Motifs : November 2013

Crescendo issue: November 2013

Ken Lowenberg (IAC/NMC St 60-61) accompanied Modern Dance classes at Interlochen in the early 1960s and today, continues to play and compose music. GIA Publishers recently released his "Gregorian Preludes for the Liturgical Year," a collection of 10 organ solos based on Gregorian plainchant. On September 28, a wine reception and mini-concert was held to introduce this collection to the Washington, DC musical public.

David Glass (IAC/NMC 65-66, IAA 65-67, IAC/NMC St 69) attended the 2013 National Summer Study Session of The Urantia Book Fellowship in Chicago, Illinois where he led a workshop and performed works by W.A. Mozart. David also attended the 2013 Urantia Association of the United States Conference in Kansas City, Missouri where he presented a plenary address and recited original poetry.

Adam Levin’s (IAC/NMC 77, UM/NMC 78) jazz-classical works ‘Mantra’ and ‘Groundless’ were released on the new compilation album ‘Age of Twilight’, which features musicians from around the world. His epic song ‘Family Portrait’ was recently performed by Ellen Weiss at Stage 72 at the Triad in New York City. He is currently pianist for singer-songwriters Ellen Weiss and Valerie Gomes and just released his latest album, ‘Essentials’.

Ian Willson (IAA 78-79), a Technical Fellow and Ph.D. at Boeing in Seattle, Washington was awarded the 2013 Special Invention Award for his patented software which loads a temporal database using massively parallel algorithms. Previously, Ian won industry adoption of his design in the ANSI SQL standard and the Teradata database.

Gregory Klerkx's (AS 79-80) first novel, The Emissary, was published and released in October.

Jodi Royer Barnard (IAA 80-82) was named President of the El Camino Hospital Foundation, the Hospital of Silicon Valley. Jodi began her career in fundraising in the development office of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She also served the University of Dayton, the Children's Medical Center of Dayton as chief development officer and most recently Providence Health and Services as Regional Executive Director of Statewide Foundations and Executive Director of the Providence Community Health Foundation for the Southern Oregon Service Area. During her career, Jodi has been responsible for leading development teams, building common standards and best practices to maximize philanthropy and program cost effectiveness while securing philanthropic support to meet annual, campaign and future institutional needs.

Kathleen Tesnakis (IAA 80-82) is the founder and owner of e ko logic, a clothing company that produces functional wear made of nearly 100% recycled materials. e ko logic is located in Troy, New York.

Jonathan Plotkin (IAA 81-85) was a recipient of Top Assistant General Counsel award from First Chair Award based in Chicago, Illinois. The First Chair Award is an annual selection of in-house counsel who have, through their hard work and innovation, made significant contributions to the legal community. The First Chair Award program honors the top in-house counsel for their accomplishments in the past year in a wide range of categories.

Anne Breckenridge Barrett (IAA 84-87, IAC/NMC St 87) became the Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago this past May.

Anthony Rapp (IAC/NMC 85-86) will star in the new Tom Kitt (IAC 90)-Brian Yorkey musical If/Then. The show will premiere in Washington, D.C. this fall prior to a 2014 Broadway arrival at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

Zahi Patish (IAA 86-89) is the founder of "Sheketak" Dance Group based in Tel Aviv, Israel. "Sheketak" has performed in over 30 countries under Zahi's direction and choreography. He also arranges music and video for Sheketak shows and for theatre, television, commercials and live events around the world.

Teresa Anne Volgenau (IAA 89-91) returned to New York City in the Spring of 2012 to continue her acting and dance career. She is on faculty at The Joffrey Ballet School, and is a 2013 HOLA Awardee for her choreography/performance in "Tango Fever". Teresa recently performed female lead in Sam Shepard's "Buried Child" at Aaron Davis Hall in New York City and is a new member of Actor's Equity Association.

April Wagner (IAA 89-91) is the owner of Epiphany Studios in Pontiac, Michigan. April recently introduced her newest hand-blown glass chandelier, the Candy Shop Chandelier. Visit

Jonathan Mazer (IAC 91, IAA 92-94, IAC Fac 13) will direct The Shrew, an adaptation of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, written by Charles Marowitz, November 13-16 at the InsideOut Gallery in Traverse City, Michigan. This production is the second Shakespeare adaptation of the 2013 season for Parallel45 - A Northern Michigan Theatre Company founded by Katherine "Kit" Woodside McKay (IAC 94-95, IAA 95-97, IAC Fac 03-12) and Erin Anderson (IAA 93-96, IAA Fac 03-04, ICA St 09-present). Ensemble members include Katherine "Smurf" Dillingham (IAC 92, IAA 93-97, IAC Fac 09-10, IAC Guest Artist 10), Noah Durham Fried (IAC 97-98, IAA 98-01, IAC Fac 01, 07-present, IAC guest artist 08-13) Ana Luderowski (IAC 03-05, 07-08, IAC guest artist 09), David Montee (IAA Fac 88-present) and Ben Whiting (IAC Fac 13). Costume design by Mica M. Harrison (IAA St 11-13, IAC St 12, ICA St 13-present), sound design by Jordan Anderson (IAC 97-99), set design by Joe Shoup (IAC 00) and stage management by Linda Osborn (IAC St 03-present).

