NOTABLE ALUMNI OF CCPA

  • Micky Wrobleski

    Principal Tuba of the Beijing Symphony.

  • Alicia Eisenstadt

    (Professional Diploma Orchestral Studies 2015) recently won the trumpet audition with “Pershing’s Own” Army Band.

  • Levon Margaryan

    (Performance Diploma Violin 2011) performed with the Jacksonville (FL) Symphony for one year, and joined the Alabama Symphony in 2012.

  • Elina Lev

    (MM Violin Performance 2008) performed with the New World Symphony in Miami, the Charlotte (NC) Symphony, and has now moved to Salt Lake City to join the Utah Symphony.

  • John Chest

    (MM Voice Performance 2009), baritone, was awarded the prestigious Arleen Auger Prize for the best all-round participant in the final of the famous s-Hertogenbosch International Vocal Competition. The prize, named after the much-loved and versatile American soprano, was inaugurated in 1996 and awards €5,000 prize money. It is awarded to the finalist who displays the best all-round professional skills in opera, Lieder, art song and oratorio.

  • Marcy Stonikas

    (MM Voice Performance 2007) recently performed the title role in Turandotand as Leonore in Fidelio with the Seattle Opera.

  • Jonathan Beyer

    (MM Voice Performance 2005) recently made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Gounod in Faust.

  • Weijing Wang

    Joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in July 2012, previously serving as acting associate principal viola with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble she has been a member of since 2009. Wang was previously principal viola of the Phoenix Symphony. She has numerous awards and solo appearances to her credit, including, most recently, the 2008 Robertson Award of the Primrose International Viola Competition.

  • Hannah Ford

    (BM Jazz & Contemporary Studies) has joined Prince’s touring band, New Power Generation (The NPG), as a guest drummer. They recently performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

  • John Dorhauer

    (MM Music Composition 2011) is a 2012 ASCAP Plus Award recipient. These awards are granted by an independent panel and are based upon the unique prestige value of each writer’s catalog of original compositions as well as recent performances in areas not surveyed by the Society.

  • Jon Gould, Jarad Kleinstein, Kyle Madsen, Max Benson

    Jazz & Contemporary Music Studies majors and recent alumnus won the $25,000 First Prize in the Land the Big Gig contest, beating out 119 other entrants in the competition and two bans in the live finals. They received the award at Milwaukee’s Summerfest in July.

  • Takahiro Kim

    (BM Tuba 2013) took First Place in the 2012 Jeju International Brass Competition.

  • Matthew Newlin

    (MM Voice Performance 2010, Professional Diploma in Opera 2012) was the winner of the 2012 St. Louis District Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition.

  • Takahiro Kim

    (BM Tuba 2013) took First Place in the 2012 Jeju International Brass Competition.

  • Andrea Mumm

    (Performance Diploma in Harp 2012) is now the Principal Harp of the Charlotte Symphony (NC).

  • Scott Crawford

    (MM Percussion 2011) is playing with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra (AL).

  • Shuwen Ye

    (MM Violin 2009) is playing with the Shanghai Symphony.

  • Alex Aducci

    (BM Percussion 2012) is playing with the Southwest Michigan Symphony.

  • Amy Beth Kirsten

    (MM Music Composition 2004) was awarded the 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship

  • Jonathan Schang

    (BM Jazz Studies 2005) was one of the top five winners in the “Up & Coming” category in Modern Drummer magazine’s 2012 Readers’ Poll. Jonathan’s band,District 97, just released a new CD entitled Trouble with Machines.

  • John McGuire

    (MM Orchestral Studies 2003) has just been appointed Special Assistant Professor of Horn at Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO.

  • Gregory Peebles

    (MM Voice Performance 2008) member of Chanticleer, the world’s top all-male a capella chorus.

  • Michael Bresnahan

    (BM Voice Performance 2008) member of Chanticleer, the world’s top all-male a capella chorus.

  • Joseph London

    (BM Voice Performance 2002) just celebrated his 2000th performance as Mary Sunshine in Chicago on Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas.

CCPA students and alumni performing with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago:

  • Greta Asgeirsson

    Harp (MM Orchestral Studies ’15)

  • Catherine Canale

    Harp (MM Orchestral Studies ’14)

  • Ignacio del Rey Tomas-Biosca

    Trombone (MM Orchestral Studies ’16)

  • Michael Grittani

    Cello (MM Performance ’14)

  • Soo Young Kim

    Piano (MM Performance ’12)

  • Elizabeth Newkirk

    Piano (MM Performance ’16)

  • Zachary Peterson

    Violin (Performance Diploma ’14)

  • Eriko Shibata

    Trumpet (Professional Diploma Orchestral Studies ’15)

  • Katherine Ventura

    Harp (MM Orchestral Studies ’10).

  • Titilayo Ayangade

    Cello (MM Performance ’16)

  • Robert Curl

    Bassoon (MM Orchestral Studies ’14)

  • Diana Flores

    Cello (MM Performance ’16)

  • Paula Johannesen

    Violin (MM Performance ’14)

  • Istvan Loga

    Viola (Performance Diploma ’13)

  • Alizabeth Nowland

    Harp (MM Orchestral Studies ’14)

  • Johann Schuster

    Double Bass (MM Performance ’16)

  • Allison Tutton

    Horn (Professional Diploma Orchestral Studies ’14)

  • Cindy Wei Xin

    Double Bass (BM Performance ’17)

CCPA Alumni performing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra:

  • Kozue Funakoshi

    Violin

  • Weijing Wang

    Viola

  • Daniel Gingrich

    Horn

  • Mary Sauer

    Piano

  • Yukiko Ogura

    Viola

  • Gary Stucka

    Cello

  • Jay Friedman

    Trombone

CCPA Alumni performing with the Lyric Opera Orchestra:

  • Yin Shen

    Principal 2nd Violin

  • William Cernota

    Cello

  • Matthew Comerford

    Trumpet

  • Marguerite Lynn Williams

    vPrincipal Harp