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Alumni Success

 


Kayleigh Moyer

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I’m a professional drummer and percussionist based in Nashville, TN specializing in live performance, touring, recording and clinics. I played with Keith Urban on the CMT Artists of the Year 2014, which was nominated for CMT’s Performance of the Year in 2015. I have played multiple times on the Grand Ole Opry, recently completed a two-year world tour with Barrage 8, and have hosted clinics and masterclasses at middle schools, high schools, and universities across the country. Because of Belmont’s location and its professors’ ties in the Nashville music scene, I was able to network, make contacts, record and play music to integrate myself into the music industry in Nashville while I was still a student. This aligned me for a successful transition into my professional career after graduation. The curriculum of Belmont’s Commercial Music program, professors like Chester Thompson and Dr. Christopher Norton and my fellow classmates (many of which I am still friends with and work with to this day) are all factors that importantly shaped me into the musician, person, and professional I am today.

Kayleigh Moyer, Commercial Music, 2015


Deonte Warren

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I'm currently a Standby for Genie and Babkak in Aladdin on Broadway. It's been a long road to reaching this amazing milestone in my career. That road included local theatre in Nashville, three cruise ship contracts, and multiple regional theatre productions in South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Arizona. I toured the U.S. and Japan with Dreamgirls and Sister Act, both musicals, and performed in the Festival of the Lion King in Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort. None of that would have been possible if not for the four years I spent at Belmont. The truly beautiful people that poured love and encouragement into me have stayed with me all these years. Some of my closest friends were found there! The practical knowledge that I learned has served as a strong foundation to build a career on. I'm so blessed to have found Belmont and so excited about the future. 

Deonte Warren, Musical Theatre, 2010


Elias Salazar

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Elias Salazar, Music Education 2013, is Artistic Director/Conductor of the Trevecca Symphony Orchestra and the Director of Choral and Orchestral Music at Ensworth School. He is also a former Conducting Fellow with the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra and served for three years on the Board of Directors for the Gateway Chamber Orchestra. Salazar performs as vocalist with the Nashville vocal group, Portara Ensemble, which has been featured at the 2017 CMA Awards and the 2018 CMA Country Christmas program.


Kyle Pundez

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In summer of 2018, Commercial Music alumnus and fiddle player, Kyle Pundez (2014) got the chance to play for the armed forces during two overseas base trips. He performed for the troops at the Doha, Qatar and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates bases along with fellow artist Jared Blake as part of a collaboration with Armed Forces Entertainment (AFE).


Cody Müller

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Cody Müller, 2014 Music Performance Alumnus, is currently touring and performing along the east coast. 
Visit his website to see a list of his upcoming performances.


Other Alumni Successes:

Russell Dickerson, Singer/Songwriter; recently featured in 'People' and 'Taste of Country.' More information here. 

Rayvon Owen, American Idol XIV top 4. See what he's doing: twitter.com/rayvonowen

Russell Terrell, Background vocalist and Curtain Call Award Recipient. View a documentary featuring Russell: http://youtu.be/t46D0y2VRiY

Dr. Timothy Sharp, Executive Director of the American Choral Directors Association

Melissa Radke, Commercial Music Alumna on national book tour to promote her debut book "Eat Cake. Be Brave." Radke, along with her family will also be subjects of an unscripted family comedy on USA network premiering Fall 2018. More information here.

Brett McLaughlin, Commercial Music ('09) alumnus, celebrated "Miss Me More" reaching #1 on the Mediabase and Billboard Country charts, co-written by country music artist Kelsea Ballerini (ASAP), David Hodges (BMI), and Leland (Brett McLaughlin, ASCAP). "Miss Me More" is Leland's first No. 1 song.

Levi Kreis, Tony-Award winning Levi Kreis returns to campus for senior recital. Click here for the full story.

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