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Carrie Arsenault Jessup, 1-11: cmg259@hotmail.com


Matt Bader, 2-06: "My wife and I were blessed with the arrival of our second daughter, Callie Marie, on January 23rd, 2006. She was welcomed by big sister Mallory (3). I'd love to hear from friends from SOA that I haven't talked to in awhile! " saygoodbye@gmail.com


Michael Bell, 1/05: "I recently completed a tour of duty in the Unites States Marine Corps where I attained the rank of SGT. I spent a year in Okinawa, Japan and 6 months in Iraq, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. I am interested in hearing from any alumni, so feel free to email me. Thanks" eddtta@aol.com


Josh Bennett, 3/07: "Upon completion of the Oklahoma! national tour, I had an opportunity to audition for The Producers national tour, and started with them in August. We had rehearsals in Kitchener, Ontario, and have been touring North America ever since. We get done in July, and then who knows? Check out the website for The Producers national tour! www.producersontour.com Find out when I will be in an area near you! Check out my Myspace page! http://www.myspace.com/jojabe and then, if you don't have one, get one! It is so much better than stupid, spammy e-mails... :)

Previous: I had been dancing with a company in New Jersey called Freespace Dance.  They have been really good to me.  This past year I started doing some auditions and have done really well.  I was cast as a Stormtrooper in The Producers Movie!  It was a fun experience, and it was fun to get to go see the movie in the theatre as well.  I am in the credits which is pretty exciting. In NYC, I danced with a huge modern dance project called Agora.  It was one of the best experiences of my life.  Not only did I get to dance in a Municipal pool with 30+ other performers, I also got my picture in the New York Times!  The website is http://www.sensproduction.org/past_productions/agora.php. It has all the reviews and photos.  It was an amazing experience. Now, I am out on the road with the NETworks National tour of Oklahoma!  I have been out for 2 months now playing Hank and understudying Cord Elam. The schedule is at www.oklahomaontour.com.  I still think of SOA as one of the best times of my life.

Previous: In the past 9 years, I have attended college at 3 different institutions (non-consecutively). I am currently living in Cedar City, UT and just graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Dance. I have also, in the past 9 years, been married and divorced (no kids), and been performing professionally every summer since '97. Performed two summers at Bigfork, MT with the Bigfork Summer Playhouse. Last year I was Joseph in "Dreamcoat" and Frankie in "Forever Plaid". I have choreographed a piece for the Breaking Bounds, the student dance concert here at SUU. In 2003 performed with the Revels Company for the Utah Shakespearean Festival." jojabe@gmail.com


Janelle Boop Simon, 2/03: " I have been married for 5 years and have a daughter who is 4 now. I am a stay at home mom, for the time being. I also take care of a relative who is mentally retarded. My Daughter loves to listen to my SOA cassettes and she marches around to Stars and Stripes Forever. She can't seem to believe that her mommy is singing on the tape!" janandkevin@suscom.net


Bev & Dave Boose, 1/07: Beverly recently passed away after a fight with leukemia. Our thoughts are prayers are with Dave as he grapples with this loss. Beverly had retired from her school teaching job was doing volunteer work. Dave still works for the state of PA and is still acting as organist at a local Lutheran church. They took 5 European tours with Clyde & Lyn Barr.


Lee Buckalew, 10-08: "SOA was one of the truly life changing times of my life. It helped me grow as a musician and to really begin on a track of live and recorded sound production that I continue to this day.

In June of 2005 I started my own company, Pro Sound Advice. I provide professional sound system design, consultation and training services. I also provide free lance recording engineering services for The Pan Galactic Company, the company which has the recording contract for St. Louis Symphony and others. We were very fortunate this year (2008) to be able to assist with the recording of the U.S. premier, in St. Louis, of John Adams "Dr. Atomic Symphony" and then follow that up this fall with the John Adams "Guide to Strange Places". These will be released together next year (2009) on the Nonesuch record label.

I continue to teach as an adjunct faculty member at Webster University in St. Louis. I teach in the School of Electronic Media and in the Conservatory of Theatre Arts.

