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Alumni & Friends

UNI School of Music always loves to hear from alumni and friends. Have you been performing, educating, traveling, composing, conducting or otherwise involved in your community since graduating? Contact Us and let us know! Or fill out our online Alumni Response Form and keep us posted on your newest projects. And when you’re in the Cedar Falls area, there is always an opportunity for you to visit and show your school spirit by supporting an event or stopping by to say hello.

Recent Alumni News


'48 Rosie Irene (Maiden) Bolstad, BA, Bremerton, WA, has begun work on new compositions for an upcoming album, yet to be titled. Her most recent CD “Remembering Bernie” was released in 2018.



'61 Karen Lee, BA, Arlington, VA, retired from teaching in 2001 and enjoys spending time with her four children, ten grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.



'80 JoDee Davis, BM, MM '85, Kansas City, MO, was promoted to full professor at the University of Missouri‑Kansas City in 2018. In 2017, she was awarded a University of Missouri Research Board grant to make a recording of new music for trombone and piano. The recording will include works by Jennifer Higdon, Victoria Bond and Paul Rudy.


'85 James Chance, BM, Zearing, was elected president of United Auto Workers Local 893 in Marshalltown.


'86 Dwight Pittman, MM, Ballwin, MO, is a retired professional musician and semi‑retired college instructor.



'94 J.C. Sanford, BA, Northfield, MN, received a 2018 McKnight Fellowship for Composers, which acknowledges excellence in music composition and includes a $25,000 award from the McKnight Foundation. Sanford serves as artistic director of JazzMN.



'02 Alan Greiner, MM, Jefferson, received the National Federation of State High School Associations' Citation Award, which is one of the most highly regarded achievements in athletics and performing arts. Alan is currently the executive director of the Iowa High School Music Association.


'02 Amber (Seemann) Youngblut, BA, MBA '05, Jesup, was promoted to vice president of human resources at Geater Machining and Manufacturing, Co.


'03 Nathan Dishman, BM, Ames, has been named assistant professor of trombone at Iowa State University. He was previously at Morehead State University in Kentucky.


'04 Dale Bazan, MM, Anchorage, AK, started a tenure track position as assistant professor of music at the University of Alaska‑Anchorage. He will be overseeing the music teaching program, directing the UAA Wind Ensemble and teaching saxophone.


'04 Boe Hodnefield, BM, MM '06, Sioux City, is in his 13th year at Sioux City West High and currently has six ensembles under his and his associate's direction. They include chamber, concert bass, varsity treble, chorale bass/treble and vocal jazz ensemble vocal spectrum.


'04 Tim Jones, BM, Waukee, was promoted to risk consultant at Wells Fargo. He also subs in local community bands and regularly plays with the Lutheran Church of Hope Jazz Band.


'05 David Hall, BLS, Clarksville, TN, currently serves as Government Contracts Manager for Novatech Inc., and continues to play his instrument in two Nashville orchestras.


'05 Chris Lockwood, BM, Armstrong, is the 6th‑12th grade band director for North Union School District.



'10 Bonnie Alger, MM, New Milford, CT, earned a DMA in orchestral conducting from the University of Maryland‑College Park. In 2018, she served as cover conductor for the National Symphony Orchestra for two pop concerts, one featuring Melissa Etheridge and the other as an assistant to Maestra JoAnn Falletta. In May 2017, she was selected as conductor/officer with the U.S. Army music program and entered basic training in Oct. 2018.


'13 Melissa (Mogan) Vining, BM, Jamaica Plain, MA, is an independent musician and music teacher at her own company Mind Body Music Academy.


'16 Alyssa Adamec, BA, BM '16, Coralville, performed with the Nueva Orchestra Transylvania in Cluj‑Napoca, Romania, in May 2018.


'17 Brent Mead, BM, Overland Park, KS, is a member of the UMKC Graduate Fellowship Brass Quintet, which won third place at the 2018 MTNA national chamber competition in the wind division, and was named as an alternate at the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Brent won the principal trombone position in the Wichita Symphony in June 2018.


'18 Rachel Bearinger, BM, Minneapolis, MN, currently serves as associate digital producer, social media for Performance Today at Minnesota Public Radio. She is set to release an album of original music in September 2019.



'04 Tim Jones, BM, married Tracy (Cavanaugh) Jones on 8/11/2018.


'05 Matt Herrick, MM, married Alissa Herrick on 8/4/2018.


'13 Chelsea (O'Donnell) Beckwith, BA, BM '13, married Meg Beckwith on 6/2/2018.



'12 Matt Harken, BA, and Kirsten (Hayes) Harken, Waterloo, daughter Natalie born July 2018.





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