Taylor Heap (BM Performance, Clarinet '15)

Taylor Heap graduated from the University of Redlands in 2015 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Clarinet Performance. He was a student of Dr. Kathryn Nevin. In the Fall, Taylor will be attending California State University, Fullerton to pursue a Masters of Music in Clarinet Performance to study with clarinet soloist Håkan Rosengren and LA Philharmonic associate principal clarinetist Burt Hara. 

While at the U of R, Taylor performed with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra, University Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and a cappella group Eight Hole Punch. He was a finalist for the school's President’s Honor Recital in the Spring of 2014 and a Finalist for the University of Redlands Concerto Competition in the Fall of 2014. In the Spring of 2015, Taylor had the chance to perform for the President’s Honor Recital, and also won an award for “best undergraduate performer” from the School of Music.

In the near future, Taylor hopes to eventually pursue a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree and become a regular member for a professional symphony orchestra.

Bridget O'Connell (BM Music Education, Voice '15)

Bridget O'Connell finished her B.M. in Music Education in 2015 with an emphasis in choral music. During her time at the U of R, she was able to complete her teaching credential and was also able to participate in a myriad of musical disciplines that helped her zero in on her true passion. Under the tutelage of Marco Schindelmann, Bridget was able to perform in all three choral ensembles (Chapel Singers, Bel Canto, and University Choir) during her four years with Dr. Nicholle Andrews and Dr. Joe Modica, and thanks to the faculty was able to perform Mozart's Requiem at the Stern Auditorium in Carnegie Hall.

Following her semester abroad in Salzburg, Austria, Bridget realized her true passion lied in the realm of musicology, and with the tireless efforts of Dr. Katie Baber, she was able to hone her skills in writing and research. She won the 2015 Humanities Prize for her paper on homosexual identity in Britten's operatic material, and was recognized at Redlands' Honors Convocation for the award, her membership in Pi Kappa Lambda, the music honors society, and the Sigma Alpha Iota Collegiate Honor Award for musicianship, scholarship and leadership. O'Connell also served as the Vice President, Membership of the 2014-15 class of Sigma Alpha Iota and was the director of Sweet Charity, the all-women's a cappella group.

Following the completion of her Bachelor's degree, Bridget will be continuing to the University of California, Santa Barbara on full tuition remission to pursue her master's and phD in Musicology. She has also been granted a graduate teaching assistantship at UCSB. In addition to UCSB, Bridget was also accepted into the musicology programs at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Bridget is indebted to Redlands' program for it's inimitable faculty and the strong community of colleagues that support their own in a spirit unlike any other.

Dorothy Robbins (BM Performance, Piano '15)

Pianist Dorothy Robbins' playing never fails to captivate an audience with her poignant and dramatic technique of extracting the most character from the notes to create a flowing melody and mood. A native of Palm Springs, CA, Ms. Robbins is a recent graduate of the University of Redlands where she received her Bachelor of Music degree with a focus in piano performance. While a student at the University of Redlands and under the expert guidance of Artist in Residence Louanne Long, Ms. Robbins was a recipient of the Mary E. Lehigh Endowed Music Grant and was a winner of the prestigious University of Redlands School of Music Concerto Competition. This honor earned her an invitation to perform with the University Orchestra during her junior year. Currently, Ms. Robbins is pursuing her Masters of Music degree in piano performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University Long Beach and is a current student of Dr. Shun-Lin Chou. While a Master’s of Music student, she hopes to continue growing as a musician and looks forward to more performance opportunities. Ms. Robbins is a current staff member at the University of Redlands Piano Camp and maintains a private piano studio.

Amanda Weinland (BA Music, BA Psychology, Trombone '15)

Amanda Weinland graduated from the University of Redlands in April of 2015 with a BA in Music and Psychology with a minor in Religious Studies, magna cum laude, with departmental honors in Music. Amanda was also inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, a National academic honor society. Musically, Amanda participated in Symphonic Band, University Choir, and Low Bras Chamber Ensemble. She was a student of Andrew Glendening. She completed her senior honors project with his supervision. With her additional background in Psychology, Amanda was able to conduct a study of trombone pedagogy using the current trombone students at Redlands. She used a devise, designed by Dr. Glendening, that collects both frequency and slide location data of a trombone player. She will continue this research at the Pokorny Low Brass seminar in the summer of 2015. In addition to her academic pursuits, Amanda worked in the Academic Success Center as a Peer Subject Tutor for Psychology. She tutored Research Methods, Statistical Methods, Developmental Psychology, and more. She is also a member of the international music fraternity for women, Sigma Alpha Iota.

