Undergraduate Program Alumni

Where are our undergraduates now? This list shows where some of our undergraduate students have gone on, in terms of graduate school programs in music, or music-related jobs. If you were a Music Major at the University of Virginia and have pursued a career in the arts (or have done or know of internship/job opportunities which might interest our current music students), let us know at We would love to hear from you! You can also join our LinkedIn group for the McIntire Department of Music.

Name Class Where Are They Now?
Mark Leemis 2014 Freelance Video/Audio Technician, NYC
Brianna Meese 2014 Masters Student in Vocal Performance at The Boston Conservatory
Drew O'Shanick 2014 Mastered in Opera at The Boston Conservatory
Andrew Aylward 2013 Producer at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, DC
Trenley Anderson 2012 Master of Music in Woodwinds at New York University
Katharina Bernard 2012 Program Assistant at Queensland Music Festival
Nathan Broaddus 2012 Audio Production & Sound Design
Leah Manning 2012 Administrative Assistant of the Washington Performing Arts Society, DC
Kim McMasters 2012 Assistant eCommerce Manager for Musictoday
Mike Anderson 2011 Film Composer, Nashville TN
Melanie Ashkar 2011 Mastered in Vocal Performance at The New School of Music
Ryan Calonder 2011 Trumpet Instructor
Eli Chen 2011 Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting at Northwestern University
Wren Curtis 2011 Freelance Audio Engineer & Sound Designer
Martha Eason 2011 Masters in Vocal Performance at Indiana University
Kiran Kumar 2011 Masters Student in Music Technology at New York University
Lisa Newill-Smith 2011 Freelance Opera Singer, Berlin
Richard Block 2010 Freelance Bassist
Nowell Gatica 2010 Piano Technician at Steinway Hall, Dallas TX
Caleb L'Etoile 2010 Booking Agent, DJ & Music Producer, DC
Kacye McGehee 2010 Songwriter/Performer, NYC
Eric Montgomery 2010 Web Developer and Music Producer, Nasvhille TN
Benjamin Schildkraut 2010 Arts Management with Creative Artists Agency, NYC
Mark Williams 2010 Recruitment & Alumni Relations with "From the Top," Boston MA
Jordan Yonce 2010 Choral Music Director at St. Andrew's Episcopal School
Gregory Weaver 2009 Composer & Producer at Score Musicworks
Rachel Becker 2008 Ph.D. Candidate in Musicology at the University of Cambridge
Melanie Leinbach 2008 Resident Artist at Tri-Cites Opera
Vivek Virani 2008 Asst. Prof. of Ethnomusicology, University of North Texas
Timothy Shull 2006 Music & Media Application Development
Elliott Grabill 2005 Freelance Composer, DC
Sean Peuquet 2005 Arts Education/Advocacy with madelife
Burcin Elmas 2004 Independent Musician
Henry Jessup 2004 Music Teacher in Arlington Public Schools
Anna Palumbo 2004 Music/Arts Therapist, NYC
Tony Sheppard 2004 CFO at S.P. Entertainment, Los Angeles CA
Theresa Steward 2004 Music Educator, Richmond VA
Heather Hightower 2003 Music Director at Field School of Charlottesville
Mary Klapmust 2003 Self Employed Piano Instructor, DC
Blaire Perrin 2003 Freelance Musician/Music Business, NYC
Brian Rice 2003 School of Music Assistant to the Dean at Catholic University, DC
Kathy Olson 2002 Saxophone Instructor/Composer, Boston MA
Sarah Kraus 2001 Actor/Singer, Richmond VA
John Hastings 2000 Composer/Curator/Artist, NYC
Michael Mizrahi 2000 Professional Pianist
James DeWire 1999 Lecturer in Music at Frostburg State University
Kelly Gross 1999 Piano Instructor at the University of Virginia
Jon Provan 1999 Media Production, NYC
Miranda Eggleston 1998 Producer/Owner of Eggleranda Productions, Inc.
Ravi Krishnaswami 1998 Creative Director at COPILOT Strategic Music + Sound
Chris Bonavia 1997 Vice President at Universal Music Group
Lisa Mezzacappa 1997 Instrumentalist/Composer/Music Producer, San Francisco CA
Sam Retzer 1996 Composer/Producer at Sam Justice
Kolai Laget 1995 Composer at Asahra Music, DC
David Kaplowitz 1990 Video/Multimedia Producer, London
Andrew Kurtz 1989 Music Director of the Gulf Coast Symphony
Michael Rosensky 1987 Guitar Instructor at the University of Virginia
Greg Simms 1984 Music Instructor at Cape Fear Community College


