The Beat Goes On
Geraldine Jerry Elliott graduated from Nazareth College in 1943 with a bachelors in music. In 2009, more than 60 years after attending Nazareth, she was invited by percussion studies director, Kristen Shiner McGuire, to play with her current students.
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Jack Allocco, BS '72 is an award-winning composer, conductor, music producer and director whose career includes television, film and theater. He recently earned his second Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition For A Drama Series and his eighth American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) award. More About Jack
Clare Arezina, MT-BC,CCLS, BM '06 (music therapy)
Brendan Ayers, BM '08 (music education)
Alexandra Barbato, BM (music education)
Jessica Best, BM '06 (vocal performance)
Last year Jessica was given a full scholarship from the Bel Canto
Foundation of Chicago to attend V.O.I.C.E. Experience: Sherrill Milnes
and Friends - this August in Disney World. This past February, she
appeared as Hata in the opera, The Bartered Bride in Cahn Auditorium. This summer she has been accepted to the Santa Fe Opera program to cover Marcellina.
Nikki Bell, BM '07 (music education)
Tony Bisbano, BM '06
Several more of his orchestrations performed by symphonies across the country including the: National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, Buffalo Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphony, Nashville Symphony, San Diego Symphony, New Bedford Symphony, Greenville Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, and the Mansfield Symphony. He has also worked with such Broadway and recording artists as Jodi Benson, Nick Adams, Natalie Weiss, Michele Ragusa, and Lari White.
In 2009 Anthony’s orchestration of "All I Want For Christmas Is You" was performed by Australian Idol finalist Nicole Banks on the Australian television show "The Mutant Way". And in 2011 his orchestration of "How Are Things In Glocca Mora / Come To Me Bend To Me", from the musical Brigadoon, was recorded with singer Michael Londra for a nationwide PBS television broadcast. Anthony has also been a frequent collaborator with many educational and community music programs over the years. From 2008-2011 Anthony served as the principal arranger for the nationally ranked show choir at Greece Athena High School in Rochester, New York. In addition to being a sought after orchestrator, he has also participated in many school and community musical productions as musical director, as well as rehearsal and show accompanist. He has participated in over twenty musical productions including "Beauty And The Beast", "The Wiz", "Brigadoon" and "The Secret Garden" to name a few.
Julia Broman, BA '09
Nicole Brooker, BM '06 (music education)
Adrian Catucci, BM '06 (music education),
Sarah Chasey, BM '09 (music performance)
Nick Cicero, BA '09 (music)
Sarah Decker, BM '06 (music education)
Bethany Donovan, BM (music education)
Jessica Edic, BM '08 (music education)
Marissa Emple, BM '07 (music therapy)
Lindsey Everitt, BM '09 (music therapy)
Christa Fortin, BM '09 (music education)
Nathan Frink, BA '09
Elliot Kirby, BA '06
Leah Kirby, BM '08 (music therapy)
Mary Holzhauer, BM '06 (piano performance)
Leticia Kalweit, BM '06 (piano performance)
Cassandra Kennedy, BM '06 (music therapy)
Kathryn Lent, BM '06
Matthew Locke, BM '08
Stephanie McKay, BM '08 (music education)
Michael McNeill, BM '04 (music theory)
Mike is “one of the busiest freelance musicians in Buffalo” (Artvoice). His imaginative piano playing has found a home alongside jazz players ranging from Maynard Ferguson-alumnus Bruce Johnstone (on Kelly Bucheger’s House of Relics) to local underground hero Steve Baczkowski, and he has developed a personal voice on the harmonium in crossover ensembles led by percussionist Ravi Padmanabha. McNeill performs composed music with the Wooden Cities New Music Collective, co-leads a jazz quintet with the polymath drummer John Bacon, and has collaborated with trumpet legend Paul Smoker on projects of standards and of original compositions. He also composes for, plays with, and facilitates the New Buffalo Jazz Octet.
