MYAC Alumni

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MYA Conservatory Alumni Mentor Network

Over 200 MYAC Alums have signed up to mentor current MYAC students who are deciding what college to attend and exploring career options. We have developed an on-line database where MYA Conservatory students and their parents can search by school, degree, private teacher and other fields. If you want to be a mentor and have not yet signed up, or if your information has changed, please send us an update. We are grateful for your participation in this resource for our MYAC families!

Alumni Concert - Friday, December 29, 2017, in Symphony Center!

Wednesday, 12/27: 7pm-9:30 rehearsal

Thursday, 12/28: 7pm-9:30 rehearsal

Friday, 12/29: Dress at Symphony Center 2pm-5pm; Concert at 6 pm

Choral, Jazz and Orchestra Alum, hope you can join us. Sign up now.

Alumni helped create the history of MYAC, so we consider them an essential and permanent part of our membership. Not all MYA Conservatory graduates pursue a career in music, but many do; all students have been impacted by their MYAC participation and all have had an impact on their coaches and peers.


Join our Young Professionals Board

Are you living in the Chicago area and want to give back to MYAC through fundraising, volunteering, and mentoring? Consider joining the MYAC Young Professionals Board!

For more information visit the YPB section of our Board of Directors page.


Distinguished Alumni in the Music World

  • Drew Banzhaf ('08 Alum, double bass) Fellow at The New World Symphony
  • Ethan Bensdorf (’03 Alum, trumpet) 2nd Trumpet, New York Philharmonic
  • David Binder (’08 Alum, trombone) 2nd Trombone, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
  • Jeremy Black (’96 Alum, violin) Concertmaster, Grant Park Symphony Orchestra; Member of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • Stuart Bogie (’93 Alum, clarinet) Antibalas (Afrobeat Orchestra); guest artist with Medeski Martin & Wood and many other renowned musicians!
  • Anna Burden (’02 Alum, cello) Associate Principal Cello, Montreal Symphony
  • Dan Carson (’10 Alum, bass) Principal Bass, Alabama Symphony Orchestra
  • Lauren Chipman ('01 Alum, viola) Principal Viola, New West Symphony, Oxnard/Thousand Oaks/Santa Monica, California; and on the faculty of The Colburn School, Academy's Outreach Program
  • David Cohen (’06 Alum, trumpet) Principal Trumpet, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
  • Andrew Dahan ('98 Alum, tenor) Head of Music Education at Illinois Wesley University
  • John Dahlstrand (’95 Alum, bass) Assistant Principal Bass, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, France
  • Michael and John Fatum (’08 Alum, trumpet and percussion), Founders and Leaders of Fatum Brothers’ Jazz Orchestra
  • Austin Fisher ('08 Alum, cello) Acting Principal Cello, Colorado Symphony Orchestra
  • Gwen Fisher (’01, viola) Violist, London Philharmonia Orchestra, See Video of Gwen in this Philharmonia Project.
  • Carrie Dennis (’95 Alum, viola) Principal Viola, Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Gina DiBello (’00 Alum, violin) First Violin, Chicago SymphonyOrchestra
  • Nick Hersh (’06 Alum, cello) Conductor, in Indiana University's Doctoral Program Check Out this Marriage of Figaro Performance. ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR, BALTIMORE SYMPHONY, starting September 2014, and this video presenting a new series of concerts at BSO.
  • Garrett Johannsen ('01 Alum, tenor) Check out his website.
  • Alisa Jordheim (’03, voice) Soprano Young Artists with Milwaukee Florentine. See Alisa's Website.
  • Karen Kim (’01 Alum, violin) Parker String Quartet, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
  • Adam Kromelow (’07 Alum, piano), Jazz Pianist based in New York
  • Kevin Kunkel ('07 Alum, cello) Fellow at The New World Symphony
  • Kate Lewis (’97 Alum, viola) Professor of Viola, Illinois State University; Principal Viola, Peoria Symphony Orchestra
  • Kate Massagli Black (’96 Alum, violin) Member, Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra
  • Shannon McCue ('02 Alum, viola) Manager of Youth Program at the Orchestra of St. Luke's in New York City, oversees YOSL El-Sistema type after schol youth orchestra program.
  • Maura McCune Corvington ('07 Alum, horn) Second Horn, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Tai Murray (MYA Alum, violin) Tai participated in MYA's Chamber Music Program at LFCDS in early years before she went on to early admission at Indiana University.Soloist currently based in Berlin, See her website.
  • Amy Pikler ('11 Alum, viola) San Antonio Orchestra
  • Doug Rosenthal (’04 Trombone)Trombone, Kennedy Center Opera House/Washington National Opera Orchestra
  • Robert Bassill (’97 Alum, violin) Orchestra Director, Lake Forest High School; Chamber Music Program Coordinator, Midwest Young Artists
  • Jessie Reagen (’97 Alum, cello) Faculty, BIMA at Brandeis University; guest artist with rap stars Kanye West, Jay-Z, and many other renowned musicians!
  • Nathan Sackschewsky (’02 Alum, violin) Music Director, Batavia High School, Batavia, Illinois
  • Andrew Senn (’97 Alum, bass) Director of Music and Organist, First Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia
  • Madeline Sharp (’07 Alum, viola) Fellow at The New World Symphony
  • Mary Vanhoozer-Rodriguez ('04 Alum, piano) Check out Mary's Website; it's such a good testimonial to her life as a teacher and performer.

Did we miss you? Please send us an update or e-mail mya@mya.org!