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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, celebrated her 92nd birthday, and wrote to us with best wishes for her fellow UNI alumni. 


'52 Elly (Stettler) Leslie, BA, San Diego, CA, sang jazz tunes at the Bernardo Heights Country Club on September 14, 2019, and plays piano concerts monthly at Oakmont of Escondido Hills. She turned 88 in November 2019 - one year for each key on the piano! 

'59 Paul Lundberg, BA, Indianola, recently retired. He was a vocal music teacher in Hartley, Dysart, Southeast Warren-Liberty Center-Milo and Lacona. He was also a member of the Pride of Iowa Barbershop, started a barbershop chorus in Sheldon, formed a gospel quartet, won first prize singing at the state fair and directed United methods Choir in Milo.


'68 Connie (Worl) Venti, BA, Aguanga, CA, is semi-retired and teaches voice and piano lessons three days a week. She also stays busy with grandchildren and hobbies, such as music classes with granddaughters. She is very proud to be a graduate of the UNI music department.


'80 Pat (Cahoy) Cunningham, BM, Auburn, NH, performed Copland "Clarinet Concerto" with the New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra. She has been the principal 

clarinetist with the philharmonic since 1985 and recently completed 38 years of teaching with 33 in the Merrimack School District.

'80 Laura Leonberger, BM, Waikoloa, HI, decided to move to Hawaii after 28 years of winters in Minnesota. She and her husband were able to work from home until 

retirement in July 2019.


'95 Daniel Mahraun, MM, MM '96, Everson, WA, was named artistic director of the Seattle Bach Choir in fall 2019.


'02 Margaret K. (Peggy) George, Urbandale, recently performed the role of Hope in Almost, Maine with the Ankeny Theatre. She also led her private studio in several community performances. 

'02 Scott Hagarty, BM, Cookeville, TN, is an assistant professor of trumpet at Tennessee Tech University. In addition to teaching students in the trumpet studio and directing the Tennessee Tech Trumpet Ensemble, he will join the Bryan Symphony Orchestra as principal trumpet and the Brass Arts Quintet.

'03 Kate (Melloy) Goettel, BA, Oak Park, IL, was named the Non-Profit Lawyer of the Year by the Federal Bar Association in May 2019. She is an immigration attorney for 

the National Immigration Justice Center.

'07 Sharra Wagner, MM, Kansas City, MO, earned her DMA in clarinet performance from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance in 2013. She currently serves as director of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation, as well as artistic director, vice president and clarinetist for newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble (newEar.org), and as principal clarinetist of Northland Symphony Orchestra. 

'09 Daniel Velasco, BM, Lawrence, KS, was featured on the cover of Flute Talk Magazine's April 2020 issue. He is an assistant professor of flute at the University of Kansas.


'10 Bonnie Alger, MM, Killeen, TX, is executive officer of the 1st Cavalry Division Band at Fort Hood, TX.

'10 Nicki (Vallentine) Davis, BM, MM '12, Cedar Falls, received the 2020 Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching. She teaches 5-12th grade band at Hudson Community Schools.

'11 Eva Andersen, BA, Des Moines, is a TV anchor and reporter for WOI-TV and was nominated for a regional Emmy Award for her journalism work. She also continues to play the saxophone in the Iowa Women's Jazz Orchestra.

'16 Colin Wilson, BA, Iowa City, completed his master of arts in vocal performance at the University of Iowa in May 2019. He performed Vivaldi's "Gloria" and C.P.E. Bach's "Magnificat" with Chamber Singers of Iowa City. He is a first-year doctoral student in vocal performance at the University of Iowa.


'17 Sam Bills, BM, married Kayla (Fleming) Bills, BM '15, on 6/29/2019.



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