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Undergraduate Alumni

The talented individuals listed below have proven that "making it in music" can run the gamut ... from writing scores for Academy Award winning movies, producing Grammy award winning recordings, or singing on Broadway and in blockbuster films, to conducting musicals on Broadway, founding an award-winning after-school arts program, making provocative and critically acclaimed documentaries, and conducting a national orchestra.

What do they all have in common? They were all students in the Brown University Department of Music. If you're passionate about music, come to Brown and one day you could be listed here, too.

Matt BlockMatt BlockMatt Block Assistant Director of Licensing, Flavorlab
Matt Block hails from Kennett Square, PA. His initial passion for music was sparked by his grandfather who introduced him to the trumpet and to jazz at a young age. He's been playing ever since, and he went on to pursue a Bachelors of Music at Brown University.

Jacob KlapholzJacob KlapholzJacob Klapholz —   J.D. Candidate, Georgetown University Law Center
Prior to entering Georgetown University Law Center, Jacob has worked as a Brass teaching assistant for the Festival Youth Orchestra at New England Conservatory, the personnel manager at Opera Providence, a conductor/instramentalist intern at IMG Artists, an arts administration intern/volunteer Lawyers for the Arts for the Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston, and most recently as production coordinator at the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra.

Vinay ParameswaranVinay ParameswaranVinay ParameswaranAssistant Conductor, Nashville Symphony Orchestra
As Associate  Conductor of the Nashville Symphony, Vinay Parameswaran works closely with Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero and conducts the symphony in classical, pops and education and community concerts. During the 2013/14 season, Parameswaran conducted an acclaimed concert with Itzhak Perlman at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. He also returned to the Curtis Opera Theater in a production of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore. In the 2014-15 season, Vinay made his debut with the Eugene Symphony, and he was one of four participants selected to participate in the David Zinman Conductors Workshop with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada. He was also one of 24 conductors selected to participate in the Malko Competition in Copenhagen, Denmark. https://www.nashvillesymphony.org/about/orchestra/vinay-parameswaran

William BuchmanWilliam BuchmanWilliam BuchmanAssistant Principal Bassoonist, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
William Buchman joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1992 after two seasons with the Dallas Symphony. He was appointed assistant principal bassoon in 1996 and has served as acting principal on multiple occasions, including all overseas tours since 2007.

David LaiDavid LaiDavid LaiConductor/Pianist/ Music Director
David Lai currently serves as Conductor for the Broadway company of The Phantom of the Opera. Other Broadway credits as conductor, music coordinator and/or keyboardist include South Pacific, Mary Poppins, Miss Saigon, The Woman in White, Riverdance, Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Misérables and Aspects of Love.

Hanako YamaguchiHanako YamaguchiHanako YamaguchiDirector, Music Programming,  Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Stefan ForbesStefan ForbesStefan ForbesAward Winning Film Director
Recipient of the Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Filmmaker Award, Stefan has written and directed many awareness campaigns through his socially conscious production company InterPositive Media. He recently created a series of PSAs for the Food Bank of NYC with Charlize Theron, Mike Myers, and The Edge, and he has directed Susan Sarandon, Rosie Perez, Josh Hartnett, Julia Stiles, and Matthew Broderick for groups such as The United Way. His first feature film was the 2008 documentary film Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story, about the life of political operative Lee Atwater. Forbes also directed the one-hour documentary One More Dead Fish, about environmentally friendly handline fishermen in Canada who seized a federal building and barricaded themselves inside for 26 days.

Marco BeltramiMarco BeltramiMarco Beltrami — Composer
Upon completing undergraduate study at Brown University, Marco Beltrami entered the Yale School of Music on a scholarship. His pursuit of music composition then led him to Venice for a period of study with the Italian master, Luigi Nono, and then ffinally to Los Angeles to undertake a fellowship with the Academy Award-winning composer, Jerry Goldsmith. He has scored countless major films including Scream, I, Robot, Helloboy, World War Z, and The Omen. His scores for 3:10 to Yuma and The Hurt Locker were both nominated for an Academy Award.

The Low AnthemThe Low AnthemJeff Prystowsky, Ben Knox Miller, Jocie Adamsfounding members of The Low Anthem
An Indie folk band formed during their years at Brown, The Low Anthem has recorded several studio albums, performed at numerous festivals, appeared on the David Letterman Show, opened for Bruce Springsteen, contributed songs to the films Arcadia and The Hunger Games, and was credited with the revival of the Columbus Theatre in Providence. The Low Anthem has crafted a close-knit community around the 87-year-old theater since its reopening, even building a studio in the upstairs of the venue where they record their own music as well as local talent.

