Debi Adams joined the Conservatory faculty in 2002 and guides hundreds of students each year in learning the Alexander Technique. She also directs the Conservatory’s Alexander Teacher Training Course, which allows graduate students to earn an Alexander teaching certificate while they complete their degrees, as well as the Alexander Technique Summer Intensive. Adams explains what the Alexander Technique is, why she was drawn to it, and what students can expect to learn in her teacher-training program.
To say that 2019 was a banner year for alumnus Marchánt Davis (B.F.A. '13, musical theater) is an understatement. He starred alongside Anna Kendrick in the satire The Day Shall Come—his first lead role in a feature film—which he landed just six months after graduating from the Graduate Acting Program at NYU Tisch. Whether on the big screen or the stage, you’ll find Davis in fiercely original, provocative projects of depth and social significance.
Randall Zigler joined the Conservatory in 2019 as a professor of double bass and contemporary classical music. His work spans orchestral and chamber music, contemporary music (including numerous world premieres), and education. Zigler shares his thoughts on maintaining a multifaceted career, the changing landscape of contemporary classical music, and the importance of access and exposure to classical music for all ages and communities.
Faculty member Danny Pelzig knows that in the performing arts, versatility is key. He has made a career out of performing, directing, and choreographing at the highest level in theater, ballet, opera, and on the concert stage. Pelzig discusses his career, his journey back to Boston and the Conservatory, and his teaching philosophy.
Voice student Julia Kornick (B.M. '19, voice) began taking film and video-game scoring courses at Berklee College of Music, and—11 courses later—has set her sights on a career in video-game scoring.
Akashita Pravin (M.M. '20, music education) has been taking a variety of Berklee College of Music courses, participating in College ensembles, and working as a library assistant at the Stan Getz Library.
Sharmarke Yusuf (B.F.A. '20, contemporary theater) has long had an interest in writing, and he began to take it seriously as an area of focus after taking a playwriting class at the Conservatory. He is currently pursuing a creative writing minor, which includes Berklee College of Music courses.
As Boston Conservatory at Berklee welcomes Saul Bitran to the strings faculty, the noted violinist and member of Cuarteto Latinoamericano talks about his passion for chamber music, his teaching philosophy, and his fondness for bossa nova.
Boston Conservatory alumnus Justin Gigliello's (B.M. '11, voice) impromptu performance of “Ave Maria” at a Disney World resort quickly became an internet sensation, gaining the attention of national news outlets from Good Morning America to People magazine, and worldwide exposure on social media, with nearly 20 million views (and counting) on Facebook alone.
Laila Franklin (B.F.A. '19) is a senior in Boston Conservatory’s contemporary dance program whose original work, Leaving So Soon?, was recently featured in the Senior Choreographers’ Concert: Square One. Franklin discusses the inspiration behind her piece and how her Boston Conservatory experience has prepared her for a future as a dancer, choreographer, and scholar.
Taylor Stilson received an M.M. in vocal pedagogy with collaborative piano studies and a B.M. in vocal performance from Boston Conservatory, and joined the school's faculty in 2018. He maintains a unique career as vocal pedagogue, singer, and yogic practitioner, and presents his research on muscle tension dysphonia at universities all over the East Coast.
Head of Vocal Pedagogy Kevin Wilson has been selected as one of four master teachers for the National Association of Teachers of Singing Intern Program for 2019—a coveted post in a program that brings together the best vocal teachers in the country with early-career teachers. Wilson reflects on how he discovered a passion for vocal pedagogy and shares his advice for aspiring pedagogues.
Alumnus Ian Bowling (M.M. '14, vocal pedagogy and voice performance), who has been a singer with the Soldiers’ Chorus of the United States Army Field Band since graduating from The Boston Conservatory, reflects on being an active-duty member of the U.S. Army while performing a wide range of repertoire for audiences across the country.
Alumna Sara Gallo (B.F.A. '16, musical theater), who is spending the summer at Tuacahn Amphitheatre in Ivins, Utah, shares how the Conservatory has prepared her for the challenge of performing in three productions—Cinderella, Matilda, and The Prince of Egypt—simultaneously.
