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Christopher Blair ’74, reports that for the last 11 years he has been Principal/Chief Scientist with Akustiks LLC in Norwalk, Connecticut. The firm is responsible for the acoustic design of major new performing arts centers in the country, including Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville and The Smith Center in Las Vegas, as well as work for educational clients such as the Eastman School of Music and Cleveland Institute of Music among many others. Chris is currently working with orchestras on concert hall designs in Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica, as well as in the US. As Akustiks’ Tuning Conductor he also has to opportunity to lead orchestras in rehearsals and concerts to familiarize them with their new spaces. In the past year he has worked in this capacity with the Sao Paulo State Symphony, the National Orchestras of Mexico and Costa Rica, the United States Coast Guard Band, and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Retirement not in the picture for now…he’s having way too much fun! 2012-05-29


On June 2nd, at 8 PM, The New York Virtuoso Singers, the Salome Orchestra, and The SilverCloud Native American Singers will present the NYC premiere of Requiem for the Victims of Genocide by C. Edward Hupton '74 M.M. with Harold Rosenbaum conducting.  This powerful work pays tribute to victims of the atrocities and horrors that occurred in several genocides throughout the world, including:  Cambodia, Rwanda, Nanjing, the Russian gulags and North America.  In addition, the closing segment represents the composer’s personal pilgrimage to the Auschwitz concentration camp and museum. Hupton shares, “Requiem for the Victims of Genocide is a timely work that reminds us we still live in the age of genocide, and only education and public outcry will halt such atrocities.  In our own lifetimes too many heinous crimes against humanity have gone unchecked, when intervention could have diminished the tragic results.” St. Mary’s Church is located at 145 West 46th Street, a half block east of Times Square.  Tickets may be purchased through www.salomechamber.org. 2012-05-15

Kay Dunlap Solomon ’74 M.M. is the Director of Revels Repertory Company, the touring ensemble of Revels, Inc. in Watertown, Mass. The 40-member ensemble presents staged performances of original musical theatre productions on cultural and historic themes throughout New England. Kay resides in Sherborn, Mass. 2009-08-18

Jennifer Gilman '74 M.M., Clarinet Performance, with the Kaleidoscope Chamber EnsembleClarinetist Jennifer Gilman ’74 M.M. has been teaching instrumental music at Scituate Public Schools for 20 years. She is in her 10th year as a member of the Kaleidoscope Chamber Ensemble. Jennifer has been with her partner Meri Bond for 21 years. She currently lives in Roslindale, Mass. 3/20/09



Karen Kimes ’74 M.M. is newly appointed to the position of Executive Director of the Redlands Symphony Orchestra. She now lives in Redlands, Calif. 3/9/09

"Streams in the Desert" - works by Meira Warshauer '74, '76 M.M., '80 M.M., Piano Performance, Composition  Meira Warshauer ’74, ’76 M.M., ’80 M.M. recently released a new CD of her works, Streams in the Desert. In addition, her piece Shevet Achim for two bass clarinets was presented in May of 2008 by the CUBE Contemporary Chamber Ensemble at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Ill. Meira spent May, 2008 at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, N.H., where she worked on a new piece for shofar, trombone, and orchestra. She currently lives in Colombia, S.C. 2/2/09 


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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.

Patricia E Beck, Richard Bilkin, David F. Bunce, Cynthia K. Canary, C. M. Clark Jr., Charlotte Anne Edwards, Fredi Vieira Gerling, Kathryn Anne Ingalls, Phyllis F. Joslin, Karen Jean Kimes, Vernal J. King, Marie G Kleiman, Gary Magby, Kazuko Niimura, Carolyn Calvin Olson, William David Owens, Gregory James Reinhart, Robert Schuyler, Scott Andrew Shain, Thomas Russell Smith II, Mary C. Snyder, Karen E. Taylor, Elizabeth J. Tuck, Nadia Hlibka Weatherby.