Damani Phillips posing

"Way past due"

Alumnus Damani Phillips opens the door for diversity in jazz.

Richard Masters posing

The chance to learn from the best

College of Music alumnus and Virginia Tech Assistant Professor of Piano Richard Masters looks back on his formative time at the College of Music.

claire glover

Music Education alumni lead

The Music Education area at the College of Music routinely produces leaders in the field, the most recent of whom is Claire Glover (BME ’17), who won the 2020 CMEA Young Music Educator Award.

Donald McKinney

Wind Symphony to premiere piece about pandemic and social justice

Oct. 13, 2020

Alumnus Conor Brown will collaborate with fellow composer Derrick Spiva on a piece about this moment, commissioned by the Wind Symphony and College of Music supporter Jan Burton.

neal postma posing

“Be diverse in your field”: Neal Postma

Sept. 8, 2020

Alumnus Neal Postma (BM ’10) says the advice he received at CU Boulder has helped him weather the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nora Barpal

Music grad’s solution to spendy college auditions: Recording studio in a box

Aug. 27, 2020

College of Music graduate Nora Barpal wants to break down barriers that can keep young music students from becoming professional musicians.

Tom Verrier in Colombia

“A grander context”: Thomas Verrier

Aug. 12, 2020

Alumnus Tom Verrier (DMA ’98) has made a career out of his passion for music, conducting ensembles around the world.

Alumni notes

Read notes on accomplishments and accolades for College of Music alumni in 2020.

Barbara Bentree at a screening

A story to celebrate

Alumna Barbara Bentree (BME ‘80) returns to the College of Music with her new film "Dave Grusin: Not Enough Time."

Kristen Gornstein, credit Jessica Osber

Breadth of experience: Kristin Gornstein

June 10, 2020

For mezzo soprano Kristin Gornstein (MM ’08), key to survival as an artist during uncertain times is to take charge of your career.

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