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Curtis Hasselbring '88Curtis Hasselbring '88 is a trombonist, guitarist and composer who resides in Brooklyn, NY. Curtis leads the groups The New Mellow Edwards, Decoupage and the Curha-chestra. Number Stations, a 2010 CMA New Jazz Works commission by Curtis will be presented at the 92YTribeca in New York City, on Friday, June 22, at 9:00 p.m. Hasselbring will perform the work with his ensemble the New Mellow Edwards. He has spent the last 20 years playing and recording with such diverse artists as Medeski Martin & Wood, Slavic Soul Party, Golem, Bobby Previte, Josh Roseman, the Either Orchestra, Andrew D’Angelo, Mr. Dorgon, Satoko Fujii, the Jazz Passengers, Frank London, Tom Harrell, Matt Darriau, Cuong Vu’s Vu-tet, Roberto Rodriguez and Anthony Coleman among others. Curtis appears on over 60 recordings including two releases as a leader with the New Mellow Edwards on Skirl Records. In 2010, Curtis received the Chamber Music America New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development program to compose a piece for the New Mellow Edwards and Decoupage together. 2012-06-19

Sean P. Callery '88, Piano Performance (Photo by Mathew Imaging)TV and film composer Sean Callery ’88 has won his third Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series 2010 for the TV series “24.”  He also won the 2007 Film & TV Music Awards for Best Score for a Dramatic Television Program and Best Television Theme for his work on the series.  He recently composed the music for 24: The Game, based on the series, for Sony's PlayStation 2 game console. Callery's unique music integrates instruments, live sound, and computer generated and manipulated sound effects.  While at New England Conservatory, Sean studied piano performance.  He now lives in the Los Angeles area. 2010-09-01


Michael Rossi '88 M.M., '95 D.M., Jazz PerformanceWoodwind specialist Michael Rossi ’88 M.M., ’95 D.M. regularly performs at jazz festivals and conducts workshops and master classes in Africa Europe, and the U.S. He has recorded a number of CDs, including Common Ground with Israeli pianist Micu Narunski, and as a leader on Beauty and the Blues. Michael has also recorded and performed with a diverse roster of artists including Dave Liebman, Clark Terry, Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, and the Boston Big Band. Michael has had a number of his compositions and arrangements published, as well as instructional books such as Contrast and Continuity in Jazz Improvisation, which was nominated for the UCT Book Award. Michael presently serves as President of the South African Association for Jazz Education. He is a Rampone & Cazzani Saxophone Artist. 2009-10-01


Geoffrey Kidde '88 M.M., CompositionGeoffrey Kidde’s (’88 M.M.) composition Songs for William Carlos Williams was included in a Gregg Smith Singers CD released on the Living Artist Label, volume 12, entitled I Am in Need of Music. Geoffrey lives in Mt. Kisco, N.Y. 2009-08-14








Donald Berman '88 M.M., Piano PerformancePianist Donald Berman ’88 M.M. is the Artistic Director for the four-CD set, Americans in Rome: Music by Fellows of the American Academy in Rome. The recording project was a product of Donald’s discovery of a number of musical scores by Samuel Barber, Elliot Carter, David Lang and others. The scores were uncovered in the library of the American Academy in Rome. The album made the Fanfare's Best of 2009 "Want List."  Additionally, the album was named "North American Disc of the Month" by BBC Music Magazine.  Donald earned the distinction again in February for his disc The Light That Is Felt: Songs of Charles Ives. David lectures at Tufts University and co-directs the new music ensemble. He also co-directs Summer Piano Institute with Marilyn Roth at NEC. Donald lives in Cambridge, Mass. 2009-03-27

Elizabeth Monacelli '88DP, Violin PerformanceViolinist Elizabeth Monacelli ’88 DP was recently hired to teach at the Orchepia School of Music in Irvine, Calif. 2009-03-27






"Vincent Persichetti: Complete Piano Sonatas" Geoffrey Burleson '88 M.M., Piano PerformancePianist Geoffrey Burleson ’88 M.M. released four compact discs in 2008. Vincent Persichetti: Complete Piano Sonatas (New World Records) is a 2-CD set on which all twelve of Persichetti’s piano sonatas are united on one release for the first time. The recording received a “BBC Music Choice” designation (5/5 stars) from BBC Music Magazine, and a laudatory feature review in Gramophone. Geoffrey’s second release, Brian Banks: Sonatas and Preludes (Centaur) features recent solo piano works by an American composer who has lived in Mexico for many years, teaching composition at the University of the Americas. Third is Odd Couple (Oxingale Records); a duo CD with cellist Matt Haimovitz, featuring sonatas by Samuel Barber and Elliott Carter, as well as newer works by David Sanford and Augusta Read Thomas. And finally, Geoffrey released Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time (Centaur), with the Holy Cross Chamber Players. Geoffrey teaches piano at Princeton University, and is enjoying his second year as Assistant Professor of Piano and Director of Piano Studies at Hunter College-City University of New York. He also continues to perform as principal pianist with Boston Musica Viva and currently resides in Floral Park, N.Y. 2008-12-11


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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.

Kelly Dale Anderson, Estella Edith Berg, Danielle Conway Chiel, Amy Rebecca Cohen, Rika Murakami Conners, Michael Fischer, Jungeun Bae Han, James Mitchell Haupers, Noja Kang, Sung-Youn Veronica Kim, Janet Kristen Leavens, Kye-Cheol Lee, Kyung-Shin Lee, Marlen Luciano Perez, Christopher Gordon Meagley, Hideki Nuizato, Jeffrey Michael Parker, Jesus Delfin Perez, Motomasa Saito, John Santoianni, Kensaku Shimizu Ph.D., Tommy Soetedja, Michael Vincent Stirling, Tsuyoshi Teramoto, Clara Yee Kuen Woy, Yen-Cheng Yu.