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1960's

Robert Fritz

(B.M. ‘66, M.M. ‘68, composition)

Fritz’s project, Chasing Rainbows, was chosen as winner of the 2015 Nevada International Film Festival. Over the years, Fritz has written and directed four feature films, documentaries, and one short film, and has received awards from various major film festivals. Additionally, he has created multimedia works and arranged music, including a Billboard Magazine topping arrangement which appeared on Celtic Ladies.

Susan Connally

(B.F.A. ‘67, dance)

Connally was the Artistic Director for the recent production of “Snow White” with San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet. She was joined by Associate Director Karin Heiden, (B.F.A. ‘96, dance), composer Kermit Poling, (B.M. ‘82, violin) and orchestra member John Godoy, (B.M ‘82, percussion).

1970's

William Thorpe

(B.M. ‘71, piano)

Thorpe recently performed alongside Jennifer Lawrence in the Twentieth Century Fox Film Joy(also starring Robert DeNiro and Bradley Cooper.)Additionally, he acted in the Emmy Award-Winning HBO Miniseries, Olive Kitteridge.

Ellie Potts Bar

(B.F.A. ‘73, dance)

Potts Bar is teaching at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, FL.

Henry Daniel

(B.F.A. ‘76, dance)

Daniel acted with Derek Walcott’s Trinidad Theatre workshop and danced with Astor Johnson’s Repertory Dance Theatre of Trinidad. He also danced with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Centre Workshop, the Bernhard Ballet, and the Jose Limon Dance Company, TanzProjekt Munchen, Tanztheater Freiburg and Tanztheater Munster. He is currently a Professor of Dance & Performance Studies at Simon Fraser University.

Karen Peterson

(B.F.A. ‘76, dance)

Peterson’s company is premiering HOST, an all-male physical theatre work, in May 2016.

1980's

Coleen Shrickel

(B.F.A. ‘81, musical theater)

After joining Barnes & Noble Bookstores in 2013, Coleen was promoted to community business development manager.

Lily Afshar

(B.M. ‘81, guitar)

Afshar recently played a concert with the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in El Dorado, AR.  The performance was conducted by Kermit Poling (B.M. ‘82, violin).

1990's

Christopher Swan

(B.F.A. ‘91, musical theater)

Swan recently played “Old Man” in A Christmas Storyat Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco.

Susan Goforth

(B.F.A. ‘91, musical theater)

Goforth’s new film, 10 Days in a Madhouse, recently opened in Times Square in New York City.

Hannah Logan

(B.F.A. ‘92, musical theatre)

Logan is acting, directing, producing, and writing for theatre in San Diego. Her self-written solo show WORKS: IN PROGRESS was produced for the San Diego Fringe Festival. Her play, TRAILERVILLE, was produced in both Los Angeles and New York.

Laura Duncan

(B.F.A. ‘94, musical theatre)

Duncan recently photographed Tony Award winner Laura Benanti’s wedding.

Jeffrey Gerodias

(B.F.A. ‘94, dance)

Gerodias recently danced with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.

Tracy Kash

(M.M. ‘94, flute)

Kash currently performs vocals, flute, and piano with various jazz and classical ensembles in the Detroit area. In 2010, Kash’s album of original music, Sound Truth, was voted one of the “Top 10 of 2010” by Detroit MetroTimes. She also won the 2009 Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Jazz Vocalist.

Jennifer DePalo

(B.F.A. ‘96, dance)

DePalo has performed with the Martha Graham Dance Company, Ballet Hispanico, and Buglisi Dance Theatre.

Timothy Smith

(Diploma ‘98, organ)

Smith is the organist at Trinity Lutheran Church in Medina, NY. He recently performed a Christmas concert on a new organ donated by Christ Episcopal Cathedral in Cincinnati.

Zoe Scofield

(B.F.A. ‘98, dance)

Scofield is the co-Artistic Director of Zoe/Juniper, a Seattle-based dance and visual art team.

Mihail Jojatu

(G.P.D. ‘99, cello)

Jojatu, a cellist in the Boston Cello Quartet, is preparing to release a new album entitled

The Latin Project. The album, a culmination of dance music re-envisioned by the quartet, is a “musical journey” from Spain to South America.

Melissa Quinn

(B.M. ‘99, clarinet)

Quinn was hired as an assistant to the Executive Director of the Opera House Theatre in Newport, RI.

2000's

Brian Nash

(B.M. ‘00, voice)

Nash is musical director for An Evening In Natalie Joy Johnson, which was just extended. Additionally, Nash is a current cast member in Kinky Boots on Broadway.

Yen-Li Chen

(B.F.A. ‘01, dance)

Chen has danced with Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet and Alberta Ballet. Chen founded the Yen-Li Chen Ballet School in Chandler, Arizona, where she continues to teach.

Thang Dao

(B.F.A. ‘01, dance)

Dao danced with the Stephen Petronio Dance Company from 2001-2006. He left to pursue choreography, and founded the Thang Dao Dance Company, which he continues to direct in New York City.

