Cassandra Fiorenza ‘12 (Fine Arts) recently launched a company called Collective 131, an online art gallery exclusively features emerging female artists. Cassandra is also busy planning her wedding at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston for June 2019.
Tony Susi, ’85 MA (Fine Arts) recently released his 6th album of original music entitled “Catartic Keys”. This collection of nine songs composed by the singer/songwriter is intended to help people cope with whatever life throws at them in a positive way through music. The songs are in various pop styles including rock, R&B and contemporary country. Tony graduated with a Masters in Music Education.
Elizabeth M. Johnson ’97 (SFA)(CLAS) founded a boutique consulting and training firm, Spark Equity, based in Durham, N.C. Her firm specializes in helping healthcare providers understand how patient trauma impacts quality of care as well as their own quality of life.
Christen Hernandez ’08 (SFA, ED) and Dan Campolieta ’08 (SFA, ED)
Dan Campolieta ’08 (SFA, ED) is the pianist for The United States Army Chorus, the vocal component of The United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own”, and Christen Hernandez ’08 (SFA, ED) teaches classroom music and directs choirs at National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C. This summer, taking a break from their day-jobs, they performed together at the Kennedy Center’s Millenium Stage.
Sharon Buchta Rizzo ’88 (SFA) is a professional cellist and music educator in Big Bear Lake, Calif. She is responsible for the first strings program in the community and founded MountainTop Strings of California, a youth orchestra and camerata that plays throughout the region and had two successful European tours with a third scheduled for October 2017. The camerata has been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall on March 13, 2017, as part of its National Youth Concert. Her orchestras have won many competitions and recognitions in Southern California.
Leslie Imse ’87 MA, chair of the music department for Farmington Public Schools, was presented with the departmental Arts Program Excellence Award by the CT Arts Administrators Association. In addition, Imse co-authored an article with Dr. Dee Hansen that was featured in the national Music Educators Journal Dec 2016 issue.
Janet (Nicewicz Kuczenski) Euskavech ’56 (SFA) passed away January 8, 2016. She is remembered as a loving teacher and dedicated UConn Huskies Basketball fan. She is survived by her husband, Anthony Euskavech and loving children Michael and Jodie Kuczenski, Bruce and Ivette Kuczenski, Theodore Kuczenski, Tom and Carolyn Kuczenski, step daughters and sons Patricia Euskavech, Christine and Richard Purtell, Judith and John Maggio. Full Obituary