Alumni News: Carrie Backman receives Herb Kohl Education Foundation Teacher Fellowship, Christopher Brody to teach at Eastman School of Music, Josh and Kristen Holritz to perform in a recital with Kevin Hobbs
Carrie Backman (2004, music education/euphonium, student of David Teachout, Jerry Luckhardt, Craig Kirchhoff, and Tom Ashworth) has been named a 2015 Herb Kohl Education Foundation Teacher Fellowship Recipient in the State of Wisconsin. Fellows are chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others, and for their leadership in positive change and service within and outside the classroom. Honorees will automatically be used as the applicants for the four Wisconsin Teacher of the Year award winners. The Kohl Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship program was established by Herb Kohl, U.S. Senator in 1990. Backman is director of instrumental music, Edgewood High School (Madison, WI).
Christopher Brody (MA, music theory; DMA, 2007, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) is completing his two year postdoctoral assistant professor of theory position at Indiana University-Bloomington and will begin a new two year position as assistant professor of theory at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY starting August 2015.
Josh Holritz (MM, 2011, violin, student of Sally O'Reilly) will perform with Kristen Holritz as Schaafritz, a flute/violin duo, in a recital presented by the Edvard Grieg Society on April 24 at 7:30 pm at Mindekirken (The Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church). Holritz is currently associate concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera and adjunct instructor of violin at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA. Schaafritz will be joined by pianist Kevin Hobbs (DMA, 2012, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) in a program featuring the music of Nordic composers Edvard Grieg, Jean Sibelius, and Friedrich Khulau. More information.