The Department of Music is very proud of our alumni.
If you are a graduate of UMBC's Music program we encourage you to share your latest news with us.
Christie Finn, B.A. Voice Performance, 2007
Soprano Christie Finn, a 2007 UMBC graduate of the Music Department, performed on May 27, 2010 at An Die Musik LIVE! (Baltimore, MD) with her new music duo NOISE-BRIDGE, collaborating with clarinetist Felix Behringer. The two musicians performed works by Luciano Berio, Stuart Saunders Smith (UMBC faculty), Karlheinz Stockhause, Tzvi Avni, New Rorem, and Georges Aperghis. The concert also included premieres of works by New York composers Matt Aelmore and Drake Ralph Anderson. NOISE-BRIDGE reprised the concert on June 3rd in New York City and will participate in the Darmstadt Summer Courses in Darmstadt, Germany this July.
Finn recently earned her Masters of Music at Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX) and currently lives in New York City, continuing her vocal studies with Lucy Shelton in the Contemporary Performance Graduate Program at Manhattan School of Music.
Duke Thompson, B.A. Piano Performance, 1978
"If you really believe what you're doing has appeal, there will be a market for it," says Duke Thompson '78. "You have to believe in what you're doing and love it." Indeed, Thompson has made a career of his love for music and passion for teaching it. After graduating from UMBC with a degree in piano performance, he moved to New York City, where he studied music and painted apartments to fund his living expenses. After 2 ½ years, he moved back to Maryland to teach and earn a master's in piano from the University of Maryland, College Park. He eventually earned a doctorate in piano from Arizona State University and taught at Red Deer College in Alberta, Canada for 17 years before returning to Maryland in 2001.