I was married in July of 1993 (one week after getting back from SOA) to my beautiful wife Mary. We have four children, LeighAnna (11), Marissa (9), Jesse (7) and Larkyn (almost 2). We live about 35 miles outside of St. Louis, Missouri.

I'd love to hear from folks from any of the years I was fortunate enough to tour with SOA"

Previous: I designed the very first Martin Audio Miniature Line Array sound system in the United States.   I have also continued to dabble in lighting design.  A team of three other gentlemen and myself produced an event for the world premiere of the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Baileys "WIZARD OF OZ ON ICE".  It was called "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" and as a part of this event we lit the Gateway Arch in St. Louis as a rainbow.  It was the first time that it had succesfully been lit.  We won the highest award that the international Illuminating Engineering Society gives for outdoor architectural illumination.  The Paul Waterbury Award.  This was the only time that it has been awarded for a temporary installation. It was awarded to us "with distinction".  This was a very special honor as this award is not given every year but only when work sufficiently worthy of merit is presented and then it is not always given "with distinction". I designed the sound systems and staging layouts for each year of the St. Louis Blues Heritage Festival, a jazz and blues festival second only to the New Orleans festival in size in the U.S." lee.buckalew@prosoundadvice.us


Hewson Chen: Reportedly graduated from the University of Chicago and is now studying Law at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and is a member of his own band which has recently released a CD of their music.


Steve Dahl: "I'm a flight instructor now and just started a flight school and aerospace company. I've graduated four (almost six) private pilots. I'm finishing up my degree in professional aeronautics with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Dual minors: business administration and logistics. (still located in Las Vegas however -- extended campus via Nellis AFB) I just started this summer conducting one of the ensembles at church (same church as Rick (SOA '94) and Alicia Gilbert (SOA '93 & '94) - in fact, their in the ensemble)."


Rose Connett Dunphey: Married to Scott Dunphey 6-24-00. They're living in Monument, CO. She taught choir at Lewis Palmer HS, Monument, CO. She just had her first child, Leah, in September 2001.


Hank Feldman, 5-03: He and his wife, Marie, have 2 children, Samantha, 8 and Nicholas, 4. "I'm the President of the F.A.M.E. Foundation (Fostering Arts-Mind Education) a non profit Education Foundation that I founded in 2000. We have an Early Childhood Partnership and a K - 12 partnership. Next year we're expanding our services to include Ohio, Arizona, Southern California, Puerto Rico, and Oregon."

He was previously Associate Director of Bands and Professor of Tuba & Euphonium at the Univ. of Arizona ('92-'97). His ensembles performed by invitation at the 1996 International BrassFest in Long Beach, CA and the '97 International Tuba-Euphonium Conference in Riva del Garda, Italy. He was also involved with the Symphonia Tuba-Euphonium Workshop at Interlochen Center for the Arts, MI for high school, amateur and college performers.

He was a featured jazz soloist at the '98 Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Conference held in Washington DC. Hank was also featured as both a classical and jazz soloist at the '99 Conference in Sydney, Australia. His first solo CD is called "Tubesia". Hank is featured on our Special Alumni Page.


Jamie Fox: "I will graduate with a masters degree from Ohio University in Cultural Studies in Education and Women's Studies in June. I'm still recruiting volunteers for the Center for Community Service as well. After graduation, I hope to find a job working with survivors of abuse/domestic violence, travel to Africa, and eventually find a position teaching at a college somewhere-but not necessarily in that order. I am also playing in a community band and a brass quintet (yay, paid gigs!!) It's always good to hear from former SOA friends!"

