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Flutist Peter H. Bloom '81 M.M. and NEC historical performance faculty 1984-1988) and pianist Mary Jane Rupert (the duo “2”) concertized in New Zealand and Australia in March 2012, performing works by U.S. and New Zealand composers. The 5-week tour included appearances at New Zealand School of Music in Wellington, University of Canterbury in Christchurch (NZ), Nelson School of Music (NZ), All Saints Anglican Church in Howick (Auckland, NZ), Radio New Zealand in Wellington, University of Canberra College of Music (Australia), and other venues.
In other recent concerts, Bloom performed at the National Gallery in London on a UK tour with the baroque trio Ensemble Chaconne. He also toured the Midwest and Southeastern United States with mezzo-soprano D’Anna Fortunato (A.D. 1973 and current NEC voice faculty), and performed in New York and New England with the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra (39th season) under director Mark Harvey. 2012-04-17
After working as a studio musician in NYC during the '80s, Scott Martin '81 moved to Colorado and received his M.M. in Composition from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has taught at CU Boulder, CU Denver, and the University of Denver. He is currently playing with his jazz band, Sundays at Vic's, producing music for the popular kids music website, Songdrops (150 million youtube views), and doing music theater work including performances with the nation tour of Jersey Boys. Scott recently wrote a letter to the editor of JazzTimes magazine about the late Clare Fischer, the Los Angeles area jazz and studio musician. His letter was subsequently published. Click here to read. 2012-03-06
Robert Vastano '81 has been a freelance trumpeter and was a member of the Dallas Wind Symphony and various other regional orchestras. He has performed with Frankie Valli, BJ Thomas, Tina Turner, among others. He served on the faculty at Univeristy of Texas, Austin for a short time, as a band director with the Longhorn Band and also served on the faculty of Eastern New Mexico University as trumpet and jazz director. He currently teaches Junior High School in Los Fresnos, Texas and teaches adjunct trumpet at the University of Texas Brownsville. He enjoys performing rock, jazz and salsa. 2012-01-26
Angela Myles Beeching '81 started a new position last fall at the Manhattan School of Music as Director of the Center for Music Entrepreneurship. She works with Casey Molino Dunn, baritone, publicist, and former coordinator of Eastman School of Music's career office, and collaborates with John Blanchard, who directs MSM's Alumni Affairs. Angela maintains her homebase in Boston so she can continue her private consulting practice, Beyond Talent Constulting, working with individuals and speaking at music schools, festivals, and conferences. Her consulting work will also include maintaining a connection at Indiana University, serving in a mentoring capacity to Project Jumpstart, which she helped launch last year. 2012-01-26
On Dec. 18, 2011 seven (7) NEC alumni who are members of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon (OSCYL) in Valladolid, Spain, performed a gala concert with legendary soprano Renée Fleming, under the direction of Maestro Miguel Harth-Bedoya. They are Dianne Winsor '81 M.M., Principal Flute; Marius Diaz '90 M.M., '91 G.D., Principal Cello; Jennifer Moreau '85, '87 M.M., Principal 2nd Violin; Néstor M. Pou-Rivera '89 DP, '90 Principal Viola; Robert Blossom '84, Asst. Principal Trombone; José Redondo '99 M.M., Tuba; Emad Ali Khan '05, bass. The program included works by Barber, Puccini and Strauss. The Orquestra was founded in 1991 and six of the seven NEC alumni are founding members. OSCYL, with all seven NEC alumni playing, has just released its first cd on the Deutsche Grammophon label, titled "Nazareno", featuring Katia & Marielle Labeque as soloists. This is the 20th season aniversary of the orchestra. At the end of March, Marius Diaz, and Néstor. M. Pou-Rivera will perform Strauss' Don Quixote. 2012-01-24
Claire Stadtmueller ’81 performed on a concert of the Richard Tucker Foundation in New York on March 10, 2011. The soprano lives in Greenwich, CT. 2011-05-02
Help find your lost classmates
Unfortunately, NEC has lost touch with some of your classmates. If you have e-mail or other contact information for any of the people listed below, please let us know so that we can keep them informed of reunions and other NEC activities.
Vincent Badala, Stephen T. Bruns, Deborah E. Brussel, Albert Clare, Carolyn M. Fodor, Jonathan Allen Hawkins, Bruce Marshall Henderson, Ann Michelle Holeczy, John D. Holyoke, Lisa Taylor Honig, Theresa Brown Inman, Young-Ja Joo, Tomoko Kato, Carolyn L. Kleiner, Hikaru Kojima, Gregory D. Maris, Ann DiTondo Mayerson, Jeanne O'Connor-Jackson, Carolyn Peyser, Mark Richard Polishook, James Rose, Masafumi Sakamoto, Machiko Shirai, Jonathan B. Spaulding, Kazuyo Torii Sugino, Jorge Cordoba Valencia, Roy White, Dianne C. Winsor, Miyako Yonawa.