Elizabeth ScottElizabeth ScottElizabeth ScottConductor/Attorney

Lydia BrothertonLydia BrothertonLydia BrothertonSoprano
Soprano Lydia Brotherton graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a B.A., Honors in Music, and completed her Masters studies in Voice and Historical Performance at Boston University. As a winner of a U.S. Fulbright performing arts grant in 2010-2011, she studied at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland.  She has performed with the Grammy-nominated Boston Early Music Festival and toured internationally as soloist with the Boston Camerata.     http://lydiabrotherton.com/

DearlandDearlandBrigham Brough (rear left), Nick Kinsey (rear right)Dearland

Gabriel KahaneGabriel KahaneGabriel Kahane Songwriter, Singer, Pianist, Composer
"The most remarkable thing he achieves here, in song after song, might just be his vivid yet subtle articulation of empathy." — The New York Times A tireless collaborator who divides his time between the club and the concert hall, Kahane attended New England Conservatory before transferring to Brown where he wrote his first musical and graduated with a degree in Music. His style is eclectic, most often mising his classical background with modern folk-pop influences. He is often compared to Sufjan Stevens and Rufus Wainwright and has, in fact, collaborated with both of these artists. gabrielkahane.tumblr.com/

John Lloyd YoungJohn Lloyd YoungJohn Lloyd Young Tony Award Winning Singer/Actor
Tony Award winner John Lloyd Young graduated from Brown with a degree in Theatre Arts and studied voice through our Applied Music Program.  He originated the role of "Frankie Valli" in Broadway's Tony Award winning Best Musical and international hit, JERSEY BOYS.  As Valli, Young garnered unprecedented accolades from New York and national media, including one of the most exciting New York Times reviews ever written for an actor making a Broadway debut.  Mr. Young went on to win the Lead Actor Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards, becoming the only American actor in history to win all four leading actor awards for a Broadway debut. He recreated the role onscreen for director Clint Eastwood in Warner Brothers’ film adaptation of Jersey Boys, which opened in June 2014. www.johnlloydyoung.com/

Hannah LewisHannah LewisHannah Lewis PhD candidate, Harvard
Hannah is on the music faculty at the University of Texas.  She specializes in film music, music and visual media, twentieth-century avant-garde and experimental music, and musical theater. She received her PhD in Historical Musicology from Harvard University in 2014, and she taught at Tufts University before joining the faculty at UT. She has presented at national and regional meetings of the American Musicological Society and the Society for American Music (where she received the Mark Tucker Award in 2014), and has essays forthcoming in the Journal of the Society for American Music and American National Biography.   utexas.academia.edu/HannahLewis

Jonathan GreenbergJonathan GreenbergJonathan Greenberg Trombonist
“Jonathan Greenberg showed how graceful and lyrical a bass trombone can sound.” — The New York Times
A native of Brooklyn, New York Jonathan Greenberg is a member of the Metrtopolis Ensemble, a professional chamber orchestra and ensemble based in New York City dedicated to classical music in its most contemporary forms, and is an instructor at Hunter College. He enjoys a varied performing career as a freelance Bass Trombonist.

Patricia TangPatricia TangPatricia Tang Associate Professor of Music and Ethnomusicologist, M.I.T

David YazbekDavid YazbekDavid YazbekComposer/Playwright
Musical from birth, David Yazbek began cello lessons in elementary school and took up the piano as a teenager. While attending Brown as an undergraduate, he wrote an original musical with the production group Brownbrokers before graduating in 1982. He also directed a production of Hair with student theatre group Production Workshop, for which he composed an original song to compliment the classic score. After colege he got a job writing for David Letterman's late night televisionn show. He won an Emmy as part of letterman's writing team in 1986, but quit to pursue his love of music. David is a recording artist, vocalist and pianist known for his thrilling live performances and irreverent style. Over the course of his illustrious career, Yazbek has earned numerous awards. www.davidyazbek.com

Andy HertzAndy HertzAndy Hertz Composer/Playwright
According to Andy, his f ifth grade graduation yearbook read: “Future Job: Musician.”  As a vocal coach, musical theatre writer, and music director, Andy has taught in both New York City and in Providence. He has been a pianist for the likes of Jerry Orbach, Elaine Strtch and Harvey Fierstein; a music consultant for Ben Vereen; and a musical director and program coordinator with Alfred Uhry, Kate Burton and Duncan Sheik, to name but a few of his musical accomplishments.  http://andrewhertz.com/music-direction

