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Valerie Pitt, '65, '66, '67, '68, '69, '70

After studying liberal arts at NYU and Hunter and a Fellowship in the graduate musicology department at Columbia, I taught tennis for a few years before entering the business world in both profit (Perrier) and non-profit (Planned Parenthood) environments. Deciding I needed more education (not uncommon to my species) I went to Hofstra Law School after which I practiced for 14 years in New York City, the latter 9 as a solo trial attorney practitioner. While in New York I became involved with Matthew Nash Music and Dance (Nash IH '68 & '69) which company has been performing Matthew's original music and dance since the 80's.

Tired of Northeast winters and the Manhattan cost of living, I relocated to southeast Florida January 1999 where I am house-counsel to Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. Before my recent two week trip to Japan and China I was able to speak with former IHer Ruth Dinerman (IH '73) who lived and worked in China. While in the Far East I was a dinner guest of Mordy's cousin Peter Lighte in Hong Kong. A transplanted American cum banker, Peter was formerly a professor of Chinese; he adopted two adorable little Chinese girls.

Enjoying the weather and lifestyle here, I continue to enjoy contacts with Indian Hillers (I spent six summers at IH; they had to drag me away), and still hope for a massive reunion for which I am willing to work. Any takers?

UPDATE 6/3/04:

Valerie, violinist at IH for five summers, is a lawyer, She is of counsel to the insurance company AIG. She writes: "A minor job change has landed me at AIG,Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A major plus is our headquarters are in NYC so I grab opportunities to head north. I'd love to hear from any alumni ( and a few thanks to fellow IH profilers:

to Philip Fass, (whom I remember as Edelstein #2): for your flashbacks to Amy Eisen (whom I remember): I too will never forget being introduced to the classics (movies and jazz) at the tender age of 11 to Fran and Rick: I was playing volleyball while Van Cliburn was hitting the ivories in the Ives room and went running to Mark Bruce: Did you know that our enduring dance teacher Jimmy Waring had a strong connection to John Cage and affinity for Charles Ives?

John Posner, '65, '66, '67

John Posner was an Indian Hill student from 1965-1967, and returned to teach brass music and tennis in 1968 and 1969. He grew up in Queens, NYC, playing trumpet in NYC All-City orchestras in both junior high school and high school. He earned a Bachelor's degree in mathematics at Harvard College, where he was a leading member of the student music scene. His conducting credits at Harvard include "Funny Girl,", "The Most Happy Fella," "Wonderful Town," and "West Side Story."

After several years teaching mathematics and editing math textbooks, John began his career as a technical writer for computer systems. He was on the original development teams for such pioneering projects as the Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet, the Rational/ClearCase configuration management system, and the Stellar graphics supercomputer.

John lives in Connecticut with his wife, Mary Johnson, who heads the Biostatistics department for PharmaNet, a pharmaceuticals contract research organization. His children, Allison and Derek, attend secondary schools in Connecticut. John continues to play tennis (quite a bit) and trumpet (not nearly enough to keep his chops up). He is best remembered for waking the boys with his performance of reveille early every morning!

Clare Rabinow, '65, '66, '68

I work as a software architect at a medium-sized company in Cambridge, MA. I stumbled into a programming class my freshman year at Brown, loved it, and never looked back. I kept up with choral singing, something I started at IH, for two years in college and then 17 years with Chorus pro Musica in Boston. I finally gave up singing when I got seriously into competitive ballroom dancing. I'm 18 years into that with no sign of stopping. It keeps me in great shape and connected to music. My arts/crafts activities have been reduced to knitting and buying other people's work at craft fairs. I took pottery classes for a few years in the early 80's and have most of my work on display in my living room. Maybe when I retire (if I ever do), I'll get back to pottery or jewelry or sewing or something else artistic. The only IHers I've bumped into since leaving Stockbridge are John Posner (I actually worked with his sister-in-law a few years back) and Vicki Thaler. I'd be happy to hear from others.

Laurie Rich, '67, '68, '69

For the past twelve years I've worked as a media PR consultant for large corporationswhen. My father died in '93. He left me in charge of his technology company in Boston. Nowadays work takes a second seat to other things. I've become a martial artist - working on my high blue belt on the way to black. I'm also on our district School Board, which I love.

Joseph Richter, '52

I'm sorry that some '52 IH'ers are missing. I well remember Aaron Ballonoff and teacher Dick Giese who played flute, I believe, with the Baltimore Symphony. I loved Frankie (Cole) who, sadly, passed away some years ago. She made a name for herself as a harpsichordist, appearing even on Fred Roger's PBS children's show. I remember Frank Da Cola who also attended NY's High School of Music and Art and, sadly, passed away quite some years ago.

