Motifs: January/February 2017

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Eliot Gitelman (IAC/NMC 78-81, IAC St 82-09) was named Teacher of the Year for the Sturgis Public Schools in Sturgis, Michigan. Mr. Gitelman also received the John E. Oster Award for Excellence in Teaching. Mr. Gitelman, the orchestra director, strings teacher and drama director at Sturgis Public Schools, is one of only a few non-core-subject teachers to receive the award.

Dr. Jerry Young (IAC St 83-93) and Barbara Young (IAC St 84, IAC Fac 90-93) recently retired from teaching positions at the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire. The Youngs plan to relocate to the Traverse City area in the spring of 2017.

Mary E. Cook (IAC/NMC 83-84), project consultant at The Sextant Group, has been inducted into the Systems Contractor Hall of Fame for her 30 years of contributions to the audiovisual industry, ranging from live sound production to loudspeaker design engineering to technology consulting.

Carolyn (Felix) Purcell (IAA 84-86, IAC St 87, IAA St 90-91, ICA St 04-05) is the new associate director of development for the Choral Arts Society of Washington in Washington, DC.

Harry Kruglik (IAC/NMC 89-94, IAC St 97-99, 01) is now senior adviser to U.S. Rep. Darren Soto (D-Fla.).

Richmond Punch (IAC 95-96) is a full-time strings teacher and violinist who has performed in all 50 U.S. states and in Mexico, including a recent performance for the actress Viola Davis.

Jill Habig (IAA 96-00) served as Deputy Campaign Manager for recently-elected Senator Kamala Harris (California). Since the election, Habig has been working on Harris’ transition team. Habig previously served as Special Counsel to Harris while she was Attorney General.

Alana Parvey Zalas (IAC 97-98, IAA 99-01, IAC St 04) is the new managing director of Chicago's About Face Theatre Company. Before joining About Face Theatre, she was the business manager of Route 66 Theatre Company, where she remains an artistic associate.

Kathleen McGookey (IAA Fac 01) will publish her latest book of prose poetry, Heart in a Jar, through White Pine Press in April 2017.

Kyle Taylor Parker (IAC 01-02) has joined the Broadway production of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as a member of the ensemble.

Jason Gray (IAC 02) was recently hired by the Stella Adler Studio of Acting to assist the artistic director with development and to direct the Adler Youth free training program for low-income teens.

Pianist Kara Huber (IAA 04-06, IAC St 06) recorded chamber music works by Jerzy Fitelberg with the ARC Ensemble on Chandos Records in Toronto, ON. The album has been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.

Meggie Cramer (IAA 04-07) began a new position as the Associate Director of Reunion & Annual Giving at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in December.

Sara Corry (IAC St 11-14, IAC Fac 15) served as the stand-in for Melania Trump in rehearsals for President Trump’s inauguration.

Kyle Patrick Scanlon (IAA 11-12) performed as a member of the ensemble of A Christmas Story: The Musical at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.

Jherrard Hardeman (IAC 12-13) will be conducting a 50-piece string orchestra for the James Tatum Foundation for the Arts 30th Anniversary Concert at Detroit's Orchestra Hall. Current Interlochen Arts Academy student Joshua McClendon will be performing in the orchestra and as a soloist for the occasion. Hardeman, McClendon and the performance were mentioned in an article in the Michigan Chronicle that promoted the event.

Ella Guillemot-Mene (IAC 2015) performed at the TEDx conference in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Spencer Channell (IAA 15-16, IAC 15) has created a new YouTube-based podcast series, Run With That, which features Interlochen Arts Academy alumni and current students as guests. Mr. Channell has also appeared several times as a speaker and performer at TedxYouth events in Columbus, Ohio.