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First Name Last Name Maiden Name Degree and Year Graduated News
Aaron Atwood BM Performance, Classical (F Horn); 2014 Wrapping up my three year tour with the Marine Corps Band New Orleans, and transferring the the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing band in Cherry Point, NC by June.
Jessica Bardelli BS Music Ed 2005 I’m the director of sales for Bethel Music Center and am the music director at Bethel United Methodist Church. http://www.bethelmethodist.net/page/music_ministries
Dan Bianchini BM jazz studies 2011 Married with two kids ages 3.5 and 1. Special education teacher at Common Ground HS in New Haven. About to finish a masters degree in special education. Teaching music privately. Performing once in a while. Playing piano daily.
Holly Brown B.S. Music Education 2015 Currently in my second year as an elementary band teacher in Greenwich. Also, I have been doing a year of private study through Indiana University on the addition of mindfulness practice into the music classroom. As part of this I recently wrote a guest post for a mindfulness and music website. https://mb-wp.org/2018/01/23/meditation-and-mindfulness-thoughts-from-a-new-music-teacher/
Donna Burton Calderone BS Music Ed. 1984 Math ed. minor Teaching Middle School Math for 34 years! AND selling Rodan & Fields Skincare https://www.facebook.com/Donna-Burton-Rodan-Fields-Consultant-1937499569850940/
Louise Carrozza B.S. Music Education, 2016 I am a choir director, guitar teacher, world music teacher, and music capstone program teacher at Farmington High School in Farmington, CT. I direct four choirs of various ages and voice combinations, such as all female and all male groups, an a cappella group that meets in the evenings, and an auditioned honors chorus.
Ashlee Casko BS Music Education – 2004 I have been teaching a combination of Elementary General/Vocal/Instrumental music since graduation. I recieved my Master’s Degree in Music Education from Boston University in 2013. I have begun to see students grow into adulthood and am so gratful for the opportunity to impact so many young lives every day!
Nick Ciasullo BS Music Education 2015 Teaching K-5 General/Instrumental/Choral music at Roger Sherman Elementary School in Meriden, CT.
Chris Cummings B.S Music Education Taught Music in the Lakeland Central School District (Yorktown, NY) for 5 years. Moved into administration, and I am currently the Principal of Lakeland High School.
Shelly Diana LePine BS in Music Ed 1999. MS in Music Ed 2007 K-6 Music Teacher & Choir in Allen, TX.   2017-2018 Campus Teacher of the Year.
Dawn Emerman Watcke BA in Music, vocal performance, 2004 I’m in my 12th year of teaching,  currently in my 4th year teaching middle school choir and general music in East Haven.
I have been married for 12 years and have 2 wonderful children!
Carole Jean Frawley Ostroski 1983 Vocal Music Teacher at Fairfield Woods Middle School, Producer & Musical Director of Fairfield Teen Theatre since 1984
Deanna Hafidi Cheney B.S. Music Ed 1992 Teaching general music in Hamden CT
Andrew Hopko 2004 2007 BS MS Mus Ed Orchestra Director
West Hartford Public Schools
Greg Hoyt Bachelor of Music Ed. – 2011 Currently the band director at East Hartford High School and Brass/Wind Instructor for Greater Bridgeport Youth Symphony.
Jacob Humerick BS Music Education 2013 After graduating, I served long term sub positions in Naugatuck (7-8 band at City Hill Middle School), Bristol Eastern High School (9-12 guitar), Metropolitan Learning Center (6-12 band), West Hartford (4-5 band at Aiken Elementary and Charter Oak International Academy, 9-12 band and jazz band at Hall High School). Also, I have helped the Bristol Eastern High School Marching band and jazz band and Newington High School marching bands for the past 5 years. Currently, I am co-teaching middle school band (7-8) at Bailey Middle School in West Haven. This summer I am continuing my studies for Masters in Instrumental Conducting at the American Band College in Ashland, Oregon.
