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This list represents some of the many successes enjoyed by alumni of the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College.

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Undergraduate Alumni

Luellen Abdoo Freelance violinist: Has performed with the New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, Brooklyn Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, and New York Virtuosi, and with such renowned artists as Ray Charles and Bon Jovi; artistic director and performer, New York City Ballet Musicians and Friends, a summer chamber music series in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Cyrille Aimée Jazz vocalist: Winner of the Montreux Jazz Festival’s International Vocal Competition and the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition (2012); finalist in the Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition. Recent releases include her major label debut, It’s a Good Day (2014); Chicago Jazz Orchestra with Cyrille Aimée: Burstin’ Out! (2013); and Cyrille Aimée and The Surreal Band: Live at Birdland (2013)
Barbara Allen Principal harpist, American Ballet Theatre Orchestra and Greenwich Symphony Orchestra; recordings on DGG, RCA, EMI, CRI, Koch, Angel, Nonesuch, Bridge, and Arabesque. MM, The Juilliard School
Scott Altman Bass baritone: Has performed with the New York City Opera and throughout the U.S., including the Opera Festival of New Jersey, Austin Lyric Opera, Arizona Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Orlando Opera, Connecticut Grand Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, and Chicago Lyric Opera Center; general director, Arizona Opera; co-founder, Opera New Jersey
Sébastian Bardin Composer, producer, MC; co-founder, The Brüknahm Project (with Saundi Wilson) and the Hip-Hop Loves Foundation; co-author, Freestyle (Massot/Millet Editions: France, 1993)
David Biancardi Musician and interactive technology designer; founder and principal, Audio, Video & Controls, New York, N.Y.; co-founder, Synesthesia; co-creator, Interactive Dance Club; member of LEMUR (League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots)
Larry Blackman Violist and former personnel manager for the Vancouver Symphony
Christopher Bolduc Baritone: Santa Fe Opera; awards include: Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (semifinalist, 2007 and 2008), Classical Singer Convention Competition (first place, 2005), George London Foundation, Liederkranz Foundation, Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation; MM, Indiana University
Gregory Buchalter Maestro di banda and chorus master, Metropolitan Opera; premiered Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles, Philip Glass’ The Voyage, and Harbison’s Great Gatsby; artistic director, Opera Fairbanks and Opera Camerata of Washington
J. Owen Burdick Internationally active composer, conductor, and clinician; organist and director of music, Trinity Church, New York City (1990–2008); Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music; recordings on Naxos, Hänssler Classic, Nonesuch, Summit, Gothic, and Centaur; PhD, University of California–Los Angeles
Jason Chapman Trumpet: Recordings and/or performances with numerous artists, including Spyro Gyra, the Shirelles, Kerry Kearne, and Mario Cruz’s DCT Octet; composer and arranger; MM, Manhattan School of Music
Gerry Chillè Principal at Qwelty Digital Health; former vice president of strategy, Razorfish Healthware, and digital strategist, Grey Healthcare Group
Imani Coppola Composer and recording artist; Sony/Columbia: Chupacabra (gold album), MTV hit “Legend of a Cowgirl” (platinum single); subsequent releases include The Black & White Album (Ipecac Recordings, 2007); signed to S-Curve Records as half of the pop duo Little Jackie, which has released three albums: The Stoop (2008), with the hit single “The World Should Revolve Around Me”, MADE4TV (2011), and Queen of Prospect Park (2014), featuring music from I Don’t Know How She Does It and Grey’s Anatomy.
