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CVPA Alumni Event Photo Gallery – Fall 2019

The Fall 2019 semester has been full of CVPA alumni sightings:  Asheville, Charlotte, Washington, DC and New York, as our graduates from art, dance, music and theatre have gathered to meet the new dean and reconnect and network.

Below are some photos from recent events.  Scroll through and enjoy (click on photo to enlarge), and stay in touch so we can make sure you’re on our invitation list!

CHARLOTTE, NC    September 15, 2019   Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

charlotte alumni dinner
Charlotte alumni dinner at the Bechtler Museum before the Collage Concert at the Knight Theatre
charlotte alumni dinner
Steve Kesselbaum and Mary Napier-Kesselbaum ’68 with Dean bruce mcclung








GREENSBORO, NC   September 17, 2019   Well-Spring Vanguard Alumni Reception

UCLS Patrons Judy Hyman ’56 BA (History), ’73 MEd (Counseling) Sarah Shoffner ’62 BS ’64 MS (Home Economics) ’77 PhD Family Development/Family Relations, and Emmy Mills ’62 BA (Art) ’65 MFA (Art)
dean bruce mcclung with Chancellor Emerita Linda Brady – a big fan of the CVPA!
Miles Davis Jazz Studies students are always a great addition to any party!
dean mcclung with Jo Safrit ’57 Physical Education, who is a loyal donor to CVPA’s Theatre Showcase
Barbara Garey ’59 (Sociology) sporting her Woman’s College jacket













ASHEVILLE, NC    September 24, 2019    Buxton Hall BBQ

Tina and David Ostergaard ’02 BFA (Theatre) Anne Salter ’08 MM (Music) and Jonathan Salter ’09 DMA (Music)
Henrietta Nance Neeley ’65 (Music) and Sandra Whitener Jarrell ’65 (Music) were roommates at WC/UNCG!
Ellen Harris ’97 MFA (Theatre) and Keith Baker enjoying the hushpuppies
Asheville Alumni Dinner
Christina Aurea ’93 BA (Theatre)
A full house art Pomodoro’s for the Asheville Vanguard Alumni Lunch










NEW YORK CITY   October 25-26, 2019    Various Locations

Carla Gannis ’92 BFA (Art) hosted a fun visit at NYU
Having fun with Carla Gannis ’92 BFA (Art) and some virtual reality during a visit to her NYU studio
Joe Forbes ’75 BFA (Theatre) showing students the finer points of backdrop painting at his Scenic Arts Studio
A visit with Joe Forbes ’75 BFA (Theatre) at his Scenic Arts Studio
Sidney Dixon Weberdörfer ’09 MM (Music) shows us the tech truck where she helps call the shots for the Metropolitan Opera’s HD Broadcasts
While we were visiting alumni, we caught up with a CVPA faculty member, Barbara Campbell Thomas, at her one-woman show at The Painting Center











NEW YORK CITY   October 27, 2019   Trattoria Dell Arte

Sarah Gooch ’18 BM (Music), Deon’te Goodman ’16 BM (Music) and dean mcclung
Jennifer Mann, ’16 MFA (Theatre) bruce mcclung, and Julie Robles ’16 MFA (Theatre)
Hugh Hysell ’88 BFA (Theatre) and Ashleigh Chestnut ’15 BFA (Theatre)
alumni at brunch in nyc
Dean bruce mcclung, Elizabeth Crittenden ’68 BM (Music), Patty Thel ’74 BM (Music)
alumni brunch in nyc
Alyson Reim Friedman ’80 BFA Theatre, Elizabeth Shoe Rivera ’01 MM (Music) and David Rivera ’01 Interior Architecture









WASHINGTON, DC  November 3, 2019    The Churchill Hotel

Lynn Miller ’80 BA (Music) and Larry Thomas ’80 BM (Music) ’82 MM (Music) catching up on their time at the “G”
Andrea Brown ’00 MM (Music) ’10 DMA (Music) and Jennifer Taylor ’00 BA (Music)
Lyndsey Swann ’17 MM (Music) and Dean bruce mcclung
Barbara Baker ’69 BM (Music) and Patty Thel ’74 BM (Music)
alumni at event in Washington DC
Standing L-R: Andrea Brown ’00 MM (Music) ’10 DMA (Music), Patty Thel ’74 BM (Music), Barbara Baker ’69 BM (Music), Thomas Breeden ’16 BA (Arts Administration), Lyndsey Swann ’17 MM (Music),
and Dean bruce mcclung Seated (L-R): Lynn Miller ’80 BA (Music), Claudia Curry ’66 (Art), Jennifer Lane ’80 MFA (Dance), and Jennifer Taylor ’00 BA (Music)


December Commencement Profile: Nicholas Shoaf

Nicholas Shoaf
BA Arts Administration, BM Music Education
Nicholas Shoaf has always known that music would be a part of his life.  UNCG’s College of Visual and Perfoming Arts helped him discover how to combine that love of music with leadership skills to live a life in the arts.
Nicholas started singing in elementary school, and in church, and he just didn’t stop.

By the time he was in High School, he was heavily involved in both the choral and band programs. By the time he started looking for colleges, he knew he wanted to teach and lead others. At UNCG he has participated in School of Music, Opera, and School of Theatre productions, and this month he will receive a BM in Music Education (Choral) and a BA in Arts Administration. Nicholas says he feels the two degrees will serve him well:

“I value all of my stage and performance experience gained while being a part of the CVPA. I added Arts Administration my Junior year because I wanted to broaden my knowledge of the arts as a whole. I wanted to know the behind the scenes action it takes to make everything run smoothly. Plus it makes me more marketable in today’s competitive arts world.”

