Class of 2005
Major: Communication with a concentration in journalism
CLU Activities: Cellist with the University Symphony, University Orchestra; Wrote about music for The Echo student newspaper
Now: Executive Director - the Guitar Center Music Foundation, a national granting nonprofit that gets instruments into music education programs
Favorite Musician: Trevor Hall
I decided to be a part of The Guitar Center Music
Foundation because all people deserve the same
opportunity. I see the effects of music on many
different types of people, those who are troubled,
at-risk, disabled, or lonely.
Music teachers across
the country have lost their funding because
the decision makers don't understand that
music not only improves test scores, it also
strengthens society as a whole.
So far, I've
gotten instruments out to over 23,000
people who otherwise wouldn't have the
opportunity, and that is not enough. So,
on a daily basis, I rally people together
to support music."
Class of 2004
Major: Music; Magna Cum Laude & Departmental Honors
CLU Activities: Women's Choir, CLU Choir, numerous Theater Department productions, American Musical Theater Ensemble; Miss California (top 10) in 2004; Miss California - winner, 2006; Miss America - top 10 semifinalist, 2007
Now: Working towards her Doctorate in Musical Arts at USC's Thornton School of Music, and performing opera in Europe and the U.S.
Favorite Musicians: Mozart and Gershwin
My professors at CLU really pushed me, and I got the
performance opportunities and one-on-one attention
Sometimes the head of the department
would take us to operas and bring us backstage, and
my first audition was with the conductor from La Scala,
all because Dan Geeting (CLU Professor of Music) told
him, 'You should listen to her. She's a great soprano.'
It's that kind of nurturing environment that sums up
what CLU is all about.
Now, music is my life. Saint
Francis said that, 'when you sing you pray twice,' and
for me music is the closest medium for experiencing
and sharing God's love."
Class of 1975
CLU Activities: Viola in the University Orchestra and Chamber Music ensembles; Choir; Piano and electric bass for student bands
Now: Music aranger contributing to various Disney Films and freelance musician
Favorite Musician: J.S. Bach
Most of my time is spent at the Disney Music
Library copying, proofing, and getting music
ready for projects ranging from major motion
pictures like 'Ratatouille,' 'Enchanted,'
'Narnia,' and 'Pirates of the Caribbean' to
TV shows like 'Lost' and special projects like
recopying music from Disney movies for an orchestral tour
CLU was the perfect place for me to go to school.
I had the opportunity to be in a wide variety of groups
and ensembles, and even write music for them. This was
the perfect preparation for my work at the studios."