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Alumni Highlights

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

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Robert Fritz

(B.M. ‘66, M.M. ‘68, composition)
Robert’s project, Chasing Rainbows, was chosen as Winner of the 2015 Nevada International Film Festival.


Rebecca Parris

(B.F.A. ‘70, musical theater)
Grammy-nominated jazz artist Parris performed at the Culture Center of Cape Cod in October 2015.

Karen Peterson

(B.F.A. ‘76, dance)
In October, Peterson and her dancers performed Full Circle at the University of South Florida on the International Mixed-Ability Artists Showcase.  The project was a collaboration between Karen Peterson Dance, VSA Florida and University of Southern Florida.


Steve Melillo

(B.M. ‘80, music education)
Forever Strong, Melillo’s musical portrayal of the USS Indianapolis story, was on the 58th Grammy Ballot for "Album of the Year.”

Phillip Evancho

New Bern Civic Strings opened a new season under the musical direction of Evancho in October 2015.

Stanley M. Hoffman

(B.M. ‘81, piano, composition)
The Genevans of Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA, recorded Stanley M. Hoffman’s setting of Yih'yu l'ratson/May the words of my mouth on their new CD, Psalms for the King, and also included this piece on their 2014 international tour to the Philippines and Malaysia. Hoffman’s  ARIRANG VARIATIONS was also recorded by Peter Sheridan and Judy Diez d'Aux for MOVE Records.

Robyn Movsessian Goulette

(B.F.A. ‘85, dance)

Rebecca Arnold Power

(B.F.A. ‘88, dance)

Tina Cassidy

(M.M. ‘96 musical theater, M.F.A. ‘02, dance)
Goulette created Saving Grace Dance Ensemble, which includes Power and Cassidy.  


Susan Goforth

(B.F.A. ‘91, musical theater)
Goforth’s new film,10 Days in a Mad House, opened in Times Square earlier this month and nationwide on November 20th.  

Holly Krafka

(M.M. ‘98, choral conducting)
Krafka, artistic director of  Women of the New World Chorale, performed Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler with The Boston Ballet at the Boston Opera House in October 2015.      

Tony Speciale

(Diploma ‘98, musical theater)
Speciale was named artistic director of Abingdon Theatre Company in October 2015.

Corinne Dekker

(B.F.A. ‘99, musical theater)
Dekker was profiled by Backstage Magazine in September 2015.

Mihail Jojatu

(G.P.D. ‘99, cello)
Jojatu, a cellist in the Boston Cello Quartet, is preparing to release a new album with the quartet entitled The Latin Project, a musical journey from Spain to South America.


Brian J. Nash

(B.M. ‘00, voice)
Nash music directed the Cabaret Residency at The Duplex in October 2015.

Marco Flores Villanueva

(B.M. ‘01, composition)
In October, Triton Music Services published Villanueva’s impromptu, Tribute to Chopin.

Constantine Maroulis

(B.F.A. ‘02, musical theater)
In October 2015, Maroulis was interviewed by The Boston Herald as one of the theatre industry's most venerable actors, directors and playwrights who had his start in Boston. Maroulis also played Scorpio in the world premiere of Breaking Through at Pasadena Playhouse in October 2015.

Emily Beattie

(B.F.A. ‘03, dance)
Beattie appeared at Abrons Art Center in NYC earlier this fall (2015) in a performance of Ruth Doesn't Live Here Anymore by Lionel Popkin.

Jeff Christmas

(M.M. ‘03, voice)
Christmas joined the music faculty at Bowdoin College in fall 2015.

Yohei Sato

(M.M. ‘04, oboe, M.M. ‘08, conducting)

Redi Llupa

(M.M. ‘11, piano)
Llupa recently performed the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1  as soloist with the National Radio and Television Orchestra of Albania. The concert was conducted by Sato.

