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2012-13 news

Melissa Anthony (BA '10) provides daily music instruction in a safe and nurturing to under-served and special needs youth as a beginning strings specialist with El Sistema Lehigh Valley.

Caitlin Bement (BS '10) is a vocalist with Carnival Cruise Lines.

James Cargill (BA '04) works as a singer in New York and has appeared at the Iridium Jazz Club as a member of the Cat Pack.

Austin Carlson (BFA '12) accepted his dream job: designer at Lego in Denmark.

Bruno Catrambone (BA '10) has toured extensively in the U.S. and Europe as a band leader/member of the groups Former Belle and Peasant.

Kevin Coyle (BFA & BS '02) is a lead image finaling artist at DreamWorks. Recent projects include Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, and Rise of the Guardians.

Josh Dannin (BFA '11), Xavier Jimenez (BFA '07), and Erika Stanley (BFA '06) were guest speakers at the 2012 BAD: Big Art Day.

Trevor Davis (BA '06) performs as a saxophonist and clarinetist on cruise ships and with touring Broadway shows.

Melissa Gallagher (MEd '79), art department chair at Carlisle High School, was named Outstanding Educator of the Year by the Pennsylvania Art Education Association. Gallagher serves as a PAEA board member and co-chaired the 2012 PAEA Annual Conference.

Marybeth Kern (BA '09) has performed as a saxophonist with several touring shows including Cirque Dreams and Cirque Illumination. She is a member of the American Music Theatre house band.

Lindsay Ketterer Gates (BFA '96) displayed artwork at the Djibouti Embassy and Bandar Seri Begawan through the U.S. Department of State Art in Embassies Program.

Tyler Kulp (BS '08) is studying for his master's degree in percussion performance at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Dante Marmo (BS '10) was appointed orchestra director and assistant marching band director at North Penn High School.

Concetta Mattioni (BFA '88), art teacher at Penncrest High School, was named Outstanding Secondary Art Educator by the Pennsylvania Art Education Association.

Christina McGeehan (BA '03), aka RYAT, tours the world as a singer/composer and works on projects for Miramax.

Ross Moody (BFA '10) founded 55 Hi's, an online greeting card, print, and stationary company. He was an invited speaker at the 2012 Return of the CD Grads.

Kermit Oswald (BFA '81) and Lisa Oswald (BFA '82), owners of Sorrelli antique inspired heirloom jewelry, were recognized for their entrepreneurial practices with the 2012 Sharadin Distinguished Alumni Award. In addition to their flagship store in Kutztown, Sorrelli stores are located throughout the United States, Hong Kong, and British West Indies.

Michael Scales (BA '07) is a ballet pianist at The Juilliard School, pianist at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, and music director/pianist at New York Theatre Ballet. He received an acclaimed review in The New York Times.

Dustin Shirk (BS '05) is director of instrumental music at Tulpehocken High School.

Andrew Smouse (BS '09) was appointed fine arts chair at St. Mary's Ryken High School, and Brittany Hassler (BS '09) was appointed band director at Penns Grove Middle School. They co-presented at the Maryland Music Educators Conference.

Jackie Thomas (MEd '71) received the Outstanding Retired Art Educator award from the Pennsylvania Art Education Association. Her career included roles as an art teacher, department chair, principal, acting superintendent, and assistant superintendent.

Kristen Tuerk (BS '84, BFA '94, MEd '09), art teacher at Kutztown Middle School, was recognized as the Outstanding Middle Level Art Educator by the Pennsylvania Art Education Association. She organizes events where middle school students, college students and community members interact, including Festival of the Arts and Paint the Town Gold.

Rachel Turgoose (BS '10) is a saxophonist and music director with Carnival Cruise Lines.

Aaron Vandermeer (BA '01) is Director of Jazz Studies and Music Business at University of North Carolina-Pembroke.

Colin Walker (BA '12) is studying for his master's degree in percussion performance at University of Tennessee.

Marcia Webb (BS & BA '06) is the pianist with the New York based ensemble We Are the Woods.