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Highlighted Alumni Accomplishments

VOCALISTS

Kristin Chenoweth    Tony® and Emmy-winning singer/actress; orchestral soloist

Sarah Coburn           2009 Washington National Opera Artist of the Year

Kelli O’Hara              Three-time Tony® Award nominee, recording artist

Roy Bean                 Longtime M. Sunshine in Chicago on Broadway

Destan Owens          Longtime Tom Collins in Rent; Smokey Joe’s Café, Chicago

Ron Raines               Actor/singer on Broadway, Guiding Light daytime serial

Lara Teeter               Tony® nominee; associate professor, Northwestern University

Daniel Webb             Colline in Baz Luhrmann's Broadway production of La Boheme

Stacey Logan            Broadway performer: Beauty & the Beast, Sweet Smell of Success

Julie Hanson             Christine Daae, Phantom of the Opera, Broadway

Marquita Lister          Houston Grand Opera, New York City Opera soprano

Will Mann                 Broadway principal Bobby, Memphis; Mr Braithwaite, Billy Elliot

Chris Merritt             European-based bel canto tenor; Rossini, Donizetti specialist

Leona Mitchell           Legendary Metropolitan Opera spinto-soprano   

Stephen Dickson       Papagano, Die Zauberflote, Metropolitan Opera baritone

John Atkins               Los Angeles Opera tenor

Jonathan Fiske Hill    2007 Glimmerglass Young American Artist Program

Steven Sanders        Operatic tenor; 2009 Lincoln Center debut, 2008 NYCO debut

Jennifer Sanchez      2009 Broadway revival of West Side Story          

Maren Weinberger    2011 winner, American Prize in Vocal Performance, Opera

 

INSTRUMENTALISTS

Edgar Cruz              Classical guitarist/recording artist

Kyle Dillingham        Violinist, recording artist, founder of Horseshoe Road

Eun-Hee Park           Founding pianist, award-winning enhake chamber ensemble

Tomar Levy              Trumpet, winner ITG Jazz Improvisation Competition

Jeff Luke                  Formerly of Atlantic Brass; principal trumpet, Utah Symphony

Karol Kowal              Featured solo recitalist, 2009 International Society of Bassists

Ray Harris                Arranger/trumpeter, Shoji Tabuchi Show, Branson

Nathan Jones           Featured performer, international tour of Blast!

Marat Gabdullin        2009 grand prize winner, Enid Violin Concerto Competition

Merav Askayo           Percussion, Jerusalem Philharmonic

Sally Barton              Viola, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Panama City Beach Pops

Ewa Plonka               Touring concert pianist

Russell Sharp            Trombone, U.S. Naval Academy Concert Band

Timothy Sutfin          Clarinet, U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point

Lei Zhang                 Concertmaster, Huashi Chamber Orchestra

 

CONDUCTORS/COMPOSERS

Mason Williams        Classical Gas composer; Grammy and Emmy winner

Gerald Steichen       Conductor, NYC Opera, New Haven Pops, Utah Symphony

Linda Twine             Color Purple music director, Broadway composer/arranger

Timothy Long           Founding director, Coast Orchestra; conductor, BAM Next Wave

Jay Wadley              2011 Charles Ives Fellowship, American Academy of Arts & Letters

Katarzyna Brochocka  Artistic Director¹s Prize, 2010 Opera Vista Competition

Maya Raviv              Israeli composer/performer, Universal Sacred Music Award winner

David Beasley          Composer/staff arranger, USAF Heartland of America Band

Rick McKee              Composer/producer, The Imagination House, Orlando

Mike McFerron         Composer; founder, Electronic Music Midwest

Samuel McCoy         Conductor, Rogue Opera; Puget Sound Concert Opera

 

ARTS LEADERS

Mark Blakeman        VP/general manager, Nashville Symphony Orchestra

Christie English        Director, Jazz at Lincoln Center Library; Wynton Marsalis assistant

W. Stephen Smith     Voice faculty, Juilliard School; Houston Grand Opera coach

Midge Woolsey         WQXR host; moderator, Encompass New Opera Theatre

Barbara Caprilli        Director, American Singers Opera Project

Jane Jayroe              Former Oklahoma Director of Tourism; Miss America 1967

Kris Markes              General manager, Oklahoma City Philharmonic

Susan Powell            Host of Discovery Channel¹s Home Matters; Miss America 1981

Robyn Hilger            2006 Oklahoma Teacher of Year; executive director, El Sistema Oklahoma

Peter Markes            2013 Oklahoma Teacher of Year

Recent Alumni Acheivements

2014

  • Tiffan Borelli stars as Nellie in the OKCity Rep production of South Pacific.
  • Jeremy Hays stars as the Viscount de Chagny in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.
  • Will Mann (’06) stars as Judah in the national tour of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat.
  • Charlie Ludden (’09), Charlie Monnot (’91), Chris Harris (’77), Falisha Hough (’07), Jason Bias (’13) Kristin Fitzgerald (’13), Mark Johnson (’85), Sarah Himes (’13), Sherri Long (’91) perform in Poteet’s production of Ragtime.
  • Colin Anderson (’13) featured in the ensemble of the New York Philharmonic’s production of Sweeney Todd, starring Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel.
  • Maren Weinberger selected as a 2014-15 Fort Worth Opera Young Artist and makes her Amarillo Opera debut as Polly Peachum in Weill’s Threepenny Opera.
  • Maggie McClure (’09) CD release concert at Will Rogers Theatre and is previewed in Oklahoma Gazette.
  • Meredith Ziefler (’10) presented with the State Superintendent’s Award for Outstanding Arts Education Teacher.
  • Kelli O’Hara (BM ‘97) returns to Broadway in a new musical, Bridges of Madison County, opening 2/20/14
  • Leona Mitchell featured soloist in Oklahoma State University’s concert With Love, Verdi.
  • Steven Sanders appointed assistant professor of voice at Oklahoma State University

