Motifs: May 2014

Crescendo issue: May 2014

Composer Gregory Sullivan Isaacs (IAC/NMC 61-63, IAA 63-65) collaborated with librettist Suzanne Calvin to write "Undelivered," a dramatic cantata inspired by the speech John F. Kennedy was planning to give on the day he was assassinated. "Undelivered" premieres this month in DeSoto, Fort Worth, and Weatherford, Texas.

Nancy (Heller) Cohen’s (IAA 63-64) latest book is "Hanging By A Hair," the eleventh book in her Bad Hair Day mystery series featuring hairstylist Marla Vail. More details at

Kathleen Grant (IAC/NMC 64-67, IAA 67-71) lives in Lombard, Illinois, where she's retired and enjoys spending time with family.

Kathleen Frederick (IAC/NMC 64-67, IAA 68-69, IAC/NMC St 70) was appointed chief administrative law judge by Alaska governor Sean Parnell.

Clark Chaffee (IAA 68-69) received the 2014 College of Visual and Performing Arts Outstanding Alumni Award from Northern Illinois University, in recognition of his work as an educator, conductor, performer, author, and clinician with more than 40 years of music teaching experience. In 2011, he was recognized as the 2011 Classroom Teacher of the Year by the Illinois Chapter of the American String Teachers Association. An Eastman Strings clinician and conductor, he recently retired from his position as director of orchestras and guitar at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois. Now living with his wife in Phoenix, Arizona, Clark performs with local orchestras and jazz ensembles and continues to support the growth of young teachers and school programs at clinics and conventions for music educators. He passed on the music genes to his daughter who is a cellist in Las Vegas. Find Clark online at

Gerie Schubert Greenspan (IAC/NMC 74-75, IAA 75-77, ICA St 87-01) is the new director of development for the Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea, Michigan.

Kitty (Catherine Rosenbluth) Rothschild (IAC/NMC 78) is acting executive director of Rush Hour Concerts, which creates free public access to classical music performances in Chicago, Illinois.

Brad DePlanche (IAA 79-81) just completed a run as Detective Fix in the American Stage production of "Around the World in Eighty Days." This summer he will direct "Rapunzel" for the Orlando Shakespeare Theater.

Ana Papakhian (IAC/NMC 85, IAA 85-86) has been named vice president of marketing and communications at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California.

Cabaret and concert singer Mary Carrick (IAC/NMC 85, IAA 86-88) released her debut album, "Let's Fly," a collection of classic and contemporary songs ranging from great American standards, jazz, cabaret, musical theater, folk, and more. The recording features music by Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Craig Carnelia, John Bucchino, Jason Robert Brown, and Hank Williams, among others. Visit her website,, for more information.

Terry Crews (IAC/NMC 86) will begin hosting "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" this fall. He also appears as Sgt. Terry Jeffords in the FOX comedy series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and had roles this year in "Draft Day," and "The Single Moms Club." He will also be appearing as Hale Caesar in Sylvester Stallone's August 2014 release "Expendables 3".

Jessica Cattelino (IAA 88-92) is a visiting faculty member in the American Studies Program at Yale University this year while on a break from her position on the anthropology faculty at UCLA. She is also writing a book about the cultural value of nature in the context of Everglades restoration.

Bayberry Lanning Shah's (IAC/NMC 90, IAC St 91) paintings are on exhibit through May 31 at the Memphis Botanic Garden. Her one-woman show, "Flowers, Secrets Within," was seen last spring at the Atlanta Botanic Garden and features 40 works in oil and acrylic. New to this exhibit will be six large-scale paintings showing the different moods of the same flower. View Bayberry's work at

Rachel Friedman (IAC 93-95) is the author of "The Good Girl's Guide to Getting Lost: A Memoir of Three Continents, Two Friends, and One Unexpected Adventure," published by Random House. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Bon Appetit, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and other publications.

Tenor Anthony Kalil (IAC 99) is a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera and is a 2014 recipient of the Richard Tucker Career Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. He made his Met debut this season as the Young Man in "Die Frau ohne Shatten."

Anne Bishop Shoup (ICA St 00-06) left the Leelanau Conservancy after eight years to work as director of leadership giving for the Climate Reality Project. Anne and husband Dan Shoup (AS 92) and their three daughters will move to Boulder, Colorado, this summer. Oldest daughter Sonya will attend Camp as an Intermediate Girl for the first time this summer.

Leeds Hill (IAC 01) made his Broadway debut as Bobby in the new revival of "Cabaret" at Studio 54 in March. Leeds is also the understudy for the Emcee, played by Alan Cumming, and he stepped into the Emcee role for the first time on March 29.

Keitaro Harada (IAA 02-04, IAC 03) is the artistic director of the Phoenix Youth Symphony and associate conductor of the Arizona Opera. He was the subject of a feature story in the Arizona Republic on April 1.

Rebecca Radoszkowicz (IAC 03, IAA 05-08, IAC St 08), Tyler Gardella (IAA 04-06), and Sarah Keyes (IAC 06, IAA 07-09) are appearing in the "The Mysteries" at The Flea Theater in New York. All three are members of The Bats, the Flea's resident acting company.