Carla Moreno (MM, music education) was selected as a fellow in the newly launched MusicianCorps, a national “musical Peace Corps” intent on using music for public good. The program encourages civic engagement and helps develop musicianship and creative skills. She has been assigned to Seattle’s Low Income Housing Institute.
Michelle Brians (BMus, music education) was elected for the third time to serve a two-year term as the Texas Music Educators Association Region 2 Orchestra Division Chair. In 2010, her varsity orchestra at Guyer High School in Denton, where she serves as the head orchestra director, was selected as a finalist in the Texas Honor Orchestra Competition.
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Laura Mercado Wright (BMus, voice) received stellar reviews in both the New York Times and the Boston Musical Intelligence for her solo in Berio’s Circles performed at the Tanglewood Music Center’s Festival of Contemporary Music.
Joshua Arvizu (MM, oboe) became the newest member of the oboe section in the United States Navy band.
Rudolph de Vos (MM, organ) is currently director of music for the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, California and in March 2010 performed the inaugural concert on the new $2.5 million Conroy Memorial Organ in March 2010.
Patti Edwards (DMA, voice) performed at a special Palm Sunday concert at St. Paul’s Church in South Carolina. She is currently associate professor of voice at Coastal Carolina University.
Ryan McGeorge (BMus, brass) continues to play euphonium with “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band He became a member of this elite group after passing a series of intensive auditions.
Emily Newton (BMus '01, voice) received a contract at the Metropolitan Opera to sing the part of Ortlinde in the new pro- duction of Wagner’s Die Walküre. She was an inaugural member of the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute at the North Carolina School of the Arts, where she earned a master's degree.
Doug Talley (MM '84, music education) received two prestigious awards in 2009- 2010. His long career as an outstanding educator was recognized by the Kansas Arts Commission with a Governor’s Award in Arts Education, and the Johnson County (Kansas) Library Foundation awarded him a Pinnacle Award for Excellence in the Arts.
Brian Nedvin (DMA, voice) has performed “Stories of the Holocaust in Song,” a musical narrative that has captivated audiences throughout the country.
Lorie Scott’s (MM ‘01, DMA, flute) edition of the Karg-Elert Caprices was recently named a winner of the National Flute Association's Newly Published Music Competition. She continues teaching as assistant professor at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.
Julia West (BMus ‘02, MM, music education) was a nationally selected recipient for a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for summer study at both the JS Bach Institute in Germany and the Institute on the Operas of Mozart in Vienna, Austria.