2013

  • Katie Postonik stars as Molly in the national tour of Ghost.
  • Austin Matthews (aka Austin Brown) leads his acapella group Home Free to win first place on NBC’s hit show The Sing Off.
  • Kristin Chenoweth to perform a New Year’s Eve concert in Las Vegas.
  • Susan Powell, OCU alumna and former Miss America receives rave reviews for her starring role in the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina’s production of 42nd Street.
  • Ewa Plonka awarded a Juilliard’s Artist Diploma in Opera Studies.
  • Rick McKee orchestrates music for Macy’s Yes, Virginia, premiered with the Cincinnati Pops Orhcestra featuring Tony nominees Liz Callaway and Norm Lewis.
  • Ron Raines joins the Broadway cast of Annie as Daddy Warbucks.
  • Robert Watson selected for the prestigious Wolf Trap Opera Company’s Filene Young Artist Program.
  • Jamie Whitmarsh announced to make his Carnegie Hall debut in May 2014 with his seven piece new music ensemble, What is Noise.
  • Tiffan Borelli sings at the 22nd annual Oscar Hammerstein Awards honoring Alan Menken at the Hudson Theatre.
  • Kelli O’Hara featured in the cast recording of the new Off-Broadway musical Far From Heaven.
  • Jamie Whitmarsh announced the winner of the Young Artist Category of the Music Teachers National Association’s Southern Division Composition competition.
  • Yu-Ning Huang (MM ’13) works as collaborative pianist on Chinese album The Mother
  • Manna Nichols nominated by BroadwayWorld.com D.C. for her portrayal of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady (Arena Stage production) and by BroadwayWorld Maine for her portrayal of Eponine in Les Miserables (Maine State Music Theatre production)
  • Sarah Coburn (MM ’01) stars in title role of Seattle Opera’s production of La fille de regiment.
  • Composer Joyce Eilers (BM ’63) (b.1941-d.2009) is honored in a choir concert at OCU.
  • Katarzyna Brochocka’s one woman opera The Young Wife featured at the Warsaw Chamber Opera, featuring fellow OCU alumna Courtney Kalbacker.
  • Jay Wadley, (BM Composition) former Project 21 President and OCU alumni composed the score to the award-winning film Grand comme le Baobab (Tall as the Baobab Tree)
  • Ryan Beach (BM ’10) appointed to principal trumpet at Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
  • Leona Mitchell featured in Faith Hope Love: A Musical Celebration to Benefit Oklahoma Tornado Victims
  • Amanda Miller (MM ’13) hired as the instructional technologist at OCU’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, as well as having her 2010 musical Taking the Plunge featured as a finalist in NYC’s Davenport 10-Minute Play Contest.
  • Jennifer Sanchez and Gabrielle Ruiz perform in NY4OK, a benefit concert for Oklahoma fine arts programs affected by the Moore tornado.
  • Jamie Whitmarsh, former Project 21 president, composes a piece performed by the Indianapolis Symphony Orhcestra, which includes other OCU alum Ryan Beach.
  • Many alumni from OCU, UCO, and OU in New York, hosted by OCU alum and Tony Nominee Ron Raines, join forces for Oklahoma Rising, a benefit concert for the victims of the Moore tornado.
  • Rick McKee composes music for SeaWorld Orlando’s new attraction Empire of the Penguin. 
  • Valerie Goforth (MM ’13) teaches private flute lessons, youth choir, brass band and music theory for the Salvation Army’s Oklahoma-Arkansas branch of Camp Heart O’ the Hills.
  • Mallory Phillips (MM ’13) performs in a flute masterclass in Albuquerque taught by renowned flutist Trevor Wye.
  • Alumni Lauren Westlake, Josh Sohn, Erick Castille, Derek Box, Ben Wheeler form rock/pop band Ford the River and perform at the Raw Artists Oklahoma City Showcase and the OKC Woodstock Festival.
  • Alumni Melissa McKamie, Scott Guthrie, Stephanie Joiner, Roy Lightner, Christine Paterson, Nathan Siler, and Stephanie Sine team up to perform fellow OCU alum Joel B. New’s composition Something New: The Concert to benefit the Human Rights Campaign.
  • Kristin Chenoweth (BM ’90, MM ’92) receives an honorary doctorate at OCU 2013 Commencement
  • Scott Guthrie performs the lead role of the Celebrant in the OCU production and Oklahoma premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass.
  • Ron Raines nominated for a Tony Award for his Broadway performance in Stephen Sonheim’s Follies, as well as being featured in the cast recording with Broadway co-stars Bernadette Peters, Jan Maxwell, Danny Burstein, and Elaine Paige. 
  • Kelli O’Hara nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in Broadway’s Nice Work if You Can Get It, as well as being featured in the cast recording with co-star Matthew Broderick.
  • Ian Gibb featured in the national tour of Les Miserables
  • Jennifer Sanchez featured in Second Stage Theatre Company’s Off-Broadway show Little Miss Sunshine
