Read on for notes on accomplishments and accolades for College of Music students in 2019.

Jocelyn Armes (PhD Music Education)

Armes’ manuscript "Backward Design and Repertoire Selection: Finding Full Expression" was accepted for publication in the Music Educators Journal. She also had the opportunity to present research at various conferences with the help of graduate student and dean’s grant funding. Armes was appointed the assistant to the editor of the Journal of Music Teacher Education and—along with alumna Ellie Falter (PhD ’18) and fellow PhD students Kate Bertelli-Wilinski and Seth Taft—just began a four-year term on the advisory council for the Music Educators Journal. 

Jackson Bailey (MM Violin) 

Bailey performed at the NEXTFEST for Emerging Artists at Le Poisson Rouge in New York this summer.

Kimberly Bill (MM Violin) 

Bill performed at Carnegie Hall as a member of the New York String Orchestra Seminar in December 2018. 

Margaret Brady (BM Violin) 

Brady attended the Bowdoin International Festival this summer. 

Corie Brown (DMA Choral Conducting and Literature)

Brown is associate director of choirs at San Jose State University. 

Dakota Cotugno (BM Cello) 

Cotungo finished in second place in the Irving M. Klein International String Competition in San Francisco. 

Mary Malizia Evans (MM Violin) 

Evans won a position in the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and joined its roster this fall. 

Indigo Fischer (BM Flute) and percussionist John Sevy (BM Percussion)

Fischer and Sevy won first and second prize at the Arapaho Philharmonic T. Gordon Parks Collegiate Concerto Competition. They both took home cash prizes and Fischer performed a solo with the orchestra in March.

Marisa Ishikawa (DMA Violin)

Ishikawa performed a debut recital in Carnegie Hall and was named second violin of the Carpe Diem String Quartet. Assistant Professor of Violin Charles Wetherbee is a founding member of the quartet.

Hannah Kennedy (MM Violin) 

Kennedy attended the Madeleine Island Chamber Music Festival as a string quartet fellow this summer. 

Brian Lambert (BM Composition)

One of Lambert’s compositions was performed by the CU Boulder Bass Studio at the 15th Rocky Mountain Bass Festival in October 2018.

Teresita Lozano (PhD Ethnomusicology)

Lozano performed with her ensemble Las Dahlias at the inaugural ball for Colorado Governor Jared Polis in January.

Claire McCahan (MM Voice, AD Voice) 

McCahan was a finalist in the Oratorio Society of New York’s Soloist Competition.

Rebecca Myers (MM Voice) 

Myers was a finalist for the Keller Distinguished Bach Musician Award, given by the Grand Rapids Bach Festival.

Barbie Noyes (DMA Collaborative Piano) 

Noyes traveled to Santa Barbara as a fellow in the collaborative piano program at the Music Academy of the West this summer.

Kevin Padworski (DMA Choral Conducting and Literature)

Padworski teaches at Colorado Academy and continues to compose music. 

Nathan Payant (DMA Choral Conducting and Literature)

Payant is assistant director of choirs at Colorado State University. 

Megan Pryor (BM Voice) and David Starry (MM Voice)

Pryor and Starry sang the National Anthem at the opening ceremony for the 2019 Colorado Legislature in January.

Seth Taft (PhD Music Education) 

Taft had articles accepted for publication in the Music Educators Journal and in Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. He also gave a presentation titled “Post-‘Every Student Succeeds Act’ Perspectives on Music Teacher Evaluation Policy and Practice” with Jocelyn Armes (PhD Music Education) and Professor of Music Education James Austin at the American Educational Research Association conference in Toronto.

Kristin Weber (DMA Oboe)

Weber won an audition for an oboe and English horn position in the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra. She also substituted in the Colorado and Kansas City symphonies and continues to perform with the Tulsa and Wichita symphony orchestras.

Sean Winters (DMA Composition) 

Winters did a collaborative audiovisual set with CU Intermedia, Art, Writing and Performance (IAWP) PhD student Angie Eng at Lafayette Electronic Arts Festival in March.

Max Wolpert (MM Composition)

Wolpert premiered his harpsichord concerto Baroque in Mirror in February in Denver, Boulder and Longmont. His orchestration of William Bolcom's Little Suite of Four Dances was performed by Colorado Symphony Assistant Principal Clarinet Abby Raymond in January.

Other student accomplishments
Horns and Yo-Yo Ma poseSeveral music education master’s and PhD students presented at the annual Colorado Music Educators Association (CMEA) conference, including Jocelyn Armes (PhD), Kate Bertelli-Wilinski (PhD), Jacob Holster (PhD), Robin Johnson (MME), Sarah Peachey (MME) and Seth Taft (PhD).

In July 2018, the CU Boulder Horn Quartet—Raya Panova (DMA), Josh East (MM), Erika Hollister (BM) and Maggie Barnes (BM)—performed in Denver’s Civic Center Park with cellist Yo-Yo Ma to kick off Ma’s “Day of Action” rally with then-Governor John Hickenlooper (pictured).

Congratulations to our spring outstanding students, senior Brian Lambert (BM Composition), junior Anoushka Divekar (BM Clarinet, BME), sophomore Claire Gunsbury (BM Flute) and freshman Samuel “Mack” Rodgers (BM Voice) and fall outstanding graduating senior Austen Jankowski (BM Bassoon, BME)!