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Rochester Review
September–October 2012
Vol. 75, No. 1

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Eastman School of Music


D. Donald Cervone ’70E (PhD) writes: “As an early commemoration of my 80th birthday, I assembled former members of the Brockport Singers, a chamber chorus I conducted from 1968 to 1982, while I was on the faculty at the State University of New York, College at Brockport. Two days of rehearsals culminated in a public presentation in June at the First Baptist Church of Brockport. The program included the first performance of my second setting of the text of Nunc dimitiis composed especially for the occasion in memory of deceased members of the Singers and deceased colleagues of the music department.” . . . Josef Orosz, a retired Army bandmaster, writes that he’s researched and written a booklet, “The History of Taps,” to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the creation of the famous bugle call. He adds that 500 copies of the booklet were distributed at Arlington Cemetery and 350 copies were distributed at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Altoona, Pa., on Armistice Day. The booklet is available free online at


Catharina Meints Caldwell, associate professor of viola da gamba at Oberlin, has published The Caldwell Collection of Viols: A Life Together in the Pursuit of Beauty (Music Word Media). The book is available in print form, accompanied by two CDs, or as an Apple iPad app. A comprehensive look at the viol collection of Catharina and her late husband, James Caldwell, the book includes more than 200 photographs, 40 audio tracks, details of the provenance, dimensions, and restoration history of the instruments, and essays by musicologist Thomas MacCracken.


G. Stanley Powell (MM) writes: “I was the guest of honor at the 40th anniversary concert of the Music at Abington Concert Series, which I began in 1972, during my 20-year tenure as minister of music of the Abington Presbyterian Church in Abington, Pa. I was also invited to share in the conducting of the Abington Symphony Orchestra (which I also founded) and Oratorio Choir of the church, during the concert. At a similar occasion in 1997, I was awarded the title minister of music emeritus.


D. Donald Cervone (PhD) (see ’55). . . . John McNeill ’73E (MA) writes that the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Marimba Band performed at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival in June. Pictured from left to right are band members John, Jillian Pritchard ’03E, Kristen Shiner McQuire ’83E (MM), Brian Stotz ’79E, Charles Ross, and Howard Potter ’82E (MM). Not pictured is Anthony Calabrese ’02E. . . . Arthur Michaels writes: “I’ve won Imagine Music Publishing’s 2011 Fusion Series Band Composition Contest with my Grade 3 piece Tomorrow’s Hopes and New Horizons. I also won the company’s 2011 Pathways Series Band Composition Contest with my Grade 4 piece Escapade in Swing. Imagine Music will publish both pieces.”


Christine Ranck, a trauma therapist, has coauthored a book, Ignite the Genius Within: Discover Your Full Potential (Penguin Books).


Brian Stotz (see ’70).


Librettist Kate Light ’82E (MM) writes that in June, her new one-act opera with composer Theo Popov, Once Upon the Wind, was performed at Symphony Space in New York City. The opera, an adaptation of a Russian folk tale, “was performed as part of a program of four new one-acts written by the 2011–12 fellows at American Lyric Theater’s Composer and Librettist Development Program. This is my second opera libretto. The first, ‘The Life and Love of Joe Coogan,’ adapted from an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show, premiered in 2010.” A lyricist and poet, Kate is also a professional violinist.


Howard Potter (MM) (see ’70).


Conductor Bill Eddins ’86E (MM) made his Carnegie Hall debut in May as part of the Spring for Music festival. Music director of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Bill led the symphony in works by Robert Rival, John Estacio, Alan Gilliland, and, he writes, “the mighty First Symphony of Bohuslav Martinu.” . . . Kristen Shiner McQuire (MM) (see ’70).


Susanna Self writes: “I’m getting married to Jeffrey Noel Lastrapes, assistant professor of cello at Texas Tech University. I’m also completing my doctor of musical arts degree in December at Texas Tech.” . . . Dean Sorenson (MM) writes that he’s published First Place for Jazz (Neil A. Kjos), a methods book for beginning jazz players. Dean is the director of jazz studies at the University of Minnesota.


Bill Jobert (MM) writes: “I was promoted to lecturer of music at Wright State University, where I teach bassoon and serve as the coordinator of music education. I performed two faculty recitals in the past year, one in September and one in April, each featuring premieres of new works I commissioned for bassoon. I performed a recital of duo works for bassoon and contrabassoon this summer at the International Double Reed Society conference.”


Anthony Calabrese (see ’70).


Jillian Pritchard (see ’70).


Angela Lee Carpenter ’07E (MA) (see ’05 River Campus undergraduate).


Lauren Shookhoff (see ’06 River Campus undergraduate).