She graduated last winter in music education. She was an AmeriCorps *VISTA volunteer with the Center for Community Service at Ohio Universityas a Volunteer Mobilization Coordinator. jf284695@oak.cats.ohiou.edu


Kendall Frye, 4-11: "Well, lots has happened since 93'. Almost hard to believe it's been 18 years ago, that's older then we were when we went. Currently living in Springfield MO, where I am gainfully unemployed, and what I mean by that, is I am finding myself again after loosing track of who I am at a dead end job. Engaged to an absolutely amazing woman, Amy (hard to believe but she's like a female version of me.) 3 dogs, and 2 cats, are our only children at this time. More info on my facebook/fryegq." Kendall.Frye@gmail.com


Jamie Jinks: "Hi to all!! I'm a Jinks again, though engaged with no date set! Recently moved from Indianapolis to Suwanee (Atlanta) GA, to be closer to my folks in south GA. Their health is not great. Still tending my menagerie of 2 small dogs, 2 kitties, and 2 birds, but no kids! (Can I list Zookeeper as my job title??) Trying to get healthy so I can attend esthetician school for skin care. Hope to work with a Plastic Surgeon or Dermatologist when I'm done. When I get the REST of my life in order (this moving thing REALLY stinks) I hope to get back involved in music, and do more volunteering with the Humane Society. I have a great house on a lake and recently acquired a boat for the HUGE Lake Lanier that is close by, so all my friends can come visit and we can play!! Would LOVE to hear from former SOA friends!! Hi to Allen Vanes, Derrick Mittelstaedt, "Suzy Q", FINALLY Brian West, Terri and any others who have contacted me. I stink at correspondence, but I think of ALL my old SOA buddies often!! I love you guys!! " JLJHarmony@aol.com


Anita Jones Tope, 1-04: "Since our trip to Europe, I have spent time in Argentina as a missionary and Costa Rica as an English teacher. I am now living on a ranch in Northeast Wyoming with my husband, Brian. We have been married two years, and are looking forward to the birth of our first child in July. I teach grades 3-5 at a rural school and love it." anitaljones77@hotmail.com


Daisy Klaber, 3/09: "Daisy is the owner/director of Household Harmony, a company in Pittsburgh that offers family activities. (http://www.householdharmony.com) While earning a B.A. in philosophy and linguistics at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Daisy taught part-time at a local Montessori school and became fascinated by the lives of young children. Having attended a Montessori school herself at age three, she decided to study Montessori education's principles and methods by completing Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) training at Washington Montessori Institute and
earning an M.Ed. in Montessori Education at Loyola College in Maryland. After directing several classroom environments for 2 1/2- to 6-year-olds, Daisy now chairs the Greater Pittsburgh Montessori Society's (GPMS) Board of Directors.

She also works as Manager of Communications at The Simplex Group, Inc., a Pittsburgh technology consulting firm, and is a member of the women's entrepreneurship association Ladies Who Launch, as well as Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP) and Mobilize and Empower the South Hills (MESH). In addition Daisy volunteers locally with The Samburu Project, helping to support sustainability, self-sufficiency and cultural integrity in developing countries; as well as with the Pittsburgh Chapter of Children's International Summer Villages (CISV), an independent, non-political organization promoting peace education and cross-cultural friendship.

A contributor to "Music Together Teacher Notes" and the "Expectant Mother's Guide to Pittsburgh," Daisy became a Music Together teacher after recognizing the harmony between its philosophy and Montessori's. (Music Together is one of the family activities Household Harmony offers; it's a fun music and movement class for a mixed-age group of babies through kindergarteners and the grownups who love them.)

Having initially undergone Music Together Teacher Training in 2006, she completed a practicum and additional coursework in order to earn Level-I Certification three years later. Daisy brings the Music Together Preschool Program to The Early Learning Institute - South Hills Center as well. She also hosts family sing-along parties, and gives educational presentations to community groups about how collaborative experiences like making music together can enrich family life." daisy@householdharmony.com


Danielle Lee Reel, 8/05: " Hi everyone! My husband and have two wonderful boys Jordan who is 5 and Justin who is fixing to be 2. We are living in Moore, OK where I am a full time momma! I would love to hear from you Carrie or Alicia!!!" hotty1110@aol.com


