Thursday, April 23, 2015

Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival, FLCC announce lineup

Prize-winning guitarist Petar Kodzas will perform Spanish masterpieces with his wife, Ines Draskovic, an acclaimed pianist and member of FLCC's music faculty.
The Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival has again partnered with Finger Lakes Community College for a summer concert series that will feature world-class musicians. 

The festival is centered on four chamber concerts in FLCC’s auditorium over two weekends: Friday and Sunday, July 17 and 19, and Friday and Sunday, July 24 and 26. It also includes a series of community concerts, including a season kickoff on July 16 at the Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum in Canandaigua, a July 20 concert at Geva Theatre in Rochester, and a less formal “Classical Blue Jeans” and barbecue concert at Bristol Harbour Resort in South Bristol on July 22. 

Tickets and more information are available on the festival’s website,

Additional “pop-up” concerts are being planned and will be free and open to the public. “Master key” tickets for all four FLCC shows are $120 for general admission and $180 for patrons. Single concert tickets are $15 for those 18 and under and students with ID, $35 for general admission and $60 for patrons. All tickets to the Geva show are $25. The Blue Jeans concert includes dinner and costs $50, or $35 for those under 12.

“For this 11th anniversary season we are celebrating the world-class quality and incredible tradition of the festival,” said Kevin Kumar, the festival’s co-artistic director. “Each concert is designed to be a unique experience, and we’re thrilled to bring back some musicians who’ve become festival mainstays, as well as several new faces.”

The 2015 concert series will feature:

Violinist Juliana Athayde, concertmaster of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra who, in 2005 at age 24, became the youngest person to hold the position in its nearly 100-year
Juliana Athayde
history. She has also performed as guest concertmaster with the Houston, Kansas City, and Santa Barbara symphonies.

Guitarist Petar Kodzas, a native of Belgrade who is now part of the faculty at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester. He was a prize winner in the Orpheus Competition and the National Music Competition in Yugoslavia, and will perform Spanish masterpieces with his wife, Ines Draskovic, an acclaimed pianist and member of FLCC’s music faculty. 

Pianist Audrey Andrist, a prize winner at such competitions as the Mozart International, the San Antonio International, Eckhardt-Gramatte and the Julliard Concerto. She has performed in some of the country’s most prestigious venues, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and she is a member of Strata, a trio with her husband, violinist James Stern, and clarinetist Nathan Williams. 

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Brass Quintet, which features trumpets, trombone, tuba, and French horn.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

View the program for the May 2- 3 Finger Lakes Chorale concerts at St. John's Episcopal Church

Baritone Joe Finetti, above, and soprano Angela Libertella-Calabrese, below, are soloists for the Finger Lakes Chorale performance of "Requiem."

The Finger Lakes Chorale, a community chorus based at Finger Lakes Community College, will perform Gabriel Fauré’s “Requiem” and favorite religious choruses in two concerts the first weekend in May.

The first concert is set for Saturday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 183 N. Main St., Canandaigua, and the second on Sunday, May 3, at 3 p.m., also at the church.

Entry is free but donations are requested for the Dr. A. John Walker Music Award for Finger Lakes Community College music and music recording students.

More than 50 local residents make up the Chorale, directed by Dennis Maxfield, adjunct instructor at FLCC. They will be joined by musicians on the violin, viola and cello.

“Requiem,” a Roman Catholic mass for the dead, features baritone Joe Finetti and soprano Angela Libertella-Calabrese as soloists.

Additional selections include “The Heavens are Telling” from “The Creation” by Franz Josef Haydn, Gustav Holst’s “Turn Back, O Man,” and “He Watching Over Israel” from Felix Mendelsshon’s “Elijah.”             

For more information, call (585) 396-0027.
Below is the full program.

