School of Music

Careers In Music — Some of Our Graduates

Music Therapy

For more information please visit the Music Therapy Website

  • Jennifer Swan Merth, 1983, Business Owner, Illinois Music Therapy Services, Princeton, IL
  • Hyun Ju Chong, 1993, Professor, Ewha Woman's University, Seoul, Korea
  • Jennifer Rook, 2005, Executive Director of the Institute for Therapy through the Arts, Chicago, IL
  • Elizabeth Klinger, 2004, Music Therapist, Ann & Robert Lurie Children's Hospital, Chicago, IL
  • Allison Gunnink, 2010, Associate Team Director & Charles Evans, 2016, Music Therapist, Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care, Des Plaines, IL
  • Cassandra Nickell, 2011, Program Manager, Roitenberg Family Adult Day Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • Katey Kamerad, 2012, Business OwnerCo-Owner, Music Therapy Connections, Springfield, IL
  • Amanda Neira, 2011, Business Owner, Coachella Valley Music Therapy, Palm Desert, CA
  • Jonathan Wilcoxen, 2013, Music Therapist, Austin State Hospital, Austin, TX
  • Lizzie Saban, 2015, Music Therapist, Peace Hospice and Palliative Care, Chicago, IL
  • Claire Distler, 2015, Music Therapist, EasterSeals Midwest, Ballwin, MO
  • Abigail Landau, 2016, Music Therapist, Palm Beach Music Therapy Institute, Palm Beach, FL
  • Hannah Becker, 2016, Music Therapist, Meaningful Day Services, Kokomo, IN
  • Margaret Gawrysiak, 2003, Freelance Opera Singer, Seattle, WA
  • Mia Iliopoulos, 2017, Activity Therapy/Music Therapy, Harvester Place, Burr Ridge, IL
  • Denise Coovert, 2008, Music Therapy Clinical Trainer/Faculty, WIU, Macomb, IL

Music Education

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  • DJ Alstadt, 1999, Director of Bands, Naperville Ventral High School Bands, Naperville, IL
  • Kyle Freesen, 2007, Director of Bands and Music Department Chair, Loveland High School in Loveland, CO & Brass Instructor, Battalion Drum & Bugle Corps, Salt Lake Music, UT
  • Andrew Geyssens, 2011, Orchestra Director, Northeast Iowa School of Music, Dubuque, IA
  • Keith Heim, 1999 & 2007, Band Director, West Wilson Middle School, TN
  • Jonathan Zeng, 2005, Freelance Vocalist & Private Vocal Instructor, Chicago, IL
  • Justin Heinekamp, 2009, Band Director, Sandwich High School, IL
  • Rhonda Bull Hibbeler, 1995, Choir Director, Geneva Middle School, Geneva, IL
  • Josh McGuire, 2000, Head Choir Director, Sachse High School, Sachse, TX
  • Bernadette Gonzalez, 2003, Woodwind Repair Technician, Melk Music, Milwaukee, WI
  • Reggie Thomas, 1988, Coordinator of Jazz Studies Program, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL
  • Frank J. Grzych, 1972 & 1979, Professor of Music and Chair, Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Texas A & M
  • Aubrey Dunham Prince, 2008, Choir Director, Riverside-Brookfield High School, Riverside, IL
  • Steve Scherer, 1985, Director of Bands, Geneseo High School, Geneseo, IL
  • Quintin Shepherd, 1999 & 2003 & 2007, Superintendent, Linn-Mar Community School District, Marion, IA
  • Brandon Williams, 2003, Assistant Professor of Choral Music and Choral Music Education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey & Composer/Arranger, Hal Leonard in the Henry Leck Creating Artistry Series and G. Schirmer
  • Jason Hawkins, 2003, Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education, WIU, Macomb, IL

Music Business

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  • Craig Hahn, 1998, Director of Operations and Orchestra Personnel, Austin Symphony, Austin, TX
  • Sam Page, 2003, Business Operations Analyst, BMI, Nashville, TN
  • Jeremy Smith, 1994, CEO & President, Clearmusic, LLC, Nashville, TN
  • Tony Lapsansky, 2009, Category Manager, Music & Arts, Washington, D.C.
  • NicoleSeery Wetzell, 2006, Director of Sales, Chicago, IL
  • Aly Jados, 2008, Vocalist/Guitarist, & Jeff Loerhrke, 2009, Guitarist, Blood People Chicago, IL
  • Brandt Zimmerman, 2016, Project Manager, Babygrande Records, New York Music, NY
  • Eric Yarbrough, 2001, Audio Visual Supervisor, Peoria Civic Center/SMG, Peoria, IL
  • Sarah Smerz, 2008, Morning Show Co-Host, WFMB Radio, Springfield, IL
  • Patrick Downing, 2009, Steinway Piano Consultant, West Music, Moline, IL
  • Barbi Brewer-Watson, 2014, Executive Director, Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra, Kankakee, IL
  • Montana Farrell, 2016, Marketing Manager, Quad Music Symphony Orchestra, Moline, IL
  • Evan Esser, 2013, Event Coordinator & technical Director, Alder Theatre/River Center, Davenport, IA
  • Barry Applewhite, 1988, Music Curriculum Supervisor, Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee, WI
  • David Kelley, 1993, Owner, Kelley Distribution, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Julie Baker, 2005, Director of Development, WIU, Macomb, IL

Music Minors and Applied Study in Performance, Jazz Studies, and Composition

  • Ric Furman, 1998, Freelance Opera Singer, Wiesbaden, Germany
  • Grazzia Sagastume, 2012, Artist/Faculty, Omaha Conservatory of Music, Omaha, NE
  • Aiveen Gallagher, 2012, Violist, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, Floriana, Malta
  • Amber Dean, 2010, Hornist, Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, Jalisco, México
  • Bethany Worrell, 2008, Freelance Vocalist, Boston, MA
  • Jennifer Dugle Kummer, 1990, Studio Musician, Nashville String Machine, Nashville, TN
  • Debra Sherrill Ward, 1991, Founding Member, Chamber Music Charleston, Charleston, SC
  • Adrián Nájera-Coto, 2007, Principal Bass Trombonist, Orquesta Sinfónica UANL, Monterrey, Mexico
  • Zsolt Sazbo, Artist/Faculty, West Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
  • JenniferWallis Siebenaler, 2006, Pianist/Singer, Bobby McKeys Dueling Piano Bar, National Harbor, MD
  • Eric Lopez, 1995, Chief Musician, U.S. Navy Band, Washington, D.C.
  • Josh Berman, 1998, cornetist/improviser/composer/music presenter, Chicago, IL
  • Kimberly Kein, 2013, Piano Teacher/Pianist/Oboist/Organist, Noblesville, IN
  • Jim Buennig, 2015, saxophonist/educator/recording artist Austin, TX
  • Steve Kummer, 1994, Pianist, Nashville Jazz Orchestra, Nashville, TN
  • Denver Murphy, 2010, Vocalist, U.S. air Force Band of Mid America, Scott Air Force Base, IL