Hear our Alumnae

Jessica Cucco

Jessica Cucco, from Barrington, Illinois is a music and anthropology double major. She was the co-director of the M&Cs, and MHC acappella group. Jessica participated in the five college opera playing a witch in Dido and Aeneas and a dancer in Seven Deadly Sins. She received two music prizes in 2009--the Currey Prize for commitment to music and contribution to the department, and the Hazen I Prize for beginning her serious study of music at MHC. Jessica was accepted at New York City's American Musical and Dramatic Academy for fall 2009.

Copland: "Laurie's Song" from The Tender Land


Anjuli Gunaratne

Anjuli Gunaratne was born in Sri Lanka. She is an English and Music double major. In 2002 she won the Sri Lanka Symphony Symphony Orchestra's Young Soloist's Concerto Competition. At Mount Holyoke she received the prize for the Most Outstanding Junior (2007-08) and the Helen Blyth Hazen I Prize for students who began the serious study of music at the college. She will begin her graduate studies in English at Princeton University in fall 2009.

Schubert: Der Erlkönig


Charlina Ahn

Charlina Ahn is from Seoul, Korea and Palisades, New York. She is an anthropology major and music minor, and a recipient of the Mount Holyoke Leadership Award. She has been a member of the Orchestra, Flute Choir, and Woodwind ensemble at MHC. In her sophomore year she won the orchestra concert competition and performed as a soloist. Her musical background includes study at Manhattan School of Music and the Boston Universtiy Tanglewood Institute. In Korea, she is a member of the Seoul National Flute Choir. She plans on continuing her studies in the field of music performance.

Clarke: The Great Train Race


Cecilie Pope

Cecilie Pope, from Westwood, MA, is a studio art major and music minor. While at Mount Holyoke, she participated in chamber ensembles, orchestra, Mozart's Requiem in February 2009, and regularly performed with her family in community concerts. In 2009 she received the Currey Award for Excellence in Music. Outside of her academic achievements, Cecilie is the captain of the 60-member UMASS Ballroom Team and has been competing with them for three years. She will begin working as the Assistant Event and Wedding Planner at Castle in the Clouds in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.

Wieniawski: Romance


Courtney Duhring

Courtney Duhring hails from Palo Alto, California. She is an Art History and English double major who has studied voice with Melinda Spratlan since her first year at Mount Holyoke. Courtney was a Student Liaison for the Art History Department, a Concert Manager for the Music Department, and a Videographer for the Communications Department. She was also actively involved in Mount Holyoke's choral ensembles, as the 2008-09 Glee Club President and Vocal Jazz Coordinator.

Cross/Corey: I Left My Heart in San Francisco


Sarah Ng

Sarah Ng is a music and English double major hailing from Hong Kong. Although born in China, she has also lived in South Africa and the UK. At MHC, Sarah was part of the Five College Collegium and studies voice with Cheryl Cobb. Her senior thesis is on Thomas Whythome, and Elizabethan composer and poet. Outside of music, she was also a tour guide at the Office of Admissions. Sarah is a Williston Scholar and was awarded the Helen Blyth Hazen II prize by the Music Department.

Glanzberg: Padam, Padam


Karen Luk

Karen Luk, from San Antonio, TX, was a biochemistry major and music minor. Since her first semester, Karen was a member of orchestra (cello), Big Band (piano), and multiple chamber ensembles. In woodwind quintet, she enjoyed being a "celloon", playing the bassoon part on cello. She loves performing with other students, but she recently discovered the joy be being all voices on pipe organ. She also frequents the outdoors and is "the only one daring, or foolish, enough to rock climb the day before her senior recital." After Mount Holyoke, Karen looks forward to studying medicine.

Dvorak: Ällegro ma non tanto from Quintet No. 2


Marissa Katz

Marissa Katz is from Kailua on the island Oahu in Hawaii. She was a music major and Asian studies minor. She was a member of Glee Club, Chamber Singers and the Hawaii club. She loves learning and has enjoyed her time at Mount Holyoke and abroad in Japan. She plans to work towards a degree and career in Music Therapy.

Schubert: Heidenröslein


Yana Stainova

 Yana Stainova was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. She has been playing piano and flute since the age of six and studied piano with the prominent Bulgarian pedagogues Lydia Kuteva and Violeta Popova. In Sofia, she appeared at different concert venues and a performance of hers was featured on the Bulgarian National Television.

Rachmaninoff: Prelude in C# Minor


Anne Thurber

Anne Thurber, from New Salem MA, majored in Biological Engineering and minored in music. She was a member of the Society of Physics Students, Orchestra, Chorale, Glee Club, and Chamber Singers. She enjoys reading and drawing, as well as sailing and playing Touch Rugby. She received the Physics department Shattuck Prize, and plans to pursue a degree in Medicine, as well as conduct research in the field of prosthetics.