Student Success

  • Joshua Thompson, DMA in Trumpet – Assistant Professorial Lecturer, Saint Xavier University, beginning Fall 2015.
  • Rob Medd, MM in Trombone – Western Michigan University, 2015.
  • Jessica Ducharme Butler, DMA in Trombone – Lecturer of Low Brass and Music History, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 2014-present.
  • Zsolt Szabo, DMA Candidate in Trombone – Assistant Professor of Trombone, Western Carolina University.
  • Nate Lee, DMA Candidate in Trombone – Lecturer of Trombone, University of Virginia, 2013-Present.
  • Nathaniel Bean, MA in Trumpet – DMA candidate at Michigan State University, Trumpet teacher at Michigan State Community School District.
  • Joshua Thompson, DMA in Trumpet – Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Instrumental Activities at Waldorf College, 2011-2015.
  • Joshua Thompson, DMA in Trumpet – Interim Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Wayne State University (Fall 2011)
  • James Naigus, DMA candidate in horn is also a prolific, performed, and published composer, with 12 new works this past year. His “Jubilee” for 8 horns was recently performed at the UI Horn Choir concert, Kendall Betts Horn Camp, and the Iowa Horn Workshop. “Three Shades” for horn quintet is a commission for the 2013 Southeast Horn Workshop.
  • Jessica (Ducharme) Butler, DMA Candidate in Trombone; Kate Wohlman, DMA Candidate in Tuba; Daniel Spencer, DMA Candidate in Horn – Performed at the International Women’s Brass Conference at Western Michigan State University
  • Alex Krawczyk, BM in Trombone – Graduate Fellow at Indiana University
  • Nicholas Burnham, BM in Trombone – Graduate Assistant at The University of Utah
  • Natalie Young (née Adams), alumna BM horn – got her MM at the University of Michigan and has just begun a 5-year contract as Professor of Horn at the University of Talca in Talca, Chile.
  • Kate Wohlman, DMA Student in Tuba – Completed her DMA in 2013 and was appointed Corps Music Director at the Salvation Army in Fredericksburg, VA.
  • Justin Gingerich, BM Student in Trombone – Semi-Finalist at the Southeast Trombone Symposium Orchestral Excerpts Competition
  • Rob Medd, BM Student in Trombone – Scholarship Recipient to attend the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific
  • Rob Medd, BM Student in Trombone – Participant in the Eastman Summer Trombone Institute
  • Andrew Birschbach, BM Student in Trombone – won a position in the audition-based summer orchestra, The Classical Symphony Orchestra
  • Austin Peiffer, BM in Trombone Alumni – Graduate Assistant at the University of Utah
  • Austin Peiffer, BM in Trombone Alumni – Semi-Finalist at the Southeast Trombone Symposium Orchestral Excerpts Competition and STS Solo Competition
  • LeAnn Dahn, BM in Trombone Alumni – Completed a Masters Degree in Trombone Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music
  • Blaine Cunningham, DMA Student in Tuba – Appointed Principal Tuba of Orchestra Iowa and faculty of Grinnell
  • Jeremy Crawford, BM Student in Tuba – attended graduate school at Northwestern University, and is currently the graduate teaching assistant to Demondrae Thurmon at Alabama
  • Chris Dickey, MA Student in Euphonium – graduated with a Masters degree in May 2009, is completing his Doctoral degree at Northwestern University, and is currently Professor of low brass at the University of Washington.
  • Adam Stevens, MA Student in Tuba – attended the Gene Pokorny Low Brass Seminar at the University of the Redlands in California and won the Orchestral Mock Audition
  • Michael Hart, MA Student in Tuba – appointed Director of Bands at California Lutheran College
  • Josh Calkin, DMA Student in Tuba – appointed Professor of Low Brass at Wayne State, NE
  • Spencer Dunlap, BM in Trumpet, graduated from Indiana University in May 2012
  • Meagan Conley, MM student in Trumpet, and Caitlin Elliott, BM student in Trumpet, attended the Summer Brass Institute and Festival at the Menlo School in July 2012
  • Dee Bierschenk, BM student in Trumpet, attended the Rafael Méndez Brass Institute in July 2012
  • Geoffrey Wood, BM in Trumpet, began graduate school at Indiana University for trumpet performance in September 2011
  • Austin Peiffer, BM Alumni in Trombone – Semi-Finalist at the Southeast Trombone Symposium Orchestral Excerpts Competition; Semi-Finalist in the STS Solo Competition
  • Rob Medd, BM Student in Trombone – Scholarship Recipient to attend the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific
  • Andrew Birschbach, BM Student in Trombone – Winner of audition for Chicago-based summer orchestra Classical Symphony Orchestra
  • Christopher Copeland, BM/Ed Student in Trombone – Named 5-12 Band Director at Lynnville-Sully School in Sully, Iowa
  • Ed Hong, MM in Trumpet, won a position with the Copper Street Brass Quintet
  • Spencer Dunlap, BM in Trumpet, won an associate position with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago