Dance and Music Students Participate in Master Classes
Music students had the opportunity to take classes with Tom Tallitsch. Left to right: Alex Gingue ’19, Asher Solnit ’18, Sierra Shippee ’21, Grace Phelps (hidden) ’19, and Matthew Bader ’19.
St. Johnsbury Academy dance and music students had a unique opportunity last week to work with a professional dancer and master teacher, Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch, and a professional jazz musician, her husband, Tom Tallitsch.
Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch was a principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company for 10 years, performing leading roles such as Jocasta in Night Journey, Helen of Troy in Clytemnestra, Pioneering Woman in Appalachian Spring, and several other timeless Graham works.
She has also worked with other prominent artists and collaborators, including Aszure Barton, Larry Kegwin, Josie Mosely, and Lar Lubovitch in the Lamentation Variations, Martha Clarke in Sueno, Pascal Rioult in Philadanco, Siti Company in collaboration with the Martha Graham Dance Company in American Document, and Lou Diamond Phillips, Guy Stroman, and Susan Kikuchi in The King and I.
Tom Tallitsch is a jazz saxophonist, composer, music educator, piano teacher for students with autism, musical director for the Big Sky Project Dance Company, and jazz radio host. He has released six original albums; his most recent recording is All Together Now.