Motifs: March 2014

Crescendo issue: March 2014

William Pittman (IAC/NMC 51-52) is a retired intellectual property lawyer. Before retirement he worked for General Electric Global Research in Schenectady, New York, where he still lives with his wife, Meme. Bill was recognized by the Joslin Diabetes Center for living with type 1 diabetes for 75 years without serious complications.

Violist Patricia McCarty (IAC/NMC 67, 69-70; UW 71-74; IAC/NMC Fac 77, 79) released two CDs on the Ashmont label. One features works by Robert Fuchs, Joachim and Dvorak, and the other features sonatas by Julius Harrison, Arthur Bliss, and Arthur Benjamin. Formerly assistant principal viola with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, she currently teaches at the Meadowmount School of Music and divides her time between upstate New York and Montana.

Tim Martyn (IAA 68-70) won the Grammy Award for Best Engineered Classical Album on January 26. The album, "Winter Morning Walks," which is a song cycle composed by Maria Schneider and performed by soprano Dawn Upshaw, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, also won for Best Classical Vocal Solo and Best Contemporary Classical Composition.

Since July 2013, Candice Agree (IAC/NMC 70-72) has been "Chi-coastal," dividing her time between Chicago and New York City. She is host/producer at Chicago's Classical WFMT 98.7fm, where she created, hosts, and produces a new early music program called “Baroque & Before” and hosts the live concert series "First Mondays." Candice continues as off-camera announcer for CBS News "Sunday Morning" and "48 Hours," host/producer of "The Spanish Hour," and music director of "Concierto."

Kimberly (Shlain) Brooks' (IAC 79-82, IAC St 85) solo exhibition, "I Notice People Disappear," opened at ArtHouse 429 in West Palm Beach, Florida, last month. Her paintings will be featured through March 6.

Robin Zimpel-Fontaine (IAC/NMC 84-87, IAA 87-89) is a partner at the Cherundolo Law Firm, specializing in complex products liability and medical malpractice litigation. She lives in Jamesville, New York.

Morry Matson's (IAC/NMC 88) production company presented the world premiere of the first English translation of the 1902 French play “Our Two Consciences” by Paul Bourde. The semi-staged dramatic readings were performed February 28 and March 1 at Edgewater Historical Society & Museum in Chicago. Paul Bourde's most famous play, it was the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's 1953 film "I Confess."

Kate Yohay (IAC 93-96, 98-99, 02; IAC St 07-08) and Alex Walker (IAC 03-04, IAC St 05-09) were married on June 30, 2013, amongst many Interlochen alumni and friends. The wedding party included Jen Panhorst (IAC 2000, IAC St 02-08); Lydia van Hoven Stoye (IAC 92-97, IAC St 01-11), who introduced the couple and performed the ceremony; and the bride's cousin, Adam Glaser (IAC/NMC 84, IAC St 90-92), who played "Sound the Call" as the newlyweds recessed down the aisle.

Alexandra "Al" Silber (IAC 95-99, IAA 99-01, IAC St 01-02) appears in the one-woman show "Arlington" at the Vineyard Theatre in New York through March 23. She was the subject of a feature story in the New York Times Arts section on February 12.

Martha Cluver (IAC 97, IAA 97-99) is a member of the vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, which won the Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance on January 26.

Walker Jermaine Jackson (IAC 02-04, IAA 04-05) will be singing the role of Mingo in Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" with the Princeton Festival in Princeton, New Jersey, in June.

Brody Gusar (IAC 02, IAA 02-03, IAC St 03-06) edited the film "Cheap Thrills," which will be released on March 21. He also edited "Starry Eyes," which will premiere at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas, on March 9.

Lora Lee Gayer (IAC 02-03, IAA 03-06, IAC St 06) was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for her performance as Philia in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" with the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC. Winners will be announced on April 21.

Adam Rongo's (IAA 05-06, IAC St 06-09) debut recording, "Tell Your Story," was released by D-Clef Records last fall. An alto saxophonist, Adam performs with jazz groups around New York City.

Violinist Clayton Penrose-Whitmore (IAC 05-06) and cellist Nicholas Mariscal (IAC 08-09, IAC St 11) finished second and third in the senior division of 2014 Sphinx Competition.

Mishka Hoosen (IAA 09-11) completed an MA in creative writing at Rhodes University in South Africa and will graduate in this spring with distinction. Her first book of nonfiction, "Hollow the Bones," will be published by Deep South Press this fall.

Olivia Millerschin (IAC 10-11) was nominated for an LA Music Critic Award in the rising star category and was named a "Star to Watch" by Lemonade Magazine. Her song, "Screw Valentine's Day," was heard in Kohl's stores nationwide in February. She is a student at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

Sam Woolf (IAC 12) is a finalist on season 13 of "American Idol."

Bassoonist Katie Scheerer (IAC 12-13) won the 2014 Tacoma Concert Band Student Soloist Competition.