  • Robyn Hilger ’99, Heather Sparks ’97, and Peter Markes honored as Oklahoma teachers of the year (2006, 2009, and 2014)
  • Alyssa DiMarco (’13) wins first place in the professional/grad school division of Ontario NATS competition.
  • Kelli O’Hara gives benefit concert for the choral program at her alma mater, Deer Creek High School.
  • Ryan Beach (’10) through the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, gives master classes on a tour of Poland.
  • Feng Li (MM ’12) appointed to the piano faculty of China’s Jiangsu Second Normal University.
  • Leona Mitchell, OCU alum and Oklahoma cultural ambassador, performs at the Oklahoma State Capitol for the 38th Annual Governor’s Arts Awards.
  • Michelle Hache announced the winner of the 2013 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical from the B. Iden Payne Awards Council in the Austin theatre community.
  • Kristen Chenoweth performs in the 2013 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • Angelina Leis (’09) member of the NYC-based USO Show Troupe singing the national anthem at the New Orleans Saints/New York Jets game.
  • Caitlin Tarasi (’12) promoted to coordinator of the Allied Arts OKC City Card.
  • Mary Bander (’13) wins second place in the NATS Singer of the Year competition.
  • Kristin Chenoweth establishes new charity for the Performing Arts Center in her hometown of Broken Arrow, OK.
  • Peter Markes (’01) named 2014 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year.
  • Vinnie Hogan (’08) has feature film debut at the Austin Film Festival.
  • Kelli O’Hara featured in annual Dramatists Guild of America gala in NYC.
  • Sarah Neely (BM ’06 instrumental music ed; MM ’09 conducting) named OMEA Outstanding Young Educator of the Year award.
  • Jaw Wadley, former Project 21 President, creates the soundtrack for the VH1 biopic CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story.
  • Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma’s production of Rocky Horror Picture Show features OCU alum Renee Anderson (BM ’00, MM ’06), Vince Leseny (MM ’94). Direction by Brian Hamilton (MM ’08) and costume design by Jeffery Meek (BS ’95, MPA ’97).
  • Kristin Chenoweth appears in independent film Hard Sell.
  • Vinnie Hogan’s film “The Fable of Shannon Cable” premieres 10/29/13 at the Austin Film Festival.
  • Scott Langdon stars as King Arthur in The Media Theatre’s production of Spamalot!
  • Elizabeth Dietsche Montgomery (’90) (former Miss OCU) releases album Singing the Sky Blue
  • Nathan Siler (’01) debut solo album Portraiture—Real as Ritual receives great reviews.
  • Haley Hoffmeister (BM and MM) cast in the title role of a musical adaption of Madame Bovary
  • Caroline Kelley (BA ’13) earns a full-ride graduate assistantship in musicology from the University of Memphis, where she specializes in early music.
  • Kelli O’Hara stars as Julie Jordan in Live at the Lincoln Center’s broadcast of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, featuring the New York City Philharmonic Orchestra. 
  • Kyle Dilligham plays in Doc Bryant’s Jazz Orchestra as apart of the 8th Annual Roberts Ranch Smokin’ Red Dirt BBQ festivities
  • Dobroslawa Rybinska-Johnson and Jill Jantzen featured in the Queen City Music Studio
  • Matt Wilshire (MM ’13) accepts a full-tuition award for DMA studies at the University of Illinois. 
  • Maren Weinberger (’11) awarded second prize of $10,000 in the 15th annual Lotte Lenya Competition, sponsored by The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music.
  • Scott Guthrie (BM ’01, MM ’06) returns to OKC as the Celebrant in the Oklahoma premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass.
  • Ryan Beach wins first place in the High Brass Technical solo contest at the North American Brass Band Association competition. 
  • Daniel Hodge (MM Conducting ‘02) newly appointed head director at Hylton Junior High School.
  • Sam McCoy conducts a two-week workshop leading up to a concert performance of Ronnie Reshef’s “Something to Live For” at the JCC in Manhattan.
  • Joe Hager stars as Gaston in the national tour of Beauty and the Beast
  • Harpist Dr. Heidi Tims Hernandez releases her debut solo album World of Dreams: Soothing Music for Restful Sleep
  • Beverly Hoch featured as a guest vocalist for the Tulsa-based Signature Symphony at TCC’s concert “A Night in Old Vienna”
  • Andrea Howland-Myers (BM ’11) announced winner of the 2013 Heafner/Williams Vocal Competition
  • Kristin Chenoweth stars in PBS broadcast of her solo concert The Dames of Broadway…All of ‘Em!
  • Kristin Chenoweth premieres new comedy Family Weekend.
  • Jason Grife selected as executive director of the OCU-based Oklahoma Youth Orchestras
