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Our Alumni

We are very proud of our alumni. The list below shows what some of them are doing now.

If you are an alumni of the UT School of Music, please consider completing the information form and submitting it to us so we can add your accomplishments to this list!


Ksenia BerestovskayaKsenia Berestovskaya
BM 2011, Classical Vocal Performance
Ksenia is a second year graduate student at The New England Conservatory of Music receiving her Masters in Classical Vocal Performance.

Sarah Campbell
BM 2011, Music
Teaching K-5 General Music/Chorus at Mt. Harmony Elementary in Owings, MD.

Timothy Cooper
MM 2011, Composition, Certificate in Music Theory Pedagogy
In Spring 2014, Tim finished his coursework for my DMA in Composition from The Hartt School. His is working on his dissertation composition, Missa Pro Pace, for chorus, soprano and baritone soloists, and orchestra. In July 2014, Tim started working in the editorial department of The Lorenz Corporation in Dayton, OH. (Lorenz publishes church choral and instrumental music, school choral music, and elementary-level general music products.) And, on Sept. 9, his wife gave birth to our daughter Larkin Elizabeth Cooper

Cheri ElkinsCheri Elkins
BM 2011, Music Education/Voice
Graduate student in UT's School Counseling program.

Rachel Grubb
BA 2010, College Scholars in Orchestral Conducting and Violin Performance
Liahna Guy
MM 2012, Composition & Music Theory  
Adjunct music faculty at Pellissippi State Community College
Evan Headrick
BM 2013, Music Education

In the United States Air Force 572nd Band (since April 2011) in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Terry Leve
BM 2013, Music Education 
In 2014, Terry was hired as Band Director at Manitou Springs High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Chris SharpeChris Sharpe
BM 2012, Music Education and Trombone Performance  
Pursuing a Master of Music in Trombone Performance at the University of North Texas and serving as a Teaching Fellow with the trombone studio.


Brandon ArnwineBrandon Arnwine
BM 2007
Assistant Director of Bands at Central High School and Karns High School in Knox County
Kelly Bradshaw BallardKelly Bradshaw Ballard
BM 2008, Music Education
Kelly is teaching private piano and voice lessons at the Music Instruction Studio in Hixson, TN. She has 15 students.
Claire BolingClaire Boling
BM 2009, Voal Performance
Graduate Assistant at the Eastman School of Music Masters Candidate for 2011 in Voice Performance and Literature
Paula BujesPaula Bujes
MM 2009, Violin Performance
Graduate Assistant at Louisiana State University
Alicia CathersAlicia Cathers
BM 2008, Oboe Performance
Working on her Masters in Oboe performance at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.
Jennifer D'Agostino
MM 2006, Voice
Director for Chicago Opera Theater's "Chicago Opera Theater for Teens" program at Solorio Academy High School in Chicago, IL. Teaching Artist for "Opera for All" with Chicago Opera Theater. Jennifer teaches music education to grades 4-8 at Pilgrim Lutheran School in Chicago, IL. She gives private lessons to students at Maine West High School in Des Plaines, IL. In 2014, Jennifer toured as a resident artist with Knoxville Opera as "Adina" in The Elixir of Love with Maestro Brian Salesky, and UTK graduate Kevin Richard Dougherty. Recently, Jennifer performed as the soprano soloist in Handel's "Messiah," Faure's "Requiem" and Beethoven's "Mass in C" with First United Methodist Church, in Evanston, IL. This summer, Dr. D'Agostino will present a concert of Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes in Bayfield, WI.
Jeremiah Davenport
BA 2008, Music and Culture
Second year PhD student in Musicology at Case Western Reserve University with a 5 year stipend/ scholarship Internship at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Spring 2009
Dale Disney
MM 2008, Musicology
Music and Art Coordinator, Claiborne County Schools and Percussion Instructor, Lincoln Memorial University.
Stephanie ElderStephanie Elder
BM 2008, Music Education
Pursuing a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting at Austin Peay State University. She assists with the APSU Wind Ensemble, as well as the "Governor's Own" Marching Band.
Jessica HarreJessica Harrie
BM 2006, Music Education and Performance
Currently pursuing a DMA at Michigan State University in clarinet Performance.
Karl JacobKarl Jacob
BM 2007, Sacred Music/organ
Director of Music Ministries, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Knoxville, TN
Robyn JamesRobyn James
MM 2006, String Performance (viola)
Adjunct faculty member in the Pellissippi State music program, teaching viola, violin, and Music Appreciation.
Bruse JohnstonBruce Johnston
MM 2008, Composition
Received his DMA in Composition from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami in 2012. Beginning Fall 2014, Bruce accepted a Lecturer of Music position at Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, AR) where he  oversees the classical guitar and string bass programs.
Ko-eun Lee (Grace Lee)Ko-eun Lee (Grace Lee)
BM 2007, Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy
Pursuing a DMA degree in Piano Performance at the University of North Carolina- Greensboro.
Adam LloydAdam Lloyd
MM 2006, Vocal Performance
Working on a Masters degree in Commutation Sciences and Disorders at the University of Central Florida.
Joshua Marcum
BM Double Bass Performance, 2006
Josh is a publicist with the New York Philharmonic. He also plays bass in New York City.
Katherine Marsh
Political Science, 2003
J.D. Law (Mercer), 2006
Information Science (UT), 2007
Teaching legal research at LMU Law, Knoxville
Amy OliverAmy Oliver
BA 2008, Music and Culture
Marketing and Sponsorship Coordinator at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH. Second year graduate student, pursuing a MBA at Xavier University.
Gabriel OsborneGabriel Osborne
BM Studio Music & Jazz/trombone, 2009
Gabriel is a member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, touring and performing around the country.

