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Olivia Graceffa ’22 performed in a production of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music.

The Artist Otherwise Known As: Olivia Graceffa ’22

Kathryn Cloonan April 27, 2022

Before deciding to combine her scientific and artistic sides, Olivia Graceffa ’22 had to choose between pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre at Boston Conservatory or coming to the...

Douglas in a hand-sewn cotton wrap skirt, inspired by her grandmother. (Photo courtesy of Caroline Douglas.)

The Artist Otherwise Known As: Caroline Douglas ’23

David Wignall April 13, 2022
Throughout the fall, Caroline Douglas ’23 frequented the Green River in search of three things: water samples for her geoscience research, photos for her junior arts seminar, and videos for her video art class. For her junior seminar, she created a four-part photo series of herself, her grandmother (whom she calls Nonna), and the River. And for her video class, she created a green screen video.
Bernstein (center) performed an African dance in ​​Kusika’s fall show in 2021. (Photo courtesy of Alex Bernstein.)

The Artist Otherwise Known As: Alex Bernstein ’23

Kathryn Cloonan and Caprice Turchiano March 9, 2022

As a lifelong dancer, beginning at age 2, Alex Bernstein ’23 came to the College intending to dance ballet and contemporary with CoDa and hip-hop with Nothin But Cuties (NBC). However, in their three...

Alex Stoddard displays the awards from his recent music projects. Photo courtesy of Spencer Spivy.

Alex Stoddard ’23.5 produces for popular hip-hop artists

Isabelle Sanderson February 23, 2022
Alex Stoddard ’23.5, known in the music world as A$tod, is a music producer who has worked on songs for hip-hop artists including Yung Bleu, OMB Peezy, and Rod Wave. Rod Wave’s album SoulFly, which includes “OMDB,” a song produced by Stoddard, was nominated for an American Music Award last October. In light of his success, the Record sat down to talk to Stoddard about how he got involved in the music business, his personal connections to these songs, and the general role music plays in his life.
(Photo courtesy of John Murphy.)

Artists of the Class of 2021

Cameron Pugh May 19, 2021
In recognition of the graduating seniors in studio art, music, and theatre, the Record created a brief series of artist features. The artists offered their thoughts on their senior projects, recitals, or theses, and their experiences as artists at the College.
Tasan Smith-Gandy playing his “Pine Cello” composition at the top of Pine Cobble Trail. (Photo courtesy of Jay Corey.)

Tasan Smith-Gandy ’24 takes cello to new heights — literally

Lour Yasin April 14, 2021
Student musician and composer Tasan Smith-Gandy ’24 hiked up Pine Cobble trail, bringing along with him his six-pound cello. Upon reaching the summit of Pine Cobble, he sat down and performed “Pine Cello,” an original piece inspired by the natural beauty around him. 
The Artist Otherwise Known As: Joel Nicholas ’23

The Artist Otherwise Known As: Joel Nicholas ’23

Bellamy Richardson December 9, 2020

Joel Nicholas ’23 composes electronic music from his studio at home. “I picked up music by ear, pretty much,” student musician and composer Joel Nicholas ’23 said. “In my old...

Artist Otherwise Known As: Helene Ryu ’22

Artist Otherwise Known As: Helene Ryu ’22

Nigel Jaffe November 18, 2020

Helene Ryu ’22 has recently started experimenting with themes of intimacy in relation to others. (Photo courtesy of Helene Ryu ’22.) I don’t recall exactly how my view of Helene Ryu...

Jack Romans 20 to study the nuances of international childrens theatre

Jack Romans ’20 to study the nuances of international children’s theatre

Tali Natter May 23, 2020

Jack Romans ’20 is using his Watson Fellowship to explore youth theatre practices across the world. (Photo courtesy of Brad Wakoff.) While life after college typically invites adulthood,...

Ben Mygatt ’20 has played violin for over a decade, and he is just getting started

Ben Mygatt ’20 has played violin for over a decade, and he is just getting started

Arrington Luck May 23, 2020

(Photo courtesy of Ben Mygatt.) For over a decade, Ben Mygatt ’20 has honed his craft as a violinist, and he has no plan to stop anytime soon. Starting on the violin at age three,...

Isabel Bushway crochets as the world unravels

Isabel Bushway crochets as the world unravels

Sarah Gantt May 20, 2020

Isabel Bushway ’23 uses crocheting as a connection to her mother, an escape from reality and a way to give gifts to others. Photo courtesy of Isabel Bushway. “Exciting, colorful, relaxing.” These...

Creatives in Quarantine: Javier Robelo ’22

Creatives in Quarantine: Javier Robelo ’22

Kara Hadden May 13, 2020

Javier Robelo ’22 outside the WCMA pop-up store on Spring Street. (Photo courtesy of Alexa Walkovitz ’21.) The way I see it, there are two kinds of artists: those who use art to reflect...

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