  • Duke Anderson (’11) cast in the Tulsa-based LOOK Music Theatre’s production of Sondheim on Sondheim.
  • Tim Long conducts Utah Opera’s production of The Magic Flute.
  • James Shackelford (’11) cast in the Paper Mill Playhouse’s summer production of The Little Mermaid.
  • Raul Dominguez wins second place at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Conducting Competition in Dallas.
  • Nathan Siler orchestrates and arranges for the Sugar Free All-Stars, performing with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.
  • Jerry Steichen conducts a concert with the Utah Symphony celebrating the musicals of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg.
  • Marquita Lister headlines Washington DC masterclass on “A Celebration of the Spiritual”
  • Sarah Coburn stars in Boston Lyric Opera’s production of Bellini’s I Puritani
  • Nathan Mickle (MM ’12) releases debut album One for his group The American Three
  • Tiffan Borelli featured in a staged reading of the musical Luck! and a performance as Tiffany Winters in Jean Kerr’s comedy Mary, Mary.
  • Brian Cowing (’12) directs Forever Plaid and Godspell at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre, and serves as the director/choreographer for Children’s Theatre of Madison’s productions of Honk! The Musical, Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and Grease, as well as directing the Four Seasons Theatre’s production of Les Miserables.
  • Bethany Wagner (’06) performs in the musical Jerry’s Girls at the Broward Stage Door Theatre. 
  • Marcin Parys (MM ’12) wins the 2012-13 Isabel Scionti Sigma Alpha Iota Scholarship in Piano Performance. 
  • Katrina Thurman stars as Rosabella in Tulsa Opera’s production of The Most Happy Fella.
  • Shain Fike (MM ’07) stars as Dante Keyes in Marie Christine at the Columbia Stages in NYC.
  • Kelli O’Hara stars as Billie Bendix in the Broadway musical Nice Work If You Can Get It.
  • Kristin Chenoweth co-hosts the 2013 Academy Awards red carpet pre-show, as well as performed a musical tribute for the finale.
  • Traci Bair stars as Fantine in the Riverside Theatre’s (Vero Beach, FL) production of Les Miserables.
  • Annie Bradshaw Duggan announced as the Bethany Middle School 2013 Teacher of the Year, as well as the District Teacher of the Year. 
  • John Jacob Lee (’06) hired to perform on the Disney Cruise Line.
  • Ryan Beach (’10) featured as a trumpet soloist under the baton of Gunther Schuller at the 35th annual Northwest Bach Festival.
  • Daniel Zhander P’ng (’11) announced as the winner of the Oklahoma Community Orhcestra’s 2013 Young Artist Competition for musicians aged 17-25.
  • Tiffan Borelli featured in the New York Theatre Company’s off-Broadway production of Two By Two
  • Megan Kelly Bates performs in the Uptown Players/Turtle Creek Chorale concert presentation of Ragtime at the Dallas City Performance Hall.
  • Jerry Steichen conducts the Utah Symphony’s performance of Ballroom With a Twist.
  • Scott Langdon cast in The Media Theatre and Bucks County Playhouse’s production of Mame.
  • Kristin Chenoweth performs a one night recital at Carnegie Hall: “Evolution of the Soprano.”
  • Rachel Rhodes-Devey cast in the New York City Philharmonic’s concert staging of Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Carousel.
  • Maren Weinberger wins the district Metropolitan Opera competition and progresses to the Regional level in St. Louis.
  • Kelli O’Hara featured in Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2013 Spring Gala with broadway stars Sutton Foster, Jane Krakowski, and Audra McDonald.
  • Karina Fisher (’06) and Angie Allen (’05) co-chair the 2013 OMEA All-State Orchestra.
  • Robert Watson (BMVP ’11) selected as a young artist at the prestigious Merola Opera Program.
  • Rick McKee establishes a Composers Encouragement Award and $1,500 for an OCU student composer each spring.
  • Mark Blakeman is senior vice president and general manager of the Grammy Award-winning Nashville Symphony and the acclaimed Schermerhorn Symphony Orchestra.
  • David Auxier (’92) featured as a leading player and company choreographer of the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, and is a founder of the six member touring cabaret company I’ve Got a Little Twist.
  • Rick Rieder (MM ’82 in vocal pedagogy) hired as the vice president for administration at the Kansas City Art Institute. 
  • Manna Nichols stars as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady at the Arena Stage in Washington D.C.
  • Steven Del Ross (MM ’11) stationed with Navy Band Great Lakes as a Musician Seaman.
  • Jacob Gutierrez (BMT ’12) hired as a performer on the Disney Cruise Line’s Fantasy.
  • Jeff Luke (’87) hired as principal trumpet of the Utah Symphony Orchestra. 