Brittney PattersonBrittney Patterson
BM 2008, Flute Performance
Graduate Assistant in flute at the University of Northern Colorado.

Priyeshni Peiris Priyeshni Peiris
MM 2007
Pursuing a DMA at Texas Tech University
Jennifer Grace SamsJennifer D'Agostino Sams
MM 2006, Voice
Participated and served as faculty for the Madison Early Music Festival in Madison, WI. Currently completed coursework for her DMA in voice at University of Wisconsin-Madison and is working on her dissertation in Troubadour Music. Will be touring with Opera for the Young during their 2010-2011 season
Travis J. Skeen
BM 2009  
Pastor of Music and Worship at Mon-Aetna Baptist Church in Union, SC
Rebekah SmeltzerRebekah Smeltzer
BM 2007, Vocal Performance
Second year of Master's in Vocal Performance at Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.
Jonathon SmithJonathon Smith
MM 2009, Musicology
Teaching at Pellissippi State in Knoxville
Amanda StephensAmanda Stephens
BM 2006, Vocal Performance
First year MM student in voice at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Jayme Taylor
MM Instrumental Conducting, 2009
Jayme received his DMA in Instrumental Conducting from the University of South Carolina in 2011. Jayme will be the Assistant Director of Bands at University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC) starting July 2011.
Emily K. Tousek
MM 2007, Choral Conducting
Teaching at Windermere Preparatory School inWindermere, FL.
Erica WonderErica Wonder
BM 2007, Music Education (vocal)
Masters of Music student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Brooke Neal Wood
BM 2007, Music Education
Pursing a PhD in Fine Arts, Administration from Texas Tech University


Sarah BaileySarah Bailey
BM 2003, Composition
MM 2006, Music Theory and Tech
Promoted to Web and Cloud Services Manager for the college of arts and sciences at Case-Western Reserve University
Christopher Barrick
MM 2003, Performance

