Motifs: September 2013

Sari Fromkin Magaziner (IAC/NMC 35-37) is 93 years old, still playing viola and piano, and recently celebrated her 70th wedding anniversary. Sari writes, "Interlochen is a major factor in everything about my life. It changed my life, showed me it wasn't "weird" to be a musician, gave me friends for the first time who shared my interest in all things musical. Dr. Maddy was an inspiring leader. Thank you, thank you Interlochen, for everything."

Dr. Abbey Pachter (IAC/NMC 62-63, 67, IAA 68-70) is the Director of Nursing at South University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Abbey also teaches Women's Health, Critical Thinking, and Holistic Professional Nursing courses. She spends much of her down time on the Chesapeake Bay and is becoming a Virginia Master Naturalist.  She is the mother of two happily married daughters: one is Art Director for WeightWatchers in Manhattan, the other owns a social work private practice near Washington, D.C.

Jonathan Taylor (IAC/NMC 63-65, 67) is entering his third year in a doctoral program in developmental psychology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Jon has had a long career as a freelance trombonist and personnel manager in New York City.

Ann Sears (IAC/NMC 65, IAA 65-67, IAC/NMC St 74) presented a lecture-recital of Beethoven's Sonata in B-flat major, Op. 106 (Hammerklavier) at the annual festival of the American Matthay Association for Piano at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina, on June 21, 2013, and gave a lecture introducing performances of the last five Beethoven piano sonatas.

Dr. Howard Robinson (IAC/NMC 65, IAA 69-70) is an associate professor of social work at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service who will be teaching at Tel Hai College in Israel this fall as a Fulbright Senior Scholar specializing in the treatment of psychological trauma and traumatic stress.

Libby Brockman (IAC/NMC 67, IAA 68-70) served as musical director for the Batesville Community Theatre's summer production of "Oliver" in Batesville, Arkansas. Libby moved to Batesville in 2005 and immediately became involved with community theatre and loves it!

Bob Mintzer (IAA 69-70) is the chair of the jazz studies department at USC, Los Angeles. He is also a 24-year member of the jazz group, Yellowjackets. Bob applauds the training he received at Interlochen Arts Academy which has helped him sustain an amazing career in music for 40 years. "Thanks to Byron Hanson, Dave Sporny, Jack Kripl, and Fred Ormand for showing me the way!"

Mark Katterjohn (IAC/NMC St 72-77) is a hydrogeologist working for an environmental consulting firm in Austin, Texas. Mark received a geology degree from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.

Susan Van Pelt Petry (IAA 73-75) is professor and chair of the department of dance at Ohio State University. Susan was recently named a recipient of the Raymond J. Hanley Fellowship, an award given to an individual artist who has demonstrated a high level of achievement while working for at least five years in the visual arts, performing arts, literary arts or any other arts discipline.

Karen Hanson (IAC/NMC 73, 75, 77, IAA 78-82) and her colleagues are celebrating the first anniversary of their language school, The American English Plus Language Center for adults and children, which is located in Algiers, Algeria.

Brenda (Green) Still (IAA 74-77) received her master's degree in professional counseling from Grand Canyon University having finished an internship at Aurora Behavioral Health Hospital in July 2013.

Christopher Earl (IAC/NMC 74, IAA 78-82, IAC/NMC ST 81-82, IAA ST 86-87) recently moved his family to Colorado to take a promotion at the Universal Sports Network as their director of post-production. Universal Sports covers the Olympic Sports year-round and has relocated their production facilities to Denver. Christopher, his wife, Christine Ferris and their children Owen (15) and Lucy (11) are enjoying this beautiful part of the country.

Stephanie Arado (IAC/NMC 75-79, IAA 80-82) returned to Interlochen as an instructor of violin for the Arts Academy. Previously, Stephanie served as the assistant concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra since 1991.

Jeff Dalton (IAA 76-79) and the The Dalton Family Singers held a reunion concert in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in August at the Quaker Friends meeting house. The family folk-singing group, who toured the country throughout the 1970s, is made up of Al Dalton (UM/NMC 58, 61, IAC/NMC St 58), Jonathan Dalton (IAC/NMC 69, IAA 70-73), Jess Dalton Hayden (IAA 71-74), Jerry Dalton (IAA 75-78), Jeff Dalton (IAA 76-79) and Marcia Dalton. Al, who is 87 years young, led the group, told stories about their history, and sang songs in the American folk tradition. Throughout many of the songs the boys kept changing keys because Interlochen taught them that they could.

