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Sachi Angel, BMus ’09, BED ‘10
Sachi Angel and Jesse Versluys were married on May 29, 2015 in Japan.  
 
Erin Armstrong Dickau and husband Aaron DickauErin Armstrong Dickau, BMus ‘07
Erin Armstrong and Aaron Dickau celebrated their wedding on Saturday, May 30, 2015 in Leamington, Ontario. Circa 1993 Aaron Dickau and Erin met at Blytheswood Public School and though it took him 23 years to figure out how awesome Erin is, it took her about 10 seconds. :) Most patient woman ever! :) Erin is so very excited to be starting this next chapter of life with this wonderful man! 
 
 
Samantha Borgal, BMT '12Samantha Borgal, BMT ‘12
Samantha Borgal completed her MA in Creative Arts Therapies- Music Therapy Option at Concordia University. She presented her research in Calgary at the Annual Canadian Association of Music Therapy Conference at the end of May, and will receive her diploma at the Graduation Convocation in June 2015. She holds a music therapy position at the Jewish General Hospital in Palliative Care and several contracts with senior’s living with dementia in Montreal, Canada. In performance, Samantha has recently enjoyed attending the Orford Music Festival in August 2014, performing in the 18th annual Roots of Rock n Roll Concert Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? Music from New York in February 2015 with Montreal musicians Craig Morrison & Vintage Wine, Frankie Thiffault, Angela Gallupo, Amelia McMahon, Scott Kingsley and several others, and staying current in sacred choral music from the 17th century to the 21st century as the lead vocalist at Montreal West United Church. Samantha is currently developing her small music therapy and music service business SMB Musiservices and a CD is in its initial stages.
 
 
Tim Brunet, BMus ‘94
Tim Brunet is now working at the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Windsor as the College University Pathways Specialist. He was recently appointed as the coordinator and lecturer for Liberal Arts and Professional Studies program. Tim is a nationally recognized practitioner in the field of student mobility and has been volunteering as the Vice-Chair at the Pan-Canadian Consortium on Admissions and Transfer since 2012. Tim still plays piano but is actively engaged as a hockey and baseball coach in the LaSalle community. He is enjoying the sweet sounds of music at home as his two children Elyse and William are progressing nicely on the violin, while is wife Ann Marie diligently prepares course work for her students at St. Thomas of Villanova.
 
Ann Marie Brunet, BMus ’95, BED ‘96
Ann Marie Brunet is now the music teacher at St. Thomas of Villanova for more than three years.  She is busily organizing annual band trips, musicals, and rehearsing concert band, jazz band, and choirs. Most importantly Ann Marie is actively supporting her two children who are both playing violin in the Windsor Symphony Youth Orchestra, Junior Orchestra.
 
 
 
Kathleen Costa '98Kathleen Costa, ‘98
In additional to a full private voice studio, I have become the Music Director of The Drama Space, a not-for-profit that focuses on introducing children to the arts in a safe and judgement free environment. Over the past two years I have been networking with people in NYC and have had 4 very successful Broadway Workshops with Kerrigan-Lowdermilk, Carner & Gregor (2x), as well as the Tony-nominated Pasek & Paul. I am currently directing our first Profit Share Summer Theatre Project, Into the Woods a great group of kids who are aspiring to careers in Musical Theatre. It's been a crazy busy year, but a labour of love!!
 
Although I didn't actually graduate from the School of Music (family issues intervened), I was at the University from 1994-1998. Elsie Inselman was my voice teacher.
 
 
George Holborn, BMus '73George Holborn, BMus ‘73
I graduated from U of Windsor in 1973 with an Honours Bachelor of Music.  I just completed my 30th year of teaching as a Sessional Lecturer - Voice, at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and recently appeared as a featured soloist with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra in a programme that included Gustav Mahler's Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen. I've been fortunate to appear with the orchestra many times over the last 25 years.  In addition, I've recently retired from a full time "sideline" career as a wildlife biologist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.
 
 
Todd Holland, BMus '14Todd Holland, BMus ‘14
April was a pretty great month for me! I was accepted to the Prague Summer Nights young artist program this June. I will be performing concerts in some of the world’s most renowned spaces. Places were musicians such as Mozart, Beethoven, and Dvorak have been. I will be performing at the Prague proms in a side-by-side concert with the Czech national symphony and playing in a production of Don Giovanni in the theatre where it premiered in 1787. I also received a $1000 scholarship for the program as well.
 
I was also accepted into the master of music in performance at McGill University, which I will begin in the fall of 2015. I am really excited to continue working with some of the finest orchestral musicians in North America and work towards my goal of one day playing professionally in an orchestra.
 
My brother, John Holland, BMus ’00, is also singing the role of Masetto in Don Giovanni in the same festival. A couple of UWindsor alum doing big things!
 
 
Caru Hong, BMA ’75, BED ‘76
I am Principal Trumpet with the Metropolitan Orchestra of New Jersey.
 
 
Adam Iannetta, BMus '13Adam Iannetta, BMus ‘13
Adam completed a Bachelor of Music degree in 2013 at the University of Windsor, and a graduate degree in Music Performance and Literature at the University of Western Ontario in 2015, studying under the vocal instruction of Professor Theodore Baerg.
 
