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Alumni Profiles

Here is just a sample of the extraordinary achievements of our alumni!

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Michael E. Smith (B.M. ’84, trumpet) 
was named in the Top 25 Semi-Finalist Round for the Grammy Music Educators Award. Finalists will be announced in December of 2014. This is his second nomination.

Erin Davie (B.F.A. ’00, musical theater) 
was cast as conjoined twin Violet Hilton in the Broadway revival of Sideshow, opening November 17, 2014. 

Alysha Umphress (B.F.A. ’04, musical theater) is currently playing the role of Hildy in the 2014 revival of Broadway’s On the Town.


Javier Caballero (G.P.D. ’07, cello) 
was appointed artistic director for Project Step with fellow alum John Batchelder (G.P.D. ’14, viola). Project Step was awarded the prestigious National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award

Vanessa Isiguen (M.M. ’07, voice) 
performed the role of Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly at the Florida Grand Opera (FGO) as part of her participation in the FGO Young Artists program.


Tara Curtis (M.M. ’08, voice)
is the mezzo soprano apprentice at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City.

Alison McCartan (B.F.A. ’12, musical theater) starred as Daphna Feygenbaum in SpeakEasy Stage Company’s recent production of Bad Jews at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts.


Gereltuya “Gerle” Tumurbataar (B.M. ’14, violin) and Eric Hollander (B.M. ’14, viola) spent the summer months in Mongolia teaching music to children in orphanages, an initiative funded by a Davis Projects for Peace Grant. 

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