Brooke Knobloch Music Education 2016 Teaching elementary general music, band and choir in Bridgeport CT
Katherine Lewis Dorn Bachelor of Music Teaching violin and viola lessons and performing
Katherine Lewis Dorn Bachelor of Music Teaching violin and viola lessons and performing
Jennifer Lucas Hull BS Mus Ed – 08, MS Mus Ed -15 I’m in my 9th year of teaching k-5 General music, band, and chorus in Derby, CT. I married  fellow WCSU graduate, Mark Lucas (‘09), in 2013, and together we have a 9 month old daughter named Layla.
Mitchum Mangan BS Music Education 2012 I’m the Band Director at Bulkeley High School in Hartford, CT, Private Lessons Teacher at Summit Studios in Manchester, CT and active tenor and bass trombonist.
Nadia Marroquin-Collado Collado MS Music Ed (2017) / BS Music Ed, classical piano (2009) Taught General Music/Choir at Beecher Road School in Woodbridge, CT (2009-2017). Currently homeschooling my 3 littles and looking to grow my piano studio.
Nicholas Mihaly BS Music Ed 2012 I am the current pastor at St Nicholas Orthodox Church in Erie, PA and have a wonderful wife and 2 children
Kaila Moonan BS Music Education, 2013 I have been serving in the US Army as an Active Duty Musician with the 399th Army Band at Fort Leonard Wood for the past 3 years. I am also in charge of the band’s public outreach/social media presence. Headed to Joint Base Lewis-McChord next year to continue serving with America’s First Corps Band.
Jeff Moro Audio and Music Production 2016 I’ve been teaching a whole bunch at The School of Rock in Bedford New York which has inspired me to pursue a Masters Degree in Music Education in the Fall of 2018.  I’ve also been producing records and leading a 9 piece jazz fusion band called The Recess Bureau and recently started a solo project called Reptar, The Man. www.therecessbureau.com
Eric Nunes B.S. Music Education, 2013 I am currently the Music Technology Teacher and General Music Teacher for RHAM High School and RHAM Middle School as well as the Recording Studio Coordinator.  At RHAM, I am/was responsible for over doubling music technology enrollment in one year, reestablishing the Tri-M Music Honor Society Chapter, building RHAM Livestream, revamping music technology course offerings, and spearheading efforts to receive recognition for “Best Communities for Music Education” in 2017 and 2018 sponsored by the NAMM Foundation.  In 2016, I completed my Masters Degree in Music Education from The Hartt School.  I was the Equipment Manager for the 2017 CMEA All-State Festival.  In 2017, I co-authored the Media Arts section for the new The Arts: A Guide to K-12 Program Development published by the Connecticut State Department of Education.  In 2018, I co-presented this publication at the 2018 CMEA In-Service Conference.
Joshua Paquette BM in Audio & Music Production, 2017 Freelance stagehand and audio engineer, Technical Facilities Manager Ives Concert Park, Theater Technician at Connecticut College
Zachary Rosenberg B.S. Music Education Class of 2013 Currently teaching K-5 General Music, Chorus, and Band at Montowese Elementary School in North Haven as well as private lessons on 6 instruments at Orange Music Studio
Daniel Torretta  Bachelor of Arts in Music 2014 Music Instructor at Performance Plus – RVP Studios. Touring Drummer for country singer/songwriter AJ Jansen. Percussion Instructor at Family Music Center Waterbury. Drum/Percussion Instructor at Rumsey Hall School.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svB5EVYKkzk   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt2YB2YeF-c
Scott Towers BS Music Education Voice 2011 I am the Director of Student Activities and Diversity Programs at Post University. I am currently working on my MS of Higher Education Student Affairs.
Joshua Walker BMus Jazz Saxophone I’ve been working as a freelance musician in New York since September 2017, and I will be attending SUNY purchase for my MM in Jazz Studies.
Joey Walko-Robinson Walko BM – 1997, MS – 2010 Teaching gr 3-8 in Danbury Public Schools, raising our daughter