The Victory Players in their home! The Victory, a 1,600-seat Broadway-style theatre, opened in 1920. It survived a fire in the 1940s and has been derelict since 1979. MIFA is restoring the iconic theater and it will be returned to its role as a major live theatre for the City of Holyoke, its surrounding communities, and the Connecticut River Valley from the Long Island Sound to the Canadian border.
It was an honor to be hooded by Dr. David Lawton, who happens to be a former clarinetist, symbolizing the completion of my doctorate at Stony Brook University. Dr. Lawton also completes his tenure as the Artistic Director of the Stony Brook Opera at the same time. Thank you to all of my mentors along the way, especially to Alan Kay, and my previous teachers Alex Fiterstein and Melissa Koprowski.
Eric Schultz is the Assistant Professor of Woodwinds at Coastal Carolina University. A winner of several international competitions, he holds a doctorate in clarinet performance from Stony Brook University.