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Emily Hindrichs '09 D.M.A. and Paula Murrihy '03 M.M. '04 G.D. pictured backstage at Oper Frankfurt's production of Die Zauberflöte, Hindrichs making her German debut as Königin der Nacht, and Murrihy reprising her role as 2nd lady. Next, Hindrichs makes her role debut as Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with the Connecticut Early Music Festival. Murrihy performs Baba the Turk in The Rake's Progress at Oper Frankfurt, where she is a member of the ensemble. 2012-04-10
Kathryn Salfelder ’09 is a recipient of the 2012 Morton Gould Young Composer Award presented by the ASCAP Foundation. Her orchestral commission from the Albany Symphony: a new soprano saxophone concerto, "Lux Perpetua", premiered in October 2011, featuring Timothy McAllister (of the PRISM Quartet) as soloist with the Albany Symphony, and David Alan Miller, conductor. She has won awards that include the ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize, Ithaca College Walter Beeler Memorial Composition Prize, US Air Force Colonel Arnald D. Gabriel Award, Japanese Society of Boston Toru Takemitsu Award, and an Encore Grant from the American Composers Forum. Her work for wind ensemble, Cathedrals, is published by Boosey & Hawkes, and has been featured internationally in over seventy performances. In Fall 2009, her orchestral work, Dessin No. 1, was premiered in Boston by the New England Philharmonic and the following month, it was performed by the Minnesota Orchestra on the Future Classics! Concert. While at New England Conservatory, Kathryn studied with Michael Gandolfi. She recently graduated with her Masters in Composition at Yale. 2012-04-09
Andrew Wannigman '09 M.M. joined the Luther College faculty as an alumni guest lecturer of music in August. Wannigman served as the section leader and soloist at the First Church in Chestnut Hill, Boston, from 2007-09. He served as a professional singer for Opera North in 2009 and the Des Moines Metro Opera in 2010 and 2011. He has played the roles of Papageno in "The Magic Flute," Figaro in "The Barber of Seville," and Baritone in the North American premiere of "3x3=∞." Wannigman has performed in Randall Despommier's "Mass for Baritone and Piano," the premiere of Lori Dobbins' "The Rage of Achilles," and was a soloist in Vaughn Williams "Five Mystical Songs" and Beethoven's "Mass in C."He was awarded the Society of Singers Vocal Arts Scholar in 2008 and the Andy Anselmo Scholarship from the New England Conservatory in 2007-08. Wannigman has led workshops in voice and opera and led master classes for Iowa high school singers. He holds a bachelor's degree from Luther College and a master's degree in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory. He currently resides in Decorah, Iowa. 2011-11-11
Since graduating from NEC with her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance in 2009, soprano Alexandra Lang has performed throughout the United States and abroad. She made her operatic debut in the title role of Massenet's Manon at Opera in the Ozarks in Eureka Springs, AR. In the summer of 2010, Ms. Lang performed abroad in Périgueux, France, where she sang Eurydice in Jacques Offenbach’s Orphée aux Enfers with L’opera du Perigord, was featured in the Poulenc review: Les Chemins de l’Amour, and worked with and performed art songs by composer Isabelle Aboulker. Committed to nurturing her love of French music here at home, Ms. Lang competed as a finalist at the Grand Concours de Chant 2011, a vocal competition dedicated to French opera. Supporting and performing American music is another passion of the soprano, and in June she created the first role written for her: Sibyl Vane in Jeffrey Brody’s world premiere of The Picture of Dorian Gray with Longwood Opera. The Boston Music Intelligencer had this to say about her performance: “Alexandra Lang as Sibyl Vane offers a study in young, starry-eyed innocence.” In July the soprano was invited to sing the national anthem at Boston's historic Fenway Park prior to the July 6th home game for the Boston Red Sox. 2011-11-09
Violinist and conductor Joshua Weilerstein ’09, ’11 M.M. has been chosen as one of four young conductors to take part in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Dudamel Fellowship Program. As a member of the inaugural class in NEC’s Orchestral Conducting Program directed by Hugh Wolff, Weilerstein has been the recipient of several honors in the last year. In 2009, he won the Malko International Competition for Young Conductors in Copenhagen, and the Robert J. Harth Conductor Prize from the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Festival and School. Returning to Aspen this summer, he was awarded the Aspen Conducting Prize and invited to become Assistant Conductor for the 2011 festival. Josh is currently pursuing Master’s Degrees in violin and orchestral conducting at NEC. 2010-09-03
Amanda Hardy ’09 M.M. was chosen as one of two NEC soloists (along with current student Hee-young Lim) to perform with the Boston Pops in the spring of 2009. In addition, Amanda was the recipient of the 2009 Tourjée Scholarship Award. She will be returning to NEC in the fall to pursue her Graduate Diploma. 2009-08-18
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.
Andrew Scott Baird, Pei-Chieh Chang, Eun Hye Choi, Moon Hyuk Choi, Minjoo Choo, Brandon Raymond Cordeiro, Sarah Marie Edmiston, Etienne Espagne, Leonardo Marranghello Hilsdorf, Rosa Jang, Ji-Hye Jung, Ester Kim, Joo-Heon Kim, Yohan Kim, Haerim Lee, Hee-Young Lim, David McCarroll, Yeonhee Park, Michael John Rezzo, Yuka Sato, Kimberly Soby, Julie Lauren Stevens, Ke Zhang Karen Sung, Michael Andrew Thomas, Stephen Francis Upshaw.