The 2019 and 2020 school years saw eight Seminole percussion alumni winning full-time performing and university teaching positions. These include Stephen Kehner (Oregon Symphony Orchestra), Mitchell Gribbroek (US Army Field Band), Peter Soroka (US Army Concert Band "Pershing's Own"), Melinda Leoce (Adams State University), Matt Jordan (Jacksonville State University), Gordon Hicken (Stevenson University), Luis Rivera (Oklahoma City University) and Jacob Kight (University of South Florida).
The Next Generation of Opera: College of Music Alum Ranked One of Top Young Artists in the World
The opera program at the College of Music continues to produce exceptional performers who are establishing significant careers on stage around the country and throughout the world. Countertenor Ray Chenez (DM, voice performance, 2011) was recently listed among "25 Rising Stars" by Opera News. The magazine described Chenez's voice as "bold and assertive but warm-toned and luxurious" and celebrated his "electric presence" and precise diction.
Recent Commercial Music grad Tom Kahre brings home Grammy Award as assistant engineer for Best Gospel Album, "Help."
College of Music Professor Dr. Alice-Ann Darrow and alumnus Josh Bula (PhD Music Education, 2011) were recognized at the 2015 FMEA conference. Darrow, the Irvin Cooper Professor of Music Therapy and Music Education, was named “Collegiate Music Educator," an award which recognizes a music educator’s exemplary service to students, community, and profession. FSU Alumnus Dr. Josh Bula (PhD Music Education, 2011) received FMEA’s “Distinguished Service” award, reserved for individuals outside the field of professional music education who demonstrate exceptional service to or support of music education.