This fall, Amanda will be a first year Master’s student at Loma Linda University studying Social Work. She will be an intern at the Behavioral Medical Center in Murrieta for her first year. Here, she will help with intakes of new patients and with group therapy work. Amanda hopes to work in mental health clinics providing therapy and educating families on mental illness. Even though she is pursuing social work, Amanda hopes to participate in community ensembles to continue her passion for music.

Kyle Hnedak (BM Composition and Performance, Classical Guitar '14)

Kyle Hnedak graduated in 2014 with a dual BM in composition and classical guitar performance. Aside from diligent classical training Kyle has had continuous experience as an audio engineer, recording student recitals and preparing live sound events in the chapel. Currently, Kyle is living in Los Angeles and working as an intern at Sacred Tiger Music. He hopes to apply his diverse set of skills towards scoring films and other forms of media.

Mounika Parimi (BA Biology, BA Music, Voice '14)

Mounika Parimi graduated from the University of Redlands in April 2014, summa cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts in biology and music, and departmental honors in music. During her time at Redlands, Parimi participated in Madrigal Singers, Chapel Singers, and Bel Canto under the direction of Dr. Nicholle Andrews and Dr. Joe Modica. She was part of a larger ensemble that sung Mozart’s requiem at Carnegie Hall. A student of Cindy Snyder, Mounika was instructed in private voice lessons and had the opportunity to sing in art song and aria recitals.

Mounika spent a semester abroad in Salzburg, Austria, where she continued to take voice lessons and attend world-class musical performances frequently. It was during her time abroad, mentored by Dr. Katie Baber, that she developed an interest in musicology. Exploring this newfound interest, Parimi developed a senior research capstone and lecture-recital titled “Musical Mixes of ‘Classical’ India and the West: Exploring Novel Styles.” Her essay won the Armacost Library Undergraduate Research Award, which is allocated to a student for excellent research and critical thinking abilities.

In addition to music, Mounika also immersed herself in the sciences. After graduating with induction into the national liberal arts society Phi Beta Kappa, Parimi worked at the City of Hope National Medical Center as a research associate in a diabetes laboratory. Having won a prestigious Fulbright scholarship, Parimi is continuing diabetes research at the Technische Universität in Dresden, Germany. With a passion for the medical field, Parimi plans to complete medical school and practice medicine internationally.

Mounika was a 2015 Fulbright Scholar and 2015 Rotary Scholarship recipient.

Luke Hilland (BM Performance, Horn '13)

Luke Hilland graduated with a BM in Performance from the University of Redlands in 2013 and completed a Master's Degree in Performance at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University with instructors Gail Williams, former Chicago Symphony Orchestra Associate Horn and Jonathan Boen, first horn with the Chicago Lyric Opera. Luke previously studied with Laura Brenes, Dr. Annie Bosler, and Brian Drake of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. At Redlands, Luke was a President's Honor Recital Soloist as well as a Concerto Competition Prize Winner. Luke also substituted regularly with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra.

At Redlands, Luke received numerous performance based and merit awards including the School of Music Performance Award, the Theodore Presser Scholarship, The Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Scholastic Award and Collegiate Honor Award, The Gwladys J. Pugh Endowed Scholarship, and was initiated as a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society. While at Redlands, the instruction Luke received from Laura Brenes allowed him to attend the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in Lenox, Massachusetts to study with Eric Ruske. In addition to Northwestern, Luke was accepted to the Boston University College of Fine Arts and the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University for graduate studies. Luke found numerous performance opportunities in the School of Music and the Redlands community; something which is an invaluable part of a musician's development. Redlands was essential to his success as a musician.

