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Alumni Highlights

Here is a sample of our alumni's recent achievements!

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Harriet Lynn

(B.F.A. ‘66, dance)

Lynn and her husband were recently featured in the May issue of Cypress Magazine. They can be seen on the magazine’s cover and are featured in a biographical writeup.

Robert Fritz

(B.M. ‘66, M.M. ‘68, composition)

Fritz was recently featured in The Common Arts Boston in an article about The Robert Fritz Film Festival. The article discusses Fritz’s accolades in music composition, theatre direction, and film direction, and covers some of his recent film projects and awards.

Fritz’s successful 2013 short film, AKT 2, was co-written by lead actor Michel Riddez, and is completely in Swedish featuring Swedish actors. It won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Choice Award at the Woods Hole FIlm Festival, at Artisan Festival International Cannes World Cinema Initiative for 2013, and was nominated for Best Short at the International Film Awards Berlin.

The Robert Fritz Film Festival took place from March 17-19 at the Latchis Theatre. Six of Fritz’s award-winning films were screened.


Donald Jemella

(MM ‘73, B.M. ‘70, music education)

Jemella has taught for many years, and recently served as conductor and director of The Lowcountry Community Concert Band in Hilton Head/Bluffton, South Carolina as well as conductor and co-founder of The Odyssey Jazz & Swing Orchestra, also located in Hilton Head. During his time at Boston Conservatory, Jemella studied with the highly-esteemed performer and teacher Everett Longstreth, who then worked at Berklee.

Karen Peterson

(B.F.A. ‘76, dance)

Peterson’s company, Karen Peterson and Dancers, recently performed the new work IDENTITY in the Miami/Libson Dance Exchange, alongside dance troupes Amalgama and Plural Dance. The performance, which featured mixed ability dancers, was held on May 12 and 13, 2016 in the Miami-Dade County Auditorium. The May 13th performance was attended by both Florida Senator Gwen Margolis and the Honorary Rui Forcada of the Consulate of Portugal.

In March, the work was performed in Libson, Portugal. The dancers also presented their 10th Annual Talent Showcase in March at Miami Senior High School in a performance that showcased 275 students diagnosed with physical, developmental, and/or intellectual disabilities. Karen Peterson and Dancers is currently Florida’s leading company dedicated to integrating dancers and students with physical disabilities. The ensemble regularly performs throughout South Florida and has performed nationally as well as internationally.

Kenneth Beck

(B.M. ‘77, composition)

Kenneth is now a music specialist who plays for classes at the University of Illinois Department of Dance.

Linda Papatopoli

(M.M. ‘78, piano)

Joined by fellow alumna, Elizabeth Leehey, Papatopoli brought an evening of Spanish music and art to the Boston Center for Adult Education with the program The Spain of Granados: Sounds, Sights, & Flavors.


Diane Arvanites-Noya

(B.F.A. ‘80, dance)

In February, Arvanites-Noya worked with the Prometheus Dance Red Barn Series, and in May she led a residency with Prometheus Dance at Boston Conservatory.

Stanley Hoffman

(B.M. ‘81, composition)

One of Hoffman’s pieces was featured on a new CD by the Zodiac Trio entitled Dreamtime. Hoffman also recently represented ECS Publishing for the development of new music notation software. The program helps composers to input, playback, and print their pieces accurately.

Elizabeth Leehey

(B.M. ‘81, clarinet)

Joined by fellow alumna, Linda Papatopoli, Leehey brought an evening of Spanish music and art to the Boston Center for Adult Education with the program The Spain of Granados: Sounds, Sights, & Flavors.

Laura Schwendinger

(B.M. ‘85, composition)

Schwendinger's original operatic composition, Artemisia, recently won a grant from Opera America. She was one of seven female composers chosen. The libretto for Artemisia was written by Ginger Strand.


Jennifer Simard

(B.F.A. ‘92, musical theater)

Simard is currently in the cast of the Broadway musical Disaster!

