AlumniThe Music Program at Mills has a well-established reputation for producing distinguished composers, sound artists, and performers. The list includes Charles Amirkhanian, Beth Anderson, Elinor Armer, Ben Goldberg, John Bischoff, William Bolcom, Chris Brown, Dave Brubeck, Paul DeMarinis, Janice Giteck, Ron Kuivila, Phil Lesh, Frankie Mann, Miya Masaoka, Rebeca Mauléon, Maggi Payne, Steve Reich, Gino Robair, Laetitia Sonami, Morton Subotnick, Mark Trayle and many others.
If you are a graduate of one of our programs, please let us know what you are doing by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is just a sample of the recent accomplishments of some of our alumnae/alumni of the last ten years:
Charity Chan, MFA '08 is pursuing a PhD at Princeton University. Next year she will be a Research Affiliate of the Princeton University Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies, housed in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Kristin Erikson, MFA '08 Working with Bevin Kelly (Blevin Blectum) Kristin (Kevin Blechdom) won the Ars Electronica prize in the Distinction category in 2001. Having returned to Mills to complete her degree in 2008, she is now touring Europe and North America with Blectum from Blechdom, Eugene Chadbourne, Christopher Fleeger and others.
Bevin Kelly, MFA '08 (See above) After seven years working at Bleakhouse Studios, Bevin is working as a freelance composer and sound designer whose recent credits include tracks used for MTV1's series "Dirty (aka "Team" in the USA) Sanchez"
Elizabeth Setzer '07 spent a year studying folk singing at the Academy of Music in Plovdiv, Bulgaria on a Fulbright Scholarship. She is very active with the vocal ensemble Kitka.
Marielle Jakobsons MFA '06 performs regularly across the USA, and designs sounds and interactive music for The Sims video games. She is also an educator of sound arts at all levels, from children's workshops to developing the course Experimental Sound Art at San Francisco State University.
Darren Johnston, MA '06 is a critically acclaimed trumpeter and composer working in the Bay Area. He is currently director or co-director of half a dozen projects, including The United Brassworkers' Front, The Transit Collective, The Darren Johnston Quintet, and The Nice Guy Trio. He was recently chosen by Down Beat as a "Trumpeter of the Future".
Caroline Penwarden, MA '06 is working as a composer for dance and film, most recently on the web-TV documentary Chasing Glaciers.
Agnes Szelag, MFA '06 is a Course Director at Ex'pression College for Digital Arts Her work as a composer, performer, and audio/video installation artist has been presented throughout the United States, and broadcast on National Public Radio's Spark.
Kiku Day, MFA '05 completed her PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and the Royal Academy of Music. She recently performed as shakuhachi soloist with the Odense Symphony Orchestra in Denmark in a rare performance of Takemitsu's November Steps.
Vytautas Germanavicius, MFA '05 After attending the Mills graduate music program on a Fulbright scholarship, Vitas returned to his home country of Lithuania, where he is active as a composer, as well as working for the Is Arti Festival of Contemporary Music in Kaunas.
Tara Rodgers, MFA '05 Award-winning composer and sound artist, and co-founder of the webzine Pink Noise, Tara received a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue a PhD at McGill University in Montreal in 2006-07. Her book Pink Noises: Women on Electronic Music and Sound was published by Duke University Press in 2009.
Eric Roth, MA '05 is pursuing a PhD at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and has taught at the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College.
I Nyoman Windha, MA '05 After attending the Mills graduate music program on a Fulbright scholarship, distinguished gamelan composer and director Windha has been teaching at Bali's National Institute for the Arts, and performing internationally.
Javier Arciniegas MA ‘03, MFA ‘04 is currently working in Montreal as an Audio Programmer for the video game company Ubisoft. Recent performances include a concert at the Society for Electroacoustic Music in Sweden (2006), and a performance at the Societé des Arts Technologiques, during the "Upgrade" festival (2007).
William Fowler Collins, MFA ‘04 released his first full-length CD-Western Violence & Brief Sensuality-in 2007 and is currently at work on the second. You can read several reviews and interviews at www.williamfowlercollins.com
Teri Card Heller, '04 earned a Master's Degree in Composition from the California Institute of the Arts and is now working as a film composer.
Kymberly Jackson '99, MFA '04 performed on the nationally televised talent show "Showtime at the Apollo," video taped in Harlem, New York, at the world renowned Apollo Theatre.
