Fiona Black (C ’11)
By Mary Katherine Francisco ’17
Accomplished violinist and Shenandoah Conservatory graduate Fiona Black is the newest addition to The Southwest Florida Symphony. Upon graduation, Black was quick to audition for multiple orchestras. When she received news about an open seat in The Southwest Florida Symphony, she decided to book a flight for the audition.
Black explained, “They (The Southwest Florida Symphony) had five openings that day and only chose two performers. It was a pretty exciting experience, especially knowing that winning this first audition would be a baby-step towards my goal of eventually winning an audition for National Symphony, Philadelphia or New York.”
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Third Annual Alumni Cabaret Honors
Ira Lindberg Harris ’10
The third annual Shenandoah Conservatory Alumni Cabaret took place at 54 Below in New York City on March 11. The tradition began three years ago to honor the untimely death of Ira Lindberg Harris ’10. With over 100 people in attendance, the legacy Ira left behind with his talent, kindness and sense of community was evident throughout the evening.
This year’s performances included: a magic show by Michael Misko ’08 and his wife, Sarah Sesler ’10, a comedic performance by Clayton Fletcher ’94 and musical performances by AJ Ackleson ’11, Brittany Avey ’09, Kelly Brown ’09, Nick Cirillo ’12, Erika Conaway ’11, Nadia Harika ’12, Robin Higginbotham ’90, Marissa Hines ’08, Rafael Martinez-Salgado ’15, Jamie Petrone ’98, J. Robert Spencer ’91, Dolly Stevens ’77, Beth Cheryl Tarnow ’09, Katy Vaughn ’09 and Rick Wesley ’88. The show concluded with a touching rendition of “See You Again,” performed by current Shenandoah Conservatory students.
Current scholarship recipient, Kamryn Burton ’16, spoke and received a standing ovation. Ronn ’72 and Novella West Harris ’75, Ira’s parents, traveled from their home in Williamsburg, Virginia, to attend the event.
The Ira Lindberg Harris Scholarship provides financial aid to students majoring in Musical Theatre. If you are interested in making a gift in memory of Ira, click HERE.
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A Message from Becky Merriner '01
SU Alumni Association President
Dear Alumni and Friends,
March is here and it’s time to spring forward! Our days will soon be filled with more daylight and warm weather. I don’t know about you; but, I feel like I have been hibernating all winter and I can’t wait to get out and see what is happening on campus at SU. If you haven’t been to campus in a while or attended an event, now is your chance with the upcoming Dayton Alumni Weekend, March 31-April 2 and the Conservatory Alumni Reunion (CAR) on April 1-2.
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Robert Shafer conducts his final concert with the Conservatory Choir in a special performance of Brahms’ A German Requiem. Featuring a chamber orchestra comprised of faculty and guest artists, the performance will honor the legacy of Shenandoah Conservatory’s Professor of Choral Conducting Robert Shafer, who retires at the end of this academic year after more than 30 years of teaching. Tickets to the concert can be purchased here.
A reception for alumni, faculty and staff will follow in the Ferrari Room, located in the Brandt Student Center. If you would like to attend the reception, please register.
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