Faculty, Student and Alumni News: Fall 2013

Faculty News

Don Batchelder (Adjunct Faculty, trumpet; brass studies coordinator) gave several high-profile solo performances in Fall 2013, including a featured solo appearance with the Ridgewood Concert Band; a full recital with Cali organ faculty Renée Louprette; the Shostakovich Piano Concerto with the Stamford Symphony; and Bach's Second Brandenburg Concerto with the Sherman Chamber Ensemble.

Nancy Billmann (Adjunct Faculty, French horn) was the hornist for a performance of the Beethoven Piano and Wind Quintet on a Westchester Philharmonic concert in November with guest pianist and recent MacArthur Award winner Jeremy Denk, Melanie Feld, Frank Morelli, and John Moses.

Robert Butts (Adjunct Faculty, Introduction to Music) conducted: "Romance & Revolution," a concert with the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey in November;  a fully staged production of Die Fledermaus with Eastern Opera Company of New Jersey, Brook Arts Center (Bound Brook, NJ) in November; and a semi-staged production of The Magic Flute with Opera Theatre of Montclair in Montclair in December.
Steve Colson (Adjunct Faculty, Introduction to Jazz) was mentioned in the Village Voice “The Best Jazz Shows in NYC This Month” listing in August. In December, he was a  panelist for the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience (Rutgers University), NJPAC and Newark Museum regarding the 50th anniversary of Blues People by Amiri Baraka (NJ Poet Laureate) – first book on Blues/Jazz by an African American.

Sarah Brett England (Collaborative Pianist) music-directed the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at SUNY New Paltz; Sweet & Hot at Trinity School; and accompanied a reading of a new musical, The Witching Hour.
Alan Ferber (Adjunct Faculty, jazz trombone) released a big band recording: Alan Ferber, "March Sublime" (Sunnyside Records), which has been nominated for a 2014 Grammy award in the "Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album" category. He was the recipient of a 2013 Chamber Music America "New Jazz Works" grant, funded by the Doris Duke Foundation. He is writing new music for his group, Nonet. He also toured extensively with Esperanza Spalding's Radio Music Society throughout 2013.  The touring culminated in a wonderful performance at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Curacao. 

Karen Goodman (Professor, Music Therapy) presented her work on 'Culture-centered music therapy:Education and Training' at the European Music Therapy Conference, ' Setting the Tone: Cultures of Relating and Reflecting in Music Therapy', Oslo, Norway. Her work has been published in Kirkland, K. (Ed.)  (2013) International  Dictionary of Music Therapy. London, U.K.: Routledge. Pp 29,34,35,82,84,118

Marsha Heller (Adjunct Faculty, oboe) has been involved with a new group called "Double Entendre Music Ensemble" which is dedicated to commissioning and performing music for double reed ensembles. They gave a concert in October at The Old Stone House in Brooklyn, and were able to include a piece for two oboes, two English horns and two bassoons written for us by my oboe student Owen Davitt (BMus - Music Education '15).

Ting Ho (Professor, Theory/Composition) was appointed to the Academic Council for Thomas Edison State College, one of New Jersey's twelve senior public institutions of higher education and one of the oldest accredited schools in the country designed exclusively to address the unique needs of adult learners specifically through online degree and professional programs.  The College serves over 20,000 students from 50 states and approximately 70 countries around the world.

Eric Miller (Adjunct Faculty, Music Therapy) presented a bio-guided Music Therapy seminar at the Berklee School of Music in Boston in September for an enthusiastic group of students. Dr. Miller coordinates MSU’s David Ott lab for Music and Health where students in the Fall course for Music, Physiology and Technology conducted the lab’s first 19-channel EEG brain-maps. David Ott scholar, Dawn Chik volunteered her brain and was monitored while listening to silence, Stevie Wonder, and Tibetan bowls.

Darren O'Neill (Assistant Professor; Coordinator of Guitar Studies) hosted and performed in a memorial concert for Dennis Cinelli (1953-2012) in Leshowitz Hall on On Wednesday, November 11 at 5pm. Guest artists included Mary Cherney, John LaBarbera, Mark Wade, and Rex Benincasa. The concert featured original works and arrangements by Mr. Cinelli. From 1989-2011, Mr. Cinelli served as Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Guitar Studies in the music department at Montclair State University.

Georgia Smith (Adjunct Faculty, Music Therapy) presented at the Healing Arts Conference at the Montclair Art Museum, sponsored by Atlantic Health. She also ran the Music Therapy portion of the Creative Arts Sampler conducted at Sage Eldercare in Summit, NJ. This program is offered to local seniors in the beginning to moderate stages of dementia and Alzheimer's from the community.

Gregg Wramage (Adjunct Faculty, Theory/Composition) and conductor Renee Baker, Chicago Modern Orchestra Project, received a Music Alive: New Partnerships composer residency grant from New Music USA and League of American Orchestras for the Chicago premiere of my chamber orchestra work, “in shadows, in silence.” The original sextet version of “in shadows, in silence” was composed at The Macdowell Colony, New Hampshire in 2002 and premiered that summer by eighth blackbird at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. The chamber orchestra version was premiered in 2003 at Marin Alsop’s Cabrillo Festival. https://soundcloud.com/gregg-wramage/in-shadows-in-silence-2002. Gregg is documenting his residency on his website: greggwramage.com

Student News
James Smith (BMus. Performance  '14) won the Inaugural Cali Choral Composition Competition in December with his Reflections, which will receive its Carnegie Hall premier by Cali's Vocal Accord in March.

Alumni News

Lynn Chao (BMus. Performance '13) is pursuing a Masters in Trumpet Performance at the Manhattan School of Music, where she studies with Vincent Penzarella. Based on her strong audition, Lynn was invited to join the elite Orchestral Repertory class under Tom Smith. She studied at the Cali School with Prof. Don Batchelder.

Joshua Dela Cruz (BFA - Music Theater '11) joined the cast of Disney's Broadway-bound Aladdin at Toronto's Mirvish Theatre. He studied with Prof. Peter Gillis at the Cali School.

Soprano Mia Pafumi (BMus. Performance '13) was engaged by the Sarasota Opera in their apprentice program in November. She will perform as a soprano in ensemble roles throughout their mainstage season. She studied with Prof. Peter Gillis at the Cali School.