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Emily H. Sprague '73Emily H. Sprague’73, had a fifteen year career as a rank and file cellist in various regional orchestras.  She earned her Ph.D. in Pure Mathematics, concentrating in Measure Theory, at Kent State University in 2003, then served as Assistant Professor of Mathematics for three years at UW-Richland, a campus of the University of Wisconsin two-year Colleges.  In the fall of 2006 she moved to Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where she was awarded tenure in May 2011.
During the 2010 – 2011 academic year she designed and proposed a First Year Experience, precalculus-level credit-bearing course called The Mathematics of Musical Consonance which was approved by the university-wide curriculum committee for offering in Fall 2011.  Emily currently resides in Cambridge Springs, PA. 2011-11-09


David Reffkin ’73, producer and host of the radio program “The Ragtime Machine,” will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the weekly program July 4, 2011.  David has been at the helm since the beginning, hosting new shows every week without exception.  The program of ragtime music, news and interviews is broadcast on kusf.org, San Francisco.  The purpose of the program is to develop an audience for ragtime performance by providing entertaining and informative broadcasts.  It is the only program of its type in the country.  In addition to David’s work with “The Ragtime Machine,” he is the founder of the American Ragtime Ensemble and works professionally as a violinist, arranger, conductor, and contractor. 2011-05-02


2010 Collaborative Pianist of the Year, Warren Jones '73, Piano PerformanceMusical America recently named Warren Jones ’73 the 2010 “Collaborative Pianist of the Year” in recognition of artistic excellence and achievement in the arts. The award will be presented to him at Lincoln Center on December 14, 2009 alongside Riccardo Muti (Musician of the Year), Louis Andriessen (Composer of the Year), Joshua Bell (Instrumentalist of the Year) and Elīna Garanča (Vocalist of the Year).

Jones has lent his artistry to an impressive list of renowned musicians including Denyce Graves ’88 DP, Marilyn Horne ’98 HON., Stephanie Blythe, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Samuel Ramey and Frederica von Stade to name a few.

Musical America editor, Sedgwick Clark wrote that what struck him and his colleagues about Jones’s performances was, “…his idiomatic singing line, subtle rubato, and ability to adapt to his various partners' unique musicianship without subjugating his own character.”

Jones is a principal musician performing with the Santa Barbara-based chamber ensemble Camerata Pacifica. He also serves on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music and is the Director of Vocal Piano and Interpretation at the Music Academy of the West. 2009-12-04

Musical America reports on the awards ceremony.
Musical America's profile of Warren Jones.


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.

Barbara Bingham, Melvyn Blackman, Susan N. Brientnall, Lawrence Joseph Cruz, John Raymond Danis, Ann L. Dobay, William Robert Durant, Susan Scott Eaton, Frank Jose Fiol, Richard F. Fletcher, Candice Lee Flores, John Benjamin Franklin, Michael Laszlo Garroway, Anne Louise Hawkes, Colin Neil Hemmingsen, Helen B. Jerris, Jeffrey V. Johnson, Nancy Helen Larson, George McGuigan, Brian B Mentha, Brian Elizabeth Mentha-Bennett, Katherine Edmonds Pusztai, Kathleen Read, Ralph Richey, Kathrina P. Schlaikjer, Deborah Lynn Schmidt, Sandra Lee Steubing, Marilyn Tobias, Barbara J. Wing.