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Alumni Careers

Prepare to make your mark: Life after the University of Minnesota

Whether winning principal positions in major orchestras throughout the world or bringing music to the classroom, our alumni are making their mark on the music world and beyond.

Where are they now?

Brent Assink

Executive Director, San Francisco Symphony (now retired)

Jim Bartsch

Conductor, Minnesota Youth Symphonies Philharmonic Orchestra

Jocelyn Dueck

Professor, Mannes College: The New School for Music

Vicki Fingalson

Professor/Director of Opera Workshop, University of Wisconsin-Superior

Phil Ford

Professor of Musicology, Indiana University

Charles Forsberg

Professor of Music, St. Olaf College

Angela Fuller

Concertmaster, Houston Symphony

Corey Hamm

Professor of Piano and Chamber Music, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Michael Hiatt

Director of Professional Development and Research, Perpich Center for Arts Education, Minnesota

Linh Kauffmann

Vocal soloist, Minnesota Orchestra

Libby Larsen

Composer; Co-Founder, American Composers Forum

Charles Piklar

Principal viola, Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Russell Platt

Composer; staff/music writer and critic, New Yorker magazine

Thomas Rolfs

Principal trumpet, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops

Joseph Schlefke

Music Director, Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra

Maria Schneider

Composer; two-time Grammy award winner; director, Maria Schneider Orchestra and Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra

Kim Sueoka

Member, Rose Ensemble

David Evan Thomas

Composer; McKnight Fellow

Ryan Truesdell

Composer; music copyist/Grammy award-winning producer for Maria Schneider

Rick Walters

Vice President, Classical and Vocal Publications at Hal Leonard Corporation

Dale Warland

Founder, Dale Warland Singers

David Zinman

Conductor, Tonhalle Orchestra Z├╝rich