Susan Madere Muntzel, 3-09:" Hello! After so many years and I still think about this trip and the people I met! It's so great to hear about what our group has been up to. I am living in the Kansas City area with my husband and 5 boys. I'm doing some marketing work part time but mostly just enjoying watching the kids grow and trying to cherish each moment of this fun time. (And no doubt keeping music in the mix! We started a facebook page - Sound of America 1993. I welcome you all
to join so we can catch up!" muntzels@everestkc.net


Kyle Martin, 6/07: "Things are going great! I just went to New York and auditioned for the role of the Piano Man in the national tour of Movin' Out and I got it! There's only been 9 Piano Men in the entire run of the show and I'm number 10! I'd love to see you all when we come to your city during 2007-2008. On a personal note, Heather and the kids are doing well and will be able to come along for some of the tour

I have been teaching voice and developing a relationship with Seth Riggs, a great voice coach from Los Angeles. It was through the Speech Level Singing Network that this Movin' Out opportunity came about. Professionally, things have been going very well. I am going to be leaving behind about 70 students and a wonderful church I've been a music pastor at for over 3 years, I also am the official singing voice for Bibleman on the 2007 Live Tour and I just appeared on the INSP network on their C.A.T.S. television show.

My wife, Heather is wonderful and supportive and my kids Joel, 5, and Julia, 3, will be able to travel with me. Julia is into everything "The Little Mermaid." Joel is into school and karate. He just learned how to ride a bike and he sings all the way up to a double high Ab. We still live in Lincoln, CA. The Movin' Out" tour starts in Atlantic City, NJ starting June 13th and is there for 10 weeks. Dates and other information will also be made available on my website: www.kylemartinstudio.com.

Previously: Things are going very well! Heather and I have been married for 8 years now. Still have 2 wonderful, ACTIVE children. Joel is 4 and Julia is 2. They are the best! I started my own production/vocal studio in Sacramento and it's going very well. I tried out for American Idol last year and made it far, but, obviously, not far enough. Right after that, I started working with Seth Riggs, of Josh Groban, Michael Jackson, and Stevie Wonder fame. We have developed a great relationship and there are some great projects in the works. I recently performed for Saddleback Church in L.A. and the California State Fair. Check out my new website! http://www.kylemartinstudio.com. I would love to hear from you all! Previous: Check out family pics at www.geocities.com/cyber_headies." kyle@kylemartinstudio.com


Mark Meier: Teaching second grade with Teach for America. Mark073176@aol.com


Angie Miller DeWerff: Married 9/2/00 to Derek DeWerff and lives in Wichita, KS. She recently started as the business manager for a Christian rock band, Waterdeep (www.waterdeep.com) and loves her job! Also has been on two mission trips to the Dominican Republic and Bolivia and recently picked up her sax again and is playing in a community band. angiedewerff@hotmail.com


John Moberg: Living in Manhattan, KS. moby@ksu.edu


Jennifer Mroczko: jrmnh1@usa.com


Antonio Ogas, 9-08: "Now professionally known as "Tonio Gonzales", has recently been cast in the San Francisco Lyric Opera in their upcoming production of Giuseppe Verdi's AIDA being held at Cowell Theater in Fort Mason on the San Francisco Bay. The production will begin Sept 19- 27, 2008.

He will be stepping into his first operatic appearance playing the role of a soldier as a member of the opera chorus. He is a recent transplant to San Francisco from Phoenix, Arizona where he now works full-time as a senior case manager for homeless individuals who are age 55 and older.

He was a member of The Phoenix Symphony Chorus (TPSC) for six years and recently traveled with TPSC to Boulder, CO to perform at the Colorado Music Festival, performing a new piece entitled Enemy Slayer: A Navajo Oratorio written and composed by Mark Grey and commissioned by The Phoenix Symphony and Chorus this past February. He served as President of TPSC which charged him with the many of the functional and operational duties of running a 140-member chorus. Gonzales remains a consultant to TPSC as past-president of the board. While in Arizona, Gonzales was also a member of the Arizona Music Fest and the Phoenix Metropolitan Men's Chorus and sang in numerous ensembles and solo opportunities throughout the Valley of the Sun.