Dwayne Croft Baritone: Opéra de Paris, Vienna Staatsoper, Salzburg Festival, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Metropolitan Opera; recordings: EMI Classics, SONY, Decca Records, Philips Classics
Leah Danielle Soprano: Opera North; has performed in Europe with Dritan Luca and the Vienna Opera Harmonists
Raymond Diaz Bass baritone: Utah Opera, Central City Opera, Bronx Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Virginia Opera; awards: Heinz Rehfuss Competition, Mario Lanza Competition, Maria Saritelli Di-Panni Belcanto Competition, Sullivan Foundation, Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation
Bob Donlon Bassist; founding member, The Rake’s Progress (Geffen Records); currently senior vice president and general manager, Wreckingball Media Group; founder and former general manager, Adobe TV at Adobe Systems
Victoria Drake Freelance harpist, New York City; performs in the American Symphony Orchestra, New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, American Ballet Theatre, Orpheus, and Brooklyn Philharmonic, and on Broadway; recordings on ESS.A.Y, CRI, Spectrum, Well-Tempered Productions, Arabesque, MSR Classics, London/Decca, and Koch International
Judith Eissenberg Second violinist and founding member, Lydian String Quartet; founding member and co-director, Music From Salem; faculty, Brandeis University and the Boston Conservatory
Jack D. Elliot Los Angeles–based producer, songwriter, and remixer; president/owner, JDE Music; his credits include work for Britney Spears, N’Sync, The Backstreet Boys, Access Hollywood, E! News Live, Good Morning America, The View, and the Daytime Emmy Awards, among many others
Hugh Eddy
Associate trombone, New York City Ballet Orchestra; Westchester Philharmonic; American Composers Orchestra
T.D. Ellis Principal bassoonist, Ridgefield Symphony, Bermuda Philharmonic, and Wallingford Symphony
Oren Fader Classical guitarist, chamber musician; member of Cygnus, Fireworks, and Glassfarm; faculty, Manhattan School of Music
David Gee Cellist; formed the Gee-Mackey Duo with pianist Lynn Mackey in 2004; has performed as a soloist, quartet member, and orchestral cellist in the U.S., Europe, and Africa; national radio broadcasts on National Public Radio and Spanish National Radio; former assistant principal cellist, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada; MM, Yale University
Lynne Haeseler Pianist; accompanist: Vail International Dance Festival, Arizona State University Dance Dept., American Ballet Theatre, Paris Opera Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet; DMA, University of Arizona
Edward G. Hardy Violinist, violist, and composer; has performed as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician throughout the U.S., England, and Mexico. Composer, music director, and onstage solo violinist for the smash-hit show The Woodsman (Ars Nova, 59E59 Theaters, and New World Stages). MM cum laude, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, City University of New York.
Eric Helmuth Recording engineer, mixer, and sound designer; principal, EricH Sound, since 1994; director of audio, executive committee, Beacon Independent Film Festival, N.Y.; audio production, Nuance Communications
Anna Jablonski Mezzo soprano: Minnesota Opera, Chautauqua Opera, San Francisco Merola Opera Program
Jill Jaffe Violist and composer; performs with the Orchestra of St. Lukes, the New York City Ballet, the American Composers Orchestra and many other NYC–based groups; member of the Crescent String Quartet and the Saratoga Quartet. Jaffe has played on the soundtracks of more than 50 movies, recorded with numerous artists, and concertized in Europe, Mexico, and Japan.
Trevor Job Composer, arranger, producer; BMG/RCA: Tyrese, platinum album
Lucy Kalantari Composer and musician; her recent release, Pockets Full of Joy, was one of 14 albums named in The Best Kids Music of 2014 by Cooper & Kid. In spring 2015, it earned the Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award from the Parents’ Choice Foundation.
Paul Lehrman Composer, author, and technologist; director of music engineering at Tufts University; co-developer of the first graphic-based MIDI sequencer for the Apple Macintosh.