Bethany Miller, BM '06 (music therapy)
Andrew Mark, BM '05 (music education)
Aubri Ordway, BM '06 (music education)
Scott Paeplow, BM '08 (music education)
Kim Potter Winden, BM '06 (music education)
Kyle Potter, BA
Ashley Poulin '06
Melissa Reed, BM '02, MS '06
Anne Rimbach, BA '09
Lindsay Rock, BM '06
Michael Roddy , BM '08 (performance)
Shelby Rosenblum, BM '06 (music therapy)
Lisa Salvaggio, BA '08 (music),
Michael Sapienza, BM '06 (music education),
Nicole Siniscarco, BM '06 (music education)
Megan Smith, BM '09 (music therapy),
Jennifer Stocki Johnson, BA '06,
Heather Taylor, BM '08 (music education)
Eric Traugott, MM '07 BM '05 (music education)
Deanna Spiotta, BA ' 09
Ryan Thomas, BM '06 (music education)
Joy Walcek, BM '06 (music therapy)
Kevin Weber, BM '07 (music education)
Kyle Yacobucci, BM '09 (music performance)
Chris Edelman, BM '04 (music education)
Jane Morale, MS '02 (music
Becky Farrell, BM' 03
Michael Shamrock, BM '05 (music education),
Amanda Payne-Shamrock, BM '05 (music education)
Jeff Hoffman, BM '05 (music education)
Melissa Cook, BM '05 (music therapy)
Kattie Cordeiro, BM '05 (music therapy)
Jennifer Forster, BM '05 (music therapy), MT-BC
Elizabeth McAnally, BS '90 (music education)
Michael Park, BS '90
Maria Russo, dramatic soprano of international renown, sang all the Brunnhildes in the history-making, four-year project culminating this spring in the very first "Ring of the Nibelungen" ever produced in Brazil. It took place in the famous theater in Manaus, Teatro Amazonas which garnered a large international audience and world-wide press in the exotic location.
The conductor, Luis Mahhiero, was the driving force behind producing the "Ring, beginning with "Die Walkure" in 2002, "Siegfried" in 2003, "Gotterdammerung" in 2004 and all four of the operas this year. The direction was done by British team of director, Aidan Lang, and and set/costume designer, Ashley Martin-Davis.
Most of the singers were Brazilian but some exceptions, aside from Brunnhilde of Maria Russo, were the Canadian "Siegfried," Alan Woodrow, and the American bass, Stephen Bronk as "Fasolt," "Hunding," and "Hagen." Maria Russo will continue to sing Brunnhilde as the production moves to Sao Paulo over the next four years.
Congratulations to Michelle Murphy, BME 96 who was recently named to a position as visiting professor at Columbus State University in Georgia where she will teach studio voice, diction, and vocal pedagogy.
Entertainer Christopher Johnson, BM' 94 recently accepted a contract with Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster, PA for the upcoming world premier musical "Psalms of David" running June 16 through December 30, 2006. He also has launched a new website where you can view his credentials, see pictures, and view some clips of his performances. Recently he spent a year literally singing all over the world as the lead male vocalist aboard both the Oceania Regatta and Radisson Seven Seas Voyager.
A lover of Opera, Christopher has performed extensively with Rochester Opera and New Jersey Opera in productions of "Pagliacci", "Cavaleria Rusticana", "Rigoletto", "Tosca", and "Il Trovatore". He has performed leading roles in "The Marriage of Figaro", "The Telephone", "The Mikado", "Pygmalion", "Gypsy", "Kiss Me Kate", "The Stonewater Rapture", "The Spoonriver Anthology", and "Little Red Riding Hood". For many summers, he was the baritone soloist at the "Camp-of-the-Woods" summer resort in upstate NY.
Christopher is also grateful for the opportunity he had to sing at Carnegie Hall in a performance of Mozart's "Requiem". Before deciding to give his full attention to performing, he was the Upper School Choral Director and Dean of Students for the prestigious Warldaw-Hartridge School in New Jersey where he developed an award winning choir and was musical director for "The Fantastics", "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown", and "Annie".
Don Kot, BM, '87, was the program director for Musical Theatre at Nazareth College. He is now the Coordinator of Music Theatre program at SUNY Geneseo.
Jack Allocco, '72, received another Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series (The Bold and the Beautiful), making for a career total of six Emmys. Allocco is a composer, conductor, music producer, and director whose career spans television, film, and theater.
Geraldine Elliott, BM, '43, after more than 60 years attending Nazareth, "Jerry" was invited by the Nazareth College Percussion studies director, Kristen Shiner McGuire, to play with her current students in 2009. You can find out more by visiting: http://www.naz.edu/spotlights/beat-goes-on