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Joel Weiskopf '85 ministers in music regularly at two full-gospel churches in the New York City area. He has written over a hundred jazz and Christian-jazz compositions, several which are featured on his four critically-acclaimed CD recordings on the Criss Cross Jazz record label. The recordings feature world-class jazz musicians such as John Patitucci, Eric Harland and Brian Blade. Joel is currently working on jazz projects with vibraphonist Mark Sherman, Joel's brother Walt Weiskopf, as well as flutist Anders Bostrom. (Please visit www.joelweiskopf.com for more info.) Weiskopf recently performed a Messianic-Gospel-Jazz concert at New Life Christian Store, which featured his instrumental and vocal compositions. He has performed with his own groups at New Jersey City University, where he has been on the jazz faculty for 14 years. Other highlights include a recent CD recording on the Steeplechase label with saxophonist Greg Tardy entitled "The Strongest Love", and a concert and recording with saxophonist Larry Panella at The University of Southern Mississippi. Joel's story was featured in the January/February 2012 edition of Jews for Jesus' "Issues - A Messianic-Jewish Perspective". 2012-02-17
Oddur Björnsson '85 has been the principal trombonist of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra since 1985. He is also principal trombonist with the Iceland Opera Company and a founding member of the Icebrass, Brass Quintet. With the ISO Oddur has toured Scandinavia, Europe and the US. 2011-11-17
Meredith “Babe” Borden '85, '89 M.M. is the lead singer on Willie McBlind's CD, Bad Thing, which has found its way to the top of the blues heap, earning a 4****star review in Downbeat Magazine, as well as placing in the BEST CD'S OF 2010 in the January 2011 issue. The CD and Borden's vocals are recieving excellent reviews. Meredith studied with John Moriarty and Helen Hodam in NEC’s Opera Training Program, and was also introduced to the microtonal musical language at NEC with the late Joseph Maneri. Borden has been a featured singer in the premieres of exploratory works by Meredith Monk, Philip Glass, and Scott Wheeler, respectively. She has been a featured soloist and lead performer in settings like the American Festival of Microtonal Music, the Queen’s Chamber Band at Merkin Concert Hall in NYC, and productions including the globe-trotting rock musical troupe HAIR. In addition to Willie McBlind's Bad Thing, and the debut album, Find My Way Back Home, Meredith also sang lead on the Birdhouse and Evolution for Electric Guitar and Orchestra albums released on FreeNote Records. Borden's life as a performing artist - both in the studio and onstage - also includes her role as vocal coach and instructor based out of Hoboken, NJ where she currently resides. The CD can be purchased at the website or at CDbaby, Amazon, iTunes and Abstract Logix. 2011-05-02
Conductor Aaron Kula '85 M.M. and his Klezmer Company Orchestra (KCO), ensemble in residence at Florida Atlantic University Libraries, have been awarded Best Klezmer Album for their CD Beyond the Tribes and Best Klezmer Song for 2nd Avenue Hoedown for 2009 from Just Plain Folks, the world’s largest grassroots music organization. The CD is available on KCO's website, itunes, and CDBaby. 2010-07-30
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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.
William T. Anderson, Annette Champness, Jose R. Coronado Jr., Oleg Gotskosik, Xiao-Ming Han, Ronald James Hay, Shao Jiang Huang, Angela Jones, Shinji Kawamoto, Chang-Kyoon Kim, Judith Klein, Hae-Jeon Lee, Carolyn Lowe, Janet Mahnke, Akira Mori, Peter Gustaf Nelson, Seong Mee Park, Hyun-Ju Park, Sergio Pelacani, Marcio De Carvalho Resende, Patricia Mastalsz Schwartz, Kensaku Shimizu Ph.D., Timothy Smith, Ronald N Spears, Naomi Takagi, Sachiko Tokunaga, William J. Van Etten, Thomas Vinton, Yang Wang, Richard Wigley, Margaret Wojcik.