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Alumni Notes

Congratulations to the most recent graduates of the UNI viola studio:

Gabriel Forero Villamizar, class of 2018, is beginning DMA studies at Ball State University.

Andrea Sanchez Ruiz, class of 2017 (MM Performance) is living in Colombia and performing with the Bogota Philharmonic, as well as teaching in her hometown of Ibague.

Isaak Sund, class of 2017 (MM Performance) is teaching viola and violin for the UNI Suzuki School.

Kathleen Marston, class of 2017 (BM Music Education) is student teaching in the fall semester of 2017.

Alyssa Adamec, class of 2016 (BM Performance, BA Communication Disorders) is attending the University of Iowa for graduate work in audiology. She plans to continue to perform with area orchestras, as a chamber musician, and she will continue her involvement in Suzuki teaching.

Nichelle Probst Bowers, class of 2015 (MM Performance) is living in Salt Lake City, UT where she is freelancing and has a private studio.

John Chiles, class of 2015 (MM Performance) is teaching for the UNI Suzuki School and completed a second master's degree in conducting. He is the education director for the Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony.

Andrea Alert, class of 2013 (MM Performance) is subbing with various Iowa Orchestras including the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, Dubuque Symphony, and Orchestra Iowa. She is also teaching for the UNI Community Music School. Andrea teaches violin and viola at West Music in Cedar Falls.

Rebecca Payne Geyssens, class of 2013 (BM Music Education) is beginning her teaching career at East High School in Waterloo and now lives in Dubuque where she directs the Dubuque Community Orchestra and woeka for the Dubuque Symphony.

Mariia Bogodist, class of 2012 (MM viola performance) began her doctoral studies at Texas Tech in fall 2012. She is currently Principal Violist in the Омская филармония (Philaharmonic of Omsk, Siberia).

Joyce Beyer, class of 2012 (Bachelor of Music - Music Education) and class of 2019 (MA Music) is Director of Orchestra at North High School in Des Moines, IA
Emilia Alejo Hummel, class of 2004 (BA Education), is a teacher in Iowa City, IA.

Amy Beekhuizen, class of 2010 (MM viola performance), is teaching Suzuki Violin in Wisconsin; she previously taught in Boston, Illinois, and Bermuda. 

Stephen Baillie, class of 2002 (BA Music), is a member of the Duluth (MN) Symphony and maintains a private studio of violin and viola students.

Jeremy Cameron, class of 2002 (BA Music), is Director of Orchestras for the Killeen Independent School District in Harker Heights, TX.

Krista Dotzel, class of 2009 (BA Anthropology) did graduate work at the University of Iowa and in Germany in anthropology and is now living in Germany where she works for ROCEEH (Role of Culture in the Early Expansion of Humans) in Tubingen, Germany.

Jonathan Fretheim, class of 2001 (BA Mathematics), completed graduate studies in computer science at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire and now works as a software engineer.

Elliot Hail-Langner, class of 2012 (BA) received his master's degree from UNI and works at California State University in Monterey Bay.

Kendra Milder Elledge, class of 2010 (BM Music Education), is teaching orchestra in Davenport, Iowa.

Elizabeth Poe Thompson, class of 2004 (BA Music), worked for the Chicago Lyric Opera and now makes her home in Dubuque, IA.

Nadya Potemkina, class of 2006 (MM viola performance), is teaching at Wesleyan College in Connecticut.

Renee Rapier, class of 2009 (BM performance, viola and voice), finished her MM in voice at UNI and was an Adler Fellow at San Francisco Opera. She is singing all over the country with various opera companies!

Holly Schult Young, class of 2009 (BA Music), is teaching for the UNI Suzuki School.

Amanda Staver, class of 2010 (BM Music Education), is teaching at an American school in The Hague, Netherlands.

Andrew Steffen, class of 2010 (BM Music Education), is Orchestra Director at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, IA. He has been a member of Orchestra Iowa and the wcfsymphony.

Justin Taylor, class of 2010 (BM viola performance), graduated with his MM in Viola Performance from Roosevelt University in Chicago. He is currently living in Des Moines.

Brianna Williams, class of 2009 (BA), lives in Kansas City and works for the US Dept. of Labor. (She has a badge.)

Former students: Is your name missing? Please let me know what year you graduated and what you're up to!