Cali Faculty, Student and Alumni News: Summer '13

Magdalena Stern Baczewska (Adjunct Faculty, piano) performed and taught at the International Keyboard Institute in New York City. She recorded the third volume of Music for Dreams, a music collection designed for patients with sleep difficulties. She also participated as a harpsichordist and performed in the Vancouver Early Music Program and performed in the Music Week at the Mohonk Mountain House.

Nancy Billmann (Adjunct Faculty, French horn) played recording sessions with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. She also performed with Erikah Badu and the Brooklyn Philharmonic.  

Heather Buchanan (Professor, Director of Choral Activities) and Lori McCann (Associate Professor, Voice) attended the 8th International Congress of Voice Teachers in Brisbane, Australia in July. Dr. Buchanan presented a Body Mapping session and conducted the opening ceremony. She and Dr. McCann presented a session entitled: "The Dynamic Relationship Between the University Voice Faculty & Choral Directors: Strategies for Limiting Conflict – A Unified Approach."  In August, Dr. Buchanan conducted MSU Vocal Accord in a performance of The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in a multi-media event at NJPAC.  It is part of the popular Zelda Nintendo 25th anniversary celebrations and was one of a series of performances being given world-wide.

Robert Butts (Adjunct Professor, Introduction to Music) conducted Puccini's Madama Butterfly and Verdi's Otello in the first performances of the new opera company, Eastern Opera Company of New Jersey in Bound Brook, NJ. He also directed the first performance of his musical theater work A Night in the Wilde Wild West (play by Jewel Seehaus-Fisher, music and lyrics by Robert Butts).

Vincent Carr (Adjunct Faculty, organ) studied composition for the summer of 2013 at La Schola Cantorum de Paris, at the invitation of the European American Musical Alliance. During his residency in Paris, he studied harmony, counterpoint, musicianship and composition in the tradition of Nadia Boulanger from her last disciples and students. He completed three compositions, The Baby's Dance and Ave Verum Corpus for chorus as well as the Petit Suite for Piano, all under the guidance of renowned American composer David Conte. Following his studies in Paris, Mr. Carr presented a solo organ recital in Lille (Flanders) as part of the city's Organ Festival.

Barry Centanni (Adjunct Faculty, percussion) performed at the Astoria Music Festival in Oregon, with the orchestra for the opera La Hija da Rappaccini with the Gotham Opera Company in both New York and Los Angeles; and with the Orchestra of St. Luke's at our summer home Caramoor. One of the highlights of his summer was a performance of the New York Percussion Group featuring MSU students Taylor Goodson (MA ’13), Ayden Khan (BMus, Music Education ’14), Garrett Vargo (BMus, Music Education ’16), Lawrence Faucett (BMus, Music ins School & Community Settings ‘15) and Chelsea DiDiego (BMus, Music Education ’12) at 2013 graduate Mary Carter’s school where she was recently appointed music therapist.

Charles Corey (Adjunct Faculty, theory/composition; BMus '05; MA'06) was appointed Director of the Harry Partch Institute and had premieres of two recent compositions, Dialogue and Excursions.

Sarah Brett England  (Accompanist) music directed The Little Mermaid at Barrington Stage Company and a reading of Bat Boy. She accompanied masterclasses at Telsey & Co. and Actors Connection, accompanied "Let Us Begin" in concert, as well as Vocal Ease concerts.

Karen Goodman (Professor, Music Therapy) taught in the Teaching in English program (under the auspices of the MSU Global Education Center) in July at Tianjin University, China, presenting methodology in higher education pedagogy to professors there.

Andrew Kaye (Adjunct Professor, World Music) gave an invited lecture for the Cambridge University Social Anthropology Society (UK) in May.  The lecture was entitled "Worldbeat and the music of tomorrow."

Tatyana Kebuladze (Adjunct Professor, piano) and Boris Kucharsky (Adjunct Professor, violin) presented a masterclass and an evening recital at Agder University in Kristiansand, Norway.

Ken Lam (Associate Professor, Director of Orchestral Studies) conducted the Hong Kong Sinfonietta in two different programs, made his opera debut at the Luminato Festival in Toronto, Canada, and led six concerts at the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina.

Ron Levy (Accompanist) performed a gala chamber music concert with members of the Rockland Symphony and a solo concert in Vero Beach, Florida. In addition, he and the Palisades Virtuosi completed Volume V of their New American Masters series of commissioned works.

Deborah Mello (Adjunct Professor, Choral Studies) spent a week in residence at the St. Thomas Boychoir School in New York City serving as vocal coach for the summer girls course.  

Christopher Opperman (Adjunct Professor, music business and theory) played a maniacal piano player in the movie Chilling Visions: 5 Senses of Fear, that was broadcast on Chiller TV and will soon be available in Blu-Ray and on Netflix. He also wrote the music for part of the film, a piece called "Listen, My Children." He released a new EP of music called Studio House that features Montclair alumni Jeff Little (BMus, Performance ’10) and Raymond Carega (BMus, Theory/Composition ’11).