“Requiem”                                                                                                       Gabriel Faure

1.      Introit et Kyrie

2.      Offertoire
Joe Finetti, baritone

3.      Sanctus

4.      Pie Jesu
Angela Libertella-Calabrese, soprano

5.      Agnus Dei

6.      Libera Me

Joe Finetti, baritone
7.      In Paradisum

Solo Violin/Viola, Maxine Sturtevant


“The Heavens Are Telling” from “The Creation”                                  Franz Josef Haydn
Amy Ogden, soprano, Craig Follette, tenor, Kirby Weimer, baritone

“Ave Verum”                                                                                         Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“He Watching Over Israelfrom “Elijah”                                             Felix Mendelssohn

“Turn Back, O Man”                                                                                      Gustav Holst

“How Lovely Are The Messengers” from “St. Paul”                            Felix Mendelssohn

“Hallelujah, Amen” from “Judas Maccabaeus”                               Georg Frideric Handel


Andrea Somerville
Lauren Beikirch
Jessica Collins
Maxine Sturtevant

Jenny Muhl
Nicole Walton
Jay Blaufuss
Kristy Ingersoll

Janneke Hoogland
Tammy Sutliff

Barbara Bayley
Kathy Chapman
Evelyn Fleming
Cathy Follette
Anne Gulledge
Stephanie Lipp
Jennifer Maxfield
Mary McClain
Diane  McWilliams
Elizabeth Messmer
Amy  Ogden
Tracy Scofield-Smith
Genie Vandemark
Elaine Walker

Suzanne Blatchford
Margaret S. Cook
Bonnie Cosgrove
Linda Egburtson
Carol S. Ennis
Cathy Finley
Elaine Hilton
Mary Jo Lanphear
Deborah Lyon
Donna McCormick
Patricia Sanford
Marilyn R. Shafer
Barbara D. Stahl
Nuri Steiner
Karen T Sullivan
Janet Tenreiro

Richard Bald
Brian Case
Craig Follette
Steve Foster
John Hurley
Joan Jasper
Jonathan Leet
Fred Magley
Richard A. Micoli
Troy Olmstead
Kirby V. Weimer

Nels Carr
James D. Cornett
Mark Darling
Dakota Earl
James Hilton
Peter Houghton
George H. Leet
John Rugg
Gordon Stringer
Michael Susco
Marcus Vail

Monday, April 20, 2015

Do you know one of the new #PTK honor society members at #FLCC? Click here to see the list of names

Clayton Laclair of Rochester signs the Phi Theta Kappa registry.
To see many more photos, click here.

One hundred and one Finger Lakes Community College students were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, during a ceremony March 26.

Eric Duchess of Geneva, FLCC instructor of history, gave the keynote address, encouraging students to explore and master the frontiers in their own lives. Elizabeth Shultz-Pfaff ’12, president of Phi Theta Kappa in 2010-11, offered a motivational address. She encouraged students to step outside their comfort zones to take advantage of opportunties that come their way.

Phi Theta Kappa’s hallmarks are scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship. FLCC’s chapter, Alpha Epsilon Chi, was chartered in 1981 and provides leadership, service and scholarship opportunities for members. Membership requires completion of 15 hours of associate degree coursework and a GPA of 3.5. Phi Theta Kappa members also serve as campus ambassadors.

New members are as follows, listed by county and town:
Horseheads: Taylor Perez

Cortland: Caitlin Boland

East Aurora: Spencer McGowan
North Tonawanda: Chelsea Pecoraro

Newport: Erin Oakley

Lima: Vanessa Reinhard

Fairport: Stephen Boyers, Joanna Critelli
Rochester: Jessica Balch, Clayton Laclair, Elia Mezger, Walter Richardson, Renee Wickman
Webster: Allison Martucci

