Motifs: October 2013

David Oei (IAC/NMC 63-67) will give a faculty recital at Mannes College the New School for Music in November. David will perform works by Prokofiev, Chausson, and others.

Julie Duke (IAA 65-68) is the executive director of the Pedigree Foundation in Franklin, Tennessee. In addition to her work with Pedigree, Julie is a principal for Protocol Consulting Group, L.L.C., a group providing coaching for individuals and groups in protocol and etiquette for personal and professional enhancement.

Jeff Paulson (IAC/NMC 70, 74-75, IAA 70-74) was assigned to Lead Pastor at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Owings Mills, Maryland on July 1. He is currently finishing work on his doctorate in Ministry and writing a book on leadership excellence, which will include a chapter of learning experiences from his time at Interlochen.

Dorothy Lawson (IAC/NMC 71) is a founding member and cellist with the Ethel String Quartet. The quartet will present the world premiere of "Documerica" at the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in October.

Leisa (Hungle) Rich (IAA 75-78) is currently in several art exhibitions including Fantasy in Fiber in Barnesville, Georgia; The Textile Show at The Textile Factory Paterson, New Jersey; Material Transformation: Artist/Artisan at Norco College Gallery, Norco, California and Fibrous at the Whitney Center for the Arts Gallery, Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Ana Gasteyer (IAC/NMC 79, 81) is featured in a WeightWatchers commercial this fall.

Susan Krischel (IAA 80-82) is Chief of Staff and In-House Counsel for the family of a venture capitalist and private equity investor living in Charlottesville, Virginia and New York, New York. Susan is the former prosecutor for the Manhattan District Attorney's Office and the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor in New York City from 1995 to 2012.

Vince Gilligan (IAA 81-82) is the creator of the hit television drama, Breaking Bad. Breaking Bad won Best Drama at the 2013 Emmy Awards.

Cecily Ward (IAC/NMC 82-85, IAA 85-88) is a violinist with the Cypress String Quartet. The quartet will reissue their album, “The American Album” on the AVIE Record label on October 8, 2013. “The American Album,” which includes Pulitzer Prize Winner Kevin Puts’ (AS 85-87) Lento Assai, sold out of the original pressing released by the Cypress’ own label in 2011. AVIE Records is owned and operated by Melanne Mueller (IAC/NMC 81-82, IAA 82-83, IAC/NMC St 84).

Pieter Schoeman (IAC/NMC 84, 86) is the concertmaster of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Tom Sharpe (AS 85-87, IAA 87-88) will again be touring with Mannheim Steamroller as their drummer this holiday season. This tour will be in addition to his ongoing tour schedule with Dennis DeYoung of STYX. Tom can be heard on the upcoming Mannheim Steamroller album "Christmas Symphony II", and is scheduled to release his second solo album in 2014. Tom has also been touring as a motivational speaker and gave the keynote address at the 13th annual Self Employment in the Arts Conference.

Susan Boster (IAC/NMC 85, IAA 86-88) is based in London, England enjoying her twelfth year at the helm of Boster Group, a boutique consulting firm which builds strategic partnerships between the corporate and cultural worlds. Susan enjoys working with amazing brands and institutions, from BP and Dom Pérignon to the British Museum and Tate. Susan has two grown step children living in the States and a three year old daughter with her husband, Anthony, both in London.

Jeffrey Glickman (IAC/NMC 89-90 IAC 91-92, IAA 95-96) is the producer for the film, "When Jews Were Funny." This film was the winner of the City of Toronto and Canada Goose prize for best Canadian Feature film at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Demarre McGill (IAC/NMC 89-91) is now principal flute of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Demarre has held principal flute positions with the Seattle Symphony, the San Diego Symphony, the Florida Orchestra and the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra.

Matthew McGaughey (IAC/NMC 89-90, IAC 91-93, IAA 93-95) has been composing music for some of the top shows on television as well as contributing to trailer campaigns for some of Hollywood’s biggest films. Matthew will be visiting Interlochen in November to work with student composers and share his experiences in the profession.

Timothy McAllister (IAC/NMC 90, IAC st 92-96, IAC Fac 01-12, IAI Fac 13) appeared as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for the US premiere of John Adams’s Saxophone Concerto on September 20 at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, Maryland.

Robert Bryan Cogman (IAC 94) is currently working in Belfast, Northern Ireland shooting Game of Thrones.

