Students in the College study and create with some of the finest artist-teachers in the New York metropolitan area. Our faculty includes working composers, designers, fine artists, actors, musicians, directors, choreographers, conductors, broadcasters and communication specialists, including Fulbright, Guggenheim and Howard award winners.
Read about our faculty's recent achievements:
Department of Art and Design
CATHERINE BEBOUT, associate professor/Printmaking, had the
following group exhibitions: “For Love, Not Money” at the Tallinn Print
Triennial, KUMU Contemporary Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia; “2010 Robert
Blackburn Printmaking Workshop Annual Member Show” at the Elizabeth
Foundation Gallery for the Arts in NYC; “Material Matters” at Howard
Gardens Gallery, Cardiff School of Art & Design in Wales, UK; and
“Paper Trails: Works from the New York Metro” at Pearce Gallery,
Whitecliffe College of Art and Design in Auckland, New Zealand.
CAROLE WONG CHESEK, adjunct instructor/Ceramics, had a solo exhibition, “Unearthing: Works in Clay and Mixed Media by Carole Wong Chesek,” at the Museum of Chinese in America in NYC.
JANET FILOMENO, adjunct professor, was included in the
recently published 100 Artists of the Mid Atlantic (Schiffer Publishing,
Ltd.) by author E. Ashley Rooney. She also was featured in a two-person
exhibit at the John Cacciola Gallery in Chelsea opening on March 24.
EILEEN FOTI, assistant professor/Papermaking, had a solo exhibition, “Elusive Borders,” at the Ben Shahn Gallery, William Paterson University, Wayne, and group exhibitions in the following: “For Love, Not Money” at the Tallinn Print Triennial, KUMU Contemporary Art Museum in Tallinn, Estonia; “Penang Invitational Print Exhibition” at Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang, Malaysia; “New Prints 2010/Summer HEAT!” at the International Print Center of New York in NYC; and “Win/Win Lottery Exhibition” at the Tamarind Institute Gallery in Albuquerque, N.M.
CHRIS GASH, visiting specialist in the BFA in Animation/Illustration program, was recently featured in the inaugural segment of The New York Times'
new “Picture This” video series. He was commissioned to do live
illustrations to accompany a narration on the very complex issue of
cancer research. Watch the video here. He also illustrates spots for clients such as The New York Times Book Review, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Adweek, and Golf Digest. His first syllabus for Montclair State University was included in Steve Heller and Marshall Arisman’s book, Teaching Illustration. His illustrations have been recognized by SILA, Communication Arts, 3x3 and others. To see some of this work, visit here and here.
NANCY GOLDRING, professor/Drawing, had the following group exhibitions: “Paper Trails: Works from the New York Metro” at Pearce Gallery, Whitecliffe College of Art and Design, in Auckland, New Zealand; and “Put Up or Shut Up” at the New York Academy of Art in NYC. She published the article, “On Why Artists Loved Leo Steinberg,” in The Brooklyn Rail (www.brooklynrail.org) in April.
SCOTT GORDLEY, associate professor/Animation/Illustration, completed three major painting commissions: a double-page spread for the June 2011 issue of Playboy magazine illustrating a fictional story by author Robert Coover entitled Girl Next Door; a portrait from live sittings of renowned stage and screen actor James Earl Jones for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center; and a portrait commissioned by the US Coast Guard Academy to commemorate the retirement of Rear Admiral Scott Burhoe, Superintendent of the US Coast Guard Academy. He participated in the panel, “Gender Equality in Education – Education and People with Disabilities,” at the Future of Education 2011 International Conference in Florence, Italy in June, and also presented the paper, “Creative Students on the Spectrum: Integrating the University Classroom,” at the same conference - his paper will be published in the book, The Future of Education (Simonelli Editore). In addition, he was selected by American Illustration magazine as one of 200 hundred artists to represent the best of American Illustration for 2011, with inclusion in its American Illustration 30 publication.
