Alumni Profiles

Ben Soldate 

'13, B.S. in Music Production & Recording Arts

Ben is a professional recording and mix engineer working in Burbank, California. Recent projects include EP and single releases for other Elon University alumni and students, including Frank Hurd, Sean Magee, and Dylan Rockwell.

 

Chris Lorch 

'11, B.S. in Music Production & Recording Arts

Chris works at Duke University as an Academic Technology Consultant, supporting digital media, learning management systems and mobile learning platforms.

Immediately following graduation from Elon, Chris worked for the university for a year as a multimedia developer.

 

Jacob Danieley 

'11, B.S. in Music Production & Recording Arts

Jacob is producing and engineering records in Nashville, North Carolina, in Europe, and has songwriting credits on a number of  album releases. Jacob has toured with the Dove Brothers,  the Hoppers.

During his time as an Elon University music technology major, Jacob won the North Carolina MENC chapter's John Lennon Songwriting Award two years in a row. Jacob was the recording studio manager and a founding member of the Elon Electric Ensemble.

 

Adam Scalici 

'11, B.S. in Music Production & Recording Arts

Adam earned a Master of Arts Degree in Audio Sciences at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. While at Elon, Adam played bass guitar in the Electric Ensemble, the pit band of the Fire of the Carolinas marching band, and engineered FOH and monitors for many performances.

 

Laura Barnick 

'10, B.S. in Music Production & Recording Arts

Laura works as an Audio Technician at Holland America Line, an international tour cruise company.

Laura specializes in sound design and sound reinforcement for musical theater productions. 

 

Michael Lobacz 

'10, B.S. in Music Production & Recording Arts

Michael is a guitarist for Carnival Cruise Line. While at Elon University, Mike was a guitarist with the Electric Ensemble and was one of the founding members of the band Phoenix Highway which released their first EP in 2011. You can preview and purchase tracks from their EP "American Blend" on iTunes. 

 

Matt Heath 

'10, B.S. in Music Production & Recording Arts

Matt is a freelance recording and mix engineer. He has been the lead engineer for producer David Adam Monroe since August 2011.

 

Cecelia Thompson

'05, B.A. in Music, Sociology, Public Administration and Political Science

Cecelia is Special Projects Coordinator for the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro (NC) where she promotes jazz performances.

 

 

Mary Brozina Wierick

'03, B.A. in Music

Mary is the Music Director of the Lakes Region Summer Theater (summers, Meredith NH), Music Director of the Naples Dinner Theater (Naples, FL), Accompanist at Oklahoma City University, Music Director at the Lyric Theater and City Rep Theater (Oklahoma City), and Music Director of the University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Lab. She has performances for the governor of Oklahoma.

 

Kevin Pace

'02, B.A. in Music

A winner of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, bassist Kevin Pace is gaining the attention of the straight-ahead jazz scene. He has performed with musicians such as Gretchen Parlato, David "Fathead" Newman, Jon Metzger, Freddie Redd, Jon Ozment, Steve Fidyk, Steve Abshire, John Jensen, and Greg Hyslop, a four-star recording artist in Downbeat Magazine. Pace has toured throughout Germany and Austria as well as in his own area, including a several spots at the East Coast Jazz Festival, where he returned as an assistant clinician for the 2002 festival and as a member of the Adam Janjigian Quartet in 2004 and 2005.

A student of Jon Metzger, Tom Baldwin, and Charles Gambetta, Pace has an explosive, earthy, solid style that can be heard on several recordings. He is also active as a composer and arranger. Among other projects, Pace has completed the soundtrack for Elon University's Global Studies CD-Rom (Carpe Viam Press, 2001) and "How To Carve A Pumpkin" (Beardog Productions, 2004), an independent film by Rady Large. As well as being an active jazz musician Pace has become one of Maryland and central North Carolina's most reliable freelancing bassists performing in the orchestra of the Long Leaf Opera Company of Durham North Carolina and in pit orchestras for musicals such as "Urinetown", "A Chorus Line", "The Music Man", "Company", and over thirty more throughout the East Coast. Pace earned his B.A. in music from Elon College and has completed a MM in jazz performance at the University of Maryland. (www.kevinpace.com)

 

Nora Waggoner Moore

'01, B.A. in Music Performance

Nora's voice has been described as possessing "genuine pearlescence." She is currently an active performer in opera, oratorio and music theatre. Nora has been a featured soloist with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Cantate Singers of Virginia and the Charlotte Oratorio Society. She has performed leading roles with Opera on the James, Opera Carolina, Central Piedmont Opera Company and Central Piedmont Summer Theatre. Favorite roles include Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte, The Dew Fairy and Gretel in Hansel und Gretel, Euridice in Orfeo ed Euridice, Leila in The Pearl Fishers. Music Theatre credits include Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods, Eileen in Moon over Buffalo and Alice in Alice and Wonderland. She has used her dancing talents in Oklahoma, Guys and Dolls, Crazy for You, Blood Brothers, Carousel and Hello Dolly.

