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Kori Alston ’14 reflects on his travels to South Africa

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Creating the Framework for Our Dreams

David Elmes

One of the most formidable aspects of being Head of School, at any school, is maintaining the right balance between the long-term vision for the institution and the daily realities of running that institution. As I find myself fully immersed in my fourth year at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, I have an increasing appreciation for the challenges and opportunities of that endeavor. As you will read later in this issue, we have made significant progress regarding Phase One of our Campus Master Plan. On paper (and in architectural models), Walnut Hill’s first new performance facility in 20 years is inching closer to reality! While working with designLAB architects to define this exciting new space, we are also fully engaged in the complex process of obtaining permits and approvals for the supporting projects—expanded parking and a new facilities/scene shop to be located near the Keiter Center for the Performing Arts. In a parallel effort, we are in deep discussions about the series of chess moves I mentioned in the previous issue of Behind Stowe. Essentially, any time we do construction work (especially of this magnitude), it has the potential to impact our current spaces. We must assess that potential impact carefully and develop a solid plan for continuing to deliver excellence in our program. Through all this, there is a significant challenge in maintaining our commitment to all of our core values—excellence, creativity, growth, community, and respect. That challenge is one of resources. In order to firmly establish ourselves as an international leader in the education of young artists, Walnut Hill must continue to invest in its people, places, and program. Tuition alone will not feed that investment, nor will Walnut Hill’s current endowment. As we have had many meetings to discuss our vision for the campus, we have had even more meetings to discuss how we will financially support our long-term plans for the School. I look forward to sharing more on that topic in the months to come. Of course, no Head of School takes on all of this work alone. I am extremely fortunate to draw upon the support and collective wisdom of a wide range of talented and dedicated people, all passionate about Walnut Hill, and all committed to realizing our shared dream for the future of this extraordinary school.

Antonio Viva Head of School

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Creating Space for Possibility by Amanda Grazioli


here’s a good chance that many of us can recall the excitement of going “back-to-school shopping” as a child and picking out a brand-new box of crayons. The smell of the wax, the sharpened tips, the 24 (or, if you were really lucky, 48!) shades of possibility peering out from the open box top. Though our old, worndown crayons were still full of art-making potential, there was just something about those new ones that made us

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want to run to the nearest drawing pad and let our imaginations run wild. As we embark on Phase One of our Campus Master Plan, we at Walnut Hill share an amplified version of that same childlike enthusiasm. Over the past year, the School has begun to reimagine the uses of our current facilities; invest in new instruments, materials,


and technologies; and plan additions to the campus, including the first new performance space since the 1990s. As the visions of yesterday become the realities of today and tomorrow, it’s as if we are being handed the most incredible new pack of crayons—and luckily, we are a community that is not afraid of coloring outside the lines.

Since our founding in 1893, Walnut Hill has time and time again taken big, bold leaps forward as courageous groups of individuals have championed one ambitious vision after another. Together we have seized opportunities for growth, understanding that there are moments in the life of an institution when forward movement demands calculated risk-taking. At our founding, we took the steps needed to create a top-notch

ABOVE Proposed second-floor dance studio rendering, courtesy of designLAB

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The ever-present drive to think in new ways, to make art that the world does not yet even realize it needs, permeates every cohort of our Walnut Hill community.

In 1994, the School opened the Keiter Center for the Performing Arts, the first major performing arts space on campus, in order to support a growing student body and offer them the facilities necessary for mastering their craft. In 2006, Bishop Hall was built on the idea that the School could sustain a 25% increase in enrollment. During the summer of 2013, we transformed the faculty lounge into an office suite for College Counseling, outfitted a new Biology Lab, and created a Media Arts Studio, each filled with the latest equipment. We have invested $2 million in our existing facilities through deferred maintenance projects, including making improvements to the art studios in Highland Hall and welcoming 10 beautiful Steinway pianos into practice and rehearsal rooms.

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Now, as we put our Campus Master Plan into motion, we will add a new parking lot that nearly doubles our capacity for visitors on campus, construct a two-story facilities and scene shop building, and create a state-ofthe-art multipurpose performance space—Studio 5.


secondary school for girls. Nearly a century later, we made the decision to become a coeducational school for the arts, offering passionate young artists an environment that blends rigorous academics with exceptional artistic training. Throughout all of these developments, we have become adept at staying true to our core values while maintaining flexibility in the face of an ever-changing world.

While buildings, lighting grids, and a sound-editing suite are exciting in and of themselves, the full potential of these tools and spaces cannot be achieved until they are put into the hands of creative individuals. Over the years, members of the Walnut Hill community have devised countless ways to give existing facilities new life, finding fruitful intersections between art forms, academic contexts, and issues of the day. Humanities classes have turned academic rooms into impromptu theaters to explore texts through performance. Existing studio facilities have served as stages for multidisci-

plinary student art projects—produced on shoestring budgets, but enriched by the passion and artistic talent of our scholar-artists. Given the amazing things that have been done with what we currently have, it’s no surprise that the potential of the new spaces soon to be unveiled has many of our faculty and students eager to experiment with art and programming that we have never before thought possible. The ever-present drive to think in new ways, to make art that the world does not yet even realize it needs, permeates every cohort of our Walnut Hill community. We see it in our alumni, like Zoe Scofield ’97, whose company blends choreography and visual art to achieve seamlessness between aesthetics and form. It’s clear to us when watching faculty members like Jason Stumpf incorporate video and images into the essay process (check out page 9 for more on this!). We see it in our generous supporters, when a donor with a passion for music education gives us the funds to purchase a Steinway Grand piano and sparks our decision to become an All-Steinway School. And, of course, we regularly witness this spirit of creative risk-taking in our students, whether in the classroom, the dorms, or their student organization meetings. “I think the special thing about Walnut Hill is that while we constantly strive for excellence, we are also comfortable learning from our missteps,” says Head of School Antonio Viva. “I’m grateful every day to be part of an environment with this much artistic energy, where ideas have room to grow and develop, and where we teach students how to see the world differently and solve complex problems.” Even after just one semester, students in Kori Feener’s film class have taken a lab full of computers and a closet full of cameras and made all this into just the sort of environment that Viva describes. Scotty Sussman ’15, a visual art major enrolled in the class, talks about the potential of this new offering, saying, “I think the addition of the class not only attracts people to the School, it also opens up people’s horizons on what art really is and encourages more collaboration between majors like theater and visual art.” In the course, students gain technical skills, while at the same time developing their aesthetic sense by analyzing existing films. The film history aspect is a favorite element of the class for Keeler Near ’14, who explains, “I am able to learn a lot by analyzing great films in a classroom setting, so that I can appreciate them for their story as well as the hard work put into the production of each film. After just a few of our classroom discussions, I already found myself watching movies in a whole new way.”

OPPOSITE PAGE Scotty Sussman ’15 and Keeler Near ’14 with media arts faculty member Kori Feener in the Media Arts Studio ABOVE RIGHT Nicole Hayashi ’13, JJ McGlone ’13, and Erin Moody ’13 at Art for Life Fall 2013 & Winter 2014

In addition to the film class, the School’s investment in the Media Arts Studio, video cameras, and editing equipment have led to another new elective, Acting for the Camera. Students who took the course last semester really dove in with both feet, and alumni are pleased to hear about the addition of the course. Van Hansis ’00, a three-time Daytime Emmy Award Nominee who believes strongly in the importance of film actor training alongside traditional theater training, had this to say

Last spring, students tested the limits of current performance space on campus by producing a collaborative multi-arts showcase—Art for Life. The project, funded by the Head of School, wove together student-created painting, musical composition, poetry, and choreography. Event proceeds supported the organization AIDS Action, and the students’ creative vision resulted in one of the best performances of the year. Imagine what Walnuts will do with the availability of new spaces and materials!

when he heard the news: “I am thrilled to see Walnut Hill now offering classes in both acting and writing for the camera and film studies. While acting for the camera and acting for the stage are flip sides of the same coin, it is important for young actors to learn the subtleties and differences between the two genres. These new courses will strengthen and deepen students’ application of and appreciation for their craft. Plus, I bet the classes are so much fun. I want to take them!” Behind Stowe | 5

Taking to a whole new level the idea that the right space and materials can engender amazing outcomes, the new Studio 5 will offer a dance studio and a fully outfitted flexible performance space, both bursting with possibilities. Armed with the knowledge that needs, art forms, and technologies will all continue to develop and change, the diverse team of individuals contributing input to the building’s design are ensuring that the space is malleable, allowing faculty and students the freedom to bring their artistic visions to life. Mollie Tower Byrnes ’63, an early champion of this project, has been pleased to witness Walnut Hill’s growth over recent decades. She comments: “I firmly believe in the importance of the arts in our world, and as an alumna of Walnut Hill I’m proud of the direction the School has taken as they develop the next generation of creative thinkers. When I learned about the wealth of potential this space would offer, I knew I wanted to be involved in making it a reality.” Though the addition of Studio 5 as a teaching, event, and performance space will have an impact on the entire campus community, two departments that will most certainly see their programs shift and evolve based on the potential of the space are Theater and Dance. Director of Theater Joe Cabral is already starting to consider the potential effects of the new space on repertoire, staging, the calendar, and more. “We haven’t even been able to fully imagine all of the things that this space will mean,” he shares, noting that regardless of what happens, the increased flexibility will be a great thing. “We might be able to think about doing a small musical, staging in the round, offering end-of-year scene showcases . . . the list of options goes on and on. I think the important thing is that we’re trying to be thoughtful and to create a space that we need now, but that will also serve our needs 10 years from now.”

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Tatum Robertson ’13, Khaleel Carter ’13, Lauren Chuang ’14, and Charles Sciascia ’14 with Yuki Hori ’14 6 | Behind Stowe

Director of Dance Michael Owen shares this excitement for programmatic opportunities. He also looks forward to the chance to invite more visiting artists—alumni and also performers from across the globe—to Natick. “What would be amazing,” he muses, “is to have a space where several alumni could return at once, maybe spend an entire week working together and creating a piece collaboratively with students.” The openness and adaptability of the space, which will have the potential of numerous configurations, will make it incredibly fertile ground for this type of innovative collaboration. “There are a whole bunch of things that can be done with an experimental theater, especially at a school like this,” Owen concludes, after sharing an impromptu list of ideas for the space ranging from collaborations between musicians and dancers, to senior dance students presenting their audition solos to peers in an intimate setting. Owen is pleased as well about another added benefit to Studio 5: its proposed design features walls of windows that will offer passersby the chance to glimpse into parts of the building and see art in the making. Each distinct element of the first phase in the Campus Master Plan—Studio 5, the facilities and scene shop, and the new parking lot—is tied to the others by one common thread: the potential that they represent in the hands of the inspired and capable individuals who will use them. Like a just-opened box of crayons, these structures are sure to open the floodgates of our collective creative potential, and we cannot wait to see where that wave takes us. ♦


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Sawubona by Kori Alston ’14 Africa. Eventually, we realized that it wasn’t what we were saying, but how we were saying it. Every time we performed, we would give it our all. We poured our hearts into every performance. That was what spoke to people. In fact, we later found out that most people didn’t really understand much of what we were saying. I think this exemplifies a point that we emphasize at Walnut Hill: the art of something is not in its technical perfection, but rather in the passion of its creation.


efore leaving for South Africa this summer, I assumed that I would return with so much to write about. I was wrong. It’s not that nothing happened on my trip—it was beyond amazing—but I just couldn’t imagine myself being able to capture every perfect moment in words. However, this is my attempt. These are a few stories that make up the journey that changed my life. I went on the trip with a remarkable organization called Ripples of Hope. Founded by Kristen Atwood, Ripples of Hope is one of the leading organizations when it comes to promoting compassion and understanding between people of different cultural backgrounds. With the organization, we went from township to township offering services such as building shacks and planting gardens, as well as just playing with some of the adorable children. The reason I was recruited for the trip was my experience in the arts, since Ripples of Hope wanted this particular sojourn to be arts focused. So they asked my travel buddy ABOVE Kori Alston ’14 with children from Alexandra, a township in the Gauteng Province of South Africa 8 | Behind Stowe

Chad Hollister and me to come over as artistic ambassadors. I ran workshops with South Africans on the power of the spoken word and their stories, continuing the work I started with the Voice Identity Project here in the States.


When Chad and I first arrived, we sat down and wrote a pretty awesome song together, which we performed everywhere we went. The piece,

Reflecting on the experience as a whole, the thing that resonated with me most was that the response we received from audiences did not stop at praise, but instead turned into something arguably more significant. Our first performance was in Kliptown. A few days later when we returned to that area after visiting other townships, I had nearly a dozen kids pull me aside to present their own poetry to me. Some even performed for me in their own South African languages. We were using art as currency, one poem for another, an English word for a Zulu

With the organization, we went from township to township offering services such as building shacks and planting gardens, as well as just playing with some of the adorable children.

called “Sibongile” or “Thankfulness,” pairs some of my most passionate spoken word with Chad’s wonderful guitar skills and smooth voice. It was a hit. People loved it, though at first Chad and I couldn’t figure out why. I knew it was some of my best writing and Chad was certainly proud of his new funky melody, but we couldn’t quite understand what we two American dudes were saying that so dramatically impacted the people we performed for in South


word, “Sawubona” for “I see you”— human beings communicating with their art. There is no greater joy for an artist than to see that he or she has inspired others to create art. What we do as artists is not selfish. In fact, it may be one of the most selfless things a person can do. Sharing ourselves, our stories, with the world is the only way we are ever going to change it. ♦


Rewriting Technology in the Classroom


ast year, Humanities Department faculty member Jason Stumpf received an iPad mini so he could begin incorporating more inventive technological approaches into his Senior Seminar. An elective class that students apply to take in their final year at Walnut Hill, the Senior Seminar allows them to focus on improving their writing skills. Each week, they write a paper to set up ideas about a different text. One week the resource might be a short play; another week, a photo. Students then work to revise and expand these projects. Starting last semester, Stumpf began using an app called Educreations to bring a new dimension to the revision process.

computer, the handwriting feature works best on a touch screen. Plus, the kids love using an iPad mini for homework!

He first learned about Educreations, described as an “interactive whiteboard” with the ability to record voice and handwriting, from Ben Gregg, Director of Studies and Humanities Department Head. While the app is intended for teachers’ use as a virtual lesson tool, Stumpf has turned the tables and asked his students to complete an interactive photo analysis using the iPad. Generally, he says, the students come into his classroom and he leaves while they record their projects. Although the app can be used through the Educreations website on any

the process rather than serving as the final product. The app provides the step between writing and revising a paper where each student has a chance to look back on his or her own work through a different lens. “One thing about writing is that it is hard to develop the internal compass to know if something is going to make sense to a reader, or if it is so obvious it doesn’t need to be explained,” Stumpf says. He references Peter Elbow, former professor of English at UMass Amherst and well-known “writing guru,” as saying that it is good to change the medium

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The analytical process actually begins with writing a traditional paper explicating the given photo. After a student writes the paper, he or she records a video using the app. Some students read directly from the paper, and others choose to speak from memory. Stumpf likes the video approach because “it allows them to be an audience for their own work. They record [their video] and their task is to go back and watch themselves and write a note of feedback to themselves.” In effect, an Educreations project is used as a part of

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of your writing in order to see what idea is really rising to the top. Elbow advocates “goofy” ideas like writing part of your essay in poem form so it forces you to see what you want to take with you. Stumpf is enjoying the opportunity to implement innovative strategies of his own that the iPad makes possible. What do the students say about this tech-assisted approach to selfcritique? Stumpf says that for some the process is very intuitive, while for others it is quite foreign. They have to step outside their comfort zones to stretch the thinking they did for the original paper and translate it into another medium. Stumpf’s goal is to get students to see themselves

as writers and take ownership of that identity, including taking the risk of sharing their ideas with one another. Incorporating technologies like the Educreations app into a classroom setting provides students with a new kind of mirror in which to be reflective about their own ideas. ♦

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y all accounts, Summer 2013 was a rousing success. Our survey of summer families was filled with rave reviews of every single program, with lots of comments of “can’t wait to come back next year!” This past summer was notable for a couple of reasons. First, we debuted our new Summer Visual Art Program—a collaboration with the New Art Center in Newton. Also, it was a “Walnut” cast in student life . . . almost all of our Resident Assistants were Walnut Hill alumni! It was wonderful to have them back on campus, and they were all clearly thrilled to share their love of the School with our summer students.