KAREN GUANCIONE, adjunct instructor/Foundations, had a solo exhibition “Karen Guancione: Ten Years of Installations” at the Ben Shahn Gallery, William Paterson University, in Wayne, and the following group exhibitions: “Material Translations: Artists’ Books from 1970 to Now” at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, Princeton; “16th Annual NJ Book Arts Symposium and Exhibition” at the John Cotton Dana Library Gallery, Rutgers University in Newark; “The Artists of the Italian-American Visual Artists Network” at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College, N.Y.; “In the Bag: The Art & Politics of the Reusable Bag Movement” at the Darien Nature Center in Darien, Conn.; and “In the Bag at the Puffin” at Puffin Cultural Forum in Teaneck.
KALED HAMEIDE, assistant professor/Fashion Studies, published Fashion Branding Unraveled (Fairchild, 2011).
JULIE HEFFERNAN, associate professor/Painting, had the
following solo exhibitions: “Holding Up” at the University Art Gallery,
University of California at Stanislaus, Calif.; and “Julie Heffernan:
Broken Homes” at Megumi Ogita Gallery in Tokyo, Japan; and the following
group exhibitions “Land of Magic: Artists Explore Make Believe” at the
Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, Calif.;
“Feedback” at the Porter Sesnon Gallery, University of California in
Santa Cruz, Calif.; “Arcimboldo-Artista Milanese tra Leonardo e
Caravaggio” at the Palazzo Reale in Milan, Italy; “A Debt to Pleasure:
Allegory and Realism in Contemporary Art” at the Montserrat College of
Art Gallery in Beverly, Mass.; “Uncovered” at the Eden Rock Gallery in
St. Barts, French West Indies; “Surface Tension: Tradition and
Innovation in Contemporary Art” at the South Bend Museum of Art in South
Bend, Ind.; “In Canon” at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
in Wilmington, Del.; “Humanimal” at the Portsmouth Museum of Art in
Portsmouth, Maine; and “Other as Animal” at the Danese Gallery in NYC.
In addition, she was commissioned by Royal Caribbean Cruises for a
vestibule installation and corridor installation with sound and
sculpture. One of her paintings was selected for the front cover of Tin
House magazine, issue #47 (www.tinhouse.com).
ANTHONY INCIONG, assistant professor/Graphic Design, presented the following papers: “Graphic Design Education: Pedagogy and Research Methods” at the 2010 International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI 2010) in Madrid; “Graphic Design as Education” at the Fifth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, in Rome; and “Treatise: Graphic Design Education In and Beyond the Classroom” at the National University and College Designers Association Design Education Summit: The State of Design Education, at New Jersey City University, Jersey City.
PAT LAY, professor/Ceramics, had a two-person exhibition, “Pat Lay and Theresa Ellerbrock,” at Sideshow Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y., and the following group exhibitions; “Portraiture: Inside Out” at the Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University in South Orange; “It’s All Good! (Apocalypse Now) at Sideshow Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y.; “A Splendid Energy” at the Jersey City Museum in Jersey City; “What is Portraiture? Works from the Collection” at the Montclair Art Museum in Montclair; “Story Time” at the Islip Art Museum in East Islip, Long Island, N.Y.; and “Core & Mantle” at M55 Art, Long Island City Art Center, N.Y.
ABBY LILLETHUN, associate professor/Fashion Studies, published The Fashion Reader, 2nd ed. rev., with co-editor Linda Welters (Berg Publishers, April 2011). She took part in the panel presentation, “(Re)Defining Fashion,” along with co-presenters Linda Welters and Joanne Eichler, at the 37th Annual Costume Society of America Symposium, June 7-12, 2011, in Boston, Mass., and published the proceedings in Research Abstracts of the 37th Annual Costume Society of America Symposium.