Sebastian RuthSebastian RuthSebastian Ruth MacArthur Foundation Fellowship winner/Educator/Violinist/Founder, Community MusicWorks
As a senior music concentrator at Brown, Sebastian Ruth was in interested in “doing music in a setting where it would be part of a project for social justice.” As founder of Community MusicWorks in 1997 – with funding from the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown -- the MacArthur Award recipient has created a cohesive urban community through music education and performance, transforming the lives of children, families, and musicians. “Our model is centered around the teaching, mentoring, program design, and performance activities of our musicians-in-residence, the Community MusicWorks Players.  www.communitymusicworks.org/

Christpher LowreyChristpher LowreyChristopher Lowrey Countertenor
Countertenor Christopher Lowrey, holds degrees with distinction from Brown University, St John's College, Cambridge, and the Royal College of Music International Opera School. He was a 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Finalist, a 2013 winner of The Sullivan Foundation Award, and has performed throughout Europe and the United States.  christopherlowrey.com/

Andrew UnderbergAndrew UnderbergAndrew Underberg Producer/Songwriter/Composer
Andrew Underberg, a.k.a. "Wonderberg", is a music producer, songwriter, and composer born and raised in New york, NY. The director of Wonderberg Productions LLC, Andrew writes primarily in top 40 genres but has been known to dabble in musical theater and film. www.andrewundergerg.com

Theodore ShapiroTheodore ShapiroTheodore Shapiro — Composer Theodore Shapiro's compositions span both classical music and film. He has scored films such as The Devil Wears Prada, Marley and Me, Blades of Glory and Tropic Thunder, and he has composed large orchestra works performed by the likes of the Seattle Symphony and the New York Chamber Symphony at Lincoln Center. He has colaborated with David Mamet, Todd Phllips, and Martin Scorcese, to name but a few, and in March of 2014 he won the International Film Music Critics Association award for best original score for a comedy fil (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty). www.theodore-shapiro.com

Matt Lewkowitz, Chris Smith, Bennett BarbakowMatt Lewkowitz, Chris Smith, Bennett BarbakowMatt Lewkowitz, Chris Smith, Bennett BarbakowCommercial Music Company

Jacob SeligmanJacob SeligmanJacob Seligman — Composer
Jacob Seligmann is the composer and producer of The Big Bank, which opened the 2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival and sold out for its entire duration. He has composed for television, been a music educator, and continues to write and compose musical theatre, collaborating frequently with his brother Daniel. Jake also helps folks navigate the ‘jungle’ of New York real estate with the Oxford Property Group. 

Benjamin GivanBenjamin GivanBenjamin Givan — Assistant Professor of Music, Skidmore College
An associate professor at Skidmore College, Benjamin Givan is the author of The Music of Django Reinhardt (U. Michigan Press, 2010).  He has published articles about jazz in journals such as Current Musicology, Journal of the American Musicological Society, The Musical Quarterly, Journal of the Society for American Music, and Journal of Musicology.  He received an A.B. in Music and History from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Music from Yale University.  www.press.umich.edu/pdf/9780472114993_qa.pdf 

Kate BrucherKate BrucherKate Brucher — Assistant Professor of Music, DePaul School of Music 

Jack SheinbaumJack SheinbaumJack Sheinbaum — Associate Professor of Music, University of Denver 

 

Graduate Alumni

Our graduate students have had tremendous success as multimedia performers, software developers, media consultants, applied ethnomuscologists, composers, media consultants, authors, and college and university professors.  

Greg BarzGreg BarzGregory Melchor-Barz is a medical ethnomusicologist who has engaged field research in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, South Africa, and Tanzania. He received the PhD from Brown University and the MA from the University of Chicago. A former opera singer, Barz is associate professor of ethnomusicology and anthropology at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University while holding the position of senior professor at the Odeion School of Music at the University of the Free State (South Africa). He was recently named the Alexander Heard Distinguished Professor at Vanderbilt University. His latest book is a co-edited volume titled The Culture of AIDS in Africa: Hope and Healing in Music and the Arts, published by Oxford University Press. His monograph, Singing for Life: HIV/AIDS and Music in Uganda published in 2006 applies the central tenets of medical ethnomusicology to a study of HIV prevention in East Africa. His book, Music in East Africa: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture, was also published by Oxford University Press. He is co-editor of two editions of Shadows in the Field: New Perspectives for Fieldwork in Ethnomusicology (Oxford), published while a graduate student at Brown. He has produced 4 compact discs and a documentary film and received a Grammy nomination in the Best Traditional World Music category for his Smithsonian Folkways CD, Singing for Life: Songs of Hope, Healing, and HIV/AIDS in Uganda. He and his husband (Wil Melchor-Barz) live in residence at Vanderbilt University as a Faculty Head in The Commons. He is currently engaging collaborative research regarding music and HIV/AIDS in South Africa while developing a project related to music, health, and healing in the Philippines.