Received his DMA in Music Performance from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 2008. In July 2014 he became the Department Head of Music and Theatre / Distinguished Chair of Music at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Delbert BowersDelbert Bowers
BM Music Education, University of Tennessee, 2000
MM Performance/Trumpet, Ohio University, 2003
ABD in Music Education (DMA) at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Delbert is currently teaching at Univ. of Southern California, Chicago Community Colleges and Univ. of Phoenix.
Lynn CokerLynn Coker
BM Studio Music & Jazz/Guitar, 2005
Teaches private/group guitar lessons at Coker Music in Knoxville ( . Performs solo classical guitar for weddings, private parties, and holiday parties. Lynn is currently working on an Registered Dietician certification through the Nutrition Department at the University of Tennessee.
Benjamin DidenBenjamin J. Diden
BM 2000, Music Education
MM 2004, Instrumental Conducting
From July 2008 , BJ has been the  Associate Director of Athletic Bands and Assistant Director of Bands at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia.
Kate Duncan Flowers
BM 2002
Teaching elementary music in Shelby County Schools.
Adrienne FontenotAdrienne Fontenot
BM 2002, Piano Pedagogy & Literature
Received her MM Piano Performance & Pedagogy from the University of Louisville in 2005. She is now a piano teacher in Louisville, KY and a collaborative pianist/accompanist at the University of Louisville and in the greater Louisville area.
Christa FryeJeremy Frye
BM 2000, Music education
Assistant Professor of Trombone at The University of Tennessee at Martin. He is married to Christa J. Chaffin (BM 2000, Music Education). They had their first child, Brayden, in May 2011.
Ashley Glenn'Ashley Glenn
BM 2001, Music Education
Band Director at Jefferson Middle School in Jefferson City, TN.
Jason Gospodarek
BM 2001
Director of Bands, Richview Middle School, Clarksville, TN and Senior instrumentalist with the 129th Army Band, TN Army National Guard as well as The Cumberland Winds concert band and brass quintet.
Thomas HeflinThomas Heflin
BA & BS 2000, Music and Communication-Broadcasting
Currently works full-time as Program Manager at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division, where he is also on the jazz faculty.
Adam Huff
BM 2002
Band Director at Lenoir City HS
Elizabeth FisherElizabeth Janners
BM 2004, Flute Performance
Graduate School at Marquette University for School Counseling
David Kalhous
MM 2005
Instructor of Piano and Visiting Graduate Faculty at Texas Tech University School of Music for the 2009-10 academic year.
Paige (Clark) Lush
BM 2001, Music Education
Assistant Professor of Music History and director of the concert band at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL
John Martin
MM Wind Conducting, 2001
John is the Associate Director of Bands at Grand Valley State University (Allendale, MI).
Laura Maune
MM 2004, Voice
Communication Coordinator for THE KROGER CO's.
Nicholaus Meyers
MM 2004, Percussion Performance
Director of Athletic Bands and Percussion
Ed Morse
BM 2002
Visiting Assistant Professor of Trombone, Euphonium, and Chamber Music at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, FL. In addition, he is Adjunct Instructor of Trombone and Euphonium and Daytona State College. He plays second trombone in the Jackson Symphony (TN).
Todd ParksTodd Parks
MM 2003, String Performance and Jazz Studies
Nashville, TN based acoustic and electric bassist. Plays, records, and tours with the Jerry Douglas Band.
David ProctorDavid Proctor
BM 2001, Music Education
Sergeant and Trombonist for the US Army Ground Forces Band at Ft. McPherson in Atlanta, GA.
Brooke RheaBrooke Rhea
BM 2002, Music Education
Band director at Greeneville Middle School.
Thomas (T.J.) RicerThomas (T.J.) Ricer
MM 2005, Tuba performance
DMA Tuba Performance, Eastman School of Music. Principal tubist of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.
Valerie  SandersValerie Sanders
BM 2000, Music Education
Band Director, West Valley Middle School, Knoxville, TN.
Shaun Sarvey
BM 2003, Studio Music and Jazz (guitar)
MM 2005, Jazz Studies
Teaching privately and  performing.
Connie Steigenga Connie Steigenga
MM 2005, Music Education (instrumental)
UT Music Library.
Dax StokesDax Stokes
BM 2000, Euphonium Performance
Reference Librarian and Adjunct Instructor of Music at North Central Texas College
Faculty Congress President 2013-14, North Central Texas College
Daniel Aaron Stone
BM 2003
Danny is the band director at Clinton High School, Clinton, Tennessee.
Lauren Joy (Roy) Stone
BM 2001, Horn
Doctorate of Optometry, Southern College of Optometry, 2010 - Summa Cum Laude
Joy is practicing Optometry with Drs. Foster and Steele in Newport, Tennessee.
Brandon Sykes
BA 2003, Sociology
Austin Williams Austin Williams
BM 2005, Percussion Performance
Music Ed Certification 2009)
Percussionist for  "The Commandant's Own," The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, Marine Barracks 8th & I and United States Marine Corps
Jeremy WilsonJeremy Wilson
BM 2005, Music Education and Trombone Performance
Trombonist for the world-renown Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra


Ryan Altizer
BM 1998, Music Education
Director of Band in Bland County VA

Christy Bock Christy Bock
BM 1997, Music Education
Music teacher at Cedar Bluff Elementary School in Knoxville.

Brian Burkett
BS 1994

Chris Crumley
MM 1999, Music Education
BS 1993, Music Education
Assistant Band Director, La Vergne High School, La Vergne, TN

Christopher Gray
BM 1992, Studio Music and Jazz Percussion
Regional Educational Manager (NYC and Philadelphia)Paul Effman Music Service

Nathaniel Greene Nathaniel Sean Greene
BM 1998, Tuba performance
Assistant Professor of Music at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrotate, TN.

Jay Meachum Jay Meachum
MM 1997, Studio Music and Jazz
Marching Band Director and Trumpet instructor at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC.  Director of Jazz Ensembles at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC

Joseph Patrick Moore Joseph Patrick Moore
BM 1991, Studio Music and Jazz
Joseph has worked with many notable artists (Stewart Copeland - The Police) and he toured with Jazz veteran's Earl Klugh and Bob James in May 2010 in LA and Seattle

John Thomas Oakes
BM 1991
Composing for independent film, original popular song, solo piano and musical theatre.