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Keys to Excellence: Walnut Hill Commits to Becoming an All-Steinway School


very artist is unique, but did you know that the same holds true for each Steinway piano? A single instrument takes a full year to build and passes through the hands of hundreds of master craftsmen before gracing a practice room, stage, or recital hall. Just as every student reaches her full potential through the shaping and support of many instructors, each piano emerges with its own type of musical qualities thanks to the delicate process of its creation. Through the All-Steinway Campaign, Walnut Hill aspires to equip students with a variety of models to suit many musical needs. Read on to learn more about the strides we’ve made and what our current students have to say about this exciting development.






















a Steinway feels like being at home— " P layingcontent, connected, fulfil led. "

— Szu-Ting "Ormay" Chen ’14

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“ inviting in the music.” (Q ianhe Li ’15) “ taking a hot shower after a cold wal k.” (George Teng ’14) “ an honor.” (Crystal Leung ’15) PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT


hen selecting the new Steinways this summer, Director of Music Evan Bennett had help from Bruce Brubaker, chair of the NEC College Piano Department, and Sergey Schepkin, associate professor of piano at Carnegie Mellon and NEC Preparatory School faculty member. The three tested out 17 instruments at M. Steinert & Sons showroom in Boston before selecting a fleet that offered a broad range of tones, colors, and actions, suitable for every kind of student and faculty member on campus. After the decisions had been made, Bennett surprised both Brubaker and Schepkin by sharing the news that all 10 pianos were going directly into music practice rooms and rehearsal studios. Brubaker commented on the incredible rarity of a school buying the students’ practice room instruments first, as opposed to upgrading the more visible concert instruments. Brendan Murphy of M. Steinert & Sons was quick to echo this sentiment: “I think the fact that Walnut Hill chose to make these new pianos practice room instruments says a lot about the School and demonstrates its commitment to providing excellent learning experiences for its students.” The choice to equip the practice rooms first seems to have made all the difference. Take a look at what students are saying about the impact of the new pianos on their practicing:

“I practice more than usual.” (Alicia Juan ’15) “It’s a surprise each time! It puts me in a good mood.” (Kaori Nakagome ’14) “The sound is warmer.” (Niu Niu Zhang ’14) INVENTORY OF PIANOS ON WALNUT HILL’S CAMPUS




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Bruce Smith and Jillian Kohl enjoyed a special dinner with MOLLY HUNTER DOBSON in Ann Arbor, MI, this fall. Molly’s adoration of that city and her dedication to the arts are admirable.


ROSEMARY JAICKS FLINN and Jillian Kohl enjoyed a delightful lunch and visit in Lakeside, MI, this fall. Rosemary took Jillian to a wonderful local vineyard, and despite a spontaneous mid-October storm of sleet and snow, they enjoyed the view, cuisine, and conversation.


Bruce Smith and Jillian Kohl had a lovely lunch with SUE SMITH YEAW near her home in New Jersey in the fall. Sue gave them a tour of her neighborhood and caught them up on news of her children and grandchildren.

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Antonio Viva, Bruce Smith, and Stephanie Perrin enjoyed visiting MARTY WHITING COX on Nantucket this summer.


ANNE SIEDENBURG NOSER joined Bruce Smith and Jillian Kohl for coffee at a local haunt in New Jersey this fall. This was their first time meeting Anne, and they very much enjoyed the conversation about her life and how she got to Walnut Hill from Ohio back in the 1950s.


ROSEMARIE STRAUS ROTH traveled to New Hampshire in June to present a basic training in Collaborative Divorce with her business partner Lana Stern, Ph.D. They formed Florida Collaborative Trainers, LLC, in 2011 and have trained attorneys, mental health specialists, and financial professionals throughout Florida. While in New

ABOVE A piece from Pamela Silin-Palmer ’62 and husband Patrick Palmer’s recent show at the Old Market House Arts Center in Dungarvan, in the County Waterford area of Ireland

Hampshire, the first out-ofstate venue of this training, Rosemarie was able to spend several days with JEAN RUDMAN GALE in her lovely home in Cape Neddick, ME.


CONNIE CROSS and GAIL CARSON had a nice visit at Connie’s summer house in Raymond, ME, in July and enjoyed looking at pictures of Walnut Hill, including one of the Glee Club, all in white dresses with gold belts.

Connie and Gail also visited Camp Wohelo on Sebago Lake, which both attended for many summers in the 1950s. The ladies report, “We feasted on Connie’s gourmet food too. It was a lovely day!”


CAROL TRUST recently won the 2013 Outstanding Executive Director of the Year Award from the National Association of Social Workers. Carol is the executive director of NASW’s

Massachusetts Chapter, whose 8,000 members comprise professional social workers (including LIZ TENER ’61) in a variety of clinical, medical, health, and community settings. For an interesting change of pace, Carol and her husband, Barry, recently entered the New York City Tango Festival’s Amateur Salon event. Carol tells us, “The good news: we came in fourth. The other news: there were only four couples in the event. C’est la vie!”


PAMELA SILIN-PALMER and husband Patrick Palmer showed some of their recent work at the Old Market House Arts Center in Dungarvan, in the County Waterford area of Ireland, in September.


Jillian Kohl enjoyed a delightful long lunch in New Canaan, CT, with MAGGIE FINCH and Susan Klein at one of their favorite I talian restaurants. Their conversation included a discussion about the sports and academic programs at Walnut Hill in the 1960s. Despite the differences in Walnut Hill then and now, all agreed that the spirit and the

support at the School remain very much the same. Maggie looks forward to hearing about the ever-changing growth in our health and wellness curriculum.


Jillian Kohl and Bruce Smith had breakfast with RUTH ROTHSEID in Manhattan in May. Ruth is still working as a sales manager for Jewish Week. She was delighted to hear about our successful Gala and brainstormed with us about the New York City Alumni Event in October.


ROSEBETH ROSEN MARCOU has lived in Southeast Asia for 20 years now, 13 of them in Indonesia and 7 in Singapore. She is a developmental and behavioral pediatrician and has her own clinic in Singapore. Rosebeth writes to us, “One of my patients even applied to Walnut Hill this year! My daughter will graduate from another boarding school in May 2014 and my son finishes law school then as well. I keep in touch with my roommate from junior year, CLAUDIA MARCOS ZARAGOZA, who

lives in Mexico. My sister [PAM ROSEN LAMPITT ’78] and I remember the Hill fondly.”


JUDY SMITH BOND and Jillian Kohl met for lunch in Mishawaka, IN, in the fall. The two ladies spoke about Judy’s work at JDRF, her sons, and her connections with many Walnut Hill alumni. She is excited to help organize an alumni event in Florida this winter.


DONNA SACCO’s oldest daughter, Madeleine Frank, graduated from Harvard in the spring. Over the summer, Madeleine moved to Birmingham, AL, for a job as an editorial assistant at Coastal Living magazine. Donna's other daughter, Sophie Frank, started at NYU Stern School of Business as an undergraduate in the fall, where she is also playing soccer. Donna is now a full-time doctoral student at George Mason University.


In April 2013, MARTHA HOLMES LIGOS married a former high school acquaintance, Jason Ligos. They are now happily living in Bloomfield, CT, and Martha is teaching French at Naugatuck Valley Community College. LAURIE ROOP SINGLETARY returned to the Boston theater scene last year after a long sabbatical, and she has been busy ever since. She performed in Twins at Boston Actors Theater in September.

Notes from the Hill Student and Faculty Accomplishments Theater students Alexandra Berube ’16, Samantha Flahive ’15, Julia Kearney ’16, and Simone Senibaldi ’14 performed in the world’s first children’s theater production of the musical Hair at Boston Children’s Theatre. They also participated in a charity event in conjunction with the performance.

Kat Ward ’14 (center) with her voice teachers Todd Lindamood (L) and Debra Parker (R).

Tatum Robertson ’13 was one of eight National Finalists and Nicole Burke ’14, Ashley Robillard ’13, and Charles Sciascia ’14 were named National Semifinalists in the High School Division of the Classical Singer Competition in May 2013. Additionally, Kat Ward ’14 won Second Place in the national finals for Classical Singer’s new Musical Theatre Division.

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NICHOLE GANTSHAR recently joined Tulsa Ballet as its development director. She says, “Any Walnuts auditioning are welcome to reserve my guest room!”


LIZ SPIEGEL ANDERSON and Jillian Kohl chatted over lunch this fall in Chicago. Liz is taking full advantage of all that Walnut Hill has to offer: she attended her 30-year Reunion this past spring, and then her daughter joined us for the Summer Creative Writing Program.


SIOBHAN O’NEILL and Jillian Kohl enjoyed a lively lunch at a bustling restaurant in midtown Manhattan this fall. Siobhan’s current projects at her production company include several wellreviewed shows. She notes,

“Commercial theater came calling again in the form of my old friend and sometime producing partner Shane Scheel. We have since formed a production company, Ad Astra Live, a bicoastal theatrical production company and producer of the For the Record series, for which I serve as executive director. For the Record is an immersive theatrical experience—part concert, part Broadway show—focusing on an iconic film director: Quentin Tarantino, Baz Luhrmann, Martin Scorsese, to name a few. There are currently eight versions. Shane created the series along with our other partners, Christopher Lloyd Bratten and Anderson Davis, who is also our director and collaborator. We are very excited to see our show grow outside of L.A. in 2014.” Siobhan lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.


JILL SPRINGER ANDREWS lives in Eugene, OR, and works as an orthopedic physical therapist. In addition to her volunteer work at the local food bank and humane society, she does pro bono PT for the Eugene Ballet Company. MICHELE BLOOM is the Upper School learning specialist at City and Country School, a progressive, independent school in NYC’s Greenwich Village. She lives in South Orange, NJ, with husband Evan and daughter Ziva. DOUW FONDA plays cello in the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra in Amsterdam and is a member of the Vespucci String Quartet. He and his wife, Dutch cellist Sanne, daughter Aiske, and son Minne live in a small, centrally located village in the Netherlands. Douw visited campus in July with Aiske.

TEDDY COWLES LOVE lives in Mount Tabor, NJ, with husband Larry and children Kimberly and Charlie. She teaches instrumental music in the Rockaway Borough Public Schools, freelances as an oboist, and makes music with her family. KELLY MAYNARD lives in Grinnell, IA, where she is a professor of modern European history at Grinnell College. She’s working on a book on Wagner in France and raising twin toddlers, Theo and Severin. PAMELA VAIL is a performer, choreographer, improviser, and assistant professor of dance at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. In addition to her own work, she performs that of several other choreographers internationally. Residing in Wayne, PA, with husband Seth and children Carter and Posey, BECKY WHIDDEN currently works at Villanova University’s Falvey Memorial Library. She also reviews children’s books for The Horn Book Guide.


ABOVE Helen “Teddy” Cowles Love, Jill Springer Andrews, Michele Bloom, Douw Fonda, Kelly Maynard, Pam Vail, and Becky Whidden in 1986 (left) and 2013 (right).

1986 This past July, a few members of the Class of 1986 reunited in Westerly, RI, at the summer home of Helen “Teddy” Cowles Love. It was a weekend to remember and to re-create the celebration they held there after graduating 27 years ago from Walnut Hill. Those attending in addition to Teddy were Jill Springer Andrews, Michele Bloom, Douw Fonda, Kelly Maynard, Pam Vail, and Becky Whidden. They also had the good fortune to visit with former teachers Jackie Sand and (via Skype) Juanita and Ted Tumelaire. 1 6 | Behind Stowe

Over the summer, CEE FRENCH HARTH wrapped a short film entitled Birthday Crashers, a comedy spoof of Wedding Crashers, starring ADAM GRIFFIN. Cee reports that Adam delivered a tremendous performance. Jillian Kohl took SARAH VOLLMANN out to lunch at a local restaurant, as she is now


a Massachusetts resident! Sarah, her husband, and their son, Tommy (5), moved last year from New Jersey and

and about his ability to experiment in different mediums while at Walnut Hill. He thinks fondly of Jim Woodside and

BELOW Wendy Law ’96

currently live in Lexington. Sarah is working at a local independent school as a part-time counselor. She said she loved her first year there, being in a new position with a lot of room for creativity and exploration.

the friendships made while at Walnut Hill. Gavin was thrilled to hear that students at the School still collaborate across disciplines and that Walnut Hill is committed to finding more ways to include that collaboration in our curriculum.



ALBERTO LOPEZ’s group Quetzal, the L.A. band that weaves together funk, rock, and regional Mexican folkmusic varietals such as son jarocho, won the Grammy for Latin Rock, Urban, or Alternative Album in 2013 for its release Imaginaries (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings), a characteristically ambitious foray into cumbia, neo’80s-style R&B, Cuban charanga, and Brazilian pandeiro, charged with the band’s collectivist political passion. It is the band’s first Grammy. GAVIN RUSSOM and Jillian Kohl met for tea and tapas this summer in NYC. Gavin has a fascinating career in visual art and music. He reminisced about the School

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CHRISTINE KRENCH-RETZER and CLARKE RETZER welcomed their baby girl, Charlotte, in January 2012 and their son, Austin, this fall. They are living in Los Angeles, where Christine just finished directing and choreographing 85 kids in an after-school arts enrichment program. Clarke works as a consumer architect at


GINA BALSAMO WYMAN is currently the coordinator of teacher education at Smith College in Northampton, MA, where she works with student teachers entering the fields of elementary and secondary education. She has two children, Julia (7) and Elliott (4).


DR. JENNIFER CAUDLE is a board-certified famiy physician. She is also assistant professor of family medicine at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in New Jersey. Her article, “Bullying Among Today’s Youth: The Important Role of the Primary Care Physician,” was published in the July 2013 issue of the journal Osteopathic Family Physician. Also in July, she appeared on CNN to discuss a few health topics in the news. XENA GROSSMAN had a baby girl, Sierra Sanchez-Grossman, on September 21, 2013.

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Lindsay McAuliffe ’15 in Spoleto, Italy

Lindsay McAuliffe ’15 was selected to attend the Spoleto Study Abroad 2013 Arts & Humanities immersion program in Italy, where she participated in the vocal music program and enjoyed excursions to cultural centers around the country.


BIANCA CARRAGHER BRYAN recently moved to the suburbs of Richmond, VA. She appeared as Fruma Sarah in Fiddler on the Roof this fall at Virginia Repertory Theatre and will appear as Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire at Firehouse Theatre Project in the spring. She is teaching for Drama Kids. Her daughter, Annella, turned a year old in July, and her son, Trace, turned 3 in October. WENDY LAW was named Artist Associate with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta in July. ERIN O’HALLORAN WEAVER is president of Pennington Gray, a fundraising firm specializing in membership and annual fund programs. Clients include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, and the American Museum of Natural History. She lives outside of NYC with husband Chris and

Andrew Ramsey ’14 in Almost Maine

Theater major Andrew Ramsey ’14 played Phil in Almost Maine at Weston Drama Workshop and also participated in three staged readings as a part of the organization’s new Friday’s @ 3 program. Theater student Mara Wilson ’14 starred as Eponine, opposite Broadway veteran Ivan Rutherford as Valjean, in the Reagle Music Theatre production of Les Misérables. Peter Mill ’10 was also cast in the production in the role of Bamatabois. Wilson also performed the

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son Dylan. Erin writes that she is really grateful for her years at Walnut Hill.


JACK MCCOLLOUGH and business partner Lazaro Hernandez won the CFDA Award for 2013 Womenswear Designer of the Year (beating

reports that she’s hoping to make it up to Natick for a visit at some point in the next year or so.


Jillian Kohl and Julie Faulstich enjoyed a wonderful outdoor lunch with JANE GUYER FUJITA in Harvard Square this

BELOW Jack McCollough ’97, Stephanie Perrin, Jillian Kohl, and Janet Pattillo at the ICA in Boston.

Alexander Wang and Marc Jacobs). This is the fourth CFDA Award for their brand, Proenza Schouler! Later in the year, Jack spoke at the ICA in Boston. Jillian Kohl, Stephanie Perrin, and Trustee Janet Pattillo were excited to be able to observe the event. PAULA WILSON is the artistic director of The International Partner Dance Intensive (TIPDI), which took place in NYC in August 2013 and featured 72 tracked/leveled classes in salsa, Argentine tango, West Coast swing, ballet, modern, and AfroHaitian dance taught by a world-class faculty from the United States and abroad.


AMY STUBBLEFIELD is currently living and working in Greenwich, CT, as a CPA and

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summer. Jane was working for the American Repertory Theater’s summer season as a voice and speech teacher. She is still splitting her time between different cities, as she has active jobs in NYC, New Haven, CT (Yale), and sometimes Cambridge, MA. Jane misses Walnut Hill and enjoyed reminiscing about the campus, her friends, and her classes. She will be back on campus for her 15-year Reunion this spring! SARAH MCLELLAN joined Jillian Kohl for tea in Manhattan this fall. Sarah works as the assistant administrative director for the Drama Division at Juilliard. She has enjoyed the newly created position and the opportunities it presents. We hope to welcome Sarah back to campus for her 15-year Reunion this May.

ADAM SCHNELL is thrilled to announce that he is both the founder and serving as the artistic director of the newly created Ballet Vero Beach, that area’s newest cultural jewel and the only fully professional ballet company on the Treasure Coast. The mission of Ballet Vero Beach is to promote the art of dance as a universal language in the community of Vero Beach and beyond. The company will seek to accomplish this mission through the establishment of its resident professional ballet company, presentation of reputable national and international dance artists, and engagement in educational and community outreach. All of the organization’s programs will be made available to the broadest possible range of audiences regardless of their ability to pay.


TONY FLYNT was seen this summer at the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. DAVID FULMER played Mozart’s violin at the Austrian Cultural Forum in June. L.A. Contemporary Dance Company perfomed KATE HUTTER’s newest piece, Prite Oef Stringh, as part of the L.A. So-Cal Dance Invitational at the Ford. Kate tells us the piece featured 17

dancers and a new take on Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring by, in her words, “the awesome and über-talented” composer Austin Wintory. After traveling around for years, MAXINE KUO recently moved back to Texas, where she started Classical Revolution Houston, a public chamber music jam session. She plays violin. MATT RISCH had a starring role in the new film project Test over the summer. Matt is keeping busy in Los Angeles in a recurring role on ABC Family’s Switched at Birth and will be seen on an HBO show this winter. BETHANY ANDRES ZAHEER met Jillian Kohl for lunch in NYC this summer. Bethany and her husband live in Tribeca and are expecting their first child this fall. Bethany’s career focuses on architecture and interior design. After working for several other companies over the years, she has started her own business that specializes in hospitality and residential work.


DANIELLE CAMPBELL is the artistic assistant to the director of Ballet San Antonio. She also performed in the company’s production of Cinderella, which included fellow Walnut KATE MAXTED ’10 as the Spring

BELOW Josh Holden ’01 BELOW Matt Risch ’00 in the film Test


2001 Kee Kim and his string

quartet were recently appointed to be the Blodgett Quartet-in-Residence at Harvard University’s music department. They will be joining the faculty of the department starting in the fall of 2014. They have already relocated back to Boston/Cambridge after being based in St. Paul, MN, for the past five years. Kee writes, “We are incredibly excited and very much looking forward to teaching and becoming part of the larger musical community at Harvard and in Boston.” Fairy. Danielle also works on outreach for schools and the Boys and Girls Club. JOSHUA HOLDEN was asked to perform at the Puppeteers of America National Festival in August. He was one of 24 artists representing American puppetry at the festival attended by 500 puppeteers from around the nation. At the end of the festival, Joshua received an award for Best

Performance and was voted Audience Favorite.


Having spent the past five years living in Chicago and working as a teaching artist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, cellist PHILIP BOULANGER recently moved back east after winning the position of Resident Cellist with Music Haven—a nonprofit music

program centered around the Haven String Quartet that provides free lessons and group classes to over 75 students in some of the most challenging neighborhoods and schools of New Haven, CT. Entering its eighth year, Music Haven has been ranked one of the Top 50 after-school arts programs in the country for three years in a row by the Presidential Committee on the Arts and Humanities. JAKE FRIED is an artist, animator, and educator who has been teaching as an instructor in the Artful Adventures program at the Museum of Fine Arts since 2007. This year, Jake was also selected as the lead artist for the MFA’s Artist Project. He studied painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art and art history at Boston University. Originally known for his paintings, Jake has spent recent years working on a series of hand-drawn, experimental animations or “moving

2002 Erica Gannett is the full-time associate photo editor at Time Out Chicago magazine and freelances as a photographer nationally. She recently published her own food magazine, Middlewest, with partner David Tamarkin (food editor at Time Out Chicago and a frequent contributor to Bon Appetit) after they were successfully kickstarted on Kickstarter, raising over $25,000. Middlewest is a deconstructed food magazine in the form of recipe cards. Since releasing the first issue, they sold over 1,500 copies and at last report were in production with a second issue slated to be published this fall. They have been acknowledged by several publications: Saveur called Middlewest their “new favorite indie food mag.” The Kitchn described it as “an art project as much as a cooking magazine.” Erica adds: “We received attention from the Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago Reader included us in their recent Best of Chicago issue, crowning us Best New Local Food Publication. We’re blushing!”

Fall 2013 & Winter 2014

Notes from the Hill principal role of Mrs. Johnstone in Blood Brothers at Weston Drama Workshop. Music student Niu Niu Zhang ’14 performed on NPR’s From the Top, a radio program featuring young musicians from across the country. The show was taped live at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in October and aired nationally the week of November 18. Zhang played Frédéric Chopin’s Twelve Etudes, op. 10, no. 3 in E Major and no. 12 in C Minor. Humanities faculty member Ian Buttermore attended a two-week seminar entitled The Vietnam War and America in the 1960s at the GilderLehrman Institute of American History this summer. A new short video entitled HeadonHeathen2, by visual art faculty member Lana Caplan, premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival over the summer and was also shown at the Antimatter Film Festival in British Columbia, Canada, this fall.

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paintings.” His films have been exhibited at numerous museums, including the Tate Modern, and galleries in NYC, Berlin, and Copenhagen, among others. Jake’s films have also screened at dozens of international film festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival, San Francisco Film Festival, and Cannes Lions, and he has been featured in the media both in the United States and Canada. RICHARD HARPER and Jillian Kohl met up for a visit near his office at Debevoise & Plimpton in NYC this summer. As a first-year associate, Richard is working long hours and enjoying the new and fast-paced learning environment of the law firm. He was put on an overseas project for work shortly after Jillian’s visit and was out of the States for two months! JONATHAN PARKS-RAMAGE was recently hired as a producer at the Sundance Channel.


SAMUEL KIERNAN is now a licensed real estate agent. He also teaches tap dance and gymnastics. JULIA MINTZER has a position singing with the Semperoper Dresden. She is doing nine roles this year, including several leading roles in new German operas, plus Mercédès in Carmen, Zweiter Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Dryade in Ariadne auf Naxos, and others. She was at Glimmerglass last summer, singing David Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion on the mainstage. Julia spent the year before at Washington National Opera, where she sang Hansel in 2 0 | Behind Stowe

Hansel and Gretel and Clotilde in Norma. NILS NEUBERT was hired by Juilliard to serve as substitute instructor of German diction for Marianne Barrett for this school year.

2005 Briga Heelan visited campus in May after being in NYC for the TBS “Upfronts,” which is when a network introduces its fall lineup to the public. Briga stars in the new TBS sitcom Ground Floor.

ETHAN PHILBRICK and Jillian Kohl caught up at a coffee shop in downtown Manhattan this summer. Ethan is currently working on his Ph.D. in performance studies at NYU. He has a fellowship and loves the program, which involves a collection of artists who are asked to analyze society, culture, and the arts. The intent for them is to truly understand human nature, with the expectation that from understanding they will better be able to work with artists and people to create a safer, stronger, and more conscious culture. Ethan also improvs and plays cello around the city at different venues. Members of the Walnut Hill community were fortunate enough to witness that talent in October when he and Riley Watts performed at our Alumni Event at Flute Lounge.


SHAYNA BENTKOVER and her boyfriend of six years, David Katz, got engaged at the end of March on their three-year anniversary of having moved to San Francisco. They met while studying at Syracuse University, when he was a junior and she was a sophomore. Shortly after moving to the West Coast, David started working at LinkedIn. A few months later, he referred Shayna for a job there and now they both work on the sales team. David and Shayna are planning their wedding for August 2014 in Boston.

KYLE BROWN is performing in the touring cast of Wicked. He recently taught a master class for the seniors in the Walnut Hill Theater Department when Wicked was in Boston. JIMMY FOWLIE has spent the past year and a half performing in the Sunday Company at The Groundlings in Los Angeles. The competitive program requires that each writer/performer create new sketch comedy every week. Recently, LA Weekly named Jimmy’s show “The Best Show to See Future Comedy Stars.” Jimmy says, “This

was a very special award that was totally meaningless to my parents.” JOSEPH LECONTE is working at Texas Christian University as the audiovisual coordinator of the university union.


BRANDON KOEPSELL was featured in an article in the Detroit Free Press last May. Brandon has earned performance credits in Boston, New York, southern France, and even the movies. He recently performed in the Macomb Ballet Company’s full-length work Alice’s

Adventures in Wonderland. He worked on the set of the movie Oz the Great and Powerful as assistant to the choreographer, Lesley Kay, whom he knew from another Detroit dance group. He got to work with actors Mila Kunis, James Franco, and Michelle Williams.

ARIANA MURPHY is currently a seventh-grade social studies teacher on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. She is in her second year of teaching after earning a master’s at Fordham University. Ariana reports that she keeps up with her theater background in two ways: “First, I am developing a theater program

in my middle school, which until now had none. Second, I’ve been a weekly performer at the Magnet Theater for the past two years. My group is a musical improv group, making up musicals on the spot!” JULIE RUBINGER recently joined the founding team of a new organization,

Notes from the Hill Feener’s experience of through-hiking the Appalachian Trail. Director of Voice Studies Angela Gooch sang the role of Mrs. Webb in American composer Ned Rorem’s new opera Our Town in New Hampshire this past August.

New York City Event, October 7, 2013

Creative writing and English faculty member Mike Heppner’s darkly funny novella Nada was released on Kindle Single this fall. Tom Keenan and Kathy Liu, both faculty in the Science Department, developed Chemistry in the Cloud curriculum materials this summer, aided by a summer professional development grant from the School. Their efforts have resulted in the increased use of technology in the department, including the adoption of an electronic textbook.

LEFT TO RIGHT, BY ROW: Christine Luciano ’08, Bailey Moon ’11, Riley Watts ’03, Nils Neubert ’03, Carolyn Scanlon ’03, Ethan Philbrick ’03, Annie Moor ’04; Catherine Keller ’10, Kacie Dragan ’10, Sam Kiernan ’03, Gabriel King ’05, Sarah Chasin ’04, Ariana Murphy ’05, Nuni Borenstein ’06; Wendy Law ’96, Peter Stasny P’15, Jackie Joyner P’15, Caroline Pallat P’17, John Pallat P’17, Iona Aibel P’15

Fall 2013 & Winter 2014

Theater faculty member Todd Lindamood spent a weekend this summer exploring the Estill Voice Model and expanding his toolkit for vocal teaching. Walnut Hill Physical Therapist Sue Kinney and Director of

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Los Angeles Event November 19, 2013

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Dana Eliassen ’01, Whitney Tenney ’99; Amie Miriello ’00; Ty Freedman ’03, Judith Hoag ’81; Audrey Emerson ’13, Annie Lloyd ’12, Turner Frankosky ’12; Dick Starratt, Ellen Van Alstyne Starratt ’55; Sarah Lakey ’98, Matthew Risch ’00

Portland, Maine Lunch November 14, 2013, as director of programs. Based in San Francisco, Wishbone’s mission is to leverage technology to enable low-income students to discover, access, and attend the nation’s highest-quality summer and after-school programs. Much of her passion for Wishbone’s mission stems from her own experience attending Walnut Hill’s Summer Dance Program, which ultimately brought her to Walnut Hill as a full-time student. She’s excited to grow this new organization to give students across the country similar lifechanging experiences. When she’s not working on this new venture, Julie is taking dance classes at Alonzo King LINES Ballet and ODC, and occasionally performing new works with local choreographers. ANTHONY PINA is currently dancing at Compañia Nacional de Danza in Spain. KRISTIN SANCKEN was featured this year in a Huffington Post article about her impressive career rise as an art curator. She recently had drinks with Jillian Kohl, and although she only attended Walnut Hill for her freshman year, Kristin finds that her main circle in NYC now is made up of

LEFT TO RIGHT, BY ROW: Top: Meg Wheeler ’62, Ellie Mercer ’58, Jillian Kohl; Bottom: Ellie Sanderson ’52, Mary Reynolds ’48, Sarah Cross Mills ’62, Connie Cross ’59 ABOVE Kristin Sancken ’05 2 2 | Behind Stowe


her M.F.A. in fine arts. She recently launched an online art magazine, SciArt in America, dedicated specifically to science-based art throughout the nation.

ABOVE Ashley Williams ’05 with Jordan and Melissa Cassel

almost all Walnuts! Her roommate is LAUREN WYNER and she sees Walnuts all the time. In July, Dean of Students Melissa Cassel and son Jordan saw ASHLEY WILLIAMS in Annie on Broadway. Ashley is now set to perform in the San Francisco premiere and then Broadway opening of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Ashley is already becoming a veteran of the Broadway stage! LAUREN WYNER studied English at Vassar and is currently getting her master’s degree in applied linguistics and TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) at Columbia University. She also works for the university as a program assistant for the Community Language Program.


BLAIR BAGLEY ’11 and JACLYN WALSH both received mentions in Dance magazine this year. Blair was featured in the scholarship guide and Jaclyn on the style pages. JULIA BUNTAINE is currently a graduate student at the School of Visual Arts in NYC and is halfway through getting

SARAH KOENIG-PLONSKIER and CATHERINE HANCOCK’s group, the Moirae Ensemble, recently performed a concert of folk music as it was interpreted by 20th-century Russian and English composers. All of the proceeds from this concert were to be donated to Women for Women International. Congratulations to PAUL MILLER, who was a contestant in the Broadway Beauty Pageant, an annual benefit for New York’s Ali Forney Center. KRISTIN PARKER recently closed a new play on the Lower East Side called Bella’s Dream. Next up is a play called Fat Joey in the Sam French off-off Broadway festival at Theatre Row. This past winter, Kristin starred offBroadway in The Velveteen Rabbit and got a glowing review in the New York Times. She’s also interning at the National Eating Disorders Association, helping explore the need for a program to address eating disorder prevention, education, and recovery

within the professional artistic community. JORDAN PIANTEDOSI did all the amazing artwork in the new Cambridge restaurant Beat Hotel. The restaurant is getting great reviews!

ABOVE Jordan Piantedosi ’06 at the Beat Hotel

JACLYN WALSH is currently touring with Keigwin + Company. They’ve done shows for the Works & Process series at the Guggenheim in NYC. They performed several pieces by artistic director Larry Keigwin, including a work titled Canvas, a company collaboration with New York City Ballet’s Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild. They did a similar performance at the Vail International Dance Festival last summer. KATHERINE WILKINSON has just returned from two years of living in Australia, where she was a senior teacher and director for Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre. She has just moved to Austin, TX, to continue her theater work. KATHARYN ZINN is part of a performing violin/piano duo called aTonalHits. They play music from the 20th century and contemporary periods and also create “music videos”—small films employing footage they have shot themselves, experimental animation, and generally any-

Notes from the Hill Dance Michael Owen presented at the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) annual conference in October. Owen also participated on a panel for the Art Schools Network in New York. Ronan Noone, faculty member in the Creative Writing Department, received rave reviews for the New York debut of his site-specific play The Compass Rose, a show about a bartender who takes an impromptu road trip with a customer, then reunites with this patron years later at a bar. The show ran in September at Ryan’s Daughter, a pub on East 85th Street in Manhattan.

