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Album Leaf for Harp Solo, a work by Stanley M. Hoffman '84 M.M. which was submitted to the Composer’s Voice concert series call for scores: Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Jasmin Cowin, Harp, was chosen for performance along with fourteen other submissions from over sixty submissions they received from around the globe. The Composer's Voice concert series is a free series in which no performers are paid. The concert organizers strongly encourage audience members to bring donations of food, clothing, and toiletries for the Homeless Outreach & Advocacy Program (HOAP). The performance will take place on Sunday, January 13, 2013 1:00 pm as part of the Composer’s Voice concert series at the Jan Hus Church, 351 East 74th Street, New York City. Stanley also studied at Boston Conservatory and received his Ph.D. in Music at Brandeis University. Dr. Hoffman currently resides with his family in Framingham, MA. 2012-11-01

Don Byron '84 is a multi-instrumentalist, who has performed at festivals around the world and has been repeatedly voted top jazz clarinetist in the DownBeat Critics Poll. He is also a composer who has created albums that celebrate music legends or bring new life to neglected moments in the history of jazz and popular music. These albums include Do the Boomerang—The Music of Junior Walker (Blue Note, 2006) and the Grammy-nominated Ivey Divey (Blue Note, 2004), interpreting the music of Lester Young. Additionally, he has composed and arranged for a wide range of projects, from documentary film soundtracks to dance performances. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2007) and the USA Prudential Fellowship (2007); in 2009, he received the Rome Prize in musical composition and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in musical composition for “7 Etudes for Solo Piano.” A native of New York City, he has long been a part of the New York cultural community through roles such as Artistic Director of Jazz at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Artist in Residence at Symphony Space. He was recently a visiting associate professor at MIT and is currently at the State University of New York, Albany, where he teaches theory, saxophone, improvisation and composition. His most recent release is Love, Peace, and Soul (Savoy, 2011), the debut album of the Don Byron New Gospel Quintet, exploring the music of Thomas A. Dorsey and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. 2012-04-25


Rachel Goodwin '84 MM, Theoretical Studies (Sheppard Ferguson Photo)Ashmont Hill Chamber Music, led by Artistic Director and pianist Rachel Goodwin ’84 M.M., will present Music, Poetry, and American Identity, a public concert in tandem with in-school residencies, featuring the music of Ruth Crawford Seeger. The concert, funded by an “American Masterpieces Chamber Music” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, will be in the historic hall of the Parish of All Saints in Dorchester on May 22, 2011. The residencies will be at the Boston Latin School and the Dorchester Academy. Founded in 1985 by Rachel, Ashmont Hill Chamber Music has performed throughout Boston, including at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Goethe Institute, WGBH, Boston’s First Night Celebration, and radio station WCRB’s New England Concert Hall. To honor her community building efforts and public outreach through music, the Boston Cultural Council named her the Artist/Humanist Fellow of the year in the City of Boston. She currently lives in Dorchester, MA. 2011-05-02




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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.

Erling Aksdal, Maria K Bach, Jesus Manuel Berard, Daine Carlson, Pang Jang Cheung, Won Kim Choi, Stephen Peter Concordia, Chad A. Crumm, Rick G. DellaRatta, Carrol Frangipane, Anita Gao, Paige McMullen Green, Julia A. Griffin, Suni Hyun, Robert Lewis Ingari, Hae-Kyung Lee Kim, Deborah Marie Kiszely-Papp, Leslie Lundeen, Ann Mendum, Akiko Shimazaki Mine, Toshie Okada, Alejandro J. Pulido, Dick Ren, Shigeru Saito, Steven Leonard Scher, Irene Marie Senedak, Keiko Takiguchi, Suzanna Teper, Mauricio Villavecchia, Elizabeth L. Walter, Noriko Shimada Yodogawa.