Motifs: December 2013

Crescendo issue: December 2013

Robert Thayer (IAC/NMC 43-44 ) retired last year after a career of more than 50 years in music education and administration. He held positions at the State University of New York at Potsdam, Bowling Green State University, DePauw University, the University of Connecticut, Lawrence University and Florida Gulf Coast University. Robert was awarded honorary membership in the National Association of Schools of Music.

Paul Jackson (IAC/NMC St 56-58, 62; IAA St 62-63) is an information specialist and retired special librarian. He is editor of the Plateau Area Writers Association's Quarterly and an anthology series, and he recently published "Letters from Paul," a compilation of monthly letters over three years. Paul plays timpani and percussion for several ensembles.

Leslie (Silverman) Shapiro (IAC/NMC 67-68) retired from teaching music and dance in public schools and now teaches piano privately. She has one surviving son and is expecting a granddaughter this fall.

Daniel McCarthy (IAC/NMC 69, IAA 70-74, IAC/NMC St 73, IAC Fac 95-06) won second place in the "Doc" Severinsen Composition Contest by the College Music Society. The premiere of his concerto for trumpet and orchestra, "The Tao of Infinity," will take place February 14, 2014, at The University of Tennessee. He continues as chair/professor of composition and theory at The University of Akron School of Music.

Greg Benson (AS 74-75; UM 77,79, IAC St 75-83, 86, 02) was appointed assistant commissioner for academic and student affairs at the Utah System of Higher Education in March 2013. He previously served as a vice chancellor and dean at Utah State University Eastern and was an associate professor of music in the USU Caine College of the Arts.

Brad DePlanche (IAA 79-81) directed the world premiere of "The Jericho Tree" as part of PlayFest for the Orlando Shakespeare Theater.

Suzanne Gindin (AS 82; IAA 85-86; IAC/NMC St 87-89, 91, 93: IAA St 93-94; IPS Fac 93-95; IAC St 98-01) lives in Los Angeles where she teaches music in public schools and founded the Boyle Heights Community Youth Orchestra ( Suzanne and her husband welcomed their first child earlier this year.

Clarence Penn (AS 83-84, IAC/NMC 85, IAA 85-86) will release his fourth CD next spring, celebrating the great Thelonius Monk. You can catch Clarence playing drums on the road with the 60th anniversary band of the Newport Jazz Festival through August 2014.

Charles Miller (IAA 83-87) moved to Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, New York, last month to began his novitiate as an Anglican Benedictine monk.

Amy Nesbitt (IAC/NMC 86, IAA 86-88) was appointed interim executive director of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, beginning January 2014. She has been part of the senior management team for the festival since 2007, serving as associate director and general manager.

Casey Stratton (IAA 93-94) is the performing arts director for Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth. The program brings music, theater and dance opportunities and instruction to at-risk youth at three Grand Rapids locations. Casey also scored the play "Potential Space" written by "Criminal Minds" star Kirsten Vangsness in 2012 and released his 18th studio album, "Sea Into Sky," in June.

Jonathan Moore's (IAA 94-95) debut novel, "Redheads," was published by Samhain Publishing in November. An attorney, Jonathan lives in Hawaii with his wife, Maria Wang.

Violinist Katarzyna Sokol-Borup (IAC 94, IAA 94-96, IAC St 96) is on the faculty of the The University of Utah.

Stephanie Markle (IAC 95-98, IAA 98-00) has accepted a fellowship in trauma/surgical critical care at the University of Florida in Gainesville, beginning in July 2014.

Phoenix Delgado (IAA 95-96) has served as music director and conductor for Broadway/television star Kristin Chenoweth at a private event at the University of Southern California in November.

Michael Thurber (IAA 03-05, IAC St 05-06) performed with "cdza" at the inaugural YouTube Music Awards in New York in November. He is composing music for a production of "Antony and Cleopatra" at the Royal Shakespeare Company in London.

Sam Zeller (IAA 07-08, ICCA 09) directed the short documentary "When I'm 94," telling the story of the Bonita Village Band in Bonita Springs, FL. The band, a staple in Bonita Springs for more than 25 years, features musicians, vocalists and lavishly dressed strutters--most of whom are over 70. Sam is the son of Tim Zeller (IAA 78-79, ICCA 07-09).

David Koch (IAA 10-11) won honorable mention in the solo competition at the 1st International Trumpet Conference at the Academy of Music in Lodz, Poland, in October 2013.