KLAUS SCHNITZER, professor, has his photography and research included in the book, Porsche – Origin of the Species,
due out in November 2011. The project began in 2005 and features Jerry
Seinfeld's famed Porsche collection as a starting point for an extensive
and beautifully illustrated study by renowned automotive historian Karl
Ludvigsen. Beginning October, the Saratoga Automobile Museum’s gallery
space, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., will host a retrospective of his work. He
has had more than a dozen automotive articles/photo essays published in
the last academic year.
MERYL TARADASH, adjunct instructor/Foundations, had a group exhibition “Wind through the Tees” at the Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens in Devon, Pa., and gave an Art Salon lecture at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, N.J.
ELIZABETH VALDEZ DEL ALAMO, professor/Art History, published “Homage to the Child King: The Adoration of the Magi in Twelfth-century Castilian Portals” in Mittelalterliche Bauskulptur in Frankreich und Spanien: Im Spannungsfeld des Chartreser Königsportals und des Pórtico de la Gloria in Santiago de Compostela, a volume of Acts of a conference in Berlin that brought together specialists on French and Spanish sculpture of the second half of the 12th century; the scholars were from Germany, France, Spain, the United States, Austria, and Switzerland. An article, “Portals and Figured Columns in Spanish Sculpture before Maestro Mateo,” was submitted in 2010 for publication in Santiago de Compostela: Pilgerarchitektur und bildliche Repräsentation in neuer Perspektive/Pilgrimage Architecture and pictorial concepts in a new perspective, and the paper “Acróbatas a la puerta del cielo, donde se encuentran lo sagrado y lo profano” was presented at Iannua coeli: la porta monumental romànica als territoris peninsulars, Amics de l’Art Romànic, Institut d’Estudis Catalans, Barcelona, in 2010.
CAROL WAX, adjunct instructor/Printmaking, had solo exhibitions “Dance of Shadows” at the Herakleidon Museum in Athens, Greece, and “Carol Wax: The Unstill Still Life” at the Azabian-McCullough Art Gallery, St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, N.Y.
ANNE BETTY WEINSHENKER, professor/Art History, published the article “Resemblance, Reality, and Revenge: Nicola Van Houbraken’s Portrait of François Rivière” in Vendetta: Essays on Honor and Revenge, edited by Giovanna Summerfield (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010), and gave a lecture on the art of Max Weber for the Hirschhorn Foundation at the JCC Metrowest in West Orange, NJ.
Department of Broadcasting
LARRY LONDINO was named to the United
States Golf Association/Professional Golfers Association task force
to establish a repository for artifacts and documents related to the
history of African Americans in golf, and also serving on the Aural
History Committee. He shot, produced and hosted a Carpe Diem episode on
senior actors at the Paper Mill Playhouse last spring.
BEVERLY PETERSON was invited to Cardiff, Wales, to present her transmedia documentary project NoJobIsWorthThis.com at the seventh International Workplace Bullying & Harassment Conference last year. A Global Ed award allowed her to return to Guatemala to complete production for a documentary about the extraordinary fieldwork of Maria Martin, a pioneering NPR Journalist, as she provides training to indigenous journalists who are the main link between their villages and the global community. This work-in-progress has been screened at: the 2010 National Endowment for Democracy, Washington DC; and 2011 "El Cuentro," a conference for Guatemalan journalists in Antigua, Guatemala. She was also interviewed and quoted in “Office Bullies: The Big Business of Battling Them,” in Business Week, and interviewed and featured in “Defend Yourself Against Workplace Bullying,” on NY1 news package broadcast in the tristate area.
PATRICIA PIROH served: as coordinating producer for the series, The Giblin Report, a series that is produced for Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin; as advisor to Montclair State’s Student Chapter of Alliance for Women in Media (formerly American Women in Radio and Television); on the Editorial Advisory Board for Making Waves, the AWM magazine; on the Town of Montclair’s Communication Advisory Committee; on the Global Education Grant Committee; on the College of the Arts' Convocation committee; and on the Task Force for the School of Media Arts and Communication. She also attended the Alliance for Arts and Health Conference in Hamilton in March; chaired a subcommittee on admissions and alumni relations for the new School of Communication and Media Arts; and attended the second Annual Arts in Healing Coalition Conference in Morristown in May.
