Congratulations Alan Hamilton

Former chorister Alan Hamilton received a two year contract to work with the Stuttgart Staatsoper, one of Europe’s leading Opera Houses which forms part of the Stuttgart State Theatre (Staatstheater Stuttgart) a three-branch-theatre complex (opera, playhouse and ballet) and represents the largest theatre of its kind in Europe. The opera house itself, formerly known locally as the ”Grosses Haus”, was designed by Max Littmann and opened in 1912 with the world premiere of Richard Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos”. The house, which has been a listed building since 1924, currently has 1,404 seats and a per-season audience of approximately 250,000. The opera house building is one of the few major German opera houses not to be destroyed in the World War II.. The opera house is also home to the Stuttgart Ballet.

An important centre for opera since the 17th century, Stuttgart has again become an important and influential centre since the war, particularly for contemporary works. Three operas by Carl Orff received their premieres there and the company has been associated with figures such as Wieland Wagner, Günther Rennert, Hans Werner Henze and Philip Glass. The company has won the Opera House of the Year award by the German magazine ”Opernwelt” more often than any other company: in 1994 (the inaugural award), 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002 and in 2006..

Alan sang in the Houston Boychoir, attended HSPVA and continued to work for HBC as a staff accompanist throughout his undergraduate work at the Moores School of Music. Since leaving Houston, Alan has earned a Master’s Degree in Collaborative Piano where he studied with Martin Katz and an Artist’s Certificate from The Juilliard School where he has also served on staff.

Board of Directors’ President, Helen Currier honored with highest nursing award

Helen Currier, BSN, RN, CNN, CNEP, director of Renal and Pheresis Services at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston was awarded the prestigious Barbara Prowant Lifetime Achievement Award in Nephrology Nursing during the 32nd Annual Dialysis Conference held on February 25-28 in San Antonio, Texas. The award recognizes nephrology nurses who have made significant contributions to the advancement of nephrology nursing through clinical care, education, and research.

Currier, who was mentored by former award winners including Barbara Prowant, is a national and international consultant, author and lecturer in pediatric nephrology nursing. Her research interests include pediatric renal replacement therapies, issues facing chronically ill children, quality of life for pediatric chronic kidney disease patients, health care environmental design and the healing arts. In 2010, she was inducted as one of twenty inaugural distinguished fellows for the Society for the Arts in Healthcare.

Currier came to Texas Children’s Hospital in 1976 to serve as a charge nurse for a 20-bed pediatric cardiology unit and later as charge nurse and unit teacher in an 18-bed PICU. By 1980, she had moved into the Dialysis unit of Texas Children’s, where she has held many leadership jobs. During her 36-year career, she has authored or co-authored 17 abstracts, 27 publications and has represented Texas Children’s Hospital at numerous national and international conferences around the world. A highlight has been her interface with nephrology nurse colleagues in South Africa where in 2010 she was awarded an Honorary Life Membership of the Renal Care Society of South Africa in recognition of devotion and contribution of exceptional merit to the Society.

Currier holds varied interests in the medical arts. She is active in 8 organizations and serves on the Boards of the National Renal Administrators’ Association, the Society for the Arts in Healthcare and the Houston Boychoir.