Motifs: September/October 2018

Jan Kelley (IAC/NMC 51-55, IAC St 59-60) has spent the past 22 years publishing her son's arrangements of solos, duets, trios, and quartets through Last Resort Music Publishing, Inc. Kelley recently released her very first published arrangement: "Classical Gas" by Mason Williams, arranged for string quartet with optional guitar accompaniment.

Gerald Sindell (IAC/NMC 56-59) just published a novel, Elinor & Shakespeare, with Knightsbridge Publishing. Set in the summer of 1593 when the London theaters were closed by the plague, the book follows young William Shakespeare as he heads north, ultimately creating a new theater and a new sense of what it is to be human. Also headed north is Elinor Sneshell, a London surgeon in pursuit of the plague.

Maya Moore (IAC/NMC 75-76, IAA 76-79) published a book, The Rose Garden Of Fukushima, which tells the tale of a famous rose garden in Futaba, Fukushima, which was forced to close its doors due to the nuclear explosion from the massive earthquake and tsunami of March 2011. In July, the book won the Book of Excellence Award from the World Federation of Rose Societies. The award was presented in a ceremony held in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Francoise Moquin (IAC/NMC 76, 78, IAA 79-81) is now the Director of Orchestra Personnel for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. She is very excited to be closer to Interlochen again!

Julianne Markavitch-Caudle (IAC/NMC 83-85, IAA 85-86) is an alumna of the University of Texas Austin (BM) and the University of Michigan (MM), with emphasis on piano performance, accompanying, pedagogy, and chamber music. She is currently the Music Director at First Presbyterian Church of Hamilton Square. She has accompanied master classes for the Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey, led by David Kim, Jennifer Montone, and Stanley Drucker. In 2017, Julianne performed with Dr. Jordan Smith at the Bruno Walters Auditorium in Lincoln Center, NYC. She also regularly performs with The Nottingham Trio and Tutti Dolci Violin Trio.

Austin Frakt (IAC/NMC 88) is a health economist who holds positions with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Boston University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard University. Frakt is also the founder and co-editor-in-chief of the health economics blog The Incidental Economist. Frakt recently posted about his return to the trumpet and his experiences at Interlochen Arts Camp.

Jenufa Gleich (IAC/NMC 89-91) recorded the role of 3rd Norn in Götterdämmerung with Jaap Van Zweden and the Hong Kong Philharmonic for NAXOS. The album will be released in November 2018.

April Wagner (IAA 89-91) opened an exhibition, “Molten Sensuality: The Crystalline Creations of April Wagner” at the Saginaw Art Museum. The 6,000 square-foot exhibit contains more than 100 of Wagner’s glass creations.

James Sofranko (IAC 90-91), the Artistic Director of the Grand Rapids Ballet, was featured as a guest on an episode of the Good Company podcast.

Miguel Felipe (IAC 91-94, IAA 94-96) accepted a position as Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at the University of Arizona.

Michael Greer (IAA 93-95, ICA St 04) is currently the Executive Director at Oregon Ballet Theatre.

Jonathan Smucker (IAA 93-96) will be an adjunct professor in voice at San José State University beginning fall of 2018.

Lesley Skousen (IAC 94, IAA 94-97) is one of three co-hosts of the history podcast Footnoting History. The podcast was nominated for a 2018 People’s Choice Podcast Award in the Education category.

Alex Sopp (IAA 97-01) performed with Paul Simon on Saturday Night Live.

Aaron Lewis (IAC 97, IAA 97-99, ICA St 99) won first place in the Bluegrass Fiddle contest at the Old Fiddler’s Convention in Galax, Virginia. Lewis continues to tour the world performing and teaching with his own solo and group projects.

Margot Rood (AS 99-00, IAA 01-03, IAC St 03-04) can be heard on the 2018 Gramophone Award-winning album in Early Music, Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks, Vol. 5, recorded by Boston’s Blue Heron Renaissance Ensemble.

Jonathan Slawson (IAC 03) joined the Lincoln Center as Director of Individual Giving on Sept. 24.

Adedeji Ogunfolu (IAC 04) was appointed second horn of the Pacific Symphony. Ogunfolu was also featured on the Chineke! Foundation’s website.

Anya Krawcheck (IAA 04-07) will appear in the serial opera podcast, “Buick City: 1:00 AM.” The first episode of the four-part series will be released on Nov. 6.

Rae Swon (Rachel Stimson - IAA 04-07) was recently featured in Colossal after her handmade costume of one of Hieronymus Bosch’s creatures went viral. The creation was modeled by fellow alumna Anita Sidler (IAA 04-07, IAC 04). Swon’s other works can be seen and purchased in her Etsy store.

Raquel González (IAC 07) was named one of this year’s three Sphinx Medal of Excellence recipients.

Storm Hurwitz (IAA 10-12) is now an Advertising Analytics Analyst for The New York Times.

Nicholas Myers (IAA 10-12) joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as a member of the bass section.

Thomas Prast (IAC 11) will play Earthworm in the Atlantic Theater Company’s production of James and the Giant Peach.

Isaiah Simons (IAC 11-12) joined the Lansing Symphony Orchestra as a member of the bass section.

Alex Wilborn (IAC 12) is now the principal trumpet of the Charlotte Symphony.

Adam Sadberry (IAC 13) is the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s fall 2018 African-American Orchestra Fellow.

Anders Peterson (IAC 16, IAA 16-18) was one of only six clarinetists from around the world to be invited to compete at the 2018 International Clarinet Association sponsored High School Solo Competition at Clarinetfest in Oostend, Belgium. He finished second and was awarded a $750 prize. Peterson will attend the Thornton School of Music at USC as a member of Yehuda Gilad's world-renowned clarinet studio this fall. He was a 2017 Fine Arts Award winner and a 2018 Young Artists award winner at Interlochen, where he studied with Emil Khudyev and Dr. Bryan Conger.