Paul Rittenberg, '70

I graduated from Princeton in 1976 and have worked in the advertising side of the television business for the past 25 years, including 10 years at ABC and the past 10 at Fox. My wife Ann and I married in 1981, she is a literary agent with her own company in Manhattan. We live in Park Slope, Brooklyn with our three daughters Polly (12), Julia and Gracie (9); yes, identical twins. They go to the Berkeley Carroll School. The world and New York City have certainly changed an awful lot since the summer of 1970; it's hard not to look back with nostalgia, but the present is actually quite a lot of fun. I am very friendly with Andy Luchansky and Richard Rosenbaum; Indian Hill ties really lasts!

Joshua Rodriguez, '70

Joshua is a violinist, who is an expert in rare instruments. He plays in the Albany Symphony orchestra, teaches and plays in chamber music groups in the area. He lives in Glens Falls with his wife and two sons.

Jerry Rosen, '52, '53, '54, Staff member '61, '64, '72

Jerry was Assistant Concertmaster for the Boston Symphony Orchestra for many years; then held a roving chair in the violin section. He was also keyboard player for the orchestra; he is now retired.] I have finally found out what I want to beand have been working hard at it for some years now: a pianist. I have my own little chamber series in Boston where my colleagues from the BSO play for nothing and I pick up the expenses, makes me an amateur in the strict sense and that's the best way to be. I'm also trying to write my own memoirs - really a collection of stories -I did a short stand-alone piece about Indian Hill and me - really about the Berkshires and me - for a course in memoir at Harvard.

Evie Rosen-Morris, '61, '62

Evie lives in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. She freelances as a Musical Director, keyboard pit player, accompanist and vocal coach and teaches piano in her home studio. She is married to Stephen, has three grown daughters and two grandaughters.

"My early trips to IH were as the little sister visiting my big brothers (Jerry and Sheldon) at their music camp. When my turn came at age 14, I had to beg and plead to be able to take dance instead of piano. Although, dance was never my forte, the experience of having Marjorie Mazia-Guthrie as a teacher and role model, was life-changing. I can still see Marjie, sitting cross-legged on the dance studio floor, teaching about breathing, teaching about life.

Other fond memories include sitting on the back-road watching the Stockbridge locals watch Arlo playing his guitar, folk nights with Logan English, being a part of "The Beavers" with Arlo and Paul and singing for Pete Seeger, seeing Judy Collins hanging out, walking to Stockbridge on Sunday mornings to go to that little "restaurant" that was down a back alley, dancing on the new theater stage, visiting those cool tepees and meeting kids from the east coast who loved to tease me about my midwest "nasal twange."

The IH experience opened my eyes to new people and new experiences and reading other people's memories jog my own and make the remembrance even sweeter!"

Robyn Roth, '72, '73, '74, '75

My four summers 1972-1975 at Indian Hill were the best summers of my life. I grew up there and learned so much from the place, it will always hold a special place in my heart. I can remember making bagels with Judy Collins during the summer, and listening to her sing to us, in our own private concert. Having Carly Simon come and visit before she and James Taylor performed at Tanglewood. Then going to the concert and yelling when he would sing ....from "Stockbridge to Boston". I regret that my kids will never know a place like Indian Hill. Sitting next to my computer is a picture of me and Amy Rothholz sitting in an Adirondack chair on the main lawn, with the portal from the main house in the back ground. I can remember watching the meteor showers in early August and waking up to watch the sun rise, as well as watching deer on the front lawn in the early morning.

When I go to the Berkshires now to visit my two daughters at camp, I sometimes take a drive up Old Prospect Hill Road to look at what is left of IH. I miss seeing the barn and regret that I am not able to go look at the plaques on the theater to find my name, as well as the TP's and the other building that made up Indian Hill. Then I close my eyes and think back and a smile appears once again as I get lost in my memories of those summers.

Anthony Rudel, '70, '71, '72, '73

The four summers I spent at Indian Hill were 32 weeks of bliss; music, fun, softball, swimming, and so much more.  Mordy and Irma were our surrogate parents for those happy times and when Mordy sang the baritone solo in Dona Nobis Pacem, it brought tears to my eyes, which made seeing the music just a bit tricky. I have millions of memories of dear Mordy, but perhaps the ones I cherish most are the visual images of him pitching the Sunday afternoon student/faculty softball games...oh, how I miss those days! Mordy was, and will always be a treasure.

