School of Music, Theatre and Dance September “Class Notes”
Dance, Music, Theatre, University Center for the Arts | September 29, 2015
Dan Bell, ’88, M.M. Performance, Trumpet, is director of Bands at Cheyenne Mountain Junior High in Colorado Springs. Dan has taught for 27 years in the Colo. districts of Fort Lupton, Rangeview HS in Aurora, and Cheyenne Mountain as a high school assistant and junior high band director. In his career, he has conducted over 40 honor bands in Colo. and Wyo. and has had his ensembles perform for the Colorado Music Educators Clinic/Conference nine times.
Alex Billman, ‘14, Liberal Arts: Theatre, was recently awarded a fellowship at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, Mass. through the national Kennedy Center for American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). The fellowship was awarded based on Alex’s work on CSU’s production of The Night of the Iguana (Spring 2014) and included an internship with the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, Mass. during the summer of 2015. The festival hosts seven main stage shows in two months.
Zachary Garcia, ’13, B.M. Music, Tuba, is the director of Bands for the Thunder Valley K-8 School in Frederick, Colo. He also performs in the Longmont Concert Band, Wither Without Orchestra, Flatirons Jazz Orchestra, and freelance with a handful of other side groups while running a private studio of low brass students at the Guitars, Etc. music store in Longmont.
Mila Gates, ’08, Communication Studies and Marching Band Member, Flute & Trombone, recently opened her own event and wedding planning business in Denver.
John Lindsey, ’09, B.M. Vocal Performance, Tenor, was recently accepted to compete in the International Competition for Wagner Singers this summer in Bayreuth, Germany. The competition, held every three years, selects singers from a worldwide-pool of applicants and invites them to Bayreuth for the preliminary round. John is one of 36 singers selected after examination of professional development and pre-screening recordings.
Heston McCranie, ’09, B.M. Performance, Cello, is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Music Education at Georgia State University in Atlanta. She teaches string techniques for the university and is part of some exciting research projects on improvisation and creativity. Beginning fall 2015, she will begin a position as the primary orchestra director for the Atlanta International School. She also performs with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and takes every chamber music opportunity she finds.
Caitlin Melby, ’11, B.A. Theatre, currently teaches 6th and 7th grade social studies at the Harmony School of Excellence in Austin, Texas.
Amy Mills, ’12, B.A. Theatre, recently completed a stage management internship at the Seattle Repertory Theatre in Seattle, Wash. and is continuing to work in the area.
Be sure to submit your Class Note at music.colostate.edu, theatre.colostate.edu, or dance.colostate.edu.