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Michael Tacchia '79Michael Tacchia '79, the pianist of the San Bernardino Symphony, recently founded the youth choral ensemble "San Bernardino Youth Chorus" consisting of young singers between 8 and 14.  The group will make its debut this Christmas season. 2011-12-13





Donna Regis '79Donna Maria Regis ‘79, was the first female concert soloist to perform at A World of Accordions Museum/Harrington ARTS Center in Superior, Wisconsin.  Donna's appearance in Superior was part of a recent concert tour in which she paid musical tribute to several composers/arrangers for the accordion, among them Aldo DeRossi (her late cousin), Tony Lovello, Charles Magnante, and Frank Ricchio. Friendly audiences and standing ovations greeted Donna throughout her tour, which added 3619 miles to her car's odometer and included additional concerts in Green Bay and Union Grove [WI] as well as Cloquet, Minnesota. Donna currently resides in Londonderry, NH.  2011-11-22

Kathryn BosticSinger, songwriter, and composer Kathryn Bostic recently composed the music for the Broadway play "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo," starring Robin Williams. The music garnered her a nomination for a Drama Desk Award for Best Music in a Play.  Kathryn’s new album, From Me to You, is being released in June 2011, and will be available on iTunes. 2011-06-01



Linda Watson '79, Vocal PerformanceSoprano Linda Watson ’79 is renowned internationally for her Wagnerian roles and has performed on many of the world’s opera stages.  She will be performing in Copenhagen this Spring with a new production of Frau Ohne Schatten and this summer will be the Guest Artist in Residence at the AIMS Graz program for young musicians, the Sobot Summer Festival in Germany, and will be singing Elektra in Amsterdam in the Fall. Linda is a Visiting Artist in Voice at Chapman University in California. She lives in Vienna. 2011-03-09


Harry Chalmiers '79 MMComposer, Conductor, and Educator Harry Chalmiers ’79 MM was appointed President of McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, MN in 2007.  Composition and Music Theory faculty members Robert Cogan and Pozzi Escot were keynote speakers at his inauguration. 2010-08-20





Tom Varner '79, French Horn Performance. Photo (c) Daniel SheehanTom Varner '79, French hornist and composer, has recently released his 12th CD, Heaven and Hell, a 15-part suite for an improvising tentet. Tom writes, “The work is a look back at the extreme ups and downs (for all of us) of the last 8 years, including 9/11 in NYC, and becoming a parent ten days later.” Tom moved to Seattle in the fall of 2005 and has enjoyed playing with many great NEC folks in many different groups, including Greg Sinibaldi '95, Greg Campbell ’92 M.M., and Steve Treseler '03. Tom is adjunct horn instructor at Cornish College for the Arts, where Margie Pos ’91 M.M. also teaches. In October, 2009, Tom hosted the 6th Julius Watkins Jazz French Horn Festival at the college, which featured another jazz horn pioneer, John Clark ’72 M.M. 2009-12-04



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.

Juan J. Arango-Escobar, Donna Boughton, Ladybird Dido Brasman, Marie Burnett, David J Campbell, Eun-Wha Chae, Andrew Brady Connor, Debra Wendells Cross, C. P. Dadarria, Cynthia A Davies, Jan Forney-Davis, Akihito Fuse, Roberto C. Gaston, Aram Gharabekian, Bruce Hall, Carol Ann Horn, Sato Torg Knudsen, Christopher J Larkin, Mitsuyo Matsumoto, Brian J. Mihleder, Akiko Nakanishi, Debra Ann O'Brien, Shiro Otsuka, JoAnn Richardson, Eligio Rios, Jurriaan M. Rontgen, Virginia Samuel, Connie Scanlon, Wendy Shermet, Dale Robert Shifler, Machiko Shirai, Bettina Skard, Betsy K Snider, Mary Lou Paraskeve Stamos-Lagoudakis, Hwei-Ming Twu, Elizabeth J. Varnum.