Kurt Douglas

(B.F.A. ‘02, dance)

Prior to joining the faculty at Boston Conservatory, Douglas danced with Ballet Hispanico and Buglisi Dance Theatre. Douglas has also performed with the Jose Limon Dance Company, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and the tour of A Chorus Line in Australia, Japan, and the United States.

Junichi Fukuda

(B.F.A. ‘02, dance)

Fukuda has danced with many companies, including Ballet Tech, Oakland Ballet, Smuin Ballet, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Nejla Yatkin’s NY2 Dance, Buglisi Dance Theatre and Peridance Contemporary Dance Company. In 2013, he was named RAW Washington DC’s 2013 Performing Artist of the Year. Fukuda currently dances with Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre.

Harriet McMeekin

(B.F.A. ‘02, dance)

McMeekin has danced with Oakland Ballet, Ballet San Jose and the Suzanne Farrell Ballet. She is currently working toward her certification in Pilates training, and teaches Gyrotonic and Gyrokenesis exercise.

Dam Van Huynh

(B.F.A. ‘02, dance)

Van Huynh is Director of Van Huynh Company in England.

Phillip Fazio

(B.F.A. ‘05, musical theatre)

Fazio recently assistant-directed West Side Story at the Signature Theatre.

Jonathan Reid Gealt

(B.F.A. ‘05, musical theatre)

Reid Gealt recently released his third studio album, Whatever I Want it to Be, featuring a multitude of Broadway stars.

Ebony Williams

(B.F.A. ‘05, dance)

Williams has danced with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and as a backup dancer for Beyonce in her Single Ladies music video. She has also worked with pop artists Fergie, Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna.

Amy Lawrence

(B.M. ‘06, voice)

Lawrence continues to perform and pursue opera, and she also teaches ballroom dancing. She recently performed Doninzetti’s Viva la Mama with Pacific Opera Project.

Megan Krauszer

(B.F.A. ‘06, dance)

In 2010, Krauszer became certified through Power Pilates to teach and has been teaching pilates through Bodytonic.

Victor Wisehart

(B.F.A. ‘06, dance)

Wisehart is currently performing as "Mr. Z" in the touring Broadway production of An American in Paris.

Jessica French

(B.M. ‘07, voice)

French recently performed in a music theater album release concert titled Songs I Can Sing From Roles I'll Probably Never Play at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC under the direction of Sasha Weiss (BFA ‘07, musical theater). She also performed as a guest artist in Regina Opera’s Salute to Broadway concert in Brooklyn and as a guest vocal clinician at the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s High School Opera Singer Intensive.

Rebecca Rasmussen

(B.F.A. ‘07, dance)

Rasmussen has been dancing with MOMIX since 2006.

Christopher Wilson

(M.M. ‘07, percussion)

Wilson was recently a guest clinician and guest artist at the Western Colorado Percussion Festival and a guest artist and concerto soloist at Monmouth College. He also gave a presentation at the Southern Chapter Conference of the College Music Society. In March, he gave a presentation at the Northeast Regional Conference of The College Music Society.

Dean de Luna

(B.F.A. ‘08, dance)

de Luna recently performed with Harbor Light Theatre’s production of West Side Story.

Jared Troilo

(B.F.A. ‘08, musical theater)

Troilo recently played “Prince Eric” in The Little Mermaid  with Fiddlehead Theatre Company at Strand Theatre following appearances in The Little Princess and Aida. He is a frequent cast-member of the off-Broadway show That Bachelorette Show and will perform the role of “Boland” in Dogfight in May, 2016.

Kristina Riegle

(M.M. ‘08, voice)

Riegle recently sang with the Washington National Opera Chorus in Der Fliegende Hollander. Other recent credits include Children of Eden at the Kennedy Center, A Fire in Water at the Capital Fringe Festival, The Fall of the House of Usher: A New Musical at Pallas Theatre Collective and Madama Butterfly at the Opera Camerata of Washington DC. She is also the Co-Founder and Director of Opera on Tap DC Metro. In April, Riegle will perform the role of Dorothee in Massenet’s Cendrillon with Resonance Works.

Vincent Harris

(B.F.A. ‘09, dance)

Harris has been dancing with MOMIX since 2010.

Maleek Washington

(B.F.A. ‘09, dance)

Washington is in his third season collaborating with Kyle Abraham on Abraham in Motion. He is on the faculty at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City. He recently performed in Die Fledermaus at the Metropolitan Opera.

2010's

Stephen Cerf

(B.F.A. ‘10, musical theater)

In March 2016, Cerf released his book The Not So Starving Artist on finances for performers. He is also currently performing in Motown, The Musical.

Graci Meier

(B.F.A. ‘10, dance)

Meier has been dancing with MOMIX since 2010.

Jason Modica

(B.F.A. ‘10, musical theater)

Modica recently worked as the Assistant Director on the premieres of Simon Stephen’s Punk Rock and Beau Willimon’s Breathing Time. He is currently working on the world premiere of Ken Greller’s Troll, for which he is both directing and producing.