2012

  • Ian Patrick Gibb releases six-track Christmas Album, The Time of Year For Miracles, featuring a song by fellow alumnus Rick McKee.
  • Kelli O’Hara featured in a reading of The Philadelphia Story at the Westport Country Plahouse.
  • Jeff Gates selected for the 2013 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program at Central City Opera.
  • T.J. Moss and Kinnie Dye release an EP with their band The Yes Team.
  • Kelli O’Hara helps raise $1.6 million dollars for funding arts education programs with other Broadway Stars at the New York City Center’s 20th anniversary gala.
  • Kelli O’Hara honored at the New York Musical Theatre Festival’s 2012 Annual Gala.
  • Ron Raines gives a masterclass and insight to his broadway career at OCU.
  • Ron Raines cast as Joseph Pullitzer in the Broadway production of Newsies!
  • Ron Raines featured concert with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and Cantebury Choral Society on the Civic Center stage.
  • Jennifer Sanchez understudies three parts in Broadway musical Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark…
  • John Jacob Lee, Patrick Pevenhouse, Peyton Crim, and Belinda Allyn (’12) hired for the Disney Cruise Lines.
  • Ernie Pruneda (’05) portrays Pablo in Broadway national tour of Sister Act.
  • Robert Watson (’11) makes is professional solo operatic debut in Wagner’s Lohengrin at San Francisco Opera.
  • Sarah Coburn stars as Marie in Tulsa Opera’s production of The Daughter of the Regiment.
  • Kyle Dillingham and Peter Marks and their band Horseshoe Road, featured in a U.S. State Department’s month long tour, as apart of the American Music Abroad 2012-2013 program.
  • Christopher Russell (’07) and Megan Orlowski cast in the 75-city tour of Fiddler on the Roof.
  • Singer/songwriter Arielle O’Keefe makes her national TV debut in the first episode of E! Network’s Opening Act.
  • Tim Holt arranges and performs a version of the national anthem featured in short-film Neon America.
  • Maya Raviv composes musical tribute to Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit.
  • Kelli O’Hara featured in PBS’ Marvin Hamlisch tribute concert One Singular Sensation, alongside other famous performers such as Josh Groban, Joshua Bell, and Fredrica Von Stade
  • Leah Rohrer Jennings cast as Mrs. Phagan in the Gallery Players’ presentation of Parade in Brooklyn.
  • Linda Twine co-founds group New York Harlem Singers, who perform a holiday tour in China.
  • Elad Katz’ composition Pink Clouds premiered at the Israel Sinfonietta Be’er Sheva.
  • Debbie Diannopoulos performs concert “She’s ALL That...An Evening With Debbie” at the Putnam City Schools Foundation annual banquet where she is named a 2013 Putnam City Wall of Fame honoree.
  • Kyle Dillingham elected a voting member of the Recording Academy.
  • Jonathan Beck Reed, Mandy Jiran, and Charlie Monnot featured in Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma’s production of A Christmas Carol.
  • Jacob Gutierrez (’12) featured as spokesmodel for Target’s national Christmas giveaway campaign.
  • Kristin Chenoweth co-hosts the 2012 Country Music Awards alongside Trace Adkins.
  • Sarah Coburn stars as Amina in Bellini’s La Sonnambula at Vienna State Opera.
  • Sam McCoy conducts world premiere of The Juniper Tree Opera, at the Jan Hus Theatre in NYC.
  • Ron Raines featured in tribute to “The Musical Worlds of Victor Herbert” at the Library of Congress.
  • Jennifer Fletcher (BMIE ’07) appointed as music coordinator for the Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain.
  • Hannah Miller Leffler (’09) hired as a flute teacher at Luther College, as well as the Northeast Iowa School of Music.
  • Sarah Coburn performs “Les Filles de Cadix” by Leo Delibes at a celebration of Tulsa Opera’s 65th season.
  • Kelli O’Hara featured in 2012 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
  • Kelli O’Hara featured in annual Williamstown Theatre Festival gala 2012.
  • Royce McLarry featured as a soloist on Berlioz’s Harold in Italy with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.
  • Sam Beasley (’12) featured in Theatre 3’s production of Crazy for You in Dallas, TX. 
  • Scott Langdon (MM ’95) cast as Charlie Cowell in Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre production of The Music Man.
  • Alaina Diehl (’07) principal flute/piccolo for Otello with Opera Southwest.
  • Traci Bair cast as Katherina Cavalieri in the Maltz Jupiter Theatre production of Amadeus.
  • Kristin Chenoweth featured in national PBS broadcast honoring Ellen Degeneres with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center.
  • Destan Owens ’91 gives masterclass/Q&A session at OCU with insight into his Broadway career.
  • Duke Anderson and Maggie Dietrich cast in the Paper Mill Playhouse’s production of The Sound of Music.
  • Courtney Cahen (’12) stars as Princess Winifred in Once Upon a Mattress with the Heights Players in Brooklyn, NY.
  • Renee Anderson stars as Clare in Bare: A Pop Opera at the Upstage Theatre and Performing Arts Studio in Edmond.
  • Timothy Long (’90) honored as 2012 OCU Distinguished Alumnus.
  • Jennifer Floan hired as a flutist with the Marine Forces Pacific Band, stationed in Kaneohe Bay, on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.
  • Kelli O’Hara opens New York POPS 2012-2013 season at Carnegie Hall.
  • Tim Holt (BM ’10, MM ’12) offers Q&A at OCU composers forum.
  • Sam McCoy associate conducts Chelsea Opera’s world premiere of The Mark of Cain in NYC.
  • Rick McKee orchestrates the finale music for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for four consecutive years.
  • Tim James (MM ’11) wins competitive audition for a solo cornet spot with the Madison Brass.
  • Marquita Lister featured as Serena with the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s concert version of Porgy and Bess.
  • Kristin Chenoweth cast in CBS’s TV show The Good Wife.
  • Jonathan Beck Reed performs in the Civic Center’s 75th anniversary celebration, conducted by fellow alumnus Gerald Steichen.
  • Kelli O’Hara gives concert at the New York Botanical Gardens to raise money for muscular dystrophy.
  • Destan Owens performs in Broadway at Birdland to benefit The Wishing Kids Foundation.
  • Marcia Findley Lynch (’64) inducted into the Seminole High School Hall of Fame.
  • Manna Nichols wins the 18th annual Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, and was voted the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical for her role as Tuptim in Walnut Street Theatre’s production of The King & I.
  • Marita Stryker and Michelle Hache announced as finalists for Outstanding Lead Actress in the B. Iden Payne Awards in Austin, TX.
  • Midge Woolsey co-hosts PBS’s presentation of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, and broadcasts a series of operatic features on WQXR, the New York Times classical radio station.
