​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Below is a partial list of past Flute Studio Alumni. If you would like to add yourself to the list or update an entry, please send an email to Joanna Cowan White. Alumni are also invited to join the Facebook group: CMU Flute Alumni.

Alumni 2010 – present

Ann-Marie Munro [BA, Music and Psychology, Spring 2014] is teaching in Manchester, New Hampshire for City Year, an education non-profit through Americorps. She is working with third graders at Gossler Park Elementary as a tutor and mentor and helps with after school activities. 

Miranda Browne [BM 2013] is an administrative assistant at Flute Specialists in Clawson, Michigan. She performed with Timothy Ginn, guitar, for Flute Specialists on an exhibitor’s concert at the August 2014 National Flute Association convention in Chicago. They performed a work by Katherine Hoover and the composer spoke about the piece before they played.

Jessica Mills [BA Spring 2012] is band and orchestra director at Romulus High School and woodwind instructor at the Dearborn School of Music. She is in the flute performance program at Wayne State University.

Jillian Schlegel [BA Spring 2011] is a music teacher at Owosso High School.

Danielle Fowler [BME 2011] is the band and choir director at Roseville Middle School. She formerly taught at Reach Academy.

Rachael Nieman [BME 2012] is director of Bands at Pinkney High School. She formerly taught in the Bronson Community Schools.

Jessica Mills [BA Spring 2012] is band and choir director at Romulus Senior High School, where she is an alumna. She is a woodwind instructor at the Dearborn School of Music. She is in the flute performance masters program at Wayne State University.

Melissa (Lane) Harris [BME 2010] is a band and orchestra teacher at Truman Middle School in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Tracey Letten [BME 2010] teaches music for the Racine Unified School District.

Michelle Lora Schuenemann [BM, BME 2010] is a music teacher and band director at St. Anne Catholic Grade School.

Valerie (Shaw) McClain [BME 2010] lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

Anna Pulcer [BME 2010] is a music teacher at Summit Academy North Middle School.

Kathryn (Gielczyk) Vermeer [BME 2010] is a music educator in the Grand Rapids public schools.

Madeline (Trombly) Walker [BS 2010] received a master of music degree in flute performance from the University of Iowa and lives in Arlington, Virginia.

Megan Morrison [bachelor’s fall 2010] is billing operations supervisor at Anesthesia Practice Consultants in Grand Rapids.

Natalie (Unsworth) Pagel [BM, BME 2010] is currently the Assistant Band Director at Berkley High School. Prior to this, Natalie was the general music teacher at American International Academy in Westland, the Assistant Marching Band Director at Royal Oak High School and a substitute teacher. She has worked as a marching band, drum major and flute instructor for Royal Oak High School, Royal Oak Middle School, Groves High School, Bloomfield Hills High School and Berkley High School. She also teaches flute lessons at Flute Specialists in Clawson. In college, she received many awards, including an honorable mention in the 2010 Concerto Competition, the Central Michigan University Board of Trustees scholarship, Centralis Award of Excellence, Police scholarship, Michigan merit award and the CMU music scholarship.

(Photo Credit to Luna Dulce Photography)

Alumni 2000-2009

Emily Morgan-Booth [BME 2009] teaches music in the Suttons Bay public schools.

Tracie (Harris) Smith [BME 2009] lives in Florence, South Carolina.

Whitney (Levin) Emeigh [BM, BME 2009] is currently in Japan.

Nina McCuller Seddelmeyer [BME 2009] teaches music in Texas.

Shelly (McLeod) Eiffler [MME 2009] is the choir director for North Augusta High School in South Carolina. She previously taught instrumental music in the Phoenix Elementary School District.

Jessica Stark [BME 2009] is a campus ministry intern in His House Cristian Fellowship and lives in Ypsilanti.

Tiffany Billings-Sandall [BM 2007] has been working in the banking realm. She has a masters degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and lives in Traverse City, Michigan.

Stacy (Weidenmiller) Hetrick [BME 2007] is Director of Music for St. Joseph

Church in Owosso where she started a choir and has taken charge of the guitar group. She has taught at Flute Specialists. Stacy plays with the Genesee Wind Symphony and the Mott Community College Band. She is also a scopist and proofreader.

Stephanie (Kalamaras) Ceisiun [BME 2007] is district manager at Family Video in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Alyce Barnes [bachelor’s 2007] works at Pinellas County, Florida.

Heather May [BME 2007] teaches K-12 music in the Mackinac Island public schools and is store manager/candymaker at Mays candy shop. She is a freelance flutist. Heather won the CMU Concerto competition in 2004.

