Sarofim School of Fine Arts

Students’ Careers Take-Off

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    Kelsey Debner, Kevin Bryant, Melissa Krueger, Abigail Jackson, Julius Young, and Andrew Fields
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    Keeley Hooker

Numerous music students compete, perform, and are accepted into pre-professional programs in the U.S. and abroad

Keeley Hooker ’14 has been selected to perform with Opera NEO, a pre-professional summer opera program located in San Diego, California.* She will be singing the role of First Spirit in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. She has also placed in the semi-finals at the South Texas NATS auditions.

Jeffrey McKenzie ’14 has been accepted to the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Institute in Seattle, Washington.*

Abigail Jackson ’15 has been accepted to Lingua e Canto, an Italian language immersion and pre-professional singing program in Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy.* She was also selected as a preliminary round winner in the 2014 Classical Singer National Vocal Competition and will advance to perform at the Classical Singer National Convention in San Antonio in late May.

Melissa Krueger ’15 was recently featured as a soloist with Ensemble Settecento, a professional baroque orchestra in the Austin area. She sang the role of Narves in Montezuma by Carl Heinrich Graun. She was also accepted into Spotlight on Opera’s program in Austin where she will be singing the role of Cherubino in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.*

Michael Martinez ’15 was selected as a participant at the Southeast Trombone Symposium at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. He will be performing and competing at the symposium, while having opportunities for coaching and lessons with members of the New York Philharmonic, the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and various university professors. He was also offered an internship at the International Trombone Festival in Rochester, New York.*

Kevin Bryant ’16 has been accepted at the Mediterranean Opera Studio in Palermo, Italy.*

Jaimie Couch (’16) will be attending Spotlight on Opera this summer, where she will perform arias and opera scenes, and cover the roles of Mercy Lewis and Martha Shelton in Robert Ward’s The Crucible.
Kelsey Debner ’16 was a finalist in the 2014 Hal Leonard Vocal Competition and placed in the top six in the National Association of Teachers of Singing South Texas District Auditions. She will be attending the Lingua e Canto program in Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy.*
Afsoneh Esfandiari ’16 placed in the semi-finals at the South Texas NATS auditions.


*Awarded scholarships through the generous contributions of the Friends of the Sarofim School of Fine Arts.