Nurturing Living Connections, Early Childhood through Grade 12

Previous Award Recipients

Jonah Simonak2015 • Jonah Simonak graduated from HVS in 2010, then attended Hampshire College, where his senior theses consisted of a series of short stories. Since then, he has been interning at a book publisher and writing fiction. He is applying to Brooklyn College for his MFA in writing. Of his thesis project Jonah said, “I wrote a collection of interconnected short stories, which I paired with original and found photographs. I chose to pair image and text in the hope of propelling the stories from fictional musings into texts that felt like real documents, and that existed in a real world unlike our own.”

Talya Phelps headshot2015 • Talya Phelps, (HVS ’15) has already distinguished herself as an accomplished musician. Anyone who has heard the fluid ease with which she plays the recorder knows the depth of her musical talent. She has also been teaching music to children after school during her senior year. The Henriette Reis Award will help her to attend the Amherst Early Music Festival this summer to pursue her work on recorder. Talya writes of the Early Music Festival, “I will have the opportunity to be coached by world-call recorder players, including Saskia Coolen and Reine-Marie Verhagen, and I will have the chance to play in recorder ensembles on authentic period instruments.”

Ezra Glatt for Henriette Reiss Award

2015 Special Recognition: Ezra Glatt, (HVS ’13) says that it was as an HVS senior that he discovered his all-consuming passion for music. While working on his senior project – learning the finger style guitar of Chet Atkins and designing and building an electric bass guitar – he realized that his true direction was performance and song composition. His album Wilber Forest was self-produced at Old Soul Studios in Catskill and included songs that Ezra wrote during his senior year, at his university year at Kings College in Halifax, and in the following summer. All of the songs on the album are composed and arranged by Ezra.

Zoe Ronan2014 • Zoe Ronen, a 2014 Hawthorne Valley graduate, lives in Copake, NY and came to Hawthorne Valley in his junior year. A gifted musician, Zoe plays the trumpet, mostly classical but also jazz and other types of music. His original composition “Three Textures” is a piece for piano and trumpet. Zoe has been playing in the Empire State Youth Orchestra, and is continuing his music education at Boston University

2014-Myles resized2014 • Myles Ryan graduated from HVS in 2005, after which he completed training in Eurythmy, which led him to  Switzerland, where he encountered Kleinodienkunst, spiritually inspired wearable art. In an age of mass-produced jewelry, Myles saw an unmet need which he could meet with his own artistic capacities. He plans to continue his training in metal work and gemology and to open a workshop in the US to further this art.

danwall2013 Daniel Wall’s artistic interests have recently focused on musical creation. After his graduation from HVS in 2005 he attended Concordia University in Montreal, but after two semesters left to pursue a voracious need to travel. He journeyed throughout the States, into Mexico and on to the Middle East, then extensively through Western and Eastern Europe. After three years of globetrotting, which included making music on city streets and networking and collaborating with other young artists, he settled into Goddard College in Vermont in their individualized studies program in 2009. There he uncovered a dormant passion for spiritual psychology, art and music.

2012-fulopemily2012 • Emily Fulop, a 2006 Hawthorne Valley graduate, graduated from Lesley University with a BA in Expressive Arts Therapy. She has written poetry as well as two plays that have been publicly presented and wants to pursue graduate studies, possibly in the UK. She has been accepted to a screenwriting program at Napier University in Edinburgh and also to the M.A. program in playwriting at Royal Holloway University in London.

Christian Peterson2012 • Christian Peterson, class of 2012, has written stories, poems and a play. He wants to continue his focus on creative writing.

2012-justin_lange2012 • Justin Lang, a graduate of the class of 2002, is a filmmaker and currently studying at ITP, the interactive technology graduate program of New York University. He is taking new directions as an inventor and creative technologist.

img_77812011 • Julian Müller earned this award as a senior at Hawthorne Valley who distinguished himself playing the cello. He has performed in the Empire State Youth Orchestra, playing in Carnegie Hall, and touring Europe. He now is continuing his musical studies.

daniel_kobran2011Daniel Kobran, a 2005 Hawthorne Valley graduate with a B.S. in Environmental Design, has been working in architecture, including with John Fülöp Associates in Stockbridge, MA. He plans to attend the University of Michigan in the fall for graduate studies in architecture.

kristindalton20102010 • Kristin Dalton, a 2000 Hawthorne Valley graduate, received this year’s Henriette Reiss Award for artistic endeavor at the 18th-annual Arts Celebration held on Saturday, May 29th, at Space 360 on Warren Street in Hudson. Ms. Dalton’s primary artistic discipline is painting. She has worked as a painter in Wisconsin and Seattle, where she attended Cornish College of the Arts. In 2008 she returned to Columbia County and enrolled the following year in the Free Columbia painting course with instructors Laura Summer and Nathanial Williams. In accepting the award, she referred to her desire to foster an arts community in Columbia County, and pledged to “pass on” this gesture of recognition to other struggling young artists. Some of her paintings were also on display at Space 360.