Katie Peak [BS/BA] in Music and Economics 2007, works at Dignity Memorial and lives in Colorado Springs. In the past, she taught English as a second language near Osaka, Japan and Shanghai, China.

Jennifer Spinner Father [MM 2006] now lives in Bellevue, Nebraska. She has worked as a flute finisher for Powell Flutes in Boston and performed on concerts, tours, and on a recording with the Air Force Band of Liberty. She then lived in Anchorage, Alaska where she was a Woodwind Repair Technician and Co-Director of the Arctic Wind Junior Flute Choir. Jennifer received her undergraduate degree from SUNY Potsdam in 2003.

Rachael Whipple [BME 2006] teaches Elementary Band in Benton Harbor. Prior to coming to CMU, Rachael was a musician for a Marine Corps Band in San Diego, California.

Jennifer Lindquist [BME 2005] teaches music K-8 and band in Flushing, MI. She received a MM degree from East Carolina University.

Rachel (Brunken) Moore [BME 2005] teaches elementary music in the Farmington Public Schools.

Kara Beery [BA 2004] is executive secretary for the college of graduate studies at Central Michigan University and won a staff excellence award in 2007. She is a limited license professional counselor at Christian Counseling of Mid Michigan.

Evie (Orwig) Miller [BME 2004] lives in South Carolina. She has been a music teacher in the schools. She and her husband have two children.

Kim (Graham) Moskwa [Special Education 2004] received a graduate degree in special education from Oakland University in 2007.

Alicia (Bell) Ormsby [BME 2004] taught music at Farwell High School in Michigan for several years and is now teaching in Arizona.

Deanna (Zimmerman) Garafolo [2003-2004] received a bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies from Oakland University in 2008. She works at Fifth Third Bank and McCormick and Schmick’s.

Tina Donze [BME 2003] is a music teacher in the Hale Public Schools.

Nicolas Real [MM 2003] Nicolas is a flutist in Caracas, Venezuela, where he performs and teaches. He completed coursework for a doctorate at Temple University in Philadelphia where he studied with David Cramer. Nicolas is a founding member of the National Flute Orchestra of Venezuela and the flute quartet Miquerebo, known for their recordings and National Flute Association Convention performances. Nicolas grew up in the prestigious orchestral training program in Venezuela and played in the Simon Bolivar orchestra under Eduardo Mata and other conductors. He holds a BB degree from IDUDEM Caracas. When in Mount Pleasant, he won a Midland Symphony flute audition and played with the orchestra for two years. Nicolas has a daughter, Fabiana.

Beth (VanTroostenberghe) Shumaker [Elementary Education, Science, History, Music 2003] is a District Title I instructional coach in the Port Huron Area School District. She received a Master’s in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College in 2007. She was married in 2004 and has a rat terrier named Sandi.

Megan Walker [BME 2003] is associate director, program quality and accountability at Communities in Schools and lives in Washington, District of Columbia. Prior to that, she was Research Associate for the Learning Research and Development Center. She has degrees in Arts Management and in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Jennifer (Armstrong) Wilcox[BME 2003] taught fifth grade band for a year and now is a piano accompanist for the St. John's Public Schools. She plays flute for events, performs in the Mid-Michigan Festival Orchestra in the summer, and will be teaching K-3 music at Teenworks in Grand Ledge. She also homeschools her son and daughter. Jennifer and her husband grow wheat, grind their own flour, raise chickens, sell eggs, and she makes laundry soap, cards, and quilts.

Diana Cheslek-Craven [BME 2002] loves teaching as Director of Bands for the Evart Public Schools. She and her husband have two children.

Ann (Skoglund) Groves[BME 2002] lives in Sterling Heights and teaches elementary vocal music for the Utica Schools. She also studied at Oakland University, (Music Education with an elementary emphasis,) where her thesis topic was, “Out of this World! Exploring Student Experiences with Culturally Unfamiliar Music in the Elementary Music Classroom.” She has two children, Matthew and Katie.

Jennifer Ware [BME 2002] lives in the Minneapolis where she is a supervisory program administrator at the Department of Veteran Affairs and 42R Bandsman at Minnesota National Guard. She is also a freelance flute and piccolo player. Jennifer performs with the Grand Symphonic Winds, the First Unitarian Society Orchestra, and frequently subs with the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis, the Saint Paul Civic Symphony, and the Saint Anthony Symphony on flute and piccolo. In December 2006, Jennifer was the featured soloist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra on a Military Appreciation Concert. She received an MA in Arts Administration from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota in 2007. She has one son, Cylis who was born in April 2009.

Krista Hansen Elkins [BME 2002] is an admissions specialist at Lake Michigan College.

