is a composer/performer, currently on the faculty of Bard College
in Annandale-on-Hudson, N. Y., where he teaches electronic and computer
music, improvisation, experimental and world music, and directs
the Electronic Music Studios.
his B. A. from Haverford and his M. M. degree at Yale, and studied
composition with Luigi Nono and Goffredo Petrassi while on a Fulbright
in Italy. He is a Pioneer in electronic music and multimedia, combining
electronics with classical forms, jazz improvisation and world music.
His concert works have been played all over the globe, from the
Kennedy Center in Washington to the Philharmonic Halls of Berlin
and Munich, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Concertgebouw
in Amsterdam, as well as in Experimental festivals in Buenos Aires,
London, Holland, Berlin, Japan and at the Goodwill Games in Seattle.
work "Golem: An Interactive Opera," which has played at the Jewish
Museum in New York, the Bruckner Haus in Linz, the Hebbel Theater
in Berlin, the Ijsbreker in Amsterdam and the Festival Actual in
Quebec. It employs a real-time interactive MIDI-controlled video
disc system in which the live music "animates," edits and controls
moving images in the disc and projection screen. A recording of
the music was released on the Tzadik label in 1995.
Ronald Thompson, '73, '74
was a real turning point in my life - it was my first experience
with other kids who had the same interests as I did, and pointed
the way for me for a life in classical music. My career as a conductor
has taken me all over the world. After teaching three years at Performing
Arts High School in NYC in the early 70s and studying with the National
Orchestral Association with Leon Barzin, I worked as Assistant Conductor
of the Denver Symphony Orchestra for four years. In 1981 I moved
to Cleveland and am in my 18th year as conductor at the Cleveland
Institute of Music. I also have a summer festival in Breckenridge.
Colorado, and three years ago started the Cleveland Pops Orchestra.
to announce that I will be hosting a new show called "The Cleveland
Pops Orchestra: Rhythms and Views" for the next 13 weeks (excluding
Christmas day and New Year's day) on WCLV 95.5 Cleveland, OH.
The show will
air each Saturday from 6:30-7:00 PM EST, starting November 27. While
I realize that many of you are outside the Cleveland area, you can
catch it on the web at www.wclv.com.
We wish you
all a Happy Thanksgiving!
'65, '66, '67
IH from 1965 through 1967, and it changed my life. As another camper
said in the alumni bios, it was a revelation to find a large group
of kids who were just like me, and it was vastly reassuring. I went
to Syracuse University, picking up a split degree in English/TV/Radio,
and upon graduation I hit the road with the first all-woman bluegrass
band, the Buffalo Gals. I played guitar, sang, and wrote some of
our material. After leaving the band in late 1977, I moved to NYC
and tried a "straight" job in public relations for a couple years.
I found I was not cut out for office life, and since then I've earned
my living playing music and doing freelance editorial jobs -- proofreading,
copyediting, and research. My one and only (so far) book, "Anne
McCaffrey: Science Fiction Storyteller," was published by Enslow
Publishing a couple years ago; it's a biography geared to young
readers, and you can take a look at it on amazon.com.
In 1999, I
released my first solo CD, "It's About Time," featuring a guest
roster that was a musical form of "This Is Your Life" -- Tony Trischka,
Marty Stuart, Michael Johnson, and Eddie Gomez, among others. You
can hear some of it at www.momandpoprecords.com.
The title cut is now in the summer issue of Sing Out! magazine,
which thrills me no end. I've had songs cut by Tony Trischka and
Skyline, Kathy Chiavola, and Missy Raines and Jim Hurst; if you're
not a bluegrass aficionado, that won't mean much to you, but it
means the world to me. I'm happily married, have a ten-year-old
son, and have surprised myself no end by moving back to Long Island
a few years ago. I remember IH and its residents with great fondness
and would be happy to hear from folks -- firstname.lastname@example.org.
'66 & '67
in Art History at Beloit College and got my M. A. in Social Work.
I spent a work study term at the Children's Museum in Boston and
was convinced that I had found my calling. In 1970 I went with the
German Seminar to Hamburg and stayed with a family for 4 months,
studying art history. A good friend was to do her work study term
in Stuttgart at an institution for disturbed girls and decided in
the last minute not to go. Although I had done my work study already,
I decided to request an additional term and went to Stuttgart instead.
This proved to be the turning point of my life. I enjoyed it so
much that I came back every summer to help out with their summer
camp program. I have lived in Germany ever since. I met my husband
and had two children: Julian who will be 20 in the fall and Vanessa
who is 17. I spent a number of years mostly at home with the children
enjoying that immensely, but always did tutoring at the institution.
A year ago I was offered a position at "Betreutes Jugend Wohnen".
It means I am in charge of three girls at the moment, who live in
their own apartments but still need help in managing their lives.
. It is very interesting and I have unusual working hours that I
set myself. I enjoy being so independent and have time for my family
and my beloved garden. My son will be doing his civil service at
a children`s hospital starting Sept.1st. He just finished his Abitur
and hopes to study medicine. He played the flute for many years
and if I closed my eyes outside in the garden it often brought back
memories of IH.
'68 & '70
After IH, I attended the Cambridge School of Weston, where Robin
Wood (Rosefsky at IH) taught drama. She's still there, though it's
taken me decades to get back to Massachusetts. After graduating
from Carnegie Mellon with a degree in directing, I spent years acting
in Seattle. Stage work was a springboard for me into broadcast,
and I spent more years doing voice-over work in Seattle and New
York. This, in turn, lead to copy writing, which I still do on a
freelance basis. I've returned to the theatre several times as a
Public Relations director, most recently for the Merrimack Repertory
Theatre in Lowell, MA. Being a late bloomer, I had my first child
at 40. She is now 11 and a fierce soccer player. Yes, I am a soccer
mom. I am also the wife of the oldest graduate student in the UMass
MFA theater program, as my husband of 25 years decided to stop acting
and go back to get his degree in (gasp) directing. We moved here
in 2002 after five years in LA, where I was Editorial Director for
a couple of dot.coms. Now, between soccer games, I write for publishers,
corporations, and retailers and, in idle moments, work on various
books that I may actually finish one day. Or not. I'd love to hear
'74 & '75
I have a story in this year's Best American Short Stories, and in
my biographical note in the back I talk about the importance of
my experience at Indian Hill. [Meg's novels: Sleepwalking; Hidden
Pictures, This is Your Life (which was a successful movie) and Friends
for Life. The novel published this year is Surrender Dorothy.]
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