2015 Fall Newsletter

Alumni Update

Keep in touch with your fellow alumni!


Brigid Drury

(Music, ’12) has been busy since graduation. She moved to Sacramento for advanced education in accounting and worked in the office of the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera while studying at Sacramento City College. She was accepted into the Master of Professional Accountancy program at UC Davis, and while there, worked as a tax intern at a regional tax firm, and then as an associate for a consulting firm specializing in accounting work for local government. In June 2015, Drury earned her graduate degree. She has been hired by the state of California in Sacramento as an auditor and is working toward becoming a CPA. With all of this accounting work, she still takes time out to play piano as opportunities arise.

Jessica Getman

(Music, ’02) is the inaugural managing editor of the George and Ira Gershwin Critical Edition at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance. She will help increase production efforts to bring the first volumes of the project to press, namely “Rhapsody in Blue” (1924, jazz band version, edited by Ryan Bañagale) and the landmark opera “Porgy and Bess” (1935, edited by Wayne Shirley).

Getman recently earned her doctorate in musicology from the University of Michigan, writing a dissertation on music in the original series of “Star Trek” (1966–69). Before joining the U-M staff, Gershwin Critical Edition, she worked as an editorial assistant for Music of the United States of America, a scholarly series of music editions published for the American Musicological Society by A-R Editions. She holds two master’s degrees from Boston University, one in historical performance on baroque oboe and a second in musicology, for which she wrote a thesis on 18th-century French vaudeville. Her scholarly interests include critical editing, film and TV music, popular music in science fiction media, and amateur music making in fandom. Her research will be published by the Journal of the Society for American Music in 2015 and the Journal of Fandom Studies in 2016.

Getman is also involved with the project “Cues and Contracts,” which will make administrative information relating to the process of producing TV music in the U.S. available to scholars through an online database, focusing on music cue sheets submitted by TV production companies to BMI and ASCAP. The project will organize this data and make it searchable to allow users to cross-reference individual cues by initial use, reuse, composer, series and network. The database will be accompanied by a printed monograph on composer, union, production-company and musician contracts in the Hollywood TV system from the 1950s to present.

Loren Keagle and Chad Tindel

Keagle (Physics, music minor, flute, ’01) and Tindel (Computer Science, trumpet, ’00) created Learning from the Legends, a music education company. The two former Mustang Band and Wind Orchestra members have released two new DVDs to help student trumpet players learn and master the Haydn and Hummel Trumpet Concertos. The DVDs feature the late Rolf Smedvig, founder of the Empire Brass Quintet and former principal trumpet of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and include new editions of the concertos, which were edited by Smedvig. The DVDs also include a piano accompaniment play-along track. More information is available on their website.