Jon Damian

Guitar Professor Jon Damian performed with singer Jackie Evancho at the Wang Center in Boston.

Mikael Ringquist

Associate Professor Mikael Ringquist, the leader of Orquesta La Pasión, performed Osvaldo Golijov’s La Pasión Según San Marcos in Colombia and Argentina. He also played on the soundtrack for a Francis Ford Coppola film.

Gail McArthur-Browne

In February, Assistant Professor Gail McArthur-Browne gave a jazz master class at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Tony “Thunder” Smith

Professor Tony “Thunder” Smith performed with Lou Reed during a European tour and at the London 2012 Olympic Games. He also presented a clinic at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention.

Marco Pignataro

Marco Pignataro was featured on the Eddie Gomez Quintet’s Per Sempre, featuring two of Pignataro’s compositions. They performed dates in Italy and France. 

Vadim Neselovskyi

Pianist and Assistant Professor Vadim Neselovskyi released Music for September on Sunnyside Records.

Freddie Bryant

Associate Professor Freddie Bryant received an honorary degree from Amherst College.

Kenwood Dennard

Professor Kenwood Dennard cofounded the group Bush Rock with keyboardist Delmar Brown.

Janice Pendarvis

Janice Pendarvis, Vaneese Thomas, Jimmy Cliff, and Nicki Richards

From the left: Janice Pendarvis, Vaneese Thomas, Jimmy Cliff, and Nicki Richards

Associate Professor Janice Pendarvis sang on David Bowie’s album The Next Day. She appeared in the film Twenty Feet from Stardom and performed on Late Show with David Letterman with Darlene Love, Jimmy Cliff, and Shawn Klush.

Laszlo Gardony

Professor Laszlo Gardony released the CD Clarity on Sunnyside Records. Visit