Prominent Graduates


Tom Thoreson, string bass (BM 1968) - Assistant principal string bass, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Owner of Southeastern Strings LTD

David Sabee, cello (BM 1974) - MM, University of Texas at Austin; former principal cellist with the Austin Symphony, cellist with the Seattle Chamber Players, owner of Seattle Music, Inc.

Jane Kimmes, violin (BM 1976) - MM, University of Iowa; member of the Houston Symphony and the Texas Ballet Orchestra

Marta Soderberg, viola (BM 1982) - MM, Manhattan School of Music; DMA, University of Iowa; Former instructor of viola at Cleveland Institute of Music at Georgetown University

Tim Nelson, viola (BM 1983) - MM, Juilliard School of Music; Adjunct Professor of Viola at Minnesota State University Moorhead, Violist, Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, Former Principal Violist, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra

Elise Buffat, cello (BM 1985) - MM, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Associate Principal Cello, Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, Former Associate Principal Cello, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra

Rown Cummings, conducting (BM 1983) - MM and DMA, University of North Texas; assistant director of orchestras at the University of North Texas


Anita Nashlund, oboe (BME 1966, MST 1969) - Oboist with the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra and Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra; Instrumental music teacher at Northwestern Middle School, Maple, Wisconsin

Arthur T. LaBar, french horn (BME 1967) - MM, Indiana University; Assistant Professor of Music, Tennessee Tech; former member of Annapolis Brass Quintet and National Symphony Orchestra

Kathryn Taylor, clarinet (BM 1970) - MM, Juilliard School of Music; freelance musician in New York; member of Borealis Wind Quintet

Bill Scott, trombone (BME 1972) - MM, University of Wisconsin-Madison; former Assistant Conductor of the Huntsville, Alabama Symphony; Director of Youth Orchestras in Greenville, SC.

Michael Sekelsky, percussion (BM 1980) - MM, DMA, University of Kansas; Associate Professor of Music and Assistant Director of Bands, Central Missouri State University

Il Hee Chai, clarinet (MST, 1981) - Former principal clarinet with the Seoul Philharmonic and professor of clarinet at the University of Seoul; currently Visiting Professor of Clarinet, Penn State University

Paul Perfetti, trumpet (BM 1981) - MM, New England Conservatory; freelance section trumpet with Boston Pops Orchestra, member of Boston Baroque and Boston Musica Viva; principal trumpet for touring "Les Miserables"

Bradley Bombardier, saxophone/bassoon (BM 1982) - MM, Bowling Green State University; bassoonist with the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra; recipient of Bush Foundation Composer Fellowship; commissioned works performed by Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra and lake Superior Chamber Orchestra

Donald Running (BME 1996) - Director of Bands and Instrumental Music Education at Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA



Rick Erickson, organ (BM 1976) - MM, Eastman School of Music; Cantor and Organist, Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, New York City; conductor of the world-renowned Bach Orchestra and Bach Choir; Organ instructor of improvisation at Eastman School of Music's summer sessions

Donald Pearson, organ (BM 1971) - MM, University of Cincinnati; Organist and Music Director at St. John's Episcopal Cathedral, Denver, Colorado

Chrisanne Yule, organ (BM & BME 1979) - MM University of Michigan; doctoral studies, Florida State University; further studies, Eastman School of Music; Organist and Choir Director at St. Rita Catholic Church in Webster, NY; founder and director of the Rochester Lyric Chorale

Bradley Norris, organ (BM 1980) - MM, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; formerly Associate Director of Music and Organist of St. John's Episcopal Cathedral in Denver; currently the Organist and Choirmaster at Grace Episcopal Church in Norfolk, Virginia; director of Norfolk Community Chorale; regularly performs on the organ including such venues as the Virginia Arts Festival

Stephanie Honz, organ (BM 1989) - MM, Eastman School of Music; awarded the 2003 "Artist of the Year" award in Florence, Italy; gold cup winner at the 1998 International Baroque Music Festival Competition in Dresden, Germany; gold medal winner at the 1999 European Guild of Music Competition in Vienna, Austria; winner of the 2000 Prix D'Excellence at Esterhazy, Hungary; guest artist with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hochstein Chamber Orchestra; member of Psalite, an early sacred a cappella singing group; currently the full-time Pastoral Associate of Liturgy and Liturgical Music at St. Louis Church in Pittsford, New York, and faculty for continuing education at St. Bernard's Seminary

Michael Corzine, organ (BM 1968) - MM, DMA, Eastman School of Music; Professor of Organ at Florida State University; prize winner of various national organ playing competitions, and performs throughout the United States and School of Music, where he also earned the Performer's Certificate.

Judy DeBruyne (BM 1982) - MM, Notre Dame

Rachael Paeyton-Cushing (BM 2007) - Selected as one of four graduate assistants at Emory University


Frank McGinnis, piano (BS 1952) - Professor of Music and Head of the Music Department at California State University-Northridge; past president of Music Teachers National Association

Karen Brandser Boubel, piano (BME 1972) - MM, Ph.D, University of Wisconsin-Madison; formerly Professor of Music and Dean of Fine Arts, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; currently Vice President for Academic Affairs, Mankato State University

Buffy Luostari, piano (BM & BME 1990) - MM, Southern Methodist University; winner of the 1992 Baldwin Fellowship; piano instructor at the American School in Bilbao, Spain

Eric Stellrecht, piano (BM 1994) - MM, University of Michigan; staff accompanist at Interlochen Arts Camp; currently pursuing a doctorate in piano performance at University of Arizona

Amy VanLandschoot (Maakestad), piano (BM 1994) -  Director of Music Ministries at White Bear Lake United Methodist Church (White Bear Lake, Minnesota).  Artistic and Music director for Twin Cities Bronze, an auditioned hand bell ensemble. 



Eldon Balko, tenor (BS 1953) - MM, Michigan State University; Director of Choral Activities at Valparaiso University

Harris Balko, tenor (BS 1954) - MS, University of Minnesota; Retired Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music Education and Voice, University of Wisconsin-Superior

Harry Johansen, baritone (BM 1967) - MM, Indiana University, DMA, University of Iowa; Director of Choral Activities, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; former Director of Choral Activities, University of Idaho

Brian Stuart, tenor (BME 1967) - Freelance musician in New York; many leading roles on and off Broadway; several national tours of Broadway shows; performed on national television with Ed Sullivan and Bob Hope

Daniel Newman, tenor (BME 1972) - MM, University of Wisconsin-Madison; DMA, University of Minnesota; Assistant Professor of Music, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire; formerly sang opera in Germany for ten years

William Kohler, bass (BM 1981) - MM, University of Kentucky; DMA, University of Minnesota; Instructor of Voice at the University of Wisconsin-Superior

Gregg Santa, baritone (BM 1982) - MM, University of Minnesota; leading roles with Northland Opera Theater; guest soloist with Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra; full-time contract with Norwegian National Opera Company 1997