Mark Fabulich

(B.M. ‘99,  tuba)

Fabulich was recently appointed Assistant Librarian for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Diana Hickman

(B.F.A. ‘99, musical theater)

Hickman recently recorded new songs and will soon release an EP. She has joined forces with PledgeMusic to fund the final mixing and the promotional video. Those who preorder the album will be able to collaborate on a “collective image collage”, which will be used to influence the aesthetic of the official music video.

Melissa Quinn

(B.M. ‘99, clarinet)

On April 17th, Quinn performed as a soloist in the F. Krommer Concerto for Two Clarinets with Newport Orchestra in Newport, Rhode Island.


Claire Smith

(M.M. ‘00, violin)

Smith, who is the founding member of the NYC based early music ensemble The Queen's Consort, and colleague, Daphna Mor, performed a Yuletide Baroque Concert in Queens, NY in December 2015. The concert featured works by Corelli, Torelli, Pez, Noels, and early english carols on period instruments.

Marco Flores-Villanueva

(B.M. ‘01, composition)

On January 14, 2016 the Steinway Piano Salon in Warsaw, Poland presented pianist Konstancja Kawalla-Kosiec in concert performing works by Flores-Villanueva alongside works by Chopin.

On February 4, 2016 the Iconographic Museum of Quijote presented a concert of Kawalla performing works of Latin American Masters, which included Flores-Villanueva, Ginastera, Villalobos, Lobato, Quintanar, Chavez, and Pinto.

Alison Cook Beatty

(B.F.A. ‘01, dance)

Alison Cook Beatty Dance performed at New York Live Arts on May 1, 2016 as part of the PMT Spring Dance Series 15th Anniversary Showcase. Company member Chie Mukai and Artistic Director Cook Beatty performed TINTINNABULI, a work which was choreographed in 2012 and first premiered at The Joyce theater.

Michael Layne

(M.M. ‘01, voice)

Layne takes a comedic look at the music industry in his new web series, A Capella.

Callie Korn

(B.F.A. ‘02, dance)

Choreography by Callie Chapman Korn, Michael Figueroa, Chavi Bansal, Sarah Mae Gibbons, and Kat Nasti was performed in Catalysts at The New Dance Complex.

Kathleen Koglin

(M.M. ‘03, B.M. ‘01, harp)

Koglin was recently a concerto soloist with Falmouth Chamber Players, and presented The Harp of Rodgers and Hammerstein: A 100th Birthday Celebration. The performance was held at the Cotuit Center for the Arts. Koglin is currently playing Meg in Little Women at Cape Cod Theatre Company. She continues to music direct, sing, and play harp for weddings and other events. She recently music directed Godspell and The Wizard of Oz. Koglin recently released her album Amid the Winter Snow with soprano, Sarah Moyer, and fellow alumnus, Christopher O’Hara, on trumpet.

Danica Buckley

(M.M. ‘06, choral conducting)

The Choral Art Society of the South Shore, the ensemble for which Danica is both Conductor and Artistic Director, presented a concert entitled Bach Meets The Beatles on May 1, 2016. The concert, which was held at the House of Prayer Lutheran Church in Hingham, included Bach motets, Beatles hits, and more. The audience was encouraged to sing along!

Victor Wisehart

(BFA Dance, ‘06)

Wisehart was featured on for his performance in An American in Paris.  

Markus Placci

(A.P.D. ‘06, G.P.D. ‘04, violin)

Placci was recently awarded 2016 Best Studio Teacher of the Year. The prize was awarded by the American String Teachers Association - Massachusetts Chapter (ASTA). He was presented with the award at the MMEA All-State Conference.

Ebony Williams

(B.F.A. ‘05, dance)

Williams danced with pop star Beyonce in her recent performance at Super Bowl 50. Williams has worked with Beyonce before, in her Single Ladies video, and has also performed with Rihanna, Fergie, Jennifer Hudson, and Jennifer Lopez.