Catherine Zimmer Kazakos [BME 2001] has been a grant writer for Covenant House in Detroit. She received a MM in Flute from Michigan State University in 2006 and a Master of Public Administration Degree in Nonprofit Management from Grand Valley State University in 2004.

Jennifer (Diebel) Nichol [BME 2001] teaches Band and Choir for the Ubly Community Schools. She received an MME degree from VanderCook College in 2006.

Earon (LaCroix) Palma [BME 2001] is on the office staff at The Point, colorguard instructor at West Michigan Home School Fine arts, a private lesson music teacher, and a color guard designer. She has taught music for the Sparta schools. She and Marc have a daughter, Mia.

Christie Jasina Rosas [2000s] is a music teacher at the Woodward Academy.

Nicole (Hunter) Bruski [BME 2000] teaches music in the Midland public schools.

MaryAnn Hubbard [MM 2000] is Instructor of Flute and teaches chamber music at Alpena Community College. MaryAnn taught music in the public schools for many years.

Jennifer Karel Sleeper [graduate student] is manager and tax professional at Due Dilligence Tax and Financial Services and owner/photographer/designer at Jennifer Sleeper Photography and administrative assistant at Muskegon Area Intermediate School District.

Adrienne (Mallory) Lutz [BA or BS in French 2000] is a former French teacher at Huntington Beach High School in California. She has a Masters, Reading in the Content Area from Walden University in 2007. She and her husband Jim have a daughter.

Alumni 1990-1999

Rebecca (Meador) Bennett [BS 1999] Rebecca Bennett holds M.M.s in flute performance and musicology and is a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Her dissertation topic was—"The Anxiety of Appreciation: Virgil Thomson Wrestles With a 'Racket'". Rebecca has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at Northwestern University. She has spoken regionally, nationally, and internationally on topics related to American music and the music-appreciation industry and has received the Indiana University Press Award given annually by the Midwest Chapter of the American Musicological Society. She lives in Evanston, Illinois with her husband Joshua and their son.

Lisa (Barber) Esch [BME 1999] works with her husband for their company, Esch Landscaping, and teaches flute and piano. They have two children.

Heather (Nurmi) Hundt [1999] is a middle school band director for the Lapeer Community Schools. Heather received an MME from Marygrove College of Detroit. She and husband Dan have four children, Joshua, Hannah, Jonathon and Brayden.

Sara Potter [BA in Spanish, Music, Business Administration 1999] is assistant professor of Spanish at the University of Texas, El Paso. She received her PhD in Spanish from Washington University in St. Louis. She received an MA in Spanish from Middlebury in 2000

Jamie Springfield-Saincome [BME 1999] is a vocal music teacher for the Rockford Public Schools. She has also taught Kindermusic in Comstock Park. She and her husband Rick have five children,

Jodi (Burton) Thompson [BME 1999] teaches music at Jefferson Middle school.

Hannah Volz Winn [BME, flute and piano 1999] lives in Aurora, Colorado.

Maryanne Beery [MM 1998] is Director of Music for Presbyterian Church USA. She and her husband Eric have two children, Meg and Clara. Her undergraduate degree was from Manchester College in 1990 and she attended the Interlochen Arts Academy as a high school student.

Karen (Engley) Hackney [BME 1997] and her husband Jason have identical twin sons. She has worked in the areas of public school music and music therapy at the Kentucky School for the Blind.

Jenise Collins [BS 1996] has worked as a sales manager for Michigan Opera Theater.

Anna (Ialacci) Meyers [BME 1996] lives in Beaufort, North Carolina. She formerly taught band, choir, and computer at Jefferson Middle School. She received an MME from VanderCook College of Music in 2001 and worked on an Education Specialist at Oakland University in 2007. She and her son Aidan live in Grosse Pointe Woods.

Scott Winship[1996] is director of grantmaking programs at New Music USA. He was formerly program anger for New York based Meet The Composer, whose mission is to increase opportunities for composers by fostering the creation, performance, dissemination, and appreciation of their music. Prior to Meet The Composer, Scott served as the Associate Director and Youth Jam Coordinator for Chicago’s Rock For Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Chicago’s homeless children through Holiday relief programs and Youth Jam, a free music education program. He has also served as the Development Assistant for the American Music Center in New York. Scott also joined the Honorary Board of the Intonation Music Workshop (Chicago, IL) www.intonationmusicworkshop.org, which is a band-based after-school music program whose mission is to provide access to musical instruments, instruction, and performance opportunities for kids in neighborhoods where programming is needed most. An active composer, Scott continues to write music for various ensembles across the country. He received a Community Recognition Alumni Award from Central Michigan University in 2006. A Presser Scholar while at CMU, Scott also won the James Madison University Composition Contest for his flute choir piece, The Sign, which the CMU Flute Choir performed in Chicago in 1997. Scott received his MM in Composition degree from Bowling Green State University and a BME from Central Michigan University. His primary composition teachers include Marilyn Shrude, Jeffrey Mumford, Phillip Grange, Mikel Kuehn, and David Gillingham. His music has been performed by ensembles including the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Massachusetts High School Flute Choir, Brevard Repertory Orchestra, and groups at James Madison University, Central Michigan University, the University of Nebraska, and the University of Exeter in England.