MARC ROSENWEIG conducted a successful survey of sports media ethics standards with 111 sports media professionals participating from across the country. The survey results have been published on more than a dozen sports media sites and cited in a column by the Poynter Institute. The survey was a centerpiece for two panels he moderated over the past year in conjunction with the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center on the Montclair State campus. The panels centered on sports media ethics, particularly in the age of Twitter and Facebook. They were taped and produced as Carpe Diem episodes that aired on local cable. He also produced and participated in a panel titled “He Shoots, He Scores, He Tweets: The Ethics and Implications of Social Media in Sports Journalism,” at the 2010 AEJMC Convention in Denver. He launched a column for the247newsroom.com, which examines important media issues, including the impact of new media, ethics and media management on the communications field. Interviewed MY 9 News anchor Brenda Blackmon, who received the Allen B. DuMont Broadcaster of the Year Award, for a special edition of Carpe Diem. Through Global Education, guest lectured on Media Management to MBA students visiting Montclair State’s campus from the University of Gratz and took them on a tour of CNBC. The Montclarion, on which he serves as faculty advisor, was honored by the Society of Professional Journalists for the second consecutive year with a Mark of Excellence Award and awarded second place in Region 1 (the northeast) for editorial writing during the past year. Also continues to serve on the board of screeners for judging of the DuPont Columbia Awards and served as a judge for the Newswomen’s Club of New York awards.
DAVID SANDERS produced and hosted the National Music Council’s 30th annual American Eagle Awards with Nile Rodgers, Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary), and Paquito D’Rivera, and participated in the International Music Council's "World Forum on Music," focusing on Intellectual Property Issues and Music AND Social Change. He also conducted an interview with Yarrow to be included in a special webcast on bullying and an upcoming edition of Carpe Diem.
Department of Communication Studies
HUGH CURNUTT, assistant professor, presented the following
papers: "Disavowing Desire and Sexting’s remediation of Teenage
sexuality," at the annual conference of the Association for the
Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society, New Brunswick, last October; and
"Repurposing the real: 'Ordinary' people and reality TV’s use of durable
participants," and "A Case of Postmodern 'Civil Histrionics:' The
Colbert Nation Goes to Washington,' both at the annual conference of the
Eastern Communication Association, Arlington, Va., in April. His
“Durable participants: Reality TV’s ‘Ordinary’ Labor Pool,” Media, Culture & Society, is currently in press.
GEORGE ELIAN, instructor, developed and wrote script for a TV pilot titled Love and Contempt, currently being reviewed by HBO for presentation.
HARRY W. HAINES, chair and co-chair for Taskforce – School of Communication and Media Arts, was selected as a panelist for the following: on "Design Trends for the Mirroring of Media and Education Facilities: How Students are being prepared for Careers in Communication," sponsored by the Broadcast Education Association; and on "The state of Communication Education," sponsored by the New Jersey Communication Association.
RICHARD (DICK) HINCHLIFFE, manager of WMSC 90.3FM, created Podcasts for Institutional Investor Magazine.
TODD KELSHAW, associate professor and graduate program coordinator, presented the following at conferences: "Service-learning in political organizations: Risks and opportunities for educational institutions and students" in "Integrating communication curriculum and service-learning: Engagement and collaboration" panel conducted at the annual conference of the New Jersey Communication Association, in Paramus, N.J. in March; and "Meta-performance as ethical intervention: The Colbert Nation goes to Washington" in "Emerging trends in participatory media" panel conducted at the annual conference of the Eastern Communication Association, Arlington, Va., with HUGH CURNUTT in April.