Susan Hurley-GlowaSusan Hurley-GlowaSusan Hurley-Glowa (Ph.D. 1997) is both an ethnomusicologist and hornist. She began her studies as a hornist, completing degrees in performance in the US and at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany, where she studied with Ifor James.  Susan is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology and Horn at University of Texas Brownsville.  When she is not in the Rio Grande Valley on the Mexican border, she lives with her husband and two sons in Fairbanks, Alaska, where her husband Josef Glowa (Ph.D. 1997 Brown University) is Associate Professor of German. As an ethnomusicologist, her research interests include Luso-African, Latin American, and Alaska Native music cultures. She has published numerous articles and an award winning documentary film on her research specialty, music of the Cape Verde Islands.  She is the director of the newly established Center of Excellence for Latin American and Iberian Music at the University of Texas Brownville, and host of the weekly world music radio show Excursiones Musicales, broadcast throughout the Rio Grande Valley by the NPR station KMBH 88 FM in Harlingen, Texas.   Susan is currently President of Society for Ethnomusicology Southern Plains Chapter. In addition to her work as a researcher, Susan has played horn in numerous professional orchestras in America and Germany over the years, including the Orchestra of Northern New York, the Erie Chamber Orchestra, the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, and the Arctic Chamber Orchestra. During the summer of 2013, she will play a fifth season with the Fairbanks Opera, under the director of Gregory Buchalter from the Metropolitan Opera, and will finish a book project on Cape Verdean music.

Mark CetiliaMark CetiliaMark Cetilia (Ph.D '16) is a sound / media artist working at the nexus of analog and digital technologies. Exploring the possibilities of generative systems in art, design, and sound practice, Cetilia’s work is an exercise in carefully controlled chaos. For over a decade, he has worked to develop idiomatic performance systems utilizing custom hardware and software, manifesting in a rich tapestry of sound and image.

Mark is a member of the electroacoustic ensemble Mem1, which the Oxford University Press’ Grove Dictionary of American Music describes as “a complex cybernetic entity, comprised of two human artists plus their instruments” whose “evolving, custom-built systems [that] are as important an aspect of the duo’s achievements as their ever-innovative sound.” He is also a member of the experimental media art group Redux, recipients of a Creative Capital grant in Emerging Fields for Callspace, a monumental sound installation that reverses the paradigm through which cellular telephony removes users from their surroundings by networking site-specific sounds to a central listening environment.

Cetilia holds a Ph.D in Computer Music and Multimedia from Brown University and an MFA in Digital + Media from the Rhode Island School of Design. He is currently a visiting Assistant Professor at Brown, Critic at the Rhode Island School of Design, and Co-Director of the Media Lab at Community MusicWorks.

Cetilia’s work has been screened / installed at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London, UK), the Ben-Ari Museum of Contemporary Art (Bat Yam, IL), Oboro (Montréal), O’ (Milan), R.K. Projects (Providence, RI), and SoundWalk (Long Beach, CA). He has performed widely at venues including Café OTO (London, UK), the Borealis Festival (Bergen, NO), STEIM (Amsterdam, NL), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Roulette (NYC), Goethe-Institut (Boston), Menza Pri Koritu (Ljubljana, SI), Issue Project Room (Brooklyn, NY), Uganda (Jerusalem, IL), the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Sound of Mu (Oslo, NO) and Electronic Church (Berlin, DE).

His sound works have been published by Interval Recordings, Radical Matters, Dragon’s Eye Recordings, Farmacia 901, Iynges, Anarchymoon, Quiet Design, and the Estuary Ltd. imprint, which he runs with his partner Laura Cetilia.