Nora serves as Production Coordinator/Executive Assistant at the Academy of Fine Arts in Lynchburg, VA where she also teaches classes. She is an adjunct instructor of voice at Randolph College and maintains a private studio in the Lynchburg area. Nora graduated from Elon University in 2001 with a BA degree in Music Performance. She also holds a MM degree from Boston University in Opera Performance.

 

Brad Linde

'01, B.A. in Music

Brad Linde is a saxophonist, pianist, composer/arranger, educator and bandleader living in the Washington D.C. metro area. His approach to the saxophone and improvising has drawn comparison to the melodic nature and easy swing of modern jazz titans including Lester Young, Allen Eager, Wardell Gray, Zoot Sims, Warne Marsh, and Lucky Thompson.

Linde has performed with jazz greats such as Barry Harris, Lee Konitz, Butch Warren, Ted Brown, Eddie Bert, Freddie Redd, and Dan Tepfer, Gretchen Parlato, Joel Frahm, and the Chris Byars Octet. He has performed in Germany and Austria, and at the East Coast Jazz Festival, Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, D.C. Jazz Festival, The Smithsonian Institute, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Chris' Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia and Birdland, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Iridium, Miles Cafe, and Smalls Jazz Club in New York. He regularly appears at D.C. jazz clubs including Blues Alley, Bohemian Caverns, and Twins Jazz.

He leads the Brad Linde Ensemble (BLE), a 10-piece ensemble devoted to exploring and expanding the styles of jazz pioneered in the 1950s, and "Sax of a Kind" featuring 5 saxophones and rhythm section. He is the co-founder and co-director of the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, a 17-piece big band in residence at the historic Washington DC jazz club. In addition to his large ensembles, he co-leads a New York-based quartet with tenor saxophonist Ted Brown, and a DC quartet with alto saxophonist Sarah Hughes that focuses on improvised counterpoint and group interplay.

He currently is adjunct faculty at Northern Virginia Community College and Carroll Community College in Westminster, MD. He regularly conducts independent research of jazz scores and copyright deposits at the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institute. He is a contributor to Capitalbop.com.(www.bradlinde.com)

 

Andrew Hendryx

'00, B.A. in Music

Andrew Hendryx is the mandolinist and cofounder of the acoustic country band Yarn and the leader of the Andrew Hendryx Ensemble. Andrew spent his collegiate years studying music at Elon University. While still in school Andrew's insatiable musical appetite lead to extensive private studies with prolific NYC jazz musicians, European classical mandolin masters, amazing parking lot jam sessions at bluegrass festivals, and frequent performances with touring rock and jam bands. It is not surprising that Andrew has become one of the most noteworthy new voices on the mandolin. He currently lives in New York City. (www.myspace.com/andrewhendryx)

 

Michael Capps

'99, B.A. in Music Performance and Music Education

J. Michael Capps is the Director of Bands at A.L. Stanback Middle School in Hillsborough, NC. A native of Princeton, NC, Mr. Capps attended Elon University and was a student of Dr. Thomas Erdmann, Don Eagle, and Jon Metzger. Mr. Capps earned his Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education and Music Performance in 1999.

In 2000, Mr. Capps accepted the position as Director of Bands at A.L. Stanback Middle School. During Mr. Capps' tenure at Stanback Middle School, the success of his work has brought more superiors than years of service. With the success of Jazz and Concert ensembles under his tutelage Mr. Capps has received only superior and excellent ratings at music festivals and competitions. Under Mr. Capps’ guidance, a continuous flow of A.L. Stanback band students qualify for All-District and All-State honor bands. In 2000, Mr. Capps was awarded First-Year Teacher of the Year by his peers at A.L. Stanback. In 2006, the A.L. Stanback Jazz Ensemble was privileged to perform at the North Carolina Music Educators’ Conference in Winston-Salem, NC.