CHRISTINE LEMESIANOU, deputy chair and director of the General Education Basic Communication Program (Fundamentals of Speech), presented the following papers: Web 2.0 in communication classrooms: Reflective pedagogical practices for reflective learning in "New pedagogies for new technologies: Teaching & learning in the 21st Century" at the 15th annual conference of the New Jersey Communication Association (NJCA), N.J., in March; Interrogating the place of technologies and the technologies of place in education in "Exploring Technology: Building Bridges for Significant Learning Experiences" at the 106th annual conference of the National Communication Association (NCA), San Francisco, Calif., in November. She was invited to participate in a focus group sessions in Public speaking and technology at the National Communication Association Convention, San Francisco, Calif. She served for 2010–2011: on the Digital Board of Advisors, McGraw-Hill Publishers, and as Special Projects Director of the New Jersey Communication Association (elected position).
YI LUO, assistant professor, presented a paper, "The Impact of Strategic Communication on Organizational Identity and Identification during Change: A case study of a multinational telecommunications company" in China at the annual Conference on Corporate Communication, New York, N.Y., in June. She has the following publications under review: A multilevel model of public relations, sense making, and emotions; Fairness, International Justice, and Communication Management during Organizational Change; Effective public relations leadership in organizational transformation: A case study of multinationals in Mainland China; Contemporary Chinese public relations education: Development and challenges; and An inside-out exploration of contemporary Chinese public relations education.
CHRISTOPHER MCKINLEY, assistant professor, presented the following papers: "Examining underlying processes of viewer involvement as predictors of binge drinking perceptions" at the Annual conference of the International Communication Association, Mass Communication Division, Boston, Mass.; (co-presented) "Health Cues: A content Analysis of Health Related Messages in Food Advertisements Targeting Children" at annual conference of the International Communication Association, Health Communication Division, Boston, Mass.; and "Investigation the multidimensionality of character involvement and its impact on viewers’ binge drinking perceptions" at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Mass Communication Division, New Orleans, La. He has also published: “Mental health resources for LGBT collegians: A Content analysis of college counseling center websites,” in Journal of Homosexuality, 58, 138-147; (in press) “Passing the ‘Breakfast Test’: Exploring the effects of varying degrees of graphicness of war photography in the new media environment,” in Visual Communication Quarterly; (in press) “Examining the presence of problem gambling awareness messages on college counseling center websites” in Health Communication; (under review) “Health Cues: A Content Analysis of Health-Related Messages in Food Advertisements Targeting Children,” in Journal of Youth and Adolescence; (under review) “Food marketing to children on Spanish-language television,” in Pediatrics; and (under review) “Investigating How Program Exposures Impacts Binge Drinking Perceptions: Re-examining underlying processes of viewer involvement,” in Mass Communication & Society.
PERRY M. SCHWARZ, adjunct professor and 1988 alumnus, received the Harry L. Wheeler Public Service Award at the 29th Garden State Employment and Training (GSETA) Annual Conference held at Bally’s Hotel in Atlantic City in September. Department of Labor and Workforce Development Deputy Commissioner Richard E. Constable attended and congratulated Schwarz, internal monitor/planner for the Jersey City One Stop Career Center. He was one of two people who received this honor with 340 individuals in attendance for the event. Schwarz is charged in Jersey City to secure the grants associated with the agency’s operating budget and to monitor technical schools, community colleges and related educational providers to ensure that they follow all local, state and federal guidelines. The Harry L. Wheeler award is considered the highest award of the state association that makes up all of the local one stop workforce systems in New Jersey. It is awarded to a GSETA Member who has excelled both locally and on the state level related to workforce development. GSETA represents the local leaders of the state’s workforce development system.
John J. Cali School of Music
BRIAN ABRAMS (Music therapy coordinator/faculty) had two notable peer-reviewed publications during the past year, including "Evidence-based music therapy practice: An integral understanding" (Journal of Music Therapy, 2010); and "Exploring a perspective on the nature of music and health as they relate to the Bonny Method: A response to Summer’s (1992) 'Music: The Aesthetic Elixir'" (Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, 2010). He also presented scholarly papers at professional conferences on various interdisciplinary topics, across the country as well as in the United Kingdom at the First International Health Humanities Conference. He served as guest lecturer at Molloy College (Long Island, N.Y.) and at Maryville University (St. Louis, Mo.). In addition, he became a North American co-editor of Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy.
