• Katherine Wiggins
  • The Bright Light Social Hour: Lucky Bar, Victoria, BC March 2013 photo by Wolf/Sheep Arthouse
  • Dianne Donovan
Music is your passion. Can you also make it your livelihood?  Get valuable advice and make connections to help you explore career options. This session features opera singer Katherine Wiggins ’07 and The Bright Light Social Hour founders Jack O’Brien ’07 and Curtis Roush ’05.

Mezzo-soprano Katherine Wiggins earned a BM in Music Performance (voice and piano) from Southwestern University and a MM in Vocal Performance (voice and opera) from the University of Miami, as well as an Artist Diploma in vocal performance from the University of Miami.

Curtis Roush graduated from Southwestern in 2005 with a degree in political science and is currently the co-founder, guitarist and singer of The Bright Light Social Hour, a psychedelic southern rock band from Austin, Texas. He went on to earn an MA in Media Studies at the University of Texas while simultaneously laying the foundations for the band that now comprises his professional life.

Fellow SU grad Spanish major Jack O’Brien ’07 co-founded the band in 2004 and plays bass guitar and signs. He also earned a Master’s degree in Spanish linguistics from UT Austin. For more information about how Jack’s experiences in Spanish cultural and literary studies roused his passion for creative storytelling, click here.

Born out of a university art-rock collective, the band first gained attention in Austin from their incendiary live performances and innovative vision of rock and roll. Melding southern rock, hard dance, psychedelic blues, and deep soul, their debut full-length album led to heightening critical acclaim, national touring, and a rare sweep of six awards at the SXSW 2011 Austin Music Awards, including Band of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year. 

Following their album release, The Bright Light Social Hour have embarked on a heavy touring rotation, playing over three hundred shows throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. They have performed in front of thousands of new fans, most recently at Lollapalooza 2013, Austin City Limits 2013 and opening for Aerosmith at the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City. The Bright Light Social Hour is currently on the cusp of releasing their sophomore album “Space Is Still The Place” in early 2015 on Frenchkiss Records.

Montreal-born Dianne Donovan lives and breathes music, whether she is behind the microphone announcing or singing. One of Dianne’s earliest memories is of marching around the living room to Ravel’s Bolero. Having studied music with an emphasis on vocal jazz performance, she has been a radio announcer/programmer for twenty years - producing classical, jazz and eclectic programs. When she’s not “on the air” or producing KMFA’s Classical Austin, you might catch Dianne singing with the Beat Divas or with the Austin Jazz Workshop. Her motto, “So little time, so much music.”