Javier Caballero

(M.M. ‘05, G.P.D. ‘07, cello)

Kathryn McKellar

(M.M. ‘07, voice)

Jared Troilo

(B.F.A. ‘08, musical theater)

Meghan LaFlam

(B.F.A. ‘15, musical theater)
Caballero, McKellar, Troilo, and LaFlam performed in Lyric Stage Company’s production of My Fair Lady during September and October, 2015. Troilo was cited for his role of Lord Freddy Eynsford-Hill.  

Robyn Cage

(B.F.A. ‘05, musical theater)
Singer/songwriter/pianist Robyn Cage was profiled in the Salt Lake Tribune in October 2015.  

Oliver Caplan

(M.M. ‘06, composition)
On November 5th, Caplan released his new EP Moon Over Appalachia, available on iTunes and

Brett James Klaus

(M.M. ‘07, piano)
Klaus is currently serving as assistant music director/conductor at Southern Illinois University, vocal coach/accompanist at Winter Opera St. Louis, and music faculty at McKendree University.  He is also the music director for the Artist in Residence Program at Opera Theatre of St. Louis.

Derek Lewis

(B.M. ‘07, french horn)

Brian Calhoon

(M.M. ‘09, percussion)

Paul Fleming

(M.M. ‘09, trombone)

Natalie Calma

(B.M. ‘11, violin)

Jason Huffman

(M.M. ‘11, composition)

Aaron Jay Myers

(M.M. ‘11, composition)

Nicole Parks

(M.M. ‘12, G.P.D. ‘13, violin)
Equilibrium Concert Series featured many alumni in their most recent performance, including: Myers , Fleming, Lewis, Huffman, Parks and Calma.

Austin Regan

(B.F.A. '07, musical theater)

Max Joseph

(B.F.A. '14, musical theater)
MAD LIBS LIVE! features Joseph with direction by Regan. Regan will also direct The Boston Conservatory's production of Spring Awakening in 2016!

Ona Jonaityte

(G.P.D. ‘08, A.D.P. ‘10, flute)
Jonaityte is flutist of Vento Chiaro, a wind quintet in residence at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and the quintet will perform a concert by Baltic composers in November 2015.  Jonaityte recently returned from a trip to the Vivace Vilnius Summer Festival where she taught young Lithuanian flutists.

Francisco Vila

(B.M. ‘08, cello)
Vila recently co-directed the first annual International Music Festival of Esmeraldas.  

Paul Fleming

(M.M. ‘09, trombone)
Fleming was recently appointed Senior Manager of Development Operations at ArtsEmerson.

Austin Ku

(M.M. ‘09, musical theater)
Ku performed Off-Broadway in Iphigenia in Aulis at Classic Stage Company in September 2015.   

Erin Nelson

(M.M. ‘09, voice)
Nelson serves as Director of Development and Operations at Shelter Music Boston, a non-profit organization that presents monthly classical chamber music concerts in homeless shelters across Boston.

Carlos Vargas

(B.M. '09, M.M. '11, piano)
The Macondo Chamber Players, co-founded by Vargas, announced debut concerts in Turkey and Mexico for this winter, as well as a collaboration with multi-Grammy Award winning artist Paquito D'Rivera. The ensemble also took a leading role in establishing the International Music Festival of Esmeraldas by providing coachings and lessons to students.  

Morgan Weitz

(B.F.A. ‘09, musical theater)

Tyler Paul

(B.F.A. ‘11, musical theater)
The Northeast Children's Theatre Company, founded by Paul and Weitz, held its third annual fundraising gala in October 2015.


John Hanifin

(B.M. ‘10, cello)
Hanifin was recently endorsed by NS Design for cellos, D'Addario for strings, Coda Bow for bows, and Takamine Guitars for guitars.  He was described as "Re-Defining Classic" in String Magazine and just enjoyed a pre-release show at Hard Rock Cafe in Boston on November 6th, 2015. Hanifin is also performing with the Celebrity Series Neighborhood Arts program.

Laine Johnson

(M.M. ‘10, musical theater)
Johnson, Camp Director at Reagle Music Theatre and freelance theater teacher and director, is currently directing Pride and Prejudice at Beaver Country Day School.

Mischa Salkind-Pearl

(M.M. ‘10, composition)
Salkind-Pearl was featured in the Boston Globe in September 2015.  

