Violinist Ross Monroe Winter ’04 was recently appointed to the violin faculty at George Mason University's School of Music as Associate Professor of Violin in the fall of 2013, as well as to the position of Senior Artist/Teacher of Violin at the Potomac Arts Academy at GMU. Since moving to D.C., he has performed with the National and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras. He has also been on the violin faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University since 2012, a tenured member of the Richmond Symphony since 2004, and previously a core violinist with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. In the summers, he is on the performing artist faculty at the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy. 2013-10-07


Guitarist Jérôme Mouffe ’12 D.M.A. recently joined the College guitar faculty at NEC. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has toured throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Western Europe. 

Performance highlights include recitals for the Omni Concert Series in San Francisco, the Austin Classical Guitar Society, the International Brussels Guitar Festival, the Festival del Noreste in Saltillo, Mexico, La Guitarra California Festival, and Boston GuitarFest, among others. Mouffe has collaborated with such guitar legends as Eliot Fisk and Grisha Goryachev.

In 2012, he became the first guitarist to receive a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from New England Conservatory 

He has given masterclasses or lectured at various universities including San Jose State University, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Acadia University (Canada), Dalhousie University (Canada), University of Sonora (Mexico), and Middlesex Community College in Massachusetts. 2013-09-25


Laura Colgate ’06, ’09 G.D.,  Kacy Clopton ’09 M.M., ’10 G.D. and Valentina Shohdy ’10 M.M. of the Excelsa Quartet have returned to the US after studying in Switzerland and Germany with the Alban Berg Quartet. The quartet has been chosen as this season's Fellowship Quartet at the University of Maryland, where they will be pursuing individual doctoral degrees and studying with the Guarneri Quartet and Left Bank Quartet. Read the official announcement here. 2013-09-11


Dahae Kim '11, '13 M.M. recently won the position of Assistant Principal Cello with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and will begin performing with the orchestra for the 2013-2014 season. While a student at NEC, Ms. Kim studied with Laurence Lesser and Paul Katz. 2013-06-07


Andres Lopera '12 M.M.joins the Metropolitian Youth Symphony staff as Music Director beginning with the 2012-13 season, after a year-long international search. Lopera has a wealth of experience with youth orchestras in North and South America, and was most recently assistant conductor of the New England Conservatory's Conservatory Youth Symphony. 2012-11-27




Carolin Widmann '99 A.D. won an International Classical Music Award for Artist of the Year.









Mark Barnard '84 M.M. recently served as the guest conductor of the 44th Annual Evening of Strings at the Centerville Performing Arts Center in Ohio. Mr. Barnard conducted the Grand Finale featuring 300 high school string musicians from southern Ohio performing his published arrangements for educational orchestra. 2012-11-08




Venezuelan cellist Aristides Rivas ’06 M.M. is based in Boston and leads a versatile career as performer and educator. He has recently won the principal cello position at the Orchestra of Indian Hill and will join them for the 2012-13 season. Rivas has collaborated with prestigious artists such as pianist Gabriela Montero and multi-Grammy award winner Paquito D’Rivera. Rivas also tours internationally with the Grammy nominated Julian Lage Group and is a founding member of the world music group Voci Angelica Trio with Meena Malik ’05 and Jodi Hitzhusen ‘05. He is an Adjunct Faculty at UMass Lowell and an instructor at Project Step. Rivas also teaches at one of El Sistema nucleos in Venezuela, the Youth Orchestra and Choir of Kanaima. 2012-08-21



Nan Washburn '79, entering her 15th year as Music Director and Conductor of the Michigan Philharmonic, has been named the 2013 winner of The American Prize in Conducting - Professional Orchestra Division.

"Ms. Washburn was selected from applications reviewed this summer from all across the United States," said The American Prize organization in a statement. The American Prize is a series of competitions unique in scope and structure designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles, and composers in the nation based on submitted recordings.

