Bienen School of Music alumni hold positions as performers, administrators, and educators in leading arts and educational institutions throughout the world.

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Soprano Madison Leonard ’16 was a grand finalist winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

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Howard Reich ‘77 is an Emmy Award-winning author, journalist, and filmmaker.

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Jennie Oh Brown ’91, flutist, is artist in residence and artistic director at the Epiphany Center for the Arts.

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Mary Beth Peil ’62 is an actress and singer known for her work on Broadway, television, and film.

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Kate Lee ’17 is director of choirs at Maine East High School in Park Ridge, Illinois.

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Roderick Cox ’11 MMus is a Berlin-based American conductor.

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Bassist and composer Rufus Reid ’71 has been an active presence in the jazz world since the 1970s.

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Agnieszka Roginska ‘04 PhD is a professor of music technology at New York University.

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Matt Martin ‘07 currently serves as alderman of the 47th Ward in Chicago.

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Beth Kirkpatrick ‘03 is a multi-talented performer best known for her work on Broadway.

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Thomas Mesa ‘14 MMus is an award-winning cellist.

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Paula Grissom-Broughton ‘99 MMus is chair of the department of music at Spelman College.

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Mallory Thompson ‘79, ‘80 MMus is director of bands at the Bienen School of Music.

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Ian Derrer ‘01 MMus is general director and CEO of the Dallas Opera.

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Pianist Ralph Votapek ‘60 won the prestigious Naumburg Award and the first Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

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Rena Kraut ‘99 is founder and executive director of the Cuban American Youth Orchestra.

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Rodney Dorsey ‘92 MMus, ‘06 DMA is professor of music and chair of the department of bands at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

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Caitlin Finnie ’16 serves as the Christine Daaé alternate on the world tour of "The Phantom of the Opera."

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Elizabeth Bennett ‘04, director of orchestras at Buffalo Grove High School, was one of 10 finalists for the 2020 Music Educator Grammy Award

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Curtis Moore ‘95 is an Emmy nominated musician, composer, songwriter, and producer.

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Michelle Edgar ‘05 leads creative marketing campaigns for her roster of artists as VP of brand marketing for Epic Records.

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Kangmin Justin Kim ’11 was the first male singer to play the role of Cherubino in "Le nozze di Figaro" at London’s Royal Opera House.

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