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Jim Sherry, Kinhaven trumpet teacher from 1996-2002, now lives next to the scenic Mississippi River in Dubuque, Iowa and loves to hear from Kinhaven friends via Facebook. He is a member of the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony, teaches music at the University of Dubuque, and appears as a guest conductor around the Midwest. He is engaged in post-doctoral research on music learning theories at the University of Iowa. Jim is married to pianist Bang Lang Do. In 2014 they presented concerts and improvisation workshops across the US, coached at the Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival in Iowa, and taught at the Frogwart’s Academy summer camp. Together they are responsible for three musical kids, daughter Anica, age 11, and sons Zuri and Zander, age 9, and a one-eyed Ragdoll cat named Elvis, age 4. Jim’s website is

Sage Cole and Sara Sitzer (both senior ’98) spent the summer at the Manchester Summer Chamber Music (MSCM) program. One highlight of this summer’s program was the performance of a few compositions by fellow Kinhaven alum Caroline Shaw (senior ’97-98), who recently won the Pulitzer Prize for music for her composition “Partita for 8 Voices.” Sage, who founded MSCM in 2009, writes, “Part of the vision that we have for our festival is to foster the same beautiful spirit that we enjoyed as teenagers at music camp. Kinhaven was one of the very best summers of my life and had an enormous impact on how I view music and my life in music.”

Kaila DeLaney recently won first place in instrumental music at Walker’s Rising Stars, playing Kalliwoda’s Concertino. Kaila is now studying at the Eastman School of Music, and she writes, “I have absolutely no doubt that Kinhaven played a major role in my growth up to this point and, without it in my life, I would not be going to my dream school to study applied music.”

Eddie Hardy (sr ’07-’10) composed the music for a new Off-Broadway Show entitled “The Woodsman”. Based upon the forgotten writings of L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, “The Woodsman” focuses on the story of The Tin Man. Nick Chopper is a young woodsman who falls in love with a beautiful young woman, only to find she is under the guardianship of a horrible sorceress—the Wicked Witch of the East. The show uses Bunraku puppetry, movement, and live accompaniment by Eddie himself, to create a unique, heartbreaking look into this beloved story.

Jesse Mills (Sr ’90-92) and Raman Ramakrishnan (Sr ’89-91) are playing together again, just like they did at Kinhaven twenty years ago. They form two parts of the Horszowski Trio, and they are touring NYC, California, India and Hong Kong this year.

Natalie Joachim (Jr ’94-96 and Sr ’97-99) and her acclaimed electro-acoustic flute duo, Flutronix, are performing around the country this year. The Wall Street Journal called them  a unique blend of classical music, hip-hop, electronic programming and soulful vocals reminiscent of neo-R&B stars like Erykah Badu.”

Eric Byers’ (cello Sr ’95) quartet, the Calder Quartet, won an Emmy for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music and was nominated for a Grammy for their album with Gloria Cheng entitled, the Edge of Light.

David McFerrin (previously David Lemly, violin Jr ’90-92 and Sr ’95-96) is now a professional singer (Baritone), based in Boston but with opera roles and solo performances from Seattle to Venice, Italy.

Jacob Sweet (clarinet sr ’12-13) is in college at Yale and now playing with the Yale Symphony Orchestra.

Caroline Shaw (sr ’97-98) has won both a Grammy and the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Caroline won for her composition “Partita for 8 Voices” which she wrote for the groundbreaking octet Roomful of Teeth, of which she is also a member. Roomful of Teeth also won a Grammy for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance category.

Gustavo Araujo Liete (jr ’06, sr ’07, ’10 and ’11) is finishing his bachelors in music with Fernando Dissenha (principal trumpet of OSESP – São Paulo Symphony Orchestra) and Amarildo Nascimento (principal trumpet at OSUSP – Symphony Orchestra of USP). He is also a freelance trumpet player and has played with professional and non professional orchestras in Sao Paolo and as far as Berlin, Germany. He remains involved with chamber music, most recently as a member of Quinteto da Faculdade Cantareira – Cantareira University Quintet, and also champions Brazilian contemporary composers like Oliver Toni, Eduardo Guimarães and Rogério Duprat.