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Oni Buchanan '04 M.M.recently published her third poetry book Must a Violence where she explores the problem of violence against the undefined, elemental self through a variety of emotional and linguistic responses.  Buchanan has published two previous books of poetry, Spring and What Animal. She is a concert pianist who actively performs across the U.S. and abroad, and is the founder and director of Ariel Artists, a Boston-based management company that represents a national roster of classical and contemporary-classical musicians pursuing visionary performance projects.; Must a Violence is available through University of Iowa Press. 2012-12-12


Dick Hyman and Heather Masse '04 Heather Masse '04 a member of the Billboard-charting trio, "The Wailin Jennys" has also put out a solo album on Red House Records. Her newest CD, Lock My Heart which will be released on February 12, 2013, is a fresh new jazz collaboration with multiple Emmy Award-winning jazz pianist and composer Dick Hyman. The CD is a mix of Heather's originals with Tin Pan Alley classics from the likes of Kurt Weill, Cole Porter and the Gershwins.  It's a romantic collection that begins with the haunting “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” and finishes off with their playful Billie Holiday tribute “I’m Gonna Lock My Heart (and Throw Away the Key).”; Heather currently resides in New York City. 2012-12-03

Timur Bekbosunov '04 M.M. Timur Bekbosunov ’04 M.M. will be taking part in the world-premiere of a newly discovered unfinished opera Orango by Shostakovich, scheduled for premiere on December 2, 2011, in a production, produced by Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by Peter Sellars and conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen at Walt Disney Concert Hall. He will sing the role of Paul Mash. For more information, please visit, http://www.laphil.com/tickets/performance-detail.cfm?id=4642.

After almost three years in development, the large-scale international project Silent Steppe Cantata will have its premiere in Astana, Kazakhstan, on December 10, 2011, at the Norman Foster-designed Palace of Peace and Reconciliation. Commissioned by the largest Central Asian foundation Samruk-Kazyna, cantata is composed by American composer Anne LeBaron and dedicated to Timur Bekbosunov. It will also feature Kazakh folk instrument ensemble Sary-Arka and Astana Philharmonic Women's Choir. For more information about the project, please see the attached press-release, or visit: www.thesilentsteppe.org. 2011-12-13


Atlantic Chamber Ensemble Three NEC alum, violinst Ross Monroe Winter '04, violist Kim Buschek '01 M.M., and flutist Ann Choomack '01 M.M., (who are all members of the Richmond Symphony) along with eight others, have formed the Atlantic Chamber Ensemble. The group has been tapped as Ensemble-in-Residence at WCVE Public Radio (NPR) and gave it's debut concert on Monday, September 26.  ACE is an evergrowing and changing amalgamation of players whose passion and devotion to the art form of chamber music is steadfast.  Their mission is to build new connections and audiences with the people in their own community via innovative programs and community interaction, as well as through partnerships with local organizations. 2011-11-14


Judith Berkson '04, Vocal Performance (Jacob Garchik Photo) Singer, composer, and pianist Judith Berkson ’04 recently released a new record on the ECM label; Oylam. Oylam was reviewed by the New York Times. Last Fall, Judith collaborated with Kronos Quartet on a concert which was recently featured on WQXR radio. Judith is living and working in New York. 2010-12-22






Amy Advocat '04, '06 M.M., Clarinet PerformanceClarinetist and Boston Microtonal Society member, Amy Advocat ’04, ’06 M.M. will be participating in the Bohlen-Pierce Symposium March 7th - 9th - a first-ever conference where performers, scholars, and composers will gather in Boston to explore the harmonic properties of the Bohlen-Pierce scale.

Amy writes, “This [alternative musical] scale is unique because, although it does not contain octaves and contains only steps of approximately three-quarter tones, it has many of the same harmonic properties that make our traditional twelve-tone scale so appealing.  It is so very different from what we have tuned our ears to, yet has consonant sonorities.”

Amy has commissioned many new works for a new clarinet that plays in the Bohlen-Pierce scale. Presently, only five such clarinets exist in the world. Amy will demonstrate the clarinet during the conference and will premier six pieces that were written for her at a concert on Sunday evening.

