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Richard Teitelbaum, '54

Richard Teitelbaum, 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.

He received 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.

His multi-media 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

Carl Topilow, '62

Indian Hill 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.

I'm delighted 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

We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

Martha Trachtenberg, '65, '66, '67

I attended 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

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 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 --

Monica Wachstein, '66 & '67

I majored 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.

Nina Wishengrad, '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 from IHers.

Meg Wolitzer, '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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