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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