Wendy Masterson (IAA Fac 91-present, IAC Fac 05) presented at the International Association of Dance, Medicine, & Science from October 17 - 20, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. Her seminar, Contralateral Calcaneous Connection, included movement exploration, somatization, and discussion. Delegates at this conference included an international roster of leading dance scientists, therapists, physicians, surgeons, and educators. Wendy's research, instruction, and cross-disciplinary integration of somatics was recognized as a remarkable achievement for a pre-professional training program.

Gary L. Gatzke Jr. (AS 92, 94, IAC 95, IAA 96-98, ICA St 06-13) has accepted the position of Annual Campaign Manager at the Traverse Symphony Orchestra in Traverse City, Michigan. Gary will continue to serve as the orchestra's principal double bassist in addition to this new post. He will also expand his private teaching studio (cello and double bass) in the Grand Traverse region.

John Quale (IAC 93-94) performs as Prince Poppycock, an operatic entertainer. Prince Poppycock was a special guest on the Jimmy Star Show in late October.

Monique Mizrahi (IAC 93, IAA 93-94) has been living in Rome, Italy for the past 13 years. She performs throughout Europe with her trio, honeybird & the birdies. They perform "tropical-pop" mixed with hints of world music and indie rock. They've released one EP and two albums (the recent one on Trovarobato), and just this year alone have performed 100 concerts (including May Day on national TV) and released three music videos.

Toby Bulloff (IAC 93-96, IAC St 00) married Glenn Kaminsky on August 31, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio at the Western Reserve Historical Society. Notably, Toby's former HSG camper and IAA grad, Diana (Pepelea) Vardi (IAA 99-02, IAC 00, IAC St 02) played violin in a classical trio for the ceremony and orchestrated a special recessional excerpting "Les Preludes" for the bride and groom! Toby and Glenn are both attorneys working for the federal government and live in Bethesda, Maryland with their dog, Winnie.

Soyeon Kate Lee (IAA 94-97, IAC St 97) will perform at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall on November 6, 2013. She will perform piano works by Beethoven, Frank, Stravinsky, Janacek and Sirota.

Marie Ross (IAC 96-97, IAA 96-98, IAC St 98) is now Associate Principal Clarinet with Ensemble Matheus, a period-instrument orchestra based in France. This season she will be performing four different Rossini operas with the orchestra in productions at the Théâtre du Châtelet and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, the Salzburg Festival in Austria, and at the Dortmund Opera House in Germany.

Patrick Cornelius (IAC 97) released his new album, Infinite Blue, in July 2013. This is Patrick's second album on the Whirlwind Recordings record label.

Jessica Bodner (IAC 97-98) is the violist with the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet. The quartet was recently appointed to the faculty of the Harvard Department of Music as the Blodgett Quartet-in-Residence.

Erik Finley (IAA 01-02, IAC St 02-03) is Artistic Operations Director for the Florida Orchestra in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Drew Marquardt (IAA 06-08) will be featured in the upcoming film, 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit', directed by Kenneth Branagh opening nationwide on December 25, 2013.

Henry Moyerman (IAC 06, IAA 06-08) is now the Head Sound Editor at Wild Woods Post Production. Henry edits sound effects and dialogue for many popular Television programs such as The Pitch (AMC), The Great Food Truck Race (Food Network), The American Baking Competition (CBS), Hollywood Game Night (NBC), and many more.

Johanna Yarbrough (IAC 06) is a member of the horn section in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Johanna won the position as fourth horn in 2012.

Alexandrea Tocco (IAA 07-08, IAC St 08) appeared in Neurosis, A New Musical in Auburn, New York during the 2013 Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival.

Romeo Testa's (IAC 09) EP, The End, was released on October 22, 2013. Romeo is signed with Columbia Records.

Michael DiGiacinto (IAC St 08, IAC Fac 09-10) is the newly appointed Music Director of Orchestra and Opera Theater at San José State University. Michael also joins the Winchester Orchestra as the first guest conductor of the 2013-2014 season.

Anthony Trionfo (IAA 10-13, IAI 13, IAC St 13) along with current Academy student, Danielle Maeng (IAA 12-14, IAI 13), have been named the shared 1st prize in the High School division of the 2013 Alexander and Buono International Flute Competition. They performed, along with all other division winners, at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, October 20.

Katie Rolph (IAA St 10-12) joined the Center for the Development of Arts Leaders team at the national radio show, From the Top. Their work offers a range of opportunities for young musicians to use the transformative power of music to engage new audiences, give back to their communities, and explore their individual leadership pathways as twenty-first century musicians.