Andrew Grams (IAC 94-95) assumed the role of music director for the Elgin Symphony Orchestra in Elgin, Illinois in July.

Katherine "Kit" Woodside McKay (IAC 94-95, IAA 95-97, IAC Fac 03-12) and Noah Durham Fried (IAC 97-98, IAA 98-01, IAC Fac 01, 07-present, IAC Guest Artist 08-13) married on Saturday, September 28 at the Insideout Gallery in Traverse City, Michigan.

Reid Bartelme (IAA 94-98) was featured in the New York Times article "Movers and Shapers" in September. The article focused on dance professionals with Reid in the spotlight as a costume designer.

Soyeon Kate Lee (IAA 94-97, IAC st 97) married Ran Dank on September 7, 2013. Just four days before their wedding, Soyeon and Ran played a program of four-hand piano pieces at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. Their performance was reviewed by the New York Times, featured in the music section.

Lesley Skousen (IAC 94, IAA 94-97) graduated in May with her Ph.D. in History from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She recently moved to Princeton, New Jersey, to help start a specialty boarding school, the Princeton International School for Math and Science, as the Founding Chair of the History Department and Acting Assistant Principal. In her spare time, she contributes to a weekly podcast, "Footnoting History."

Melinda Novak (IAA 96-00) will become Resident in Diagnostic Imaging at the University of Western States, in Portland, Oregon.

Julie Jesneck (IAA 97-99) began playing the role of Roxane in Cyrano de Bergerac at the Shakespeare Theater of Chicago beginning in late September. This past summer, Julie starred in Noel Coward’s Fallen Angels at the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey.

Gillian Hunter Gibbs (IAC 97-98) is the Education Manager for City of London Sinfonia, a professional chamber orchestra which works across the UK and beyond. Gillian's education program is focused on bringing musicians into health and wellbeing settings, like hospitals and care homes, as well as devising projects and concerts for young children (aged 2-7) and their families. Gillian lives in London with her husband and their two cats.

Joel Braun (IAC 97-98) is hosting the second annual Ball State Bass Day at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana on October 13, 2013. Special guest, Alex Hanna (IAC 01-02), principal double bassist of the Chicago Symphony will work with attendees in addition to Joel.

Seth Bernard (IAA 98-99) and his family are the creators and organizers of the Earthwork Harvest Gathering, a music festival in Missaukee County, Michigan. The festival has existed for over eleven years and brings thousands to their family farm for performances over the course of three days. This year, Seth arranged to bring current Academy students from the Singer Songwriter program to the festival to observe, collaborate and experience the Gathering.

Jeremy Garnett (IAC 00, IAA 00-01, IAC St 01) has been named 3rd trumpet of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Libby Brouwer (IAA 99-00, IAC st 01, 11, ICA st 11-13) joins fellow Interlochen alum, Stanford Thompson (IAC 01-03, IAC st 05-06, 08, ICA trustee 13-present) and the team of Play On, Philly as their Development Manager. She looks forward to contributing to their mission to empower at-risk children of Philadelphia through music.

Simone Sommerhalder (IAC 02-03) is now principal English horn with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Before his move to Leipzig, Simone performed with Santa Cecilia Academy in Rome, Italy and the Valencia Opera in Valencia, Spain.

Caleb Hudson (IAC 03-04, IAA 04-06) is a member of the Canadian Brass as their trumpet player. The Canadian Brass performed at the Traverse City Opera House in September. Caleb conducted a masterclass at Interlochen for current trumpet students during his visit to northern Michigan.

Darita Seth (IAC 04, IAA 05-08, IAC St 09,10) recently joined the the all-male voice ensemble, Chanticleer.

Russell Moss (IAC 04, IAA 05-06, IAC St 06-07) is now the Director of Research and Development for Viticultura Consulting LTD in Otago, New Zealand. When not performing viticultural research or writing technical articles for Australasian, South African and American trade journals, Russell still finds time to pair fine New Zealand wines with great orchestral works.

Tove Danovich (IAA 05-08) is now Communications and Social Media Volunteer at Food Systems Network New York, New York.

Jessica Newham (IAC 07, IAA 07-10, IAC St 10) performs as Betty Who. Her hit song "Somebody Loves You" was featured in a marriage proposal on YouTube in early September, receiving over 10 million hits. On Tuesday, September 17, Jessica signed a recording contract with RCA.

Danny Rothschild (IAA 07-11, IAC St 09-10) is the Publications Assistant at The Dramatists Guild of America.