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Donal Fox ’78 performed in a special Gala concert of Opera and Song for the Videmas@25 Festival with many former MET singers including George Shirley, Leona Mitchell, Marquita Lister, and Patricia Miller, at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His work "Variations on T.J.'s 'In Memoriam Sarah Bollinger'"  was premiered. "The powerful music spoke of Fox's interest in music of all kinds and of the innovative approach to music he shares with several of his mentors. This was followed immediately by Schubert's famous "Der Tod und das Mädchen" and Brahms' "Die Trauernde" with mezzo-soprano Patricia Miller; the Schubert was electrifying in its impact - can there ever have been a more dramatic performance than this? Fox's group ended with his own Improvisations on the Brahms song; as this began, Miller ever so slowly left the stage, further adding to the power of this segment of the concert." To read more of John W. Lambert's review go here.   Donal Fox currently resides in Boston.  2012-06-21


Scott Wheeler '78 M.M. (Susan Wilson Photo)Scott Wheeler ’78 M.M. has been named Composer of the Year by the Classical Recording Foundation for a recent Naxos recording of his songs featuring singers Susanna Phillips, Krista River, Joseph Kaiser and William Sharp with pianist Donald Berman '88 M.M. (to be released later this year).  The award will be presented at the Foundation’s Ninth Annual Awards Ceremony and Benefit at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.  Scott studied at Amherst College, New England Conservatory, and Brandeis University (PhD 1984), studying with Lewis Spratlan and Arthur Berger. He pursued further study at the Tanglewood Music Center (with Olivier Messiaen), the Dartington School (with Peter Maxwell Davies), and privately with Virgil Thomson. He teaches at Emerson College in Boston, where he co-directs the BFA program in musical theatre. In 1975 he was co-founder of the new-music ensemble Dinosaur Annex.  Scott is currently working on a co-commission from the Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center Theatre. 2010-09-23


Maureen Horgan '78, '79, Trombone Performance, Music EducationMaureen Horgan ’78, ’79 (Trombone Performance, Music Education) premiered her third commissioned work, 11-Dimensional Supergravity for Flute, Trombone and Digital Media by composer Douglas O’Grady on March 10, 2009 at her faculty recital at Georgia College & State University. The program also included her previous commission from O’Grady, Moe’s Bit o’Blues for Trombone and Digital Media (premiered April, 2008), and other works by living composers. She has been granted professional leave from GCSU in Spring 2010 to record these pieces and other works, including another previous commission, Passages for Trombone Quartet, by Perry Goldstein. 2009-08-14

Penelope Bitzas '78 M.M., Vocal PerformanceIn January, 2009 mezzo-soprano Penelope Bitzas ’78 M.M. performed a recital of music by rarely-heard Greek composers. The concert featured works by late 19th century and early 20th century composers, modern arrangements of folk songs, selections from a Greek operetta, and a special performance of Mantzaros’s Aria Greca. The performance took place at the Tsai Performance Center at Boston University. Penelope currently lives in Brookline, Mass. 2009-08-14






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Kathleen Ann Boyd, David Jay Bruskin, Cesar Silva Concepcion, David Michael Dornbusch, Gail A. Evans, Claire E. Freniere, Mark W. Gaulus, Jack Goldberg, Gary J. Graden, Maricira Guerra, Kyung-Soon Hahn, Rose Anne Hamilton, Anne Harkless, Brigitte N. Hartzell, Ae Un Jhin, Arthur Johnson, Madeleine Joan Kingston, Katherine M. Kitzman, Karen Larsen, Louise Lovedahl, Carole Caselli Lovkay, Roberto Martinez, Jose A Martinez, Ellen Lucille McCaffrey,
Jason Peter Meyer, Carol Ann Nota, Susan Orlando, Richard J. Paley, Linda T. Papatopoli, Andreas Pilarinos, Harry Rosario, Ana Consuelo Salamanca, Domingo Armando Sanchez, Kim E. Scown, Jung Shim Suh, Virginia G. Sullivan, Samran Thongtan, Paul Trombley, Edward F. Ulmer Jr., Laura J. Way.