Jessica Davison

(B.F.A. ‘11, dance)
Davison is performing in her 4th season with the Radio City Rockettes and will appear in the 2015 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  

Beibei Guan

(M.M. ‘12, voice)
Guan was praised by the New York Times in October 2015 for her "intense (...) riveting (...) and beautiful" performance in the interactive performance installation of Lee Mingwei's Sonic Blossom.

Carlos PenaVega

(B.F.A. ‘12, musical theater)
PenaVega was featured in season 21 of Dancing with the Stars. PenaVega starred in the Nickelodeon series, "Big Time Rush." and recently released his first single in Spanish, Electrico, which charted in the Top 10 on the Latin iTunes charts.

Keith White

(B.F.A. ‘12, musical theater)
ATLRetro interviewed White, on performing with the ensemble of Jersey Boys in October 2015.

Celia Hottenstein

(B.F.A. ‘13, musical theater)
Hottenstein is currently performing as Christine Daaé in the North American Tour of The Phantom of the Opera.

Allison Parramore

(M.M. ’13, G.P.D. ’16, flute)
Parramore was the first prize winner at the 35th Annual James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition and was featured in a solo recital at Jordan Hall in September 2015.

Christina Pecce

(M.M. ‘13, voice)
Pecce has been cast as the title role in The Company Theatre's Mary Poppins.

Cami Tedoldi

(M.M. ‘13, music education)
Tedoldi serves as high school Orchestra Director of Foxboro High School.

Nino Bakradze

(P.S.C. ‘14, piano)
Bakradze won First Prize in the Six Biennial Louisiana International Piano Competition in October 2015. The prize includes a $6,000 cash award, an international concerto performance with orchestra, a solo CD recording, a recital at Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall in May 2016, and recitals throughout Louisiana.  Bakradze is currently working on a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Arizona.

Jonathon Heyward

(B.M. ‘14, cello)
Heyward won the 54th International Competition for Young Conductors of the Besançon Music Festival in northeastern France. He was chosen from a pool of 260 candidates from around the world and was the youngest of the three finalists. Heyward is currently a student in the conducting program at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Emily Pecoraro

(M.M. ‘14, woodwind performance)

Matthew Lowy

(B.M. ‘15, composition)
Lowy and Pecoraro are performing in the orchestra for the national tour of How The Grinch Stole Christmas!

Matt Rodin

(B.F.A. ‘14, musical theater)
Rodin’s video on the red carpet for Gloria Estefan’s new musical, On Your Feet! , was featured on  Rodin is also creator, producer and host of School’d.

Nikki Snelson

(B.F.A. ‘14, musical theater) 
After starring in Legally Blonde the Musical on Broadway in 2007, Snelson directed and choreographed Lindenwood University's production of Legally Blonde in October 2015.

Abigail Dock

(M.M. ’15, P.S.C. ’16, voice)
Dock won the Encouragement Award at the Portland, Oregon district Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions earlier this fall.

Yakun Li

(M.M. ’15, violin)
Li was appointed to the faculty of the Tianjin Conservatory in Tianjin, China in 2015.

Thomas Reinman

(M.M. ‘15, marimba)
Thomas Reinman recently began working in the concert operations department with Distinguished Concerts International New York.  

Holly Wilder

(B.F.A. ‘15, dance)
Wake, the newest short dance film by the Wilder Project, was released in early November 2015. The film is directed and choreographed by artistic director Holly Wilder, filmed and edited by videographer Duncan Wilder, danced by Victoria Daylor (B.F.A. ‘17, dance) and Gabriel Lawton (B.F.A. ‘17, dance), with music written by Dylan Cantu and Elliott Skinner ("Treehouse in Heaven"). The film was made in association with Rhythm of You Productions.

Andrew Winans

(B.F.A. ‘15, musical theater)
Winans will be a featured extra in the movie Live by Night. Based on the novel by the same name, Live by Night is directed and produced by Ben Affleck with production assistance from Leonardo DiCaprio and Warner Bros.

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