Keith Bartholomew (IAA 76-78) has been named acting dean for the University of Utah College of Architecture and Planning in Salt Lake City, Utah.  

Scott Burgess (IAA 78-82) has been appointed as manager of recording labs and live sound at the University of Colorado, Denver, where he oversees five recording and teaching studios and teaches classes in live sound reinforcement. Previously, Scott spent almost fourteen years as the manager of audio production at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

Monday Michiru Sipiaguine (IAC/NMC 79-80, IAA 79-81) has enjoyed a career in Japan, acting in movies, stage plays, television, commercials, winning best new actress the first year (Japan Academy, Yokohama Film Festival and Kinema Junpo), radio work and as a recording artist and songwriter since 1989. Her recorded works have been released throughout Asia, Australia, Europe and the United States. Monday is currently the face of Indonesian makeup brand PAC, won the Fabulous-At-Every-Age contest in Harpers Bazaar for 2012 in the 40s category, and just released a new album "Brasilified" in Japan this summer. She is working on her next recording projects, a duet recording with her mother, jazz pianist, Toshiko Akiyoshi and a best-of compilation of personal works for the Adventure Music label.

Renee Skerik (IAA 80-82, IAA Fac 12-present, IAI 13) joined the faculty at Interlochen Arts Academy as instructor of viola when David Holland retired. Renee is honored to teach at Interlochen and is excited to work with viola students in the 2013-2014 school year. Renee gets to see David Holland often since he is her son's viola teacher.

R. Scott Boots (IAA 81-82) was invited to present his burnout prevention seminar for three audiences in the U.K. in June as part of National Family Careers week. While there, he attended opening day at Ascot where he viewed Queen Elizabeth's arrival from about five feet away.

Jill Stoll (IAA 82-86, IAC/NMC Fac 96-97) is the associate dean of students at the School of Architecture, Tulane University. An exhibiting artist, her latest project was the topic of an article called "The Medium is the Mail" by Rob Walker, Design Observer, May 10, 2013.

Selene Carter (IAA 83-87) is an assistant professor in the department of theatre, drama and contemporary dance at Indiana University, Bloomington. A chapter she co-wrote about dance improvisation appears in an anthology published by Palgrave-MacMillan, London, 2013. Selene has a son, Isaiah, who is in the fourth grade.

Captain David A. Alpar (IAC/NMC 84-85, IAA 85-88, IAC/NMC Staff 87) has been named Premiere Band Flight Commander with the United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C.  David and his wife, Melissa, are expecting their tenth child in November.

Katherine Cooke (IAC/NMC 84-85, IAA 85-86, IAC/NMC St 86, 89) has joined the faculty at the Special Music School in New York City where she will teach clarinet and recorder. She continues her work at the Diller-Quaile School of Music.

Thom Jones (IAC/NMC 85, IAA 85-87) is the director of voice and speech for the Brown University/Trinity Rep. Consortium. In addition to his work at Brown, Thom engages with The Public Theater, The New York Shakespeare Festival, Yale Repertory Company, Dallas Theater Center, Huntington Theatre, The Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, The Cleveland Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, McCarter Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, The Alabama Shakespeare Festival and The Hangar Theatre. Film and television work includes: "Rabbit Hole," "The Paperboy," "The Bling Ring," "Grace Of Monaco," "The Heat," "The Butler," "The Place Beyond the Pines," "Trespass," "Just Go with It," "Edge of Darkness," "Black Irish" and the Showtime pilot, "Brotherhood."

Javier Maymi-Perez (IAA 85-87) serves as the editor for The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida.

Craig Santy (IAA 85-87) worked on the film "Looper" starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, directed by Rian Johnson winning the Critic's Choice Award 2013 for best Sci-Fi Movie. Craig was responsible for production in China, as well as all of the "behind the scenes" and marketing materials created there. Craig is currently developing a new music television series working with the House of Blues, Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame and the Grammy Organization. In addition, he is producing a series centered around the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 and a feature documentary about a serial killer in Northern California. Craig looks forward to connecting with other Interlochen Alumni interested in Film, TV and New Media.

