Alumni of Note

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, recently was graduated from the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and received the 2012 Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Performing and Visual Arts. He made his Carnegie Hall solo recital debut in 2013 and his Met solo debut in 2014 in Nick Muhly's "Two Boys." He holds an M.M. and Artist Diploma in Voice from the Juilliard School.

Lauren Desrosiers, '10, will sing the roles of The Mother/The Witch in Humperdinck's opera " Hansel and Gretel" and Dorothee in Massenet's " Cendrillon" with Detroit's Opera MODO this spring. Lauren was a student of Georgine Resick and currently studies with Deborah Mayer.

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.

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

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.

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, is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Musical Arts program in collaborative piano at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, studying with Martin Katz.  He received the Master of Music degree at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where he has also taught and served as a staff pianist. He was selected to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.  

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 has accepted a newly created Chief of Staff position at Julliard. Before Julliard, Jacqueline spent a year at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as a fellow in its prestigious Institute for Arts Management, and prior to that she served as the Director of Guest Services and University Outreach at the DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts at The University of Notre Dame.

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.

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.

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.

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-Champagne.

Mark Wurzelbacher, '12, is studying for his M.A. in music theory at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.