September 2016 Class Notes

Christy Muncey Headshot_WebChristy Muncey, 2005, 2012, B.M. Music, M.M. Music Immediately upon graduating with her Master’s degree in 2012, Christy began her D.M.A. in Wind Conducting at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., which she was awarded in May 2016. While at Peabody, Christy assisted in teaching undergraduate and graduate conducting classes and served as the cover conductor for the Peabody Wind Ensemble as well as director of Bands of the Johns Hopkins University. Additionally, she was the guest conductor with the Evolution Contemporary Music Series, a music series dedicated to promoting new music. During this time, she also traveled to Helsinki Finland to participate in the Nordic Wind Band Conducting Competition, where she was awarded third place. She was also selected as a Cortona Fellow, where she worked with emerging composers and musicians to premier music written specifically for the Cortona Sessions. In 2014 Christy was selected as a band officer with the United States Air Force. She received her commission in April 2015 and is currently assigned as Flight Commander of the USAF Band of the West in San Antonio, Texas. Her responsibilities include assisting in the organization, training, and equipping of a 60-member, nine-ensemble musical team to communicate with honor and inspire the American people over a seven-state area of responsibility. Christy has guest conducted bands and orchestras across the country, ranging in age and ability from young to old, student to amateur to professional. Christy currently lives in San Antonio with her husband Matt, her two cats Maxwell and Dmitri, and dog Penny.

Nate SlettenNate Sletten, 2014, M.M. Music, Conducting is currently the 5-12 director of Bands for the Earlham Community School District in Earlham, Iowa. He loves living in Earlham with his wife Mindy and two daughters, Addy (4) and Ella (2). Most recently, Nate really enjoyed his experience in the Summer Conducting Seminar for Music Educators, where he made life-long friendships with his classmates. Nate is humbled and honored to have been selected as a quarterfinalist for the 2017 Grammy Music Educator Award. Click here for more information.