Camden: Shiann Sawyer

Baldwinswille: Seth Coots

Bloomfield: Jordan Hosmer
Canandaigua: John Alvord, William Crow, Dustie Huff, Kristen Karam, Vanessa Lonneville, Lauren Miller, Benjamin Mitchell, Jackson Negley, John Pappano, Christina Pierce, Julieana Pietropaolo, Tosha Sloughter, Megan Yeaple
Clifton Springs: Robert Borland, Jade Schoonerman, Tessa Seils
Farmington: Danielle Galens, Loryn Hanley, Tayler Murphy, Anthony Sarcelli
Geneva: Charles Collins, Nicholas Daino, Katherine Jones,
Lucy Mantell, Jason Palmer, Ryan Parmelee, Austin Tuman
Manchester: Ashley Gerlock
Marion: Dana Gillens
Naples: Kimberly Gage, Anne Livingston, Madelaine Perry
Phelps: Jessica O’Connor, Mitchell Priebe, Brittany Sergent
Rushville: Tiffany Worboys
Shortsville: McKenzie Henry, Kathleen Rowe, Elizabeth Tuttle
Stanley: Danielle Brown, Katie Jo Jones, William Robinson, Jennifer Williams
Victor: Aaron Cass, Joshua Harp, Matthew McArdle

Fly Creek: Spencer Vann
Oneonta: Acasia Depperman

Seneca Falls: Ashley Battley, Teresa Hummer
Waterloo: Thomas Moracco Jr., Shawna Shell, Tasha Sherman

Addison: Amanda Reed
Canisteo: Bethany Rahr
Wayland: Chase Weber

Lyons: Josiah Austin, Shawna Williamson, Rebecca Williams
Marion: Jamie Corteville, Brittany Finley
Newark: Mina Biermann, Michael Fedczuk, Michael Howard
Ontario: Amanda Crisafulli, Morgan Dunn, Brittany Maggio
Palmyra: Kris Tones, Meghan Vanhout
Walworth: Jessica Carder
Williamson: Macella DelPlato
Wolcott: Kelly Gordner, Stephanie Payne

Castile: Alexandra Scharet

Bellona: Leah McCarly
Kueka Park: Jessica Hines

Penn Yan: Jacob Boorom, Tyler Dean, Victor Gurba, Garrett Lampson, Rachel Maslyn, Justin Niver, Clay Tietjen, Dallas Zebrowski

Friday, April 17, 2015

SUNY recognizes 35 FLCC students for academic achievement

Thirty-five Finger Lakes Community College students have been recognized for academic achievement by the State University of New York Office of Opportunity Programs.

The award goes to students who were enrolled in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) during fall 2014 and who had a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the end of that semester.

The Educational Opportunity Program is a statewide program meant to expand opportunities for individuals traditionally bypassed by higher education by providing academic support and financial assistance.

To qualify for EOP, students must meet income guidelines, show evidence of historical educational and financial disadvantage and demonstrate the potential to be academically successful. Award recipients are listed below by county and town:

Almond: Robert Erskine

Bronx: Arantxa Saunders, Aissatou Tall

Cato: Sierra Oakes
Locke: Tiffany Jones

Elmira: Philip Frederick

Rochester: Shanice Canady, Sharesa Logan, Daryl McCullough, Asia Singh

Bloomfield: Allison Perozzi
Canandaigua: Lisa Brown-Fry, Elizabeth Cushman, Samuel Cushman, Caitlin Fox, Dustie Huff, Mackenzie Johnston, Deongella Rhett, Richard Sampson
Clifton Springs: Christina Barnhart
Farmington: Alicia Kagel, Elizabeth Pastore, James Wheeler
Geneva: Carrie Sanders, Lori Weaver
Manchester: Alissa Metz

Otego: Rachel Wessells

Seneca Falls: Amy Hawker
Waterloo: Vincent Valerio

Prattsburgh: Molly Young

Lyons: Ashley Hartman
Marion: Zayvia Cromartie
Newark: Brent Ziegler
Palmyra: Alisa Teeter

Penn Yan: Andrea Dyer

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Check the Finger Lakes Camerata program for April 25-26

The Finger Lakes Camerata, a choral group based at Finger Lakes Community College, will give two community concerts of “Favorite Songs of Times Gone By” in April.

The first concert is scheduled for Saturday, April 25, at 7 p.m. at the Farmington Friends Church, 187 County Road 8, Farmington. The concert will be performed again on Sunday, April 26, at 3 p.m. at the United Church Presbyterian-American Baptist, 11 Gibson Street, Canandaigua.

Soloists are Peter Houghton, Kirby Weimer, Daniel Frye and Carrie Ieda.

