Motifs: March and April 2015

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Kenneth Bernstein (IAC 54-60, 62) has been selected as one of the top ten National Society of High School Scholars Claes Nobel Educators of the Year for 2014.

Dixon Van Winkle (IAA 62-63) recorded and produced the Canadian Brass 2014 album "The Great Wall of China," which was nominated for a Juno award this year in the Best Instrumental category.

Douglas Payson (Pace) Sturdevant (AS 64, IAC 65, IAA 65-66, UM 66-67) serves as the Manager of Artist Training and Outreach at National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada. He was the principal trumpet with the National Arts Centre Orchestra from 1975 to 1997.

James Sprenger (IAC 68-69) attends as many events as he can at the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, Albany Symphony, Glimmerglass Opera Festival and Opera Saratoga, after retiring from the United Methodist Church in December of 2013. He writes that he has rediscovered what a healing power the arts have following the death of his wife Pat in 2012 and the recent sudden death of his son Ed.

Dr. Daniel McCarthy (IAC 69, IAA 70-74, IAC St 73, IAC Fac 95-06) received The 2014 Distinguished University Faculty Scholar/Creativity Award at a University of Akron School of Music awards ceremony. The award, presented by the University President and Senior Provost, was given in recognition of Daniel's life-time achievement in research and creativity. McCarthy has published 117 compositions, two college-level textbooks, and 30 recordings on major labels. His music is the subject of six doctoral dissertations and two books on contemporary music.

Wayne Brown (UM 70, 72) was named President and C.E.O. of Michigan Opera Theatre.

Valerie Gilbert's (IAC 72-75, 77-78) third book, "Swami Soup," follows "Raving Violet" and "Memories, Dreams & Deflections: My Odyssey Through Emotional Indigestion." Personal, non-fiction short stories showcase her musings on philosophy, magic and mysticism, all with an irreverent and humorous bent. Some of these stories have been performed on stage in one-woman shows, or in storytelling competitions. "Raving Violet" and "Memories, Dreams & Deflections: My Odyssey Through Emotional Indigestion" are available in print, ebook and audio, narrated by Valerie. "Swami Soup" is available in print and ebook, the audio book, narrated by Valerie, became available in February.

Joseph Duchi (IAC Fac 74-77) serves as an associate professor of trombone at The Ohio State University.

Nada Radakovich (AS 74, IAC 75-76, IAA 76-77, UW 77-80) serves as a faculty member at the Flint School of Performing Arts. Nada has sung professionally in the United States and Europe for 25 years.

Yolanda Kondonassis (IAA 78-82) and Demarre McGill (IAC 89-91) joined the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for an exclusively Mozart concert in Mozart’s Concerto in C For Flute and Harp. The concert was in honor of Mozart's birthday.

Denis Brott (IAA Fac 79-80) has been appointed Member of the Order of Canada. Denis is recognized for his achievements as a cellist and teacher, as well as his involvement in establishing the Canada Council of the Arts’ Musical Instrument Bank.

Anya Tucker (IAC 79-83, IAA 83-86) serves as a reporter for NEWS10 ABC in Detroit.

Lawrence Golan (IAC 80-82) gave a TEDx talk on how classical music can transform lives. His talk included fond memories about his years at Interlochen. Lawrence serves as the Principal Conductor for the Seoul Philharmonic, Professor of Conducting at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music and the Music Director for Yakima Symphony Orchestra, York Symphony Orchestra, Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, and Lamont Symphony Orchestra & Opera Theatre.

Katherine Weatherly (AS 84-88, IAA 89-91) has been appointed a federal administrative law judge.

Master Sgt. Leslye Litle Barrett (IAA 88-90) will be the oboe soloist with "The President's Own" Marine Chamber Orchestra on March 15 in Alexandria, Virginia. She will be performing the Marcello Concerto in C minor.

Jennifer Gunter (IAA 89-91, IAC 90) serves as a bassoon teacher at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.

Nathan Warner (IAC 94-95) appeared with Lady Antebellum in Nashville as part of Ryan Seacrest's "New Years Rockin' Eve."

Alexandra "Al" Silber (IAC 95-99, IAA 99-01, IAC St 01-02) and Cheyenne Jackson performed "Tonight" from West Side Story as part of the pre-telecast event of the Grammys.

Zachary Bernstein (IAC 00-01, 03, IAA 01-05) will be joining the faculty of the Eastman School of Music in Fall 2015 as Assistant Professor of Music Theory.

Brody Gusar (IAC 02, IAA 02-03, IAC St 03-06) will be going to production as the director and producer of his very first feature film "Follow" - A thrilling buddy comedy about friendship, revenge, privacy, and the lust for fame in the 21st century."

Catherine (CC) Broyles (IAC 05-08, IAA 07-08) has been named Co-Principal Flutist for the U.S. Coast Guard Band, based in New London, Connecticut.

Lauren Chapman (AS 06-08, IAA 08-09) is an ensemble player in the touring production of "Kinky Boots." She has had the opportunity to go on as one of the two lead female roles a number of times.

Lorelei Linklater (IAC 07, 09) starred in the film "Boyhood," which was nominated for five Golden Globe Awards winning for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette. Lorelei has been nominated for a SAG award in the category "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture." She was also nominated in 2014 for "Best Young Actress" by the Women Film Critics Circle.

Keith Buncke (IAC 08, IAA 09-11) has earned the spot of principal bassoon of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Colin Campbell, (IAA 09-13, IAC St 14) in collaboration with fellow Motion Picture Arts alumnus, Nicolas Weinfeld (IAC 09, IAA 10-12) developed Movee, the first curated digital distribution platform for short-form online video content. The web-based platform provides a thoughtfully designed digital viewing catalogue that takes a quality over quantity approach and offers the best original web-series offered online today. In addition to content curation and distribution,they hope to eventually create their own original series and become “a valiant player in the originals field.”

Amelia Keenan (IAC 10, IAA 10-11, IAC St 12-13) will be singing the role of Cherubino in Mozart’s opera, Le Nozze di Figaro, for Oberlin College-Conservatory's summer program "Oberlin in Italy" this July.

Eduardo Rios (IAC 10) was awarded first place in the senior division of the 18th Annual Sphinx Competition.