Motifs: February 2013

Gregory Hustis (IAC 59-66) has been the principal horn for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 1976.

Dr. Linda Kaplan's (IAC 63, 65-67, 69) YouTube video, a musical parody about marijuana, had over 700,000 views in less than one week. As a physician, she is consulted as to the medical uses of marijuana.

Arthur Hamilton (IAC 64-67, IAA 66-68, IAC St 77) has worked professionally as a composer, concert pianist, graphic artist, actor in both film and TV and set design. He is a muralist, sign painter and mold maker for fireplaces and theater restoration. Arthur makes his living as a massage therapist and he is working with Apple employees to create "restrooms." He established Studio Josef's and Sunsations Tanning Salon in Traverse City, Michigan.

Ed Long (IAC 64) serves as the lead chair for the fine arts department as well as the dean of upper school at The Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas.

Claudia (Wischner) Reder's (IAC 67-68, IAA 68-70) chapbook of poems "Uncertain Earth" has just been published by Finishing Line Press.

Eve Beglarian (IAC 70-71) performed music from "Songs from the River Project," a series curated by Dan Joseph, on January 24 with Mary Rowell at the Old Stone House in Brooklyn. The second "Songs from the River Project" EP series has now been released and includes performances from BRIM, the Guidonian Hand and members of the Third Angle Ensemble performing "In and Out of the Game," "Testy Pony," "Well-Spent" and "Brownie Feet." On April 18, Voices of Ascension will be premiering a piece for chorus and organ called "Building the Bird Mound" in New York City. The piece is inspired by the Paleo-American bird mound in northeastern Louisiana known as Poverty Point.

Loren Kayfetz (IAA 71-74, IAC St 74, ICCA 06-10) serves as the president of Personal Financial Consultants, Inc.

William "Bill" VerMeulen (IAC 74-77, IAA 77-79, IAC Fac 82-84) serves as the principal horn for the Houston Symphony Orchestra and is a professor of horn at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Bill returned to Interlochen in January to teach a masterclass, host an audition talk for all Academy seniors and perform a solo recital.

William Linsenmeyer (IAC 76) plays a crime lord in the short film "Taprabane Hustle" by Andrew Pulle. In real life Bill works for the US Embassy in Sri Lanka and is married with three children.

Judith O'Brien (IAC 77, IAA 78-80, IAC St 81) serves as a financial advisor for Capital Financial Partner, LLC in Glen Allen, Virginia.

Richard Brooks (IAA 78-80) plays Frederick Douglass in the film "The Abolitionists" which premiered in January 2013.

Margot Marlatt (IAA 78-80, IAC Staff 82) was cello soloist with the Klamath Symphony (Oregon) on Nov. 3, 2012. She performed the Rococo Variations by Tchaikowsky on a program entitled 'Russian Masters'. Margot grew up in Oregon and after finishing the 10th grade; she transferred to the Interlochen Arts Academy. Currently, Margot lives with her husband and two children near Indianapolis. She is the executive director of the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society and a freelance cellist.

David Detwiler (IAC 79, IAC St 81, IAA St 85-86) became the Next Steps Pastor at LCBC BranchCreek in Harleysville, Pennsylvania, a new church that resulted from his previous church, BranchCreek Community Church, where he served for the past 12 years, merging with LCBC. On the musical side, Dave continues to play tuba in his outstanding local community concert band.

Charles “Chuck” Johnson (IAA St 80-84, IAC St 81-84), Albert Buyco (IAA 81-84) and Masatoshi Sato performed a rare trio gig at the Oyster House Saloon in Studio City, California on Monday January 28.

Robin Seaman (IAA 84-87) graduated in December 2012 with a BFA in Graphic Design from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and has joined the ranks of job seekers. In the meantime, she is working part-time at a print shop and working on jewelry design, mainly in sterling silver.

Anahid Papakhian (IAC 85, IAA 85-86) is the director of communications for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. She serves as the spokesperson for the orchestra, oversees the publication of program books, the symphony magazine, the annual report, and works with the media. This year she is serving as the public relations constituent representative for the American Symphony Orchestra League Conference in Nashville. Recently, she won a Pinnacle Award for Best Magazine in Indiana from the Hoosier Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. She also recently returned to singing professionally as a member of the ensemble in Sandi Patty's Broadway with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Anahid is married to pianist Robert Cassidy and has a four-year-old daughter Nazani Cassidy.

Aaron Dworkin (IAA 86-88), Kenneth Fischer (IAC 55, 57-58, 60-62, IAC St 66, ICA Trustee), Michael Kaiser (IAC 70), and Maria de Leon (IAC 02-05) will be presenting at SphinxCon, a conference hosted by the Sphinx Organization that will focus on the diversity in the performing arts.

