Motifs: August 2013

Frank Butler (IAC 48-49, IAC St 50) graduated from the Eastman School of Music in 1954 with his bachelor of music and in 1959 with his master of music. In the summer of 1954 he was drafted into the Army where he served for two years. After basic training he played horn in an Army band at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. After his military service Frank played horn in the Schenectady and Albany, New York Symphony Orchestras. Currently, Frank plays recorder with the "BIG Tooters" recorder ensemble in Ithaca, New York.

Erica Goodman (IAC 57-64) is playing harp in the Shaw Festival production of Adam Guettel's "The Light in the Piazza", in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada through October 2013.

George Croll (IAC St 58-62) visited the Interlochen campus for an anniversary gathering and was able to take in the sights and sounds of today's Interlochen. George served as the breakfast cook in the summers of 1961 and 1962. He spent his career teaching at Livonia, Michigan's Stevenson High School where he coached the debate and tennis teams.

Cathy Compton (AS 61, IAC 62-64, IAA 64-65, UW 66, 71-72, IAC Fac 72, ICCA 00-Present) was a featured artist in The Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra's fifth free concert at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan on Sunday, Aug. 4.

Jill Burstein (IAC 63-71, UW 72) is president and founder of Jill Burstein Educational Consulting, Inc.

Dr. Linda Kaplan (IAC 63, 65-67, 69) has been an activist for preventing blinding eye disease and cancer research.  Linda serves as the Community Chair for Cancer Prevention Study 3 for South Florida Research Enrollment. Linda loves singing with Interlochen’s Summer Adult Choral Workshop and Nova University Singers. She holds fond memories of vocal tutors, Mel Larimer and Hal Schaefer.

Barbara Saddler Henry (IAC 66-67, UW 72-73, ICCA 06-09, ICA St 71-73) majored in art during her time at Interlochen and received a teaching degree from Central Michigan University.  As an adult, Barbara started playing the bassoon and actively plays in various community groups.

Lawrence Hurst (IAC Fac 67, 69-present) received the Distinguished Achievement Award at the 2013 International Society of Bassists Convention in Rochester, New York. Larry accepted the award from his former student, Interlochen alumnus, DaXun Zhang (IAC 98-00).

Peter Erskine (IAA 68-71, IAI Fac 10, ICA Trustee) was a special sit-in guest for the 19th annual Michigan Jazz Festival on the grounds of Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan in late July.

Dr. Daniel McCarthy (IAC 69, IAA 70-74, IAC St 73, IAC Fac 95-06) achieved third place nationally in The American Prize in Orchestral Composition competition.

Melissa Cross (IAA 71-74) serves as the CEO of Loudmouth, Inc.

Jim Funk (IAC St 72-73) serves as an organizational and leadership development consultant, but continues to compose and perform music as well.

Leisa (Hungle) Rich (IAA 75-78) has written a provocative feature article Plastics in Fiber: Creative Friend or Environmental Foe published in Fiber Art now magazine, volume 2, Issue 4 (Summer 2013) p. 20-23. She recently exhibited in the Atlanta Institute of Architects' public art project Urbanfronts in Atlanta, Georgia; in Georgia Artists, Sandy Springs, Georgia (where she received the Honorable Mention award); in Fantastic Fibers at the Yeiser Art Center in Kentucky; Fabricate- the Surface Design Association, winning the Award of Excellence and In Teapots! at the Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery in Pittsburgh, where one of her works was again purchased by the Kamm Foundation for its permanent collection. She presently has work in Georgia Artists Selecting Georgia Artists at the Museum of Contemporary Art, up through August. Leisa has just completed a children's book comprised of 26 dioramas and is seeking a publisher. She was also featured in the recently released book, Mastering the Art of Embroidery, Chronicle Books, p. 249-250. Leisa teaches at The Galloway School, Atlanta, Georgia.

Melissa (Hutto) White (IAA 76-79) was awarded the MACUL (Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning) 2013 Outstanding Technology Educator of the Year.

Brad DePlanche (IAA 79-81) will be playing Grumio in "The Taming of the Shrew" and Clarence the angel in "It's A Wonderful Life" for the Orlando Shakespeare Theater this fall/winter. He will also be directing a production of Alfred Hitchcock's "The 39 Steps" at the University of South Carolina in January and playing Detective Fix in "Around the World in Eighty Days" for American Stage in St. Petersburg, Florida in February.

Karl Martin (IAC 81-84) is an award-winning member of the Motion Picture and Television Art Directors' Guild and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. His credits include "Star Trek: Into Darkness," "Avatar," "Ray Donovan," "Battleship," "Transformers IV," "Apollo 13," "The Last of the Mohicans," "Air Force One," "The Day After Tomorrow," "Lost," and "Deadwood." Karl lives in Pasadena, California with his wife, Una.

Barbara Seiler Shaterian (IAA 82-85) lives in Minneapolis, where she is co-owner of a bakery. Her days are spent either at the bakery or driving her daughters to school, classes, etc. She and the girls are spending July in Germany.

Blair Sinta (IAC 84-86, AS 87-88) is on tour with Melissa Etheridge as the drummer of the band and returned to Interlochen's campus on July 18 to perform on the Kresge stage.

Cedric Berry (IAC 85, 87, IAA 88-90, IAC St 90 ) will join the lineup of artists set to perform in the Martin Luther King Jr. Anniversary Classical and Opera Concert on Sunday, Aug. 18 in downtown Los Angeles . The performance will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

Brian Wise (AS 86-88, IAC St 94-95) is a reporter for NPR.

