The future is bright for students with the talent and flexibility to work within a diverse and ever-changing music culture.
Setnor School of Music alumni have embraced this culture and are active composers, conductors, performers, teachers, and members of the music industry. They engage and inspire those who love music and those who aspire to a career in music.
These are just a few of our alumni and what they have achieved since attending the Setnor School. You can learn more about our alumni by visiting VPA's section for alumni and friends. If you are a music alumnus, be sure to connect with us.
David Artz ’11 (voice performance) is a master’s student at Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University.
Ed Aston ’96 (music industry) is a senior agent for the International Division at Concept Artists.
Gyasi Barber ’11 (music education) is a master’s student in voice performance at New England Conservatory.
Jen Barker G’88, G’89 (piano performance/composition) is a professor of composition at the University of Delaware.
Bridgid Bibbens ’98 G’00 (performance) is a professional violinist based in New York City.
Jill Brenner ’11 (voice performance) is a master’s student in voice performance at San Francisco Conservatory.
Phyllis Bryn-Julson ’67 G’69 (voice performance) is a renowned soprano and chair of the voice department at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University.
Melissa Bushee ’99 (music education) is a music educator in Las Vegas. She performed on trumpet with the Syracuse Symphony and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Anthony Busti ’00 (music industry) is assistant director of donor information at the Metropolitan Opera.
Claribel Caraballo ’98 (music industry) works in music publishing with BMG's Rights Administration Division at its New York City headquarters.
Patrick K. Carney G’98 (music education) is director of bands at Clayton State University in Georgia.
Lisa Cella ’88 (B.A. music) is a professor at UMBC Maryland.
Jessica Crawford ’03 G’05 (B.A. music/performance) is music librarian of the Portland Opera in Oregon.
Chris Cresswell '11 (composition) is living in Brooklyn, NY, and has won a comission from the American Composers Forum for a piece for orchestra and tenor, to be premiered in the 2013-2014 Season. www.chriscresswellmusic.com
Michael Croiter ’98 (percussion performance) is a percussionist; Emmy Award-winner; and owner, engineer, and producer at Yellow Sound Lab.
Michelle DiBona ’10 (piano performance) is a master’s student in choral conducting at Westminster Choir College.
Jon-Michael Eclar ’08 (music industry) is studio office and facilities manager at Washington National Opera.
Paige Eilenberg ’07 (music industry) is regional promoter for Capitol Records.
Sheri Falcone ’94 G’99 (music education) is a professor of clarinet at Mississippi State University.
Chris Ferrari ’90 (music education) performs on trumpet in The President’s Own United States Marine Band in Washington, D.C.
William E. Fredrickson G’84 (performance) is a professor of music education and associate dean for operations at Florida State University.
Andy Fusco ’70 is a professor of jazz at Kean University and former lead alto saxophone of Buddy Rich Big Band.
S. Daniel Galyen G’03 (music education) is director of bands at Iowa State University.
Ian Hartsough G’09 (composition) is associate development officer for Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Colleen Hendricks ’05 (music industry) is director of live music and events at Canal Room.
Gregorio Hernandez ’05 (music industry) is a performer currently touring with Blast.
Michael Hernandez G’06 (performance) plays soprano sax in the Mana Quartet, which followed up its win in the 2007 National MTNA Chamber Music Competition by winning the 2009 Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition Grand Prize.
Annie Hsieh '99 (piano performance) is on the piano faculty of Washington University in St. Louis.
Virginia Johnston ’88 (composition) is executive director of the Discovery Orchestra in Warren, N.J., and a freelance clarinetist, composer, conductor, and singer-songwriter.
Jessica Kuhlman ’01 (music industry) is a senior agent for Kaplan Artists.
Michael Kuhn ’10 (voice performance) finished a master’s student in voice performance at New England Conservatory an is now performing with Tobias with the Syracuse Opera.
Cem Kurosman ’99 (music industry) is director of publicity for Blue Note Records in New York City.
Jason Ladd G’01 (performance) is assistant director of instrumental music at Marquette University.
Larry Lain G’08 (choral conducting) is a professor at Mount Vernon Nazarene College.