MICHAEL ALBAUGH (Associate director for administration) signed a contract with Kendall Hunt Publishing to write These Distorted Times, a textbook and an online learning component. He was also recently elected to second vice president of the Arts Council of the Morris area.
ROBERT ALDRIDGE (Theory/Composition) was composer in residence at the Brevard Music Festival this past summer for the sixth consecutive year. His chamber work, Quartet for an Outdoor Festival, opened the chamber music series at the festival on June 27. His work Three Waltzes, commissioned by the California Music Teachers Association for their annual convention, premiered in San Francisco in July. He was a speaker and give master classes to teachers and students. CF Peters published the solo piano pieces on June 1. A two-CD set of Elmer Gantry was given its world-wide commercial release by Naxos International on July 1. His Lovesongs, a song cycle for voice and piano, was published by CF Peters on July 1. The cycle was written in 2004 and was premiered by Montclair State faculty member STEPHEN OOSTING.
MAGDALENA BACZEWSKA (Adjunct Professor—Piano) made her Icelandic debut in September 2010 with a lecture-recital in Reykjavik. To commemorate the Chopin bicentennial, she gave Chopin recitals in the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland and the Polish Mission to the UN in New York. She is also the music director of Bluesleep (bluesleep.com) where, together with a medical team researching and treating sleep disorders, she studies the connection of music and sleep. Her CD, Music for Dreams, is currently undergoing clinical tests.
GINA BALESTRACCI (Academic Administrator) was awarded Montclair State's Academic Advising Award (Primary Role) by the Center for Academic Advising and Adult Learning. She is also an Outstanding Advising Certificate of Merit recipient in the same category from the National Academic Advising Association as part of its 2011 Annual Awards Program for Academic Advising.
VALERIE BERNHARDT’s (Adjunct Professor – Voice) recent performances included: soprano soloist with The St. Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra at Carnegie Hall on April 9 - David Randolph Memorial Concert; Title role of Tosca with Boheme Opera NJ in Trenton in May; Title role of Turandot with Coro Lirico in Basking Ridge in May.
HEATHER J. BUCHANAN (Director of Choral Studies) had her CD of
Montclair State Chorale's November 2008 Carmina Burana with NJSO
conducted by Jacques LaCombe released by NJSO (September 2010). She
also conducted NJ All-State Mixed Chorus (369 students) in November 2010
in two performances in Atlantic City and NJPAC. Submitted her PhD
dissertation, “Body Mapping: Self-reflective Views of Student
Musicians,” to the University of New England, Australia (December 21,
2010). Published Volume 3 of Teaching Music through Performance in Choir (GIA Publications) with accompanying CDs in March 2011. Conducted the Montclair State University Singers in Meredith Monk's CD Songs of Ascension released
May 17 on ECM Records label. Served as chair and host of the fifth
International Biennial Body Mapping Conference, June 18-22, that
featured 100 participants from the U.S., Canada, Japan, Korea, South
African, Australia and England.
NANCY BILLMANN (Adjunct faculty – French horn) performed with Seiji Ozawa and the Saito-Kinen Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in December and played principal horn with Amici New York at the OK Mozart Festival in June.
JEFFREY GALL (Voice faculty) received a Fulbright Traditional Scholar Award from the Fulbright Commission to support his Fall 2010 semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he taught vocal ornamentation and stage gesture techniques for Baroque opera at the Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón.