Dance student Dylan Contreras (B.F.A. '20) writes from Axis Connect, a bicoastal dance intensive designed for young artists preparing to launch careers in the field.
Allie D’Amico (M.M. '19, music education) has spent the summer as an intern at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in the VSA and Accessibility Office, where she is on a team committed to making the arts accessible to all.
Violin student Montserrat Siles (B.M. '20) spent the summer of 2018 as a fellow with the Tanglewood Music Center (TMC), the premier summer academy for emerging musicians.
Alumnus John Cardoza (B.F.A. '16, musical theater) writes about his experience as a cast member of Jagged Little Pill, the new musical inspired by Alanis Morissette’s groundbreaking album of the same name, and what it’s like to participate in the development of a new work.
Mila Thigpen, program director of Boston Conservatory's Dance Sessions: Dance Summer Program, shares what participants can expect from the program and reflects on her own experiences as a young dancer.
Patty Thom, codirector of Boston Conservatory's Vocal/Choral Intensive (VCI), tells us what students will gain from the program and shares some of her fondest VCI memories.
Tim Bennett’s (B.F.A. '85, musical theater) decades-long career has seen him grow from a young actor, dancer, and singer in New York City into a jet-setting artistic director for Cirque du Soleil. Bennett reflects on his professional journey, and the Conservatory’s impact on his artistic life, which still informs his work today.
Kurt Douglas, program director of Boston Conservatory's Summer Dance Intensive (SDI), talks about what students can expect from the program and his own journey as a dancer.
Mila Thigpen, the Conservatory’s interim chair of dance, shares some of her favorite salsa tracks for getting into a weekend vibe and onto the dancefloor.
Kendyl Yokoyama (B.F.A. '21, musical theater) helped bring the 2018 Oscars audience to its feet in Keala Settle’s showstopping performance of “This Is Me” from the movie musical The Greatest Showman—a powerful moment that instantly became a viral phenomenon.
Trumpet student Rachelle Miller (B.M. '19) talks about her love of improvisation—a part of her musical identity that she regards as the “alter ego” to her role as a classical musician.
After completing her first year as a vocal performance major, Amy Onyonyi (B.M. '20, voice/opera) was thrilled to return home to Nairobi, Kenya and share what she had learned by hosting her first solo recital.
Lilly Valore (B.F.A. '19, contemporary dance), who was recently asked to speak at the Dance/USA Annual Conference about equality and representation of LGBTQ dancers in the industry, reflects on this experience.
Mike Mosallam returns to Boston Conservatory at Berklee later this fall to direct the mainstage play Sons of the Prophet. Mosallam, who graduated from the Conservatory in 2006, shares his post-graduation story and what brings him back to his alma mater to direct.
Dance alumna Lilian Balch (B.F.A. '15, contemporary dance) has been a member of the Shen Wei Dance Arts company in New York City since graduating in 2015. Read about her journey as a professional dancer.
Cello student Nathaniel Pasague Taylor (B.M. '15, G.P.D.' 17, P.S.C. '18, cello) writes from Tanglewood Music Center, where, as a 2017 Tanglewood Music Center fellow, he spent the entire summer as a full participant the Tanglewood season performing alongside BSO members and guest soloists.
Dance student Rosario Guillen (B.F.A. '20) writes from the Parks and Recreation Summer Program of his hometown of Pharr, Texas, where he has spent the summer as artistic director and head choreographer for the ballet and dance program.
Musical theater student Tracy Sokat (B.F.A. '19) writes from Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick, Maine, where she is spending the summer as a performance intern.
Summer Spotlight: Jeremiah-Everard Barcus On Videri String Quartet's High School Composition Intensive Residency
Student Jeremiah-Everard Barcus (M.M. '16, G.P.D. '18, cello), member of the Boston-based Videri String Quartet, writes about the quartet’s residency at the Conservatory’s High School Composition Intensive (HSCI), where they have been performing HSCI students’ compositions.
