Motifs: July 2013

Toni Intravaia (UW 43-46, IAC St 47-51) serves as the State Treasure of the Illinois National Federation of Music Clubs.

Dell (Grace) Schroeder's (UW 59, IAC St 63-64) Band at the Beach Music Camp, San Diego, will celebrate its 25th year this summer. The camp was inspired by Dell's attendance at Interlochen and is a combination music advocacy/reading clinic camp. The dates are August 5-9, 2013. A concert is given, free to the public, on the last day. The camp is located at Correia Middle School in San Diego. Dell recently received the Outstanding Retired Music Educator Award, given by California Music Educators/Southern Border Section. "Retired" means "not associated with public schools but still active."

David Glass (IAC 65-66, IAA 65-67, IAC St 69) attended the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas. He will attend and perform at the Summer Study Sessions of The Urantia Book Fellowship in Chicago this July. He will perform piano solos: Rachmaninoff Prelude in C Minor, Op. 23, No. 7 and Beethoven’s "Moonlight Sonata," 1st movement. Also, David will accompany a clarinetist performing the second movement of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto. He Continues to write poetry and is active in philosophy and spiritual groups in Dallas, Texas.

Tom Megee (IAC 66-68, IAA 69-72, IAC St 72-73) survived the worst floods Calgary has ever seen and is now turning his attention to the upcoming "Interlochen Arts Academy 1969-72 or so" Reunion V which will be August 7-11, 2013 at Interlochen. This reunion has included IAA Alumni, Faculty and Staff (also their families) ranging from 1966-75 in previous years (thus the "or so").

John Hilliard's (IAC St 67,70,72-74, IAA St 73-74, 76, IAC Fac 76-78, 83, 86-91) 25 years of teaching at James Madison University School of Music was celebrated with a retirement concert featuring a sampling of John's compositions performed by faculty and students from James Madison University. 

Russ Larimer (IAC 67-72, IAC St 74) retired from the Traverse City Area Public School (TCAPS) system after 26 years as a choir director.

Leslie Stewart (IAA 69-71) received the "Outstanding Service Award" from the College of Liberal Arts at Colorado State University in March for her dual role as founding conductor of the Health and Wellness Orchestra at Poudre Valley Hospital and director of CSU's Summer master's degree in conducting for working music educators. In May, she hosted an event at her home in Northern Colorado for Interlochen alumni, parents and prospective students in which she performed violin trios with alumni Barbara Barber (IAC 67-69) and Katherine (White) Runnels (IAC 60, 62-64, IAA 63-65, IAC St 72-73).

Jean Ashton (IAC 73) won the Women's Club of America scholarship from Big Rapids, Michigan which helped her attend Interlochen in 1973. It was an eye-opening opportunity for her as it introduced her to the fact that the world was filled with other gifted creatives who were looking for a wholesome and creatively open environment. Jean attended the visual arts track, and it helped her find her entrance into higher education. She has since completed eight years at California State University, Long Beach and Ferris State University. Jean is a filmmaker and teaches digital media writing to third-year university students as well as beginning work with social reverse-marketing media for the office of international education at Ferris State University.

John Gilbert (IAC 73-77, IAA 76-77) took part in a three-week recital tour with performances and masterclasses in Porto Alegre, Uberlandia, and Belem, Brazil. John is excited to have one of his students attend the Interlochen advanced strings program as an intermediate camper this summer.

Leisa (Hungle) Rich (IAA 75-78) has written a feature article for "Fiber Art Now" magazine, summer issue. She also has several art articles she has written published in online publications in the U.S. and Australia- spring and summer. She is just completing her first children's book. Her artwork was recently featured in Mastering the Art of Embroidery by Chronicle Books, and in Stitches magazine. Recent exhibitions include "Georgia Artists"- honorable mention award; "National Fiber Directions"; "Fantastic Fibers" and "teapots!" at Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, where the Kamm Foundation purchased another of her sculptures to add to their permanent collection.

Victoria Clark (IAC 77) was nominated for a Tony Award for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical” for Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella.

Margot Marlatt (IAA 78-80, IAC St 82) teaches summer strings for the Lafayette School Corporation for six weeks of the summer. Classes include beginning cello through string orchestra for all levels.

Crispin Campbell (IAA Fac 80- Present, IAC Fac 85-04, 11-Present) and Michael Delp (IAC Fac 84-10) were featured performers at the first annual Summertime Soiree Fundraiser for FLOW ("For Love of Water") the Great Lakes Basin’s only public trust policy and education center.

Charles “Chuck” Johnson (IAA St 80-84, IAC St 81-84) as part of the CJS Quintet; Jazz at LACMA concert was broadcast on KKJZ 88.1 FM radio on Sunday, June 9, 2013.

Amy Prater (IAA 80-83) continues to play the flute as a member of the Lone Tree Symphony Orchestra in Colorado and continues her education and career in nursing.

Pat Brumbaugh (IAC Fac 86-87, 00-01, 05-09) retired from the Traverse City Area Public School (TCAPS) system this spring. Pat was the director of bands at Traverse City West Senior High School.

Jessica (Molnar) Merritt (IAC 87, 90-91, UW 93, IAC St 94, ICA St 02-Present) and her husband Randy welcomed their daughter Gwendolyn Jean Merritt on June 27, 2013.

Courtney Kaiser-Sandler's (IAC 89-91, IAA 92-94, IAC Fac 12, IAA 12-Present) band, Kaiser Cartel's song, 'Wherever you go' was featured on "Twisted" on ABC Family on June 18, 2013.

Jewel (IAA 90-92) will perform at the Uptown Theater in Napa, California on July 18th and 19th, and in Park City, Utah on August 24th. On May 27th, the Lifetime TV movie "Ring of Fire" premiered, in which Jewel plays the role of June Carter Cash.