Jason Loffredo ’00 (music education) is a pianist, musical director for on- and off-Broadway productions, vocal coach, and composer.
Pat Long ’91 (composition) is a professor at Susquehanna University.
John Mallia ’90 (composition) is a professor at New England Conservatory.
Stacy Wilson Margolis ’96 (voice performance) is director of development for Orchestra of St. Luke's.
Herbert David Marshall G’87 (music education) is an associate professor of music education at Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music.
Tadashi Matsuura ’03 (music industry) is a recording engineer for George Blood Audio/Safe Sound Archive in Philadelphia.
Clinton McConnell ’07 (music industry) is a senior research analyst at Columbia Records in New York City.
Nathan Meredith ’09 (music industry) is an audio engineer at Specialized Audio Visual Inc. in Albany, N.Y.
Malcolm J. Merriweather ’07 (music education) is the Bruno Walter Assistant Conductor Chair of the New York Choral Society.
Andreas Meyer ’92 (composition) is a former senior engineer at Sony Classical who now has his own label and is a sought-after producer.
Bonnie Miksch ’92 (composition) is a professor at Portland State University.
Rebecca Miller ’09 (music industry) is director of operations and Kerry McDermott ’08 (music industry) is director of communications and patron development for the internationally acclaimed Syracuse Children’s Chorus.
Erika Mitchell ’10 (voice performance) finished a master’s in voice performance at Longy School of Music in Boston and now performs regularly in the Boston Area.
Jackie Moe ’11 (music education) is a master’s student in music education at Florida State.
Sean O’Loughlin ’95 (music education) is a composer and conductor in Los Angeles and the music director for Cheap Trick, Hall and Oats, and Sarah McLachlan.
Jill Packard ’98 (performance) is an administrator for the Henry Mancini Institute in Los Angeles.
Xun Pan G'92 (piano performance) is the director of the gifted and talented program for international students at Millersville University and pianist of the Newstead Trio.
Elizabeth Pesnel ’07 (music industry) is a junior booking agent at the Windish Agency, LLC in Chicago.
Lorenza Ponce ’86 (performance) has released solo albums and has performed or recorded with Neil Young, Sarah McLachlan, Jewel, Stevie Nicks, Cyndi Lauper, Silverchair, and Deborah Harry. She was the violinist and violist for the Bon Jovi Lost Highway tour, is a member of Jon Bon Jovi's solo acoustic group, and also toured with John Tesh, Ben Folds, and Japanese superstar Kitaro.
Harry E. Price G’81 (music education) is a professor and director of music at Kennesaw State University.
Joseph Rinaldi ’06 (music education) is a voice professor at the College of Music, Mahidol University, Thailand, and has performed with the Dallas Opera.
Karen Roethlisberger '98 (piano performance) is a vocal coach, accompanist, and chamber music coordinator at Carnegie Mellon University.
Kevin Romanski ’96 (percussion performance) is a professor of percussion at Shu-Te University and director of musical studies for the Department of Performing Arts.
Jena Root G’96 (composition) is a professor of composition at Dana School of Music, Youngstown State University.
Wesley Roy ’10 (music education) is a master’s student in music education at Florida State.
Jason Sector ’11 (music industry) is an agent for AMI (Addeo Music International) in New York City.
Jaclyn Shea ’02 G’03 (music education) is program manager for the VH1 Save the Music Foundation in New York City.
Jeff Stockham ’80 (performance) is an international jazz trumpet artist.
Donald Sutherland ’61 G’63 (organ performance) is a distinguished organist and coordinator of the organ department at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University.
Victor Vallo Jr. ’77 (music education) is a professor of music and chair of the Department of Music at Georgia College & State University.
Sara Villagio ’04 (music industry) is the assistant director of marketing at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Joel Wapnick G’78 (music education) is a professor at McGill’s Schulich School of Music and director of McGill Records in Montreal.
Amy Wert G’05 (conducting) is a Broadway show conductor based in Melbourne, Australia.
Members of the native Syracuse band Ra Ra Riot include Rebecca Zeller ’06 (music industry) and Alexandra Lawn ’08 (music industry).