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Stephen Wolfinbarger (DMA, trombone) received the Distinguished Teaching Award at Western Michigan University for outstanding work with music students.

Robert Lark (DMA, trumpet) released his fourth CD titled Bob Lark and Friends: Cathy’s Song. He is chair of the Jazz Studies Department at DePaul University.

David Tough (BA) graduated with his doctorate in education from Tennessee State University in Nashville and won grand prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. He is an assistant professor of audio engineering technology at Belmont University.

Tim Smith (BMus, jazz) (far left) and his band Midlake released their CD The Courage of Others which was featured on NPR's "Exclusive First Listen" series.

Catherine Meyer (BMus, organ) has earned a master’s degree in sacred music at Boston University School of Theology. She also has accepted

the position of director of music at Memorial Congregational Church in Sudbury, Massachusetts.

Edward Stephan (BMus, percussion) was recently awarded the principal timpani position with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He won the DSO’s international audition with a unanimous vote and officially began in September 2010. For the past eight years, he served as principal timpanist of the Fort Worth Symphony and has made numerous appearances as a soloist with that orchestra. Stephan has served on the faculty of the University of Texas at Arlington and is currently a sought after teacher and clinician.

Karla Avila (BMus, clarinet) teaches and performs with various orchestras, new music, and mixed- genre chamber ensembles throughout Northern California and Western Europe. She is currently a member of

Patricia Racette (BMus '88, voice) was featured in an article in the New York Times reviewing her recent performances in each of Puccini’s triple bill “Il Trittico” as Giorgetta in Il Tabarro, the lead in Suor Angelica, and the role of Loretta in Gianni Schicchi. She performed the roles in the “Il Trittico” with both the San Francisco Opera and the Metropolitan Opera.

Kristopher Carter (BMus '93, composition) received an Emmy nomination for Out- standing Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score) for the episode “Mayhem of the Music Meister” featuring Neil Patrick Harris on the show “Batman: The Brave and the Bold.”

the hip-hop opera project Ensemble MikNawooj, the new music groups Nothingset Ensemble and New Music Works, and the Avenue Winds Quintet.

James Popejoy (DMA, wind conducting) received a North Dakota Spirit Faculty Achievement Award from the University of North and was awarded the “Citation of Excellence” by the National Band


Matthew Hiller (BMus, music education), director of bands at Smith Middle School in Cleburne, received the Bayard H. Friedman Hero Award from “Score a Goal in the Classroom” for being the most outstanding instrumental music teacher in North Texas. He was honored at Bass Hall during a performance of the Fort Worth Symphony.

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