Throughout his undergrad, Adam performed as a featured soloist with the University Singers, performances including Cour d’amours from Carmina Burana by Orff and Requiem Op. 48 by Fauré. Adam also performed with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra as a featured soloist during their 2012 Educational Concert series and 2013 Pops Concert series.
 
Adam has been a member of the University of Western Ontario’s Opera Workshop for both the 2012-2013 and the 2013-2014 seasons: The Little Sweep (Black Bob and Tom) and The Rape of Lucretia (Junius *understudy) by Britten; l’Heure Espagnole (Ramiro) by Ravel; la Bohème (Schaunard) by Puccini.
           
Adam performed with the Stratford Symphony Orchestra as part of their Summer 2014 production of The Mikado in Concert (Poo-bah) by Gilbert & Sullivan. In addition, Adam has been a member of the Singer Program for the University of Western Ontario’s Accademia Europa dell’Opera (AEDO) in Lucca, Italy, performing in le Nozze di Figaro (il Conte) by Mozart. Recently, Adam was involved with Opera2Go’s production of the world of premier of the newly composed children’s opera, The Stupendous Adventure of Gregory Green (Sawtooth) by Jason Noble.
 
This fall, Adam will continue his studies at the University of Western Ontario, in the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Modern-opera Performance and Production program.
 
 
Wayne Irschick, BMus '73 with his wife Jill in OttawaWayne Irschick. BMus ‘73
Exactly one year after I moved to Ottawa, I was described as “the perfect candidate” for the position of Director of Music at Riverside United Church, across from scenic Mooney’s Bay. I had been trying to find work in the areas of church music and teaching, but came up mostly dry and disappointed. (I did have a remedial harmony student for whom I well nigh wrote an entire text of keyboard harmony.) For whatever reason, that Director’s job, once secured, seemed to catalyze my efforts and more work came my way as I met Russian trained violinist Anna Baksheeva. She was looking for a collaborative pianist to join her in various engagements – concerts, accompanist’s work with students, etc. – and I was a mere 5 minutes down the road. There is now a concerted effort to create a “brand” for our duo, produce a CD, do promotional write-ups, and the like.
 
Pianist and organist Wayne Irschick, BMus '73 playing with violinist Anna BaksheevaIn moving to Ottawa and joining my life with Jill, I was soon coaxed to play at soirees with her book club friends and Christmas parties. To enliven the atmosphere at two churches’ fall garage sales I set up my digital keyboard among the vendors and played seasonal tunes and an assemblage of other music in a potpourri of styles.
 
The church position requires a different subset of my musical abilities: choral directing, management, psychology, organ playing, and composition/arranging. I have now written many made-to-fit arrangements, as well as new anthems for SATB and SAB choir configurations in the last year and a half.
 
In taking in one of several concerts in various venues in Ottawa, I spotted the name of one of my composition students, Jordan Pal, on the billboard in the National Arts Centre. We re-connected after a twelve-year hiatus, and I came to learn how he had earned a doctoral degree in composition at UToronto, and was composing on commission for some of the best ensembles in Canada!
 
 
Aksana Kavaliova, BMT '08Aksana Kavaliova, BMT ’08, MMT, MTA, NMT
I had a fantastic time at the World Congress of Music Therapy in July 2014 in Krems, Austria. It was wonderful to meet for the first time so many great music therapists from all over the globe, whose books and research papers I was reading all these years. I saw literally ALL of my past music therapy professors who taught at the University of Windsor during 2004-2008!  I also participated in two panels and all general meetings of the World Federation of Music Therapy, and got reappointed as an Eastern Mediterranean Regional Liaison for the 2014-2017 term (www.wfmt.info). As usual, I had been actively involved with the Online Conference for Music Therapy, where I serve as a Co-Chair.  The next, 5th OCMT will be held on February 6, 2016, so, music therapists, make sure you check it out (www.onlineconferenceformusictherapy.com) .  My private practice in the Kingdom of Bahrain is growing, and I am waiting for a couple of major works which I authored to be published this year. Other than that, I am busy being a Mom of a beautiful 5 year old ballerina!
 
 
Megan Kingsbury-Olthof, BMus ‘11
After graduating from Windsor, I was accepted into York University's Bachelor of Ed - Fine Arts program. I can't say I loved my experience at York, but I had wonderful teaching practicums. Before I had graduated, I was offered a full-time position with the York Region District School Board. For two years I taught a 6/7 homeroom and Jr./Intermediate instrumental music. This year, I have a straight grade 6 class with 4-8 music. I still get quite nervous every time I have to conduct in front of an audience - I don't think that will ever go away.
 
 
Gerald Martindale, BMA ‘77
In July and August I'm scheduled to perform three guest carillon recitals in Virginia and Connecticut, including a concert at Hollins Univeristy in Roanoke, Virginia. In the United States, at least 20 universities feature carillons, but in Canada, the only carillon at a university is the one at the University of Toronto. Such institutions of higher learning provide ideal settings for carillons, because the areas around the carillon are usually quiet and removed from traffic. That's important for the audience, which needs to be outdoors to hear the carillon. It would be wonderful if Dillon Hall at the U. of W. had a carillon!