David Rumpler, '72, '73, '74

I spent my first summer at Indian Hill as an art student, but my real passion was playing the guitar, which I carried with me constantly. When I returned to Indian Hill the next summer, I was delighted to learn that Mordy and Irma had invited a young jazz guitarist named Richard Romano to lead a jazz ensemble, teach jazz theory and teach guitar classes. Through Richard's classes I learned about the music of Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Pat Metheny, Antonio Carlos Jobim and many others. I still remember what a thrill it was to hear that music for the first time!

At Ithaca College I continued to study music, graduating with a BA in Music in 1980. Then, in 1985 while living in Providence, RI, I fell in love with Brazilian music and the Portuguese language. In 1989 I took a "short" trip to Brazil which ended up lasting eight months. In the years that followed, I returned to Brazil many times, working on my Portuguese and continuing to study Brazilian music. From 1993 to 1997 I created and ran "Brazil CDs", a mail order company that sold Brazilian cds through the internet. During this same period I also performed Brazilian music with my own group "Tudo Azul", and freelanced as a guitarist and "cavaquinho" (4-string octave guitar) player.

One of my biggest treats was returning to the Berkshires in 1997 to do a performance with flutist Paula Robison's "Brasileirinho" ensemble at a location just minutes from the old Indian Hill property! In January of this year (2001) I began teaching general music to Brazilian and American children in the Somerville, MA public schools (five hundred kids, grades K through 8!) and I'm looking forward to doing more music teaching in September. My own musical pleasure these days comes from playing jazz piano, which I do whenever I find a spare moment. I'd love to hear from any IH people. You can write to me at (just put my last name, all lowercase in front).

Eva Salzman, '74

I have been living in London for fifteen yearsI have published two books of poetry and many other features and reviews in the national press I've done lots of readings and workshops all over Britain, some in Spain andthink of spending more time back home. I recently read at the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association on Long Island.
I was a writer in residence at a prisonin east end of London; also appeared on television and readings/interviews on BBC radio and World Service. I'm working with a composer on an opera and a song cycle.

Greg Sandow, '57, '58, '60

Greg is a music critic at the Wall Street Journal. He earned a Master's Degree in Music at Yale. He studied singing and wrote four operas, produced by college and regional companies. He started as a critic for the Village Voice and has written articles for many leading publications. He teaches at the Juilliard, called :Breaking Barriers, Classical Music in an Age of Pop. His web site address:

William A Schabas, '63

Professor Schabas has been invited to participate in international human rights missions on behalf of nongovernmental organizations. He has also worked as a consultant to the Ministry of Justice of Rwanda and the United States agency for International Development. Professor Schabas has been appointed Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, and holder of the chair in human rights law of the National University of Ireland in Galway. He will assume those new functions in January 2000.

Prof. William A. Schabas
Director, Irish Centre for Human Rights
National University of Ireland, Galway
Galway, Ireland

William Schabas: I am a Senior Research Fellow with the United States Institute of Peace. The USIP is a government-funded think tank with a mandate :to strengthen the nation's capability to promote peaceful resolution of conflict." I work with people in the field of human rights and in what we call "rule of law," which has an important component of holding those responsible for human rights violations My work is focused on genocide, and I am preparing a book on various legal issues relating to the prosecution of the crime. I've written a piece on the subject of genocide which is in the USIP website. (

William Schwartz, '53, '54

I graduated from Columbia College without distinction and spent a couple of fabulous years in the recording division at RCA Victor. I left to pursue my dream of being in the building materials business. I figured if Charles Ives could sell insurance, Schwartz could sell roofing. For better or worse it proved to be a good move and I sold the company in '99 and retired in 2001. I am now a late in life student at the Juilliard School, study piano, practice four hours a day, and constantly try to deal with the fact that my mind makes contracts my body can't keep. My wife Janet and I will celebrate our 43rd anniversary in August - FORTY-THREE YEARS - CAN IT BE ? We have two sons and five grandchildren. Son Marc, wife and one grandson live in New Jersey not too far from us, and son David and bride live in Ra'Anana, Israel with four of our grandchildren. Still miss Indian Hill and do see Ruth Meckler Laredo quite often and plenty of IH graduates at her concerts. I have mastered the complexities of the computer and my address is Love to hear from some '53 and '54 graduates.

- Bill Schwartz

Carolyn (Seley) Stadier, '64, '65

I graduated in 1972 from Stony Brook University. My majors were theater arts and elementary education.I earned my Masters degree in Special Education from C.W. Post College in 1973. Since then I have taken 77 post graduate credits in all kinds of fields including environmental studies, psychology and more education courses. I have taught almost every grade in the elementary school and I run the computer club and the school newspaper. I have edited the yearbook and various other jobs along the way as well.

My true love being music, I have continued to sing at all possible moments privately and sometimes publicly.

