Alumni on the Move

MSU College of Music alumni can be found throughout the nation and world, performing, teaching, and researching within a variety of organizations and institutions. You can connect with College of Music alumni on Facebook.

Below are some recent positions and placements from alumni and graduate students this year.

Ben Miles, DMA '05, accepted a position as associate professor of tuba/euphonium at Middle Tennessee State University. Ben had been assistant professor at Wright State University since 2008.

Tom Lukowicz, current DMA candidate, accepted a full-time position as instructor of Tuba/Euphonium at Wright State University.

Jacob Cameron, current DMA candidate, accepted a full-time, tenure-stream position as assistant professor of tuba/euphonium at Western Michigan University.

Gail Robertson, current DMA candidate and University Distinguished Fellow, accepted a part-time position as instructor of tuba/euphonium at Eastern Michigan University.
Choral Conducting:

Derrick Fox, finishing a DMA in choral conducting, has been appointed assistant professor of choral music at Ithaca College.

Ryan Kelly, DMA '12 in choral conducting, has been named associate director of choral activities and assistant professor at West Chester University in Pennsylvania, a tenure-track position.

Robin Giebelhausen has accepted a position as assistant professor of music education at the University of New Mexico; Andrea Ramsey has accepted a position in the music education department at Ohio State University in choral music education; and Heather Shouldice has accepted a position as assistant professor of music education at Eastern Michigan University.

Julie Kastner, doctoral student in Music Education, accepted a tenure-system job at the University of Houston.

Jon Holden, a recent DMA graduate, just won the clarinet position at Florida State University.

Jonathan Nichol, recent DMA graduate, has been appointed assistant professor of saxophone position at University of Oklahoma.

Geoff Deibel, recent DMA graduate, accepted an assistant professor of saxophone and jazz studies at Wichita State University.

Siân Davies, BM in music education and voice performance '05, joined Opera Grand Rapids and performs Mozart's Don Giovanni in February. Click here to read an article.

Andrew Goodlett, BM in jazz studies '09, won the international audition to join the Winnipeg Symphony in Canada as assistant principal bass.

In January 2013, Jeremy Ribando, DMA in composition '05, became the chair of the humanities, fine and performing arts division at Northwest Florida State College where he has been a faculty member the last seven years.

James Lentini, MM in composition '84, was appointed provost and senior vice president for academic affairs for Oakland University beginning July 8. Lentini will be departing as dean of the School of Creative Arts at Miami University of Ohio. Click here to read an article.

Victor Coo, DMA ’09, was appointed to a full-time faculty position at the Taipei National University of Arts. In addition, Coo has also accepted a part-time faculty position at National Taiwan Normal University.


Jenny Cook, MM ’13, was cast in the role of The Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro with New York Lyric Opera in their production at Symphony Space this fall. She made her NY Lyric Opera debut in the summer, singing the part of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. Recently, Cook sang in a solo recital at Carnegie Hall and has also performed recitals in China and Germany.


Michael Hovnanian, DMA ’09, has been appointed assistant principal bass in the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, where he has been performing since graduating from MSU. Hovnanian continues to perform in symphonies throughout Michigan, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and is also on faculty at Calvin College.

Meghan Merciers, DMA ’11, accepted a full-time position as assistant professor of music at the University of North Alabama teaching clarinet, saxophone, and music theory. Merciers is an active soloist and chamber musician, having most recently performed at ClarinetFest 2013 in Assisi, Italy.

James Roe, BM ’89, was named the president and CEO of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in July. Roe, who has served as the orchestra’s lead oboist since 2011, was previously the artistic and executive director of the Helicon Foundation, a subscription chamber music series in New York City. Following his education at MSU, Roe continued on to earn his master’s degree from The Juilliard School in 1993. His duties at NJSO include overseeing the outward aspects of fundraising and marketing for the orchestra. Roe aims to create a dialogue between the NJSO and the community, and devotes much of his focus to audience engagement.

Hannah Stone, BM ’13, accepted an apprenticeship artist position at Sarasota Opera this fall. She will lend her talent in roles and outreach programs and is one of the youngest artists at the apprenticeship. This past summer, Stone was a participant in the CoOPERAtive Program at Westminster Choir College, Rider University in New Jersey. In the spring, she took first place at the 2013 Young Vocalists Competition in Kalamazoo.

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