Faculty Notes

 

Professor Eugene Friesen performed and taught in Australia at the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Recital Centre, Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Newcastle Conservatorium, Adelaide International Cello Festival (with Rushad Eggleston ’01), and at JMC Academy. He also held a residency at the Opera House and American University in Cairo, Egypt. 

Chris DeRosa of New York City performed in Germany and Thailand in a video for Renee Ruth’s single “Midnight.” He is the drummer and musical director for the band Dubb Agents. Visit chrisderosa.com

In 2013, assistant professor Jason Palmer was a featured artist on a 31-stop tour of Russia. He recently won a French-American Jazz Exchange grant in collaboration with Cedric Hanriot ’08. His album Take a Little Trip was recently released by SteepleChase Records. 

John Baboian, guitar professor, performed an “East Meets West” clinic with Turkish bass player Kamil Erdem at the Jazz Education Network (JEN) conference in Dallas, TX. He also conducted the Central Massachusetts District High School All-Star Jazz Band at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA. 

Felice PomeranzStrings professor Felice Pomeranz and her quartet will be joined by Marco Pignataro for a performance at the American Harp Society National Conference in New Orleans, LA. In July, she will perform and lecture in Sydney, Australia, as part of the World Harp Congress. Visit gildedharps.com. 

 

Associate professor Winnie Dahlgren founded the educational project No Boundaries, which culminated with a trip to Morocco in January, together with alumni and current students. The group worked with local music institutions in Casablanca, Rabat, and Marrakech. For more information, visit neemaproductions.com.

Assistant professor David Harris released the composition “Trek from Ethiopia—Part 1” on the compilation Beyond Addis: Contemporary Jazz and Funk Inspired by Ethiopian Sounds from the ’70s. Harris performed with Debo Band and wrote, arranged, mixed, and mastered the recording with funding from a faculty grant.

 

Guitar professor Lauren Passarelli’s Beatles ensemble was featured on a CBS Sunday Morning feature, which spotlighted the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first American tour.

Associate professor and vocalist  Gaye Tolan Hatfield released the album Yesterday Once More: a tribute to The Carpenters. Faculty members who assisted Hatfield on the disc's nine selections include Jodi Jenkins, Gabrielle Goodman, Dino Govoni, Jon and Corinne Chase, Paul Stiller, Jeff Ramsay, Guillermo Nojechowicz, and Brad Hatfield.

 

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra performed the piece “Shards of Serenity” by associate professor Jonathan Holland as part of its EarShot Classical Roots Readings. The work was commissioned by the Chicago Sinfonietta in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Foundation.