Ashley Schmidt (BM Performance, Horn '13)

After graduating from University of Redlands, Ashley Schmidt completed her master's at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She grew up in Southern California and was tricked into learning the horn by her best friend during Christmas 2003. While earning her bachelor of music degree from the University of Redlands, Ashley performed with numerous ensembles in the Southern California region, including the Redlands Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Jon Robertson, the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra under Maestro Maxim Eshkenazy, and the University of California, Riverside Orchestras under Dr. Ruth Charloff. Ashley has studied with Laura Brenes, Dr. Annie Bosler, and Franz Söllner. 

During her first semester at IU, Ashley had the honor of performing with pianist André Watts and masetros David Effron and Arthur Fagen in the IU Philharmonic Orchestra. She is thrilled to be studying with Richard Seraphinoff on natural horn, as well as seven visiting modern horn professors while Jeff Nelsen is on sabbatical. They are Roger Kaza, Elizabeth Freimuth, Martin Hackleman, Alex Shuhan, Tom Sherwood, Luca Benucci and David Griffin.

Alexander Kang (MM Performance, Cello '12)

Alexander Kang, cellist, received a Bachelor of Music at the New England Conservatory in 2008 and recently earned his Masters of Cello Performance at the University of Redlands.

He has performed with numerous leading institutions, including the Pacific Symphony, the Harrisburg Symphony, Maryland Symphony, the New England Conservatory Symphony Orchestra where he was the principal cellist, and the National Orchestra Institute where he served as a principal cellist under the direction of Matthias Pintscher.

Throughout his musical career, Mr. Kang has performed and toured in several countries in Asia, North and Central America, and Europe. He has also toured the United States with Zade Dirani, performing pieces from his project album, “Roads to You.” 

Mr. Kang has earned top prizes in competitions in the greater Los Angeles area, and has studied with many accomplished musicians including Ben Hong, Kyle Champion, Yeesun Kim, and Bongshin Ko.

Mr. Kang is currently a section cellist with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. After three incredible years with the orchestra, he has made tenure.

Jason Nam (BM Music Education, Trumpet, '06, MM Wind Conducting, '12)

Jason Nam received a BM degree in Music Education and a Single Subject Teaching Credential from the University of Redlands in 2006. After graduating, Jason taught in the Santa Barbara Unified School District for four years, serving as Director of Bands at both La Colina Junior High School and San Marcos High School. Under his direction, both programs received consistent unanimous Superior ratings at jazz, band, and orchestra festivals. Also, during his four years as director of the San Marcos High School Marching Band, the ensemble placed in the top two in their division every year at SCSBOA Field Championships, receiving the gold medal in 2007 and 2008.

Jason received a MM degree in Conducting in 2012, as part of the first class ever to be awarded such a degree at the University of Redlands. As both an undergraduate and graduate student at Redlands, Jason has received numerous musical and academic awards, including the Theodore Presser Scholarship, Thelma Beardsley Music Education Award, the School of Music Performer's Award, and induction into the Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society. As a trumpet player, Jason has freelanced with orchestras, chamber ensembles, and jazz ensembles in both the Inland Empire and Santa Barbara regions, and was a consistent substitute student performer with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra. As a conductor, Jason studied with Dr. Eddie R. Smith and served as a graduate assistant in the department of bands at the University of Redlands.

Jason recently graduated with a Doctor of Music degree in Wind Conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he studied with Professor Stephen W. Pratt. Jason has accepted a two year visiting appointment at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.  He is also Associate Conductor for the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble, a community wind band based in Bloomington, Indiana. He holds professional memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, the Conductor's Guild, the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, the Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society, and is also a proud member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity of America.

Emily Praetorius (BM Composition, Clarinet '12)

Emily Praetorius is a composer and clarinetist from Ojai, CA. She holds a Master's of Music in composition from Manhattan School of Music (2014) and a Bachelor's of Music in clarinet performance and composition from the University of Redlands (2008). Her chamber orchestra piece "it is it isn't is it" will be premiered at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in August 2015 and her orchestra piece "I Am Now Going to Shut it" received an honorable mention from the American Composers Orchestra Underwood New Music Readings. Emily is co-founder of the Blank Space House Concert Series in NYC and a member of Adflata, a composer-performer collective dedicated to bringing new music to new audiences. Her past teachers include Susan Botti, Sam Pluta, Reiko Fueting, Anthony Suter, and Kathryn Nevin. emilypraetorius.com

Caitlin Carlos (MM Performance, Voice '11)

Caitlin Carlos received her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Redlands and her Bachelor of Music degree, also in Vocal Performance, from Chapman University. She is especially interested in the intersection between musicology, performance and music education; her final master’s recital at the University of Redlands was a multi-faceted narrative of the lives Robert and Clara Schumann, incorporating a theatrical narration, as well as the songs, letters and diary entries of the Schumanns.