Kelye (Bush) Cauldwell (IAA 88-91, ICA St 06-09) along with her husband Scott welcomed Lilika Marin Gisèle Cauldwell to their family on January 23, 2013.

Risa Lichtman (IAC 88-91, AS 93-96, IAA 97-98) is the owner of Foods by Risa, a small private cheffing and underground restaurant business in San Francisco, California.

Frank "Chip" Webster (IAA 88-89) is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan (OEF) and is still serving in active duty in Germany.

Damani Phillips (IAA 89-90, AS 90-92) serves as assistant professor of music at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. He was brought to Grinnell to spearhead the implement a jazz curriculum for the music department. In addition to his teaching career, he is also a jazz recording artist with 3 albums to his credit.

Bayberry (Lanning) Shah's (IAC 90, IAC St 91) one-woman show "Flowers, Secrets Within" will show at the Atlanta Botanical Garden from Feb 9 - April 28, 2013. A reception on March 28, 2013 will unveil her complete collection.

Dan Trahey (AS 92, 95) presented at TEDx Baltimore in January as the artistic director of ORCHkids. Dan was also given the title "Most Valuable Player in the Arts" this year by Baltimore Magazine.

Andrea Claire Maio (IAA 93-96) was awarded the winter residency for a scholar/artist-in-residence at the Jean Noble Parsons Center for the Study of Art and Science in Lake Ann, MI. Andrea will focus her time creating five mini-episodes of her video series, Back to Your Senses. The Center is managed by Eastern Michigan University.

Sarah Manning (IAA 93-94) was a 2012 MacDowell Colony Fellow in Composition. While at MacDowell this past fall, she wrote much of the material for an upcoming recording for Posi-Tone Records with violist Eyvind Kang, guitarist Jonathan Goldberger, bassist Rene Hart and drummer Jerome Jennings. Sarah is both a saxophonist and composer.

Elizabeth "Liz" Pearson (IAA 93-95) consults with Whole Foods Market as a writer, recipe developer and food stylist.

Dustin Tucker (IAA 94-98, IAC Staff 09) and Thomas L. Ford (IAC 76-79) are staring in "Greater Tuna" at Portland Stage Company in Portland Maine. The set for this production was design by Adam Koch (IAC 94-00).

Angela Caviness (IAC St 95, 01-02) married Brandon Pedigo on November 17, 2012. The couple resides in Plano, Texas with their dog, Chocolate. Angela is director of bands at R.L. Turner High School, Carrollton, Texas.

Rose Freymuth-Frazier (IAA 95-96) is a figurative oil painter living in New York City. She gained her training through unconventional means, as apprentice to master artists; Steven Assael in New York City and Odd Nerdrum in Norway. She has taught at the Art Students League in New York City and as a guest artist and lecturer at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Rose's work has been reviewed in numerous arts publications including ArtNews, The Chicago Tribune, Art Papers and The Artist magazine and is collected internationally. She is represented by Ann Nathan Gallery in Chicago, Illinois.

Alexandra "Al" Silber (IAC 95-99, IAA 99-01, IAC St 01-02) and Santino Fontana (IAC 99) will play opposite one another in their Carnegie Hall debuts in "Song of Norway" with the Collegiate Chorale. They will also be playing George and Amalia in a concert performance of "She Loves Me" at Caramoor Music Festival.

Jennifer (Stapf) Frain (AS 96-98, IAA 98-99) serves as the executive director for The Mandell Collection in Los Angeles, California.

Nathaniel Willson (IAC 96-98) and Nicoleen (Nieman) Willson (IAA 97-98) welcomed their first child, Cora Elizabeth Willson on January 22, 2013.

Dasmarie Alvino (IAC 97-00, IAA 99-01, IAC St 01) was promoted to film & TV manager at BMG Chrysalis Music Publishing, an international rights management company for artists and songwriters. Dasmarie pitches music for film and TV placements and recently secured deals for the catalogs of ZZ Top, Johnny Cash, and Carly Simon. She was nominated for Billboard's 30 under 30 industry achievement award in 2012.

Josh Groban's (IAC 97-98) new album "All that Echos" was released in early February.

Shannon Sutherland (IAA 99-02) is a blog contributor for Huffington Post. Her recent blog, "A DIY Project for the DIY-Challenged Mom" was posted on January 16, 2013.

Jeremy Evans (IAC Fac 00-present) and Rob Stowe (IAC Fac 10-present) were featured in a February issue of The Northern Express - Wedding Edition. The Northern Express is a free weekly magazine in circulation in northwest lower Michigan.

