Here are the Panel Session Details and Bios of those who will be participating.
Friday, October 10
4:00 – 5:15 p.m.
School of Music Alumni Panel Session: “It’s a Life Unfolding”
Iger Lecture Hall 2105, James J. Whalen Center for Music
As a 40th reunion gift to undergraduates and young alumni, five 1974 School of Music alumni, representing an extensive spectrum of experiences, will reflect upon how their careers and lives have evolved since graduating from IC. Through unique opportunities, shifts in professional and personal focus, and challenges and successes, the common thread across all of these stories is the continued relevance and value of their Ithaca College education. Illustrating that a life unfolds and that a career is but one aspect of that life, presenters will describe how their School of Music education and experiences helped shape their respective paths.
Panelists include Barbara Froman, Writer, Author and Composer; Ralph Meyer, Director of Organizational Effectiveness, Tremco; Richard Nichol, D. Min., Senior Rabbi of Congregation Ruach Israel, and President of the Messianic Jewish Theological Institute; Marcia Bornhurst Parkes, Ph.D., Founder and Consultant, Creative Musicianship; and Deborah Wythe, Ph.D., Head of Digital Collections, Brooklyn Museum.
Barbara Froman is a published author and writer. Her novel, Shadows and Ghosts, won the Fairleigh Dickinson/Serving House Books First Book Award in Prose in 2011 and was published by Serving House Books. A resident of Chicago, Ms. Froman served as the Director of Mundelein College's Creative Writing Program, taught Literature and Creative Writing courses at National-Louis University, and acted as a consultant to National's graduate program in Written Communication. Her studies in Composition at both Ithaca College and Northwestern University led to dual pursuits in writing and composing. Ms. Froman will discuss the ways in which artistic disciplines are related, and how the study of one can cross into another.
Ralph Meyer is currently Director of Organizational Effectiveness for Tremco Incorporated, a subsidiary of RPM Inc., a 4+ billion dollar holding company with more than 37 operating companies globally. His 30 plus years of business leadership experience includes a broad background in hospitality, service, manufacturing, operations, and high-tech organizations. Residing near Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Meyer founded and conducts the Western Reserve Community Band and Big Band, and performs with community jazz ensembles as well as the Audacity of Horns Saxophone Quartet. Mr. Meyer will comment on his life as a public high school music educator as well as what it takes to succeed and survive in business.
Dr. Richard Nichol is the Senior Rabbi of Congregation Ruach Israel in Needham, Massachusetts, and is
President of the Messianic Jewish Theological Institute based in San Diego, California. He holds the Masters of Divinity from the Biblical Theological Seminary, the Doctor of Ministries from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, and the Masters of Jewish Studies from Hebrew College. While a trombone major at Ithaca College, he was called to serve his faith, his family, and music, and he continues to perform. Dr. Nichol will discuss how unexpected life changes can result in positive outcomes, and that the key is our response.
Dr. Marcia Bornhurst Parkes is the Founder of Creative Musicianship, a consulting practice, which fosters musicianship and promotes service-learning and engagement activity. She held administrative, teaching and Music Director roles with the Department of Music at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and the Rochester (NY) New Horizons Program of the Eastman School of Music. Dr. Parkes has conducted and taught all ages from kindergarten to age 97 in colleges, public schools, and community programs. As a Founder of the New York State Band Directors Association, she also served as Chair of the first Band Commission Project, and Creator and Manager of the Regional Workshop Program. Dr. Parkes will comment on how creativity, vision, self-concept, perseverance, and building community influence how a life might unfold.
Deborah Wythe serves as the Head of Digital Collections for the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY, and holds the Ph.D. from New York University in musicology. Recalling IC Professor Edward Swenson’s inspiring work, she left teaching instrumental music for graduate work in music history at the University of Connecticut. While enrolled in the doctoral musicology program at NYU, she held several internships with the Metropolitan Museum of Art and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Austria for her dissertation research. Over the past twenty years she happily returned to piano study and performance. Believing there is no “right” path, Ms. Wythe will discuss how new experiences offer opportunities for reflection and growth, and these provide direction toward building a career.