Jonathan Lipton French horn: Fourth horn, London Symphony Orchestra; faculty, Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Peter Lopez Composer and sound designer; Sundance, Soho, and Tribeca awards
Bradley Lubman Conductor and composer; has worked with Steve Reich, Elvis Costello, John Zorn, Pierre Boulez, and Michael Tilson Thomas, and appeared with Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Ensemble Modern of Frankfurt, Steve Reich Ensemble, Saarbruecken Radio Orchestra, Deutsches-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, New World Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Finnish Radio Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, New York New Music Ensemble, Ensemble 21, and New Millennium Ensemble, among others; recordings on Auvidis Montaigne, BMG/RCA, Bridge, col legno, CRI, Centaur, Koch, and Nonesuch; associate professor, Eastman School of Music, and director, Eastman Musica Nova
Peter Matzka Conductor and violinist; member, Vienna String Sextet; concert master, Radio Symphony Orchestra, and faculty, University for Music, Vienna
Holly McCormack Soprano: Chicago Opera Theatre, American Opera Group, Chamber Opera of Chicago
Mei-Mei Meng Pianist; soloist, Music for Westchester Orchestra, Hudson Valley Symphony, and University of Wisconsin Orchestra; faculty, Mannes College of Music, Curtis Institute of Music
Mitski Miyawaki Brooklyn–based singer/songwriter known professionally as Mitski; her third album and breakout recording, Bury Me at Make Out Creek (2014), reissued April 2015 by Don Giovanni Records.
Samuel Morgenstern Principal percussion, Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus
Anthony Parrino Producer and musician known professionally as Elite; has worked with J. Cole, Jadakiss, DMX, Nas, Common, Omen, Voli, and Sean McVerry, among others; began his career as the in-house producer at Ruff Ryders
Peter Press Guitar and mandolin: Has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, 20th-Century Classics Ensemble, New York Philharmonic, Mid-Atlantic Chamber Orchestra, New York City Ballet Orchestra, Bridgeport Symphony, and Shelly-Press Flute-Guitar Duo; recordings on Ess.a.y, Bridge, Koch, International Classics, Naxos, Centaur, and BMG; faculty, Hoff-Barthelson Music School.
Susan Radcliff Trumpet: Has performed with the New York City Ballet Orchestra, Solisti New York Chamber Orchestra, Fairfield Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Orchestra of St. Luke, among others
Dan Romer Award-winning music producer, songwriter, film composer (Beasts of the Southern Wild), and multi-instrumentalist, currently based in Los Angeles and represented by Ollie Hammett at Spark Music Management
Jon Samson Songwriter and performer, producer, audio engineer (Beasts of the Southern Wild), educator, and board-certified music therapist; founder of CoCreative Music, based in Brooklyn, N.Y.; awards for his “Kids Albums” include first place in the 2009 and 2011 International Songwriting Competition, a 2012 Parents’ Choice Award, and a 2010 NAPPA Award; MA, New York University
John Selway New York–based techno DJ and producer; co-founder, Serotonin Records
Damien Simon Composer and guitarist; numerous scores for film, theatre, and dance productions
Regina Spektor Composer and recording artist; her critically acclaimed albums include What We Saw From the Cheap Seats (Sire, 2012), Live in London (Sire, 2010), Far (Warner Bros., 2009), Begin to Hope (Sire, 2006), and Soviet Kitsch (2003). Spektor’s “You’ve Got Time,” the main title theme song for the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black, was nominated in the Best Song Written for Visual Media category at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards (2013)
Rich Westover Vice president of promotion/research and information systems, Island Def Jam Music Group
Saundi Wilson Film composer, producer, and photographer; Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, Indie Spirit, Atlanta, Muestra, Avignon, and Urbanworld awards
Bill Youngman Renowned rave DJ and recording artist, based in Berlin; Scandinavia Records, Tresor, Electrostep
Jenny Owen Youngs Singer/songwriter

