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Alumni Updates

Dr. Chris Albanese (MUE '07) recently announced that he has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Choral Conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. His responsibilities will include directing the Singing Hoosiers and teaching undergraduate conducting.

Cindy Brisco (MUE '14) is currently working at Belle Haven PreK-6 school in Dayton, OH. Her duties include fulltime teaching PreK-6 general music/chorus.

David Buckholdt (MUE '15, is the Director of Bands at Lima Central Catholic High School in Lima, Ohio.

Hadley Gammie (MUE, '17) is Xenia High School's (Xenia, OH) new choir and theater director.

Luke Grieshop (MUE '17) is the Director of Eagle Pride Marching Band and Assistant Director of Instrumental Music at Chaminade Julienne (Dayton), and classroom music instructor for grades K-8 at Our Lady of the Rosary.

Robyn Kammer (MUE '12) moved from the Cayman Islands to Ecuador. She is teaching prek - grade 2 music at Academia Cotopaxi in Quito, Ecuador.

Annie Scott (MUP '17) accepted a Graduate Assistant position in the Department of Music at University of South Florida in Tampa. As a winner of last year’s NATS Ohio competition in Musical Theater Category, she is invited to sing for this year’s NATS Master Class on October 20 in Youngstown, OH.

Lindsey Steinbrunner (MUT '13), became the first certified music therapist at Dayton Children's Hospital this past spring after assisting in developing the program. Lindsey now supervises senior-level practica students at the hospital.

Emily Gatlin Symes (MUE '15) teaches kindergarten to fifth grade general music and middle school choir for Kettering City schools.

Student News

Gabriella Klotz, soprano and music performance major, was awarded second place in the Friends of the Symphony and the Lima Symphony Orchestra's 58th Annual Young Artist Competition held on the campus of Bluffton University in April 2018. The competition is for young voice and string musicians in the early stages of their careers. Division finalists are often invited as guest soloists with the Lima Symphony at a performance in a future season. 

Lesley Wray (MUT '19) has been selected for the Oxford Flyers program, so she will be traveling to England for research this summer.

Gigi Klotz (MUP '19) is performing this weekend at Carnegie Hall! She was awarded a Gold Medal in the Passion of Music 2018 festival, by the American Association for the Development of the Gifted and Talented. Karen Miller will travel with her as her accompanist.

Faculty News

The University of Dayton hosted its inaugural Brass Performance Institute in conjunction with its long-running Vocal Performance Institute as part of an expanded Summer Performance Institute. The five day camp/workshop featured our brass faculty members and area professionals as instructors and was attended by 10 students from southwest and central Ohio. For the Summer of 2019, the University will add a Woodwind Performance Institute.

Dr. Chad Arnow, Assistant Professor of Trombone, performed on two well-received recitals at the International Trombone Festival, held in July at the University of Iowa. One of the recitals, which he performed as a member of the Elysian Trombone Consort, featured the premieres of five new works for trombone quartet.

Congratulations to Minnita Daniel-Cox, who, with  Ju Shen (Computer Science), has received a highly competitive Humanities Connections grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for developing interdisciplinary courses on Paul Laurence Dunbar. Read more about the project. >

Dr. Philip Magnuson has been granted emeritus status in the university. He will be recognized at the College Faculty Awards event on April 6, 2018.

If you've entered Roesch Library through the main doors recently, you may have seen a familiar face: our own Dr. Donna Cox is one of the 15 Women of UD: Trailblazers being recognized during Women's History Month. Congratulations Dr. Cox!

The voice area and Department of Music wish to congratulate Dr. Andrea Chenoweth Wells in the completion of her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Voice with a cognate in Opera Directing. Dr. Wells currently teaches aural skills and applied voice. She recently gave a stunning performance in the Dayton Opera's production of The Consul

The Aviatori Piano Trio (Kara Camfield, John Benjamin, and Shelbi Wagner) recently visited Centerville and Springboro high schools. The faculty piano trio gave a recital for all members of the Centerville H.S. Orchestra Program. It was a great experience for the students to watch the performance and hear great literature in a close setting. It also provided the opportunity for students to ask questions about post-secondary opportunities in the Arts regardless of chosen major. Centerville music faculty Mrs. Bernard said, "Nothing can replicate live performance. To have fantastic repertoire such as piano trios by Mendelssohm and Mozart performed professionally in our own Central Theater was a real treat. It also provided the students a great example of the technique, preparation, and passion necessary to captivate an audience."

Ryu-Kyung Kim, D.M.A. performed in Cairo this past summer in “Egypt/Korea Now”. The concert that was jointly sponsored and produced by MUST Opera House, Miss University of Science and Technology, Korean Embassy and Korean Cultural Center in Cairo, Egypt. The concert featured four Korean traditional music instrumentalists and four Egyptian instrumentalists as well. Dr. Kim will also be performing the role of Vera Boronel in Dayton Opera’s upcoming production of The Consul by Gian Carlo Menotti.

Andrea Arese-Elias will perform two Chamber Music concerts in Grand Junction, Colorado in mid- October. One at the Grand Junction Symphony Chamber Music Series and the other at the Little Noon Music Concert Series.

Linda J. Snyder, professor Emerita of voice and opera at the University of Dayton, has been installed as president of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) for a two-year term.

NATS has a membership of 7,000 teachers of voice and related areas, singers and collaborative pianists in the United States and Canada. The mission of NATS is "to encourage the highest standards of the vocal art and of ethical principles in the teaching of singing; and to promote vocal education and research at all levels, both for the enrichment of the general public and for the professional advancement of the talented."

NATS promotes this mission through its research journal (The Journal of Singing), national competitions, professional development programs and workshops, scholarship awards and other programs.

As president, Snyder, who has been a member of the association for more than 40 years, serves as head of the board of directors, works closely with the national executive office and represents the association on the national and international level. Her appointment took effect July 2016.

Snyder has taught voice, lyric theatre and related courses and has served as chair of the Department of Music and as associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. She holds master's and doctoral degrees in vocal performance and literature from the University of Illinois and a bachelor's degree in music education from Miami University.

Blog Stories

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Fine and Performing Arts

Student Profile: Adam Cepeda

University of Dayton senior and Guam native Adam Cepeda spent his summer working on the staged reading of the Marianist musical Spectacle, which tells the story of William Joseph Chaminade's experience persevering through persecution during the French Revolution and establishing the Society of Mary in 1817.

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Fine and Performing Arts

"Wynton Works"

The University of Dayton Jazz Ensemble will perform the music of jazz great Wynton Marsalis in collaboration with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company at this weekend's performances of Wynton Works at the Victoria Theatre.

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