Notes on the Staff
updated May 2013
Colin Britt (M.M. ’10), director of Music for Marquand Chapel, will be leaving the ISM this summer to begin doctoral studies in choral conducting at Rutgers University, where he has been awarded a prestigious fellowship.
During his three years at Yale, he has collaborated in the planning of hundreds of worship services here with energy, creativity, and faithfulness. In addition to his work in Marquand, Colin has served on the conducting faculty at the Hartt School, as assistant conductor of the Hartford Chorale, and as the assistant music director at the Cathedral of St. Joseph.
Derek Greten-Harrison directed his chamber group, Etherea Vocal Ensemble, in a holiday concert at the Yale Center for British Art on December 13th. He also recently produced Etherea’s second album, Hymn to the Dawn, which will be released by Delos Records in January 2013.
ISM research assistant and former Benedictine monk John Leinenweber has recently published an English translation of St. Augustine’s homilies on the Gospel of John. In the Beginning Was the Word (2012) is an abridged collection of Augustine’s 124 homilies on the Gospel according to John, which makes up one of the great patristic commentaries on Scripture. It is available directly from the author.
Local band surf rock band, North Shore Troubadours, have released their sophomore album titled "Original Motion Picture Soundtrack." Filling the drummer's seat in the group is ISM staff member Sachin Ramabhadran. The album release was celebrated on December 15th at Cafe Nine in New Haven.
Melissa Rooklidge has been appointed to succeed Dann Coakwell as concert production assistant, and to provide general support to the choral and vocal programs. She gives particular attention the Yale Camerata, while working with all aspects of these performance and teaching areas.
Melissa graduated from Texas Tech University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in music education. She previously served as the administrative assistant to the West Texas Children’s Chorus, as assistant director for Covenant Presbyterian Church, and second grade teaching artist for the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra in Lubbock, Texas. After moving to Connecticut in 2011, she taught general elementary music in Manchester Public Schools and founded the Waterbury Youth Chorus in Waterbury, where she is currently the artistic director. In addition, she serves as the assistant director for the choir school at St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church in New Haven.
Dann Coakwell (AD ’11, voice), has left the ISM to pursue his expanding performing career full-time. This season, Dann sings with well-respected conductors throughout the country, including Helmuth Rilling in Oregon, John Scott and Julian Wachner in New York, Masaaki Suzuki in San Francisco, and Craig Hella Johnson in Austin. In addition to premiering roles in a new opera in North Carolina and a new oratorio in Houston, Dann appears as tenor soloist and Evangelist in major works that include, among other celebrated composers and works, J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Christmas Oratorio, and multiple cantatas.
Melissa and Dann are getting married this fall! (Early Autumn, 2012)
Katharine Arnold (MDiv ’12) has joined the staff as a postgraduate associate for outreach and publications. In this new position, she will aid in developing and implementing outreach, recruitment, and communications strategies for various ISM constituencies, support the development and editing of publications (including Prism), as well as coordinate events for the expanding art exhibition program. Katharine majored in music at Gordon College, and while a student at Yale ISM/YDS sang for two years in the Yale Schola Cantorum. (Summer 2012)
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