 "These recordings confirm Nan Harrison Washburn's excellent reputation... Her performances are sensitive, thoughtful, serious, gracious - words that mark her self-evident musicality," commented the panel of judges in selecting Ms. Washburn as this year's national winner. 2013-09-25



Saxophonist/composer Demetrius Spaneas '91, '96 M.M. will be the soloist in a performance of his "Three Dialogues for Saxophone and Orchestra" with the Plymouth Philharmonic on October 5, 2013 at 8PM at Memorial Hall in Plymouth, MA. Steven Karidoyanes will be conducting, and the performance can be viewed here.

Mr. Spaneas has also just completed a Fulbright Specialist Grant in Tajikistan where he was teaching performance, improvisation, American Music studies, and music business. 2013-09-18



Paul Marotta '83 M.M. is currently photographing a variety of major events in Boston for Getty Images. Two of his recent projects include the Boston Strong Concert and Harvard University's Commencement. Paul studied clarinet at NEC and later worked in the Conservatory's Public Relations department. 2013-05-31


Ben Bolter '05 returns to New England Conservatory to conduct NEC's Festival Youth Orchestra in 2013. An alumnus of NEC's Preparatory School and College who performed in NEC's top orchestras throughout his studies, Ben has moved on to a career in conducting, and is known as an extremely versatile conductor who specializes in a variety of styles. He devotes a large part of his career to contemporary music and constantly explores new ways to conduct and perform. Ben made his conducting debut in June 2008 with the National Symphony Orchestra to critical acclaim in the Washington Post: “Bolter spotlighted the showiest aspects of Enesco’s Romanian Rhapsody #1 and made it look easy.” Read more about Ben here. 2013-05-17


Demetrius Spaneas, '91, '96 M.M. is the recipient of a Fulbright Specialist grant to conduct workshops and seminars in jazz and American music studies, composition, and music business in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. This project is a collaboration between Mr. Spaneas, the Bactria Cultural Center, and the US Embassy in Dushanbe. After three weeks of teaching and performing, Spaneas will continue working with the US Embassy in outreach projects to more rural areas of the country. This is Mr. Spaneas' 5th trip to Central Asia; his many projects throughout that region and across Europe and Asia focus on cultural diplomacy through jazz education.

Spaneas was also interviewed for the March issue of Jazz Inside magazine. The article focuses on his methods for teaching composition and arranging, and directing large jazz ensembles. 2013-03-13



SOLI Chamber Ensemble, a contemporary music ensemble Stephanie Key '91 co-founded in 1994, was awarded the prestigious CMA/ASCAP Adventurous Programming award this past January. SOLI is Stephanie Key, clarinet, Ertan Torgul, violin, David Mollenauer, cello, and Carolyn True, piano. 2013-02-27







Thomas Haunton ’77, French Horn, has decided to hang up his horn after a long career as one of New England’s prominent free-lance French horn players. He served as Principal Horn of the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra (1984-2007) and Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston (1980-2008), was a member of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra (1982-84, 1986-2011) during its hey-day years, and also performed as guest principal Horn with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Tom ended his 30-year tenure as 3rd Horn with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra this past April. He played his final concert in July with the SSO at the Berkshire Choral Festival, ending his professional career performing on a “cow horn” (literally), called for in the last movement of Benjamin Britten’s Spring Symphony. Tom will continue in his position on the faculty of Dartmouth College, as well as teach private horn students.

Aside from music performance, Tom is a recognized collector and historian of American glass, with a specialty in glass from his native state of New Jersey. His future plans include completing the second volume of his large work about New Jersey glass (Last Links to the Past 20th Century South Jersey Glass. Volume 1 is available on, as well as expand his antique business. (Photo courtesy of Antiques and the Arts Weekly) 2013-08-28


Lauren Hunt '11 will finish her Master's at Yale University this May.  In June she will start the Mclean Chamber Music Academy. "The McLean Chamber Academy, or MCA, is a new week-long summer program for high school musicians in the Washington DC area.  The curriculum focuses on improvement through chamber music and private lessons.  All students also take a variety of electives spanning topics from reed-making to time management.  The faculty members are all up-and-coming young musicians who have extensive teaching experience.  The close collaboration between faculty and students seeks to foster a mentoring spirit within the program." 2013-01-17