Ryan Malyar

(B.F.A. ‘07, musical theater)

In March, Maylar started a company called Orpheum Video: Modern Video for Old Fashioned Talent. This service provides video recording for performers with discounts for Boston Conservatory students. More information on the company can be found on Maylar’s website.

Melinda Moore

(B.F.A. ‘07, musical theater)

Moore just accepted a full-time position as Theatre Teacher and Director at the Punahou School in Honolulu, HI.

Kavita Baliga

(M.M. ‘08, voice)

Baliga recently released a single and music video entitled Shashwat Singh through her own company, Desi Music Entertainment.

Kristina Riegle

(M.M. ‘08, voice)

Riegle recently played stepsister Dorothee in Massenet’s Cinderellawith Resonance Works in Pittsburgh, PA. The performance was held at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater. In 2016, she has also performed with Opera on Tap DC Metro and La-Ti-Do DC, and joined the voice faculty for Cardon Studios. Riegle also acted as a Standardized Patient at Uniformed Services Industry of the Health Sciences and is helping to train first year medical students with performing physical exams and “Medical Improv” to fourth year students.

Maleek Washington

(B.F.A. ‘09, dance)

Washington is faculty at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City. He recently performed in Die Fledermaus at the Metropolitan Opera.


Stephen Cerf

(B.F.A. ‘10, musical theater)  

Cerf, who performed in the 2014 tour of Motown the Musical, released a book entitled The Not So Starving Artist in March 2016. The book offers help on managing finances for performers and is available for electronic download and on Amazon.

Marina Krickler

(M.M. ‘10, french horn)

Krickler’s enemble, the Red Hedgehog Trio, performed a concert in their hometown of Somerville, MA on March 11, 2016. The concert included Mozart’s Sonata for Piano and Violin, K. 526, Mario Davidovsky’s Synchronisms No. 9 for Violin and Electronics, an assortment of piano preludes by Dan Sedwick, Faure’s Piano Trio, Op. 120, and the world premiere of Burlesque for horn trio by Northampton-based composer Raphael Atlas. The program was supported in part by a grant from the Somerville Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

John Hanifin

(B.M. ‘10, cello)  

Hanifin is currently performing in the John Hanifin Band, and performed at “Toad” in Cambridge on May 8, 2016.

Jason Huffman

(M.M. ‘11, composition)  

Huffman’s piece Alleles was premiered on February 28, 2016 at the Scottish Rite Museum in Lexington, MA in a performance by the Metropolitan Wind Symphony. The work was performed alongside works by Kevin Wilt, Robert Russell Bennett, Lew Buckley, Frank Ticheli, Samuel Barber, and James Curnow.

Joshua Beaver

(B.F.A. ‘11, dance)

Beaver recently performed in February Fantasy featuring the works of Melissa Barak. He is currently teaching dance at Miami Valley Dance Center LLC.

Kieran Kerekes

(B.M. ‘11, voice)

Krekes performed a show at Duplex Piano and Cabaret Bar in NYC. The music videos from the performance were recently released.

Joseph Colombo

(B.M. ‘11, composition)  

On April 22, 2016 Colombo released a 10 minute work for guitar and percussion entitled I Watch the Fire as the Days Echo Away with the label Aerocade Music. The piece will be performed by The Living Earth Show duo.

David Worobec

(M.M. ‘13, B.M. ‘11, voice)   

In February, Worobec directed South Pacific with Tophat Miniature Stage Productions. On Saturday, June 11, 2016 Worobec put on a one-man toy theater performance of the musical Camelot.

Kate Ladenheim

(B.F.A. ‘11, dance)  

Ladenheim is the Creative Director and Choreographer for The People Movers Contemporary Dance. She currently performs with Brendan Drake Choreography and is involved in film projects with Eye Play Dance. Ladenheim periodically works with professional dancers for seasonal sessions at The Playground in New York City in classes that help dancers to experiment with different ideas and choreography.

