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Dr. Chad R. Payton, countertenor, has accepted the assistant professor of music (voice) position at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. He will be teaching private voice instruction, studio voice class, sophomore aural skills, and music appreciation. In addition, he serves as General Manager for the nation's oldest young artist training program for opera and music theatre, Seagle Music Colony, in upstate New York during the summers. Payton will graduate with his D.M.A. in vocal performance from the University of Kansas this spring with honors, having been in the tutelage of Dr. Julia Broxholm.

Susan Copeland Wilson (B.M. in bassoon '83) completed the M.M. degree at Catholic University of America in bassoon and works as a Senior Legislative Affairs Analyst for the Federal Aviation Administration. She also completed a Masters of Information Management at the University of Maryland and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Information Studies with a research focus on government accountability. Copeland actively performs on bassoon and contrabassoon in the Washington, D.C. area, and has performed with the Maryland Symphony, McLean Orchestra, the Fairfax Symphony, and the Patagonia Winds.


Justin White, (MM Trumpet 2006) was named Personnel Manager of the Kansas City Symphony. His wife, Ashley, is also a KU music graduate (MM in clarinet performance) and teaches at a private studio in the Kansas City area.

Nathanael May, currently assistant professor of piano and pedagogy at Missouri Western State University, started the soundSCAPE Composition and Performance Exchange while a doctoral student at the University of Kansas. Now a graduate of KU, May has recently debuted the program's first short documentary film. soundSCAPE has matured into an international festival, attracting composers and performers from around the world. soundSCAPE's mission is to facilitate the exchange of new music, ideas, and culture between musicians of tomorrow's generation, providing an international platform for performances of new music. Now in its seventh season, the festival attracts composers and performers from around the world for two weeks of inspiring concerts, lectures, master classes, and workshops. To view the short documentary click here, ».

Karen Lowman (BME '80) is currently a teacher in the Irving Independent School District in Irving, TX. She is working on her doctorate in music education at the University of North Texas, and is teaching elementary music K-5. Karen's daughter, Katie, is currently a Marching Jayhawk and French horn player.

Bruce Gardner (BME '62 & MM in voice performance, '69) is an Emeriti faculty member of Western Illinois University. Gardner was the first KU music education major to declare a minor. He sang in choirs under Clayton Krehbiel and Jim Ralston, and played in orchestras under Russell Wiley, Robert Baustian and George Lawner. He toured the Far East in 1960 with BRIGADOON under faculty sponsor Lewin Goff and held a graduate voice teaching assistantship and sang lead roles in THE MAGIC FLUTE, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, and THE RAKE'S PROGRESS in the late 1960s, as well as lesser earlier roles as an undergrad in CARMEN, THE BALLAD OF BABY DOE, and THE SAINT OF BLEECKER STREET. Gardner was accepted as an Apprentice Artist for two summers with the notable Santa Fe Opera. After 39 years of teaching, free-lance regional professional opera roles, and 19 years as a professional chorister with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and The Nova Singers, Gardner has retired and still sings occasionally, primarily as a substitute soloist in San Antonio's three Christian Science churches.

Terri Bergmann Shepley (BFA '00) currently works for the First National Bank of La Grange, IL, and is a member of the Chicago Windy City

Ray McComas (BME '70) recently retired after 30 years as a music teacher in Kansas Public Schools, including 22 years at Topeka High as Assistant Band Director.

David Pickering, an alumnus of the University of Kansas (MM in organ performance and musicology, 2000; DMA organ performance, 2001), was recently appointed assistant professor of music at Kansas State University. Pickering will teach organ, piano and music theory. He also has been appointed organist at First Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, where he will accompany services on the church's 1983 Dobson organ. Prior to this appointment, Pickering served as assistant professor of music and fine arts and division chair at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. At KU Pickering was a student of James Higdon.

KU School of Music graduate Doug Talley (Music Education '82) received two prestigious awards in 2009 and 2010: the Governor's Award in Arts Education given by the KS Arts Commission and the Johnson County (KS) Library Foundation Pinnacle Award for Excellence in Arts. Talley is currently a music education teacher in the Shawnee Mission School District and has maintained an active life as a jazz saxophonist, touring the Midwest with his quartet as part of the KS Arts Commission and MidAmerican Arts Alliance touring programs. His quartet has released four critically-acclaimed CDs, focusing on Talley's arrangements and compositions. Talley is a Selmer saxophone artist and clinician.

Avguste Antonov, a piano performance graduate of the School of Music, is now a piano instructor at the Master's Touch School of Music and Performing Arts, LLC (Grapevine, Texas). In 2009 Antonov joined the artist roster of Price Rubin & Partners and in the same year self-published an e-book entitled, "Self Management in a Concert Career »." This year Antonov plans to record a CD of works by composer David Lipten.

Antonov also is currently a concert pianist based in Texas. Antonov will release a CD on Parma Recordings and the international distribution will be by Naxos in hard copy and digital format. He has performed with various notable artists and will soon perform a residency at the Houston based High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. He will perform a recital and master class at Oklahoma Panhandle University next yea; at the Dallas Public Library presented by Mu Phi Epsilon Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter; a lecture on Self Management a the same library; and various additional concerts.

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