Department of Performing Arts: Music
Alums: We Need Your help!
We are compiling all of our Alumni information into one database. Please email us your current information: complete name and name at the time of graduation, year of graduation, degree, awards received at SOU, occupation, email, and current address.
Rick Cave, BS 1997 in Music-Business, works as the stage manager for the Salt Lake City Symphony.
Colleen Graves, BA 2006, was named AAUW Best Woman Graduate in Music Performance. Ms. Graves studied with Dr. Fredna Grimland and has been featured in many distinguished Master Classes including Julianne Baird and Sanford Silvan. Colleen received the 2005 Rogue Opera scholarship and had the privilege of being featured soloist on the SOU Chamber Choir's 2006 Mexico Tour. Starting on the HelpDesk, then Registrars office, then Computer Science, Colleen ran the SOU Music Office and Recital Hall, and was Soprano section leader for Trinity Episcopal Church. Living in Santa Monica, Ms. Graves is a chorister in the Los Angeles Master Chorale and is Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director of the Organization of American Kodaly Educators.
Michael Grossman received Master's in Accompanying from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and was later named a coach and Music Director of the Musical Theatre Workshop at the Conservatory. Besides his full time work at SFCM, he is vocal coach for BASOTI (Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute,) the International Vocal Institute, Bravo! The Musical Showcase, and Summer Music West. He has worked and performed with most of the bay areas opera training programs. He can also be seen performing at Bay area Jazz and Cabaret venues.
Brent Hakanson received a Masters in Composition from the University of Oregon and has many compositions in print. Currently teaching high School orchestra in Klamath Falls.
Matt Harden is currently Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at the University of South Dakota. He earned a double BA from SOU in Music Education and Music Performance. He later earned a doctorate in interdisciplinary studies from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.
Jason Hoopes BS 2005, In 2006, Jason was one of four composers admitted into the graduate composition program at Mills College in Oakland, CA. He has since graduated with an M.A. in Music Composition and has received an assistantship to return for a third year of study toward an M.F.A in Improvisation Performance and Literature. Since relocating to the Bay Area, Jason has had the pleasure of performing/studying with many artists including Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, Joelle Leandre, Maggie Nicols, India Cooke, Roscoe Mitchell, Daniel Schmidt, William Winant, Andy Strain, Michael Dale, Jordan Glenn, Amanda Schoofs, Anantha Krishnan, Noah Phillips, and many more. In May 2008, Jason's large ensemble work "the ebb" earned the Elizabeth Mills Crothers award for Outstanding Composition.
Sherril Kannasto received a Masters degree in flute performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. She played professionally for the Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles-based early music ensemble “Musica Angelica”, and is currently the founding director of the Amadeus Music Academy in Los Angeles, CA.
Gary Keeney, BS 2004 in Music Business, is currently Studio Manager for Sullivan Recording, in Phoenix, OR.
Mark Knippel, BA 2006, studied composition at Southern Oregon University, primarily under Todd Barton and Wayne Slawson. He graduated in 2006 with a BA in music composition and education. He has written for saxophone quartet, woodwind quintet, and various other chamber groups, and for concert band, theater projects and film. His saxophone quartet, "At the Loss of Love and Folly", has been published by Dorn Publications. Current projects include works for guitar quartet, saxophone orchestra, string orchestra, string quartet, and a graphic score for mobile phones. Mark completed an assistantship for the world-premiere musical, Tracy's Tiger, at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon in 2006. He has received the ASCAPlus Award, and received the Schneider Award, given to the outstanding music student at Southern Oregon University, in 2006.
Terry "T" Lund, co-winner of the first Mr. Holland’s Opus national teaching award. Recently retired as Band and Choral Director of Illinois Valley High School in Cave Junction, OR.
Karl Mansfield has served as Composer in Residence for Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He is working as a conductor and composer in New York. Currently he is conducting “Dracula, the Musical” on Broadway and preparing two more Broadway-bound project this spring.
Andrea Matthews interned with the American Symphony League for orchestras in San Francisco, Cincinnati, and Canton, Ohio. She worked many years arranging musical tours for Associate Consultants for Education Abroad, based in Edmonds, Washington. She is currently freelancing as a professional flutist specializing in the flute music of native Americans.
Scott McKee served as Director of Bands at Scapoose High School and Springfiield High School. His bands at both institutions qualified for the state championship each year they participated. He is currently the managing Director of the American Band College and Organizing Chairman of the Western international Band Clinics.
Renee Merrigan performed with the Vancouver Chamber Choir, one of two professional choirs in Canada, and toured extensively in Canada and in Japan. She is a frequent soloist in the Rogue Valley and is a member of the Southern Oregon Repertory Singers.
Jesse Molloy, BS 2001 Music-Business, is a professional saxophonist in the San Diego area. He was the recipient of the 1999 E Mulling award for outstand first year student. Hear his SOU radio spot (click here).
Ramon Montes de Oca was director of the School of Music of the University of Guanajuato. He lectures annually in Spain at the Conservatory of the Autonomous Community of Madrid and has given seminars and master classes in the principal music schools of Mexico. A well known composer, his music has been performed at international festivals in Mèxico and elsewhere, including the Festival Internacional Cervantino, the Sounds of Latin America Festival in New York, the International Forum of New Music in Mexico City; as well as in Argentina, Poland, Spain, and the United States. He has received the “Intellectual Creators” award from FONCA (National Foundation for Culture and the Arts) and, since 1993, is a member of the National System of Creators of Art. Montes de Oca is the Director of the newly reinitiated Contemporary Music Series of the Festival Internacional Cervantino and currently serves as Associate Professor in the School of Music of the University of Guanajuato.
