degree June 1 from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania, and will complete her residency in family medicine at Mercy Health Partners in Muskegon, Michigan.
Charlie Carver Martensen (IAA 04-07) plays the role of "Ethan" in the MTV series "Teen Wolf" and will be featured in HBO's "The Leftovers," which premieres this summer.