Alumni Spotlight

Thomas Caneva conducted at College Band Directors National Association Conference

Monday, May 15, 2017
a portrait of Thomas Coneva

Thomas Caneva (M.M., Band and Wind Conducting, 1984), director of bands at Ball State University, conducted the BSU Wind Ensemble in a performance at the College Band Directors National Association National Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. In addition, Caneva was awarded the 2017-18 College of Fine Arts Dean’s Creative Endeavor Award in Music at BSU.

Dan Duling latest play opening at Laguna Playhouse

Monday, May 15, 2017   |  Laguna Playhouse
A poster for Dan Duling's play Tesla

Dan Duling’s (Ph.D., Drama, 1977) play “Tesla: A Radio Play for the Stage” will be performed May 26-28 at Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach, California. He also is the scriptwriter at Pageant of the Masters in Laguna and their latest production, “The Grand Tour,” which opens July 7.

Lindsay Genshaft receives Jon Lipsky Playwriting Award

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Lindsay Genshaft (M.F.A., Theatre, 2011) received the 2017 Jon Lipsky Playwriting Award. Established in 2014, the award is dedicated to the memory of Jon Lipsky, the late playwright and artist-in-residence for the Museum of Science in Boston, and is given annually to the writer whose script best exemplifies standards of excellence in museum theatre.

Robert Di Donato joins Queer Scouts, participates in residencies

Monday, April 24, 2017   |  Movement Research
a portrait of robert didonato

Robert Di Donato (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2016) is a core member of the New York-based performance troupe Queer Scouts. The troupe was selected for a new residency at the Abrons Arts Center in Manhattan after completing a full residency at Dixon Place Theater in New York City. After the completing their residency at Abrons, Queer Scouts is set to develop a new production to perform in fall 2017.

Austin Ferguson appointed as carillonneur of the Mayo Clinic

Thursday, April 13, 2017   |  The Med City Beat
Austin Ferguson looking at a carillon

Austin Ferguson (B.A., Music, 2015) was appointed in February 2017 as carillonneur of the Mayo Clinic. He is only the fourth person to hold this post in the instrument's 89-year history. His duties include performing eight half-hour concerts a week, giving tours and performing for and with local groups and events.

Wei He named founding artistic director and dean of the new Juilliard campus in Tianjin, China

Wednesday, April 5, 2017   |  The Juilliard School
Wei He poses with a violin

Wei He, Butler School of Music alumnus, was named founding artistic director and dean of The Juilliard School’s new Tianjin, China campus. He is a longtime professor at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and artistic director of the annual San Francisco-Shanghai International Chamber Music Festival and will relocate to China later this year.

Mia Theodoratus appointed to Sarah Lawrence College and Mozartina Conservatory faculty

Wednesday, April 5, 2017   |  Mia Theodoratus
Mia Theodoratus wears a pink dress and plays the harp

Mia (Amelia) Theodoratus (B.F.A., Harp Performance, 1990) was appointed to the music faculty of Sarah Lawrence College and Mozartina Conservatory in Tarrytown for the 2016-17 academic year. She is a featured performer in country music legend Jessi Colter’s album The Psalms, released on Sony Heritage. This year she also has several other upcoming projects. Photo by Lyndsey Welgos.

Gloria Kim joins ‘Middlemarch in Spring’ opera premiere

Thursday, March 23, 2017   |  Ash Lawn Opera
Gloria Kim

Gloria Kim (B.M. 2004; M.M., Piano Performance, 2006) joins artistic team in the East Coast for the premiere of the new chamber opera, Middlemarch in Spring at Charlottesville Opera. Photo by Dmitrii Mokrenko.

Radford Thomas to show work at Virginia Tech

Thursday, March 16, 2017   |  Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
a painting created by heartbeats

Radford Thomas (B.F.A., Art, 1957; Ph.D. 1970) has two paintings included in the exhibition Research in the Abstract: Visual Art Inspired by Scientific Research at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute. The exhibition is on view from April 7 to July 31.

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