Alumni of Note

Many of our alumni end up going into professions as disparate as medicine, law, business and academia in many subjects. Below is a list of some alumni who have pursued their profession in the music world.


Musicologist Michael Alan Anderson, '97, is now an associate professor at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He has published with Cambridge University Press, and is the winner of many prestigious awards.

Alex Powell, '00, earned a DMA at Boston University, a GD at New England Conservatory, and an MM at Belmont University. He has performed on numerous recordings and concerts with the Handel and Haydn Society. He is currently Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at the New England Conservatory of Music.

Paul Appleby, '05, is a world-renowned tenor, with frequent appearances at the Metropolitan Opera. He made his Carnegie Hall solo recital debut in 2013. He holds an M.M. and Artist Diploma in Voice from the Juilliard School.

Dan Crupi, '11, is the executive director of the Santa Fe Symphony. 

Stephanie DePrez '11 earned an M.M in voice from the University of California Los Angeles '18 . She recently made her German debut in Spring 2022 at the Konzerthaus Berlin as the soprano soloist for Dvorak's "Stabat Mater" under the direction of Thomas Hennig. She sang Freia in the Miami Classical Music Festival’s production of Das Rheingold in the summer of 2022 as a Wagner Institute Fellow.

Gilbert Donohue, '19, is pursuing a M.M. in choral conducting at the Eastman School of Music.

Jacques Dupuis, '11, is currently a Ph.D. candidate in musicology at Brandeis University writing a dissertation on the music of Robert Schumann.

Marie Forney, '10, earned an M.M. in flute performance from the Jacobs School of music at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Matthew Ingwersen ’20 is studying at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University for a M.M. in Organ Performance.

Edward Jacobson, '13, is enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Music History at the University of California, Berkeley.

Margaret Jumonville, '11 did graduate work at the Univ of Texas, Austin and is a stage director, with many productions to her credit.

Joseph Lubben, '85, earned a Ph.D. in music theory and composition form Brandeis University.  He is currently Associate Professor at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music.

Alex Mansour'19, is pursuing an M.M. in composition at USC, studying with Daniel Crockett. He is also principal cellist of the American Youth Symphony.

Nick McCollum, '09, completed an M.A. in ethnomusicology and systems theory at the University of California, San Diego.  Currently he is a senior software engineer at Seamgen in San Diego.

Andrew McShane, '93, completed a DMA at Northwestern University. He is currently Director of Music and Organist at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart, University of Notre Dame.

Tom Mueller, '07, earned a DMA from The Eastman School of Music. He is currently Assistant Professor at Concordia University, Irvine, California.

Laura Portune, '98, a district finalist for the Metropolitan National Council Auditions and finalist for Chicago Lyric’s LOCAA Apprenticeship, Ms. Portune has performed as a young artist with San Diego Opera, Lake George Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria, and the Opera Theatre of Lucca in Italy. Ms. Portune holds an M.M. in Voice a D.M.A. with a Specialization in Singing Health from The Ohio State University.

Patrick Quigley, '00, is now a Grammy-nominated conductor of Seraphic Fire.  His recordings reached number one on the iTunes classical charts. Patrick received a M.M. from Yale University, and was a winner of the Robert Shaw Conducting Fellowship.

Pianist Nicholas Shaneyfelt, '09, obtained a Doctor of Musical Arts in collaborative piano at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, studying with Martin Katz.  He is now Assistant Professor of Music at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. 

Pianist William Sievern, '14, won third prize in the American Fine Arts Festival competition, resulting in a solo performance at Carnegie's Weill Hall in New York in May 2013. Will was also the first prize winner of the 2013 Skokie Valley Symphony competition in Chicago.

Jacqueline Schmidt  '01 BA , '03 MM was previously Chief of Staff at Juilliard, and is now Director of Administration and Operations in the Department of Music at Princeton University.

Emily Snow, '01, completed her Ph.D. in musicology at Princeton University in 2010 and is currently on the faculty of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.

Audrey Steiner, '20, is studying for the Certificate in Performance at the Musik und Kunst Privatuniveristät Wien (Vienna).

Matthew Swanson, '11, has completed two masters degrees in choral conducting since graduating from Notre Dame, one from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of music and the other from Cambridge University, UK.

Camilla Tassi, '16, holds a M.A. in Digital Musics from Dartmouth, and is currently completing a M.F.A in Projection Design as a Special Research Fellow at the Yale School of Drama.

Martin Tel, '91, earned a DMA at the University of Kansas. He is the Director of Chapel Music at the Princeton Theological Seminary.

Angela Theis, '08, has been honored with numerous grants and awards, most notably as a fellow to study under Barbara Bonney at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, as the recipient of both the Audience Choice Award and 2nd Prize in the 2013 AIMS Meistersinger Competition, and as a 2012 Michigan winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She holds an M.M. in Voice from New England Conservatory, where she was seen as Gretel in Hansel and Gretel and as Zerlina in Don Giovanni, for which the Boston Globe praised her "bright, bold, and beguilingly sung" performance.

Paul Thornock, '99, completed a DMA at the College Conservatory of Music of University of Cincinnati. He currently serves as Director of Music and is Organist at St. Joseph Cathedral, Columbus, Ohio.

Edward Vogel, '17, received a MM from the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music, where he was a member of the prestigious Yale Voxtet. He now works full-time as a freelance baritone, performing regularly with ensembles including Grammy-nominated True Concord, and Grammy-winning Apollo's Fire. He has also appeared as a guest artist with the Bach Collegium Japan, Paul Hillier's Theatre of Voices, and at the Tanglewood and Aldeburgh festivals.

Andrew White, '12, earned an M.M. in piano performance from New York University.  He currently is working on his Ph.D. in music theory at the University of Chicago.

Alex Woller, '09, is a Ph.D. candidate in ethnomusicology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Kelvin Wu, '19, is completing a M.M. in piano performance at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he studies with Norman Krieger. 

Mark Wurzelbacher, '12, earned his M.A. in music theory at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he now resides as a teacher, vocal coach and director. 

Zhengyi Zhang, '18, is in the D.M.A. program in piano performance at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.