Motifs: May 2013

David Glass (IAC 65-66, IAA 65-67, IAC St 69) retired after 33 years of private piano instruction. He is now pursuing educational projects in American, World and Christian History; Classical, Enlightenment, and Integral Philosophy; Advanced Spirituality; Cosmology, Theoretical Physics, and fundamental math concepts; writing poetry; serving as officer in the Urantia Society of North Texas and as Board Member of The Gathering Place Church of Dallas, Texas; Urantia Book enthusiast.

Kevin Cole (IAC 72, IAA 76-77) will perform with Sylvia Mcnair at Interlochen on July 12, 2013 at Corson Auditorium as part of the Interlochen Presents summer lineup.

Dr. Stella Sung's (IAC 72-73, UW 78, 80, IAC Fac 93) composition, "Loco-Motion" will be performed by the World Youth Symphony Orchestra this summer in the Kresge Auditorium on July 7, 2013.

Lynn Ellen Queen (IAC 73-74, IAA 75-76) serves as a corporate department executive for LeClaireRyan.

Kathleen Kaska Perez (IAC 75-76, IAC St 84-89, 97-02, ICA Staff 02-13) has accepted a position with the Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center development office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

James Adelman (IAC 76, IAA 76-77, IAC St 80) is the founder of the Sugar House Art Walk in Salt Lake City, Utah. "Art Thrives in Sugar House" thanks to his son and Camp alumnus Nicholas Adelman (IAC 09-10).

Diane (Holcomb) Wilshere (IAA 77-79) delivered a paper titled "I am a Plain Dealing Villain: Portraying Thomas Cromwell at the Maryland Renaissance Festival" at the 2013 Popular Cultural Association/American Cultural Association National Conference held in Washington DC on March 27.

Laura Caballero IAA 79-81) married Rob Bach (IAA 76-80) after getting engaged at the Academy's 50th anniversary celebration. This marriage of music and art will thrive in Wisconsin where all things grow like crazy. The wedding was officiated by John Hegner (IAC 76-77, IAA 78-81, IAA Fac 03) at the local Starbucks, though a repeat performance in San Diego is planned for June 8.

Charles “Chuck” Johnson (IAA St 80-84, IAC St 81-84) was featured in the April 2013 issue of "Shine On Hollywood" magazine.

Brenda Kosky Deskin's (IAC 81-83) article "Autism, Music and a Mother's Dream" was published by Parents Magazine. Brenda is the founder and editor of

Anthony Rapp (IAC 85-86) will perform in a one night only performance of "The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me" on May 20, 2013. The performance benefits Broadway Care/Equity Fights AIDS and the SERO Project.

Kirsten Bedway (IAA 86-88) recently completed the writing program at Second City in Chicago, Illinois, culminating in a five-week performance of the sketch comedy show Aim Low Sweet Patriot, which she both wrote for and assistant directed.

Aaron Dworkin (IAA 86-88) was elected to the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) as an honorary member.

Joseph Portolese (IAA 88-90) works for Federated Media Publishing, Inc. as a senior manager of ad trafficking.

Derek Frank (IAC 89-90, IAA 90-91) will be playing bass on tour with singer Victoria Justice this summer. This will be Derek's second tour with the young singer, and the concert schedule can be found on her website.

Gary L. Gatzke Jr. (AS 92, 94, HSB 95, IAA 96-98, ICA 06-Present) was presented with an Applause Award by the Interlochen Alumni Organization Council during their spring meeting. The Applause Award is presented to an outstanding faculty or staff member in recognition of exceptional service and concern for Interlochen during their employment.

Jeffrey Irving (IAA 92-96, IAC St 96, IAC Fac 11-Present, IAA Fac 11), Liza Wu (IAC 91-92, IAA 92-94, IAC Fac 05-Present) and Theo VanDyck (IAC 07, 10, IAA 08-12) performed at BAM Fisher in Brooklyn, New York as part of a special Interlochen gathering on April 14, 2013.

Mark Tipton (IACC 92-93, 96-97, IAA 97-98, IAC St 98) is excited to announce his new website,

Benjamin Toth (IAC 93-94) is the composer of "Sleepless in Seattle the Musical" opening at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, California May 24, 2013.

Cynthia (Rice) Ellingsen's (IAA 94-95, IAC St 95) contemporary fiction novel, "Marriage Matters" was released by Penguin-Berkley. A story about a mother, daughter and granddaughter who all get engaged at the same time and decide to share a wedding, "Marriage Matters" is Cynthia's second novel. Her first, "The Whole Package", was released in 2011.