Karen Widlak Lopez [BME 1995, MME 2001 1995/2001] teaches music in the Oscoda Area Schools.

Stacy Kohl [BME 1994, MME 2000 1994/2001] teaches music in the Clarkston, Michigan schools. Stacy has a daughter, Gwendolyn.

Rebecca (Clark) Clark [BSinEd 1994] teaches sixth to eighth grade band in the Chippewa Valley Schools and received an MME from VanderCook College of Music in 1999. She and her husband Robert have a son, Russell and she has a stepson, Ben.

Caryn (Howard) Torres [BS in Ed 1994 in Child Development, Music, and Language Arts 1994] teaches 3rd grade for the Troy school district. She received a master’s degree in Literacy Education from Madonna University in 1997. She and her husband Ray have two children, Ella and Alec.

Monica Daniels Schmitt [BME 1993] works at Monica June Photography and Tyco Safety Products.

Jennifer Feneley Green [BME 1992] lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Dawn Witt Saxton [BS 1992] lives in Minneapolis where she is Senior Site Origination Coordinator for Unison. Dawn was Director of Music Events at Central Michigan University from 1999-2006 and before that worked as Marketing Director for the Detroit Symphony. Marketing experience prior to that was with the Grand Rapids Symphony. Dawn plays flute with the Three Rivers Chamber Orchestra and freelances as a flutist.

John Phillip Rush [1991-1994] is Principal Flutist with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra and the Tulsa Opera Orchestra. He is the Instructor of Flute at the University of Tulsa School of Music. He has studied baroque flute as a specialty and is also an Altus artist. John received degrees from Wayne State University (Flute), Louisiana State University (Flute), and Indiana University (Historical Flute Performance and Early Music).

Cathy Townsend [BA, music minor, 1991] has worked as an audiologist in

Kate Shirley Peterson [1990s] does many things involving working with children. She and Mike have two daughters, Grace and Madeline.

Lori (Medema) Schimmelmann [Music Minor 1990s] is children’s choir director and handbell choir director at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Jenison, Michigan. She and her husband Eric have two children.

Lauri Seibert-Krueger [1990s] works for McCarty Law Offices and has two children, Hunter and Grace.

Christy (Bielski) Dodge [1990-1992] is director of bands at Capac Community Schools. She and her husband have five boys.

Annette (Smith) King [BME 1990] lived overseas as a member of a United States Army Band and is now back in the United States.

Kirsten (Kramer) Swanborg [CMU Audiology 1990] received an MA in Audiology from Wayne State University in 1992 and is an audiologist at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids. She and her husband have three children.

Alumni 1987-1989

Margaret Stevens [BME 1988] lives in Sault Saint Marie, Michigan. She plays principal flute in the Sault Symphony Orchestra and the Algoma Chamber Symphony and she started a city band. She directs two flute choirs at the Sault Theatre Arts Resource Studios and she teaches flute. Meg has taught at Milliken College and Lake Superior State University and has a MM from Bowling Green State University in 1992 and a DMA in Music Performance from the University of Illinois in 2001.

Alumni pre 1987 

Jean Brack Hudson [BS in Ed 1978] taught band, vocal and elementary music as well as PE at Palo Community Schools, near Ionia, MI for 27 years. She still plays flute in her community band (Greenville, MI) as well as some clarinet and saxophone, in local musical theater, when needed. She is retired but will be working part-time for Carson City-Crystal Area Schools as a middle school counselor. Her master's degree was completed in 2008 through CMU's off-campus program.

Kim Jeanette Teal [BME 1970s] runs the Teal Flute Studio (with its own web page) and has been the solo piccoloist with the Saginaw Bay Orchestra since 1975. She was a founding member, business manager, and composer/arranger of the flute group, Flutée. She is also artistic director of Birds of a Feather Flute Ensemble and plays with Toot-n-Tell. She has performed at many National Flute Association conventions. Kim has an MM degree from the University of Michigan and did graduate study in musicology at Indiana University. Her teachers include John Wheeler, Paula Robison, James Pellerite Harry Houdeshel, and Keith Bryan.