The August 30 convocation welcomed this semester’s entering students, including addresses from alumnus and keynote speaker James Morales ’06, student Ryfer Cohen, and staff Betsy Newman, Jay Kennedy, Larry Simpson and Roger H. Brown.
In early August, with his single “See You Again” from the Furious 7 movie soundtrack still perched near the top of the Hot 100 (where it spent 12 weeks at number one), singer/songwriter Charlie Puth ‘13 returned to campus to talk to students enrolled the summer program.
Casey Driessen ’00 has been named as the director of the master’s degree program in contemporary performance with production concentration at the Valencia campus. Driessen has gained renown playing five-string fiddle on tours by Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Tim O’Brien, and Darrell Scott.
Watching assistant professor Vessela Stoyanova ’00 perform live with her band Bury Me Standing, one realizes that she is probably the only faculty member whose style blends elements of traditional Balkan vocal music, punk, and odd meters. Oh, and she plays it all on a MIDI-controlled marimba...
Associate professor John Whynot recorded and mixed the score to the F/X series Tyrant for composers Mychael and Jeff Danna. The score was nominated for two Emmy awards.
In October, associate professor David Gilmore will release Energies of Change, his fourth recording as a leader, featuring Marcus Strickland, Luis Perdomo, Ben Williams, and Antonio Sanchez.
Film composer Andrew Simon McAllister creates music in a range of styles for dramatic features, documentaries, and video games, including Shooting for Socrates, the Planet of the Apemen miniseries, the BBC World War I drama 37 Days, and MTV’s My Super Sweet 16.
Guitarist Joshua Breakstone of West New York, NJ, released the album 2nd Avenue: The Return of the Cello Quartet, featuring Mike Richmond, Lisle Atkinson, and Andy Watson. It is his 21st album as a bandleader. Visit joshuabreakstone.com.
Guitarist Kevin Kastning of Groton, MA, released the album Otherworld on Greydisc Records. Visit kevinkastning.com.