Marielisa Alvarez

(G.P.D. ‘11, M.M. ‘09, violin)  

Alvarez founded Boston String Academy with sister Mariesther and with the help of Rictor Noren. On April 1st, the Academy performed a one hour reading rehearsal with the Boston Conservatory string section. A few movements of Britten’s A Simple Symphony were performed.

Mariesther Alvarez

(GPD Violin, ‘11, MM Violin, ‘09)

Alvarez founded Boston String Academy with sister Marielisa and with the help of Rictor Noren. On April 1st, the Academy performed a one hour reading rehearsal with the Boston Conservatory string section. A few movements of Britten’s A Simple Symphony were performed.

Brett Sjoblom

(B.F.A. ‘12, dance)

Sjoblom is in his third year dancing with Nashville Ballet, the company that he joined upon his graduation from Boston Conservatory.

Jeremy Loudon

(M.M. ‘13, trombone)   

Loudon was accepted as a participant to the Cleveland Trombone Seminar, and he gave a recital with Nautilus Brass Quintet on April 24, 2016 at the Sacred Heart University Brass Festival.

Matthew Rodin

(B.F.A.’14, musical theater)  

On December 3, 2015 Rodin hosted Playbill’s coverage of the exclusive NBC viewing party of The Wiz Live. He was live on Periscope during the commercial breaks.

Meagan Michelson

(M.F.A. ‘14, musical theater)  

On April 2, 2016 Michelson performed her one-woman show Mother Mary Says to Me at Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York City.

Amanda D’Archangelis

(B.F.A. ‘14, musical theater)  

D’Archangelis now works with Bluelaces, a theater organization focused on audiences of all ages with autism spectrum disorder. She also wrote the music and co-wrote the lyrics for new comedy musical The Disembodied Hand that Fisted Everyone to Death- The Musical!The show is comprised primarily of current and former NYU students, and is being performed in the PIT Loft. It premiered in October 2015 as part of the Bad Theater Fest, and is now performed bi-weekly.

Daniel Greenberg

(B.F.A. ‘14, musical theater)  

On April 1, 2016, Greenberg released his full-length album Morning Song.He recently attended the 5th Annual Songwriter Showcase and performed in the Alumni Open Mic at Cafe 939.

Brittany Brown

(M.M. ‘14, voice)

Brown recently won the New England Region of the NATSAA Recital Competition and will represent the region at the national convention for the National Association of Singers in Chicago.

Lilian Balch

(B.F.A. ‘15, dance)

Balch is currently dancing with Shen Wei Dance Arts. She recently performed in the company’s European premiere performance of excerpts from Connect Transfers and Collective Measures.

Leanna Pink-Sewell

(M.M. ‘15, music education)

Pink-Sewell currently has her own private studio and is pursuing opportunities in the vocal field.

Katharina Schier

(B.F.A. ‘16, dance)

Schier, along with fellow senior dance major Ariane Michaud, launched the Boston Conservatory’s first annual Senior Dance Performance in NYC.

Ariane Michaud

(B.F.A. ‘16, dance)  

Michaud, along with fellow senior dance major Katharina Schier, launched the Boston Conservatory’s first annual Senior Dance Performance in NYC.

Katsuya Yuasa

(A.D.P. ‘17, M.M. ‘15,  clarinet)

Yuasa recently went on tour with  Ayca Cetin, Florida State University Doctoral Candidate, to perform duets of Muczynski, Doppler, Dorff, Kovacs, Colquhoun, Ravel, Kevin Wilson, and Matthew Weaver in Ohio and Michigan. The concert tour was entitled Concert Tour Duo Esplanade.

Daniel Sanchez

(B.M. ’15, tuba)

Sanchez recently won the tuba position at the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra.

Alexander Swift

(B.F.A. ‘15, musical theater)

Swift is currently performing in the national tour of The Wizard of Oz, portraying several different characters. The production was recently hosted locally by Boston’s Wang Theater.

Oyami Akamura

(M.M. ‘16, marimba)

Akamura recently won first prize in the Italy International Percussion Competition for Category B, Marimba.


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