Caitlin did her Ph.D. in historical musicology at the University of Southern California. Although her academic focus has shifted to musicology, she is still very active in the vocal arts program at USC where she has recently had the opportunity to work with multiple contemporary composers including Jake Heggie and Lori Laitman.

Miles McAllister (BM Performance, Trumpet '11)

Miles McAllister graduated from the University of Redlands in 2011 with his Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance where he studied with Dr. David Scott. He is now a Southern California-based performer and educator and is currently 3rd trumpet of the Santa Barbara Symphony and Principal trumpet of the American Youth Symphony, a premier training ensemble based in Los Angeles. Miles earned his Master of Music in Trumpet Performance at California State University Fullerton in 2015.

Miles has performed with the New West Symphony, San Diego Symphony, California Philharmonic, Redlands Symphony Orchestra, Riverside Philharmonic, Golden State Pops Orchestra, San Bernardino Symphony, Dream Orchestra, Pacific Brass Ensemble and many other groups throughout Los Angeles, Orange County, and the Inland Empire. He was also a member of the new Diamond Celebration Band at the Disneyland Resort. From 2011-2013, he played lead trumpet for Carnival Cruise Lines in numerous showbands performing for their full-scale production shows and live sets. He has performed with Persian pop singer, Shahkar, at the Nokia Theater as well as with Mannheim Steamroller and is the newest member of Presidio Brass.

Miles received numerous musical and academic awards and had many opportunities while at the University of Redlands. He was a member of the University of Redlands Faculty Brass Quintet from 2008 – 2011. He was awarded the School of Music Director’s Award, Performer’s Award, Theodore Presser Scholarship, Freshman and Sophomore Honor Awards, and was inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society among many others. In 2011, Miles performed the Arutunian Trumpet Concerto with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra as a result of winning the school's concerto competition. Miles also performed in the school's President's Honor Recital the previous two years. Also in 2011, he was one of the grand prize winners of the Redlands Bowl Young Artists Competition and a featured soloist at the Redlands Bowl, having been a finalist the previous year.

Esther Chu (MM Performance, Cello '10)

The cello has been a central part of Esther’s life from the time she was an 8-year old girl growing up in South Korea. Recently, she was invited to perform as a soloist with the Orange County Symphony in Anaheim (June 2012) and she has been scheduled to perform with them again in the near future. In 2010, Esther made her solo debut with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra, having won the highly competitive Concerto Competition held by the University of Redlands School of Music. She has won numerous awards, including Grand Prize in the Music Associates Competition at the California State University, Fullerton, which led to a soloist performance with the California State University Fullerton (CSUF) Orchestra (2006). At the age of 11, Esther left her home country of South Korea for Germany to study cello at Frankfurt University. She came to the United States years later and received her Bachelor of Music at CSUF and then she earned her Master’s degree in Cello Performance at the University of Redlands. She was recently invited to play as Principal Cellist for the La Mirada Symphony, and has played for the Torrance Symphony. In 2009, Esther won a position as Cellist with the San Bernardino Symphony. Currently, Esther serves as Principal Cellist for the Orange County Symphony and is a member of the San Bernardino Symphony, and often freelances. She has received invitations to perform at Carnegie Hall, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum. Esther teaches at her studio in Orange County and serves as director of the Orange County Cello Ensemble which was founded in 2003.

Skye Kooyman (BM Music Education, Percussion, '10)

Skye "Coach K" Kooyman ('10) is known as the Mentor to Teens who are Changing the World and author of the percussion methods book, "Vitamin K for Drummers Today." She is the founder and president of Teen Pulse, a rapidly-expanding organization committed to teaching social responsibility through the arts -coaching teens to become better percussionists and performers and to explore their own lives to leverage their youthful energy and make a positive impact on the world.

