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Hartt Students and Alumni Participate in Music, Dance, and Theatre Projects Across the Country

Posted 06/01/2010
Posted by Sheri Ziccardi

The Hartt School is proud to announce recent projects of Hartt students and alumni.  These talented artists have landed roles on Broadway and in national tours, are dancing in competitive summer intensive programs, and are performing and working across the country.

MUSIC Amanda Boehmer '01 recently was named Concerts and Events Manager at the Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.

The Boston Pops 125th anniversary season included a new work, "The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers," by composer Peter Boyer '93, ‘95 and well-known lyricist Lynn Ahrens. Acclaimed actors Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Ed Harris narrated the premiere performances of Boyer's work at Boston's Symphony Hall on May 18 and 19.

Hartt alumnus and conductor Richard Chiarappa and The West Hartford Symphony are among the first semi-finalists for The American Prize. Semi-finalists in orchestral and choral performance and orchestral and choral conducting were through a competitive submission and review process.  Applicants were from twenty-six states and the District of Columbia. Finalists will be selected in May; winners of The American Prize will be announced in mid-June.

Kelly Fussell '10 was appointed Principal oboist in the Band of the US Air Force Reserve and Woodwind Quintet in Warner Robins, GA.

Hartt's own Graduate Fellow Joshua Hummel has won the Spectrum Singers' 30th Anniversary Choral Music Competition. Hummel won a cash prize and had his work premiered at the Spectrum Singers' concert on May 15, 2010. The Singers are directed by John W. Ehrlich. For more information about the Spectrum Singers in Cambridge, MA, visit

Cornelius White '84 is now the Promotional and Marketing Manager at Spectra records U.S.A/Canada. Mr. White will scout new talent, procure product sponsorship, book artist venues, and create international licensing relationships. 


17 students from Hartt's Dance Division have been accepted into competitive and prestigious summer dance training programs:

Luke Bermingham ‘12 - Perry Mansfield Summer Intensive

Sarah Campanelli ‘11  - Mark Morris Group Intensive

Jane Cracovaner '13 and Mar Irene Reeser de Rio - Boston Ballet Summer Intensive

Kristen Delillo ‘13 - American Ballet Theatre Collegiate Summer Intensive

Erin Dillon ‘12 - Atlanta Ballet Summer Intensive

Tehran Dixon ‘12 - Martha Graham Summer Intensive

Annastasia Duffany ‘13 - Tisch NYU Dance Festival

Eryn Edwards ‘13 - Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Summer Intensive

Sara Fastow ‘11 and Emily Zatursky ‘11 - LINES Ballet Summer Intensive

Elizabeth Grande ‘11 - Ballet Austin Summer Intensive

Sean Hatch ‘12 - Limon SummerDance

Akemi Hisa ‘11 - Atlanta Ballet Summer Intensive

Jessica Kilpatrick ‘11 - American Dance Festival

Britni Lariviere ‘12 - Jose Mateo Summer Intensive; Full Force Dance Theatre Summer Intensive

Michele Lee ‘12 - Martha Graham Summer Intensive; Koresh Summer Intensive

Anna Masiero ‘13 - American Dance Festival

Phoenix Matarazzo ‘11 - Full Force Dance Theatre Summer Intensive; Amy Marshall Summer Intensive


Olithea E. Anglin ‘09 earned her Equity card and will be touring with Theatreworks' We the People, directed by Gordon Greenberg.  Visit for more information.

Joe Barros ‘05 has co-conceived a new musical called SpearGrove.  

Phillip Boykin ‘95 will perform the role of Crown in the 75th Anniversary National Tour of Porgy and Bess, at The Bushnell from June 8 through June 13. Since his years at Hartt Boykin has become an international professional performer, teacher and recording artist. 

John Brink ‘09 is officially touring in Trans-Siberian Orchestra's new Rock Opera about Beethoven in Beethoven's Last Night, were he originated the role of Young Beethoven. Performance stops included The Bushnell and Radio City Music Hall.

Carey Brown ‘03 will be in the Ensemble of the brand new show; Take Flight.

Ellen Condon '05 was a new voice in Scott Alan New Voices Concert on February, 22 at the Duplex in New York City. Cassie Levy of Hair hosted the event!

Christine Dwyer '07 performed on opening night on the Wicked - Munchkinland Tour, the second National Tour.  She is part of the ensemble and u/s for Elphaba.

Justin Fuller '07 performed in Orphans Home Cycle Off-Broadway.

Holly Greenberg ‘08 performs in Fiddler on the Roof at The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport, NY. The show opened in April and will run through June 20.  For more information visit

Sheldon Henry ‘10 will play the Specialist in Arts Center of Coastal Carolina's production of Tommy.

Collin Howard ‘05 will be part of the casts of Lake Dillon Theatre Company's productions of Smokey Joe's Cafe, RENT, and Hair this summer.  For more information visit

David Kremenitzer '05 just completed the audiobook narration for the novel Scumble, by Ingrid Law, the new companion book to Savvy The Newbery Award winner and New York Times Bestseller. The audiobook will be available on CD at Barnes & Noble and in August. David also can be heard as the new voice of VH1's Unplugged Campaign.

Douglas Lyons ‘09, Mike Millan '11, and Jeremy Sevelovitz ‘11 participated in the New York City reading of Band Geeks at Ars Nova, on March 1.

Caitlin Maloney ‘06 will play Mrs. Tottendale in The Drowsy Chaperone, which runs June 11 through July 25 at Broward Stage Door.

Rob McCaffrey '00 plays the role of Potsie Weber in Happy Days: A New Musical at the Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, NY, playing May 15 through June 12, 2010.  Visit for more information.

Kyle Metzger ‘09 was featured in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical review Some Enchanted Evening, which ran April 14 through May 2 at the Ivoryton Playhouse in CT.

Jake Ottosen '07 performed in the New York City debut of CARTOON, a play by Steve Yockey with original music.  The show ran April 11-21 at the National Comedy Theater.

JP Qualters ‘11 will be in Equus starring Alec Baldwin at East Hampton's John Drew Theater at Guild Hall June 8 through July 3.

Dee Etta Rowe '75 starred as the Earth Mother in Menopause, The Musical at the Bayway Theatre in East Islip, NY, that ran through May 23.  She will also be appearing in the show in Port Washington at The Landmark Theatre July 8 through August 29.  She has been performing in the show for 5 years, as the Iowa Housewife, and Earth Mother all over the country.

Philip Jackson Smith '10 will play Barfee in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Depot Theatre (NY) and Tri Arts Sharon Playhouse (CT) this summer.

Amanda Tudor ‘08 was a part of the May 3 Reading of The Drunk.

Ryan Bauer-Walsh ‘06 was featured on Oprah with his Billy Elliot castmates and recently was featured in an ABC special about the new Broadway Chicago Company.

Amy Lynn Zanetto '00 will play the Narrator in Joseph and Georgie in The Full Monty at West Virginia Public Theatre this summer. Visit for more information.  She also will be part of the Radio City Music Christmas Spectacular this fall. 

The Hartt School is the comprehensive performing arts conservatory of the University of Hartford that offers innovative degree programs in music, dance, and theatre.  With more than 400 concerts, recitals, plays, master classes, dance performances, and musical theatre productions a year, performance is central to Hartt's curriculum.  For more information on The Hartt School, visit