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Julie Bernard ’07 works for Chicago Entertainment Agency, a talent production company in Chicago.

Donald Byrd is a professional jazz trumpeter and returned to his home town in April to perform in the 70th anniversary concert of Baker’s Keyboard Lounge in northwest Detroit .

Audrey Ekdahl Davidson ’61 ‘64, a Western Michigan University professor emerita, was honored at a special Collegium Musicum concert at WSU last November. The concert was a tribute to her scholarship and musicianship.

Scott Davidson '01 works as a Film Mixer for Loduca Music.

Jeff Dittenber, '08 is a Commercial Sound Designer at Yessian Music, a full service music/sound design/mix/post house with six full service recording studios in Detroit, New York, and Los Angeles.

Norah Duncan IV ’86 is an associate professor of vocal music at WSU and serves as associate chair of the Department of Music. In 2007, Duncan retired as director of the Archdiocesan Chorus in Detroit.

Brandy Nicole Ellis ‘04 held a benefit concert in May in support of her residency at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz. The concert featured Wayne State vocal music students Elizabeth Gray, ‘04, and Allyson Hansen, ‘04.

Ryan Enderle ’08 is a professional bassist who, in addition to performing as the principal bassist for the United States Marine Corps Band, performs in Detroit venues and jazz festivals worldwide. 

William Foster ‘51 was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in August, 2003. Foster was director of the Florida A&M University Marching Band for 52 years.

Jason Gittinger '99 plays drums for popular area tribute band the Mega '80s and is proprietor of Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music in Royal Oak, MI.  The school, located at 1109 S. Washington, is a full-service recording studio with seven private lesson rooms. Students (mainly kids) audition and are put into classes that match their skills with other players of the same aptitude and experience. They are then organized into bands that decide, democratically, what material they want to learn.

Scott Gatainio '00 works as a Sound Engineer for Yessian Music, a full service music/sound design/mix/post house with six full service recording studios in Detroit, New York, and Los Angeles.

Pamela Glasser ‘76 is a music teacher in the public school system in Dubois, WY . Glasser also is principal French horn player with the Wyoming Symphony. Previously, she performed with the Orchestra of the Michigan Opera Theatre, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the Israel Sinfonietta and the Mantovani Orchestra of London

Augustus Hill '85 '92 contributed a composition titled Exegesis for tenor, chorus and orchestra to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's 30th anniversary Classical Roots concert, an annual celebration of African American composers and performers in February, 2008.

Yan Jin ’03 won a position with the Ann Arbor Symphony and was a finalist for the assistant principal cello post with the San Antonio Symphony.

Victoria Miller '74 '78 is band teacher at Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Detroit. The band was selected to play at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, for several performances.

Zeljko Milicevic ’90 was appointed music director of the St. Clair Shores (MI) Symphony and was hired as orchestra director at Utica (MI) High School.

Nicole New was hired as Artistic Coordinator for Non-Classical Programming at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2008.

Damani Phillips '02 is an assistant professor of jazz studies at Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA. Phillips is completing work on a doctor of musical arts degree in jazz studies at University of Colorado, Boulder.

Alberto Rosal is a professional drummer in the SE Michigan region and performed with the band Jazzhead.

Paul Schreiber ’03 is assistant professor of music composition and theory at Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, MS.

Dr. Joy Schroeder '06 is professor and Chair of Organ and Harpsichord at Flint School of Performing Arts in Flint, MI.

John Stewart is a Michigan State Representative based in Plymouth, MI. Stewart visited WSU in November to serve as guest conductor of the WSU orchestra and chorus in the Department of Music’s annual Salute Concert to Downtown Detroit at Old St. Mary’s cathedral in Greektown.

Mark Verstraete '07 works as a Web Audio Flash Engineer for Yessian Music, a full service music/sound design/mix/post house with six full service recording studios in Detroit, New York, and Los Angeles.

Wanda Wilk '43 is an award winning music teacher and widely published author on the history of Polish music.

Deborah Joy Winans '06 appeared in the 2008 music video Languid Libretto by recording artist Carl Hancock Rux.

Brian Yessian ’00 is a producer for Yessian Music. He was listed among Crain’s Detroit Business magazine’s “40 Under 40,” a list of business high-achievers under the age of 40.

Morton Zieve ’48, chairman of Simons Michelson Zieve Advertising, composed a score for a yet untitled new musical based on the life of Civil War hero Col. Thomas Wentworth Higginson. In the advertising business, Zieve composed jingles performed by Louis Armstrong, Ethel Merman and Rosemary Clooney.


Department of Music alumni, please submit your biographical information and profle updates by sending an e-mail to Danny DeRose at danny.derose@wayne.edu