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mclaughlin.jpgBelmont alumnus Brett McLaughlin was recently featured in the Sun Herald (Gulfport, Mississippi) for his rise to songwriting fame. McLaughlin was a Commercial Music major at Belmont (’09) and has used his education to springboard into the Los Angeles music scene.

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kreis.jpgTony-Award winning Levi Kreis returns to campus for senior recital. Click here for the full story.

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I’m a professional drummer and percussionist based in Nashville, TN specializing in live performance, touring, recording and clinics. I played with Keith Urban on the CMT Artists of the Year 2014, which was nominated for CMT’s Performance of the Year in 2015. I have played multiple times on the Grand Ole Opry, recently completed a two-year world tour with Barrage 8, and have hosted clinics and masterclasses at middle schools, high schools, and universities across the country. Because of Belmont’s location and its professors’ ties in the Nashville music scene, I was able to network, make contacts, record and play music to integrate myself into the music industry in Nashville while I was still a student. This aligned me for a successful transition into my professional career after graduation. The curriculum of Belmont’s Commercial Music program, professors like Chester Thompson and Dr. Christopher Norton and my fellow classmates (many of which I am still friends with and work with to this day) are all factors that importantly shaped me into the musician, person, and professional I am today.

Kayleigh Moyer, Commercial Music, 2015

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I'm currently a Standby for Genie and Babkak in Aladdin on Broadway. It's been a long road to reaching this amazing milestone in my career. That road included local theatre in Nashville, three cruise ship contracts, and multiple regional theatre productions in South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Arizona. I toured the U.S. and Japan with Dreamgirls and Sister Act, both musicals, and performed in the Festival of the Lion King in Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort. None of that would have been possible if not for the four years I spent at Belmont. The truly beautiful people that poured love and encouragement into me have stayed with me all these years. Some of my closest friends were found there! The practical knowledge that I learned has served as a strong foundation to build a career on. I'm so blessed to have found Belmont and so excited about the future. 

Deonte Warren, Musical Theatre, 2010

 

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Elias Salazar, Music Education, 2013, was recently selected to serve as Artistic Director/Conductor of the Trevecca Symphony Orchestra! He is also a former Conducting Fellow with the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra.

Other Alumni Successes:

Russell Dickerson, Singer/Songwriter; recently featured in 'People' and 'Taste of Country:' http://news.belmont.edu/alumnus-featured-in-people-and-taste-of-country/

Rayvon Owen, American Idol XIV top 4. See what he's doing: twitter.com/rayvonowen

Russell Terrell, Background vocalists and Curtain Call Award Recipient. View a documentary featuring Russell: http://youtu.be/t46D0y2VRiY

Dr. Timothy Sharp, Executive Director of the American Choral Directors Association

BU School of Music Alum?  We want to hear from you!  Email sarah.davis@belmont.edu and tell us what you're doing!