Heidi Kohne (IAC 90-91, IAC St 96-03) was a featured performer at the regional convention in June of the American Guild of Organists in Salem, Oregon.

Emily Modrall (IAC 92, IAA 93-97, IAC St 01) and Matthew Lindstrom (IAC Fac 09- Present, IAA Fac 12-Present) are excited to announce their engagement.

Mika Perrine (IAA 93-96, IAA Fac 05-Present) and her husband Matthew McGovern (IAA Fac 10) announce the birth of their daughter Cora Rose McGovern, born on Saturday, June 8, 2013.

Lesley Skousen (IAC 94, IAA 94-97) has been appointed founding chair of the history department at the Princeton International School for Mathematics and Science in Princeton, New Jersey. This new school will serve the needs of Chinese students, grades 9-12 and will be affiliated with Renmin University of China in Beijing.

Alice K. Dade (IAA 95-98) is now the assistant professor of flute at the University of Missouri.

Paul Determan (IAC 95-96) serves as the owner and administrator of, an online forum for double bassists and bass guitarists.

Michael McMillian (IAA 95-98, IAC St 00) is the co-author of "True Blood: Tainted", a mini-series based on the show "True Blood" in which he plays Steve Newlin. Michael also created and wrote his own comic "Lucid."

Alexandra Silber (IAC 95-99, IAA 99-01, IAC St 01-02) starred opposite Santino Fontana (IAC 99) in a semi-staged production of "She Loves Me" on June 22nd and 23rd, for the opening of the 68th Summer Music Festival at Caramoor.

Natalie (Priest) Yaw (IAC 95, IAA 95-98) was appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to serve as a commissioner on the Michigan Employment Relations Commission.

Melinda Novak (IAA 96-00) graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon. She is also a final candidate to become that school's next resident of radiology and diagnostic imaging.

Carly Rieck (IAC 96, IAA 96-98) and her husband, Kristian Raimo welcomed their first child, Mette Merette Raimo on June 25, 2013.

Erikka Walsh (IAC 96-99) appears as the ex-girlfriend in the musical, “Once,” which received eight Tony Awards. She serves as the understudy for the lead role.

Jason Williams (IAA 96-98) is a board member at Londonderry Arts Council in Londonderry, New Hampshire.

Michael Albaugh (IAC Fac 97-02, IAA Fac 99-08) serves as the director of education operations at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

Krystie (Gagnon) Sedlmayer (IAC 99, IAA 01-03) is a wife and mother of two beautiful children ages 7 and 1. Krystie enjoys helping people as a pharmacy technician and continues to love music.  

Carolyn Zeppa (IAC 99-00, IAA 00-02) will pursue a master's degree in criminology at Eastern Michigan University.

Joshua Lederman (IAC 00-01, IAA 02-03) was promoted to a White House reporter for The Associated Press.

Whitney (Francis) Magnuson (IAA 00-02) married Carl Magnuson on April 27, 2013. Fellow academy alumna Deena Rosenberg (IAA 00-02) was in attendance and performed a reading at the ceremony. The couple currently resides in Austin, Texas, where Whitney works as a team lead for social media and community management at Google.

Leelanee Sterrett (IAC 00-01, AS 02, IAA 02-04) won the assistant principal horn position in the New York Philharmonic.

Jonathan Colbert (IAC 01-03) will join the Royal Danish Opera Orchestra double bass section this fall.

Luke Fairbank (IAC 02, IAA 02-03) had a rewarding career in finance, but wanted to get back to music so he went back to school almost three years ago and is now a vocal performance major at a small state school. This summer, he will be portraying Don Panatellas in a production of Offenbach's, La Périchole with the Franco-American Vocal Academy in Périgueux, France. Singing French for a French audience will be a new and challenging experience.

Katherine "Katie" Wibby (IAA Fac 02-Present, ICCA 06) married Nick Carpenter on Friday, June 28, 2013 in northern Michigan.

Alexandra Cockrell (IAC 06-10, IAA 10-12) is the first freshman at Royal Scottish Academy to get a lead role, she played Nina in "The Seagull" by Anton Chekhov.

Nicole Weyer (ICA St 07-13) accepted the position as the upper school dean of students at Norfolk Collegiate School in Norfolk, Virginia.

Marina Kondo (IAC 10, IAA 10-13), Oliver Xu (IAC 12) and current camper, Kameron Johnson (IAC 13) are finalists in the 2013 Sphinx Stars: Detroit. The Sphinx Organization was founded and is led by alumnus, Aaron P. Dworkin (IAA 86-88).

Savannah Mashea Power (IAA 10-12) booked a Chevy Silverado commercial as a director of film.

Phoebe Moore (IAC 11-12, IAA 12-13) received a National Merit Northwestern University Scholarship. She intends to pursue a career in acting.

Taylor Fernandez (IAA 12-Present), Elaina Burress (IAC 11-12, IAA 12-Present), Katie Larson (IAC 05, 08-12, IAA 12-Present) and Savannah Buist (IAA 12-13) formed the group "Academy4." They performed at the Grand Ledge Opera House on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. Their summer Michigan tour will include festivals in Spring Lake, Northport, Charlevoix and Traverse City.

Brennan Leeds (IAA 12-Present), Kenneth Fox (IAC 12, IAA 12-13) and Casey Batterbee (IAC 10-12, IAA 12-13) form the band "Blue Eyed Sun" and will perform in nearly 30 venues throughout Northwest Michigan this summer.

Lena MacDonald (IAA 12-13) was awarded a Miller Family Arts Scholarship. The scholarship was awarded by audition of which she sang three songs, one was original.