KAREN GOODMAN (Music/Music Therapy faculty; Visiting Specialist: Psychology, Summer/Winter) had her Education and Training in Music Therapy: Theory to Practice
(Charles C Thomas Publishers) published recently. A related address,
“International Concerns in Music Therapy Education and Training” was
given at the 13th World Congress, in Seoul, Korea. Further publication
included her chapter, "Cracking up and back again: Transformation
through music and poetry," in The Meaning Management Challenge: Making Sense of Health, Illness and Disease ( Li&Long, 2010), Oxford, U.K., and invited contribution to Bioguided Music Therapy (Miller, 2011). She is also serving as a reviewer for the Arts and Humanities Journal
at the Penn State School of Medicine, and is a visiting artist at the
Berklee College of Music, and music therapist at Lake Drive School for
the Hearing Impaired.
TING HO (Theory/Composition) premiered his composition “I’m
Away From My Desk…” at Kean University’s Ars Vitalis new music forum
with clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langois and pianist Gabriela Martinez.
He is also presenting on “Using the Internet to Enhance Teaching in the
Arts” at the second annual Emerging Learning Design conference at
JEFFREY KUNKEL (Assoc. Professor- Director of Jazz Studies) once again assumed the presidency of this organization in July, already having served three prior terms as president from 2001-2007.
ANTHONY MAZZOCCHI (Adjunct Professor-Trombone) was appointed Executive Director of the Kinhaven Summer Music School in Weston, Vt. Alumni include Montclair State faculty member JESSE MILLS, as well as other major symphony orchestra musicians around the world.
DR. THOMAS MCCAULEY (Director of Bands) presented a clinic titled "This Rehearsal is Available to You in High Definition" at the 2010 Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Ill., the largest yearly gathering of school band and orchestra conductors in the world. He was appointed Principal Conductor of the Imperial Brass and was elected Executive Board Chair of the New Jersey Band Association. He also appeared for a two-week engagement as a guest conductor at the New York Summer Music Festival in July; as a guest clinician and conductor at the 2011 Canadian Rocky Mountain Music Festival in April; and as a guest conductor with the Westchester Symphonic Winds based in Tarrytown, N.Y. He hosted and team-taught the annual Montclair State Weekend Wind Conducting Symposium with special guest Craig Kirchhoff from the University of Minnesota.
MARY ANN MUMM (Violin faculty) travelled to Lima, Peru, in December as an independent international music educator to observe and write an evaluation report for continued grant funds from World Bank for the Orquesta Juvenil del Rimac, a fledgling string education program in an economically compromised area of Lima. In January, she performed at Carnegie Hall in "Beethoven for the Indus Valley," a gala benefit performance with principal musicians of the MET, NY Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestras. She also made a recording of the chamber music of Franco Alfano on the Naxos label that was released in August. She was named Director of Strings for the Filarmonica Joven de Colombia, a Colombian national orchestra for musicians ages 18-26 and participated March 13-20 in a residency and concert in Bogota. In April, she served as adjudicator for national string certificate examinations for the American String Teachers Association featuring several music schools, including Montclair State Prep, and was Guest Artist and masterclass clinician in Panama for the Alfredo St. Malo Festival in May.
SCOTT DAVENPORT RICHARDS (Theory/Composition faculty) saw the Cali School's Musical Theatre and Vocal performance students perform the first act of The Break, his new musical with playwright, Michele Lowe, in February. This work was commissioned by Arlington's TONY Award-winning Signature Theatre with funding from Shen Family Foundation's American Musical Voices Project. As a part of the Public Theater's musical theater initiative, he and playwright Marcus Gardley have been commissioned to write The Rumble of Myth, a new musical set during the famous 1974 title bout between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire. In February, he was named one of three recipients of the 2011 NJ Arts Council fellowships in composition.
STEVEN RYAN (Collaborative pianist) accompanied the NJ All-State Mixed Chorus in both Atlantic City and at NJPAC in November. He played Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the Greater Trenton Symphony on New Year's Eve at Trenton's War Memorial Auditorium. In the fall, he performed a recital with violinist and faculty member Boris Kucharsky at Hamilton College in New York.
