Congrats, 2017 UW Music graduates!

Grand Finale Grads

The School of Music celebrated the success of its 2017 graduates June 9 at the school’s annual Grand Finale celebration.

Director Richard Karpen and Associate Director Joël-François Durand congratulated students participating in the stage ceremony at Brechemin Auditorium, which recognized grads present among 62 awarded degrees by the School of Music, including 37 masters, doctoral and PhD students and 25 undergraduate students. Of the undergraduate degree earners, nearly half were double majors, with 10 students earning second degrees in a range of areas, including biochemistry, speech and hearing sciences, Italian, communications, musical theater, and American ethnic studies, among others.

The ceremony was preceded by a performance by the UW’s outgoing scholarship chamber group The Corda Quartet and good vibes in the lobby provided by emeritus professor Tom Collier, vibraphone.

Student speakers Kaley Eaton (who earned a DMA in Composition) and Addie Francis (who earned a BM in Voice Performance and a BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences; Communication Disorders) shared reflections from their time at the University, and School of Music Director Richard Karpen thanked parents and family members for their unflagging support of the graduates as well as recognizing the daunting challenges inherent in the study of music.  

Refreshments, introductions, reunions, and a Grand Finale photo booth all added celebratory flair to this annual event honoring the achievements, perseverance, and dedication of the School of Music’s graduates.

Photos from the celebration may be viewed here.  Congrats, Grads! 


 

2017 UW Music Graduate Degree Recipients

Miriam E. Anderson
MM Choral Conducting

Sarah G. Bost
MA Music Education

William F. Bryant
DMA Organ

Zachary S. Buker
MM Voice

Irene Chen
MM Piano

Paiyu Chiu
DMA Piano

Leann M. Conley-Holcom
DMA Choral Conducting

Giuliana Conti
MA Music Education

Julia G. Day
PhD Ethnomusicology

Kaley L. Eaton
DMA Composition

Andre-Jacques P. Elias
PhD Ethnomusicology

Ryan H. Ellis
DMA Choral Conducting

Gwen E. Franz
DMA Strings

Joaquim Freire-Neto
DMA Composition

Skúli Gestsson
MA Music Education

Amanda K. Harris
DMA Piano

Jane E. Heinrichs
DMA Piano

Daniel A. Helseth
DMA Brass

Amanda G. Huntleigh
DMA Choral Conducting

Britanee Hwee
MM Piano

Leanna L. Keith
MM Woodwinds

Katie E. Kelley
MM Voice

Mike Kohfeld
MA Ethnomusicology

Emerald D. Lessley
DMA Voice

Christopher Mena
MA Music Education

Brenda J. Mohr
DMA Choral Conducting

Zachary A. Myers
MA Music Theory

Sonja L. Myklebust
DMA Strings

Abigail J. Naze
MM Instrumental Conducting

Taryn O’Keefe
MA Music Education

David A. Oliverio
MM Jazz Studies and Improvised Music

Alisa Sargsyan
DMA Composition

Evan A. Smith
DMA Woodwinds

Brooks N. Tran
DMA Piano

Lauren G. Wessels
MM Harp

David Wimett
MM Choral Conducting

Michiko Urita
PhD Ethnomusicology 

 

2017 UW Music Undergraduate Degree Recipients 

Andrew W. Abel
BM Orchestral Instruments

John C. Aguilar
BM Music Education

Heather R. Borror
BM String Instruments
BS Biochemistry

 Sabrina E. Bounds
BM Orchestral Instruments

Yoojeong Cho
BM Voice Performance
BA Italian

Nicholas P. Durand
BA American Music

Addison E. Francis
BM Voice Performance
BS Speech & Hearing Sciences: Communication Disorder

Erin K. Kelly
BM String Instruments

Joshua K. Langager
BM Voice Performance
BA Drama
BA Individualized Studies: Musical Theater

Peyton E. Levin
BM Music Education

Yusi Liu
BM Composition
BA Communications

Brendan C. McGovern
BM Jazz Studies
BA History

Natalie E. Meek
BA Instrumental
BA International Studies

Colin D. Moen
BM Jazz Studies

Anastasia Nicolov
BM String Instruments
BS Bioengineering 

Christine E. Oshiki
BM Voice Performance

James J. Phillips
BA Instrumental
BS Biochemistry

Nicholas H. Reynolds
BA American Music
BA American Ethnic Studies

Matthew Sablan
BA Ethnomusicology

Elizabeth A. Solon
BM Orchestral Instruments

Yun En Tsai
BA Instrumental
BA Communications

Alexander L. Tu
BM Orchestral Instruments

Darian U. Woller
BM String Instruments

Zeze Xue
BM Piano Performance

Hajung Yuk
BM String Instruments