LeAnn Overton (vocal coach) enjoyed her ninth summer with the Oberlin in Italy program as director for the Concert Group. Performance venues included Cherubini Conservatory and the prestigious Palazzo Tornabuoni in Florence. She also was senior vocal coach for the Festival Songe d'été in Courcelles Canada.

Mary Ann Mumm (Adjunct Faculty, violin) performed and presented masterclasses at the Alfredo de Saint Malo International Music Festival, Panama City, Panama. She served as artist/faculty at Filarmonica Joven de Columbia, orchestral residency program in Bogota, Columbia. As artist/faculty for Youth Orchestras of the Americas Central American, residency and 2013 tour, she taught masterclasses, coached orchestras and met with ministers of culture at national conservatories and universities in major cities of Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador and Belize. She was on the faculty at the ASTA/NJ Chamber Music Institute, Kean University, Union, NJ.

Mark Pakman (Adjunct Faculty, piano) taught and performed the Schumann Piano Quintet at the Summit Festival. He also served as an adviser to a Manhattan School of Music DMA candidate on her thesis dedicated to the late period of Alfred Schnittke.

Jan Prokop (Adjunct Faculty, voice) had musical theater students from her studio perform at the Connecticut Repertory Theatre (Storrs, CT), Weston Playhouse (Weston, VT), and the Carousel Music Theater (Boothbay Harbor, ME).  

Holli Ross (Adjunct Faculty, vocal jazz) completed a recording with Amy London, Darmon Meader & Dylan Pramuk, of arrangements of bop and cubop compositions. She contributed lyrics to three of the compositions, while featuring jazz masters Mark Murphy, Sheila Jordan, Bob Dorough, Annie Ross and Jon Hendricks. Under the current moniker of the ADHD Singers, the quartet performed at a special Mark Murphy tribute at Joe's Pub and at the Schroon Lake Jazz Festival. She also contributed lyrics to two compositions by Dr. Jeff Kunkel (Associate Professor and coordinator, jazz studies) on his new CD release, Meu Coração Brasileiro.  

David Sabella-Mills (Adjunct Faculty, voice) presented a workshop on online teaching protocols and techniques for the Voice Foundation in Philadelphia in May. In July, he was the music director at the Broadway Theater Project Florida State University (Tampa). He continues to be the president of the New York Singing Teachers Association.

Stephanie Samaras (Adjunct Faculty, voice) is the teacher of Evan Ruggiero (Theater and Dance Department, Music Theater) who performed on the Ellen DeGeneres show.

Marissa Silverman (Assistant Professor, Music Education) presented a paper, “Politics, Democracy, and an Ethic of Care for Music Education," for the May Day Group Colloquium 25: Music Education and Political Agency at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada). In July she presented a paper, “Teaching Urban Music Education: How to Draw from Urban Students’ Experiences to Expand Musical Potentials,” at New York University.

Gwendolyn Toth (Adjunct Faculty, harpsichord) spent the summer touring in Europe. She played solo concerts on historical organs in the Netherlands, Poland, and Switzerland, as well as visiting instrument museums in Switzerland and Germany.

Students of Prof. Mary Ann Mumm were active internationally:  Karin Cuellar (BMus, Performance ’14) won a full scholarship, American Bach Soloists Festival and Academy (San Francisco Conservatory), and Baroque Festival at Longy School of Music (Cambridge, MA). She is on the violin faculty at the Union City Music Project (Union, NJ). Aurora Mendez (BMus, Performance ’17) won a full scholarship to participate in the Schlesswig-Holstein International Music Festival. Elizabeth Moulthrop (Performer’s Certificate ’14) worked on the "Notes for Change" music project in Pisco, Peru. She is the founder/president as well as teacher. She coordinated and served on the faculty of the Paterson Music Project in association with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Colleen Mander (BMus, Music Education ’14) taught in the pre-school music summer program in Long Island NY. Jhi-Eun Gu (BMus, Music Education ’14) was a participant in the Alfredo de St. Malo International Music Festival (Panama) and a Counselor/coach for the ASTA/NJ Chamber Music Institute. Eugenia Kim (BMus, Music Education ’14) was a participant in the Alfredo de St. Malo International Music Festival(Panama). Nathan Sonnenfeld (BMus, Music Education ’15) participated in the ASTA/NJ Chamber Music Institute. Beatrice Naumann (BMus, Performance ’14) was employed as orchestra violinist for a summer music theater in Long Beach Island, NJ.

Dawn Chik (BA, Music Therapy, piano ’14) won a scholarship to attend the Music Therapy World Congress 2014 in Vienna, Austria.

Ken Lam’s conducting student, Johnny Ng (Performer’s Certificate ’13), was a fellow at the American Academy of Conducting in Aspen.