MARISSA SILVERMAN (Music Education faculty) had “Aims in the age of assessment: A special case” published in Timothy Brophy’s (Ed.) Assessment in music education (GIA), pp. 381-389. She also presented the following conference papers: “After Postmodernism: A Musical Perspective," The End(s) of Music Education? A Call for Re-Visioning, MayDay Group Conference, University of Utah, June 16-19; “A Conception of Meaningfulness in Life: The Role of Music Education," Leadership in Music Education: International Conference, at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, May 30-June 1; and “Urban Music Education: The General Music Classroom as Democracy,” at the 11th Biennial Mountain Lake (VA) Colloquium: Changing Perspectives, Evolving Practices, May 15-18. She gave talks/presentations at the following: “20th-21st Century Music in the Classroom” at the New Jersey Music Educators Association State Conference, East Brunswick, Feb. 24-26; “Teaching Musical Interpretation,” at Cedros-Panamerican University’s Department of Art and Culture, Mexico City, Mexico, Oct. 21-24;
DAVID SINGER'S (Clarinet and chamber music faculty) recording
of the Aldridge and Copland Concerti was released in July by Naxos and
received international acclaim.
JOSEPH SMITH’S (General education faculty) article "Three Piano Misereres" appeared in the Journal of the American Liszt Society. His latest piano anthology, Mano Sinistra, of etudes for the left hand, is being released by International Music Company.
GEORGE SPITZER (Voice faculty) performed a set of Stephen Foster songs and New Orleans Creole songs with Yamaha Concert Artist, pianist, Artis Wodehouse at the Kaufman Center of the Arts in New York in February.
TANYA WITEK (Flute faculy) won a position in the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Lincoln Center, beginning July. She appeared as a soloist with the ensemble Toomai at the New York Flute Fair in a work for solo flute and strings by David Amram. She performed with harpsichordist Lionel Party from the New York Philharmonic on several concerts this season with the Lenape Chamber Ensemble. She appeared with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in January at Carnegie Hall and other venues in the area. Her article based on work with her flute studio was published in the newsletter of the New Jersey Flute Society this past spring.
DAVID WITTEN (Piano faculty; Keyboard Program Coordinator; Graduate Performance Coordinator) released a CD Piano music of Nikolai Nikolaievich Tcherepnin.
Department of Theatre and Dance
ERHARD ROM, assistant professor and scenic designer, designed a new production of Cardillac for Opera Boston (read the Wall Street Journal article about it here). Also, at Wolf Trap Opera, he designed the world premiere of The Inspector (read the Washington Post article about it here).
Professor ELIZABETH MCPHERSON also moderated a panel
discussion, “Passing on Legacy,” at the White Mountain Summer Dance
Festival held at Sarah Lawrence College in July of 2010, and moderated a
panel discussion on Juilliard’s Move to Lincoln Center for the Martha
Hill Dance Fund’s Fall Event in December of 2010. She has written
several articles on dance that have been published in Ballet Review and
Attitude: The Dancers’ Magazine in the Summer and Fall of 2010. She
continues to stage dances from Labanotation for the Montclair State
University dancers. She was recently awarded The American Association of
University Women (AAUW) 2011-’12 American Fellowship. McPherson will be
using the award to complete her book Voices from the Bennington School
of the Dance (1934-42), to be published by Cambria Press. Read the full article.
Professors LINDA ROBERTS and ELIZABETH MCPHERSON attended the National Dance Education Organization Annual Conference in Arizona in October of 2010. McPherson moderated a panel discussion on staging dances from Labanotation. Roberts was one of the five distinguished dance professionals on that panel.
MAXINE STEINMAN, choreographer and assistant professor of modern dance, performed at the WestFest Dance Festival May 1, which made the front page of The New York Times’ Arts section. Read the full article.
Prof. SUZANNE M. TRAUTH was co-editor of Katrina on Stage: Five Plays (Northwestern University Press), an anthology published this past August, along with a former department colleague Lisa S. Brenner. Included in the anthology is Trauth’s and Brenner’s 2007 play, Katrina: the K Word. Read the full article.