Ken Tighe and son Joe Tighe ’16 at the opening reception of A Community of Artists.

Visual art faculty member Ken Tighe’s painting The beginning, and or, end of nostalgia; more or less (2012, 36" x 60", oil on panel) was featured as part of A Community of Artists, a juried exhibition at Framingham’s Danforth Museum of Art in June.

RIGHT Jaclyn Walsh ’06 featured in Dance magazine Fall 2013 & Winter 2014

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thing the two find interesting at the moment. They also put together their own electronic music with some of the films.

RIGHT Laura Love ’10 (center), the face of the new Vera Wang fragrance and featured model for Anthropologie



REBECCA NEHRING’s paintings were displayed last year at the Chase Young Gallery in STATE OF THE ART 2013, a group exhibition of emerging artists. After spending two years teaching community ballet and modern classes in Sewanee, TN, AMY NELSON is currently earning her master’s degree in English literature at Northwestern University. She plans to specialize in Shakespeare studies and feminist theory, and she hopes to continue her education in a doctoral program after completing her M.A. next summer. SAMUEL SWANTON is currently dancing with Dusan Tynek Dance Theatre in Brooklyn.


NICK CHRISTOPHER performs eight shows a week in Motown: The Musical on Broadway.

GRACE HELLWEG stopped by the Walnut Hill campus on her way back from working at a summer camp in Casco, ME. After three years away from the Hill, she wanted to see some of her old favorite spots—all of which have been renovated since she graduated! She was most impressed by Eliot Dorm (where she was Dorm President), the murals in the ATC, and the Dance Studios. Gracie graduated from Indiana University this past spring with a dual major in creative writing and communication and culture. She will be working as a director of youth ministries at a Second Presbyterian church in Pennsylvania this fall. REBEKAH PRIESTLY graduated from Eastman School of Music last year. In June, NICHOLAS RANAURO traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa, to teach dance in an arts-intensive workshop for students and their mothers who have been directly

affected by HIV/AIDS. He worked alongside a team of musicians, actors, and visual artists from NYC, Los Angeles, and South Africa. After graduating from Elon University in May, BEN REDDING moved to NYC in September to start rehearsing for the Broadway tour of West Side Story. The musical opened on November 5 in Memphis, TN, and is currently touring the country. In May, EDWARD SPOTS and DANIEL SALAS ’12 danced in Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s spring gala at Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater in NYC. MEGAN WRIGHT was interviewed for the Alumni Spotlight of the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program

last spring. She is still living in San Francisco and is now dancing for the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Katharine Hawthorne, Maurya Kerr’s tinypistol, Sharp & Fine, and “some other lovely folks.” She also works in politics occasionally.


Bruce Smith and Jillian Kohl took current University of Michigan students KEITH ALLEN, TEAGAN ROSE ’11, and SAVANNAH ROUNDS ’12 to breakfast at a local UM campus spot for a great time and lively conversation. KEITH ALLEN was part of the 95th season of the famed Muny theater in St. Louis, performing as an ensemble cast member in Les Misérables with well-known Broadway veterans Norm Lewis and Hugh Panaro.

ABOVE Bruce Smith, Nick Christopher ’08, and Jillian Kohl backstage at Motown: The Musical 2 4 | Behind Stowe

COOPER JORDAN was the lead producer of The Rat Pack Undead concert tour based out of NYC. LAURA LOVE is the face of Vera Wang’s new fragrance, Be Jeweled.

Claremont Colleges and couldn’t be happier with her decision to attend college there. “I am just starting to brainstorm postgrad plans, so we’ll see where I end up!” Christine hasn’t danced ballet since attending Walnut Hill,


ABOVE Kate Maxted ’10

KATE MAXTED just finished her first production, Cinderella (choreographed by Ben Stevenson), at Ballet San Antonio, where she was lucky enough to perform as the Spring Fairy. It was a wonderful production, and Kate reports that she was thrilled to have the stage to herself for the first time in her professional career. Kate has also connected with another Walnut in San Antonio, DANIELLE CAMPBELL ’01, the artistic assistant to the director in addition to performing with the group in this ballet production. PETER MILL had a busy summer performing at the Reagle Music Theatre in Waltham, MA. He was cast in the role of Bamatabois in Les Misérables and also played the role of Mary Sunshine in Chicago.

REBECCA REALE was invited to play with the SchleswigHolstein Festival Orchestra this year. The organization, an orchestral academy founded by Leonard Bernstein in 1987, is modeled after the American Tanglewood Festival. Rebecca was one of 100 musicians under the age of 26 admitted to the academy out of more than 1,200 applicants from 30 cities across North and South America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Reale auditioned in Houston, TX, where she attends the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.

but she takes West African dance classes and has some experience with Polynesian dancing as well.

EMMA HUELSKAMP dropped by campus in June to visit with Antonio Viva, Jillian Kohl, and others. Emma let us know that she has transferred from Royal College of Music

in London to Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. She will be studying political science and hopes to attend law school after graduation.


What were some of our most recent music graduates up to over the summer? JAEHYUCK CHOI and MOON SUN YOO had a joint concert with two former Walnuts who matriculated to Juilliard. This Walnut Hill event for both current and former parents and students from all departments was very well attended. The concert included video collaboration with former visual art Walnuts. HENRY MCCALL was accepted into Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Professional Division program and is currently out in Seattle.


DAHVIN GREENFIELD continues to write and direct plays. She’s had several pieces published in Southern New Hampshire University’s literary journal and school newspaper. She just finished a week’s run of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, in which she starred as lead character Frank N. Furter. As she notes, that was quite the trip! She continues to credit Allan Reeder, Daniel Bosch, and Ronan Noone for all her success.

Summer Alums Congratulations to

Rachelle Lefevre, summer alum ’94, on her appearance in CBS’s TV hit Under the Dome, which premiered this summer.

EMILIE LERICHE performed at the Joyce Theater with Hubbard Street Dance in May.

CHRISTINE ZENEL is in her senior year at Scripps. She writes that she has absolutely loved her time at the Fall 2013 & Winter 2014

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In Memoriam

We fondly remember the following members of the Walnut Hill community. MARIANNA HATCH HEATH ’32 passed away at the age of 97 on May 31, 2013, in Sherborn, MA, where she lived for the past 70 years. She is survived by her husband, Gordon B. Heath, and her daughter and son-in-law. Marianna was a well-known horticulturalist who worked as a grower and designer, founding her own garden design business in the 1960s and remaining active in that business up until her death. She was also an avid racing sailor out of Sandy Bay Yacht Club in Rockport, MA. We were sorry to learn of the passing of NANCY BROWN STEVENSON ’34 on September 11, 2013, at the age of 96. She stayed connected to Walnut Hill for decades and amazingly was able to attend her class’s 2009 Reunion. She was a faithful supporter and took great pride in her alma mater. Nancy will be missed by the entire community. *NATHENA H. FULLER ’37 died on May 29, 2013, at home surrounded by her family. She was 93. A lifelong resident of Suffield, CT, Nathena attended Bridge Street School, where she was voted the healthiest girl in Suffield and subsequently rode on a cart for the Memorial Day parade that year. She went on to graduate from Walnut Hill and then obtained a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College. Nathena was an extremely generous and longtime

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supporter of Walnut Hill and was actively involved with the School for many years. She worked at Aetna for 39 years, before her retirement in 1980. Nathena was an active member of Second Baptist Church in Suffield, where she had served as treasurer and president. She also served as treasurer of the Suffield Land Conservancy, volunteered with the handicap workshop at the Suffield Emergency Aid Association, served as a trustee at Suffield Academy, and was past treasurer of the Mount Holyoke Alumni Association. Nathena was a fine athlete in her younger years and enjoyed golf. She was predeceased by one brother but is survived by her other brother, her sister, her sister-in-law, and many nieces and nephews. PATRICIA FOSS HICKEY ’39 died on June 3, 2013, in Sanford, NC, at age 92. Pat was born in Wooster, Ohio, and lived her younger years there before attending Walnut Hill for her senior year, then William & Mary College and Cornell University. Following graduation, she joined the Navy and used her foreign language and analytical skills as a cryptographer in Washington, DC, during World War II. She married James (Jim) Hickey, and they moved to Richmond, VA, where they began their family. Travel was one of her lifelong passions, as was following ACC football and basketball. She was an avid reader, an accomplished knitter, and someone keenly interested in the stock market. Through her interests and engaging manner, she had many close

and longtime friendships. Her greatest loves were her four daughters and their families, including four grandchildren. SARAH “SALLY” WOODWORTH GALLAGHER ’40 passed away on July 29, 2013, at the Peabody Home in Franklin, NH, in the presence of her loving family. She was 92. Born in Boston, MA, she grew up in Weston, MA, attended the Meadowbrook School, and graduated from Walnut Hill before attending Erskine Junior College. Sally was a longtime supporter of Walnut Hill and had a lifelong passion for the arts, everything from music to fine art. She attended Ogontz Camp, where she developed a lifelong love of horses and riding. She married Charles Theodore Gallagher in June 1949; he predeceased her in 1992. Sally is remembered as a lover of books and children, an active birdwatcher, a lover of classical music, and a lifelong Episcopalian, but mostly for her warmth, good humor, and genuine compassion. Lovingly devoted to family and friends, she is survived by her children and grandchildren, her sister, her niece and great-nephew, and many Woodworth and Gallagher cousins. *MARY HELEN MITCHELL WILLIAMS ’42 died on September 3, 2013, at age 90. Mary was born in Fairfield, CT. After Walnut Hill, she attended Colby Junior College, now Colby-Sawyer College. Mary was a consistent, longtime donor to Walnut Hill. She worked as a secretary and a residential real estate agent for many years; was a

member of the Junior League of Bridgeport and the Bridgeport Ladies Charitable Society; served on the board of the Burroughs Home in Bridgeport; and volunteered there and at Bridgeport Hospital, Operation Hope, and the Woodfield Home. Mary was a member of United Congregational Church in Bridgeport, Brooklawn Country Club, and Fairfield Beach Club in Fairfield, as well as Ekwanok Country Club in Manchester, VT. Her husband, Arthur Collins Williams, died just weeks after she did. Mary is survived by the couple’s children, seven grandchildren, and two greatgrandchildren. MARGARET “PEG” WHITNEY JOHNSON ’43 passed away on April 12, 2013, at the Pen Bay Medical Center. She was 88. She was born in Newton, MA, one of three children. Right after World War II, Margaret married her handsome naval officer beau, Murdoch Matheson Johnson II, and they began their life together in Massachusetts, where Murdoch took over ownership of United Laundries, the largest commercial laundry in the Northeast at the time. They enjoyed over 60 years of marriage until Murdoch passed in 2005. Peg was a communicant of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Camden, ME. She loved life, fast cars, going out to lunch (or dinner or breakfast), wildlife and wild animals, hanging clothes out to dry on a summer day, her devoted friends, her church, and her beloved family. She is survived by two of her

three children, along with four of five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sister and brother.

years and had many dear friends who felt that to know her was to love her. She is survived by her husband, two children and their families, and her brother.

Former WHS Trustee MARGARET “PEGGY” UTTER DURANT ’44 died on August 27, 2013, at age 87, after a brief illness. Born in Providence, RI, Peggy went on to attend Walnut Hill and was a generous and engaged alumna for many years. She did her undergraduate studies at Wells College and then received a master’s in retailing from Simmons College. Peggy became the beloved wife of John H. Durant. Living in Weston, MA, for 60 years, she was an active member of the Junior League of Boston, the Vincent Club, the Chilton Club, the First Parish Church of Weston, the Weston Garden Club, and the Weston Friendly Society. A cancer survivor, she was a devoted volunteer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Peggy’s 30-year career as a travel agent enabled her and John to travel to all corners of the world. In addition, they enjoyed cruising the New England coast with family and friends. Peggy was predeceased by her husband. She is survived by three children and five grandchildren.

*DIANE SHEAFFER ANDERSON ’49 died on September 25, 2013, at the age of 81. She was born in Portland, ME, and attended the Gardiner schools before coming to Walnut Hill. She was a loyal supporter of the School for many years. Diane earned her bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College and a master’s in biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 1964, she married Burton Richard Anderson, and the couple lived in East Winthrop, raising their daughter, who was born in 1972. Diane worked as a lab technician in Worcester, MA, under the codeveloper of the birth control pill, whose research led to in vitro fertilization. She was an active volunteer at Christ Church and the Winthrop Grade School library. Diane’s wit and good cheer made her a welcome presence at the bridge table and a tough competitor at other games. She was predeceased by her husband of 49 years. She is survived by a sister, a daughter, a niece, and a nephew.

Walnut Hill was sorry to learn recently of the passing of ANNE KATZENBERG ’44 in October 2012. She was a consistent supporter of the School over many years. Anne spent most of her adult life in New York City. She was married to E. Walter Katzenberg for 67

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VIRGINIA “GINGER” SCOTT HEARD ’51 died from complications due to kidney failure on May 12, 2013, at age 79. Born in Longmeadow, MA, Ginger attended Walnut Hill and Pine Manor Junior College. She married Hamilton Heard Jr. in 1953. While raising three daughters in Shirley, MA, Ginger was active in

alumni work for both Walnut Hill and Pine Manor, and she volunteered at the Community Hospital and at Trinity Chapel in her town. She opened and ran Benjamin Hill Ski Area and Pool and Tennis Club in Shirley from 1961 to 1970. She is a former member of the Garden Club in both Groton and Nantucket, the Junior League of Boston, the Vincent Club of Boston, Sankaty Head Golf Club, and the Nantucket Yacht Club. An outstanding member of the community in Nantucket, Ginger was a founding member of the board of directors of the Nantucket Land Council; a member of the boards of the Nantucket Civic League, Brant Point Association, Nantucket Historic Association, and Nantucket Cottage Hospital; and the author of the book Nantucket Gardens and Houses. She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years. She leaves behind their daughters and three grandchildren. We were sorry to learn of the passing of former student MICHAEL SCOTT NIDAY ’05 on September 8, 2013, in Delray Beach, FL, at age 26. Michael is survived by his parents, Ann and David Niday, who say this in remembrance of Michael: “He had an incredible smile, an infectious laugh, and gave the best bear hugs of anyone we know. He accepted and loved all he met, cheered on the underdog, and made this world just a little bit brighter while he lived in it.”

Walnut Hill, Boston Ballet, and the entire dance community suffered a great loss with the death of dancer, choreographer, and teacher SAMUEL KURKJIAN in November. Born in St. Louis, MO, Sam consistently set an example as both a creative and courageous artist, committed to taking risks that would prove to advance both his own career and the work of those around him. With no prior choreography experience, Sam won Boston Ballet’s first Vestris Prize Competition for Choreography in 1968, and was subsequently invited by founder Virginia Williams to join the company as principal dancer, ballet master, and the company’s first resident choreographer. In later years, he played a variety of guest roles with Boston Ballet as well. Sam joined the faculty at Walnut Hill in 1978. Not only did he lead countless classes in dance and choreography, but Sam staged many performances of The Nutcracker at Walnut Hill. Head of School Antonio Viva and Director of Dance Michael Owen have dedicated the 2013 performances to Sam, whose passion will live on in the hearts and artistry of the hundreds of dancers fortunate enough to have worked with him. According to Sam’s wishes, no funeral will be held. Walnut Hill will be establishing a fund to honor Sam’s memory and his contributions to the dance community. *Ellison Circle Member

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A Look Inside a Special Production In honor of National Deaf Awareness Week, students and faculty from the Learning Center for the Deaf joined theater majors for a special Assembly in the Keiter Center. Actors James Caverly and Erica Spyres, along with director M. Bevin O’Gara, presented an American Sign Language–interpreted scene from SpeakEasy Stage Company’s production of Nina Raine’s play Tribes and answered questions about the production.