Graduate Program Alumni

Name Term Graduated Dissertation Title
Aaslid, Vilde Spring 2014 "Interaction, Collaboration, and Improvisation in the Intersection of Jazz and Poetry"
Adkins, Joseph Spring 2014 "Strange Tales from Appalachia: Pammanottus"
Barton, Scott Fall 2012 "Understanding Musical Discontinuity"
Bidgood, Lee Spring 2011 "'America is All Around Here': An Ethnography of Bluegrass Music in Contemporary Czech Republic"
Bishop, Michael Summer 2012 "A Socioesthetics of Punk: Theorizing Personal Narrative, History, and Place"
Carlson, Gretchen Spring 2016 "Jazz Goes to the Movies: Contemporary Jazz Musicians' Work at the Intersections of the Jazz and Film Art Worlds"
Coddington, Amy Summer 2017 "Rap on the Radio: Making Hip Hop into Hit Pop, 1986-1994"
Cook, Julia Spring 2013 "Re-Enchanting Modernity in the Imaginative Geek Counterculture: Musical Life and Performance in Neo-Pagan, Society for Creative Anachronism, and Science Fiction Podcasting Communities"
Cosper, David Spring 2011 "Interpretation, Narrativity, and Musical Performance"
Culpeper, Sarah Fall 2013 "Performing Conformity, Unleashing Craft: Female Vocalists of Postwar Pop, 1945-1956"
Davis, Kevin Spring 2017 "Instrumentality in the Expanded Field of Music Composition"
D'Elia, Peter Summer 2016 "Critiquing the Enlightenment: Beethoven's Music in Early Romanticism"
Decker, Jeffrey Fall 2012 "A Man Without Envy: Nat King Cole, Race, Integration and the Politics of Crossover"
Deluca, Erik Spring 2016 "Wolf Listening: Acoustemological Politics and Poetics of Isle Royale National Park"
Doktor, Stephanie Fall 2016 "'The Jazz Problem': How U.S. Composers Grappled With the Sounds of Blackness, 1917-1925"
Ek, Kirstin Fall 2014 "'A Precipice Between Deadly Perils": American Folk Music and the Mass Media, 1933-1959
Ervin, Jarek Spring 2017 "New York Punk Rock: Genre as Mourning & Reconciliation (1967-1980)"
Flood, Elizabeth Spring 2017 "Now we'll have the women play": Class and Gender in Amateur Country Music Performance"
Gale, Emily Spring 2014 "Sounding Sentimental: American Popular Song from Nineteenth-Century Ballads to 1970s Soft Rock"
Goldin-Perschbacher, Shana Spring 2008 "Sexuality, Listening, and Intimacy: Gender Transgression in Popular Music, 1993-2008"
Guarino, Maria Spring 2012 "Listen with the Ear of the Heart: A Contemplative Ethnography of Musical Performance, Communal Religions Life and Mystical Spirituality among the Monks of the Weston Priory"
Hsu, Aurie Fall 2012 "Kinesonic Composition, Choreographed Sound: Balancing Kinetic and Kinesthetic Sense with Physical and Imagined Gesture in Music"
Hsu, Wendy Spring 2011 "Redefining Asian America: Politics, Aesthetics, and Social Networks of Independent Rock Musicians"
Jones, Matthew Spring 2014 "How to Make Music in an Epidemic: Hearing AIDS, 1981-1996"
Kemper, Steven Fall 2012 "From Sacred Narrative to Evocations of Ancientness: Mythical Meaning in Contemporary Music"
Kirby, Jason Summer 2016 "Antimodernism and Genre from Country-Rock to Alt.Country, 1968-98."
Kleftis, Courtney Spring 2016 "Operatic Transvestism, Disguise Roles, and Women's Sexual Agency in Handel's Operas (1727-1741)"
Kojs, Juraj Spring 2008 "Cyberactions and Cyberinstruments via Physical Modeling Synthesis: Extending Musical Realities"
Lindau, Elizabeth Summer 2012 "Art is Dead. Long Live Rock! Avant-Gardism and Rock Music, 1967-1999"
Ludwig, Loren Spring 2011 "'Equal to All Alike': A Cultural History of the Viol Consort in England, c. 1550-1675"
O'Halloran, Sarah Summer 2015 "Stitching: Orality, Literacy, and Music"
Peck, Chris Spring 2015 "Composition in an Expanded Field of Performance: Experimental Music in Collaboration with Contemporary Music"
Robbins, Allison Summer 2010 "Let's Face the Music and Dance: Hollywood Musicals and the Mediatization of Broadway, 1933-1939"
Rubin, Nicholas Spring 2010 "Signing On: U.S. College Rock Radio and the Popular Music Industry, 1977-1983"
Sammons, Lanier Spring 2012 "Audience Interactivity and the Concert Hall Audience"
Simonson, Mary Summer 2007 "Music, Dance, and Female Creativity in Early Twentieth-Century American Performance"
Spitsyn, Yury Summer 2015 "Composing with EncycloSpace: a Recombinant Sample-based Algorithmic Composition Framework"
Swendsen, Peter Fall 2009 "Amplified Whispers and the Artifice of Inaction: for Electroacoustic Music and Interactive Dance"
Szabo, Victor Spring 2015 "Ambient Music as Popular Genre: Historiography, Interpretation, Critique"
Tfirn, Maxwell Summer 2017 "Hearing Images and Seeing Sound: The Creation of Sonic information Through Image Interpolation"
Traub, Peter Fall 2010 "Spatial Exploration: Physical Abstracted, and Hybrid Spaces as Compositional Parameters in Sound Art"
Tschirhart, Peter Spring 2013 "Sound Maps and the Prepresentation of Audible Space"
Turowski, Paul Spring 2016 "Digital Game as Musical Notation"
Warren, Kristina Spring 2017 "Show More/Show Less: Extended Voice, Technology, and Presence"
Zorn, Jonathan Spring 2012 "Voices in the Electronic Furnace: Towards an Analysis of Electroacoustic Vocal Music"



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