Thomas Posen recently presented his music theory research at the 2014 Graduate Association of Musicologists und Theorists at the University of North Texas. A recipient of the Graduate Student Success Scholarship, Thomas has research interests in piano performance, studies in counterpoint, improvisation, form, and the compositional process. He has given piano performances in Austria and Germany on regent's travel grants from the Global Education office. He is now pursuing a dual Masters of Music candidate in Piano Performance and Music Theory and has plans to continue with PhD in Music Theory.
Stephanie Opsal is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Performance degree. During the spring of 2014, Stephanie was one of 28 students to complete the International Clarinet Association Young Artist Competition. She was also chosen by competitive audition to receive the Graduate Assistantship for the Graduate Woodwind Quintet in the music department. Last summer, Stephanie received a College of Fine Arts Dean's research and travel grant for graduate students to attend the nationally renowned Oklahoma University Clarinet Symposium. Finally, she was recently hired as the Woodwind Technician and visual teacher for the La Cueva High School music department.
Lauren Valerie Coons is a composer, performer, and music theorist, whose work reflects her ambition for extending the application of classical music composition beyond universities and concert halls. An Albuquerque native, Lauren is currently exploring ideas of home and community, gathering materials and inspiration from several sites in and around Albuquerque. Another of her current projects applies collaborative composition to the treatment of anxiety in a music therapy setting. Through these and other projects, Lauren aims to broaden the definition of composition so that it may be applied to our lives and experiences in new and interesting ways.
Alyssa Powell is currently a MM student completing a clarinet performance degree. She was the first graduate teaching assistant in the clarinet area at UNM, leading clarinet ensembles and teaching lessons to music majors and minors. As a performer, she won the campus-wide Concerto Competition of 2013, and was a featured soloist with the UNM Symphony Orchestra. Alyssa has been active in the music community as a clinician at various Albuquerque high schools, and a performer for several organizations including the Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico, the Santa Fe Symphony, and the San Juan Symphony. Most recently she was hired as an adjunct faculty member at Adams State University.
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