Mezzo-soprano Sondra Kelly, who has appeared in more than 250 performances of 23 different roles at the Metropolitan Opera, gave a master class for our Summer Opera Program participants in Boswell Hall in early July. All of the students were eager to take direction from this incredibly down-to-earth professional regarding everything from vocal technique to audition attire! Tim Horvath, author of Understories (Bellevue Literary Press) and Circulation (sunnyoutside), gave a reading and taught a master class for the

Summer Creative Writing Program, during which he played four different interpretations of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” to help open up a discussion about the way style works in fiction. Emilie Leriche, currently a member of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, taught multiple modern dance workshops for the Summer Dance Program. Leriche, who attended Walnut Hill from 2007 to 2010, guided students in movement explorations that required a great deal of creativity and commitment.

Music students had a chance to hear from Chris Daly, assistant dean for admissions at New England Conservatory, who spoke on a panel with several Walnut Hill faculty about college and conservatory admissions. Eli Epstein, chair of the brass department at New England Conservatory (NEC), presented an interactive workshop at Walnut Hill to teach music students about healthful practice techniques that advance deep learning, help to manage performance anxiety, and promote free expression of feelings and stories with oneself and one’s audience. Hugh Wolff, currently Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood Director of Orchestras and chair of orchestral conducting at New England Conservatory, visited the campus to workshop student musical pieces in a master class setting. Steinway Artist and music alum Gloria Chien ’95 came to Walnut Hill to listen to some piano students and chamber groups while in town for her Sunday Concert Series performance at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Marie-Josee (MJ) Shaar, wellness program designer and coach as well

Kyle Brown ’04 Delivers Engaging Master Class Kyle Brown, currently a member of the touring cast of the musical Wicked, engaged senior theater majors in a master class where he taught them a Fosse-style dance combination. Afterwards, Brown spoke with the entire Theater Department and answered their questions about the field.

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Fiction Writer John Brandon Visits the Writing Studio

songs, and sharing thoughts on the college audition process. Jack Rowe, artistic director and director of the B.F.A. acting program at the University of Southern California, conducted a master class with senior theater majors.

Melissa Marotto ’99 Visits Campus

Cary Libkin, head of the B.F.A. musical theatre and M.F.A. directing programs at Penn State University, provided much-appreciated feedback to senior theater majors.

Fiction writer John Brandon, who has previously taught in the Summer Writing Program, returned to campus to spend time in English classes and the Writing Studio.

as coauthor of Smarts and Stamina: The Busy Person’s Guide to Optimal Health and Performance, gave a special Assembly talk about some of the topics discussed in her book. She also led professional development sessions with faculty and a senior seminar about cultivating the right mind-set and habits to manage stress effectively. Ariel Freeman visited the Dance Studio to teach a class about the Gaga Technique, a movement language developed by Ohad Naharin that is meant to increase self-awareness through the body. Tobin Del Cuore ’97, dancer with Aszure Barton & Artists, a collective of visual, sound, and performing artists that produces and performs choreographed works to tour across the globe, gave a master class on the Barton Technique to dance students. Brent Wagner, Arthur F. Thurnau Associate Professor and chair of musical theatre at the University of Michigan, spent time in Keiter teaching master classes to theater juniors and seniors, providing feedback on musical theater Fall 2013 & Winter 2014

Filmmaker and screenwriter Steve Collins screened his film You Hurt My Feelings and gave a screenwriting craft talk as part of the Summer Creative Writing Program. Christa Crewdson, drama teacher at Buckingham Browne & Nichols and founder of Improv Jones Boston, conducted an improv and sketch comedy workshop with creative writing majors. Madeline Herec Poirier, local filmmaker, musician, and educator, came to campus as a guest artist to work with the Introduction to Filmmaking class. Poirier, who has over 10 years of experience making music and films, gave students a lesson on audio editing techniques.

Melissa Marotto taught a dance master class to high school students this fall. The class, which was livestreamed, focused on the Flying Low Technique, which explores the dancers’ relationship with the floor.

Rosetta Lee Leads Discussion on Identity and Communication Seattle-based educator and activist Rosetta Lee visited the School to speak at Assembly and to present a variety of workshops with students, faculty, and staff. In the sessions, Lee led activities and discussions on identity, cross-cultural communication, and multicultural community development.

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Meet the Admission Team Over the past six months, Walnut Hill has welcomed a number of new faces to the Admission Office. Each member of our team is dedicated to guiding students and families through the admission process, answering questions, and helping them determine if Walnut Hill is the right fit. Together, the team has over 40 years’ experience in the world of admission, spanning all ages and all types of schools. Drawing on that combined experience, and on what appears to be a limitless supply of energy and creativity, the team members have already begun making their mark on the admission experience at Walnut Hill. Their first significant accomplishment was this year’s highly successful Open House, attended by more than 120 families from across the region and around the world! Theatre, and holds a B.A. from Wheaton College. Having worked with young people of all ages throughout her career, Carpenter confesses that high school students are her favorite because of where they are in their own personal journey, as well as how she and her team can impact their lives.

Susanne Carpenter

Director of Admission and Financial Aid Art Program Specialties: Creative Writing and Visual Art Carpenter joined Walnut Hill earlier this summer as Director of Admission and Financial Aid, bringing with her over 13 years of experience in admission, from preschool to college level. She has had roles in various Massachusetts schools, most recently as director of admission at Nashoba Brooks School in Concord; prior to her work there, she held the position of director of admission and financial aid at Worcester Academy and assistant director of admission at Wheaton College in Norton. Carpenter also spent 18 years studying ballet, beginning her training at Connecticut Dance 3 0 | Behind Stowe

College of Fine Arts, where she also worked closely with the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. She holds two master’s degrees from Boston University, one in violin performance and the other in arts administration, along with a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford. With her NEC experience, Abigaña is a great resource for our prospective music families who are interested in our joint program with NEC Prep.

Nadine Abigaña

Associate Director of Admission Art Program Specialty: Music Abigaña joined Walnut Hill in July as Associate Director of Admissions. She brings with her over nine years of admissions and arts administration experience and most recently worked in admissions at the New England Conservatory. Prior to her position at NEC, she worked in admissions at both Boston University Metropolitan College and the

Amanda Bertone ’05

Assistant Director of Admission Art Program Specialty: Dance Bertone, a 2005 alumna of Walnut Hill, began studying ballet at age 2. As a child, she trained with both Boston Ballet and Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, where she danced in the

school’s preprofessional company Youth Works. She holds an M.B.A. from Endicott College, as well as a B.S. in business management and an A.S. in fashion merchandising from Fisher College. While earning these degrees, Bertone continued to participate in the Boston arts scene, working for Boston Ballet’s City Dance program and performing as a guest artist with the Boston Urban Ballet under the direction of Tony Williams. After over eight years of working in retail management, sales, and marketing, she returned to Walnut Hill in 2012 as Assistant Director of Admission and currently serves as a Dorm Parent in North House. Having worn the hat of student, staff member, and Dorm Parent, Bertone offers a wealth of knowledge about all aspects of the Walnut Hill experience.

tions as Carnival!, Pippin, and The Wizard of Oz. Hersom holds a B.F.A. in musical theater from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford. With so much direct experience in the studying, performing, and directing of theater, he is in a perfect position to help young theater artists navigate the Walnut Hill admission process!

Associate Director of Admission Art Program Specialty: Theater Hersom joined Walnut Hill earlier this summer as Associate Director of Admission. Most recently, he served as director of communications at Kents Hill School in Maine, where he also spent seven years as the associate director of admissions. Additionally, he served as a member of the performing arts faculty at Kents Hill, directing such musical producFall 2013 & Winter 2014

Walnut Hill Admission Guides

“I love Walnut Hill so much, I want to share it with other prospective students,” read the application of one of dozens of students who joined the Walnut Hill Admissions Guide (WHAG) program this fall.

Kristin Goodwillie

Admission Assistant Specialty: General Admission Questions and Campus Visit Logistics

Jason Hersom


Goodwillie first became a part of the Walnut Hill community in 1999 when her daughter Susan was admitted to the theater program. After Susan graduated in 2002, Goodwillie came to Walnut Hill herself in the fall of 2003, both as an Admission Assistant and as a Dorm Parent in North House. She held both of these positions for three years and then “retired” briefly, before returning to her Admission Assistant post in 2009. She has a B.A. in French from Ohio State University and a Certificate of Appraisal Studies from New York University. She remains eternally grateful to her daughter for introducing her to this amazing school and is a great resource for all things Walnut Hill. ♦

With a roster of over 45 trained tour guides, the campus visit at Walnut Hill has been transformed into a dynamic experience for prospective students and families. “By seeing our campus through the eyes of a current student, we are offering families an authentic look at our community,” explains Susanne Carpenter, Director of Admission and Financial Aid. “We're able to more accurately reflect the culture of Walnut Hill to the applicant pool.” Student tour guides, led by co-heads Gabi Samels ’14, Andrew Purdy ’16, and Alexandra Berube ’16, have so far given over 60 campus tours, in addition to helping at this fall’s Admission Open House. Last semester, tour guides from every art area on campus, representing 19 U.S. states and 4 countries, gave of their time and energy as part of the program. This semester, WHAG is on track to expand even deeper into the Walnut Hill community, as new tour guides are trained and join their classmates in this exciting work! Behind Stowe | 31


The Process of Creating New Narrative: A Conversation with designLAB

The team at designLAB (from left: Bob Miklos, Sam Batchelor, and Kelly Haigh) has been chosen to work with Walnut Hill to help execute Phase One of the Master Plan. Photo by Joe Pugliese


Tell us a little about designLAB.

designLAB is a collaborative architecture studio in the Fort Point neighborhood of Boston. We work almost exclusively for institutions in education, arts, and culture, and have focused on these kinds of projects since our founding in 2005. Bob [founder Robert Miklos] has worked with some of the leading architectural practices in Boston and served as design principal at two of them before founding designLAB. In designLAB, we sought to create a different kind of practice, one that is focused exclusively on projects where the clients’ mission is directed primarily to the greater good and that is built on a culture of collaboration, energy, and an entrepreneurial spirit.


What’s the philosophy of your studio? How do you approach projects like ours?

Our studio is fundamentally a collaborative endeavor: we try to find ways to let every piece of each project influence the final result. This means that

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all of the people—clients, administrators, teachers, students, consultants, engineers, etc.—become a part of the zeitgeist of each project. Similarly, we draw from the passive pieces of each project’s culture as well. Local architectural styles, cultural history, and institutional character all provide insight into the ideals by which our clients live. We try to tap into that narrative so that our projects can really embody each client’s unique aspirations. This collaborative endeavor takes shape in a process we liken to collage, or improvisation. Pieces of important cultural and institutional identity are collected through dialogue, interactive workshops, and general immersion into each project. Then we reassemble them in new ways to create new narratives that are born from the existing fabric of each institution. Ultimately, the success of this approach hinges at the macro-scale on our ability to collect and interpret the individual stories from each client, and on the micro-scale to translate these stories into the craft of building. Material choices, details of how they come together, sequences of space, and treatment of light all contribute to creating an environment that speaks in different ways to the ideals we are trying to communicate.


What do you find compelling about working with Walnut Hill?

The people. Every single person we’ve worked with here is incredibly talented, thoughtful, and insightful. It’s such a fantastic experience working with a group like this because it really elevates our work to a higher level. As we talk about creating a collage of the collected institutional values, it makes it all the more powerful (and exciting!) when the people and culture you are immersing yourself into are as creative and wonderful as the people at Walnut Hill. Also, you guys are just a lot of fun to hang out with!


What do you find most exciting about this particular project?

It’s always enjoyable to work with arts groups, but it’s even more fascinating when you’re designing for art that has not yet been conceptualized. Walnut Hill already has so many unique performances and events, yet the community sees this project as an opportunity to really push the envelope and expand into new, unimagined expressions. That is an exciting challenge for us, because the spaces can really become a canvas for future artistic endeavors. Given the incredible talent that will pass through Studio 5 over the course of its life, we’re extremely excited to see the kinds of amazing performances and events it will house and inspire.


What’s your vision for the impact this first phase of the Master Plan will have on the campus as a landscape and on the School as an institution?


To borrow Antonio Viva’s phrase, we hope that the project can announce to the world that Walnut Hill “has arrived.” We talked in our workshops about blending the legacy of a 19th-century girls’ prepara-

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tory school with the innovation of a 21st-century arts school. We think this project will give very visible physical form to that evolution. We’re working hard to capture that full story so the contemporary pieces of campus can have a meaningful dialogue with the historic aspects. It’s also important to note that both pieces of this first phase—the enabling work along Bacon Street and Studio 5 on Highland Street—are both happening at edges of the campus and will serve as physical thresholds to the School. There is tremendous opportunity to shape people’s first impressions as they arrive at Walnut Hill. Our focus on expressing the identity and culture of a place is further amplified when it creates the first impression. It adds a degree of pressure to the design, but also a degree of excitement.


We have noticed that you are very open to exploring ideas and trying to find unexpected solutions. It’s also clear that you put just as much emphasis on the process as you do on the product. How do you think that impacts your work at Walnut Hill and, in particular, on Studio 5, which will support, inspire, and house both process and product?


We do place a lot of emphasis on process, because it’s the process that embeds all the subtle ideas of identity, culture, and history that really make a project sing. That’s a key reason why we really enjoy working for educational institutions. Educational clients often appreciate and emphasize the process as much as the product. While the Studio 5 performances will undoubtedly be exceptional, the educational experience of preparing for a performance, developing a talent, and working together to create something extraordinary is just as important as the final product. We like to make spaces that truly celebrate these moments, that give some insight into the incredible effort that goes into a production and make a statement about all the collaboration behind every performance. The entire process of education is one that celebrates the duality of process and product, and we seek that throughout the entire life of the project. ♦

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Annual Report of Gifts: July 1, 2012–June 30, 2013 1,154 Thanks The musical Rent famously celebrates love and friendship with the song lyrics “Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes . . . How do you measure, measure a year?” At Walnut Hill, where we similarly celebrate community, commitment, and caring, we were able to measure this past year through 1,154 (and more) acts of kindness and expressions of appreciation: gifts from students, alumni, parents past and present, staff, faculty, Trustees, and both longtime friends and new ones, as well as thank-you calls and notes to and from all of the same. The gifts came in response to traditional mailings, e-appeals, Give Day, phonathons, Behind Stowe, Gala, and personal conversations. Many more came unbidden, prompted by a memory, a smile, or a handshake. On the deepest level, these gifts come from a sense of gratitude, a reflection of thanksgiving for the difference Walnut Hill has made in the lives of the individuals listed on these pages. On behalf of Walnut Hill School for the Arts, it is my turn to express my deep gratitude. As Chief Development Officer, I am privileged to ask for your support and then to say thank you when it is given. This vibrant and uniquely powerful community simply would not exist without your gifts. The Annual Fund, financial aid, the endowment, and all other forms of support make possible what happens every day on these 41 acres. These acts of kindness ultimately reach far beyond our campus, because Walnut Hill students are steeped in the core values of respect, growth, creativity, community, and excellence, and will transform the world. As artists and as human beings, they are imbued with the grit, determination, and passion to take risks and live boldly. We therefore give thanks—beyond measure—for all of your 1,154 kindnesses, and for the spirit of generosity, dedication, and yes, love and friendship that helps enable our students to thrive.