ahna_1_20092009 • Ahna Kane is continuing her studies at Drew University where she is majoring in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Playwriting.

hra_2008_chandra2008 • Chandra Ping is continuing with her glass bead work, leather work and silk screening as well as drawing.Her work can be seen at She was considering moving to the west coast where she was accepted at three art schools (Art Institute of Portland, Oregon School of Art and Craft, and Pacific Northwest School of Art) but then decided to start a family and stay in Harlemville for the time being.

lauren_32008 • Lauren Sansaricq has been continuing her painting studies at the Grand Central Academy of Art in Manhattan, which accepts only fifteen students each year.

hra_2007_emily2007 • Emily Bolevice received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in NYC in 2008.  She works mainly in photography and has exhibited her work in New York City, Columbia County, and London.  She is also involved in performance art with her art collective, the wildfeasties, exhibiting at the Last Supper in Brooklyn, Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY as well as Verge at Art Basel Miami and Verge New York.  Emily lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

hra_2007_drew2007 • Drew Wagner will be in her senior year at Smith College in 2010/11, majoring in English and Dance. She is preparing to go to law school in 2011.

seamus_52006 • Seamus Maynard is continuing his studies at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He was one of 24 students selected from 2,500 applicants. After graduating from Hawthorne Valley in 1999, and inspired by his senior class production of Les Miserables directed by Eric Müller, he began studying the art of acting with John McManus. He also took part in the Shakespeare Alive! intensive training program and performed with the Actors’ Ensemble. He spent the 2004/2005 academic year studying speech and drama In England with Christopher Garvie at the Artemis school. Through this work, he realized that acting was the profession he wanted to pursue.

matthew_62005 • Matthew Zanoni Müller received his BA in Creative Writing and Literature from Emerson College in Boston. He has just completed a collection of short non-fiction pieces he wrote together with his father, entitled I’ve Got Another One: Stories of Growing Up from a Father and Son. He is currently at work on a collection of poems as well as a collection of interconnected short stories entitled What We Were Doing Here. His short novel The Chameleon is an exploration of identity. Matthew is currently enrolled at Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers and hopes to graduate in the summer of 2010.

emilyhassell_72004 • Emily Hilton Hassell lives in Ghent, New York with her four children who also  now attend Hawthorne Valley. She continues to work with liminal, political, social art, using sculpture, photography, poetry, mixed media paintings, and illustration. She has participated and co founded a number of cultural initiatives in Ireland, the U.S. and Guatemala, including Mundo Bizarro, La Casa 0-27, and the Experimental Artists Collective Gallery 345. Her work has been shown in many collective exhibitions and solo shows, as well as with private collectors and dealers. Last year she worked with sculptor and installation artist Peter Barton on installations, paintings and sculpture at Studio 444 in Hudson NY . She recieved two grants last year. The Hudson River Art Projects Studio Grant which she used to work and exhibited privately throughout last summer. The second grant was from Think OutWord  the Art and Anthroposophy Grant for her sculpture project titled “The Space in between” .She is currently working on three series of sculptures with the goal of showing one of them in relation to the United Nations exhibition space this

bendalton_82004 • Ben Dalton completed his first year of studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, with emphasis on bookbinding and printmaking. He is continuing his artwork and writing/bookmaking while taking time off from school to travel and work on political projects.

hra_2003_traey2003 • LeeLee Core is attending Marymount College in Manhattan where she is taking art-major, poetry, and theatre classes. She continues to paint on her own. Tara Shumer-Decker will graduate from Hampshire College in May of 2007 with a project in figure sculpture and a theoretical work on art and subjectivity. While at Hampshire she has studied painting, sculpture, and illustration as part of a liberal arts program, also enrolling in classes at Smith and Mt. Holyoke as part of the five-college consortium in the Pioneer Valley. In 2006, Tara was on exchange at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland where she immersed herself in Irish literature and philosophy. She feels these studies have given her a deeper appreciation of history, culture, and various representations of the life experience of others Sabrina Tranchita is a fiber artist creating wearable and ornamental pieces using fiber from her llamas, alpacas, and sheep. Her time is spent working on her farm and in her studio.

emilyklavun_92002 • Emily Klavun received a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in music from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. She is also a graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City, where she completed a two-year, full-time acting program. Recently, she completed her Master of Music at Purchase Conservatory, SUNY – Purchase College, Purchase, NY.