Caroline ParkCaroline ParkCaroline Park (Ph.D '17) sound, light, chance, spacetime, design

Caroline Park is a composer, musician, and artist working primarily within minimal means. She has shared the stage with Mem1, Steve Roden, a canary torsi, Evidence, Dollshot, and Arnold Dreyblatt, and has performed at the Stone (NYC), AS220 (Providence), and in Jordan Hall (Boston). Solo releases can be found on cassette, CD, and in digital formats via labels Private Chronology, Bathetic Records, VisceralMediaRecords, Pure Potentiality Records and Absence of Wax. Her 2011 cassette 'Adrift' was recommended by Steve Smith for anyone "interested in long-form, slow-drifting electronic buzz, crackle and drift." Caroline is 1/4 of the electro-improv quartet BUMPR (with Peter Bussigel, Stephan Moore, and Tim Rovinelli) and sometimes plays under the solo moniker CHYP. She holds B.M. and M.M. degrees in composition from the New England Conservatory, and she lives and works in Providence. More information can be found at blanksound.org

Dave FossumDave FossumDavid Fossum Central Asian and Near Eastern musics, historical ethnomusicology, music analysis, cultural policy and intellectual property.

Dave has a B.A. in English/Comparative Literature from George Mason University and an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University. His M.A. thesis draws on music analysis and ethnographic data to explore innovation and transmission among musicians of the Ahal School of instrumental Turkmen dutar performance, which he began studying while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Turkmenistan. His Turkmen research has culminated in two peer-reviewed articles, one published in the journal Ethnomusicology in 2015 and one forthcoming in the journal Analytical Approaches to World Music. His dissertation, titled “A Cult of Anonymity in the Age of Copyright: Authorship, Ownership, and Cultural Policy in Turkey’s Music Industry,” examines how actors in Turkey challenge, exploit, and seek to implement the country’s developing intellectual property regime. It further explores the awkward fit between the IP regime and an older regime of cultural policy in the country, institutional folklore, showing how the frictions between IP law and institutional folklore have led actors both to challenge ideologies of folklore and to seek to tailor Turkish IP law to better fit it, thus illustrating how local institutions and values inflect the process of instantiating global forms such as IP law.

In addition to guitar and various string instruments from Central Asia and the Near East including dutar, bağlama, and ud, he also enjoys performing with Sekar Setaman, Brown's Javanese Gamelan.

Akiko HatakeyamaAkiko HatakeyamaAkiko Hatakeyama Multimedia / electroacoustic composition, audio-visual performance, Improvisation
Akiko is a composer, singer, and video artist who is a native of Yokohama, Japan. She is interested in crossing boundaries between traditionally written music, electronics, improvisation, computer based live interactivity, and visual components. Storytelling, memories, nature, and food often play an important role in Akiko's work, and she most often finds beauty in simplicity. Akiko obtained her B.A. in music from Mills College. She received her M.A. in Experimental Music/Composition at Wesleyan University. Since September 2011, Akiko has been engaged in PhD study in the MEME program at Brown University. http://akikohatakeyama.com
Alex SteinAlex SteinAlex SteinJazz and Black Music, Africana Studies, improvisation, performance, pedagogy
Alex is a professional jazz saxophonist and longtime student of master jazz educator Barry Harris. He has performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Smalls, the Kitano Hotel, and the Cape May, Mackinac Island, and Sarasota Jazz Festivals with the Stein Brothers Quintet, which he co-leads with his brother, Asher. His earliest performing experiences at the Peppermint Lounge in Orange, NJ illuminated firsthand the inseparability of music and the larger milieu of its production. Alex holds a BA in History and Music Performance from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MM in Jazz Performance from William Paterson University. www.steinbrothersjazz.com
Francesca IngleseFrancesca IngleseFrancesca Inglesemusic of the African diaspora, global circulation of black music, blackface minstrelsy, performance, dance and the body, applied ethnomusicology, audio/video documentary
Francesca is a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology. She received her BA in music (with a focus on composition) from Vassar College and an MA in ethnomusicology from the University of Toronto. She has studied, performed, and taught Baroque, Jazz, and Carnatic violin/viola while living in Scotland, India, and Iceland, and played in a range of musical ensembles. Her MA thesis focused on the various musical interactions and encounters amongst African American and Jewish women vaudeville performers in the early 20th century as well as the sonic and embodied legacy of blackface minstrelsy in the performances of Sophie Tucker. Her current ethnographic dissertation research explores the music and dance practices, public parades, and youth development projects of minstrel troupes in Cape Town in relation to questions of coloured subjectivity, urban spatial politics, and corporeal knowledge in post-apartheid South Africa.


 


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