Bruce E. Smith P’16 Chief Development Officer


FY11 FY12 FY13 ALUMNI $286,440 $449,890 $453,207 BOARD OF TRUSTEES $965,702 $817,424 $1,031,916 CURRENT PARENTS $85,620 $171,676 $653,919 PARENTS OF ALUMNI $77,499 $212,398 $44,238 ORGANIZATION $26,815 $111,860 $45,881 OTHER $203,927 $234,756 $94,185 TOTAL $1,646,003 $1,998,005 $2,323,346

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Donors With Gratitude to Our Alumni, Parents of Alumni, and Friends We are most grateful to the following individuals and organizations who made philanthropic gifts in support of Walnut Hill between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013. $50,000+

Lois Werme Bull ’46^ The Cox Foundation Martha Whiting Cox ’51+ Sandra and Kevin Delbridge P’00/’05T# Robert E. Keiter ^+ Charlie and Ann Thacher T#

Cheryl Marotto P’99T^# Marcia Hunter Matthews ’63+ The Prudential Foundation Judith Kalloch Racely ’51^+ Mary Hyman Samuels ’36 Pixley Lewis Schiciano ’78 Margaret Fallon Wheeler ’62^* and William A. Wheeler III



Marcia Hall ’58^# Anne Morgan T# Virginia Hodgkins Somers Foundation


Anonymous John and Mollie Byrnes ’63 Jennifer Caldwell ’78 Catherine Chan T# Citizens Bank Connie Allen Eastburn ’54 Lenira and Hugo Fleck P’11T Jane Oxford Keiter ’60^* Betsy Paine McClendon ’65T^+ Linda Harper McLane ’66^* Morgan Palmer + Janet and John Pattillo T# The Michael and Louisa von Clemm Foundation Louisa Hunnewell von Clemm Stefanie von Clemm Suzanne Smith Yeaw ’49^+ Zac Young ’01


Lynda Beck and Susan Ratnoff T# Daniel and Ann Bernstein # Patricia Davidson ’83T# Molly Hunter Dobson ’40^* Sally Winter French ’49^+ and Holger Nissen Charlotte Hall ’50T^+ Elizabeth Hunnewell Collie and Charlie Hutter P’00 John and Joan Jakobson Elizabeth Lummus Keenan ’53^+ Stewart and Rhonda Lassner P’01/’05 Gerry and Leslie Lorusso P’08 Fall 2013 & Winter 2014

Elizabeth Spiegel Anderson ’83+ Jane Stocker Barrett ’56^ Frances Fuller Connelly ’39, P’66/’70^ Susan Leonard Egan ’63 Richard and Ann Faulstich # Baila Issokson Janock ’58^ Lois Aronson Lopatin ’58^+ Wendy and Richard Mitchell Cynthia Newell Oliver ’62# Sayles and Maddocks Family Foundation William Vickery Antonio Viva and Maria Freda Julie Nevius Young ’56


Robin Rolfe Bagley ’53, P’78* Lola Fortmiller Baldwin ’51^+ Katharine Colt Boden Janet Brittle Martha Flynn Cunningham ’63 Peter De Masi Dorothy Braude Edinburg ’38, P’66+ Andrew Faulkner Gerrish Flynn Virginia Turner Friberg ’62+ Louisa Hammond Garrison ’67^+ Olive Milne Glaser ’47^+ Goldman Sachs & Co. Kathryn Orbeton Greenberg ’65 Kristin and Dawn Harkness P’09 Royce Wolfe and Donna Harris P’12 Sally Schwabacher Hottle ’55+ Nancy Wright Howard ’61+ Lisa Leinbach Huertas ’76# Allison Perry Iantosca ’90T+ Cynthia Rolfe Jones ’50+ Martha Legg Katz ’48# Judith Spicer Knutson ’61#

Tony and Mallen Komlyn P’88# Sabreena Kiviat Kropp ’94^ Pamela Apostol Kukla ’63^+ Marianne Durham Lakatos ’37^ Sandra Stone Linker ’53+ Marjorie and Michael Loeb Jordan McCullough ’94# Louis and Berneda Meeks Lyle and Anne Micheli Nancy Nevius Milczanowski ’53+ Kristin Mumford Arthur Nelson ^+ Dorothy Bigelow Neuberger ’54T^+ Janet Carol Norton ’88 Caroline Watt Palmer Joanne Holbrook Patton P’80# Lori Renn Parker and Marsten Parker P’06# Mary Bartlett Reynolds ’48^ Michele and Ron Riggi P’05T# DeAnne Rosenberg ’57^# and Myron Lewis Margaret Sarkela and John Curtis P’04# Breda Shernan and Howard Levine P’99 Patricia Silver ’62 Bruce Smith and Katherine Malin P’16 Ann and Tom Schwarz P’81^ Patricia and Steve Snider ’50# Susan Barnes Titus ’61 Kristine and John Van Amsterdam Barrie Osborn Vanderpoel ’58 Richard and Jeanette Walsh P’06# Wells Fargo Bank Linda Roberts Williams ’70 Mingde Hong and Kun Yan P’11 Bethany Andres Zaheer ’00


Anonymous Joseph and Betty Ann Bonis P’11 Melissa Cassel # Richard Chasin Citizens Charitable Foundation Elisabeth de Gramont ’02 Adriane Aldrich de Savorgnani ’58#

Christine and Dino Depellegrini Alice Dodds ’42^+ Wendelyn and Don Duquette P’12 Barbara Kline Eldridge ’53# Julie Faulstich # Bruce Figueroa T Margaret Finch ’63^ Mary Forsberg ’69+ Carolyn Fleming Fruci ’81 Mary Lyon Fuller ’59 Nicole Gakidis ’81# Catherine Giarrusso ’99 Elizabeth Haartz ’75 Justine Hand ’88T^+ Randall and Roma Hansis P’00 Sherry Howell Hatch ’52, P’79^+ Carol Hauptfuhrer ’65^ Ann Higgins Walter and Lila Hunnewell Katherine Hutter ’00 Jennifer Jewiss ’84^ Martha D. and Ronald E. Kleinman ^+ Michele Levy The Marks Family Foundation Susan Scott McInnis ’56# Franklin Mead and Penelope Bragonier + Alice Burr Mobley ’63 Cherry Talbott Morjikian ’56 Barbara Holden Moulton ’49+ Joel and Joyce Nelson P’94+ Susan Rothschild Peirson ’55^ Deborah Lawton Petruccy ’63 Richard and Janet Post P’91 Charles Rappaport and Penny Hall P’96 Elizabeth Ruff Sarah Tracy Russell ’56+ Eleonore Phillips Sanderson ’52^+ Ruth Stoller Scheer ’57^ Carolyn Kinsey Singers ’42^* Victoria Stolper ’09 * Consecutive Donor for 30+ years + Consecutive Donor for 20–29 years # Donor for 10–19 years ^ Member of the Ellison Circle T Trustee Behind Stowe | 35

Parent Donors 2012–2013 Thank You for Your Continued Investment Parents make a significant investment in Walnut Hill every day. We are most grateful to the following families for their support and charitable commitments last year. Lloyd Alderson and Katherine Ruiz de Luzuriaga P’13 Joseph and Heather Alston P’14 Diane and Tom Anderson P’15 Albert Ang and Veronica Lim P’14 William Avila and Irma Olivares-Avila P’13 Wan Ki Baek and Jung Hyun Lee P’13 Sarah Banse P’16 Rodolfo Baquerizo and Priscilla Trinchet P’15 Carrie and Stephen Berube P’16 Thaddeus and Sondra Bird P’14 John and Melissa Bissell P’13 Joanne and James Brown P’14 Gerard and Maryann Burdi P’15 Ugun Byun and Hyekyung Kang P’13 Guoxiang Cao and Hao Jin P’15 Andrew and Elizabeth Carter P’13 Florisca and Carl Carter P’13 Charlie and Sirirat Charuvastr P’13 Clayton and Margaret Chessman P’14 JungJe Cho and Youngsoo Lee P’14 Sung Young Choi and Soon Joo Youn P’13 Thomas and June Chong P’15 John and Kim Christopher P’13 Joong Mo Chung and Seon Young Bang P’13 John Coakley and Teresa Triana P’16 Virgil and Brenda Collins P’13 Carol Davies P’14 Jane and David Dehaven P’14 Karen and Patrick Demasco P’13 Frank Elbers P’14

Yuna and Toshi Hayashi P’13 Shintaro and Setsuko Hori P’14 Lisa Isom P’13 Sven Jensen and Carol Schumacher P’15 Kevin and Pamela Johnson P’13 Lisa Johnson Quinlivan P’13 Carline Jules P’16 Dong Woo Kang and Hye Kyung Baek P’16 Betsy and Andrew Kessler P’14 Elizabeth Ketudat P’13 David and June Kim P’14 Hyunil Kim and Mi Ran Song P’14 Sin Jo Kim and Se Kyung Lee P’14 Sungil Kim and Sehee Park P’14 Sun Hee Kim and Sang Yun Na P’13 Nathan Kimball and Nancy Hair P’13 Xiaojian and Katie Li P’13 Loren and Corinne Lidsky P’13 John Lilley and Natasha Davison P’13 Jin-Seok Lim and Eun-Suk Go P’13 Chae-Sung Lim and Soo-Jung Lee P’14 Chien-Chih Lin and Chao-Ying Huang P’13 Jerome and Peggy Maas P’16 Neal and Marilee Mackertich P’16 Lawrence and Shannon Majewski P’13/’17 Joseph Maloney P’14 Melissa McAllister P’14 Jenny and Tony McAuliffe P’15 Alvin McCall and Anna Lackschewitz P’13 Kevin and Susan McDonald P’13 Jack and Celeste McGlone P’13 Anya McGuirk P’14

82 members of Walnut Hill’s faculty and staff made gifts to the Annual Fund, raising $14,144 for the School. Timothy and Terri Ellerbe P’15 Robert and Jeanette Emerson P’13 Sam Kwang Eom P’15 Adam Pires and Cheryl Ferrari-Pires P’15 David Flahive and Catherine Stramer P’15 Richard and Janice Flynn P’14 Alan and Jennifer Freedman P’15 Jeff and Deborah Friedman P’13 Greg and Hannah Friedman P’15 Mary and James Fuller P’13 Leonardo and Cynthia Galletto P’14 Hugh and Deborah Gelch P’13

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Mark and Stacey Meredith P’14 Masao and Yuki Nakagome P’14 Elizabeth and William Near P’14 John and Mary Norris P’15 H. Michael O’Brien and Susan Reisler P’13 Robin Okun P’13 Steve and Leigh Oler P’13 Carol and Tim Olmstead P’14 Juan and Jean Ormaza P’13 Thomas and Lorraine Pangle P’13 Edith-Marie Paradiso P’16 Dong Young Park and So Young Jeong P’14

Joung In Park and Young Sil Jeong P’14 Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison P’15 Lori and David Place P’14 Lincoln and Nancy Purdy P’16 Rosanna Queirolo P’15 Michael Quinlivan P’13 Wendy and Hugh Ractliffe P’16 Conrad and Amanda Radcliffe P’16 Kishore Ramachandran and Vrinda Ashoka P’16 Peter Ramsey and Isabel Phillips P’14 Katrina Rivers P’13 Elena Romm and Vladimir Osherovich P’13 Mhayse and Tanja Samalya P’13 Eileen and James Samels P’14 Andy Scarlatos and Jeanne Bachman-Scarlatos P’13 Christopher Scheib and Antonietta Sculimbrene P’13 Jared and Katherine Schott P’14 Michele Senibaldi P’14 Mark and Maria Shepherd P’15 Jeffrey and Ahn Silverstein P’14 Ellen Simon P’13 Bruce Smith and Katherine Malin P’16 Young Ho Sohn and Il Wha Lee P’14 Peter Stastny and Iona Aibel P’15 JoEllen and David Staub P’13 Scot Stewart and Lisa Perrone-Stewart P’15 Kevin and Tonya Stump P’14 Heung Soo Sung and Hee Kyung Jung P’13 Peter Sussman and Heather Hartt-Sussman P’15 Felisa Tibbits P’14 Peter Tollman and Linda Kaplan P’13 Byron Treaster and Jane Gray P’09/’13 Ren-Sheng Tsai and Zi-Ying Lin P’15 Gerry and Carmel Tuffy P’15 Abbas and Tina Vazin P’16 Henry Voegler and Leonor Brown P’13 Songzhu Wan and Rong Du P’14 Wenbin Wang and Juan Liu P’16 Mark and Kate Ward P’14 Philip and Donna Wilson P’14 Michael Wright P’14 Jai Chan Yoo and Eun Young Jung P’13 Joseph Zaia and Jeanne Cahill P’16

ANNUAL REPORT Michael and Susan Thonis P’12 Nancy Connelly Truesdell ’66 James and Nancy Vaughn David and Roberta Whitney P’10 Benjamin Williams + Marilyn Falk Wolpert ’57^+


Carrie Hubbard Adams ’47+ Susan Little Adamson ’46^+ Nancy Beetham Aiello ’53 Alchemy Foundation P.K. and Phoebe Allen Lucy and Gordon Ambach Eleanor Pope Abel Ammen ’46, P’79^ Jill Springer Andrews ’86 Richard Arminio Raymonde Arseneau Robin Bahr Casey and Jack Casey Sally and Lisle Baker Jennie Lee Colosi Balboni ’73 Isabel Curtis Baldridge ’68 Ellen Brooks Baldwin ’54^+ Jocelyn Scheffel Ballantine ’89 Nancy Ober Batchelder ’51 Emily Wells Bechtold ’40 Jeffrey and Barbara Becker Elizabeth Bellino P’11 Annetta Smith Benedict ’63 John and Deborah Benker P’12 Lois Rozefsky Berg ’54# Marcia Bernstein Amanda Bertone ’05 Betsy Blazar Sarah Dewey Blouch ’60* Carol Booth ’63 Constance Judkins Bowman ’40^+ Margaret McNeil Boyer ’54^+ Rabbi Anne Levine Brener ’65# Marc and Arlyn Brierre P’12 David and Diane Brooks P’99 Whitman Brown Marion Browning ’74 Suzanne Bucceri Brenda Buhler ’80+ Lucinda Weil Bunnen ’48 Joe Cabral and Michael Bucco Laura Cahners-Ford ’66# Nancy Wiggin Cameron ’50 Alice Foster Camp ’44 Patience Campbell Emily Carey P’06 James and Dana Dee Carragher P’96# Ann Winans Carson ’49

Fall 2013 & Winter 2014

Kevin Carson and Debra Ruf-Carson P’07 Mary Turner Cattan ’60+ Jennifer Caudle ’95T Ward Chapman and Judith Fullerton P’03 Sarah Chasin ’04 Elizabeth Ellis Cherry ’52 Sui and Sophia Chin P’11 Sau Lan Choi Matan Chorev ’01T Alison Clapp ’68 Priscilla Clapp ’59 Caroline Brawner Clifford ’80 Anne Gagnebin Coffin ’57* Carol Cronk Cole ’50^+ Joseph and Margaret Ann Comito P’93# Judith Perry Connolly ’54+ Stephanie Williams Convey ’57 Charles Cook Lucy Lee Coombs ’42+ Christie Coon ’60^ Prudence Costa Jenkins ’58 Jay and Diane Crawford-Kelly # Constance Cross ’59^+ Patrick Curry ’07 Alice Cutler Marjorie Heinrich Damon ’60 Sue Ellen Taylor Damour ’60 Wayne and Beth Davies P’12 Ann Gouger Davis ’57^ Jessica Delbridge De Kler ’00 Emanuela De Musis ’88 Angela de Visser Robert and Margaret Demers Matthew Deponte ’96 Kristine Dillon and John Curry P’07 Diane Huston Dobbins ’60* Samuel and Laurie Docknevich Chris Dodge and Hilary Berkman Denis Dubois and Sally Carter-Dubois P’99# Dorothy Anne Dykers Eli Lilly and Company Dorothy Sanborn Elliott ’66 John and Maureen Elms P’94 Henry and Sandy Elstein Jay and Candyce Emlen P’02 Arnold and Jane Epstein P’03 Andrea Scudder Evans ’64# Sarah Jayne Everdell ’67+ Donna Farrell and Charles Jobson Ralph Farris ’89T James and Sandra Feeney Nancy Fenton ’64# Jennifer Fink ’84

