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The Adrian College Music Department

Distinguished Alumni . . .

 

We are very proud to list the accomplishments of some of our Adrian College Music Alumni.  We can not possibly list everyone and what they are doing, but here is a small sample.

 

My name is Carolyn Kruger, and I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Adrian College in the spring of 2014. I spent the summer job searching, and was offered two positions in South Carolina before I accepted a K-4 music position in the small town of Durand, Michigan. This position is split between two buildings: Bertha Neal Elementary where I teach K-1 and Robert Kerr Elementary where I teach 2-4 grades. In addition, I have the challenge of teaching on a cart at the 2-4 building, and am discovering ways to make the best use of space. I am currently living in Owosso Michigan and am a member of the National Association for Music Education. I participated in this professional organization during my time at Adrian, and I am looking forward to the Michigan Music Conference that is sponsored by this organization every January in Grand Rapids. I am currently putting together programs for all grade levels, and planning a 4th grade recorder unit to start after holiday break. Overall, I love my new job, and am blessed with the privilege of sharing the joys of music with elementary students.

 

Andrea Wozniak graduated from Adrian College with a Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance and minors in German and Philosophy in December 2013 where she studied voice with Dr. Boggs-Clark. She is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Voice Performance at the New England Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Lisa Saffer. In her first semester, Andrea participated in the workshops of two new operas, Naga and Gilgamesh, and In September 2016, Andrea was in the world premiere of Ouroboros, the entire trilogy of operas presented by the Beth Morrison Projects, for which the second opera Madame White Snake won the Pulitzer prize in 2013. In the 2016/2017 school year, she will be playing one of the three Furies in the workshop of a new opera REV 23 as well as a spirit in Massenet’s Cendrillon. She will also be collaborating with guitarist Bradley Stone through the chamber music series at NEC. Past performances at the conservatory include the choruses of Gluck’s Iphigenie en Tauride and Janácek's Bystrouška (The Cunning Little Vixen). Other past peformances include the role of Johanna in Sweeney Todd at the Croswell opera House, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas with Madonna University, and the role of Shelby in Steel Magnolias. Andrea currently serves as an office assistant to the NEC opera department, and in 2016 she was assistant stage manager and director to the undergraduate opera studio production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. While at Adrian College, she was an intern with the Adrian Symphony Orchestra, and she participated in master classes with guest artists Leah Crocetto and Mark Markham. For two summers, Andrea worked as a counselor and voice teaching assistant with the New York Summer Music Festival. As a counselor and TA she served as a mentor to the young aspiring musicians and was given the opportunity to conduct all four choir ensembles and teach classes in Musical Theater Workshop, Opera Workshop, Aural Skills, and Voice-Over Class. While not working in her day jobs, she can be seen in various gigs around Boston throughout the year.

 

Mara Simanskey graduated in 2012 with a Bachelors Degree in Arts Management. She began working for the Midland Center for the Arts in 2011 as an intern before her senior year of study at Adrian College.  Today she works fulltime for the MCFTA and currently serves as the Midland Symphony Orchestra Assistant and Marketing/Event Coordinator.  Her work entails the overall management of assigning events for marketing and planning coordination, assisting with implementation and coordination of designed programmatic marketing plans. Mara also provides assistance to the Midland Symphony Orchestra's Managing Director, assisting with planning and completing projects, assisting with the schedule for concert week, including sponsor receptions, assisting guest artists and administrative projects. Event Coordinator responsibilities include overall project management and implementation of specific priority events including conception, committee formation, budget development, hospitality requirements, marketing/promotion distribution, sponsor benefit fulfillment and related administrative and evaluation. The job allows Mara to be creative, independent and surrounded by music and art.

 

 2013 Bachelor of Music Education Graduate Sarah Nietupski is currently the band and choir director at Michigan Center Schools in Jackson where she teaches high school marching, concert, and jazz band and choir, and 7th and 8th grade band. She is the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association's Music Education Chair for District VIII during the 2016-2017 school year.
After graduating from Adrian College, Ms. Nietupski completed her Master of Music in Horn Performance with Dr. Andrew Pelletier at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. A graduate assistant in music education, she instructed the High Brass Methods Course to undergraduate education majors and served in community schools as a horn and brass lessons teacher. At BGSU, she was a member of the Philharmonia, Wind Symphony, New Music Ensemble, Horn Club, and the BGSU Horn Quartet. An enthusiast of new music, Ms. Nietupski also performed on several BGSU Composer Recording Projects.
During the summers, she is the Music Director at Culver Military Academy's Woodcraft Camp in Culver, IN, and formerly worked as a counselor at the New York Summer Music Festival in Oneonta, NY. She subs with the Adrian Symphony Orchestra and the Jackson College Band.
She currently resides with her husband, Derek Jackson '14, and pit bull, Gideon, in Brooklyn, MI.

