Class Notes

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November 2020

Jane Dubin (BS ’57) is a producer of the film “Radium Girls,” which is now streaming. The Broadway musical “The Prom,” for which she serves as a producer, is coming to Netflix on December 11 as a new movie.

Karen Kuracina Harris (BFA 65) had work included in the following juried shows: the Philadelphia Water Color Society’s “120th Anniversary International Exhibition of Works on Paper;” “Essential Art: the 29th Annual Regional Juried Art Show” at the Cooperstown (N.Y.) Art Association Galleries; the “2020 CNY Watercolor Society Online Juried Members Only Show” (winner, Artistic  Merit Award); and the Onondaga Art Guild show.

William H. Harris (BM ’65, MM ’78) recently became president of Local 78, the American Federation of Musicians (“The Professional Musicians of Central New York”), and celebrated 50 years of serving on the faculty of VPA’s Setnor School of Music.

Karen Guancione (BFA ’81) is the artistic director of the New Jersey Book Arts Symposium. She recently moderated this year’s virtual symposium, “Tumultuous Absence,” which featured speakers, panels, exhibits, and artists in residence.

Sammy Lopez (BFA ’13) was featured in an American Theatre article for being one of eight Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) producers who are launching the new company The Industry Standard Group (TISG), the first completely BIPOC commercial theater investment and producing organization in the country.

The School of Art’s illustration program shared that Sijia Hong (MFA ’18) received a Silver Book Award at Spectrum, the prestigious showcase for fantasy art.

Erin Toy (BFA ’20) is an interior designer at Holland Basham Architects and was recently featured on the firm’s website.


October 2020

Dustin Kreidler (BM ’99) took a position as data specialist, system patient experience, with Yale New Haven Health System in New Haven, Connecticut, in March 2020. Using a combination of data analysis and visualization, he’s working to transform patient feedback surveys into improvement initiatives for the entire health system. This work has become unexpectedly critical as the entire industry has been financially devastated by the spiraling expenses caused by the pandemic.

Emily Wells (BM ’10) was recently appointed as the director of administration, vocal arts, at The Juilliard School.

Matthew Scinto (BM ’12, MM ’14) completing a DMA at Boston University in 2017 and then founded the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra, which earned the 1st Place American Prize in Orchestral Performance in 2020 and Yankee Magazine’s Best New Cultural Attraction of 2019. The orchestra recently recorded one of several virtual concerts to be premiered this season.

Taolun Guo (BFA ’15) was featured on voyagela.com. He works as a 3D artist and animator in the film, video game, and the entertainment industries.

Liliana Andrade (BS ’17) kicked off her career working for a publicity agency, where she had the opportunity to work on major publicity stunts for movie studios, corporate, and e-commerce clients. She now works for NBC Universal as a marketing specialist under the Telemundo network, where she continues to live her passion working with the Hispanic market.

Rivita Goyle (MA ’18) recently published the book published a book “The Composer Cave Challenge,” which contains 21 exercises for music composers to exercise their musical muscles.