A few years ago I bought a log home in Vermont where I spend my summers and some other times during the year. It is a glorious change from the hectic life we seem to get used to in New York. I plan to move here in June of 2005. The home is way up North in Enosburg Falls.

I began teaching in 1972 and will complete my 33rd. year in June. I may be retiring from teaching in June but not from other activities!!

Update August, 2004: I attended Indian Hill for two summers, '64 and '65. They were the best summers of my teen years and I have only the grandest memories. I was studying drama and voice at camp and dabbled in piano and guitar. I recall being part of the chldrens choir that sang at Tanglewood one summer performing a Menotti piece. All of the local theatre and music centers surrounding our camp were a treat and as an adult I have visited them once again. I remember going into the town of Stockbridge and having lots of friends at camp. I believe one of the summers John Denver and Judy Collins visited the camp. Does anyone else recall this? (I hope I was not dreaming.) I recall exercising on the beautiful outdoor stage and performing in many plays including Waiting for Godot. The main house was my residence the second year I attended and I have the fondest memories of the sights of the beautiful building and the practice rooms. I even had my first kiss on the big front lawn. I continued my music education back home in New York City, attendng Mannes College of Music for voice and Juilliard for piano. Currently I am teaching Elementary School on Long Island and will be retiring to Vermont next summer. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me! e-mail is the easiest

Thanks for the spectacular memories!!
Carolyn (Seley) Stadier

Greg Shatan, '53, '54

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My work contact information is: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP | 101 Park Avenue | New York, NY 10178-0060 | p: 212.309.6852

I'm a trademark and copyright lawyer with Morgan Lewis in New York. While this may seem a far cry from Indian Hill, it's not; this field of law has a lot of creative elements in it, in both the substance of the law itself and the factual subject matter that I deal with. (Copyright lawyers, especially, seem to have creative backgrounds....) After Indian Hill, I kept up a number of creative pursuits—theatre in high school and college; took up the saxophone (first tenor, then settling on baritone) and was ultimately a music major in college. I went to Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT (where I also majored in Sociology/Psychology and devoted myself to the radio station ). After spending some time in publishing and public relations, I went to law school at Columbia, where I worked on the Journal of Law & the Arts (I was Editor-in-Chief in 1985-86). Since then, I've been a trademark/copyright lawyer in New York, at Morgan Lewis On the personal side, my wife Deborah Elkind and I have two boys, Nicholas (11) and Maximilian (almost 4). I still play the sax (sporadically, these days) and I've taken the stage in law firm productions. We live in Greenwich Village, where Nick attends Little Red and Max attends Corlears. They are both curious, creative, intelligent, iconoclastic children—in other words, perfect Indian Hill types....

Judy Silk Sherman, '52, '53, '54

To catch up- after 21 years of teaching high school science I went back to graduate school and earned a PhD in bioorganic chemistry at the U. of Minnesota, then taught at several different community colleges. We have traveled to Europe etc. and are planning a first trip to China in the fall!) My daughters are grown and married, and we have two granddaughters -who live in Boston. I am mainly involved in music as a spectator, but also still play the piano, although what IH is a happy memory and one that comes back so vividly when we hear certain pieces of music!

Rob Stulberg, '64

I have often thought about the formative and joyous summer I spent at IH in '64. On family trips to the Berkshires, I wax nostalgic as we pass the IH campus enroute to Tanglewood.

After graduating from Columbia College, I worked as a journalist at the Miami News and WPBT. In 1976, I co-produced A Day Without Sunshine, a PBS documentary about Florida farmworkers narrated by James Earl Jones. That experience led me to the Antioch School of Law and to the practice of labor, employment and civil rights law. For the past twenty years, I have worked at my own firm in Manhattan, Broach & Stulberg, LLP, representing labor unions, employee benefit funds and individual employees (in discrimination, contract and other disputes). My civil rights cases have included a lawsuit that caused New York City to agree to install wheelchair curb ramps on every corner, and a lawsuit that prevented New York City from removing its street alarm boxes.

I have continued to play the cello in chamber groups and community orchestras, and sing bass in our synagogue chorus. I live in Park Slope, Brooklyn with my wife, Mickey Green, a labor union negotiator, and our three children: Jacob, a Columbia College junior who broadcasts classical music on WKCR-FM; Joseph, a Queensborough Community College freshman who gets around in a power wheelchair, communicates with a talking computer and aspires to be a playwright; and Salome, a Packer Collegiate sophomore whose interests range from softball to French horn to community advocacy.

Thanks for organizing this website. I would love to hear from IH '64 alums.

Rob Stulberg

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