  • Marquita Lister stars as Bess in the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert presentation of Porgy and Bess.
  • Kristin Chenoweth hosts 2012 Hero Dog Awards.
  • Scott Guthrie cast in the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
  • Megan Kelly Bates (’02) cast in Theatre Three’s Theatre Too production of Avenue Q in Dallas.
  • Jeremy Hayes cast as Enjorlas in the 25th anniversary tour of Les Miserables.
  • Jeffrey Grayson Gates wins the Vocal Arts DC Young Artists Competition at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts 
  • Colin Anderson portrays Gabe in the Crown Uptown Theatre’s production of Next to Normal.
  • Michelle Hache (MM ’01) stars as Maria in the Austin, TX production of The Sound of Music in Zilker Park.
  • Jamie Whitmarsh (’11) takes first place at the Percussive Arts Society’s 39th annual composition contest for solo marimba. 
  • Kristin Chenoweth stars in movie Hit & Run 
  • Sam Prince performs the role of Joe Hardy in Ogunquit Playhouse’s production of Damn Yankees.
  • Lori Fisher (’05 BMVP) performs as a soloist with Symphonicity and works as a professional chorister with The Virginia Chorale.
  • Scott Guthrie (BM ’01, MM ’06) understudy’s Franklin Hart and performs as Joe in Rhode Island By the Sea’s production of 9 to 5!
  • Roy Lightner directs Ithaca College’s production of Legally Blonde.
  • Bonnie Frauenthal awarded the 2012 Opera in the Ozarks Best Overall Performance for her role as Mimi in La Boheme.
  • Shain Fike (’07) receives great reviews for his portrayal of Julian Marsh in Tent Theatre’s production of 42nd Street.
  • Tiffan Borelli plays Grace Montgomery in Madame: The Musical at the New York Musical Theatre Festival.
  • Raul Dominguez selected as one of the 40 choristers world wide into the Westminster Chamber Choir’s summer intensive. 
  • Michael Galyon (’05) stars as Billy Crocker in Anything Goes at the West Virginia Public Theatre.
  • Christopher Hall (MM ’11, conducting) hired as the band director at Washington Highschool in Washington, OK.
  • Alex Ross named one of the Top 10 Sexiest Actors on the Dallas/Fort Worth stage.
  • Susan Powell featured as a soloist in performances with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Red, White & Boom.
  • Kelli O’Hara performs on the PBS national broadcast of A Capitol Fourth, an Independence Day celebration live from Washington D.C.
  • Rick McKee orchestrates grand finale of Fourth of July Celebration on the Hudson River.
  • Kristin Chenoweth dedicates a theatre in her name in her hometown of Broken Arrow, OK.
  • Charlie Monnot stars in the title role in Willy Wonka at Upstage Theatre.
  • Jerry Steichen co-stars in the East Texas Music and Theatre’s rendition of Souvenir.
  • Ian Patrick Gibb releases debut solo album, Fill In The Words.
  • Scott Guthrie (’01) makes his directing debut at the Ocean State Theatre, overseeing their production of Forever Plaid.
  • Jennifer Sanchez selected for the Andrew Lippa songwriter workshop led by the Mercer Foundation and the American Music Theatre Project.
  • Jerry Steichen shares conducting duties for the season finale of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
  • Scott Landon (MM ’95) cast in the US premiere of a new musical, Love Story, at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia.
  • Rachel Rhodes-Devey stars as Nellie Forbush in the national tour of South Pacific, to much critical acclaim.
  • Ron Raines stars in the Los Angeles revival of Follies, with great reviews. 
  • Scott Guthrie co-stars in the off-Broadway revival of Jerome Kern’s Sitting Pretty.
  • Erin McCracken (’07) stars as Tracy Turnblad in the Westchester Broadway Theatre’s production of Hairspray.
  • Jennifer Fletcher selected as 2012 Teacher of the Year for Purcell Middle School.
  • Jay Wadley (’05) composes pieces to be featured at the Royal Ballet and the Royal Opera House in London.
  • Joe Moscheck (MM ’12) hired as resident percussionist aboard Celebrity cruise line’s Celebrity Eclipse.
  • Marcin Parys (MM ’11) wins the 2012 International Chopin Piano Competition in Corpus Christi, TX. 
  • Kelli O’Hara stars as Yum-Yum in The Mikado at Carnegie Hall with the Collegiate Chorale.
  • Brian Hamilton music directs the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma’s production of Spring Awakening.
  • Andrew Williams accepted into the 2012 European American Music Alliance.
  • Kyle Dillingham headlines Salvation Army shelter fundraiser “Beyond Bell Ringing”
  • Mark Phillips (’02) named on national list of Movers and Shakers in the library industry by the American Library Association.
  • Aaron Fryklund wins best original score for Zero One at the 2012 Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival.
  • Kelli O’Hara records tracks on Over the MoonThe Broadway Lullaby Project to raise money for breast cancer research and education.
  • Jay Wadley composes music for Sharpie ads that won the 2012 ADDY Chicago award and 2012 TED award for “Ads Worth Spreading”
  • Kelli O’Hara and Kristin Chenoweth pay tribute to director Rob Marshall at the Roundabout Theatre.
  • Jennifer Sanchez cast on Broadway in Ghost: The Musical.
  • Sarah Coburn stars as Rosina in Boston Lyric Opera’s production of Barber of Seville.
  • Steven Sanders plays Father Greenville in Tulsa Opera’s production of Dead Man Walking.
  • Kelli O’Hara featured in Public Sings! benefit concert.
  • Jay Wadley composes music for American Express ad that premiered during the 2012 Academy Awards.
  • Michelle Lloyd elected 2012 Teacher of the Year at El Reno Public High School.
  • Katie Postotnik cast in national tour as Regina in Rock of Ages.
  • Anne Guevara receives 2012 American String Teachers Association excellence in teaching award
  • Mark Blakeman ’96 accepts Grammy Award on behalf of the Nashville Symphony that he manages.
  • Kristin Chenoweth headlines concert honoring Patti LuPone.
  • Marquita Lister featured in University of California at Irvine’s African American Art Song Alliance.
  • Sonya Meyer (’11) cast as Gertie Cummings in Oklahoma! And Lauren in the world premiere of First Date! at the 5th Avenue Theatre of Seattle.
  • Ryan Beach selected to perform on the Millenium Stage at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
  • Renee Anderson stars in the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma’s production of Xanadu, music directed by fellow alumnus Brian Hamilton.
  • Sarah Coburn sings “Great Moments of Opera” concert with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Megan Otterstrom (MM ’05) appointed as company manager and production coordinator at Tulsa Opera.
  • Wes Hart stars as Norm Waxman in the national tour of Jersey Boys.

