Reunion con spirito!

Like a truly brilliant performance, alumni gathered with spirit to celebrate Reunion Weekend 2009.

Classmates and pianists from near and far met at NEC and represented seven decades of musical excellence. We even had a few "alumni-in-training" from the class of 2012 join in the ceremony of the weekend.

Reunion was rich with music-making, presentations, interaction and many memorable moments - a few a which we have captured below.

Even if you were unable to attend, we hope you will enjoy perusing these pictures, looking for old friends and sharing in this encore performance of
Reunion Weekend.

Reunion 2009 Image Gallery

| NEC Club Cabaret | Saturday Presentations | Alumni Awards Luncheon |

Friday, May 15, 2009

Alumnus and Overseer Dennis Sullivan '79 emceed this year's NEC Club Cabaret as he celebrated his thirtieth Reunion.






Sergio Brandão '84, '88 M.M. (jazz guitar) performed his original compositions along with Fernando Brandão ‘91 M.M. flute, Amir Milstein ‘10 M.M., alto flute and Fernando Huergo ‘94 G.D., bass. 






Alumna and Overseer Donna Regis '79 dazzled the audience on her accordion.







The Quartet of Happiness featuring: Kelly Roberge '04 M.M., saxophone, Rick Stone '04 M.M., saxophone, Kendall Eddy '04 M.M., bass and Austin McMahon, drums electrified Brown Hall with their theatrical jazz.






Sarah Jane Cion '90, jazz piano, delighted the audience as her daughter enthusiastically looked-on.







The Class of '99 Jazz Ensemble celebrated their 10th reunions with some excellent music. The group included: Rick McLaughlin '99, '05 M.M., bass, Dan Rosenthal '04, '07 M.M., trumpet, Alexei Tsiganov '99 M.M., piano, and Rebecca Shrimpton '99 M.M., voice.





"I had one monster of a time at NEC's Club Cabaret!"









Saturday, May 16, 2009

Composing Operas in the 21st Century.

Thomas Oboe Lee '74 M.M., '76 M.M. (Jazz Composition, Composition) spoke about the inspirations for and showed clips of his opera, The Inman Diaries.









Mozart: A Journey in Music, Words and Pictures

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Veronica Jochum charmed the audience with the stories, imagery and sounds of Mozart.









The Pianist's Role in a Changing Musical World

Bruce Brubaker, Veronica Jochum and Fredericka King '74 M.M., engaged the audience in a wonderful discussion of what it means to be a pianist today.









The New GALLERY in Town: A Modern Approach to Creating Music Opportunities

Sarah Bob '99 M.M. reflected on five tokens of wisdom she's acquired since her own graduation from NEC and demonstrated her approach to music with her husband Aaron Trant '01 M.M., percussion, Gabby Diaz '03, '05 M.M., violin and Yvonne Lee '05 M.M., '06 G.D., piano.





All in the Family: How a Classical Education Led to a Hollywood Career

After speaking about his work and approach to creating music Roger Kellaway '59 shared a masterful rendition of New England Transport and invited long-time friend Sam Parkins '54 M.M. to join him for some improvisation.







Open Sing

George Emlen '79 M.M. led an eager group of alumni through some favorite scores as well as new pieces. The sing included: Africa (Billings), Jubilate Deo, Shumayela, Jesu, joy of man's desiring (J.S. Bach), Hallelujah, Amen (Handel), Sing we and chant it (Morely), The May Day Carol (arr. Epstein), Fare You Well, Mary Ann (arr. Emlen) and Drop Down, Ye Heavens (Emlen).






Longtime friends Sam Parkins '54 M.M. and Roger Kellaway '59 spontaneously lent their talents to the Alumni, Faculty & Friends Reception with some more fantastic jazz.









Sunday, May 17, 2009

Michael Gandolfi '79, '81 M.M., presented Sarah Bob '99 M.M., (Piano Performance) with her Outstanding Alumni Award at the Alumni Awards Luncheon on Sunday.






Judith Gordon '84 DP, '88 (Piano Performance) received her Outstanding Alumni Award in honor of her twenty-fifth reunion from NEC Piano Department Chair, Bruce Brubaker.






Jazz Department Chair, Ken Schaphorst '84 M.M. presented Thomas Oboe Lee '74 M.M., '76 M.M. (Jazz Composition, Composition) with his Outstanding Alumni Award in celebration of his thirty-fifth reunion.






Founding Chair of NEC's Contemporary Improvisation Department (formerly Third Stream) Ran Blake, presented Roger Kellaway's '59 (Piano Performance) Outstanding Alumni Award with a musical tribute in honor of his fiftieth reunion.





NEC Trustee Prudence Steiner presented longtime piano faculty member Veronica Jochum with the Alumni Association's Lifetime Achievement Award.






Kristina Nyberg '12 (Piano Performance) and Gillian Liang '12 (Piano Performance) congratulate their teacher on receiving her award.






Judith Ann Pepe Dansereau '67, '69 M.M. (Violin Performance, Music Education) and her husband Edward attended Reunion Weekend to celebrate Judith's fortieth reunion.






Margaret Aydelotte Mills '59 M.M. (Piano Performance), Bill Conlon '59, '61 M.M. (Vocal Performance), Nancy McNelly Koutzen '59 M.M. (Cello Performance) and DeAnne Lindstrom Fromme Cleghorn '59 (Violin Performance) attended the Alumni Awards Luncheon in celebration of their fiftieth reunion.


Our 2009 Awards recipients and presenters.






We had a great time during Reunion 2009 and hope you'll join us next October for Reunion Weekend 2010!

(pictured left: Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Veronica Jochum and Chair of NEC's Board of Trustees, Stephen Friedlaender)