Mark graduated in 2010 with a degree in Music Education as a vocal major. He is currently singing professionally for Celebrity Cruise Lines.
Flutist Sarah Brady (B. Mus, 1998) is performing Prokifiev’s Classical Symphony with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood on August 13th. Visit her website to read about her other impressive accomplishments: www.bradyflute.com
Dan Campolieta (B. Mus., 2008) has released his first CD as a pianist and composer of chamber music. The title work, Guided Imagery, is a 10-movement song cycle based on the poems of Linda Beher, written for bass-baritone voice, oboe, and piano. Exploring love, loss, beauty, betrayal, and mystery, the work takes the listener to a dream world full of vivid imagery. Minimalist in nature, Guided Imagery is built on slowly progressing ostinati in the piano with the voice and oboe presenting the poetry in a chant-like manner above the harmonic landscape. Also featured on the CD is Seven Sketches for Clarinet Trio (2010). As the title implies, each short movement is but a sketch of musical material. Each little piece is a flare that sparks and ends before any of the motifs develop. Pulling from classical, bebop, Latin, tango, and funk styles, the piece has the effect of walking through the hallway outside of practice rooms in a music school, sampling little snippets of music coming from each room.
Dan graduated from UConn in 2008 with a B.M. in organ performance, and a B.S. in music education. Dan was involved with the choirs, jazz ensembles, and collegium, and accompanied as many as 40 instrumental and vocal students at a time. He currently serves as organist and associate music director for Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford, an 1,800 member church with a nationally recognized music program. www.dancampolieta.com
Grammy nominated Hammond organist, Brian Charette (B.F.A. in Music, 1993) is a leading voice in modern jazz. He has recorded and performed with Joni Mitchell, Lou Donaldson, The Max Weinberg 7, Chaka Khan, Michael Buble, Rufus Wainwright, and countless others. A Steeplechase recording artist, Mr. Charette has recorded four critically acclaimed albums and will be recording his fifth in December 2011. This year, Brian has also been contributing master classes to Keyboard Magazine. www.kungfugue.com
String bassist Alexandra Eckhardt (Class of 2011, Jazz Studies / Music Ed.) was recently selected to tour the U.S., Canada and Spain with the award-winning musical “In The Heights”. Alex was also the featured artist in a Bass Players United article.
David France is a UCONN music graduate. His after-school music program in Roxbury, MA is inspiring dozens of inner city kids (and us!). Check out this latest news clip from NBC news! David, we are so proud of you! View here
James graduated in 1984 with a Masters of Music in trumpet.
Kat Guthrie (B. Mus., 2006) has been accepted into the Ravinia Festival Steans Institute’s Program for Singers in Chicago, and will also be joining the roster of Astral Artists, an organization in Philadelphia that helps to build the careers of young classical musicians.
Meredith Hansen (B.A., 1999) will be making her debut at The Metropolitan Opera in the 2012-13 Season, singing Woglinde in The Ring Cycle (Das Rheingold und Gotterdammerung). She is also scheduled to cover Frasquita in Carmen. This year, Merideth joined the Charlotte Symphony for two sold out performances of Carmina Burana. Upcoming performances include the Poulenc Gloria with the Plymouth Philharmonic, the lead role of Beatrice in Boston Lyric Opera’s new production of John Musto’s The Inspector, Beethoven’s 9th in Greensboro, NC, a Mozart Mass, Exultate Jubilate, and an Opera Concert in Aiken, SC. www.meredithhansen.com
Justin McManus (B.A. Music/B.S. MuED, 2011; M.M., 2013) has accepted the position of Assistant Band Director at the University of Notre Dame. At Notre Dame, his responsibilities will include assisting with the 380-member “Band of the Fighting Irish”, Varsity Pep Bands, co-conducting instrumental ensembles, and assisting with undergraduate courses. His duties will also include various administrative and logistical aspects within both the band program and music department.
Tim Riley (B. Mus, 2006) won the Springfield Symphony’s 4th French horn audition. Tim recently joined the 25th Anniversary National Tour of Les Miserables as Horn 1 as of January 1, 2012.
Eric is an in-demand freelance drummer and educator living in Poughkeepsie, New York with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Music from UConn in 1999. Having recorded and performed in and around New York City at various jazz clubs his experience also includes performances with many big bands, combos, and rock groups throughout the country. As a pit percussionist he has worked professionally with musical companies including Princess Cruise Lines. While in college he performed regularly with the wind ensembles, orchestra, and traveled the U.S. with the UConn Pep band and UCONN Marching Band at such major events as the 1996 World Series at Yankee Stadium, halftime show for an NFL game in Buffalo NY, and the 1999 NCAA Final Four and Championship Basketball Games. He was a member of the 1994 Connecticut All-State Jazz Ensemble as the #1 drum set performer in Connecticut. Eric has been a jazz-teaching assistant at Frederick Douglas Academy in New York City. www.ericwagner.net