2011

  • Kelli O’Hara performs in New Year’s Eve concert with Michael Feinstein.
  • Jerry Steichen conducts Naples Philharmonic in Rodgers and Hammerstein celebration in Playbill Roundup Tour.
  • Destan Owens sings Motown classics with the Grand Rapids Symphony.
  • Kelli O’Hara sings in Kennedy Center Honors tribute to Barbara Cook.
  • Marquita Lister honored with a Victory Award by the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C.
  • Kelli O’Hara performs with Westchester Philharmonic with Ben Davis in a production honoring groundbreaking shows of the ‘40’s and ‘50’s.
  • Kyle Dillingham releases his first solo Christmas album titled A Very Kyle Christmas.
  • Kelli O’Hara performs in benefit concert of She Loves Me with Roundabout Theatre Company.
  • Sarah Coburn featured as soloist in Handel’s Messiah at Boston’s Symphony Hall.
  • Kristin Chenoweth selected as the 2012 Drama League honoree.
  • Jason Bratton (MM ’01) tours Japan with the Tokyo Philharmonic as a part of it’s 9th annual “Disney on Classic” singing the role of Prince Charming.
  • Peyton Crim (’08) cast as Buzz Lightyear in Disney Cruise Line’s production of Toy Story: The Musical.
  • Scott Guthrie cast as Dr. Madden/Dr. Fine in Florida Studio Theatre’s production of Next to Normal.
  • Sarah Coburn stars as Lucia in Washington National Opera’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor.
  • Kelli O’Hara portrays Regan in Public Theater of New York’s production of King Lear.
  • Will Mann (’06) stars in the national tour of Memphis.
  • Kristin Chenoweth inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.
  • Jeffrey Grayson Gates wins 2011 Washington District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. 
  • Sarah Coburn sings the grand finale at the 2011 NEA Opera Honors in Washington D.C.
  • Destan Owens headlines the Southwest Florida Symphony Pops season.
  • Kristin Chenoweth performs in Hal Davidson tribute.
  • Patrick Pevehouse stars as the Scarecrow in the national tour of The Wizard of Oz.
  • Sarah Coburn stars as Rosina in Tulsa Opera’s production of The Barber of Seville.
  • Wendi Stolzfus stars in the Muppet’s touring musical
  • Kristin Chenoweth’s album Some Lessons Learned makes the Billboard Top 200.
  • Sarah Coburn stars as Asteria in Handel’s Tamerano, alongside world-renowned tenor Placido Domingo.
  • Shain Fike co-stars in The Last Five Years with Starving Artist Productions.
  • John Jacob Lee (’06) cast in Pride & Prejudice at the 2011 NY Musical Theatre Festival, after national tours with Cats and The Wedding Singer.
  • Russell Sharp apart of the recording of the Naval Academy’s Next Wave Jazz Ensemble. 
  • Sarah Coburn stars as Gilda in Los Angeles Opera’s production of Verdi’s Rigoletto.
  • Carl DeForrest Hendin (’10) goes on national tour in the ensemble of Monty Python’s Spamalot.
  • Timothy Long conducts Colorado Opera production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola.
  • Destan Owens stars in Theatre Aspen’s dance-music play Vices a Love Story.
  • Alissa VanCamp (MM ’05) stars as Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus and understudy’s Amneris in Aida with Nevada Opera Theatre. 
  • Erin McCracken stars as Tracy Turnblad in Theatre by the Sea of Rhode Island’s production of Hairspray.
  • Brian Sheppard, Cliff Samuels, Sara Edwards, and headliner Ron Raines perform in the Broadway production of Follies.
  • Renee Anderson stars in the title role of UCO’s production of Annie Get Your Gun!
  • Andy Biddy (’09) stars as Billy and Jessica Peaden Biddy (’98) choreographs the Poteet Theatre’s production of Carousel.
  • Kristin Chenoweth nominated for an Emmy award for her role as April Rhodes in Fox’s TV show Glee.
  • Shain Fike (MM ’07) stars as Curly in the Tent Theatre’s production of Oklahoma!
  • Scott Guthrie stars as Berger in Hair at the New Bedford Theatre Festival.
  • Michael Galyon (’05) stars as Elvis in All Shook Up! at the Riverside Dinner Theatre
  • Angelina Leis (’10) hired as a performer at Tokyo Disney.
  • Kelli O’Hara performs at A Capitol Fourth 2011
  • Manna Nichols performs in the ensemble of Miss Saigon at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philidelphia
  • Will Mann makes his Broadway debut as Bobby in Memphis at the Schubert Theatre.
  • Jeffery Grayson Gates selected as an artist at the Des Moines Metro Opera Apprentice Program.
  • Kelli O’Hara sings Jerome Kern songs at Carnegie Hall.
  • Steve Sanders sings Macduff in Baltimore Concert Opera’s production of Verdi’s Macbeth.
  • Rachel Rhodes-Devey portrays Mary in the Astoria Performing Arts Center’s production of The Human Comedy.
  • Scott Guthrie cast in Up in Central Park at the McGinn-Cazale Theatre
  • Sarah Coburn stars as Amina in the Vienna State Opera’s production of La Sonnambula.
  • Kelli O’Hara headlines concert with the New York City Philharmonic.
  • Manna Nichols in the new musical Me and Miss Monroe at the Baruch Performing Arts Center.
  • Marquita Lister stars as Bess in with the Akron Symphony’s concert staged performance of Porgy and Bess.
  • Gerg Meng hired as executive in charge of production of Days of Our Lives.
  • Tony Ramos (’04) stars as Giuseppe in the Broward Stage Door Theatre’s production of The Light in the Piazza.
  • Lara Teeter receives a 2011 Kevin Kline Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Beauty and the Beast at the St. Louis MUNY.
  • Steve Sanders sings in the New England premiere of Paul Hindemith’s Cardillac.
  • Jay Wadley wins the 2011 Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
  • Samuel McCoy conducts La Traviata and Le Nozze di Figaro at Oregon’s Rogue Opera Company.
  • Danielle Estes (’07) and Jaclyn Stapp cast in Flora the Red Menace on Irving, TX’s Lyric Stage
  • Sarah Coburn stars in the title role of Glimmerglass Opera Festival’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor
  • Leona Mitchell sings autism benefit concert at Carnegie Hall
  • Kelli O’Hara stars in Knickerbocker Holiday at Alice Tully Hall.
  • Scott Guthrie serves as dance captain, swing, and associate director on the national tour of Forever Plaid.
  • Sarah Coburn stars as Rosina in Seattle Opera’s production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
  • Keith Hines stars in the Pittsburgh Public’s production of Camelot.
  • Steve Sanders featured on the Wolf Trap Opera’s recording of Volpone by John Musto and Mark Campbell, that won a Grammy Award for Best New Opera Recording.

