Category: Fine Arts

school of fine arts alumni included in note

Leslie Imse ’89 MA

Leslie Imse ’89 MA was awarded the American Choral Director’s Association’s Choral Director of the Year, 2017-2018. Leslie is honored to selected by choral directors from across the state.

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)

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.

Janet (Nicewicz Kuczenski) Euskavech ’56 (SFA)

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

Richard Pirozzolo ’67 (SFA)

Richard Pirozzolo ’67 (SFA) is the coauthor of his debut novel “Escape from Saigon” (Skyhorse Publishing, New York). The novel will be available for early release on December 16, 2016 on Amazon.

Nicole Blake ’98 MFA and Mark Adams ’98 MFA

Nicole Blake ’98 MFA and Mark Adams ’98 MFA are engaged. The couple, who has now been together for over twenty years, met as grad students, having been cast romantically opposite each other in their first show, The Three Musketeers. The epic proposal was an all-day affair which involved the help of 43 “elves” at Disney World and Four Seasons Orlando. It ended in a rebel bunker at the Hollywood Studios Launch Bay with a celebratory wookie victory cheer from Chewbacca after she said yes. The couple resides in Edgewater, NJ.

Samantha D’Angelo ’12 (ED), ’12 (SFA)

Samantha D’Angelo ’12 (ED), ’12 (SFA) of Putnam, Conn. is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Teaching from Sacred Heart University in Griswold, Conn. D’Angelo was recently the recipient of the Freeman Graduate School Award through The Rectory School in Pomfret, Conn. where she is currently the Director of Instrumental Music. She is happy to announce her engagement to System Administrator Alexander Wiegel, whom she met in September of 2015 working at the Rectory School. The two are currently planning a July 2017 wedding in Dennis, Mass.

Rose Jung-Gaggero ’75 (SFA)

Rose Jung-Gaggero ’75 (SFA) of Fort Myers was recently selected as an exhibiting artist for the 30th Annual All Florida Juried and Berne Davis Center Juried Exhibits. She was finally able to complete her 7 continents goal when she visited Antarctica this year.

Suzanne Bona ’85 (SFA)

Flutist Suzanne Bona (’85) and pianist Brenda Moore Miller performed a recital at Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, MA on April 10, 2016. The program included American music by Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, Peter Schickele, and Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee, as well as baroque music by JS Bach and Princess Amalia. The concert was co-hosted by New England Public Radio, which broadcasts Suzanne’s nationally syndicated radio program, Sunday Baroque.