Conservatory of Music

From Bach to Broadway


One of the best things about being a voice teacher is the relationship that builds between teacher and student.  Over the last several years, it's been a great pleasure to meet young strangers, become their teacher, their musical counselor, and as they graduate become their colleague and friend.  Here is a sampling of the many fine young musicians I've had the pleasure of teaching.

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Kate Rockwell - Musical Theater 2006, first came to national attention on NBC's Grease: You're the One That I Want.  Since then she has added three Broadway credits to her resume: She is currently appearing as "Skylar" in Bring It On, the musical, and has performed "Margot" in Legally Blonde and in the tribe of HAIR as well as both National Tours.  She has also performed with North Shore Theatre, Westchester Broadway Theater, and a host of regional theater programs.
Stephen Trafton - Musical Theater 2006, was my first student to grace the stages of Broadway. Just before graduation he landed a swing position in the revival of Les Miserables. After Les Mis closed, Stephen joined the national tour of Phantom of the Opera. He is back in NYC and frequently working, including the recent staged reading of G.K. Chesterton's MAGIC.
Courtney Becker - Music Therapy 2006, though not a performance major, Courtney became one of our finest singers while she was here at BW and was invited to sing both for conservatory convocation and honors convocation during commencement weekend.  She went on to study hospital administration at Xavier University. Here we are at her wedding to BW classmate, Isaac Howell.

John Reynolds - Music Education 2007, While a music education major at BW, John participated in both AIMS in Graz, Austria, and the Janiec Opera Program at Brevard Music Center.  After BW, John attended the New England Conservatory and received a Master of Music degree in voice.  He is currently an assistant conductor of the Boston Children's Chorus and teaches in the Cambridge, Mass. school system.

Jesse Adams - Musical Theater 2009, recently returned to NYC after portraying “Horton” in the National Tour of Seussical. Prior to this, he had been working steadily and earning rave reviews in regional theater. Now focusing on songwriting, you will frequently find him singing his original material throughout New York City. Hear him singing “Haunted City” here:
Joseph Glaser - Musical Theater 2009 is a 500-hour Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher who has trained internationally in various philosophies within the Yoga practice. Joseph offers the practice of Yoga to hundreds of students on a weekly basis. He is also the Founder and President of Life is on Your Side, a nonprofit dedicated to making alternative holistic healthcare financially available to young adults living with cancer.  See its Facebook page for more info.
Kathleen Rooney - Musical Theater 2010, signed with Abrams Talent Agency in NYC following her BW New York Showcase. She has appeared in several indie films, 2 national TV commercials, and a list of regional theaters including the acclaimed Goodspeed Opera Theater.
Ryan Jagru - Musical Theater 2010, has been performing steadily since graduation.  He is currently playing Richie Valens (a favorite role) at the Ogunquit Playhouse.He has also portrayed "Aladdin” on a Disney cruise, toured with “If you give a mouse a cookie” and performed with many regional theaters including Playhouse Square in Cleveland as “Juan” in Altar Boyz.
Jessica Waddle, soprano, Vocal Performance 2011, is now pursuing a Master of Music in Voice at the esteemed Eastman School of Music. While at BW, she participated in Sherrill Milnes and Friends and Manhattan School of Music summer programs. She was back at BW in May 2012 as a participant in the Art Song Festival.
Tenor, Benjamin Krumreig began studying with me in July 2011 to prepare for grad school auditions. This year he was accepted with scholarship to CCM, Michigan, and Eastman – but will be attending U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a full scholarship and generous living stipend. Congratulations, Ben!


Congratulations 2010 graduates! (left)

Adam Sheldon - Music Ed./Arts Administration 2010, returned to BW to pursue an MBA. He is looking forward to a successful career in non-profit management and the future of arts organizations. Alison MacDonald, Music Education 2010, graduated into a contract with Aurora Schools teaching elementary music. Kaci Korn - Vocal Performance 2010, is on her way to medical school!


Congratulations Seniors, 2011! (left)

Janis Augustine is finishing a BA in Arts Mgmt. at BW. Jessica Waddle (see above) Ben Brunnette is attending  to graduate school at Roosevelt University, Kathleen Arrasmith is pursuing a teaching career in Fairfax, VA.


Watch for more updates soon!

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