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Recent Graduates...

Julia Johnson, violin performance, Dec. 2013,  has  been awarded a University Fellowship from Ohio State University and will be attending OSU in the Fall.

Lyndsay Pruett, violin alumnus, is adjunct jazz violin instructor of University of North Carolina, Asheville, violin faculty at the Asheville Music Academy in Black Mountain, Principal 2nd of the Brevard Philharmonic, tours with a jazz band, is featured at festivals, and is regularly engaged to perform with a gypsy jazz trio at the Biltmore

Ben Jones, alumnus, Commercial bass performance, is in the band Humming House, which was selected by NPT for national airing.

Travis Patton, Commercial violin major, 2013, has been appointed as Music Director of the Music City Youth Orchestra in Nashville.

Ryan Ogrodny, M.M. violin pedagogy 2012, plays Fiddle, Mandolin, and Vocals with Alan Jackson. Ryan’s engagements include playing fiddle for Craig Morgan, Billy Ray Cyrus and Laura Bell Bundy

2012 M.M. graduate Michael O'Gieblyn, violin performance, has recently been added to the sub lists of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and the Louisville Orchestra, KY. Michael is a member of the Memphis Symphony and the Huntsville Symphony. Michael also subs with the Chattanooga Symphony and was a finalist for the Atlanta Opera Orchestra and Knoxville Symphony. Michael recently performed with the Nashville Symphony and with the Louisville Orchestra as a sub. He will be touring in December with current student Avery Bright on the Jim Grey Christmas tour.

Daniel Pentecost, and Lindy Donia violin have toured internationally with Barrage.

Laura Musten
, violin is touring internationally with Owl City

Charity Callahan
, violin, Graduate Assistant at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Kristina Siemer
, violin studio recording with the Nashville String Machine. Has subbed for Nashville Symphony

Stephanie Dickinson, adjunct instructor at Belmont University, instructor with Williamson County Youth Orchestra

Melissa Edgington
, violin (current student) teaches string program at Poplar Grove Middle School and orchestra director of the Williamson County Middle School orchestra

Eleonore Denig, violin, studio and live performances with Third Day, Marc Broussard, Griffin House , Katie Herzig. Her strings have been heard on multiple TV placements, most recently Amy Stroup's "Backed into the Corner," featured on the Fall 2010 Season Premiere of "Grey's Anatomy." Arranged strings for several albums, including Keegan DeWitt's 2010 release Nothing Shows. Plays with Americana- folk artist Rayland Baxter and singer-songwriter Amy Stroup.

Lyndsay Pruett, violin performed on Jack White & Alicia Keys' duet in the James Bond movie "Quantum of Solace"

Candace Davis, violin member La Jolla Symphony,CA; large teaching studio

Lyndsey Smith Trostle, cello, plays in the Huntsville Symphony, teaches at the Academies for Belmont and David Lipscomb Universities.

Buffy Woessner
, cello is teaching at Nashville Violins and performing with regional orchestras

Leah Bernini, violin is pursuing graduate studies in Celtic performance at the University of Limirick in Ireland

Christa Wenger, harp sub with the Chattanooga Symphony, full time music teacher at Normal Park Musuem Magnet School in Chattanooga

Rebecca Hannigan
, violin performed string quartets on the Celebrity ship Infinity;is studying instrument repair at Minnesota State College Southeast Technical

Parisa Sarfeehjoo
, violin, pursuing Masters of Music Middle TN State University

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