When in New York City, she performed in Into the Woods, The Amanda Play, My Fair Lady and in various showcases and independent films. In past summers she has taught at Barrington Stage Company’s KidsAct (children’s musical theater program) in Sheffield, MA, and performed with Triarts at The Sharon Playhouse in Sharon, CT, as Irene in Crazy for You, Gloria in Mame, and in Diva Nights. She’s also played leading roles in national children’s theater tours.

As a classically trained, lyric Mezzo-Soprano, she has sung in: La Traviata, Rigoletto, Cinderella, and The Music Shop at The Lake George Opera Festival at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, in Saratoga Springs, NY. And, while completing her Master’s degree at Purchase Conservatory, she sang the role of the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, the Monitor and the Mother Abess in Suor Angelica, and the Second Lady in The Magic Flute, all at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase. Additionally she’s sung as a young artist with Elysium – Between Two Continents, in Bernried, Germany, and most recently, she sang her solo Master’s recital accompanied by pianist Hugh Murphy. She has primarily studied with Dr. Sherry Overholt.

vanessa_102001 • Vanessa (Kobran) Graymason graduated cum laude from the theater program at York University in Toronto in 2006 and is actively pursuing her career as an actress. She has performed in several theatre and film productions in Canada and the U.S. Most recently she received rave revues for her portrayal of Brooke in Daniel MacIvor’s How It Works at Theatre North West in British Columbia. Last year she had the exciting opportunity to play opposite Greg Kinnear, Lauren Graham and Dermot Mulroney in Universal’s Flash of Genius. Vanessa is currently in the midst of writing a one woman show which she hopes to produce next summer. When Vanessa is not acting, she coordinates urban arts workshops for at-risk-youth in Toronto communities for Expect Theatre.

linda_112000 • Linda Kaufman graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2004 with honors in fine art. She began by working in the fashionindustry and after realizing that she wasn’t having any fun she discovered film. She now does makeup and special effects in film, print, television, video and event. She has since worked on over 17 films and worked for Victoria’s Secret both in catalogue and in the annual fashion show. She has done event makeup for the 2009 Tony Awards best actress nominee Marin Ireland and music videos for Cobra Starship, Fat Joe and Talib Kweli. She has been lucky enough to work with some of Hollywood’s classic actors a well as many up and coming talents, with many stops in between. From actors to star athletes to socialites every day on the job is something new and luckily, over time, Linda has learned that even the absurd and awful is usually funny in retrospect. As a result she laughs often! Linda likes to think that although she is not saving the world she IS making people more beautiful and aiding in entertainment which hopefully, on some level, is making someone’s life better. She holds permanent residences in Manhattan and Los Angeles and continues to LOVE what she does.

gabriel_121999 • Gabriel Giles graduated from Columbia University in May 2006 with a B.S. and an M.S. in Civil Engineering. In 2003 he graduated with a B.A. in violin performance from Oberlin College and Conservatory, where he studied with Kyung Sun Lee and Andrew Jennings.  As a violinist Gabriel has performed at the Aspen, Musicorda, Colorado College, and Bowdoin summer music festivals. In 2005 Gabriel received a Guggenheim Fellowship to complete his graduate studies at Columbia University.Gabriel currently lives in New York City where he works as a project manager for AECOM (formerly Metcalf & Eddy) managing the design and construction of capital projects for New York City’s wastewater system. He also continues to play violin with the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony.

1998 • Tiffany Fredericks graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 2002. Her main areas of study were in traditional figurative sculpture, lost wax casting style jewelry and stained glass. She was commended for her exceptional ability to render high levels of detail and emotion, and after her second year was advised to seek additional mentorship with more advanced sculptors outside of the school.
After graduating she moved to Rhode Island and took personal commissions for art, ranging from pet portraits to sculptures to murals and jewelry, while also having castings of her sculptures and jewelry for sale in several shops and art fairs. Her style reflects her deep-rooted love of nature and mythology and depicts highly detailed and often anthropomorphic figures from the natural world, myth and personal vision. She is currently expanding into the world of costume and mask making, for performance, private and corporate commissions. She is also putting her new creations into action in fund raising events for charity, and plans to seek connections to therapeutic work as well.

1997 • Simone Chezar graduated from Bard College with a B.A. in Shakespearean literature in 2001, writing her thesis on Ophelia and Cleopatra. While at Bard she also played in chamber groups and took classes in drawing and etching. Simone went on to get a BSN from the University of Massachusetts in 2004. After working for more than a year as an RN on an acute-care kidney transplant unit at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., she moved to San Diego, Calif., where she currently works as a pediatric oncology nurse. Simone continues to play the violin for pleasure.