Percussion alumnus Travis Newman (M.M. '17) writes from the Zeltsman Marimba Festival, where he has spent part of summer 2017 performing and soaking up all things marimba. Founded by Nancy Zeltsman, chair of percussion/marimba, the festival features world-renowned artists, guest performers and speakers, and participants from around the U.S. and the globe, including several Conservatory students and alumni.
Opera alumnus Simon Dyer (M.M. '15, G.P.D. '17) is spending summer 2017 as an apprentice singer with The Santa Fe Opera, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Widely considered the country’s top summer opera festival, Dyer describes working directly with some of biggest names in the industry and making meaningful professional and personal connections during the 13-week program.
Musical theater student Katie O'Rourke (B.F.A. '19) writes from Peregrine Theatre Ensemble in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where she is performing the role of Velma in Chicago the Musical.
Boston Conservatory opera student Megan Callahan (M.M. '18) will be participating in the renowned St. Louis Opera Young Artist Program in summer 2017. Callahan tells us about how she prepared for this opportunity and what she is most looking forward to about the experience.
Boston Conservatory student and flutist Keren Satkin (B.M. '18, flute) recently took first prize at The James Pappoutsakis Flute Competition and has been awarded the opportunity to perform a full recital at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall for the Fenwick Smith Tribute Concert in September 2017. Satkin shares her experience from the competition and what it was like to win.
Boston Conservatory voice student Rudy Giron (M.M. '17, opera) was recently named winner of the Puerto Rico District in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a prestigious vocal competition held annually across the United States and Canada. Giron reflects on his experience and what it was like to win his district.
Voice student Quinn Bernegger (M.M. '18) was awarded first place in the American Prize in Opera and Art Song. He also landed a mainstage role with Des Moines Metro Opera for summer 2017. Bernegger talks about his experience as a competition winner and his upcoming opportunities.
Current Conservatory voice student Hannah Bentivegna (B.M. '20, voice) talks about how the Conservatory's Vocal/Choral Intesive (VCI) influenced her not only as a musician, but as a person.
Samuel Sicilia (B.F.A. '19), now a student in the Conservatory's contemporary dance program, describes how the Conservatory's Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) helped develop his technique and his artistry.
Musical theater alumnus Lance Strickland (B.F.A. '18) explains how the Musical Theater Dance Intensive (MTDI) gave him a taste of daily life as a Conservatory student.
Current Conservatory student Shelbie Rassler (B.M. '20, composition) explains how the High School Composition Intensive (HSCI) helped her develop her compositional voice.
Conservatory student Alan Mackwell (B.M. '20, composition) explains how the High School Composition Intensive (HSCI) faculty taught him how to write, not what to write.
Magna cumme laude graduate Yo-El Cassell (B.F.A '97, dance) is a recipient of the Lotte Kaliski Award for Gifted Artists and currently the head of movement/assistant professor of movement and co-chair of dance minors at Boston University's School of Theatre and on the faculty of Harvard University's Dance Department. He was the resident choreographer of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and the movement curator for Boston Landmarks Orchestra. His teaching experience includes positions at Boston Ballet, Skidmore College, Emerson College, The New England Conservatory, and The New York School for Film and Television.
Current composition student Lucas Ranieri (B.M. '18) learns by doing. Thanks to the program's plentiful opportunities to hear student compositions performed live, this year, Ranieri has done a lot.
After graduating from Berklee College of Music, composition student Eden Raiz (M.M. '16) spent a year traveling and touring before continuing her studies at the Conservatory.
Opera student Simon Dyer (G.P.D. ’17) talks about the program's supportive faculty, his affection for the nearby Museum of Fine Arts, and his role as an emerging artist with Boston Lyric Opera.
Ian Gollub (M.M. '12, music education) won the 2015 Alumni Entrepreneurial Grant and used the funding to create and launch the Global Learning Charter Jazz Initiative. Read his post to learn about his journey building the program.
Sarah Shechtman graduated from Boston Conservatory in 2013 with an M.M. in vocal pedagogy, her third degree from the Conservatory. She also graduated with both a B.M. and an M.M. in vocal performance. Sarah is an active performer in the Boston area and also serves as assistant director of admissions and theater and voice representative.