Amy won the Tourjée Alumni Scholarship Award in May of 2004 and will conclude her doctoral work at McGill, after performing several of her premiered pieces in Montréal at her final doctoral lecture recital in May. She currently lives in Brookline, Mass. 2010-03-04


Courtney Secoy ’03 M.M., ’04 G.D. and Gregory Cohen ’04 M.M. were married on June 20, 2009. According to Courtney, they have NEC and the 39 bus to thank for their meeting! 2009-10-13


"Many Moons" by Heather Masse '04, Jazz Performance Heather Masse ’04 finished work on a solo album of all-original tunes.  Her band is made up of all NEC alumni and students, including Jed Wilson ’05 on piano, Karl Doty ’07, ’09 M.M. on bass, Joel Arnow ’05 on drums, Lyle Brewer (current student) on guitar, and Aoife O’Donovan ’03 DP singing backup vocals. The band toured the western U.S. in April, 2009. In addition, Heather was a guest on A Prairie Home Companion in April, along with Elvis Costello and Tom Rush. They performed at Town Hall in New York first on the 17th and then on the 18th, which was broadcast live. Heather lives in New York City. 2009-08-17

Kevin Harris '04, Jazz Performance (photo by Josh Reynolds for the Boston Globe)  Pianist and composer Kevin Harris '04 M.M. was recently featured on the cover of the Boston Globe's Arts and Entertainment section with his trio the Kevin Harris Project, which includes bassist Keala Kaumeheiwa and drummer Steve Langone. The trio has produced three albums together and recently performed at the Blue Note in New York City. 2009-05-13


The Biava Quartet (Hyunsu Ko ’04 M.M., Mary Persin ’04 M.M., Jason Calloway, and Austin Hartman ’04 M.M.) the current Lisa Arnhold Quartet in Residence at the Juilliard School, and was recently named the Quartet in Residence for the Brevard Music Center’s 2009 season. In addition, the quartet has been doing some extensive touring, including two West Coast tours and a premiere of a piece by Alexander Shchetynsky at the Ukrainian Institute in New York. 2009-05-02


Sarah Tiedemann ’04 M.M. has been appointed to the faculties of Willamette University and Pacific University in Salem and Forest Grove, Oreg., respectively. She is also the Principal Flute in the Salem Chamber Orchestra and Second Flute in Portland’s Columbia Symphony. Sarah will be giving the world premiere of a concerto written by composer John Levey in Michigan in Spring, 2009. 2009-05-02



Josh Deutsch ’04 is currently a graduate teaching fellow at the University of Oregon, in Eugene. He plans to complete his Master’s degree in Jazz Performance and Composition in the spring of 2009. For the past two years, Josh has been performing and recording with Four Across, a quartet that includes Carmen Staaf ’05, Brian Adler ’05, and Kendall Eddy ’04 M.M. The group had a video of their performance at Berklee School of Music featured on the website All About Jazz. They also released a self-titled CD in 2008. Four Across will be on tour in the Northeast and the Northwest this fall and will perform at the Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle in October. Josh was the winner of Downbeat Magazine’s Jazz Soloist award in the college division this year. 2009-05-02


Jeremiah Griffin ’04 M.M. moved to Europe after graduating NEC. He sang several roles on the operatic stage in Italy and won several competitions there. He then moved to New York to pursue a career in jazz and songwriting. In 2005 Jeremiah signed a record deal with Siri Music/Universal Republic, and in 2006 his debut album Chasing Forever was released following The Momentary Now. He has been touring the U.S., Europe, and Africa, and he recently performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Tempere Jazz Festival (in Finland). His songs are on heavy rotation on VH1 and BET J. Jeremiah is currently preparing his next album recording with Grammy Award-winning producer Barry Eastmond. He is also teaching private students in voice. 2009-05-02



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.

Helena Baillie, Emily Andelin Barneck, Daniel Bassin, Peter Gerald Bitenc, Panayota Chaloulakou, Yi-Chen Chang, Cecilia Eva Maria Gaerde, Vanessa Gentzschein, Alexis Lynne Glick, Anne Katherine Ingram, Seung Yeon Jung, Jeeyoung Jung, Louije Kim, Jung-Hyun Kim, Sung-Hyun Kim, Chris Hugh Kjorness, Hyunsu Ko, Yuri Kondoh, Lawrence C. Ku, Ching-Chun Lai, Moon-Kyung Lee, Jaheun Lee, Joyce M. Leonard, Daniel Levine, Hsiao-Ling Lin, Yao-Tsu Lu, Tamar Machnai-Harari, Paula Marie Murrihy, Mi Jung Park, Jae-Won Park, Ji-Sook Park, Ethan Jutto Pernela, Jessica Margaret Sandidge, Nai-Wen Shih, Yangwei Situ, Gavin Steingo, Andreas Voss, Komei Wakahara, Zhan Wang, Kyoko Yano.