Dennis Maxfield, an FLCC adjunct music instructor, directs the 22-member Camerata while Ines Draskovic, professor of music, serves as accompanist.  

Entry to both concerts is free but donations are requested for the Dr. A. John Walker Music Award for Finger Lakes Community College music and music recording students. For more information about the concerts, call (585) 396-0027.

Here is the full concert program:

Oh, Dear, What Can The Matter Be?

Gentle Annie with Kirby Weimer, tenor

1890’s Medley

My Wild Irish Rose with Peter Houghton, baritone 

My Old Kentucky Home

Oh! Susanna with Kirby Weimer, tenor


Sourwood Mountain

Skip To My Lou

Black Is The Color OF My True Love’s Hair

Down In The Valley  with Daniel Frye, guitar; Carrie Ieda, alto; Peter Houghton, baritone

Beautiful Dreamer
Buffalo Gals  with Kirby Weimer, Daniel Frye, tenors

Seeing Nellie Home 

Camptown Races 


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Seneca Lake Wine Trail's 35 wineries donate $35K to FLCC Viticulture and Wine Center

Paul Brock, top right corner, FLCC assistant professor of viticulture, leads a toast to the Seneca Lake Wine Trail at a reception April 10 for all those who donated to the campaign to support the Finger Lakes Community College Viticulture and Wine Center and the FLCC viticulture and wine technology degree program. 

The 35 winery members of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail have donated $1,000 each to support the construction of the Finger Lakes Community College Viticulture and Wine Center in Geneva.

The donation to the FLCC Foundation, a nonprofit that supports the college, will fund construction of the 9,000-square-foot building, which opened to students at the start of the spring semester, and support an endowment for the academic program.

“What is so notable about this donation is the breadth of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail’s support.  Thirty-five individual wineries made decisions to support the college,” said FLCC President Barbara Risser.
The donation was celebrated with a toast of wines from the Seneca Lake Wine Trail at an open house to recognize all donors to the project on April 10.

FLCC honors Bully Hill, Heron Hill, dozens more for $332,000 in viticulture center donations

Lillian Taylor, second from right, poses with family
on April 10 in front of the winery at the Finger Lakes
Community College Viticulture and Wine Center
that now bears her late husband's name.
Gregg Learned, winemaker at Bully Hill,
poses with the sign for the laboratory bearing
his name at the Finger Lakes Community College
Viticulture and Wine Center during a reception on April 10
The Finger Lakes Community College Board of Trustees has approved naming rights to rooms in the new FLCC Viticulture and Wine Center in Geneva to recognize major donors to its successful campaign.

Dozens of individuals and businesses gave a total of $272,000 in financial and $60,000 of in-kind contributions to support the building and the FLCC viticulture and wine technology degree program. All donors were honored at a reception on Friday, April 10.

“Support from the community for the FLCC Viticulture and Wine Center and the viticulture and wine technology degree has been overwhelming,” said FLCC President Barbara Risser. “We look forward to a long partnership with the region’s wine and grape industry.”

Lillian Taylor, widow of the late Walter S. Taylor, who founded Bully Hill Vineyards, contributed $100,000 toward the construction of the building. Bully Hill Vineyards and Heron Hill Winery each contributed $50,000 to support the building construction and an endowment to support the academic program.

The teaching winery at the FLCC Viticulture and Wine Center has been named the Walter S. Taylor, Founder, Bully Hill Vineyards Winery. The adjacent enology laboratory has been named the Gregg Learned, Winemaker, Bully Hill Vineyards Lab. The lobby tasting area will be named the John and Josephine Ingle Jr. Heron Hill Winery Tasting Bar.

“It is an honor knowing that these donations will support the school’s educational mission and help mold the next generation of winemakers and grape growers,” said Lillian Taylor.

The 9,000-square-foot building on the grounds of the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park opened Jan. 26 to students. A state grant for $3.26 million covered most of the cost. The FLCC Student Corporation provided $165,000, and the private, nonprofit FLCC Foundation agreed to fundraise for $200,000; these two contributions were matched by the state to cover the additional $730,000 required for the $4 million building.

