Recent Southeast Music Graduates High Achievers

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The Brandt Hall of Music is home to the Departmet of Music of Southeast Missouri State University.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

July 26, 2006 – Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Music will sorely miss the drive and dedication of many of its recent graduates, but expects them to go on to excel in their fields.

“Many of our May graduates achieved considerable academic success,” said Dr. Gary Miller, former chair of Southeast’s Department of Music and director of the School of Visual and Performing Arts. “Several have been accepted to highly competitive graduate schools, including Washington University, Northwestern University, Indiana University, the University of Iowa, the University of Texas and DePaul University. In addition, several of our recent graduates have been state winners or runners-up at competitive auditions of the Missouri Music Teachers Association in the areas of woodwinds, strings and piano.”          

The students’ commitment to their craft was also reflected in their transcripts. Of the 19 May graduates from the Department of Music, 10 had cumulative grade point averages (GPA) of 3.5 or higher, with three having 4.0 GPAs. None of the graduates had less than a 3.1 GPA, according to Miller.

May Graduate Notables

  • Emily Grannemann, a 4.0 graduate from Ste. Genevieve, Mo., earned a bachelor of music degree (bassoon performance). Grannemann is a Missouri Music Teachers Association winner and a concerto/aria winner. She has been accepted to Washington University’s musicology doctoral program.
  • Matt Palisch, from Jackson, Mo., earned a bachelor of arts degree (organ). Palisch is a three-time Missouri Music Teachers Association state winner (organ). He has been accepted to the University of Iowa’s master of sacred music program.
  • Jason Weaver, from Jackson, Mo., earned a bachelor of music degree (guitar performance). Weaver is a concerto/aria winner. He has been accepted to Northwestern University’s guitar performance graduate program.
  • Tim Weddle earned a bachelor of music degree (double bass performance). Weddle is a concerto/aria winner. He has been accepted to the graduate program at Indiana University-Bloomington.
  • Ryan Bollinger, from Jackson, Mo., earned a bachelor of music degree (piano performance) and a bachelor of music education degree (instrumental). Bollinger is a  Missouri Music Teachers Association state winner. 
  • Kyle Miller, from Cape Girardeau, Mo., earned a bachelor of music degree (viola performance). Miller is a concerto/aria winner and a Missouri Music Teachers Association runner-up.
  • Elizabeth Weaver, a 4.0 graduate from Waterloo, Ill., earned a bachelor of arts degree (voice) and a bachelor of science degree (mathematics). 
  • Scott Evan, a 4.0 graduate from Jerseyville, Ill., earned a bachelor of music education degree (sax).
  • Monica Smith, from St. Louis, Mo., earned a bachelor of music education degree (flute). Smith is a concerto/aria winner.