Sandra Newbert Fitts ’61 Elisabeth West FitzHugh ’44^* Patty and Tom Fleming Paul Fleming Rosemary Jaicks Flinn ’47+ Jane McGown Flynn ’59 Jennifer Emerson Foreman ’93 Betty and P. Wesley Foster Susan Rosenbaum Fraga ’73# Stephen and Jane Frank Susan Frawley ’72# Daniel and Linda Freedman P’03 Judith Nissen Freeman ’67# Louise Hodgkins Freeman ’51^+ Constance and Michael Fulenwider Anne Havens Fuller ’49+

Mel and Joyce Greenberg Courtney Greene ’94^# Benjamin Gregg Mary Gregg ’83+ Meredith Yahn Grenier ’60 Dr. Sue Griffey ’68 Adam Griffin ’88 Happy Anthony Griffiths ’55 Lois Grow Patricia Wright Gwyn ’47 Andrew and Elizabeth Hahn Suzanne Stevens Hamblett ’59 Ann Bigelow Hamilton ’47+ Patricia Wardley Hamilton ’48 Carrie Hanover Richard Harper ’02 Harriet Lipton Harris ’54 Nancy Sawtelle Harris ’62

PARENT DONATIONS CONTINUE TO CLIMB! 41% of current parents made gifts last year. FY13: total $332,178 FY12: total $207,289 FY11: total $116,640

Avery and John Funkhouser Margaret Funkhouser and Jason Stumpf Charlotte Young Gregory ’62 Adrienne Jabush Gang ’66 J. Ritchie and Carla Garrison P’00# Sara Hayden Garrod ’52 Oliver and Joan Gayley Edward and Mary Geary P’06 Ros and Nickie Gendreau James and Laurel Giarrusso P’99# Judith Wernick Gilmore ’60 Joan Girgus and Alan Chimacoff + Mary and Bill Gnichtel # Martha Unobskey Goldner ’50^ Angela Gooch Kristin Goodwillie P’02 Katharine Veasey Goodwin ’45 Rochelle Wise Gorgos ’65 Elaine Platt Goss ’66^# Harvey and Adrienne Gossett P’91

John and Jill Harrison P’12 Jane and Tom Healy Helen Platt Higgs ’53# Miriam Elder Hilton ’42 Susan Roberts Hines ’64 Richard and Jane Hinson P’06 Gerald and Betty Holling P’83 Laura Barnes Hollon ’64 PJ Homer ’73 Blanche Hunnewell Frank and Emily Hunnewell Oakes Hunnewell T Anne Clarke Hunt ’68 Douglas and Joanne Hunt Margaret Hunt Peter and Teresa Imhoff Marie and Peter Irzyk Nancy Bere Janus ’55 Ann Brawner Jeffries ’52 Nicole Johnson ’91 * Consecutive Donor for 30+ years + Consecutive Donor for 20–29 years # Donor for 10–19 years ^ Member of the Ellison Circle T Trustee Behind Stowe | 37



179 donors made gifts within a 24-hour period on March 30, raising a total of $43,416 for Walnut Hill. Thank you to all who participated and gave in honor of their teachers, classmates, and students. 50

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TIME OF DAY RECEIVED Vanessa Johnson ’97 Paul Kahane and Starr Taylor P’09 Ivan and Joan Kaufman Joe and Barbara Keefe Thomas Keenan Kimball Farms Ariadne Kimberly-Huque ’86 Nancy Kindelan and Charles Combs Richard Kittredge and Tanya Korelsky P’05# Hanya Kizemchuk Jillian and Bryan Kohl Christine Krench-Retzer ’93 and Clarke Retzer ’93 Catherine van de Velde Lambe ’68 Eve Larner ’86^ Beth Lassner ’01 Andrew Lawler Janet Murphy Leavitt ’62# Elise Legere ’74 Sara Backes Leighton ’48 * Consecutive Donor for 30+ years + Consecutive Donor for 20–29 years # Donor for 10–19 years ^ Member of the Ellison Circle T Trustee 3 8 | Behind Stowe

Cordelia Seeley Lenz ’45+ Laurence Lesser and Masuko Ushioda Reilly and Beth Lewis P’96 Jean Lieberman Ken and Toni Liebman Virginia Rouse Lippetz ’63 Judith Blustein Liss ’64# Kathy Liu and Jonathan Zalesky # Susan Livingston ’56* Judith Hedstrom Loomis ’55# Gonzalo Lopez and Judy Cascales P’92 Charles Lord Cynthia Lord ’66# Joan Deveney Lovejoy ’64 Sarah Hoenig Lovely Rebecca Lovingood ’57# Dave and Joan Luciano P’08 Mary MacCready ’67# Pamela Fineman Maltz ’63 Amelia Marks ’66^# Angela and Dennis Martinez Laura Brush Matson ’75 Meghan Hoover Maughan ’97 Annalisa Munk McBride ’85 Diane and Richard McCullough P’94# John McDonough Michael McGovern ’99

Julaine McInnis Catherine McKay ’81 Marilyn Hedstrom McKenzie ’49 Sally Burch McLagan ’49* Florence Metcalf and Lee Carmichael Carolyn Walstrom Meyer ’60 Sarah Cross Mills ’62^+ Margaret Cowan Moller ’40^# Janet and Daniel Moran Nancy Porter Morrill ’56^# Douglass and Elsie Morse P’89 Robert and Joanne Moss Jane Herrick Mueller ’68 Mary Barlow Mueller ’65# Deborah Murray ’76 Katie and Mike Myer Jeanne Ames Niederer ’49 Christopher Nishimura ’11 Anne Siedenburg Noser ’53 Marie and Mark O’Connor Kendra and Patrick O’Donnell Siobhan O’Neill ’84 Jane Dielhenn Otis ’61# Michael Owen # Nancy Pawle ’47# Stephanie Bonnell Perrin ’^ Fin and Trish Perry P’90+ Carol Alger Peschel ’62 Mary Jo Phillips Dianne Pink and Jonathon Pottle

Jo-Ann Edinburg Pinkowitz ’66^# Lia and William Poorvu Bill and Suzie Prescott # David and Jean Ramsey P’99 Jonathan and Rana Rappaport Emily Freeman Rasi ’38+ Patricia Blanchar Redstone ’58 Damon Reed ’58 Ron and Heather Reid # John and Laurette Rindlaub Ted and Peggy Robb Rosemary Rocconi Linda and Hays Rockwell Suzanne Hiss Roos ’51+ Cheryl Finkelstein Rosenberg ’70 John and Martha Ross Ruth Braidy Rothseid ’70+ Stacy Kaufman Rubin ’87 Julie Rubinger ’05 Richard and Noriko Rubinger P’05# Thomas and Joan Rudd P’09 Laura Rutherford Thad and Cyndy Salmon P’05 Ann Samuels P’88+ Sylvia Burleigh Sanchez ’46^# Jacquelyn Sand and Gus Freedman P’95 Shaun Santello Anne Fairbanks Sayers ’60+

Ann Scheffler Jo Anne Jolicoeur Schiller ’56 Michael and Joan Schnell P’99 Henry Schniewind Michele Fallon Scott ’90 Angela and Daniel Serig Nancy Patterson Sharp ’44# Laura Shedenhelm P’09 Laura and Bill Shucart Alan and Judith Siegel P’02 Sally Butler Signore ’67+ Sarah Ward Slusher ’58 Beverley Smith ’67+ Heather Archer Smith ’84 Esther Spaulding Mary Ellen Murphy Stahlman ’80 Charles Stampler P’64# STARR Companies Richard and Connie Stebbins P’09 Jonathan Steele Joan Corcoran Steiger ’56 Melanie Stern ’71 Terri White Stevens ’61 Thomas Sturtevant and Carol Mullin Elizabeth Grady Sullivan ’72 Target Corporation # Carol and Steven Targum Gayelynn Taxey ’80 Elizabeth Taylor-Huey ’62 William Tessmer Douglas and Louise Thiltgen P’87+ Ann Colucci Thompson ’67^ Carol Skillin Thwaits ’54, P’76+ Suzanne Tisne ’61 Jennifer TumSuden Hillery Barker Tura ’68 Susan Woodward Twing ’63 Elizabeth French Van Gundy ’65+ Leah Poole Vartanian ’65 Patricia Smith-Petersen Ventry ’64+ James and Joan Vernon Deborah Viles ’63 Dylan Vizy ’87 Terry and Robert Wadsworth Virginia Ward Alden Warner Kayce Waters P’87 Jennifer Wells ’87^ Joan Gagnebin Wicks ’59 John and Noa Williams Louise Williams P’71^ Jane Lewis Wilson ’61 Marily Dwight Wilson ’55 Nancy Wilson Fall 2013 & Winter 2014

Ellen Winner and Howard Gardner Ellen Wolf ’90 Kristin Yensen ’76 Jonathan and Susan Young P’01 Cathy Yun Edward and Sandy Zaritt P’96# Kenneth Zaslav and Erica Mindes P’12 Nancy Zwieback ’82


Anonymous (4) Korbi Adams ’04 Michael Adcock Taylor Adkin ’13 Owen Alderson ’13 Leila Alhamoodah ’08 Burleigh and Joan Anderson P’86 Erika Anderson ’12 Phebe McCarty Anderson ’63 Phillip and Sybil Anderson P’12 Janina Arendt ’05 Diane Arvanites and Tommy Neblett P’05 Juliet Morse Aucreman ’89 Allison Avila-Olivares ’13 Min Kyong Baek ’13 Naomi Bailis Jeanne and Lee Barbieri Sheldon and Sandra Bass P’88/90 Courtney Bassett Virginia and Richard Bauer Elli Beasley ’13 Yvette Beckles Sue Beebee + Leo Belanger Melanie Benker ’12 Shayna Bentkover ’04 Gabriel Berger ’13 Eve Berman T# Paul and Brenda Bernstein P’93 Lisa Bianco ’84 Kim Bonasera Bickford ’76# Elisabeth Brawner Bingham ’47 Tess Bissell ’13 Joan Bissell-LaPrade ’96 Jean Gyger Black ’48+ Deborah Sidebottom Bodnar ’72 Arifa and Thomas Boehler P’93 Vascen and Pamela Bogigian Zsolt Bognar ’00 Mildred Bonazzoli-Beckman ’63 Lizzie Bonis ’11 Sheila Bonnell and Mon Cochran James and Leslie Bothwell P’11 Sammi Bottom-Tanzer ’13

Maria Braga Rhona and Steven Brand Elizabeth Ahr Bright ’63 Gracie Brletic ’13 Angela Brooks Robert Brooks ’92 Hannah Brotherton Barbara Brown Watts ’46# Monica Burke Robert and Ann Burroughs P’91 Anne Buschenfeldt + Ian Buttermore Hannah Byun ’13 Carolina Caban ’13 Elizabeth Callaway ’60^ Elizabeth Main Cannon ’45^+ Lana Caplan Karen Salovitz Cardinell ’77 Keene Carter ’13 Khaleel Carter ’13 Jane Carver Catherine Chaffee Rita Chang ’93 Wayne Chang ’13 Pupp Charuvastr ’13 Katherine Chatel ’01 Jennifer Cracknell Chen ’73 Rick Chen ’13 Amy Cheng ’92 Annabel Chiu ’13 Fonghsiang and Lily Cho

Jaehyuck Choi ’13 Kyra Christopher ’13 Rebecca Chuang ’13 Jin Woo Chung ’13 Martha McCully Cobbs ’47 Scott Coffey ’11 Prilla Coffin ’62 Deborah Coon Colgan ’81 Brooke Lieberman Collins ’01 Martha Collins ’13 Jennifer Colone Pauline Connors Maura Conry Amanda Correa Sarah Perry Correia ’72 Sarah Lord Corson ’59+ Leah Keever Cotton ’43 Rory Coughlan Judith Crane ’66 Marti Crane Martha-Ann Robinson Crevier ’65 Nicole Gallant Criss ’92^ Crossings Dianna Holton Crossman ’78 Kathryn Crowley ’06 Ariana Cubillos-Voegler ’13 Kay Brown Cunningham ’46+ Hope Cushman ’53 Angela D’Amico ’11 Ms. Maria D’Angelantonio

ENDOWED FUNDS Endowed Funds provide a long-lasting legacy of support. The following funds were strengthened by additional gifts in 2012–2013. Joanna Rappaport ’96 Award Fund Wheeler Scholarship Fund Sarah Gayley Scholarship Fund Class of 1942 Scholarship Fund Catherine Nelson Nevius Scholarship Fund Francis Oakes Hunnewell Scholarship Fund Robert E. Keiter Scholarship Fund Class of 1958 Scholarship Fund Lakatos Scholarship Fund Jane Byron Taylor-Wydra ’64 Scholarship Fund Sandra Lea Williams ’58 Scholarship Fund Delaney Building Endowment Fund Behind Stowe | 39

IN HONOR OF Gifts were made in honor of the following individuals and departments. In honor of Mme. Arseneau Michael and LisaDawn Rounds

In honor of Sharon Bass Winn ’88 and Shayna Bass ’90 Sheldon and Sandra Bass

In honor of Bianca Carragher Bryan ’96 James and Dana Dee Carragher

In honor of Joe Cabral Randall and Roma Hansis

In honor of Benjamin Carson ’07 Kevin Carson and Debra Ruf-Carson Martha Kleinman

In honor of Van Hansis ’00

In honor of Caroline Loeb

Michael Adcock Yvette Beckles Sau Lan Choi Holly Fenton Kenneth Frantz Monique Garthoff Syl Honders Esther Huisman Naomi Japp Elly Oostema Jen Richards Kelley Rothermel Jennifer Sarabok Julie Stephenson Angela de Visser Patricia Watts

Marjorie Loeb

In honor of Blake Hinson ’06 Richard and Jane Hinson

In honor of Steve Carver

In honor of Allison Iantosca ’90

Valerie B. McKee

Patricia L. Davidson

In honor of Katherine Daly ’03

In honor of Joe Keefe

Jean D. Lieberman

In honor of Sandra Delbridge P’00/’05 Maria D’Angelantonio

Kristine Van Amsterdam

In honor of Pam Kukla ’63 Patricia M. Silver

In Honor of Stewart Lassner P’01/’05 Carol and Steven Targum

In honor of Laura Love ’10 Nicholas Love

In honor of Sarah Lovely

In honor of Mr. Owen, Ms. Lewis, and Ms. Arvanites Yuna and Toshifumi Hayashi

In honor of the Class of 1956

Sigrid Johannessen

Jane Barrett

In honor of Ruby MacDougall ’99

In honor of the Class of 1993

Bruce MacDougall and Margaret Hawthorn

Christine Krench-Retzer

In honor of Betsy Paine McClendon ’65 Florence Metcalf and Lee Carmichael Virginia Ward

In honor of Hillary Williams Pike and the Class of 1971 Louise Williams

In honor of Sophie Reppert ’09 Diane Reppert

In honor of Holly Rudd ’09

In honor of the Music Department Katie and Xiaojian Li

In honor of the Theater Department Leonardo and Cynthia Galletto

In honor of Holly Worthington, Jim Woodside, and the Visual Arts Department Alan and Judith Siegel

Thomas Rudd

In honor of the Visual Art Department

In honor of Emily Salmon ’05

Beth Lassner Songzhu Wan and Rong Du

Joseph and Cynthia Salmon

In honor of Jackie Sand and Jan MacBeth Jill Andrews

Martha Nagle Dare ’56 Mary Jane Kase Davis ’55 Sandra Hall Davis ’60 John Day and Jane Doyle P’02 Edna Dee Susan Deering Lelia DeJesus Alyce Delbridge ’05 Evangeline Delgado ’11 Bree Demasco ’13 Nicole Deponte ’96 Barbara Coryell Devor ’42^ Michael Dewar P’08 Mel Lane Donoghue ’58 Elizabeth Wellacott Doughty ’69 Scott and Wylie Doughty P’87 Sara Denslow-Gonzalez Downing ’93 Hannah Doyle ’13 4 0 | Behind Stowe