Matthew Lurie (IAC 94-95) self-produced, wrote and performed on his debut album, "Girl Next To The Girl Next Door" with his Los Angeles-based band, Matthew and the Mainstream. The album is available on iTunes, Amazon and other digital retailers.

Laura Kaufmann (IAC 95-97, IAC St 99, IAOC 12-Present) announces her engagement to Gregg Arst.

Jonathan Lombardo (IAC 95, IAA 96-00) along with Timothy Smith and Jeff Dee will be the featured trombonist soloists with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra on June 30, 2013 at Kresge Auditorium.

Dorothea Mead (IAC 95-96) will hold a CelloChanWoods retreat camp in Chelsea, Michigan this summer for ages 13-adult. The workshop will provide a deepening of the cellistic artist's awareness through a focus on well-being and the arts.

Alexandra "Al" Silber (IAC 95-99, IAA 99-01, IAC St 01-02)  and Santino Fontana (IAC 99), along with The Collegiate Chorale and an array of Broadway stars, presented in concert "Song of Norway" on April 30, 2013 at Carnegie Hall.

Ian Whitney (IAA 96-98) is now Sales Associate at Doug Mayberry Real Estate in Key West, Florida.

Josh Groban (IAC 97-98) will return to Interlochen on August 12, 2013 to perform as part of the 2013 Summer Arts Festival series. Josh will perform with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra comprised of local musicians.

Joseph "Joe" Kwon (IAC 97) is the cellist with The Avett Brothers Band and will perform at Interlochen on July 1, 2013 as part of the 2013 Summer Arts Festival.

Sara Fay (IAC 99-03, IAC St 07) was named the editor of Time Out Los Angeles. She has worked as a journalist in Los Angeles and Chicago for several years after graduating from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Jeng-Tyng Hong (IAC 99-00) is attending Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Margaret Rood (AS 99-00, IAA 01-03) will perform the lead in Ned Rorem's operatic rendering of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" to be performed at Peterborough Town Hall as part of Monadnock Music in New Hampshire. She will play Emily Webb in a production conducted and directed by festival artistic director Gil Rose. In addition to her solo work, Margot has an active performance career as a professional ensemble singer, performing with groups such as the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Tucson Chamber Artists, Handel and Haydn Society, Lorelei Ensemble, la Chapelle de Quebec, and the Grammy Nominated vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire.

Phoebe Rusch (IAC 00-01, IAA 05-07) was accepted to the M.F.A. program at the University of Michigan in Creative Writing.

Caroline Goulding (IAC 02-03) will perform Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra on May 11 and 12 at the First Congregational Church on the Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City. Visit the Traverse Symphony Orchestra website for details.

(Robert) Kit Williamson's (IAA 02-04) plays Cal in the show "EastSiders," which has announced a partnership with LogoTV. The show will air episodes exclusively online every Tuesday at 3 p.m. EST.

Kyle Ballarta (IAA 03-04) Mike Thurber (IAA 03-05, IAC St 05-06) and Rachel Slotnick (IAA 98-00) were featured on a recent webcast with a focus on non-profit start-ups.

Michael Thurber's (IAA 03-05, IAC St 05-06) web series CDZA received a Webby Award nomination for "Fresh Prince: Google Translated."

Zach Villa (IAA 03-05) appeared on NCSI Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 23. Zach joins an Interlochen rich cast including Linda Hunt (IAA 62-64) and Barrett Foa (IAC 92-95).

Adison Evans (IAC 06, IAA 06-08) is performing "The Mrs. Carter Show" world tour with Beyonce. She joined Beyonce's band eight months ago and is playing alto sax in her band the "Suga Mamas." They are currently on the first leg of the tour in Europe and will be coming to the United States this summer.

Zachary Sawyer (AS 06, IAC 07, IAC St 09) will pursue a Master's degree in double bass performance at Northwestern University beginning in the fall of 2013.

Jessica Newham's (IAC 07, IAA 07-10, IAC St 10) album "The Movement" received national attention on with an exclusive EP premiere in April. Her music can be found by searching Betty Who.

Gus Pewe (IAC 10, IAA 10-11) was awarded top prize at Visions Film Festival & Conference for his film "This Vacuum is Too Loud."

May Aihua Ye (IAC 10-11, IAA 10-12) is thrilled to be returning to Interlochen this summer as a member of the Interlochen Ensemble.