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Philip Fass, '67, '68, '69

I was at Indian Hill, studying filmmaking under Robert Edelstein. As much as I loved it at the time, in subsequent years I have become even more amazed at the sheer raw talent and dedication of everyone I met. What an enchanted place... understandable only to those who experienced it.

A few random memories:
1. Empire State Harry and His Grand Canyon Philharmonic Jug Band
2. "Iceless Glen"
3. One-upsmanship of some IH singers who decided to compete with the strolling Elizabethan singers at Stratford Shakespeare Festival.
4. Movies shown at least 2 dozen times: Rear Window, Stagecoach, The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuze, Rappaccini.
5. Bruce Bombardier, one of the bus drivers who took us to concerts. (Where ARE these memories coming from?!)
6. Arlo performing and asking if we thought it was worthwhile to record Alice's Restaurant.
7. "You'll have to ask Aggie" - Bill
8.....and, of course, the beloved Elm, under which everyone met.

After IH, I studied psychology as an undergraduate and a grad student at Goddard College. Then I lost my interest in the field and, with no particular career path in mind, started to earn my living as a writer. (Even when I got jobs without admitting to any writing skill, I soon found myself writing.) So that, and developing Web sites, is what I'm still doing. Living in Vermont, married, 2 adult kids with kids of their own, and 2 great dogs. I would attend and help organize a reunion in a heartbeat!

Betsy Feldman, '60, '61, '62 and Staff, '67

I am living in New Jersey (although I still consider myself as being from New York) where I continue to use my background in dance and movement in my work in fitness education and personal training. My sons are both in college- Sean is a senior at Tufts where he is studying International Arts and Letters and Multi -media Arts. He hopes to live and work in Japan next year and eventually work in film. Ryan is a freshman at American University where he is studying print journalism and musical theater- which is his first love. I am still dancing and loving it.

Rachel Feldman, '69, '70

Rachel lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children. She is a television director and screenwriter. “I have extraordinary memories of my two IH summers.”

Wendy Foxmyn, '67, '68, '69, '70

Wendy Foxmyn is the Director of The Meditation and Training Collaborative in Greenfield, Massachusetts. She was trained as a mediator in 1993 by the UMass Mediation Project, and joined TMTC in April 1996. Before that she had twenty years' experience in local government administration and has consulted to municipalities, non-profits and small businesses in resource development, public participation, mediation and facilitation. She is an active violinist in orchestras and chamber music groups in Western Mass.

Lisa (Berdann) Friedman, '64

I attended Indian Hill in 1964. I remember fondly dancing with Marjorie Mazia, singing madrigals with ?Marlin (who taught me a great deal about performance: he used to say, “Breathe with your eyes," or "Smile with your eyes," or maybe both) and participating in the Children’s Choir at Tanglewood for the premiere of Menotti's Death of the Bishop of Brindisi. Besides listening, singing is the only part of my musical background that I have continued: these days I use it to daven parts of the Shabbat morning service and to chant Haftorahs, with great personal satisfaction. It seems strange to yoke together Indian Hill and Judaism, because at the time I was there, participating in Judaism was possibly the last thing on earth I would have considered doing.

I am a psychotherapist, living in northern Virginia with my husband. We have 2 adult children and a dog who works as my co-therapist. Our son is preparing to be a high-school English teacher and wrestling and football coach, and our daughter, long a techie in an award-winning high-school drama department, is a sophomore, trying to decide between theatre and English lit as a major, and hence double-majoring.

Much of my free time is devoted to being Publications Chair at my synagogue. In that capacity, I desktop-publish a 28-page monthly newsletter with loads of photos. This is a great outlet for both my writing and psychotherapy talents. I am proud that I have gotten many congregants to write about and photograph aspects of their synagogue life, so that the Contemporary has twice won regional awards and is eagerly awaited and read.

Isabelle Ganz, '53, '54

Mezzo-soprano Isabelle Ganz, Affiliate Artist in Voice at the Moores School of Music, University of Houston, was the recipient of a Senior Teaching/Research Fulbright grant to teach at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance and to conduct research in Sephardic Music at Hebrew University in 1997. In 1992 she received a National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist grant to perform concerts of contemporary music at universities and conservatories throughout the U. S. She has premiered many works, including "Ryoanji for Voice and Percussion" composed for her by John Cage and recorded by her for Mode Records. Recent appearances as vocal soloist have been in Amsterdam (Schoenberg's "Pierrot Lunaire") with members of the Concertgebouw Orchestra), the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Houston Ballet, Tel Aviv and Israel Museums (George Crumb's "Ancient Voices of Children"), the Centro de Bellas Artes in Puerto Rico, the Skirball Museum in Los Angeles, as well as the 92nd St. Y, Merkin Hall and the Frick Collection in New York. Her New York-based Sephardic Music ensemble, Alhambra, has recorded three CDs and performs internationally. She has recorded for Opus One, Mode, Aulos, Leonarda, Global Village, Spectrum, Master Musicians' Collective, Prestige/ International and L. R. P. Records. Isabelle lives in Houston, New York City and Amsterdam.

