Undergraduate Alumni

Rob MitznerRob MitznerRob Mitzner is a New York-based session drummer who has been featured in Downbeat Magazine, Modern Drummer Magazine and recorded for Billboard Top 10 charting albums, films, and Broadway shows. He has performed worldwide at such venues as Lincoln Center, The Smithsonian, Caesar's Palace, The Blue Note, Boston Symphony Hall, and for President Obama in his hometown of Washington D.C.  He is a regularly featured artist on the world's most popular drum video website, Drum Talk TV, and has recorded over 50 commercially available jazz, rock, R&B and pop albums.  He has also written educational articles for Drumeo, Disc Makers, Modern Drummer and About.com, and is a proud endorser of Hendrix Drums. Rob holds a B.A. in Music and Political Science from Brown University, and received the prestigious William H. Westin Award from the school in 2002.  http://robmitzner.com

Norman RyanNorman RyanNorman RyanVice President, Composers & Repertoire, Schott Music/EAMDC. In his roles at Lincoln Center's Programming Department, G. Schirmer and now at Schott Music, Norman Ryan has worked with many of the world's leading performing artists and published music by some of the most distinguished composers of our time. He has developed commissions of new works with a wide range of orchestras, opera companies, and music festivals including The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), the Ojai Music Festival, Santa Fe Opera and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, among many others.

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 college he got a job writing for David Letterman's late night television 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