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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?

Ahmed Anzaldúa
Artistic Director, choral music ensemble Border CrosSing

Brent Assink
Executive Director, San Francisco Symphony (retired)

Jim Bartsch
Conductor and Co-Artistic Director of Minnesota Youth Symphony's Philharmonic Orchestra and String Orchestra

Mark Bilyeu
Pianist, Founding Artistic Co-Director of the Source Song Festival

Phillip Brunelle
Conductor and organist, founder of VocalEssence

Jocelyn Dueck
Adjunct Professor, Mannes College: The New School for Music; Assistant Teaching Professor of Collaborative Piano, Carnegie Mellon School of Music

Vicki Fingalson
Professor of Voice and Opera Workshop, University of Wisconsin-Superior

Phil Ford
Professor of Musicology, Indiana University

Charles Forsberg
Professor of Music, St. Olaf College (retired)

Angela Fuller
Principal Second Violin, Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Paula Gudmundson
Assistant Professor of Flute, University of Minnesota Duluth

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

Jocelyn Hagen
Composer, clinician, performer

Julia Heinen
Professor of Clarinet, California State University, Northridge

Steve Heitzeg
Emmy award-winning composer

Linh Kauffman
Soprano, founding member of Minnesota Bach Ensemble

Pat Kelley
Co-Artistic Director and Conductor, Minnesota Youth Symphonies

Libby Larsen
Composer; Co-Founder, American Composers Forum

Patrice Michaels
Soprano, Director of Vocal Studies, University of Chicago; Lecturer, Voice and Opera, Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University 

Stephen Paulus 
Grammy award-winning composer and Co-Founder, American Composers Forum (deceased)

Charles Piklar
Principal viola, Chicago Symphony Orchestra (retired)

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

Paul Reller
Associate Professor of Music, University of South Florida

Thomas Rolfs
Principal trumpet, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops

Kelly Rossum
Associate Professor (trumpet), Christopher Newport University

Maria Schneider
Grammy award-winning composer and director, Maria Schneider Orchestra and Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra

David Evan Thomas
Composer; McKnight Fellow

Ryan Truesdell
Composer, arranger, and producer, Gil Evans Project; Grammy award-winning producer for Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra

Leigh Wakefield
Professor of Clarinet, Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota

Rick Walters
Vice President, Classical and Vocal Publications at Hal Leonard Corporation

Robert Walser
Professor, Case Western Reserve University

Dale Warland
Founder, Dale Warland Singers

David Zinman
Grammy award-winning conductor