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Faculty Notes

  From the left: Choral conductor Roland Carter with faculty members William Banfield and Julius Williiams backstage at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall.

Woodwind Department Chair Bill Pierce received the Benny Golson Jazz Master Award from Howard University in Washington, DC.

Associate Professor of Voice Lisa Thorson presented her multimedia/multisensory project JazzArtSigns on March 9 at Wheelock College. The project received funding from the New England Foundation for the Arts to support a national tour.

Compositions by faculty members Julius Williams and William Banfield were performed as part of a tribute concert to late tenor William Brown at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall. Additionally, the University of New Hampshire awarded Julius Williams an honorary doctor of arts degree at its May 7 commencement.

Piano Professor Laszlo Gardony released his new CD Natural Instinct on the Sunnyside Records label. It features faculty members Yoron Israel (drums) and John Lockwood (bass). Visit

Associate Professor of Voice Lisa Thorson presented her multimedia show JazzArtSigns at Wheelock College.  

Associate Professor of Harmony Wayne Naus recently performed the Canadian and American national anthems on solo trumpet at Boston's Fenway Park.

Professor and flutist Wendy Rolfe presented an all-Brazilian music program with pianist Maria José Carrasqueira at the First Congregational Church in Marion, Massachusetts, in April.

Associate Professor of Music Synthesis Neil Leonard is teaching sound installation at the University di Padova and the Pollini Conservatory in Padova, Italy.

Original songs by Songwriting Department Chair Jack Perricone were featured on the television programs E-Ring, Passions, One Life to Live, and The District.

Fire Mountain, a work by Associate Professor of Composition Beth Denisch, was performed by the Kremlin String Orchestra in Moscow on June 2.

Assistant Professor of Music Therapy Kimberly Khare won the Presidential Service Award at the New England Regional Conference of the American Music Therapy Association.

The CD Love All Ways by Associate Professor of Voice Charlie Sorrento was included among the 10 best albums of 2005 by the Patriot Ledger.

Music Business/Management Chair Don Gorder has been named president of the NAMM-Affiliated Music Business Institutions.

Assistant Professor David Scott was a featured vocal soloist in a performance of Handel's Messiah with the Axtell Oratorio Society in Kearney, Nebraska.

Associate Professor of Guitar Jane Miller was profiled for the Mel Bay website and featured in Acoustic Guitar magazine's July issue.

Drummer and Assistant Professor of Harmony Stephen Wark released a new CD, Eastern Standards Time.

Voice instructor Robin McElhatten has released her debut CD Introducing Robin McKelle, featuring a program of World War II-era standards with backing by a horn section and strings.

Assistant Professor of Guitar Thaddeus Hogarth received a 2006 Independent Music Award for his CD Live at Bose.

Songs and arrangements penned by Professor Jimmy Kachulis for the Island Breeze album by guitarist Eric Gale have been rereleased and distributed worldwide by Warner Bros.

Bass Professor Joe Santerre is writing the book Finger-Style Funk Bass Lines for Berklee Press.

Associate Professor of Music Education Faith Lueth received the Massachusetts Music Education Distinguished Service Award.

Assistant Professor of Music Education Stefani Langol was a presenter at the ATMI/College Music Society Conference in Quebec City, Canada, and at the Music Player Conference in New York City.

Music Education Department Chair Cecil Adderley wrote an article for the journal Visions of Research in Music Education.

Associate Professor of Voice Jeannie Gagné cocreated Singing the Journey, a hymnal resource for Unitarian Universalists. The book includes seven of Gagné's songs and arrangements.

Faculty members Robynn Amy, Paul Pampinella, and Tim Mayer traveled to Mexico to perform the music of Juan García Esquivel with the Waitiki Orchestra.

Associate Professor Lauren Passarelli had the song "Northwest Passage" from her CD Back to the Bone featured on the soap opera Passions.

Associate Professor Kris Adams was a featured jazz vocalist at the Smoke Jazz Club and Lounge in New York City with faculty members Doug Johnson and Bertram Lehmann.

While on tour in Brazil, Assistant Professor of Harmony John Stein recorded a CD entitled Concerto Internacional de Jazz.

Faculty guitarist John Baboian wrote the music for The Perils of Politeness Live On, an off-Broadway play in New York City.

Brass Department Professor Tiger Okoshi started the Groove Camp in Hokkaido, Japan.

Piano Department Professor Danilo Perez, MP&E Chair Rob Jaczko, and MP&E Assistant Chair Dan Thompson presented clinics at the Panama Jazz Festival.

Professor Jetro da Silva played keyboards for Whitney Houston at the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.

Associate Professor of Piano Bruce Katz and his band did a tour of England, including an appearance at the Burnley National Blues Festival and a performance on the Paul Jones Show on BBC Radio 2. Katz recently recorded with blues legend John Hammond Jr.

Original music by Composition Chair Greg Fritze was performed by the Banda Municipal de Tenerife (Spain), the Montclaire University Wind Ensemble, and the Brazil Conservatory Wind Ensemble.

Associate Professor of Harmony Tom Hojnacki conducted the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra in the premiere of his piece Angels and Demons.

Associate Professor of Strings John McGann and National Heritage Fellowship recipient Joe Derrane released a new CD, The Man Behind the Box.

Associate Professor of Guitar David Tronzo performed with electronic music composer Stephen Vitiello and pianist Michael Schumacher at the Museo Picasso, in Mälaga, Spain. Tronzo recently released the CD The Fell Clutch.

Percussion Instructor David Cowan performed in Japan in March with guitarist Motoaki Makino '89 and vocalist Kana Imahori '04.