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After Fred Hersch ‘77 fell into a two month coma in 2008 he collaborated with Herschel Garfein ’82 M.M. on a theater piece entitled “Coma Dreams” based on the dreams he had while unconscious. “My Coma Dreams” is a 90-min production that blends Hersch’s music and Garfein’s script based on interviews with Hersch, his doctor and his partner, with theatrical interpretations of his dreams and experiences, supported by video projections.  The show’s 12-piece ensemble accommodates his mood shifts and various dreams including one with Thelonious Monk, and a gig at a jazz diner in the woods.  The piece was commissioned by New Jersey’s Peak Performances and premiered at Montclair University. It will play in San Francisco at the Herbst Theater and will also play in Berlin at the European Society of Intensive Care. 2012-01-26


Bart Marantz ’77 M.M. will be awarded the National John LaPorta Jazz Educator of the Year award by the Jazz Education Network and the Berklee College of Music during its annual conference Jan. 4-7, 2012 in Louisville Kentucky.  The award is funded by the Berklee College of Music to honor its late and distinguished professor, John LaPorta who played a pivotal role in the earliest stage of formalized jazz education. The award recognizes an outstanding high school, middle school or elementary school educator whose focus is jazz education and who also represents the highest standards and qualities of teaching in the nation. He is only the sixth recipient to receive this prestigious honor. In the past he was interviewed in JazzEd Magazine, where he discussed his years of jazz training, performing, and teaching. He is the Director of Jazz Studies at the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts in Dallas, Texas. The school’s music department has received 221 DownBeat student music Awards since 1983. Bart’s son, Luke Marantz is a current NEC student and is the winner of 17 DownBeat student music awards. 2011-12-14


Michèle Brosseau-Tacchia '77 M.M.Michèle Brosseau-Tacchia '77 M.M. recently established and conducts the youth orchestra "Symphonie Jeunesse" in San Bernardino, California.  The orchestra, consisting of musicians age 13-22, is entering it's 4th season and has recently been invited to provide back-up accompaniment to the Los Angeles leg of David Archuleta's (2007 American Idol) touring band. 2011-12-13




Dr. Phillip Silver '77, '79 M.M., Piano PerformancePhillip Silver ’77, ’79 M.M. (Piano Performance) recently released a world premiere CD on the London based Toccata Classics label of chamber music by Leone Sinigaglia, an Italian-Jewish student of Dvorak, friend of Brahms, and ultimately at the age of 77, Holocaust victim. Performing with Phillip is his wife, cellist Noreen Silver ’80 M.M., and violinist Solomia Soroka. Phillip lives in Bangor, Maine and was recently promoted to Professor of Music at the School of Performing Arts at the University of Maine, Orono. 2011-06-28


Whirl, Fred Hersch '77, Jazz StudiesNEC faculty member, jazz pianist, and composer Fred Hersch ’77 was recently featured in an NPR “Fresh Air” story about his new album, Whirl, and his incredible recovery after a coma.  Hersch is also collaborating with composer Herschel Garfein ’82 M.M., composer for the recent operatic adaptation of Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, on a new work entitled My Coma Dreams. Hersch was named Jazz Pianist of the Year for 2011 from the Jazz Journalists Association. 2011-06-21



David Winer '77, Music Education, TubaAfter thirty years as a high school music educator and conductor, David Winer '77 (Music Education and Tuba) is in his third year as the K-12 Supervisor of Music for the Westport, CT Public Schools.  In October, David conducted the Berkshire Music Festival Honors Band and will be conducting the Connecticut Music Educators Association Eastern Region Band in January, 2010. 2009-11-06






Roger Kaza '77, French Horn Performance

Roger Kaza ’77 has been appointed principal French horn for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, a position he will begin in September, 2009. He had previously performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He has also previously performed with the St. Louis Symphony from 1983 to 1995. He is currently associate principal horn of the Houston Symphony and principal horn of the Chautauqua, N.Y. Symphony, and assistant professor of horn at the University of Houston as well. He currently resides in Houston, Tex.


Robert "Bo" Winiker '77DP, Trumpet PerformanceRobert “Bo” Winiker ’77 DP has been performing with the Bo and Bill Winiker Orchestra at Upstairs on the Square in Cambridge. There, Bo and his brother Bill have been hosting dinner dances every month.  The brothers were recently featured in articles by Brookline Magazine and the Cambridge Chronicle. The band continues to perform every Sunday at Skipjack’s in Copley Square (where they have been a staple for 18 years), as well as performing many wedding receptions, corporate events, and social functions. Bo resides in Brookline, Mass. 2009-08-13




Help find your lost classmates

Unfortunately, NEC has lost touch with some of your classmates. If you have e-mail or other contact information for any of the people listed below, please let us know so that we can keep them informed of reunions and other NEC activities.

Maura Jill Bernstein, Janet L. Casey, Sandra Ciacci, Lynne Eaton, Pedro Freire, Thomas Alan Hill, Carolyn Hoenig, Miyoko Kimura, Jeffrey David Kline, Eun Ae Yoo Lee, Janet A Lohman, Miyoko Kimura Maeda, Yiu Dick Mo, Sachiko Nagatoishi, Eun-Shim Park, Jane H. F. Perkins, Rebecca Roop, Deborah Lee Rudolph, Robert L. Sandstrom, Ismael G. Sugranes, Judith B. Welles.