1996 • Claire Roberts is teaching Music Theory and Ear Training (Gehörbildung) at the Bern University of the Arts (Hochschule der Künste in Bern, Switzerland) and at the Staatliche Musikhochschule in Freiburg, Germany. After obtaining a diploma in sculpture she received a degree in piano and music education as well as a diploma in Ear Training at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg. This summer she will be completing a degree in the teaching of English literature to German-speaking students.

martin_131995 • Martin Young began studies in architecture at Syracuse University before enlisting in the U.S. Army. Stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., he was sent to Iraq in July 2006.

After returning to the U.S., he left the army in October 2007 and settled in Fayetteville, N.C., with his wife, Ann and their growing collection of canines. In late 2008 he returned to the Middle East (Iraq and Afghanistan) spending 18 months as a civilian helicopter mechanic with L3 Communications Vertex Aerospace, finding himself working with many of the same people he once served with in uniform. He began work on his MBA while stationed in Iraq and received his degree from Regis University in 2010. He is intending to continue his architectural studies at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C.

1994 • Marianka Madey performed as a cellist with the Longwood Symphony in Boston, then continued her cello studies with David Gibson at the University of Massachusetts and played with the University Orchestra there. In addition, she studied piano tuning at the North Bennet Street School and was one of two piano technicians chosen to apprentice at the Tanglewood Summer Music Festival in 1995. Marianka is currently based in San Francisco and is tuning pianos in the Bay Area. She continues to practice the cello and is also now studying the piano. Marianka holds a B.S. in Natural Resources Conservation from UMASS, where she participated in and taught ballroom dancing and led the Ballroom Dance Team in intercollegiate New England competitions.

rebeccahartka_141993 • Rebecca Hartka A nationally recognized musician, Dr. Rebecca Hartka is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Cello at Montana State University and the Assistant Principal Cellist of the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra. As one of the founding members of the Phoenix Trio, Hartka gives regular concert tours across the country. In the fall of 2007 Hartka was featured as a guest artist in a concert tour with the Meritage Quartet and will be making her solo debut, performing the Saint-Saens cello concerto in May 2008, with the Montana State University Symphony Orchestra. Her playing has been described as “virtuosic and passionate,” and Martha Dorrill of the Farmville Herald in Virginia remarked that “Rebecca Hartka made the Brahms melodies heartrending” after a performance of the Brahms Clarinet Trio.

A versatile performer, Hartka has worked with numerous ensembles large and small, including the Serenata Chamber Players, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Boston College Contemporary Music Ensemble, Hyperprism, the Fringe Festival, Cape Ann Symphony, Helena Symphony, in the SAPAS Performing Arts series, and in such prestigious venues as the Boston Athenaeum and the Boston Center for the Arts. As a crossover cellist Hartka has performed with Jenna Nichols in venues such as the Rockwood Music Club in New York and Club Passim in Cambridge, Mass. She was the soloist for the 1999 Spiral Dance Festival and on the Global Jams stage of the Pride Festival, both in San Francisco. In March of 2001 she was the central performer for a Preston Productions, ADC Broadband commercial video shoot in Copley Square, Boston. Additionally she has attended the String Fling at the Berklee school, working with Darol Anger of the Turtle Island String Quartet as well as Eugene Freisen of the Paul Winter Consort. She has also had private lessons in Celtic Music and Baroque Cello.

As a four-year recipient of the Deans Scholar Award, Hartka completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Cello performance at Boston University College of Fine Arts (BU CFA) in May 2007. In 2007 she was elected to Phi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honors Society. Hartka has also attended numerous chamber festivals including the Oberlin in Cassalmaggiore Chamber music festival in Italy, the Lydian String Quartet Chamber Music Workshop, the Music from Salem Chamber Music Festival, and the Hampden-Sydney Chamber Music Festival. As a member of the Phoenix Trio she was a recipient of a 2005 Brookline Tercentennial Fund Grant and participated as a full fellow in the Brevard Advanced Chamber Music Festival in 2004. She appeared with the Novalis Quartet as part of the Project Guggenheim’s “The Art of Compassion in a Time of War.”

Hartka completed a Masters in Music at BU CFA, and a Bachelor of Arts in Cello Performance at the Oberlin Conservatory and College. In 2003 she was the string department teaching assistant at Boston University College of Fine Arts. Hartka taught private lessons at the All Newton Music School in MA from 2001-07. She also served on the committee for the Henriette Reiss Award from 2002-07. Hartka’s teachers have included Leslie Parnas, Michael Reynolds, Rhonda Rider, Clive Greensmith, Andor Toth, Peter Rejto, Douglas Moore, and Justin Kagan.

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