Motifs: January and February 2015

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Julie Bonk (AS 70-74, IAC 75, IAA 75-76, IAA St 76-77) was named Jazz Artist of the Year in Dallas by the Sammons Center for the Arts.

Valerie Gilbert's (IAC 72-75, 77-78) latest book "Swami Soup" is now available in print and ebook. Valerie was recently featured on “Eargasms” Audio Book Review.

Mark Cudek (IAC Fac 74-04, ICCA Fac 05-Present) received the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Associations Global Achievement Award at the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble Concert in December 2014. The award is given to individuals who exemplify the Johns Hopkins tradition of excellence and who have brought credit to the University and their profession in the international arena. Mark founded the Peabody consort and was also a founding member of the Baltimore Consort.

Maya Moore (IAC 75-76, IAA 76-79) published a coffee table book, "The Rose Garden of Fukushima." It is about Mr. Katsuhide "Katz" Okada, who created a luscious rose garden that welcomed thousands of visitors a year. After the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown, Okada lost everything he had worked to build. Stunningly beautiful photographs tell the story of paradise lost to catastrophic human error and the ravages of nature.

Margot Marlatt (IAA 78-80, IAC St 82) received the 2014 John Corey Award for Arts Leadership. The honor is given annually to the person who demonstrates leadership and commitment to advancing the role of the arts. Margot is executive director of the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society. Last year, the organization successfully raised $25,000 for their endowment to support future outreach efforts.

Brad DePlanche (IAA 79-81) received a Theatre Tampa Bay Award nomination for his work in "Around the World in Eighty Days" at American Stage Theatre Company in St. Petersburg, Florida. He directed "One Man Two Guvnors" at Daytona State College and is about to play Feste in "Twelfth Night" at Tennessee Shakespeare Company.

Jeffrey Buchman (IAC 83-85, IAA 84-86, IAC St 86-87) served as the opera director for the Atlanta Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Sarasota Opera, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Jeffrey was the winner of the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition.

Ted Christopher (IAC 87-90, IAC Fac 08, 10) was named the first recipient of the Agnes Scollins Carey Memorial Early Career Professorship in the Arts at the College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State University.  

Ann Marie Brink (IAC 89, 91, IAA 89-92) will join the faculty at Wintergreen Summer Music Academy in 2015. Ann Marie serves as the associate principal viola of the Dallas Symphony.

Demarre McGill (IAC 89-91) was a recipient of the fourth annual Sphinx Medals of Excellence. He was honored for his artistic excellence, leadership potential and work ethic.  

Erik Nielsen (IAC 93-95) has been named conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Bilbao.

Our Lady J, formerly Justin Spidel (IAA 94-96) has been hired by Amazon's hit new series "Transparent" as the show's first transgender staff writer. After spending the last ten years as a singer, songwriter and pianist, Our Lady J will be taking time off from touring to dedicate her voice to the show’s second season.  

Dr. Jeb Wallace (IAC 94, IAC St 96, 03) premiered Scott Wise's (IAA 94-95, IAC St 95-98) “Divertimento for Horn and Orchestra” with the Utah Valley Symphony Orchestra in November 2014. Jeb is professor of horn and director of brass studies at Utah Valley University and Scott is staff composer/arranger with the Air Force Band of the Golden West in the San Francisco Area.

Lila (Cohen) Pinksfeld (IAA 97-99) has been appointed Seattle regional director for the American Jewish Committee.

Andrea (Mayfield) Poston (IAC 98-99, IAC St 02) married Tyson Poston on August 9, 2014 in Dallas, TX. She is the third horn with the Las Colinas Symphony, Symphony Arlington, and Garland Symphony. Andrea has a private teaching studio and teaches at Highland Park High School. In March 2014, she performed with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra led by alumnus Dr. Andrew Lee Tucker (IAA 96-97).

Giorgi Chkhikvadze (IAC 00-01, IAA 00-02) serves as a piano professor at Palm Beach State College and is an active recital performer in the South Florida area.

Luke (Balzuweit) Winslow-King (IAA 00-01, IAC St 01, ICCA Fac 08) released a new album, "Everlasting Arms," with his wife Esther Rose.

Nicholas Stovall (IAC 01-02, IAA 01-02) is the principal oboe with the National Symphony Orchestra.

Lora Lee Gayer (IAC 02-03, IAA 03-06, IAC St 06) was cast as Tonia Gromeko, the wife of Zhivago in the new Broadway musical "Doctor Zhivago."

Tyler Collins (IAA 05-07) released a new trailer for the film "Where Do We Go From Here?" In February, he will star in the comedy "The Real Hoosewives - Fae Glesga" at the Pavilion Theatre in Glasgow. In spring he will be part of the world premiere of Kai Fischer’s “Last Dream (On Earth)” with the National Theatre of Scotland and the Tron Theatre.

Trevor Nuckols (IAC 07, IAA 07-10) is now playing with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Garrett Borns (IAC 08) released his debut EP "Candy" in early November.

Nicholas Adelman (IAC 09-10) was awarded a national gold medal from the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing contest for his piece "Celtic Shoe Design." His piece will tour as part of the Art.Write.Now.Tour.

Haley Robinson (IAA 10-11, IAC St 13) was a guest speaker on HuffPost Live about teen dating violence awareness. Haley's article on this same topic, "No One Will Love You More Than I Do" was published in late October.

Jherrard Hardeman (IAC 12-13) has been invited to conduct his piece ‘Movement 3 from Symphony No. 3 “Blues”' with the Chicago Sinfonietta for their Martin Luther King tribute concerts January 18 and 19 in Chicago. He premiered the composition at an Interlochen Arts Camp composer's recital in 2013.

Mariah Karis (IAA 12-13) will be touring around California for five months this spring with the world-renowned Missoula Children's Theatre as an Actor/Director in “The Jungle Book.” The Missoula Children's Theatre Actors/Directors teach groups of kids each week and put on a full musical theatre production in a mere five days.