Rasa Vitkauskaite

(M.M. ‘10, B.M. ‘08, piano)

Vitkauskaite recently performed a concert titled Wings of Love with the Meinigen Trio at Taylor House in Boston, MA.

Joshua Beaver

(B.F.A. ‘11, dance)

Beaver is in his first season with Dayton Ballet at Dayton Performing Arts Alliance. He performed in February Fantasy, a performance showcasing the choreography of Los Angeles choreographer, Melissa Barak. Beaver currently teaches dance at the Miami Valley Dance Center.

Kathleen Ladenheim

(B.F.A. ‘11, dance)

In 2012, Ladenheim founded The People Movers, a contemporary dance company that performs her original choreography. Ladenheim was also the Creative Director for Dance 'n Tell, a workshop class for professional dancers.

Jessica Davidson

(B.F.A. ‘11, dance)

Davidson joined the Rockettes and recently performed on America’s Got Talent and in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Kimiko Glenn

(B.F.A. ‘11, musical theater)

Kimiko is continuing her role in Orange is the New Black as well as starring in the new musical Waitress, premiering April 2016.

Joe Gonzalez

(B.F.A. ‘11, dance)

Gonzalez is currently performing with Philadanco, a worldwide touring modern dance company. He is also the founder and choreographer of Jo-Me Dance, a Boston-based contemporary dance art company.

Rachel Prather

(B.F.A. ‘12, musical theater)

Rachel was cast as the understudy for “Girl” in the national tour of Once.

Anne Maguire

(B.M. ‘12, voice, opera emphasis)

In the summer of 2015, Maguire covered Jamie Barton in the role of Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible at Glimmerglass. In 2013, she won the Singer of the World Competition in Wales.

Carly Kastel

(B.F.A. ‘12, musical theater)

Kastel is the Casting Associate for Mad Libs, Live!

Brett Sjoblom

(B.F.A. ‘12, dance)

Sjoblom is in his fourth season dancing with Nashville Ballet, and his third season as a full company member.

Nate Tucker

(B.M. 2012, percussion)

A.R.T. projectNatasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 is on track for Broadway with Tucker and Josh Groban.  Tucker’s album Off Grid was released at Boston Center for the Arts with music videos for each song and included other Boston Conservatory alumni, Pilobolus dancers and visual artists.

Gerald Watson

(B.F.A. ‘12, dance)

Watson joined NB2, Nashville Ballet’s second company, upon his graduation from Boston Conservatory. In the 2014-15 season, he began dancing as an apprentice with Nashville Ballet, where he currently dances. Watson is also on faculty with the School of Nashville Ballet’s Children’s Program.

David Glista

(B.F.A. ‘13, dance)

Glista recently joined the Jose Limon Dance Company and performed in their International Festival at The Joyce Theater. He also taught in the Limon 4 Kids community outreach program, and will be touring again this spring. He has been working as a freelance lighting designer and stage technician. Glista has worked with Loft Opera, Groupmuse, Third Rail Production and a variety of other dance artists. He is currently on staff at Triskelion Arts in Greenpoint Brooklyn and dances with Prometheus Dance.

Jeremy Loudon

(M.M. ‘13, trombone)

As a member of the Nautilus Brass Quintet, Loudon recently performed as a guest-artist at the Women Composers Festival in Hartford.

Lissa Smith

(B.F.A. ‘13, dance)

Smith has been dancing with Hubbard Street Dance in Chicago since 2011, where she began as an apprentice and was promoted to a company member in 2012.

Nino Bakradze

(Certificate ‘14, piano)

Bakradze won First Prize in the Six Billenial Louisiana International Piano Competition. She will perform a recital at Carnegie Hall in May 2016 and give other concerts throughout Louisiana. In addition, Bakradze will record a solo CD and tour internationally with orchestra. She is currently working on her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Arizona.

Allison Gee

(B.F.A. ‘14, dance)

Gee is currently dancing her second season with the Steps Repertory Ensemble, the resident contemporary company at Steps on Broadway.

Emily Pecoraro

(M.M. ‘14, woodwinds)

Pecoraro recently played Reed 1 for the national Broadway tour of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! alongside alumnus, Matthew Lowy (B.M. ‘15, composition).

Kimberly Leeds

(M.M. ‘14, vocal pedagogy)

Leeds recently won the Tafelmusik Vocal Competition in Toronto and was also selected as the audience favorite.

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, Excerpts from Connect Transfer and Collective Measures.

Jeffrey Ewing

(B.F.A. ‘15, dance)

Ewing is currently dancing in Charlotte Ballet II, Charlotte Ballet’s second company for young professional dancers. He is also a guest teaching artist at WNC Dance Academy. For several years, he has performed professionally with the Terpsicorps Theater of Dance summer program.

Matthew Lowy

(B.M. ‘15, composition)

Lowy recently played in the orchestra for the national Broadway tour of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! alongside alumna, Emily Pecoraro (M.M. ‘14, woodwinds).

Jessie Thorne

(B.F.A. ‘15, dance)

Thorne currently dances with the imPerfect Dancers Company.

 



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