In addition to the hours of classwork and practicums, Nicholas found ways to bolster his administrative resume by working in the CVPA Dean’s Office.  He also applied for and became one of CVPA’s first Student Ambassadors, eventually becoming the group’s recruiting manager.

Like many of CVPA’s undergraduate students, Nicholas is from North Carolina. He grew up in Pilot Mountain and says UNCG was the best place for him because of the program, and because it’s not far from home.

“My parents supported me by coming to every event and concert they could. I know I would not be where I am today if it was not for their love and support. My experience at UNCG has taught me valuable skills that will shape my future. My time here has taught me how to keep my doors open to all opportunities that might come my way.”

Although he’s not sure what door might open in the near future, Nicholas hopes to one day become a Director of Education for a non-profit arts organization. And after he picks up that diploma on December 13th, he will be one step closer

Congratulations to our Newest CVPA Alumni!

On December 13th, the College of Visual and Performing Arts will confer 19 Graduate degrees and 62 Undergraduate degrees in Art, Dance, Music, Theatre and Arts Administration.

We congratulate the graduates,  and welcome them as members of the CVPA Alumni family!   All alumni are invited to submit news of their future accomplishments at


Graduate Degrees – Fall 2019


MA – Dance Education

Emily E. Hector Godwin


DMA – Music

Xiaoyuan Huang Blankenship

Marya Jadwiga Fancey

Amy Michelle Harris

Darkson Magrinelli Rocha

MM – Music Education

Patrick Eugene Jones II

MM – Performance (Piano)

Zijing Wang

MM – Performance (String, Wind, Percussion)

Likai Liu

PMC – Music Theory Pedagogy

Kenneth Michael Davis

Amy Michelle Harris


Graduate Degrees — Summer 2019


MA – Dance Education

Amy Danielle Bramlett Turner


DMA – Music

Ronnal Vanté Ford II

Akiko Yamazaki

Miguel Augusto Ramos Zaparolli

MM – Music Education

Julie Flinchum Bradley

Andrew Stephan Lovett

Seth Noacker McKnight

Necie Lenore Wald

MM – Performance (Voice)

Dora Ines Cardona

Undergraduate Degrees — Fall 2019


BA – Art

Stuart Marie Belcher

BA – Art (Studio Art)

Cody Neal Blum

Bethany Kamari Daniel

Maria J Grissino

BA – Art (Studio Art), Minor: Music

Tomas Hilst Phillips

BFA – Art Education (K-12)

Maria B Colamarino

BFA – Studio Art (New Media and Design)

MaryGrace Willis Beard

Kayla Alise Bullock

Shamar Elliot Griffin

Katlyn Nicole Isley

Leo Thomas Martin

Paula Andrea Perez-Puldio

BFA – Studio Art (Painting), Minor: Interdis Art & Social Practice

Vincent Jacob Olko

BFA – Studio Art (Photography)

Peter Ja-mes Brown

BFA – Studio Art (Photography), Minor: English

Brittany Elise Souder

BFA – Studio Art (Print Making and Drawing)

Subrina Thom

BFA – Studio Art (Print Making and Drawing), Minor: Psychology

Alexandra Margaux Gaal


Arts Administration

BA – Arts Administration

Rosalyn Symone’ Jackson

Erica Nichole Payne

Nicholas Odell Shoaf

BA – Arts Administration, Minor: American Sign Language and Entrepreneurship-Non-Bus Major

Emily Paige Alexander

BA – Arts Administration, Minor: Entrepreneurship-Non-Bus Major

Jacqueline Eve Jones

BA – Arts Administration, Minor: Music

Stephen Michael Walsh


BA – Dance Studies, Minor: Technical Theatre

Patrick Ian Rupp

BFA – Dance (Dance:Choreography/Performance)

Alexis Coryn Clanin

BFA – Dance (Dance:Choreography/Performance), Minor: Anthropology

Marissa Cara Kuczkowski



BA – Music (General Music) and Anthropology, Minor: Chinese

Ashlie Elizabeth Brewer

BA – Music (General Music)Anthropology

Alexandria Leah Vilchis

BM – Performance (Brass and Percussion)

Joshua Tyler Kraus

BM – Performance (Keyboard), Performance (Voice)

Huanhuan Xie


BA – Drama

Patrick Sinclair Cole

Tasha May Davis

Noah Jay Fazenbaker

Corey J Feaster

Ian Olson House

Anna Elizabeth Laventure

Joshua Robert Peterson

Jordan Elizabeth Willis

BA – Drama, Minor: ASL Deaf Studies

Connor Buckley Downes

BA – Drama, Minor: Psychology

Sarah Elizabeth Carmody

BFA – Drama (Acting)

Natasha Alexandra Fink

De’Ron Antonio Robertson

BFA – Drama (Design and Technical Production), Minor: Anthropology

Lilee Reshard Rose

Undergraduate Degrees — Summer 2019


BA – Art (Studio Art)

Kelli Nicole Smith

Zhixin Zhou

BA – Art (Studio Art) ,Arts Administration

Ansu Samukai King