2010

  • Kelli O’Hara sings duet with Mat Bomer in the Kennedy Center Tribute to Jerry Herman.
  • Kristin Chenoweth sings two New Year’s Even shows at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
  • Minami Okamura stars as Elphaba in Wicked at the Osaka Shiki Theatre.  
  • Sarah Coburn stars as Gilda in the Los Angeles Opera’s production of Rigoletto.
  • Jennifer Sanchez performs in the ensemble of the PBS broadcast of Sondheim’s 80th birthday celebration.
  • Rick McKee orchestrates the 2010 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Finale.
  • Kelli O’Hara stars as Ella Peterson in Bells Are Ringing at the City Center in New York.
  • Kelli O’Hara sings Toys for Tots fundraiser at Symphony Space’s Thalia Theater.
  • Rick Rogers honored with an Oklahoma Governor’s Award for his contributions to Oklahoma through the arts.
  • Steven Sanders stars as Don Ottavio in Shreveport Opera’s production of Don Giovanni.
  • Jennifer Sanchez cast in Broadway production of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.
  • Hannah Miller Leffler (’09) wins the University of Northern Iowa’s Concerto Competition.
  • Manna Nichols stars as Laurie in Baayork Lee’s staged reading of Oklahoma at the Theatre Row in NYC.
  • Sarah Coburn stars as Gilda in Opera de Montreal’s production of Rigoletto.
  • Erick Castille (’10) cast as the lead of Pierre Birabeau/Red Shadow in The Desert Song with Light Opera of New York.
  • Jerry Steichen conducts Mancini and Moonlight at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts.
  • Rebekah Ambrosini performs as a soloist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and Cantebury Choral Society at the Civic Center Music Hall.
  • Manna Nichols stars in Frog Kiss in the 2010 New York Musical Theatre Festival.
  • Tiffan Borelli stars in Jay Alan Zimmerman’s Incredibly Deaf at the New York Musical Theatre Festival.
  • Colbert Hackler inducted in the Chickasaw National Hall of Fame.
  • Katarzyna Brochocka composes one act chamber opera Happy Garden of Life, performed by Pittsburgh’s Microscopic Opera Company and is the runner up of the 2010 Opera Vista Competition.
  • Daniel Hodge (MM Conducting ’02) honored as Outstanding Young Director by the Arkansas Bandmasters Association.
  • Mario Matthews cast in the national Broadway Tour of Mamma Mia!
  • Steven Sanders stars as Don Ottavio in New Jersey Opera’s production of Don Giovanni.
  • Sarah Coburn stars as Gilda in the Welsh National Opera’s production of Rigoletto.
  • Kristin Chenoweth, Jacob Wood, Scott Guthrie, Sara Edwards, Kim Schafer, and Dontee Kiehn donate their talents to the 2010 Broadway Cares fundraiser.
  • Bethany Wagner (’06) cast as a Burning Hills singer at the Medora Theater in the Dakota Badlands.
  • Traci Bair (’09) performs in the ensemble of Sweeney Todd at the Barrington Stage.
  • Nick Madson (’02) stars as Smudge in Forever Plaid and Daddy Warbucks in Annie at the Fort Peck Theater in Montana.
  • Kelli O’Hara portrays Meredith Wilson in a musical benefit for the Keen Company. 
  • Christi English leads the world premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ Swing Symphony.
  • Joe Hagar (’07) cast as Count Almaviva in Seagle Music Colony’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro.
  • Kelli O’Hara performs 2010 Memorial Day concert on PBS live from Washington DC.
  • Kelli O’Hara performs Carnegie Hall tribute concert to Lerner & Loewe.

2009

  • Kristin Chenoweth (BM ’91, MM ’93) returns to Broadway in Promises, Promises opening 4/25/09
  • Gerald Steichen appointed principal pops conductor for Utah Symphony, and associate conductor of New Haven Symphony (11/09)
  • Rick McKee (BM Composition ’09) orchestrates Grand Finale of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2009