Gonzales went on to complete his Bachelors Degree in sociology in 1997 and Masters Degree in Educational Leadership in 1999 from Western New Mexico University. Gonzales, then Ogas, was president of student government and the second voting student member of the Board of Regents. He relocated to Phoenix, Arizona in 2000.

Previous: Hey everyone! 10 years ago I couldn't even imagine what 2000 would be like and now it's 2003. As for me, life has not been boring. I finished my BS in Sociology/Political Science in 1997 and my MA in Educational Administration in 1999, both from WNMU. I left New Mexico for a brief stint in Washington, D.C. (where I had interned several summers) but somehow made my way to Phoenix, Arizona. I have been here now for over three years. I work for an agency called Body Positive, and HIV/AIDS research and resource organization where I do counseling and education with individuals who are infected with the disease. It's a challenging and rewarding experience. I also sing first Tenor for the Phoenix Symphony Chorus and recently performed Leonard Berstein's "Chichester Psalms" and "Kaddish No. 3" along with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra and the Phoenix Boys Choir. It was an amazing experience. I was also a recent member of the Grand Canyon Men's Chorale and will soon be auditioning for further groups. I reside with my Partner, Matthew Scott who sings for the Arizona Opera (just finished a production of The Mikado) and the Trinity Cathedral Chorus. I wish you all well and please don't hesitate to drop me a line. " tonio_diplomat@cox.net


Steven Osborn, 3/07: "Currently living in Clarksville, Indiana" scubba@insightbb.com


Richard Parkinson: "I am living in Salt Lake City, Utah with my wife, Karla, and my 5 kids (Slade, Kaden, Alexis, Stephen, and Abigail). For the past 8 years, I have sold pianos. In March 2000, I ended my pursuits there to start my own companies. I now run a business that sells a folow up program for a company out of Ohio. We also have business that teaches people how to profit using the internet. Music is still a big part of me. In the past 10 years, I have arranged several selections for a few different groups. We have recorded several projects, and I have even performed on some. If things go as planned, I will be singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir here in the near future, just so I can learn more about how to arrange for a choir of its magnitude. I would love to hear from you all, so E-mail me and let me know how things are going. Take Care 'til then!" rkpdevelopment@hotmail.com


Seth Porter: "I had many life-changing experiences on the tour that I will never forget. I really enjoyed looking at the web page and wonderful sites you have now. I am still going to school and will be graduating in spring of 2001 with a finance degree, then on to my masters. I am married to a beautiful young woman that I met at Weber State University, Marianne. She graduated with a marketing degree and really enjoys the field of work she is in. The two of us have our first little one on the way! Life sure does move right along." porterplace@color-country.net


Brian Ralston: "Well....at the time I toured with the SOA, my goal was medical school. Life has changed dramatically for me and the music in my life won out. I am now a Film/TV composer in L.A. I am currently in USC's Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program. I am recording most of my music on Paramount's Scoring Stage "M" and having it played by top L.A. studio musician's and 90 piece orchestras. I am working hard and having a blast!. I am glad I decided to make music my career and my experiences with the SOA will never be forgot. Hopefully one summer I will have the time to come back as a performing chaperone. Soon I will also have www.brianralston.com up and running where you all can check out some of my music and current projects/comissions, etc... And yes, I am still playing my trumpet regularly." bralston@msn.com


Alicia Rhoads Gilbert, 11-07: "Nothing much has changed with me. I am still married to Rick (SOA 94)...for 10 and a half years now. We have 4 kids, 3 boys and one girl, ages 6,5,3 1/2, and 10 mos. We currently reside in Virginia Beach, VA. I haven't been doing much other than the SAHM thing...but am looking into getting back into some of the theater scene around here. We will see. We are currently living Virginia Beach, Va with our three kids, Ethan-4, Avery-3 and Jenna-1. I am a SAHM, and am studying to be a medical transcriptionist. I would love to hear from any of you. malixgilbert@yahoo.com


Rachel Smith Driggs: Reportedly she and her husband and 2nd child 10/99. nancydriggs@gateway.net