Wu Fei, MA '04 has received numerous commissions, including "SHE HUO" for the Percussions Claviers de Lyon (France), which premiered in the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing in 2007. She performs regularly in North America, Europe, and China.
Julia Christensen, MFA '03 is a visiting assistant professor of Emerging Media, a joint appointment between Studio Arts and TIMARA, at Oberlin College. Her book Big Box Reuse was published by MIT Press in the Fall of 2008.
Cenk Ergun, MA '02, MFA '03 was nominated for the Netherlands' prestigious Gaudeamus Prize in 2006, and has been commissioned by renowned cellist Joan Jeanrenaud and the quartet SOPercussion among others. He is also active as a laptop performer.
Noah Georgeson, MFA '03 is working as a guitarist, producer, and engineer, with Joanna Newsom, Devendra Banhart, and The Pleased among his clients.
Ann Hege, MA '03 is pursuing a PhD at Princeton University.
Rasmus Jørgensen, MA '03 is a full-time performance artist currently based in Norway. He recently premiered "ME NO YOU," a solo in collaboration with director "a smith", and has been working with Teater Cinnober/Ning on a new music theater production.
Shelley Burgon, MFA '02 relocated to New York in 2002 where she has performed with John Zorn, Chris Speed, Ikue Mori, and many others. She is a member of Ne(x)tworks, a collaborative ensemble of musicians creating and interpreting work that features a dynamic relationship between composition and improvisation.
Beau Casey, MFA '02 works at Pixar Animation Studios.
Elizabeth Kohnke, ‘02 is the Experimental Media Arts Lab Manager in the Art and Art History Department at Stanford University.
Kristin Miltner, MFA '02 is an award-winning sound designer and audio artist who, after 6 years as Audio Lead for Leapfrog Enterprises, is currently working for Sims Electronic Arts, and for numerous theater companies. She is a steering committee member and production manager for the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival.
Anne Perez, MFA '02 is a manufacturing/production manager at Muse Research, Inc.
Sudhu Tewari, MFA '02 After a sustained period as Audio Technical Director at Leapfrog Enterprises, and a year as Artist-In-Residence at SF Recycling and Disposal, Sudhu spent a year as co-director and curator of Radio Village Nomade in La Corbière, Switzerland.
Michael Trigilio, MFA '02 is currently serving on the faculty of the Department of Visual Arts at University of California, San Diego.
Tim Walters, MFA '02 works for Digidesign, a company that manufactures one of the finest digital-audio workstations.
Betsey Biggs, '01 completed her PhD at Princeton University and is pursuing an active career as a composer and sound/video artist based in New York.
Eli Crews, MFA '01 is co-owner and engineer at New, Improved Recording in Oakland, whose clients have included Maria Muldaur, Rova Sax Quartet, Deerhoof, and scores of others.
Jennifer Curtis, '01 Since graduating with distinction from Juilliard School of Music, award-winning composer, violinist and mandolinist Jennifer Curtis appears regularly as featured soloist and as collaborative chamber musician across the United States and abroad. See: http://iceorg.org/about/artist/curtis.html
Benjamin Piekut, MA '01 earned his PhD from Columbia University. He is now Lecturer at the University of Southampton in the U.K. He recently contributed a chapter on the composer/activist Henry Flynt to Sound Commitments: Avant-Garde Music and the Sixties, ed. Robert Adlington, published by Oxford University Press in 2009.
Andrea Plesnarski, MA '01 is an award-winning musician and principal oboe for the Oakland East Bay Symphony.
Peter V. Swendsen, MFA '01 received a Fulbright scholarship, won awards from the Josephine De Kármán and Andrew C. Mellon Foundations, and is currently teaching in the Technology in Music and Related Arts (TIMARA) Department at Oberlin College.
Greg Saunier, MA '00 is drummer, singer, and songwriter with the world famous rock band Deerhoof.
Edward Schocker, MA '00 Founder of the Music For People & Thingamajigs Festival (now in its 12th year), Edward was a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Creative Artists Exchange Fellowship. He divides his time between the Bay Area and Tokyo.
Ted Coffey, MFA '99 earned a PhD at from Princeton University and is currently teaching courses in composition, music technologies, critical theory and pop at the University of Virginia.
Gregor Lenczycki, MFA '94, a composer living in Los Angeles CA, is on the board of directors of SASSAS, the Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound (www.sassas.org)—a non-profit in its eleventh year of presenting new music.
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