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Shawn Alger (2005)

Shawn Alger

BM in Double Bass Performance and Music History
After graduating from University of the Pacific, Shawn Alger spent two years at the University of Oregon earning an MA in Musicology where his thesis, Music in Colorado Mining Towns, was nominated by the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance for the WAGS/UMI distinguished Master's Thesis Award Competition. After graduating from Oregon in 2009, he enrolled at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University where he recently completed a MM in Double Bass Performance. His primary teacher at Peabody was Jeff Weisner, and he received additional instruction from notable bassists Paul DeNola, Paul Johnson, Ira Gold, and Harold Robinson. In addition to his studies, he was a member of the Peabody Viol Consort.  Shawn is currently teaching double bass at the Waldorf School of Baltimore. Next year he will begin his DMA studies in Double Bass Performance at the University of Maryland under the tutelage of Anthony Manzo.



Helen Graham (2007)

Helen GrahamBM in Violin Performance
Helen Graham earned her Bachelor's of Music in Violin Performance from University of the Pacific in 2007. She then relocated to Denver, Colorado, and at the University of Denver she studied with Colorado Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Yumi Hwang-Williams and earned her Masters of Music in Suzuki Pedagogy.  In June of 2009, Ms. Graham returned to her hometown of Yuba City, California to continue to teach and perform both violin and viola. Looking to contribute to and broaden the musical community of the Yuba Sutter area, Ms. Graham and her colleague Rebekah Hood founded the Veridian Symphony Orchestra in 2010. Ms. Graham not only serves as concertmaster of the orchestra, but is also a member of the Veridian Symphony Alliance- a board of directors dedicated to the growth and longevity of the orchestra. In 2009 Ms. Graham and Ms. Hood also opened the North Valley Suzuki Music School in Yuba City, offering both private lessons and group lessons. The mission of the school is to allow families of any financial means to become a part of the Suzuki family, and for them to enjoy all of the benefits, opportunities, and joy that music provides. Through her teaching, Ms. Graham hopes to help motivate and inspire students to pursue their love of music.



Keith Kroesen (2009)

BM in Cello Performance and Music Education
Since graduating from University of the Pacific, Keith Kroesen has been living in Denver Colorado and working on his graduate degree at University of Denver in Suzuki Pedagogy. While attending University of Denver, he has been a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Musicology Department, working with Dr. Antonia Banducci, Dr. Sarah Morelli, and Dr. Jack Sheinbaum. As part of the chamber program, Keith has been a member of the Tesseract String Quartet for two years, and for the past year has been dedicated to performing chamber music of the 20th century. Their recent achievement has been performing for the Denver community George Crumb's Black Angels, an eccentric work for electric string quartet.  For the past two years, Keith has also been involved with the Denver Talent Education, a cooperative Suzuki school. After graduating University of Denver in spring 2011, Keith plans to teach music in public schools as well as in a private studio setting. In July, he will be teaching and directing the cello orchestra at the Rocky Mountain Cello Festival.