Christina Waites (IAC 88) opened the Studio C Dance Academy in Huntsville, Texas. The dance academy offers ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, pointe, barre fitness, variations workshops, and private lessons.

Elizabeth Mischler (IAC 89, IAA 90-94) is working as producer of artist development at South East Dance, one of the UK's national dance development organizations. She recently performed in and rehearsal directed the Clod Ensemble's latest production “Zero,” appearing at Sadlers Wells and other theatres throughout the UK.

Jacomo Bairos (IAC 91-93, IAA 91-94) has been named director and conductor of the Amarillo Symphony in Amarillo, Texas.

Reginald Cyntje (IAC 91) serves as the bandleader and composer for the Reginald Cyntje Group.

Greg Dolezal (IAA 91-93) serves as the executive editor for Fusion Laos in Vientiane, Laos.

David Maddy's (IAC 91-95, 97-02, IAA 99-02, IAC Fac 05-06) works are part of the group exhibition "Hearts of Palm" at the Acumen Project Space in Queens, New York. The exhibit will run through September 6, 2013.

Mariko Munro’s (IAC 92-94, IAA 95-98) movie, "American Milkshake" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2013 and will be released in September.

Kit McKay (IAC 94-95, IAA 95-97, IAC Fac 03- 05, 07-12) will direct Parallel 45's production of "R&J", an adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet this August in Elk Rapids and Traverse City, Michigan during Parallel 45's 4th summer season. Visit for more information. Ensemble members will include Justin "JP" Perez (IAC 97-01, IAC St 03, 07 IAC Fac 09-12), Logan Woodruff (IAC 04-06, IAA 06-10, IAC St 08-11), Chris Stahl (IAA 07-09, IAC St 09) and Ben Whiting (IAC fac 13). Costume design by Jane Scott (IAA 06-08, IAC St 10-11), sound design by Jordan Anderson (IAC 97-99) and production stage management by Linda Osborn (IAC St 03-Present).

Rachel Kaplan's (IAC 96-01, AS St 04-05) first attorney position after Columbia Law School was in-house counsel for start-up company Tough Mudder (TM), a mud run obstacle course company.  She now serves as the director of operations for Tough Mudder (TM) venues.  When Rachel began with TM she was their 20th employee. Now, TM has 150+ employees and more than 1,000,000 people involved in events hosted all over the planet. They have been featured on the Today Show, New York Times and the Biggest Loser. Harvard and Stanford's Business Schools have written case studies about TM. Rachel's next challenge was to create a company within the company. Her "baby" is Muderella, proudly presented here:

Emiko Wennerholt (IAC 96-98, IAA 97-99, IAC St 99) performed a solo classical recital on July 27 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in New Port Richey, Florida. Emiko is the founder of the Greater Pasco Youth Symphony and she teaches private lessons in New Port Richey.

César Alvarez (IAA 97-99) composer and lyricist, is now a guest artist with the Sarah Lawrence College.

Martha Cluver (IAC 97, IAA 97-99) and Caleb Burhans (IAA 97-98) welcomed their first child, Fiona Lynn on July 23, 2013.

Anna Dechene (IAA 98-99) is an attorney with Orlands Moran.

James Byrnes (IAC 01-04, IAA 03-04) is a photographer with works on display at Honeycomb Café in Daniel Island, South Carolina during the month of July.

Julie Eicher (IAC 02-04, IAA 07-08, IAC St 09) was involved in an HBO pilot series, "The Leftovers" and in September will be performing/dancing with the Houston Grand Opera in Die Fledermaus.

Heidi Giberson (IAC 03) is the understudy for the title role in "Cinderella" on Broadway. In addition to this role, Heidi serves as an ensemble cast member which includes alumna, Victoria Clark (IAC 77) playing the role of "Marie."

Chan-Wool Choi (IAC 05-06) serves as an interpreter for MTI America.

Chris Newlun (IAC 05, IAA 06-10, IAC St 10) is the general manager of Shattered Glass, a conductorless string ensemble based in New York, New York.

Fiona Carey (IAC 05-07, IAA 06-10, IAC St 10-12) is a counselor and teacher at Concordia Language Villages - Lac du Bois in Bemidji, Minnesota.

Annie Bradford (IAC 06-07, IAA 07-08) is the founder, director, writer and producer of the Jacobs Ladder Theater Project.

Max Schwimmer (IAC 06-07, IAC St 08, 10) is an intern at the Traverse City Film Festival in Traverse City, Michigan.

Morgan Ingleright (IAC 08, 11 IAA 10-12) studies organ at Mercer University in Georgia. On August 4, 2013 she performed in an organ recital at First Presbyterian Church of Cadillac.

Vivian Full (IAA 10-13) completed her first national commercial in Canada.

Marina Kondo (IAC 10, IAA 10-13) is currently on a three week vocal tour of Brazil.

Savannah Mashea Power (IAA 10-12) is releasing her first professional short about the Boston Bombing.

Michael Kudirka (IAC Fac 11-12, IAA Fac 11-13) has accepted a position at the University of North Carolina School of Arts. Michael won a grant from the American Composers Forum to record the guitar works of Jeffrey Holmes.

TJ Simonetti (IAC 12, IAA 12-13, IAC St Present) worked in the office of advancement at Interlochen this summer. In late August, T.J. will be attending the University of Denver where he will join a group of twenty-five selected individuals to participate in the Excelling Leaders Institute through Denver's Center for Multicultural Excellence. T.J. has decided to pursue a double degree in English and vocal performance.