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Alumni Highlights

Here is a sample of our alumni's recent achievements!

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Catherine GallantCatherine Gallant

(B.F.A. ’78, dance)
Gallant was a featured dance teacher in the PBS documentary PS DANCE! Released in May 2015.


Cecelia Schieve

(B.M. '77, M.M. ’80, voice)
Schieve is in her sixth season as General Director of Opera on the James.

Michelle LeeMichelle Lee

(B.M. ’83, voice)
Lee was recently featured in a article where she spoke about the impact her musical training has had on her finance career. Michelle is president of Wells Fargo's East Coast U.S. community banking operations.

Tracy Kraus

(M.M. ’86, flute)
Kraus is leading the Worcester Chamber Music Society through its 10th anniversary season as Executive Director.

headshot of Christopher SwanChristopher Swan

(B.F.A. ’91, musical theater)
Swan played the role of Herbie in Ocean State Theater Company’s summer production of Gypsy.



Nicole KasbarNicole Kasbar

(B.F.A. ’94, dance)
Kasbar received the 2015 Lincoln Center Arts Teacher award for her work as a middle school dance teacher at the Bay Academy for the Arts and Sciences in Brooklyn. Read more about the award and Nicole’s role as an arts educator.

Konstantinos ProtopapasKonstantinos Protopapas

(M.M. ’95, piano)
Protopapas was named the Artistic Director of the Santa Barbara Opera in August.




Marco Antonio Flores-VillanuevaMarco Antonio Flores-Villanueva

(B.M. ’01, composition)
On July 2015, Triton Music Services released Flores-Villanueva's new album "3 Tangos...And Nothing Else."

Junichi FukudaPatrick MasseyAnna Ward

Junichi Fukuda, Patrick Massey, Anna Ward

(B.F.A. ’02, dance; M.M. ’10, voice; M.M. ‘10, voice)
The September run of Jeanne, the story of a Woman at the Fort Port Theater Channel features choreographer Fukuda, soprano Ward, and tenor Massey.

Josh GrisettiJosh Grisetti

(B.F.A. ’04, musical theater)
Grisetti was recently interviewed by TheaterMania about his starring role, Marty Kaufman, in the Broadway Show It Shoulda Been You.

Nick AdansNick Adams

(B.F.A. ’05 musical theater, dance minor)
Adams joined the faculty of the 2015 Musical Theater Dance Intensive, a three week program at The Boston Conservatory for high school students focusing on ballet, jazz and theater dance.


Emily Mixon

(B.F.A. ’05, musical theater)
Mixon directed and choreographed Saenger Theatre’s summer production of the musical Seaplane.

Javier CaballeroJavier Caballero

(G.P.D. ’07, M.M. ’05, cello)
Caballero spent the summerteaching cello and chamber musi at Point Counterpoint in Lake Dunmore, VT and Apple Hill Chamber Music Festival in Nelson, MA.


DeMar NealDeMar Neal

(M.M. ’07, voice)
Neal and his group VOX appeared twice on the NBC show America's Got Talent.  Listen to a clip of their performance.


Chelsey Arce

(B.F.A. ’08, dance)
Arce was featured in the world premiere of Pearl at the David H. Koch Theater in New York City.

Kristen KleinKristen Klein

(B.F.A. ’08, dance)
Klein presented the premier of Babble (v.3.0) at the end of August with her group, the Inclined Dance Project. This premier is part of inQUAD, a performance series featuring the work of four female choreographers.

Laura DreyfussLaura Dreyfuss

(B.F.A. ’10, musical theater)
Dreyfuss performed in the Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater production of Dear Evan Hansen. 



Lindsey Larson

(B.F.A. ’10, musical theater)
Larson recently accepted a new role as Drama Director at Lincoln High School in Tacoma, WA. 

Mischa Salkind PearlMischal Salkind-Pearl

(M.M. ’10, music composition)
Salkind-Pearl is collaborating with the Ludovico Ensemble for a full length recording of four of his works. The project includes his fellow BoCo alumni Ona Jonaityte (ADP ’10 flute, GDP ’08 flute), Nicholas Tolle (BM ’05 percussion), and Mike Williams (B.M. ’03, M.M. ’07, percussion). 

Alexandra Frohlinger, Eric Anthony Johnson, Lauren Lukacek

(B.F.A. ’10, musical theater; B.F.A. ’11, musical theater; B.F.A. ’09, musical theater)
Frohlinger, Johnson and Lukacek will visit Boston this fall as part of the national tour of Rogers and Hammerstein’s musical Cinderella. 

Mariesther & Marielisa Alvarez

(G.P.D. ‘11, violin)
Alvarez and Alvarez co-directed El Sistema Summer Academy 2015, a two-week intensive orchestra training program for young students. This year, over 80 musicians came to Boston from different El Sistema inspired programs in Massachusetts, Florida, Mexico, and Venezuela.

Courtney MillerCourtney Miller

(M.M. ‘11, opera)
Miller took second place at the Lois Alba Competition in June.



Deborah RobbDeborah Robb

(B.M. ’11, piano)
Robb and her partner at B3D recently released “Higher” on iTunes. “Higher” is a newly released single fusing classical music and progressive house beats. Listen and learn more about B3D.


Stephanie ScarcellaStephanie Scarcella

(M.M. ’11, voice and opera studies)
Scarcella served as voice faculty for the 2015 Boston University Tanglewood Institute where she sang Niña 2 in Goliov's Ainadamar at the Tanglewood Music Center's opera scenes evening and the mezzo solos in Bernstein's Chichester Psalms.  Both performances took place at Seiji Ozawa Hall and Koussevitsky Shed.

Dan ZimbergDan Zimberg

(B.M. ’11, voice)
Zimberg's song Jon Stewart Farewell Song (All I Need) aired on Comedy Central on August 6thWatch the original video on YouTube.

Wesley GentleWesley Gentle

(P.S.C. ’14, voice)
Gentle recently joined the Fort Worth Opera staff as the Institutional Grant Manager.


Jonathon HeywardJonathon Heyward

(B.M. ’14, cello)
Heyward is one of 20 finalists to participate in the 54th Besançon International Conducting Competition in September.


Renee Spady

(M.M. ’14, violin)
Spady recently accepted the position of Professor of Violin at the College of Music, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand.

Michael CoelhoMichael Coelho

(M.M. ’15, Music Education)
Coelho started the summer with a big win at the Music in the Parks Festival. Michael led the B.M.C. Durfee High School Orchestra to a first place award at the competition.

Abigail DockAbigail Dock

(M.M. ’15, PSC, ’17, voice)
Dock was a Portland Opera Resident Artist where she performed Olga in Eugene Onegin and 3rd Lady in Magic Flute.




Molly Keane DreyerMolly Keane Dreyer

(B.F.A. ’15, musical theater)
Dreyer performed in the Reagle Music Theater summer production of Kiss Me Kate.


Katsuya YuasaKatsuya Yuasa

(M.M. ’15, ADP ’17, clarinet)
Yuasa was the winner of the Rio Hondo Symphony Orchestra’s 47th Annual Young Artist Competition and will appear with the orchestra this fall. He also won 1st prize at the Young Artist Competition at the 2015 Clarinet Colloquium and spent the summer teaching at Summer in the City and New York Summer Music Festival.

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