FLCC Foundation fundraising also includes $35,000 from the Seneca Lake Wine Trail organization and nearly two dozen smaller contributions.

Foundation funds not required for the construction of the building will be used to create an endowment to help pay for the highly specialized equipment required for the program and supplemental student experiences.

Risser noted that the tribute to Walter S. Taylor is particularly apt; he was the commencement speaker in 1982. True to his rebel spirit, he opted against wearing regalia and gave his speech in overalls and boots.

A poet, painter, activist, third-generation winemaker and fourth-generation grape grower, Walter Taylor had deep roots in the New York wine industry that started at his grandfather’s Taylor Wine Company. With help from his father, Greyton, Taylor started Bully Hill Farms in 1958, and the pair championed the use of cold hearty French-American hybrid varieties, a practice that is continued by Bully Hill and other regional wineries to this day.
Taylor started making wine in 1967. He founded Bully Hill Vineyards in 1970 and the first wine museum in the nation in 1972. Taylor was a New York wine industry pioneer and maverick with his eye-catching labels designs and his outspoken commitment to quality and integrity in an industry where “watering back” wine was the norm. Taylor championed the New York Farm Winery Act in 1976, which opened the way for small wineries to sell directly to consumers.

Winemaker Gregg Learned has been a Bully Hill employee for more than 40 years, starting in 1973 as a handyman and tour guide. Through high school and college, he worked in every department of the company. After college, he joined the winery as cellarmaster. In 1981, Learned was promoted to his present position of winemaker and vice president. Under his guidance, the winery has evolved from a small, labor-intensive 200 ton per year enterprise to the present 3,000 ton per year model of efficiency. Bully Hill currently produces 200,000 cases annually with distribution in 30 states.

“I’ve always been a little uncomfortable with the title winemaker. It seems to imply a solitary genius, the wizard behind the curtain, pulling levers, creating inspired art. In truth, of course, good winemaking is a wholly collaborative endeavor: it springs from the time, talent, and dedication of grower families and academic researchers; of cellar workers and salespeople; of entrepreneurs and educators. In many ways, winemaking is the ultimate team sport. We may be the coach, but we’re not the team,” Learned said.

Founded in 1977, Heron Hill Winery produces 20,000 cases of wine per year in Hammondsport, with tasting rooms in South Bristol and Himrod. Last year, Wine & Spirits magazine named Heron Hill’s 2012 Classic Dry Riesling as one of its “100 Top Value Wines of the Year for $15 or Less.”

“I would have never envisioned the possibility that a world-class local facility would address the needs of our cool-climate wine region,” said John Ingle, who planted his first vineyards on Canandaigua Lake in 1972. “To have professionally trained vineyard help, winery employees, and winemakers is remarkable. As we have persevered through the decades to gain recognition and respect, our pride and passion for our products has propelled us to this point.
“Now we will go forward with renewed confidence and guidance buoyed by the awareness that we will enjoy the benefits of this fantastic center of knowledge and training,” Ingle added.

Other donors are Harry and Ann Burt, CCN International, Corbett Inc., James Diermeier ’77, Farm Credit East, Finger Lakes Extrusion, James and Connie Fisher, Grafted Grapevine Nursery, Richard and Ann Marie Hermann, Integrated Systems, LaBella Associates, Gina Lee ’13, Lyons National Bank, Joseph and Terri Nairn, Amy Pauley, Silver Thread Vineyard — Paul and Shannon Brock, TankNet by Acron Tech, Three Brothers Winery, Vance Metal Company and Aaron and Elizabeth ’02 Witt, and a donor who gave in honor of the marriage of Ken and Michelle Barton.

The classroom in the Viticulture and Wine Center will be named for Trustee Emeritus Harry Burt of Geneva, who served on the college’s Board of Trustees from 1995 to 2012. Burt championed the development of the college’s viticulture and wine technology degree program, approved by the state Education Department in 2009.

John and Josephine Ingle pose with the sign for
the room bearing their names at the Finger Lakes Community
College Viticulture and Wine Center.