Header: Our graduates. Where are they now?
The first female chamber choirbeautiful voice, presented a Bella Voce Alumni Weekend Concert in September. The concert celebrated more than 10 years of music under the direction of founding director, Dr. Lynne Gackle, Mary Gibbs Jones Chair in Music,director of choral activities and president of the ensemble division[JM1]. Over 100 Bella Voce singers returned to campus to perform a selection of works by Stroope, Gjeilo and Hagenberg.
Hannah Becker (BME ’21)was named Rookie of the Year at Bear Ranch Junior High in the Magnolia ISD.
Hayden Coie, (MM ’18, piano pedagogy and interpretation),presented a session titled “Engaging the Mind and Heart” at the Texas Music Teachers Association 2023 State Conference in June.
Barbara B. Elliott (MM ’03, music education, BME ’97, voice),who, in January 2022, after 10 years of esteemed teaching at Texas State University (and before that, an elementary-level teaching career), began a new career at McGraw Hill Education. She is an academic designer working on the digital music program. She is excited to use her teaching experience in new and challenging ways.
Jason Nitsch (BME ’95)recently had his first choral piece recorded by the Cape Town Youth Choir. Writing at the height of the pandemic in 2020, Jason said he sat down a day after watching the news and wrote, “Too many angels in heaven tonight.” above a yellow stamp. He said it was not an in-memoriam article, but rather an expression of the grief and loss collectively felt during this time. In November 2021 his father died suddenly and he changed the ending to include a solo that closes the piece. Jason was also appointed Director of Fine Arts for Red Oak ISD.
Isabel Randall (BA ’19, church music)was selected to be an apprentice artist through the Des Moines Metro Opera (DMMO) Frank R. Brownell III Apprentice Artist Program last summer. She took over the roles of Annie (Gershwin’sPorgy and Bess) and study the roles of Maria (GershwinPorgy and Bess) and Hippolyta (by BrittenDream of a summer night). For the DMMO Scenes Concert, Isabel performed in some scenes ofwalking dead man(Heggie),FaustandRigoletto.
Angela Ripley (MM, church music)accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Music Theory at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
Blair Williams (BM, viola)joined the American String Teachers Association as Director of Professional Development in July. Dr. Williams has served the string teaching community in public education, higher education, and in the private string studio for over 20 years. She has presented workshops, continuing education for teachers, educational conferences, research and has been a clinician, conductor and arbitrator across the United States.
Several music schoolsWoodland Alumnirepresented Baylor well with stellar performances, masterclasses and talks throughout the International Double Reed Society’s five-day conference held in Boulder in July:
Kelly Vaneman,Professor Babcock of Oboe at Converse College
Brittany Bonnerprincipal oboe of the Greeley Philharmonic and other Colorado orchestras
Abby outfitOhio State University, Marigaux liaison with the United States (oboe)
Fernando Zunigabassoon teacher, University of Costa Rica
Rachel Fredericksenrecently appointed professor, University of Alabama (bassoon)
Michael Garza, principal bassoon, Guangzhou Symphony, 2001-21; now Pan Pacific Together