Alumni News

Sean Meyers

Vanguard Reed Quintet release debut album

Wednesday, June 24, 2020   |  Vanguard Reed Quintet

Sean Meyers (A.D., Woodwinds, 2020) alongside Vanguard Reed Quintet, release a debut album in June. The full-length album, Red Leaf Collection, features six world-premiere recordings of compositions for reed quintet. The ensemble has won Silver Medal at the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Second Prize at the 2017 Briggs Chamber Music Competition and Honorable Mention at the 2019 Plowman Chamber Music Competition. Photo by Curtis Noborikawa III

Constance Cortez

Constance Cortez receives 2020 Digital Extension Grant

Wednesday, June 10, 2020   |  American Council of Learned Societies

Constance Cortez (M.A., Art History, 1986) received a 2020 Digital Extension Grant from the American Council of Learned Societies for her work "Generative Rhizomes: Extending Digital Discovery of Mexican American Art,” the first national-level digital portal focusing on Mexican American Art.

Tamara Johnson

Tamara Johnson to present Nasher Windows exhibition

Monday, May 18, 2020   |  Nasher Sculpture Center

Tamara Johnson (B.F.A., Studio Art, 2007) is set to present the Nasher Sculpture Center's Nasher Windows exhibition, a new series sited within the Nasher’s entrance vestibule on Flora Street, from May 22 through May 27. As an homage to the Nasher collection, Johnson created a piece titled "Deviled Egg and Okra Column.” The work is a nod to Brancusi’s "Endless Column,” and features a mirroring tower of stacked deviled eggs and pickled okra, cast in resin and spanning the height of the vestibule space. Photo by Trey Burns

Natalie Svacina

Natalie Svacina named 2020 Western Region Museum Education Art Educator

Monday, May 11, 2020   |  National Art Education Association

Natalie Svacina (B.A., Art History, 2006) was awarded the National Art Education Association’s 2020 Western Region Museum Education Art Educator Award. She was recognized for her exemplary contributions, service and achievements. She currently serves at the Education + Residency Director at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston, Texas, where she oversees all of HCCC’s educational programming, including hands-on activities, workshops, camps and the artist residency program. Photo by Andrew Buckler

Ruben Balboa

Ruben Balboa accepts new position at Illinois State University

Monday, May 4, 2020

Ruben Balboa (D.M.A., Strings and Harp, 2020) will serve as Instructional Assistant Professor of Viola,  Assistant Director and Master Teacher for the ISU String Project for the 2020-2021 academic school year at Illinois State University.

Roberta Rust

Roberta Rust releases CD and performs recitals

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Anthony Gatto

Anthony Gatto releases two albums

Friday, April 3, 2020   |  New Focus Recordings

Anthony Gatto’s (M.M., Composition, 1991) two newest albums, The Making of Americans and Wise Blood, were commissioned by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and are set for release in July 2020 by New Focus Recordings. The first opera is based on the novel by Gertrude Stein while the second is based on the novel by Flannery O'Connor. Photo by Chris Larso

Andrew Rodriguez

Andrew Rodriguez featured in streaming production from Actors Theatre of Louisville

Friday, April 3, 2020   |  Professional Training Company

Andrew Rodriguez (B.F.A., Theatre Studies, 2019) will be a featured member of the 2019-2020 Professional Training Company for the play Are You There? This production depicts how technology has revolutionized the way we communicate with each other and can be streamed from the Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival of New American Plays. Photo by Jonathan Roberts

Hayley Austin

Hayley Austin to publish her first monograph

Wednesday, March 4, 2020   |  Kris Graves Projects

Hayley Austin (B.F.A., Studio Art, 2009) will publish her first monograph, “The Springs,” with Kris Graves Projects in April 2020. The book is comprised of photographs taken in Las Vegas in 2018 and is a limited edition, with only 250 copies available for pre-sale.

Altin Sencalar

Altin Sencalar releases second album

Wednesday, March 4, 2020   |  American Trombone Workshop

Altin Sencalar (B.M., Jazz Performance, 2017) released his second album, Realization, featuring performances by jazz veterans and luminaries. Sencalar is touring with his co-led group across the nation, and they will be featured as guest artists at the 2020 American Trombone Workshop at Fort Meyer in Washington, D.C. He was also named as one of the "Artists in Residence" for the 2020 Jazz Institute at Brevard Music Center in Brevard, North Carolina. Photo by Jessica D. Cowles

Robert Di Donato

Robert Di Donato to be part of festival lineup

Wednesday, March 4, 2020   |  The Fusebox Festival

Robert Di Donato (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2016) helped create the performance collective Frank W/Men Collective and has been selected to be part of The Fusebox Festival 2020 lineup. Photo by Alex Masi

Joan Schubert

Joan Schubert to record and perform original music

Wednesday, March 4, 2020   |  Penguin Random House Publishing

Joan Schubert (B.M., Woodwinds, 1981) has most recently recorded works by Astor Piazzolla, Django Reinhardt and Maurice Ravel. Schubert will also be performing and recording original music for voices and piano, “Caged Bird,” with text by Maya Angelou. Photo by Bryon Dahl

Garrett Keast

Garrett Keast debuts his 2019-20 season

Monday, February 10, 2020

Garrett Keast (B.M., Music Studies,1995) debuted his 2019-20 season with the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm, the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Orquesta Sinfónica del Principal de Asturias, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonietta de Lausanne, Tonali Orchestra and Berlin Opera Academy. Photo by Marco Borggreve

John Salmon

John Salmon sponsoring Dave Brubeck Centennial Symposium

Monday, February 10, 2020   |  University of North Carolina at Greensboro

John Salmon (D.M.A., Keyboard, 1988) is sponsoring a Dave Brubeck Centennial Symposium at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro starting Oct. 22. The event will include an opening concert, two stagings of Brubeck's Christmas pageant and one performance of his cantata, lectures by prominent scholars and a group discussion with the Brubeck siblings. 

Bill Green

Bill Green plays roles in Shakespeare productions

Monday, January 27, 2020

Bill Green (B.F.A., Drama, 1950) played The Ghost in a production of Hamlet and more recently, the Porter in Macbeth. Green is also a member of The Drilling Company, an off-Broadway theater company.

Kimberly Antwerp

Kimberly Antwerp showcases mixed-media sculptural works

Monday, January 27, 2020   |  Fe Gallery

Kimberly Antwerp (B.A., Studio Art, 1993) showcased some of her mixed-media sculptural works in Pretty and Peculiar, at Fe Gallery. The show runs through Feb. 28. Photo by Kimberly Antwerp

Hank Hehmsoth

Hank Hehmsoth documents Jazz Master Dan Morgenstern’s 70-year career

Monday, January 27, 2020   |  Dan Morgenstern Collection

Hank Hehmsoth (B.M., Piano, 1975; M.M., Piano, 1976) worked with a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts NEA ArtWorks grant to produce the website, “Dan Morgenstern Collection,” which documents the complete archive of NEA Jazz Master Dan Morgenstern’s 70-year career as a jazz advocate, scholar, author and educator. Photo by Milo Hehmsoth

Rachel Wong portrait

Rachell Ellen Wong named winner of J.S. Bach Competition

Thursday, December 5, 2019   |  J.S. Bach Competition

Rachell Ellen Wong (B.M., Strings and Harp, 2013) is the winner of the inaugural Lillian and Maurice Barbash J.S. Bach Competition at the Stony Brook University. She will be performing at the first annual Island Symphony Bach Festival January 26, 2020. Photo by Jiyang Chen

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