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Alumni Successes in Music

Throughout their students years, music majors distinguish themselves as artist and scholars.  Graduates of the IPFW Department of Music continue to excel through acceptances into excellent graduate programs and through their professional accomplishments.


In May, Rachel Parker (’10 and ’12) was named the program director for Towne House Retirement Community located on W. Washington Center Road.  In 2010, Parker received her B.M. in vocal performance and her B.S. in music therapy in 2012.

Vocal performance major Sara Mowrey has been accepted into the graduate program in voice performance at Bowling Green University in Bowling Green, Ohio.


Molly Bock (’12, vocal performance) will make her main stage professional debut with the Toledo Opera, April 25-27, 2014, as Siebel in Gounod's Faust. Established in 1959, the Toledo Opera House has been working to enhance the cultural fabric of the region through music and the voice. 

Recent graduate Amy Schwarz (’13), having earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree at IPFW, has been accepted into Indiana University’s Master’s in Public Affairs and Arts Administration program in Bloomington.

Evan Keenan (B.M. piano performance May '12) was hired as worship pianist at First Christian Church, Fort Wayne, where he also teaches piano lessons. He was also hired to teach after-school piano lessons at Canterbury School, Fort Wayne.
Elsie Johnson (B.M. piano performance Dec. '10) - graduating with a Double Master's Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at Butler U., Indianapolis, where she had a graduate assistantship for two years and won the university concerto competition. She has been invited to teach at the Butler Community Arts School and the Ji-Eun Lee Music Academy as well as to work as a staff accompanist at Butler School of Music upon graduation. Elsie came back to IPFW this summer to present a solo recital as part of the IPFW Gene Marcus Piano Camp.  

In May, Shannon Schoville (’11) received her Master of Music from Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.   Schoville worked as an administrative intern last summer with the Ashville Lyric Opera and has been cast as Mrs. Mullin in their upcoming production of Carousel, July 19 and 20, 2013. The Asheville Lyric Opera is a professional, non-profit opera company located in the Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville, North Carolina.


Music therapist Allison Hamman, (’12) proprietor of and a music therapist at Mainstay Music Therapy which provides music therapy services under Indiana’s Medicaid Waiver Program to those with intellectual and physical disabilities in Fort Wayne and surrounding areas. They also provide music therapy services to businesses and individuals not part of the Medicaid program. Alongside Hamman, Kim Yoder (’12) also works as an independent contractor for Mainstay Music Therapy.


Music Therapist Lora (Ormiston) Barthelman (’11 ), who works with Chris Ashworth, a 29-year-old autistic resident of Souix Falls, S.D., was featured in the October electronic issue of Society for the Arts in Healthcare.

Zach Kohlmeier, BME’11 accepted a position as instrumental director, Hicksville High School, Hicksville, Ohio

Jenifer Hoffman, Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance (2009) was accepted into the Master of Music in Saxophone performance degree program at the University of South Carolina

Scott Workman, Bachelor of Music Education (2011) was accepted into the Master of Music in Guitar Performance degree program at Indiana University South Bend

Shannon Schoville, Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance (2011) was accepted into the Master of Music in Vocal Performance degree at Converse College, South Carolina

Elsie Johnson, Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance (2011) was accepted into the Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy degree program at Butler University, Indianapolis

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