Congratulations Class of 2017!

Please join the UB Department of Music in welcoming the newest additions to our alumni network. We would like to congratulate the Class of 2017 on their achievements and wish them well as they embark on what are sure to be exciting, productive futures. We thank them for sharing their passion, their commitment and – most importantly – their music with us. 

  • Esin Gunduz, PhD in Music Composition
  • David Rappenecker, PhD in Music Composition
  • Raymond Barry, MA in Music Theory
  • Jade Conlee, MM in Piano Performance
  • Mary Kate Ells, MM in Violin Performance
  • Kristen Smigielski, MM in Vocal Performance
  • John Smigielski, MM in Percussion Performance
  • Jiheng Tang, MM in Piano Performance
  • Long Wang, MM in Vocal Performance 
  • Robert Webster, MM in Bass Performance
  • Arielle Balthazard, MusB in Violin Performance
  • Jenna Cunningham, MusB in Clarinet Performance
  • Trevor John, BA in Music
  • James Prude, MusB in Electric Guitar Performance
Commencement, 2017.

2017 Commencement Ceremony, Alumni Arena

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