Shawn Moore BS 2005 in Computer Science and Music-Business, managed the Digital Music Lab. He was recently appointed at SOU as Information Technology Consultant/Mac Lab Support Technician.
Gayle Neuman is a specialist in the performance and building of Renaissance and Baroque instruments.
Phil Neuman is a specialist in the performance and building of Renaissance and Baroque instruments. He plays professionally in the Portland area and has performed locally at the Britt Festival.
Roger Nickson recieved masters degrees from Lewis and Clark College and San Diego State University and a doctorate from Columbia Pacific University in keyboard instruction for elementary general music classes. For many years he has worked in Oregon City as an elementary and secondary music teacher and as Music Supervisor for the district.
Jim O’Dell is currently Dean of the Boston Conservatory of Music, having previously served nine years as Director of the BC Conservatory of Music. A distinguished and versatile educator, conductor, and musician, Mr. O'Dell is currently the Music Director and Conductor of both the Middlesex Concert Band and the Southeastern Massachusetts Community Concert Band, and is the Associate Conductor of the Metropolitan Wind Symphony
Joseph Perez is a performer and collaborator of Acoustic, Electro-Acoustic, Classical and World Music. A founding member of the MoTU Percussion Quartet, recent performances of his include a lecture-recital at the McCormick Marimba Festival in Tampa, appearing as guest a soloist with the Phoenix Symphony, and performing on the showcase concert at the Arizona Percussion Arts Society Festival. He is an active performer of contemporary music, having appeared with Crossing 32nd Street and is a regular with the Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble. He has also performed with the Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra, SyZyGy, Musica Nova, Scottsdale Orchestra, and the Tempe Symphony Orchestra. The recipient of the 2007 Music Teachers National Association Award for Student-Teacher Excellence, Mr. Perez more than a decade of teaching experience in the public school system. Groups he's instructed have been selected to perform at the Inauguration Day Parade of President Barack Obama in Washington D.C. (2008) and the Oregon Educators Conference in Portland, OR (2006). Joseph is pursuing his D.M.A. from Arizona State University where he is a Teaching Assistant under J.B. Smith and Mark Sunkett. He currently holds a Masters in Music from Arizona State and a Bachelor of Arts from Southern Oregon University where he studied with Terry Longshore. This is his first year teaching at Paradise Valley Community College. He will be teaching Music Humanities, Electronic Music and directing the African Drumming Ensemble.
Lee Ann Scherman received a Master's in Organ Performance from Indiana University. She is Director of Music at the largest Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Olympia, Washington
Doremus Scudder, after graduating from SOU, baritone Doremus Scudder studied with Carol Blaikner-Mayo in Vienna and with La Scala baritone, Gino Bechi in Florence, Italy. He has appeared with the Vienna Symphony, the Austrian Radio and Television Orchestra, the Residenz Orchestra, the Vienna Johann Strauss Ensemble, the Vienna Operntheater, and the Neue Oper Wien, and has worked with renowned conductors such as Ernst Theiss, Adreas Mitisek and Jeffery Tate.
Paul Shikany was a frequent soloist in the Los Angeles area while pursuing a Maters degree in Opera at the University of Southern California. Upon graduating, he was named the Outstanding Graduate at the Masters level from USC, and is currently singing professionally in New York.
Brent Watkins, BA 2004, recently graduated with a MM in Piano Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. He was the 2003 and 2004 Schneider Award winner for the outstanding music major. Brent has been a top prize-winner in several national and international piano competitions including the Pacific Piano Competition, the Russian-American Music Association Competition, the Missoula Symphony Competition, and the University of Texas Concerto Competition. In May of 2001 he made his Carnegie Hall debut and since then has given solo performances throughout the U.S., Canada, Russia, and the Netherlands.
Brent Weber, BA 2005, earned a Master of Music in performance at the University of Georgia. Brent received the 2002 E Mulling award for outstanding first year music student and the 2005 Schneider Award for outstanding Music Major. He performed at the XIIIth and XIVth World Saxophone Congress in Minneapolis and Slovenia. Brent is an Assistant Saxophone Instructor at the Sichuan Conservatory of Classical Music in Chengdu, China.
David E. Weck, BS 2004, After going through the MAT program in 2005 he taught choir and drama in the Florence school district in Arizona and was the Assistant Artistic Director for the Phoenix Metropolitan Men's Chorus for 4 years. He now works at Southwest Airlines as a Staffing Liaison.
Irene Weldon, BA 1988, continued her education at PSU, receiving Masters in Teaching Music in 1998. She currently is part of the adjunct music faculty at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon. Irene also teaches private piano lessons and is a founding member, section leader and alto soloist for the Bach Cantata Choir. Irene is employed as a staff singer at Trinity Cathedral and with Portland Symphonic Choir. She frequently performs as soloist with various chamber groups in town.
Joseph Yungen, BA 2010, is currently pursuing Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance & Literature and Accompanying & Chamber Music at Eastman School of Music, studying with Douglas Humpherys and Jean Barr. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in piano performance at Southern Oregon University under the instruction of Alexander Tutunov, with the generous support of the Chamber Music Concerts Charter Donor Scholarship. Winner of the Ann Fehn pianist’s prize in the 14th Annual Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition, Joseph was accepted as one of eight fellows to the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California for the summer of 2012. In 2011, Joseph was awarded First Prize in the 88th Annual Schubert Club Competition in Minneapolis, Minnesota. That same year, he was among five pianists selected for an internship at Charles Castleman’s Quartet Program in Boulder, Colorado. In 2008, Joseph competed as a finalist in the First Seattle International Piano Competition, where he received prizes for “Audience Favorite” and “Best Performance of a Piece by Karol Szymanowski.” He was also selected winner of the Southern Oregon Young Artists Piano Concerto Competition for his performance of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in 2007.