David Pletincks
MM 1996
Choral director at Powell Middle School Performing Arts Center in Spring Hill, FL. Founder and director of the Nature Coast Children's Chorale.

Beth Roy Sampsel
BM 1996, Music education and Music Performance
Teach flute as a contract instructor for Music Arts of Oak Ridge.

Dr. Jennifer Sterling SnodgrassDr. Jennifer Sterling Snodgrass
MM Theory, 1999
Assistant Professor of Music Theory, Appalachian State University.

Ellen (Wier) Whealton
BA 1999, Music, minor in Psychology
Certified music therapist (MT-BC).

Pamela York
MM 1995, Jazz
Performing in the U.S. and Canada.


Roy HolderRoy C. Holder
M.S. 1985,  Music Education
Band Director, Lake Braddock, VA (Retired)
Washington Post article on his career

Timothy L. Miller
BM Trumpet with Honors 1973
MM trumpet Classical & Jazz Studies 1982
Composer of concert music for orchestra, voice, wind and chamber ensembles, as well as jazz big band and film.

David T/ (Tom) Richeson
BS 1984, Instrumental Music Education
Associate Professor of Music at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock teaching Jazz Improvisation, History of Jazz, History of Rock, and Introduction to Music. Jazz Studies Coordinator from 1982 through 1999. Also, the campus faculty advisor to CRU (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ). Recently completed the revised sixth edition to my textbook, The Mystery of Music, © 2013 McGraw-Hill Learning Solutions


Ed Bingham
BM 1976
MM 1978
Ph.D. 1988
Professor of Saxophone and Director of Jazz Studies at Marshall University.

Joy Atkins Farwell
BM 1979, Oboe Performance
Sales Account Executive for Hewlett-Packard. Principal oboist with Wright State Community Orchestra and play English Horn with Miami Valley Symphony. Also play harp with Dayton Area Harps of Grace (ensemble of 13 harpists).

Richard Griscom
BM 1978, Music
Head of the Otto E. Albrecht Music Library, University of Pennsylvania, 2004-

Stephen Hallett LeslieStephen Hallett Leslie
BM 1972, Organ Preformance
Senior voicer and tonal finisher for the Schantz Organ Company in Orrville, Ohio. Organist Wooster United Methodist Church.

Mitchell Needham
BS 1978, EE
Treasurer and Managing Partner of Proven Compliance Solutions, Inc., an engineering consultancy that specializes in power system reliability and compliance.

Richard Rogers
MM 1979, Music Education
Retired as a HS band director from West HS Knoxville, TN.

Joe Tighe
BS 1977, Music Education
CIO for a Texas Company

Philip Vandermeer
BM 1978
Music Librarian and Adj. Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Past-President of the Music Library Association.


Sharon Little Cundiff
BM 1960, Music Education
Teaching private piano lessons; performing for SAI, CU Music Interest Group and other casual music clubs.

Anna Tarzier Keith
BM 1965, Vocal Performance
Teaching Voice and related classes at Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, FL as well as Palm Beach State College, West Palm Beach, FL

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Andrew ClassenAndrew Classen
MM, Trumpet
Professor of trumpet and jazz studies at Drake University.

Lafe CookLafe Cook
BM, Music Education
Director of Bands at Dobyns-Bennett High School

Darla Diltz
MM, Voice
Completed a DMA at U Kentucky.

Christopher HollarChristopher Hollar
BM / MM, Studio Music and Jazz
Director of Athletic and Jazz Bands at Texas A&M University.

Douglas HowardDouglas Howard
BM, Percussion
Principal percussionist and assistant timpanist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Elisa KoehlerElisa Koehler
MM, Trumpet
Assistant Professor of Music at Goucher College. 

Dr. David MacKenzieDr. David MacKenzie
Resident Conductor of Rogue Opera in Oregon and Music Director of Mastersingers by the Sea on Cape Cod.

Joe MillerJoe Miller
BM, Music Education andVoice
Conductor of the Westminster Choir and the Westminster Symphonic Choir.

Philip MyersPhilip Myers
BS / BM, Music Education / Vocal Performance
Professional entertainer.

Philip MyersRheagan Osteen
Horn Performance
Successful and active freelance hornist in New York City. Has performed on Broadway in The Phantom of the Opera, Ragtime, and Happiness. Member of several NYC area orchestras.

Richard TrythallRichard Trythall
BM, Piano and Composition
Composer/pianist "Music Liaison" for the American Academy in Rome


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