Maureen Spranza

Maureen Spranza of San Leandro, CA, received a Ph.D. in education, with a specialization in professional studies from Capella University. Her dissertation is titled “How Do Teachers Incorporate Intuition into How They Teach Music? A Phenomenological Exploration.”

Lance McCollum

Lance McCollum of Austin, TX, has been appointed the director of sales for MACSAX (Horn Productions LLC) in Austin.

Javon Jackson

Javon Jackson ’87
Javon Jackson ’87

Saxophonist Javon Jackson of West Orange, NJ, was named associate professor of jazz and chair of the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the Hartt School at the University of Hartford, CT.

Terje Gewelt

Bassist Terje Gewelt of Oslo, Norway, released Steppingstone, a new electric jazz trio CD featuring Staffan W. Olsson (guitar) and Adam Nussbaum (drums). For more information, visit

Todd Glacy

Todd Glacy of Portland, ME, released the CD Sacred Sound Gong Meditations, which includes two complete gong meditation sessions. Visit

Michéal Castaldo

Tim Pascoal ’01
Tim Pascoal ’01

Vocalist Michéal Castaldo of New York City, gave a critically hailed concert of music from his Christmas album Extravirgine at St. Lucy’s Church in Newark, NJ, on December 23.

Susan Botti

Composer Susan Botti of Red Hook, NY, released the album Gates of Silence on Albany Records, featuring the Blakemore Trio and poetry by Linda Gregerson. Visit

Sims Delaney-Potthoff

Sims Delaney-Potthoff of Madison, WI, and his band Harmonious Wail released Bohemian Tango, the group’s eighth recording. He is the organizer of the Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest, currently in its 11th year. Visit

Cyrus Chestnut

Pianist Cyrus Chestnut of Baltimore, MD, and his trio released the album Journeys. His touring band has featured bassist Eric Wheeler and drummer Evan Sherman. Visit

Joel Goodman

Joel Goodman of Topanga, CA, scored the PBS film JFK, as part of the network’s American Experience series. It features more than two and a half hours of original music. Visit