When not at Stanback, Mr. Capps is active as an adjudicator, guest conductor, performer, and private brass instructor. Mr. Capps has performed cornet with the Triangle Brass Band, lead soprano and soloist for the Carolina Gold Drum and Bugle Corps, Alamance Jazz Band, Greensboro Philharmonia, Cathedral Brass, Principal Trumpet in the Elon University Community Orchestra, and currently co-principal trumpet of the Church Street Brass. Additionally, he is the brass technician for Jordan High School Marching Band. Currently Mr. Capps acts as the North Carolina Music Educators Association Jazz Chair Elect. His professional affiliations include Music Educators National Conference.

Mr. Capps resides in Mebane, NC with his wife Erin and daughter Rylee. The Capps family also has two dogs Max and Cece.

 

Patrick Winters

'76 - B.S. in Music Education

Patrick is the Director of Bands and Music Department Chair at Eastern Washington University where he conducts the wind ensemble, teaches conducting and courses in music education. Mr. Winters combines his broad experience as a university conductor and teacher with his experience as a successful high school director. His high school ensembles in Virginia and California achieved an impressive record of competitive and festival performances, as well as tours through the eastern and western United States, Canada, Mexico and Japan. Mr. Winters has established a band program at Eastern Washington University that is one of the finest and most active in the Northwest. Concert, marching and jazz groups regularly perform throughout the Northwest United States and Western Canada. His EWU Wind Ensemble’s first compact disc is entitled CELEBRATIONS has received wide acclaim. The group can also be heard on SOUNDSCAPES, PRISMS and MILLENIUM CD, the EWU Music Department’s three compact discs. In 1994, Mr. Winters received the PTI Outstanding Faculty Award for excellence in teaching. In 1998, he was awarded the Washington Music Educator’s Association Outstanding Music Educator Award. In 2000, he was inducted into the W.M.E.A. Hall of Fame. Mr. Winters’ article Building Ensemble Musicianship For Your Concert Band appears in “Spotlight On Teaching Band,” published by M.E.N.C.

Mr. Winters holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Elon University and a Master of Music Education degree from California State University. Mr. Winters is in demand throughout the country as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator. As co-president of International Marching Clinics, he leads numerous workshops for marching band directors and students each summer. Patrick lives in Spokane, Washington with his wife Joyce and their three children Brittany, Danica, and Zach.

 

Addison Choate "Buddy" Himes

'73, B.S. in Music Education

Addison graduated from Elon in 1973. After graduation he served as band director at Bluefield West Virginia before attending the University of North Texas where he earned the Master of Music degree in 1976, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1984.

Today, Dr. Himes is Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University. He is recognized as a conference presenter and panelist, having presented for the National Association for Humanities Education, the Association for Technology in Music Instruction and the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Moreover, within NASM he was elected to the Board of Directors in 2002 and serves as a visiting evaluator for the Commission on Accreditation.

His publications may be found in Academic Leader, Department Chair Online Resource Center of the American Council on Education, the Kappa Delta Pi Record, and the Record in Educational Leadership. Earlier publications, in the Journal of the International Trombone Association and The Instrumentalist, include over twenty articles on psychoacoustics, pedagogy, and performance of the trombone. He also serves as the President of the Rotary Club of Lafayette. He welcomes contacts from alumni, classmates, or potential Elon students or parents.

 

Steve Harper

'71, B.A. in Music Performance

Steve began study of the violin at the age of eight and studied with both Dr. Edgar Alden at the University of North Carolina and Dr. Malvin Artley at Elon College (now Elon University). He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in performance in 1971.

Past musical affiliations include the Eastern Music Festival, Roanoke Symphony (for more than 15 years), Salisbury Symphony, Tar River Symphony, North Carolina Chamber Orchestra, Lynchburg Symphony and the Florida International Music Institute where the London Symphony was in summer residence and where he performed under the batons of such notables as Jasha Horenstein, Sir Arthur Bliss, Sir Geoffrey Gilbert and Andre Previn.

Steve's current musical affiliations include the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra where he has held the position of Principal Second Violin since 1994, the Winston-Salem Piedmont Triad Symphony and the Carolina Chamber Symphony. He performs with a number of local educational string ensembles as well as playing violin and viola for weddings and church services in Piedmont North Carolina.

Steve lives in Burlington, NC with his wife, Mikki, a former member of the Greensboro Symphony cello section, and his son Steven, JR., who is completing his junior year in the School of Architecture at Virginia Tech. Steve is the president of Winfred C. Harper Agency, inc., an insurance agency in Burlington and also owns a violin shop, Artley Violins, located in downtown Gibsonville, NC.