Kacie Dragan ’10 Lisa Fabbricotti Drake ’73 Laura and Kenneth Driscoll Liam Duggan Marybeth Dull ’13 Zoey Dunivin ’13 Nikki Duquette ’12 Steven Durning and Dawn Hammond P’10+ Laurel Durning-Hammond ’10 Mimi Dye/Dunham ’51+ Leslie Eagle P’02 Joanne Elfers ’69^ Audrey Emerson ’13 John and Patti Emerson P’93 Erik and Micki Esselstyn Charles Estabrook Constance Crehore Ezer ’50^# Sarah Williams Farrow ’61

Kelly Wells Feeney ^# Holly Fenton Wendy and Charles Felton Donna Kaplan Figueroa ’81 Heather Rafferty Finkel ’90 Caroline Locke Flanders ’95 Carol Erskine Flint ’42 Nikki Florimbi ’13 Hubert Fortmiller Sarah Pieksen Foster ’75 Janis Franklin and Jonathan Hufstader Kenneth Frantz Nancy Fraser Ty Freedman ’03 Molly Friedman ’13 Jane Guyer Fujita ’99 Jan Fuller ’13 Anne Weaver Gabbett ’45

Joyce Brier Galkin ’51 Theresa and John Gallant Maryann Whitmore Gallivan ’63 Thomas and Dora Garabedian Mary Garcia ’00 Mary Heinrichs Garner ’46+ Monique Garthoff Lindsey Gates-McKinley ’93 Marjorie Coon Gauley ’63 GE Foundation Miranda Gelch ’13 Christopher and Evelyn Getman Barbara Glenfield Lynn Gnirk Jungwook Go ’13 Amber Gode Deborah Gold P’10 Rebekka Goldberg


IN MEMORY OF The following members of the Walnut Hill community are remembered by friends and family through gifts to the school they loved. In memory of Betsey Berg and Jonathan Berg

In memory of Ann Kesslen ’63

In memory of Wendy Wheeler

Lois Berg

Phebe A. Anderson

In memory of Chandler Braley ’01

In memory of Alden Landis

P.K. and Phoebe Allen Lucy and Gordon Ambach Sarah and Lisle Baker Virginia and Richard Bauer Marcia Bernstein Patience Campbell Richard and Laura Chasin Charles Cook Crossings Alice Cutler Susan Deering Chris Dodge and Hilary Berkman Dorothy Anne Dykers John and Maureen Elms Henry and Sandy Elstein Erik and June Esselstyn James and Sandra Feeney Kelly Feeney Betty and P. Wesley Foster Stephen and Jane Frank Nancy Fraser Christopher and Evelyn Getman Barbara Glenfield Carol Hazen Jane and Thomas Healy Ann Higgins John and Joan Jakobson Ivan and Joan Kaufman Celia Kettle Joan and Alan Kliger

Isaac J. Spencer

In memory of Daphne Brown ’96 Jonathan C. Steele

In memory of Amanda Burr ’98 Julie E. Whitton

In memory of Michele Dionne P’14 Michael Wright

In memory of Edith Cecil Flynn ’32 Martha Cunningham Gerrish C. Flynn

In memory of Frank Hunnewell Walter and Lila Hunnewell Louis and Berneda Meeks

In memory of Harry Hill

Ellen Starratt

In memory of Sylvester Joseph and Beatrice Miles Florisca and Carl Carter

In memory of Jared Nathan ’04 Catherine Epstein

In memory of "Raysie" Lauren C. Lewis

In memory of Margo Sweet ’63 Pamela D. Kukla

In memory of Marie Emmott Tessmer ’44 William J. Tessmer

In memory of the deceased classmates of 1947 Olive S. Glaser

Rhona and Steven Brand

In memory of Anne Moody Ingersoll ’51 John P. Ingersoll

Andrew Lawler Kenneth and Tony Liebman Charles Lord Elizabeth and Vincent Manning Jane Marsching and Victor McSurely John McDonough Willa and Howard Needler Dorothy Neuberger Lia and William Poorvu Ron and Heather Reid John and Laurette Rindlaub Theodore and Margaret Robb Whitney Robbins Jean and Frank Robinson Linda and Hays Rockwell John and Martha Ross Jacquelyn Sand Paul and Judith Schroete Pixley Schiciano Paul and Elizabeth Sittenfeld Esther Spaulding Thomas Sturtevant and Carol Mullin Charles and Ann Thacher Jodi Ann Tucker James and Nancy Vaughn Alden Warner Nancy West Margaret Wheeler

We are especially grateful to Virginia Gaylor Neely ’38 and her estate. Although she is no longer with us, her generous bequest will continue to help shape our community.

Mario Gonzalez and Lisa Weber-Gonzalez P’11 Jeannette Goosen Elizabeth Bjornlund Grater ’42 Amanda Grazioli Ann Livingston Gregg ’55* Robin Griffey ’74 Denise Grothman Rebecca Grover ’13 Cassie Gunning Jennifer Haas-Scott ’01 Elizabeth Doonan Hampton ’70 Greg Hampton Fall 2013 & Winter 2014

Amy Zumbrun Hance ’79 John and Elizabeth Haney P’90 Carol Peabody Hardy ’71 Kate Harkness ’09 Freddie Hart P’92^ Jane Murray Hartley ’64 Stephanie Reed Hastings ’61 Nicole Hayashi ’13 Carol Hazen Montroe Headd ’70 Sarah Watson Healy ’63+ Briga Heelan ’05 Kevin and Kim Heelan P’05

Sonja Randolph Heintz ’91 Sarah Geraghty Herndon ’66# Andrea Herrick ’87 Charles Hess ’94 Isabel Holmes Kelsey Holmes ’13 Katherine Kinney Holt ’54# Syl Honders Alessandra Bono Horton ’00 Marion Cook Houston ’54 Kevin Huang ’13 Sara Hughes ’13 Stephen Hughes

Julia Hui ’85 Ester Huisman Frances Hungerford ’96 Susan Wickenden Hunter ’65# IBM Corporation

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ANNUAL REPORT Elizabeth Ingalls ’65 John Ingersoll Dustin Isom ’13 Theodora Hughes Jackson ’61+ Jake Jacobsen ’05 Arnold Jacobson P’84 Naomi Japp Sue Jensen ’68 Sigrid Johannessen P’12 Margit Johansson ’57 Daniel Johnson ’13 Elizabeth Pool Johnson ’56* Joan Judson Henry and Elissa Katz Susan Wenman Kavalew ’84 Marsha Burden Kelley ’64 Emily Kessler ’14 Celia Kettle Naree Ketudat ’13 Ji Hyo Kim ’13 Ju Won Kim ’13 Stephanie Kim ’13 Hannah Kimball ’13 Mary Kirkendall P’15 Judy and Steven Kiviat P’94 # Joan and Alan Kliger Rebecca Tannebring Kling ’51# Barbara Knickerbocker ’68 Maureen Kohl Lorie Komlyn ’88 Emmanuel Krasner and Patricia Frisella P’05 Maxine Kuo ’00 Cacia LaCount ’12 Cheryl Lagace Constance Waterman Lampert ’59 Lexie Lankiewicz ’13 John and Dawnette LaRose Marie Dresser Larsen ’62 Michael and Suzanne Lascoe P’06 Jessica Lawrence ’98 Elizabeth Fryling Lechner ’65 Jieun Lee ’13 Monica Lee Luis and Stephanie Leguia P’09 Adele Leikauskas ’13 Adea Lennox ’13 Craig Leon and Laura Donoso P’12 Joanna Levine ’93 Lauren Lewis ’96 * Consecutive Donor for 30+ years +Consecutive Donor for 20–29 years # Donor for 10–19 years ^ Member of the Ellison Circle T Trustee 4 2 | Behind Stowe

George Li ’13 Arlene and Robert Lian Ben Lidsky ’13 Marc and Linda Lieberman P’01 Claire Lilley ’13 Ji Soo Lim ’13 Cindy Lin ’13 Mark Lindberg Lowell Lindgren Gary Liu ’13 Anne Lloyd ’12 Lissa Loucks ’84 Anne Delamater Lovaas ’50 Nicholas Love P’10 Megan Luck ’03 Jane Noble Lundy ’58# Ersiman Luo ’13 Beverly Smerdon Luongo ’64 Kristin Vinje Lyden ’83 Carol Ring Lynch ’64 Bruce MacDougall and Margaret Hawthorn P’99/’02 Jill Mack Ashlynn Majewski ’13 Katherine Malone ’04 Christina Hill Maloney ’68 Elizabeth and Vincent Manning Constance Miller Manter ’59 Jane Marsching and Victor McSurely Virginia Martins Katherine Maxted ’10 Corinne Bates Mayer ’82 Courtney McCain ’13 Henry McCall ’13 Hunter McCormick ’12 Judith Moser McCutcheon ’52+ Katie McDonald ’13 JJ McGlone ’13 Sarah Peterson McGovern ’03 Valerie McKee ’95 Kirsten McKinney Julia McLain Sani McLaughlin ’13 Julie McNamara ’10 Meghan McSkimming Lauren Mefferd ’99 Mary Nelson Megias ’62 Cynthia Watkins Melendy ’68 Eleanor Sager Mercer ’58 Susan Fancy Mercury ’74 Merrill Lynch Gene and Christy Meyers P’97# Michael Micucci Elizabeth Ramsey Middour ’79 Emily Miller ’04 Nami Miwa ’12 Emily Monich ’07 Ivana Monteiro

Erin Moody ’13 Bailey Moon ’11 Keith and Jane Moon P’11 Annie Moor ’04 Elisabeth Morray Miguel Morrissey ’13 Miranda Mortensen ’13 Cynthia Mulder Katherine Myles Mullen ’56 Anne Murphy + Casey Murtagh ’13 Yu Kyung Na ’13 Willa and Howard Needler Nils Neubert ’03 Carol Neuls-Bates ’57 Jane Cushman Nickerson ’53## Koji and Mary Nishimura P’11 Cornelia Thompson Northrop ’58 Gillian O’Brien ’13 Steve Oler ’13 Erika Olson ’12 Elly Oostema Francisco Ormaza ’13 Mitchell Osherovich ’13 Ann Ostergaard ’54 Richard and Coreen Packer Buff Paine P’65/’69# Sophie Pangle ’13 Jamie Park ’13 Moscelyne ParkeHarrison ’15 Mary Drexler Parker ’56 Alynn Parola ’12 Nancy Parsons Martha Corbosiero Patrick ’72 Joan Wilson Payne ’51 Susan Weil Percival ’68 Jorge Pérez de Acha ’11 Amy Perry ’97 Gabriela Choy Philippon ’87 Jordan Piantedosi ’06 Shelly Pires ’13 Carolyn Brastow Pledger ’51+ Joan Potter ’49+ Brooke Powers ’90 Ann Price ’59 Teddy Quinlivan ’13 Allan Reeder Gwen Reichert ’03 Diane Reppert P’09 Felicisimo Requiro and Janet Weinstein P’03 Margarita Restrepo Micheal and Gina Richard P’12 Renee Richard ’12 Holly Woodward Rist ’78 Phyllis Tater Ritvo ’54 Whitney Robbins Paul and Debbie Robershotte Tatum Robertson ’13

Ashley Robillard ’13 Jean and Frank Robinson Nicole Rodriguez ’08 Susan Haynes Roos ’77 Nahshon Rosenfeld ’13 Kelley Rothermel Arlene Saxe Rothschild ’51+ Michael and Lisa Dawn Rounds P’12 Allison and Vincent Ruggeri Donna Sacco ’78 Jennifer Salamone Amy and Ralph Salas P’12 Daniel Salas ’12 Marion Lloyd Salois ’74 Rosemary Salvucci ’10 Mina Samalya ’13 Jennifer Sarabok Carl and Joan Saslow P’01 Ryan Saucier Alix Scarlatos ’13 Sam Scheib ’13 Christine Schnelle-Carter ’74 Paul and Judith Schroeter Barbara Schade Schwallie ’54+ Richard Schwartz Donna Scott Sarah Scott ’07 Sophia Shapiro ’13 Jean Sherman Sharry ’70 Junhee Shin ’13 Rue Reinke Siegel ’55# Bosba Sisombat ’15 Paul and Elizabeth Sittenfeld Laura Skold ’11 Tina Willis Slosberg ’62# Laure Smith Tim Smith Vanessa Smith ’02 Barbara Faden Smithson ’64 Susan Gleason So ’72 Ellen Sollima Nancy Gilday Spark ’68 Mary St. Jean and Mark St. Jean Carol Adams Stanford ’57 Ellen Van Alstyne Starratt ’55+ Jamie Staub ’13 Heather Stebbins ’09 Pamela Garland Stebbins ’59 Julie Stephenson Nancy Littlefield Stine ’51, P’78 Susan Fish Strayer ’69 Amelia Sturt-Dilley ’11 William Su ’13 Jea Min Sung ’13 Michael Szabo ’01 Elizabeth Bundy Taft ’53 Susan Webster Talbott ’57 Richard Taylor ’94

Summary of Income and Expenses


s a nonprofit institution, Walnut Hill manages its finances with the goal of achieving a balanced and responsible budget that enables us to maximize funds for our strategic priorities.

Income Tuition & Fees

80% $14,272,516

Other Income

10% $1,854,680

Current Use Gifts



Interest & Dividends 2%


Endowment Draw



Restricted Gifts

<1% $17,474

Total Income


Expenses Educational Expenses



Administrative Expenses 25%


Facilities 18% $3,229,716 Financial Aid



Debt Service & Fees



Other Income Expenses



Total Expenses

Kalahn Taylor-Clark ’95 E.B.G. te Lintelo Joan McMaster Terry ’64 Lucy Terzis Deborah Thompson P’98 Cornelia Lehmann Throssel ’65 Mary Shriner Thurlow ’73 Marian Hume Tibbetts ’56# Carol More Tilton ’56 Susan Nee Todd ’67 Sarah Tollman ’13 Emily Tracey ’12 Sarah Treaster ’13 Megan Tresca ’13 Alayne Tresch + Fall 2013 & Winter 2014

Carol Trust ’61* Jodi Ann Tucker Nicholas Tuozzolo Dana Vanderburgh ’13 Jaclyn Matayoshi Vary ’02 Madi Vest ’13 Gretchen Hug Vienna ’58 Sarah Vollmann ’88 Linda Damon Wakefield ’62 Patrick Wasserman ’08 Patricia Watts Mary Munroe West ’51# Nancy West Peter Weyler P’12 Audrey White ’85

Janna White ’03 Miriam White ’99 Julie Thompson Whitton ’97 Dorothy Ritter Widergren ’46+ Anya Wilkening ’12 Randall and Greta Wilkening P’12 Katherine Wilkins ’12 Ashley Williams ’05 Kathryn Williams ’71^ Nancy McClelland Wilson ’50 Paula Wilson ’97 Taylor Wolfe ’12 Susan Woodrow


Jim Woodside and Holly Worthington P’05 Megan Wright ’09 Yi Qun Xu ’13 Suzanne McCabe Yamarone ’75# Hyo Bin Yang ’13 Julia Yermolenko ’13 Janet Elder Yeutter ’62 Moon Sun Yoo ’13 Jake Youmell Alex Zaslav ’12 Shuangshuang Zhang ’13 Jiayi Zheng ’13 Sophie Zimmer ’13 Behind Stowe | 43


A Sampling of Our First-Semester Performances


eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve experienced a full fall season of wonderful performances: see some sneak peek photos below. For a full performance review, stay tuned for our Spring/Summer 2014 issue.

Liza Voll CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Songs for a New World; New Ink; Crimes of the Heart; The Nutcracker, dedicated to Samuel Kurkjian; The Learned Ladies.

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IN MEMORIAM: SAMUEL KURKJIAN Walnut Hill, Boston Ballet, and the entire dance community suffered a great loss with the death of dancer, choreographer, and teacher Samuel Kurkjian in November. see page 27 to read more

Samuel Kurkjian teaching at Walnut Hill, circa 2000 | | | 508.653.4312

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