Zach Neufeld (BM Composition, Piano, '10)

Zach received a BM in Music Composition from the University of Redlands in 2010. After graduation, Zach served as a staff accompanist in the School of Music at U of R and a music librarian for the Redlands Symphony. He is active as a freelance classical/jazz pianist and accompanist, and is currently the Director of Music and Organist at Redlands First Presbyterian Church. He received an MA in Composition from UCLA in 2013, where he is currently a PhD candidate and recipient of the prestigious Dissertation Year Fellowship.

Zach has taught theory and musicianship at UCLA, and is currently on the faculty of the Santa Monica Conservatory of Music.

While a student at Redlands, Zach received the Presser Scholar award, the SAI Outstanding Composer Award, and the Jeffrey H. Rickard Endowed Choral Scholarship. He enjoyed performing with the Chapel Singers, University Choir, Madrigals Singers, Studio Jazz Band, Jazz Combos, and the University Orchestra.

Edward Rangel (BM Performance, Clarinet, '10)

Edward Rangel graduated in 2010 with a BM in Clarinet Performance. After completing two years as a Teach For America corps member in Indianapolis, Edward is fusing his passions for music and achieving educational equity for urban students. He was named as the Assistant Principal at a new music immersion elementary school in downtown Indianapolis opening in August 2015. He will be coaching and developing Kindergarten through 3rd grade teachers to engage young scholars in rigorous curriculum and achieve academic excellence through the arts. Edward has served two summers in New York City as a Teach For America Corps Member Advisor and received a school-level Teacher of the Year Award for Indiana’s largest public school district, Indianapolis Public Schools.

Nathan Riley (BM Performance, Voice, '10)

Nathan Andrew Riley, '10 is a Redlands native. Discovering his talent for singing when he was nine, Nathan began his private classical training at fourteen. At the age of seventeen Nathan went on to be a grand-prize winner in the Classical Voice category for the Los Angeles Music Center's Spotlight Awards, where he met his eventual voice teacher and U of R professor Marco Schindelmann. Since graduating, with the additional training of vocal coach Michael Skidgel, Nathan has worked extensively as a professional Musical Theatre performer in the San Diego area, as well as premiered works in the New York City Musical Theatre Festival. Having recently relocated to New York, Nathan just finished a production of GODSPELL at the Westchester Broadway Theatre, and will be joining the 2015 cast of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Continue to follow his journey at www.nathan-riley.com.

Jordan Robison (BM Performance, Trombone, '10)

Jordan Robison, finished his B.M. in trombone performance at the University of Redlands in 2010. While in school, Jordan played tenor trombone in the University Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Studio Big Band, Student Brass Quintet, and Trombone Ensemble. He presented two solo recitals, one chamber music recital, and several concerts with Eight Hole Punch, an all-male acappella group. Jordan was a student of Dr. Andrew Glendening. He also had the opportunity of performing under the baton of Maestro Jon Robertson in the Redlands Symphony Orchestra. This connection with Dr. Robertson led Jordan to audition and eventually attend the Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida.

Receiving a full tuition and housing scholarship towards his M.M. in trombone performance, Jordan enjoys playing with the Lynn University Philharmonia Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Brass Quintet, and several other brass ensembles. He is currently a private student of Mr. Dan Satterwhite and has frequent coachings with the rest of the brass faculty - Marc Reese (trumpet), Gregory Miller (horn), and Kenneth Amis (tuba).

Caitlin Shaw (BM Music Education, Voice, '10)

Caitlin Shaw earned her B.M. degree in Music Education from the University of Redlands in 2010. During her four years at the U of R she had the opportunity to study music pedagogy and the Kodaly Method at the Kodaly Institute in Kesckemet, Hungary. Concurrently, she earned her teaching credential from the School of Education. After teaching elementary music in East Palo Alto, CA and high school choir at Citrus Hill High School in Perris, California she has found her home teaching middle school at Ramona Middle School in La Verne, CA.

Caitlin is currently working on her Masters in Music in Chorale Conducting at California State University, Los Angeles. She continues to perform with various ensembles in Southern California including: Riverside Master Chorale, Vox Femina Los Angeles and currently with Pacific Chorale.