Peter Payack

Four poems by assistant professor Peter Payack were published in the MIT journal The Baffler. His poem “The Migration of Darkness” received a Quirk Books award. Visit

Apostolos Paraskevas

Professor Apostolos Paraskevas performed his compositions and was a judge at the Iserlohn International guitar symposium in Germany. Visit

Neil Leonard

Professor Neil Leonard led a performance at a Carrie Mae Weems exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

Gregory Fritze

Professor Gregory Fritze’s piece “Bocetos de Cullera” was performed by the winning band El Ateneo de Cullera, at the International Certamen of  Valencia in Spain.

Sergio Bellotti

Assistant Professor Sergio Bellotti received the 2014 Recognition Award from the Kosa International Workshop and Drum Camp. Visit

Jolan Mazza, Sergio Bellotti, and Aldo Mazza, founder of Kosa
From the left: Jolan Mazza, Sergio Bellotti, and Aldo Mazza, founder of Kosa

Yumiko Matsuoka’s

Professor Yumiko Matsuoka’s arrangements of Beatles songs received performances by the Houston Chamber Choir.

Jan Donley

Associate professor Jan Donley was accepted into the Rutgers University Council on Children’s Literature One-on-One Conference to work on her novel in progress. Her story “House” is included in the anthology Best New Writing. Visit  

Barbara LaFitte

Professor Barbara LaFitte presented an oboe seminar at the International Double Reed Society 2014 Conference.

Kevin Harris

Assistant Professor Kevin Harris is currently touring Spain, Italy, and Israel and recording an album with Francisco Mela and Ben Street. 

Melissa Ferrick

Assistant professor Melissa Ferrick won a fan favorite award for alternative country album of the year for her recording The Truth Is, as part of the Independent Music Awards.