Kurt Stickler: "We now live in West Chester, OH, with my wife Robin and three (yes, 3) kids: Luke, Gracie, and Hope. I haven't played my horn much lately, but I love to get it out of the closet and toot once-in-a-while. Hello to everyone!" kurtstickler@hotmail.com


Brian Steele: Brian.E.Steele@WellsFargo.COM


Drew Steinbrecher: Backpacked around Europe (including Scandinavia and Eastern Europe) this past summer. Met up with SOA in Venice and attended the St. Mark's mass and performance. andrew_steinbrecher@yahoo.com


Mike Stewart, 5/09: "After meeting in high school and dating throughout college, I married Kelli Peterson (Trumpet-SOA 1993). I received my bachelor, masters and PhD from The Ohio State University where I served as a graduate teaching assistant within the School of Music and The Ohio State University Marching Band. I am currently the Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Tennessee. Kelli and I now live in Knoxville, Tennessee with our 3 children." mjstewart@utk.edu


Jennifer "SUZY Q" Taylor : "Hey everyone. I am living in Owensboro, Ky. Mother of three beautiful children, one set of twins. Ages are 7yr and twins are 4 years. I am a home mommy, getting remarried May 25, 2002, and adding a step-daughter. I would love to hear from all ya'll. I would love to see pics of everyone. Hope to hear from ya'll." Qbabysongbird@aol.com


Beverly Tsai: Continuing her career as a pathologist and has been travling a lot, including to Taiwan and Japan 3/00. She's trying to stay healthy and things often about our SOA trip.


Phil Tsai: "I graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Integrated Sciences and Biological Sciences, both of which I hated... As a result, I am now working as an Information Technology Consultant for Ernst & Young and in my spare time run a volunteer web design group. You can visit my group's homepage, which has a link to my personal webpage at http://www.basementproductions.net." fil@basementproductions.net

Jodi Turner, 12/04:
"After what seems to be a lifetime I have finally graduated. I start an internship with a US Congressman in early 2005 and will start my MA program at the same time. It has been great getting back in touch with some of you. My grandmother is doing well (at almost 81 now) and asked me to send all of you her best. It is always great to hear from old friends so feel free to email and I look forward to hearing from you all!" JodiAnn28@aol.com


Joe VandeKieft, 11/04: I graduated in 1999 from Central College in Pella, Iowa, and also spent some time studying in the Netherlands. Married in 2001 to Kerry Maynard, we now live in Johnston, Iowa (a Des Moines suburb). I am a web developer with a small company in West Des Moines that specializes in prison and institutional software (not exactly what I had in mind when I graduated, but hey). I don't play clarinet or sax much anymore, but have taken up guitar and piano in my free time, which is limited. Drop me a line, or see my pathetic website at "www.joeandkerry.com" joe@joeandkerry.com


Jennifer Wayman Gonzalez, 2-04: "Hey there everyone!  I can't believe that it has been 10 years. So much has happend I've gone to school and am now working at Yuma Regional Medical Center in Yuma, AZ.  I lived in Phoenix, for awhile with my fellow alum Antonio.  I moved back home just in time to get married to my wonderful husband Javier...no kids yet just a boston terrier but it's a start.  I wish everyone well and I hope that our paths cross again sometime in the future" JWayman75@hotmail.com


Brian West, 3-11: "After 15 years working for CompuServe/AOL, Brian became a real estate investor and now owns an off-airport parking lot in his hometown of Dayton, OH.   He's an avid golfer and plays trumpet in several local jazz bands. He met the girl of his dreams, Barbara, in 2000 and they're happily married, enjoying time with each other and their 4 dogs."  Brian @DaytonParking.com


Jamin Woody, 3/09: "Enjoying life in the Seattle area. Still living north of Seattle and running an International trucks dealership. Married 12 years now and our son is 4. Come join our facebook page for 1993 alumni! Search for
Sound of America 1993 or go to http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=45873224779 "woodyjamin@yahoo.com

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