Alexis Scheer (B.F.A. '14, musical theater) is an actor, playwright, and producing artistic director of Off the Grid Theatre Company.
Kevin Connor (B.F.A. '15, musical theater) lives and works in New York City. He is one of the newest members of the executive council of the Alumni Association.
Francesca Axam-Hocker (B.F.A. '14, contemporary dance) currently works at Manhattan School of Music as the manager of house staff and is working toward earning her M.B.A.
Conservatory student Nadia Castagna (M.M. '17, autism concentration) was selected in September to spend time in each of the Warren Prescott School’s autism classrooms weekly.
Matt Rodin (B.F.A. '14, musical theater) moved to New York City after graduation to pursue his dream of working as a professional actor. Read his blog post about three things he has learned and now applies to reaching his goals. Follow Matt on Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter @MrMattRodin.
Juan Sebastian Delgado (B.M. '11, cello) is passionate about using music as a vehicle to serve disadvantaged youth in remote countries. Juan has been combining his interests in music and social change through traveling, teaching, and performing and took some time to share a recap of his recent travels and outreach experiences.
P.S.C. student Abigail Dock (M.M. '15, P.S.C. '17, opera) answers questions about what inspires her and her favorite Boston hang outs.
Current P.S.C. student Natalie Logan (M.M. '16, P.S.C. '17, Voice) shares her Conservatory experience as a performer and work-study student in development.
Musical Theater alumnus Jonathan Pohl (B.F.A. '16) discusses his experience with Boston Conservatory's 2015 production of The Threepenny Opera.
Musical theater alumnus Danny Hutchins (B.F.A. '16) coordinates a production and donates to the Make-A-Wish Foundation during his time at the Conservatory.
Contemporary Theater faculty member Alli Ross teaches Ensemble Performance Lab and Theater Community Engagement in the Conservatory's B.F.A. in contemporary theater program.
Contemporary Theater faculty member Christopher James Webb teaches Viewpoints and Sophomore Movement Studio in the conservatory's B.F.A. in Contemporary Theater program.
Music alumnus Joseph Gualtiere (B.M. '12, voice) is combining fashion and art in a special way, all while keeping an active performance calendar.
Musical theater alumna Marissa Rae Roberts (M.F.A. '12) founds ToUch Performance Art, a theater group dedicated to reimagining how audiences approach the performing arts.
Musical theater alumnus Zachary Jones (B.F.A. '16) shares how Boston Conservatory inspired him to bring the arts to unlikely audiences.
Angela Buccinni moved to New York City after graduating with a B.F.A. in dance in 2006. Since living in New York, she describes her career as having “merged from dance to circus arts.” Angela has worked at Radio City and in many off-Broadway shows and tours. A few years ago, she founded The Muse Brooklyn and serves as the director. The Muse recently rebuilt and relocated, becoming New York City’s largest circus facility and training center.
This blog is a place to feature and celebrate our talented alumni. We’ll spotlight music, dance, and theater alumni and share their stories about working in the performing arts and in other fields. Posts will include profiles about alumni projects, interviews with our alumni, and contributions from our alumni.
Musical Theater alumnus Josh Grisetti (B.F.A. '04) discusses how he landed a starring role in a new musical, and what his experience has been like performing overseas.
Musical theater alumna MiMi Scardulla (B.F.A. '16) shares her journey with Boston Conservatory, from audition day to the performance stage.
Musical Theater alumnus Arnie Rodriguez (B.F.A. '16) answers questions about his Conservatory experience and his favorite Boston activities.
Dance alumnus and the 2015 Miss Boston Pride Pageant Winner Elijah Dillehay (B.F.A. '16) answers questions about dance, drag, the Conservatory, and his one wish.
Contemporary dance alumna Alison Cook Beatty (B.F.A. '01) wins the 2015 Boston Conservatory Alumni Choreographic Commission and founds her own dance company.
Contemporary dance alumnus Demetrius Burns (B.F.A. '16) shares how the Conservatory inspired and shaped him as an artist.
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