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School of Music Alumnus Wins Tony Award
Alumnus Danny Feldman (2002) was not really surprised when the Pasadena Playhouse won the Tony for Best Regional Theater. After all, when he took over the reins of the venerable playhouse in October 2016, he announced a bold vision to his staff to make it the most dynamic and exciting theater in America, and prophesied that they
An Unconventional Genius: Martha Gonzalez (Ethnomusicology, 1999)
Martha Gonzalez has done it all. She completed a dissertation, won a Grammy, published a book, teaches at a top liberal arts college, and was awarded a 2022 MacArthur "genius" grant.
Jake Heggie '84, M.A. '05
Jake Heggie is an American composer of opera, vocal, orchestral and chamber music. He is best known for his operas and art songs, as well as for his collaborations with internationally renowned performers and writers.
Meet the Alumni Board

The Inaugural Alumni Board is a passionate group of School of Music graduates representing a variety of musical disciplines and professions. Through engaging events, programming and special initiatives, the board connects our alumni community to each other and creates opportunities for current students to network with and learn from established alumni working in the music industry, as performers and in academia.

Meet The Alumni Board
Meet The Alumni Board
Meet The Alumni Board
Meet Stephanie Economou

Classically trained composer Stephanie Economou M.A. ’14 is part of a new generation of female film composers. She took a master class from Harry Gregson-Williams, the British-born composer responsible for Shrek and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, during a seminar at the school of music. He subsequently offered Economou a part-time job, then hired her full time after she graduated. Economou has contributed additional music to Gregson-Williams’s scores including for the Oscar-nominated The Martian, Live By Night, and The Equalizer 2. In November 2018, Economou helped record a 60-piece orchestra performing the score for the Disney Nature film Penguin. “There’s nothing like being in the room with musicians,” she says, “because they’re the ones who breathe life into the music. We do our best approximations on the computer, but when we stand on the podium and hear all the musicians express their musicality — that’s what makes it all worthwhile.”

Angel Blue's Homecoming
Angel Blue hadn’t performed in Los Angeles for 15 years. A southern California native and alumna of The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music graduate vocal program, Blue has spent the intervening time headlining opera’s biggest stages. In November 2022, she returned home. Her first stop was singing Tosca with the Los Angeles Opera. Her next: performing the inaugural Judith L. Smith voice recital at Schoenberg Hall.
Euan Shields Wins Siemens Hallé International Conductors Competition
Euan Shields (class of 2021), stood out in a field of over 200 conductors. He will become assistant director of Manchester's Hallé and direct its youth orchestra.
Alumna Sarah Saturnino Wins Metropolitan Opera's 2023 Laffont Competition
Sarah Saturnino, class of 2016 is one of six winners of the Metropolitan Opera’s Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition. Saturnino, who majored in voice performance and minored in music industry, was a student of Juliana Gondek while completing her bachelor’s degree at UCLA.


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Soprano Angel Blue has performed in the great concert halls of Europe: La Scala in Milan, the Royal Albert Hall and the Theatre an der Wien. In October 2017, she made her Met debut in a production of La Bohème. Watch Angel’s “True Bruin” spirit shine in this video introducing kids to opera.

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