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Graduate Alumni

William Anderson Guitarist and composer; founder of the noted chamber ensemble, Cygnus; faculty, Sarah Lawrence College and Queens College
Jay Azzolina Jazz guitarist and composer: Has toured extensively and performed with Michael Urbaniak, Spyro Gyra (Grammy nomination), Herbie Mann, Chuck Mangione, John Patitucci, Charles Blenzig, Michael Franks, Donna Summer, The Manhattan Transfer, Carly Simon, and Rickie Lee Jones, among many others
Levi Barcourt Pianist and musical director for Melba Moore
Dan Castellani Composer, sound designer, and audio engineer; senior UI audio designer, Nuance Communications; chief financial officer, House of Sound Inc.; principal, Galactic Music and Audio, since 2011
Tony Cimorosi Jazz bass: Active in the New York jazz and world music scene; international touring; recordings and performances with Randy Brecker, Alex Foster, Baba Olatunji, Michael Urbaniak, Lonnie Smith, Jeremy Wall, and Joe Taylor, among many others
Charlie B. Dahan Grammy-nominated producer; co-chairman and founder, Larchmont Recordings Inc.; associate professor, Recording Industry Dept., Middle Tennessee State University; talent agent, The Roots Agency (Nashville office)
Will DeVos Freelance French hornist on Broadway
Carl Harvoe Principal trumpet, Brass Quintet, Royal Australian Air Force Command Band, Sydney; recordings on Northquest and Newmarket
Rodger Lee Trumpet; founding member, Royal Brass; faculty, C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University
Alison Quinn McConekey Soprano: Opera North, City Beat Opera, Eastern Festival Opera, Downtown Symphony, Center for Contemporary Opera; 2009 first-place district winner, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; Best Performance by a Comprimario Female, OperaOnline, 2006
Leigh Mesh Associate principal double bass, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; has performed with the MET Chamber Ensemble, Caramoor Virtuosi, and Brentano and Tokyo String Quartets
Richie Morales Percussionist; credits range from the seminal jazz-fusion of the Brecker Brothers and the Latin jazz of Gato Barbieri, Ray Barretto, and Dave Valentin, to the experimental jazz of Dave Brubeck and the world music of Herbie Mann
Edward G. Robinson Musical director and conductor, Miss Saigon, Cats, and Shogun The Musical on Broadway; conductor, The Phantom of the Opera (Los Angeles company and national tour); musical supervisor, Mamma Mia! national tour
Justin Henry Rubin Composer, pianist, and organist; DMA, University of Arizona; associate professor of music, University of Minnesota at Duluth
Hanan Rubinstein Producer, engineer, songwriter, and musician; guitarist with Alicia Keys and Rita Ora since 2012; has worked in most major studios in New York City, and many studios on the West Coast, in Nashville, and in Europe; has performed with Anthony Hamilton, Take 6, Leela James, Gladys Knight, Kanye West, Nas, DMX, Jadakiss, Lalah Hathaway, B.B. King, Roy Hargrove, The Funk Brothers, Keisha Cole, Jermaine Paul, Bonnie Raitt, Jennifer Hudson, Pharrell Williams, Carole King, Ellie Goulding, Roy Ayers, J. Cole, and Steve Jordan, among others; chief engineer at HUB Studios in Berlin 2007–2011
David Sabella-Mills Broadway veteran and master teacher; originated the starring role of Mary Sunshine in the 1996 revival of Chicago; international tours with La Gran Scena Opera Company; recordings on Koch International and RCA Victor
Susie Benchasil Seiter
(Sasiwan Benchasil)
Los Angeles–based orchestrator and conductor of film, television, and video games
Benjamin Verdery Classical guitarist: Performs internationally; more than 15 recordings, including First You Build A Cloud (Rare Records, 2007), Start Now (2005 Classical Recording Foundation Award) and Some Towns and Cities (1992 Guitar Player Magazine Best Classical Guitar Recording); chair of the guitar dept., Yale University School of Music
Jeremy Wall Writer/arranger for Spyro Gyra (founding member), Windham Hill, and Koch International; Grammy-nominated producer, pianist, and composer; associate professor of music, SUNY Oneonta

Updated March 8, 2016

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