Motifs: September and October 2015

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Judith Dye (IAC/NMC 53-54) has a new book out, published by Tate Publishing: “An Extraordinary Year,” an account of her Junior year abroad while a student of Newcomb College at Tulane University in 1956-57. Woodall, voted outstanding lead from our first 25 years of operetta and a Delta Omicron recipient, studied voice in Paris with Pierre Bernac.

Elizabeth Paxson (IAA 66-69) talks about her experience at Interlochen Arts Academy and life as a professional artist in an interview with the Northern Express.

Coggin Heeringa (IAC St 69-72; IAC Fac 73-14) wrote a story about Herring Gulls and how they handle summer temperatures for the Door County Pulse.

Candice Agree (IAC 70-72) has been named weekday afternoon drive host at Classical WFMT in Chicago. Candice joined WFMT in July 2013, hosting weekend mornings. She also produces and hosts WFMT's "Baroque&Before with Candice Agree."

Judith LeClair (IAC/NMC 73) begins her 34th season as principal bassoon of the New York Philharmonic. Judith returned to campus this summer for a master class with campers, and was recently featured in an NPR Music article and quiz.

Scott Woolweaver (IAC/NMC 74-76, AS 73, UNIV 77-79) was appointed to lead Pentangle’s 18th annual Mozart Festival on Aug. 30 in Woodstock, Vt.

Deborah Podolka (IAC 78-79, AS 75-77) is now a member of The Detroit Flute Guild. Many of Podolka’s students each year attend Interlochen Arts Camp and Interlochen Arts Academy.

Anthony Gould (IAA 79-82, IAC 76-79) just completed his 10th year working as an IT professional for the Commonwealth of Virginia at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Va.

Christopher Carter (IAC 82) has had some of his work acquired for exhibition by the Smithsonian African American History and Culture Museum. The piece, titled “Growth of a Nation,” is from his StalwART series.

David Kung (IAC 88), professor of mathematics at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, has released a new video lecture series for The Great Courses titled “Mind-Bending Math: Riddles and Paradoxes.” He studied violin at Interlochen.

Christina Smith (IAA 88-89), who is principal flutist for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, was selected as featured artist for an Aug. 29 performance titled “The Brandenburg Affair.”

Michael Greer (IAA 93-95) has been named executive director of the Portland Ballet.

Bianca Blanco (IAC 96) is directing Kinection Dance Project, which will debut on Oct. 17 at New Roads School in Santa Monica, Calif.

Benjamin Lulich (IAA 98-01, IAC Fac 15) this summer was named new acting principal clarinet of the Cleveland Orchestra.

Margot Rood (AS 99-00, IAA 01-03, ICA St 03-04) is a full-time performer based in Boston and was named a 2015-16 Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellow at Emmanuel Music, where she is often featured on Emmanuel's nationally known Bach cantata series.

Wages Argott (IAC St 02) is lead trumpeter and bandleader for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey’s Legends Tour.

Gregory Ristow (IAC Fac 05-14) has been named the Director of Vocal Ensembles at Oberlin College & Conservatory in Oberlin, Ohio.

Ginny Luke (IAA 07-09) has a new a single, “Always on My Mind,” released July 20 on iTunes.

Kevin Haseltine (IAC 07) has been appointed fourth French Horn for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Alexandra Yonkovich (IAC 07-08) graduated from University of Arizona 2015 with BFA in Dance and is currently a dancer in Cirque du Soleil's Beatles LOVE show in Las Vegas.     

Jason Lewis (IAC 12, IAA 13) was featured on NPR's From the Top in September. 

Maria Irene Vazquez (IAC 12-14) has had a poem published in the Rising Phoenix Review, a monthly online zine dedicated to publishing poetry focused on the working class and other marginalized groups.

Carolyn Watson (IAA Fac 13-14, IAC Fac 14) was announced Sept. 4 as a semifinialist for The American Prize in Orchestral Conducting, Youth and School Orchestra Division.

Joshua Davis (ICCA Fac 14) is scheduled to perform at a benefit during ArtPrize in Grand Rapids this October. The concert is in support of St. Cecilia Music Center.

Stuart Safft (ICCA 14) wrote a blog post about what he learned at the Mystery Writing Workshop taught by crime novelist Aaron Stander.

Alec Mauro (IAC 14, IAA 15) organized a jazz benefit in his hometown near Vail, Colo., with the proceeds going to local youth music organizations.

Daniel P. Ryan (IAC Fac 15) has been named artistic director of the Fall River, Mass.-based choral ensemble Sine Nomine.