iCadenza is the start-up founded by Julia Torgovitskaya, A09, and Jennifer Rosenfeld. They won the second place prize in the Social Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition in 2009. After taking second place in the competition, they had the opportunity to really redefine and strengthen their business plan. Torgovitsakaya says that because the business plan happened when it did, she and her co-founder really had the opportunity to follow their dreams.
Now iCadenza is a company that works with performing artists on career development. They work with the individuals on self-promotion and understanding the value of who they are, essentially giving the individuals more of an entrepreneurial mindset. They offer individual consulting, group programs and a three-month long online program called the “Career Development Bootcamp.” They also conduct workshops at universities and conservatories, and this year they had their first official course at Stanford University. They also work with performing arts organizations on various aspects related to organizational development.
Their newest initiative, iCadenza Sensations, focuses on working with brands and retailers on connecting with potential customers on a deeper level through music and performance. The idea is to actually hold performance events directly in stores and showrooms.
Through their work on iCadenza, they have actually launched a second business called Cadenza Artists. It is an artist management company representing performing artists in various music and dance genres.
Watch the video below with co-founder Julia Torgovitskaya to learn more about iCadenza, iCandeza Sensations and Candeza Artsits:
The 2013 Tufts Alumni Senior Award winners recently reflected on their experiences at Tufts in a video released by the Tufts Alumni Association. The winners were chosen because they are individuals that each serve as an “example for their peers and all alumni by demonstrating service, loyalty, commitment, and leadership to Tufts and/or their community.”
In the video below, this year’s 12 winners reflect on their best memories of Tufts, from wearing Jumbo hats and joining Greek Life to the craziest places they found themselves at 2 am.
Congratulations to these amazing seniors and good luck with life beyond Tufts!
Tufts Alum Gregg Kallor, A00, has recently released a CD entitled A Single Noon. Kallor started playing the piano as a toddler and before high school graduation he had already performed at the White House and toured Europe twice. As a double major in American studies and music while at Tufts, Kallor had the opportunity to further sharpen his skills.
Since graduating from Tufts, Kallor moved to New York to pursue music. In 2007, he had the opportunity to play his New York concert debut in Carnegie’s Hall Weill Recital Hall. Kallor’s most recent Carnegie Hall concert, in 2011, featured the first premiere of A Single Noon. He won the Aaron Copland Award for Composition which gave him the opportunity to live in Rock Hill, Aaron Copland’s restored, longtime New York home and take time to focus on his creative work, free from distractions and other professional responsibilities.
Unlike his first album, There’s a Rhythm, which featured his jazz trio with bassist Chris Van Voorst Van Beest and drummer Kendrick Scott, his newest album is a nine-movement suite for solo piano. It is told through a combination of composed music and jazz improvisation. A Single Noon was inspired by Kallor’s life in New York – the music represents moments of caffeinated bliss, embarrassing subway mishaps, the buzzing energy of a city driven by dynamic, thoughtful, talented and slightly crazy individuals.
Onstage & Backstage, a blog from the Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, published a Q&A with Tufts alumnus and former Beelzebub Deke Sharon, A91, about his love for and career in a cappella music.
Sharon talked about what drew him to a cappella:
[The beelzebubs] came and sang at my high school and it just changed my life. I was like ‘what is this? This is the greatest thing in the world!’ Up on stage there was all this energy, all these sounds, layers of voices.
He also spoke about the most rewarding aspect of writing a cappella music:
It gets really exciting and interesting because while a voice can only make one sound at a time, it’s actually able to create a wider range of sounds than any instrument and it’s also able to span musical styles in a way that instruments really can’t.
Recently, Sharon co-authored the book A Cappella Arranging, which is essentially a textbook for a cappella writing for every vocal arranger whether amateur or professional.
Check out the video below of Sharon as he gives his opinions on a cappella dos and don’ts:
Check out Tufts alumnus Nick Jandl, A07, in the recently released movie A Resurrection! Prior to this film, Jandl had played a variety of roles in well-known television shows and movies, including The Green Lantern, Hot in Cleveland and Law&Order:LA.
A Resurrection opened in select theaters on March 22. It is a horror/suspense film that tells the story of a young boy who believes his recently deceased older brother has come back to life.
Watch the trailer below to see fellow Jumbo Nick Jandl in action:
Meghann Dombroski, D10, has quite a few reasons why she chose Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. But she may say it best when she notes, “The feeling I got when I interviewed here, I instantly felt at home.”
Each year, about 180 students join Tufts Dental School from all over the country. Located in Boston, the school offers a wide variety of programs including endodontics, periodontology, general dentistry and public health and community service.
In the video below, Meghann talks in detail about why and how she chose Tufts:
Recent photos on The Fletcher School’s Admissions Facebook Page interestingly compare the Fletcher of years ago to the Fletcher we see today.
With historic photos from the archives paired next to more recent photos taken today, these fun ‘Throwback Thursday” posts show that although Fletcher may look different over the years, the students still have the same passion and excitement for learning.
Check out this one “Throwback Thursday” post below, and for more photos check out their Facebook page.
Looking for a new show to watch? Netflix’s new original series, House of Cards, is actually based on a book with the same name by Fletcher alum Michael Dobbs, F72, F77. Dobbs published House of Cards in 1989, as the first of a trilogy and in the early 90′s all three novels were turned into a BBC miniseries.
Dobbs attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and graduated with an M.A., M.A.L.D, and PhD in nuclear defense studies. A native of England, he returned there after graduation and became involved in government as a member of the Conservative Party. He later became a a full-time writer.
Check out the trailer for the American adapted House of Cards:
For more interesting Fletcher tidbits, visit here.
It is a health app, that unlike many of the existing apps, goes far beyond just bringing up a nutrition label. Bon’App gives extremely detailed information on every food possible but does so in straightforward and easily understandable language. Furthermore, it allows users to personalize the information they receive based on individual health goals, restrictions and preferences.
The app works by using a strong visual: a battery that depletes as an individual consumes less-healthy items and also changes color from green to yellow to red. For protein and fiber, the battery starts empty and fills up as the individual eats towards the recommended amount of these items.
For more information about Salinardi and her app, check out this Friedman School blog post.