Susan Fawcett (IAA 00-01) finished her masters in biology at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan last spring, and defended her thesis: The Flora and Ecology of a Neotropical Savanna, Utila, Bay Islands, Honduras. Her travels then took her to Iquitos, Peru where she taught a five-week course in Scientific Illustration at the Peruvian Amazon Research Institute (IIAP) and volunteered with research on catfish population biology of the Napo watershed and the ecology of foliar endophytic fungi in white sand forests. She is now living with her boyfriend in Berkeley, California.

Gohar Vardanyan's (IAA 01-04) CD, “Paisages” was released in December 2012. Upcoming performances will take place in Scranton, Russellville, Seattle, Fort Worth, New York City and Miami. You can visit Gohar’s website for more info on her winter tour schedule.

Keitaro Harada (IAA 02-04, IAC 03) was chosen to lead the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra at the League of American Orchestras 2013 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview. Keitaro started off 2013 with his Arizona Opera debt with Tosca. In March he will conduct Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" on a side-by-side concert with The Phoenix Symphony and Phoenix Youth Symphony as well as conduct the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra. He will also join the Arizona Opera for "Marriage of Figaro" until mid April.

(Robert) Kit Williamson's (IAA 02-04) web series "EastSiders" met its funding goal on kickstarter. The first two episodes of "EastSiders" were premiered online in December. "EastSiders" is a dark comedy about a gay couple dealing with the aftermath of infidelity in Silver Lake, California.

R.J. Magee (IAC 02-05, IAA 06-08) will appear in the Kimmel Center's world premiere musical "A Flash in Time" as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts in March and April. Camp alumnus, Brian Lowdermilk (IAC 00) co-composed the show with Kait Kerrigan.

Chase Yurga-Bell (IAA 04-07) works for Lockheed Martin Space Systems as a Materials Engineer in the Failure Analysis Lab in Colorado, where he tests flight parts for programs such as ORION, the successor to the space shuttle.

Melanie Ebanks (IAC 04-10, IAA 11-12) is studying acting at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London, UK. This past summer she performed in a solo cabaret show to a sold out audience in the Cayman Islands raising over $1,500 for a public school's performing arts centre.

Kimberly Everett (IAA 05-06) and Derek Ganong (IAA 05-06) announced their engagement on January 8, 2013. They met at Interlochen a little over 7 years ago and started dating after attending MORP together. They currently live in Coral Gables, Florida, where Derek is working on his doctorate in jazz at the University of Miami and Kimberly is freelancing around the area with groups including the Miami Symphony, Florida Grand Opera, and Gulf Coast Symphony.

Tove Danovich (IAA 05-08) will launch “Food Politic: A Journal of Food News and Culture,” the first online journal devoted entirely to food news, politics, and culture.

Gregory Ristow (IAC Fac 05-Present) was a guest on the radio program "The Art of the Matter" which talks about the central Indiana arts scene. It aired on Indianapolis NPR affiliate WFYI. Gregory serves as an assistant professor of music at DePauw University.

Henry Moyerman (IAC 06, IAA 06-08) is now a sound editor at Wild Woods Post Production in Los Angeles, California. He edits dialogue and sound effects for dozens of television programs on CBS, Fox, AMC, Discovery, National Geographic, The History Channel, Food Network, MTV, Bravo, A&E, Spike TV, and more.

Jessica Newham (IAC 07, IAA 07-10, IAC St 10) recently released her music video "Somebody Loves You" under the stage name "Betty Who."

Tim Gocklin (IAC 07, IE 12) and Ryan Reynolds (IAA 04-08, IAC 06-09, IE 12) are members of the woodwind quintet, Akropolis and released their first CD, High Speed Reed in January.

Nicholas Mariscal (IAC 08-09, IE 11) won the Indiana University Latin American Music Center's Recording Competition in January. Nicholas will perform a recital of unaccompanied cello music by Latin American composers Golijov, Ginastera, Brouwer, and Desenne on February 28 in Auer Hall on the Indiana University campus. He will then record these works as part of this competition win.

Jacqueline Exline (IAC St 09) was promoted to associate story producer for the 3rd season of Joan and Melissa River's reality series "Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?" Jacqueline is employed by Pie Town Productions.

Elmer Churampi (IAC 10, IAA 10-Present) is one of the 2013 recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award.

Lena Piazza-Leman (IAC 10, IAA 10-Present) performed a solo show at the Tavern of Fine Arts in St. Louis, Missouri where she performed a program of jazz and classical works for solo trombone with comedy/laughs in between.

Richie Siegel (IAA 10-12) is launching Seersucker, a digital publication dedicated to publishing the best writing from 18-29 year olds.