Gabriella Santinelli (IAA 87-89) studied theater at Northwestern University and voice at Mannes College of Music. She relocated to London, England where she performed on stage and screen for 15 years, and won an Olivier Award for Jerry Springer: The Opera at the National Theatre on the West End. Gaby now lives in Los Angeles, California.

Candice Mullings (IAC/NMC 88-90, IAC 91) serves as an attorney at Phillips, Spallas and Angstadt LLP in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Katherine Fioravanti (IAC/NMC 90, IAC 92, IAC St 95) was selected by the special master from the State Department of Education to design and lead the Arts Magnet School pathway, K-12, which includes the transformation of a traditional elementary school into an arts magnet and the creation of new regional arts high school for Connecticut.

Wendy Masterson (IAA Fac 91-Present, IAC Fac 05) presented a session for performing artists and teachers which explored a variety of somatic approaches for projecting energy beyond the proscenium arch at the Annual Body-Mind Centering Conference in Boulder, Colorado. This seminar, Expanding Beyond the Third Wall, was developed from concepts she has been exploring with the Academy dance majors and in other cross-disciplinary courses with Creative Writing, Singer-Songwriter, and Visual Arts students.

Katherine (Smurf) Dillingham (IAC 92, IAA 93-97, IAC Fac 09-10, IAC Guest Artist 10) and Jon Mazer (IAC 91, IAA 92-94, IAC Fac 13) announce their engagement. They plan to marry in August of 2014 in Leelanau county.

Brian Devine (IAC 96-97, IAA 97-01, IAOC 10-present) recently graduated from Ohio State University with his master's degree in fine arts in dance.  He accepted a faculty position in the performing arts department at American University in Washington, D.C. where he is teaching dance courses at a variety of levels.

Tony Kieraldo (IAA 98-00) performed at the Vail International Dance Festival as musical director with Celebrate the Beat, a non-profit children's company in Colorado. Ninety children danced along with jookin star, Lil Buck.

Spencer Phillips (IAA 99-01) married Noemi Miloradovic in June. He will be a doctoral candidate and teaching assistant at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York this fall.

Luke (Balzuweit) Winslow-King's (IAA 00-01, IAC St 01, ICCA Fac 08) third album "The Coming Tide" is being featured by Google Play in their New Americana music promotion.

Julian Schwarz (IAC 00-03) has been awarded first prize in the professional cello division of the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition for Violin and Cello. Julian was chosen from a field of 25 cellists who were invited to Hong Kong to compete. As First Prize winner, Julian will receive $25,000 in addition to a beautiful cello made by respected German luthier Helmut Illner. The Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition for Violin and Cello was founded to enrich the culture of music by recognizing and promoting outstanding violinists and cellists, offering these highly gifted young musicians invaluable experience and exposure at the outset of their careers.

Teddy Buchholz (IAC St 01) serves as a cello faculty member at Pima College, the president of American String Teachers Association of Arizona and the vice president of Arizona Friends of Chamber Music.

Ezra Donner's (IAC 01-03, IAA 02-04, IAC St. 06-08) recent composition for string orchestra, "Mountain Suite," will be premiered on October 12, 2013, by the Chamber Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall. The work was chosen as winner of the 2012 Respighi Prize, an international competition established to encourage and offer performance opportunities for young talented composers and soloists through the inspiration of Ottorino Respighi’s music.

R.J. Magee (IAC 02-05, IAA 06-08) will be appearing as Prince Herbert, the Historian, Not Dead Fred, Minstrel, etc. in "SPAMALOT" at the Roxy Regional Theatre in Clarksville, Tennessee this September and October.

Tyler Collins (IAA 05-07) received the Best Actor Award at the We Like 'Em Short Film Festival in Baker City, Oregon for the Glasgow, Scotland film "Notes.” Tyler is starring in three short films entered in festivals in the U.S. and U.K. and is also appearing this month in two episodes of "River City,” a popular Scottish soap opera and a commercial with Scottish TV for their smartphone app.

Caelan Stewart (IAC 10-11, IAA 12-Present) is one of six horns to tour with the National Youth Orchestra to Europe.

Joseph Hill (IAC 11, IAA 11-12) is the executive director at The Unexpected Laboratory (TUL).

Jherrard Hardeman (IAC 12) is a member of the new string quartet "Prova di Ignoranza."