Alumni Updates

From Julia Randel, CC ‘93

Greetings from Holland, Michigan! I am on the faculty at Hope College, where I teach music history and world music, and was recently appointed chair of the music department. My research is on Stravinsky’s ballets. The old tuba is mostly sad and lonely these days, though I dusted it off for an Easter gig this year. I’m excited to relive…

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From Scott Hempling, BR ‘78

Rusty but still have my thumb callous. I did a recital of Handel, Vivaldi, Bloch and Bach at my mother’s retirement home in June, where I also play for High Holy Day services and the occasional Sunday church service. My great friend and superb violinist, Jane Stewart (long with the National Symphony Orchestra), lowered herself to turn pages for my…

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From Valerie Norton, PC ‘87

I’m so excited to see this page and to hear about a reunion in 2015-16! Powers that be, PLEASE don’t have it in February. I know that’s a popular month for this kind of thing, but it really is tough for alums coming from far away who have to struggle with weather delays and cancelled flights. As for me, I’m…

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From Carol Ou, CC ‘92 and MUS ‘94

Currently the cellist of the Carpe Diem String Quartet and a cello and chamber music instructor at New England Conservatory of Music.

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From David Hagy, MUS ‘84, ‘86, ‘92

Having been the Manager of the Yale Symphony for two years (1987-88) for good friend Alasdair Neale and helping raise the money for a 16-day tour to England, Scotland, and Wales (Summer 88), I got the job as the Music Director of the Salisbury (NC) Symphony. Twenty-six years later I am still the Music Director of this orchestra and also…

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From David Charles Abell, YC ‘81

It was a huge pleasure to come back to Yale in January, 2013, to conduct a concert performance of the classic musical Kiss Me, Kate by Cole Porter (class of 1913). It was the tryout of the new Critical Edition of the show my partner and I have been editing. It will be only the second-ever critical edition of a…

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From Mark Richards, MUS ‘81

I played in the Yale Symphony 79-81 and had the best time with Rob and the orchestra. On Dec 8, 2013 we put together an all Bach concert in Southport, CT with the following program: Program – December 8th, 2013, 3PM Southport Congregational Church, CT 24 Pequot Ave, Southport, CT 06890 (203) 255-1594 Music of J. S. Bach Featuring: Vira…

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A Viola Joke From Meghan Titzer, YC ‘06

If you push a soprano and a violist off a cliff at the same time, which one will hit the ground first?

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From Meghan Titzer, YC ‘06

This update is about Eric Nathan (Yale College 2006, trumpet): one of his pieces was performed by an up and coming, really cool Boston orchestra! See here for the press release: http://www.afarcry.org/chemistry-press-release/. Go Enate!

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From Phil Hirschi, YC ‘73

I’m currently playing cello in several Seattle rock bands: St. John and the Revelations, Green Pajamas, Spandrel. St. John is an up and coming singer-songwriter. He and I perform duo or with a full band. I get many cool chances to solo. He has connections to Peter Buck and other R.E.M. folks, so maybe that’ll help him break through to…

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