Vikki Wachtel

Vikki Wachtel of Flushing, NY, has launched a children's music website, The music was produced with assistance from Robert Deitch '75 and Denise Deitch '74.

Randy Klein

In September 2011, the University of Kansas awarded Randy Klein of New York City the Simons Public Humanities Fellowship. It will include performances of his compositions and a documentary on Klein, and his residency will be recorded during his stay.

Dennis Browning

Dennis Browning of Selden, NY, is working with the Black Petals, an original band from Southold, NY. The group just released the album Velvet Lampshade.

Jay Patten

Saxophonist and vocalist Jay Patten of Nashville, TN, released the new CD Crystal Nights. For years, Patten has been the music director for Crystal Gayle, and he dedicated the album to her. Visit

Roger Aldridge

Roger Aldridge of Olney, MD, is composing a series of pieces for several midsize jazz ensembles.

Michael Gibbs

Composer and arranger Michael Gibbs of Málaga, Spain, wrote the arrangements for the album Here's a Song for You by vocalist Norma Winstone and the NDR Big Band of Hamburg, Germany. Visit

Rik Tinory

Rik Tinory of Cohasset, MA, will release a big-band version of the song "A Foggy Day" as a single later this year. He is also writing a book.

Hal Glaper

Pianist Hal Galper of Cochecton, NY, released his latest recording, Trip the Light Fantastic, on Origin Records. The CD features bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer John Bishop. Visit


Ryan Fleming

Faculty and Staff Donate $50,000 to Establish Scholarship in Walter Harp's Memory

The Walter W. Harp Liberal Arts Music and Society Scholarship will be awarded annually to a student who has demonstrate outstanding achievement in civic engagement: the use of music, including composition and performance, to transform individual lives and society through community sevice, social activism, and humanitarian efforts on a local, national, and/or international level. The first scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student this fall 2014 semester.