Class of: 1985

Pianist Cyrus Chestnut of Baltimore, MD, and his trio released the album Journeys. His touring band has featured bassist Eric Wheeler and drummer Evan Sherman. Visit

Sims Delaney-Potthoff of Madison, WI, and his band Harmonious Wail released Bohemian Tango, the group’s eighth recording. He is the organizer of the Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest, currently in its 11th year. Visit

Class of: 1986

Todd Glacy of Portland, ME, released the CD Sacred Sound Gong Meditations, which includes two complete gong meditation sessions. Visit

Composer Susan Botti of Red Hook, NY, released the album Gates of Silence on Albany Records, featuring the Blakemore Trio and poetry by Linda Gregerson. Visit

Tim Pascoal ’01

Tim Pascoal ’01

Vocalist Michéal Castaldo of New York City, gave a critically hailed concert of music from his Christmas album Extravirgine at St. Lucy’s Church in Newark, NJ, on December 23.

Class of: 1987

Bassist Terje Gewelt of Oslo, Norway, released Steppingstone, a new electric jazz trio CD featuring Staffan W. Olsson (guitar) and Adam Nussbaum (drums). For more information, visit

Javon Jackson ’87

Javon Jackson ’87

Saxophonist Javon Jackson of West Orange, NJ, was named associate professor of jazz and chair of the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the Hartt School at the University of Hartford, CT.

Lance McCollum of Austin, TX, has been appointed the director of sales for MACSAX (Horn Productions LLC) in Austin.

Maureen Spranza of San Leandro, CA, received a Ph.D. in education, with a specialization in professional studies from Capella University. Her dissertation is titled “How Do Teachers Incorporate Intuition into How They Teach Music? A Phenomenological Exploration.”

Class of: 1989

Kimberly Burgin-Douglas of Inglewood, CA, released the album Right Now, which is available on iTunes. Visit

Kevin Crosby of Shoreline, WA, is a member of Z.E.R.O., the Zappa Early Renaissance Orchestra, featuring ukulele performances of Frank Zappa’s music. One of the group’s songs is included on Rare Episodes, a CD of Zappa’s music on Cordelia Records.

Doug Hammer ’89

Doug Hammer ’89

Pianist andcomposer Doug Hammer of Lynn, MA, released his sixth album, Heart, which features 17 original songs. Visit

Guitarist Joe Lindsay of Charlotte, NC, released his debut album I Wanna Groove, with contributions by Skip Walker ’88 and Bob Horn ’98. Visit

Class of: 1990

Louis King of New York City is an active composer, arranger, orchestrator, and lecturer. Visit

Aaron Rosenberg of Lowell, MA, had his chamber orchestra piece To Finish the Moment performed in Boston in September. He has upcoming premieres for his work Suffusion (Darmstadt), and Ascent (as part of a Banff Center residency). Visit

Gary Schutt of Clearwater, FL, performed at the three-day MelodicRockFest3 in Chicago, IL, in September. He has released his 10th solo album, Moving Parts. Visit

Class of: 1991

Diedre Schaneman of Saint Louis, MO, has been named the annual giving manager for Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis.

Singer and guitarist Susan Tedeschi of Jacksonville, FL, and her husband, Derek Trucks, released the album Made Up Mind.

Class of: 1992

Vartan Aghababian of Dorchester, MA, had his opera The Knave of Hearts premiered by the Tufts University Opera Department. His other premieres included performances of his String Quartet No. 1, Three Dickinson Songs, and This Joyful Eastertide. Aghababian is a faculty member at Boston University and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Chris DeRosa of New York City has recorded or performed with Rob Decoup, Roland Ruby, Tom Humbert, Renee Ruth, and Nishi Rajan. He recently built CDR Studios in his home and has written articles for Alwayz Therro and The Black Page. Visit