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...
Liberal arts professor Michael Heyman was a guest editor and contributor for the special nonsense literature issue of Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature.
Professor Barbara LaFitte traveled La Roche Guyon, France, to attend “Oboman” Jean Luc Fillon’s Oboe Improvisation Academie.
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.
Allison Zatarain MA’13 is the manager for artist services for the Orchard in New York City. She is working with artists Dum Dum Girls, the Raveonettes, Fallulah, and Dan Owen with the Orchard founders Scott Cohen and Richard Gottehrer.
Bassist Hans-Peter Brack of Herrliberg, Switzerland released a new album with Diggin’ the Blues on Sony Music Entertainment Switzerland. Visit diggintheblues.ch.