Jonathan Goldberg, '73, '74

What a thrill to find this site. Just seeing the pictures of the Main House and the teepees brought such wonderful memories to the fore. My years at Indian Hill were some of the best of my life. I studied guitar with Richard Romano (I still recall getting the charts to Pat Metheny's first album before it was released and trying to struggle though those impossible scores!). But one of great things at IH was being involved in all of the arts, taking part in theater and dance performances as well as visual arts. More importantly, IH was a coming of age for me, with so many exceptional people to meet. I studied music and business and worked for some time at the New York Station Foundation for the Arts/ Now I work for the Surdna Foundation, a mid-sized ($610 million at present) foundation making grants in the areas of environment, community revitalization, youth action/leadership, arts-in-education, and the nonprofit sector.

Jeff Greenberg, '67, '68, '69

I am still a musician, though my instrument is piano, rather than bassoon as it was then. During my senior year of high school I had an injury to the mouth that resulted in 3 surgeries, and effectively ended my woodwind career. I attended New York University and later Berklee College of Music.

I presently live in Las Vegas where I am musical director for The Rat Pack Show - a recreation of the shows at the Sands Hotel in 1960 by Frank, Sammy, Dean, etc. I play piano and conduct the orchestra, as well as contribute arrangements to the show.

I married for the first time in my 40s to my loving wife Lee Ann. We were born just across the Delaware River from each other, and met in (of all places) Biloxi, Mississippi.

Karen Grundfest (Mandelbaum), '63

I earned a Bachelors degree in Performance from the Mannes College of Music, and a Masters in Music Theory from Queens College. I am now a candidate for a PhD at the CUNY Graduate Center in Music Theory. My thesis is a study of the keyboard Rondos of CPE Bach. I remember playing the first movement of the Bach F minor Piano Concerto with the IH Orchestra, and singing in the IH production of Bernstein's "Trouble in Tahiti!" My younger son is entering Duke in the fall. He is a wonderful cellist; we [performed] the Brahms E Minor Cello Sonata together.

Steve Hartke

Steve is the recent recipient of the Charles Ives Living, a grant awarded by the American Academy of Arts and Letters that will permit him to take a three-year leave from his teaching duties at the University of Southern California to devote himself exclusively to composition. His symphony No. 3, commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, was premiered at Avery Fisher Hall in September 2003.

Fran Hecker, '62 and Rick Schwartz, '65

Fran Hecker and Rick Schwartz were sitting around talking one day after having been married for several years, when one of us started talking about this wonderful summer experience. We then started screaming when we discovered we both went to Indian Hill. Wonderful memories! Van Cliburn dropping in; playing improv with your son's group, etc. We talk about IH days a lot. Some of my best days ever. Thanks (I think I was too young to say that back in '60 something!)

Molly Holland, '72

One night, "surfing the net" I discovered with elation, the Indian Hill website! & amazingly, there was the yearbook in 1972, that I was honored to illustrate the bookcover for. It is not exaggerating to say being at Indian Hill pivoted my life.
Imagine a somewhat precocious, artistic teen from an ignorant environs in Alabama.
She intuited a ways out/
Her instincts, still intact enough to know a way OUT

David Jaffin, '53, '54, '55

has lived in Munich, Germany for many years. He earned his PhD in the History of Historical Writing at NYU; he was Phi Beta Kappa and won the Founders' Day Award twice. He is retired as a Lutheran Minister, but still lecturing all over Europe so that he is rarely home. He is an author of many books on subjects as diverse as the Bible, Art and Faith, Poetry, Children's Books, Short Stories, Autobiographical works. His poetry has been published in both English and German. His new book of 440 poems in English will be published this year in Germany. David reports that he is no longer playing baseball.

Benjy Jean-Yves, '70

Jean-Yves was born in the 1953 in the one time French colony of Oran, Algeria and moved to Philadelphia at the age of 3. While attending Northeast High School, he decided to pursue a career in music as a Double Bassist and in 1969, a certain classmate by the name of Scott Martin Kosofsky, spoke to him about the Indian Hill summer arts camp. "This was my very first time experience on my own,- performing Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony,, getting a small role in a play by T.S. Elliot, watching a ballet performance by James Waring, or going to Tanglewood to hear Leonard Bernstein conduct the Boston Symphony, all of which I still remember 35 years later! How can I also forget that very special moment where I played my first recital in front of an Indian Hill audience?"

I received a Bachelor’s degree from Temple University in Philadelphia in 1974, and then went on to earn a Masters degree in performance at Yale University in 1976. His first in a Symphonic Orchestra was with the New Haven Symphony. Being of French origin, he decided to move on and return to Europe to look for a permanent job.

The Toulouse Chamber Orchestra gave him this chance back in 1976 and he stayed with them for 6 years. He was the only bassist in this 11 string player ensemble, a size that presented him with a golden opportunity to become a soloist.

I decided to return to the symphonic world. In 1979 I toured to China, South Korea and Japan with the l’Orchestre Symphonique de Lyon and then in 1985 auditioned for the Strasbourg Philharmonic, a group with which I have been ever since. This year the 2004-2005 season marks the Orchestra’s 150th anniversary. "The Double bass has been my passport to 28 countries and that’s something I never would have imagined back at Indian Hill!"

For the past six years, Jean-Yves has developed an interest in Photoshop and digital photography and 2 years ago became a member of an English internet Photo Forum. Some of his work has been published in Digital Photo Magazine. He also builds and fixes computers. He lives in Strasbourg with his wife Anna and their 13 year old son David.

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