Truman Clarinet Alumni

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Alumni of the Truman Clarinet Studio go on to do great things in music performance and education. Here is what some of our recent graduates are doing:

  • Luis Viquez earned a DMA in orchestral conducting with a performers certificate in clarinet performance at UMKC and is now Assistant Professor of Clarinet and Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of South Dakota
  • Erin Miesner completed her MM in clarinet performance at DePaul University, won the 2017 International Clarinet Association Orchestral Excerpt Competition, and now performs with the Lake Effect Clarinet Quartet
  • Lucas Willsie completed a MM in clarinet performance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and DMA in clarinet performance at the University of North Texas.  He is now the clarinet professor at the Swinney Conservatory of Music at Central Methodist University.
  • Alanna Benoit is pursuing a DMA in clarinet performance at Arizona State University.
  • Anna Graves is working towards earning a Masters in Music Therapy at the University of Iowa.
  • Jonathon Kroeger is the new music teacher at Eagle Glen Elementary School.
  • Karmin Mazzocchi is pursuing a second masters degree in higher education administration at the University of Michigan.
  • Timothy Clasby is the new band director at Monroe City High School
  • Brianna Mann is the new assistant band director, choir director, and elementary music teacher in Green City, MO
  • Abigail Sherman is the band director at Linn Middle and High School
  • Jazmyn (Burnitt-Erp) Earl is the music teacher at Becky-David Elementary School in St. Charles, MO
  • Taeyeong Jung earned a MM in clarinet performance at Illinois State University where he was awarded a graduate teaching assistantship, and is now pursuing his DMA in clarinet performance as a graduate assistant at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • Joelle (Beusterien) Judd is the band director and music teacher at the Hillcrest STEAM Academy in Belton, MO
  • Christina Vaught is the music teacher at Henderson Elementary School in the Francis Howell School District
  • Laura Reynolds completed her MM in clarinet performance and music education at Western Illinois University, and is now the band director at Holy Family High School in Colorado
  • Emily Mehigh completed a MM in clarinet performance at Indiana University and is now a freelance musician in Chicago
  • Alex Angle is the music teacher at Gateway Science Academy-South in St. Louis, MO
  • Maddie (Holtzman) Watts is the music teacher and band director at All Saints Academy in Florissant, MO
  • Jennifer Arcipowski is the band director at Albia High School in Albia, Iowa
  • Jennifer Murray is completed a MM in clarinet performance at UMKC and is now the music teacher at New Stanley Elementary in Kansas City, teaching artist at Harmony Project KC and principal clarinetist of the Heritage Philharmonic
  • Jennifer (Canfield) Berhorst is a general music and encore teacher in Jefferson City, MO
  • Kelly (Walker) Reuther is the Band Director of the Lafayette County School District in Higginsville, MO, where she was selected as the Lafayette County District Teacher of the Year in 2017 and her band was select to perform at the 2020 Missouri Music Educators Association Conference
  • Kayla Smalley completed her MM in clarinet performance at the University of Central Arkansas and is a music teacher at the Blackbird Academy of Arts
  • Eric Schweizer earned a master’s degree in improvisation at the University of Michigan, and now teaches a private studio and performs Eastern European traditionals and inspired originals with his band, Ornamatik
  • Alyssa Blackford is the music teacher at Kratz Elementary School
  • Aaron Stewart is the head band director at Lebanon High School, where he was named Teacher of the Year in 2016 and his band has performed at the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference on multiple occasions
  • Jennifer Tullmann completed her master’s degree in musicology at the University of Kentucky and is now pursuing a Ph.D.
  • Angela (Welker) Lachenmayr is the band director at Scott City Public Schools
  • Shino Saito completed her MM in clarinet performance at Florida State University and is now a freelance musician in Japan
  • Jamie Hardesty-Heil is the assistant band director at Kearney High School and performs in the Northland Symphony Orchestra