 

Ashley Greer graduated in 2012 with a BA in Musical Theatre. She went on to perform 102 shows in "The Confession" in Lancaster, PA with Blue Gate Musicals upon graduation. She then moved to New York City where she has resided now for two years. She made her Off- Broadway debut at the famed Apollo, playing Sharon in "Love Happened By Chance" by Latawnya Lawler in spring of 2013. She then graced the stage at Actors Temple Theatre in "Birthday Boy" written by famed jazz musician Jack Donahue in fall of 2013. Ashley also had the opportunity to do some voice over acting for The Actors Studio in 2013, as well as sing for Jonathan Reid Gealt, Titus Burgess and Adam Guettel. She was a top 14 finalist in the Scott Alan's "I'm a Star Contest" and also made it to the finals in "The Callback" at the ever popular Broadway supper club 54 Below. She has since performed at 54 Below, The Duplex, West Side Cabaret Theatre, The Baroness and The Melrose Ballroom in various cabarets and singing industry nights across the city. Ashley currently teaches dance, music and acting full time for children ages 4 to 16. She is currently working on her first EP album to be released Spring of 2015.

 

Pamela Wilkinson graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance. Since then, she has also completed her Master's of Music at the University of Texas at Austin where she studied with Nathan Williams. In May and June 2014, she traveled around the world as part of the UT Wind Ensemble with performances in nine cities in the US, Asia, and England. Pam is now working as a freelance musician in Austin. She is working to initiate a number of creative music events that take classical music out of the formal concert hall to new settings and diverse audiences. Previous work in this vein has led her to performances in unique venues for classical music such as libraries and pubs. Pamela also frequently works with local composers and has performed on a number of programs consisting entirely of new works. In addition to performing, Pam teaches individual lessons at several local middle and high schools throughout the year and serves on the woodwind faculty of Friends Music Camp during the summer. For more information or to check out Pamela's brand-new (and totally awesome) blog, please visit www.pamelawilkinsonclarinet.com

 

Hello! My name is Cady Lewis and I graduated from Adrian College with a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance in the spring of 2016. During my years at AC I was an active performer in both the Music and Theatre Departments. Some of my favorite appearances at Adrian include Company (Jenny), Le Nozze di Figaro (Susanna), and The Light in the Piazza (Clara Johnson). While I was a student at Adrian College, I also had the opportunity to perform at the local community theatre, performing Into The Woods (Lucinda) and Big Fish (Jenny Hill) at the Croswell Opera House in 2015. During my years at Adrian I was fortunate enough to have been selected to perform in master class for world class soprano Leah Crocetto, and to be granted the opportunity to be the soprano soloist on Schubert's Mass in G. Beginning in the fall of 2016 I will be continuing my musical adventures and will pursue my Masters of Music in Opera Performance at Oklahoma City University, where I have the fortune to study with Dr. Kelly Holst.

Eric Swanson graduated with a Bachelor in Music Education degree in 2007. He is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the Detroit Actor's Theatre Company (www.thedatc.org).  Now entering into it's fourth season, the DATC is proud to bring creative and thought provoking productions to the Metro Detroit area. In addition to his work with the DATC he is a successful vocal coach. Some of his students have been seen on The Voice, American Idol, and X Factor (American version). He can be seen hosting his weekly web talk show "Just Sayin" (www.youtube.com/DATCompany) on YouTube! Some notable guests include Shoshana Bean (Wicked), Natalie Weiss (Les Miserables, Breaking Down the Riff), Gregory Douglass (Indie Recording Artist), Marissa Mayne (Vine Star), and Kirstie Maldonado (Pentatonix). He also performs with his pop cover band Motif (www.facebook.com/musicofmotif) several times a month. Over the last three years, Motif has toured to cities like Chicago, Grand Haven, Saugatuck, Mackinaw City, Traverse City, and performed in numerous venues across the Metro Detroit area. In the summer of 2015, Motif will tour Highway 75 starting in Mackinaw and travel 20 stops to Miami!

 

Molly Bush wants to live in a world where local businesses rule, trees wear crocheted sweaters and all children have equal access to reputable arts programs.

As a music teacher for Elkhart Community Schools, she’s fulfilled many roles over the last six years including: general music teacher, guitar instructor, interventionist, and most recently, assistant high school band director. Molly has been recognized in local news outlets, The Elkhart Truth and The Elkhart Way, for her achievements in music advocacy, especially grant writing and fundraising for elementary music programs.

When she’s not teaching music, you can find her playing trombone for the semi-professional big band, Truth in Jazz and investing too much time in her home-based, hand-crafted textiles business, www.MollyMadeShop.com.

Molly resides in Granger, Indiana with her husband, Noah, and son, Archer.

Learn more about jazz education and music advocacy in Elkhart, IN at www.truthinjazz.com.

Hi! I’m Tim Martuch and I graduated from Adrian College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music. I’m currently pursuing a Masters Degree from The Academy of Art University in the area of Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media. Like my degree at Adrian, my emphasis at the Academy is in composition. In addition to attending the academy, I have been employed by A Joyful Noise Music Studio as an lessons instructor on the piano, guitar, bass, trumpet, tuba, and composition. I also have had the pleasure of conducting chamber ensembles for the Fenton Community Orchestra during the off-season. The Fenton Chamber Strings were featured in a major Fenton event called The Fenton Art Walk. I also am going to be a conductor for The Fenton Beginning String Orchestra, an ensemble associated with A Joyful Noise. As a member of the Fenton Community Orchestra, I also perform in the primary ensemble as Principal Tuba. During the summers, since 2011, I worked for the New York Summer Music Festival where I served as a Teacher Assistant for Tuba and Composition. I also teach various elective courses at the Festival, including Advanced Music Theory and Commercial Voice-Over. It’s a very busy and very exciting time for me right now. My ultimate goal is to work as a film composer. For more information, or to listen to examples of my work please visit: <http://tubatim.weebly.com>