ISU Department of Music and Theatre celebrates student summer success

August 29, 2023

ISU Department of Music and Theatre celebrates student summer success

AMES, Iowa— Students of the Iowa State University Department of Music and Theatre spent the summer gaining professional experience through a wide variety of jobs, internships, and performance opportunities across the country. Highlights from the summer include:

  • Fiona Addy, sophomore performing arts major: Performer, 48 Hour Film Project
  • Annika Baker, senior performing arts major: Finalist, Bill Riley Talent Search at the Iowa State Fair
  • Macey Brackin, senior performing arts major: Props Designer, Pyramid Theater Company
  • Bobbie Buie, junior performing arts and English major: Stage Crew Apprentice, Santa Fe Opera
  • Valentine Chenus, senior performing arts and environmental science major: Living History Performer, Northern Tier High Adventure
  • Rylee Foreman, junior performing arts major: Lighting and Sound Intern, Calumet Theatre
  • Jarod Hart, junior music education and composition major: Composer and Music Director, Judge Story’s Theatrical Troupe
  • Zach Hodgson, senior performing arts major: Assistant Technical Director, Clinton Area Showboat Theatre
  • Hunter Khongmaly, junior vocal music education major: Orchestra Management Intern, Des Moines Metro Opera
  • Brook Mattingly, sophomore music major: Performer, Tallgrass Theatre Company
  • Mia Mattingly, sophomore music major: Vocalist, Des Moines Symphony
  • Samuel McDaniel, senior performing arts major: Performer, Lees-McRae Summer Theatre
  • Kaushik Raghavan, junior performing arts major: Stage Crew Apprentice, Santa Fe Opera
  • Zachary Riedemann, senior agricultural studies and performing arts major: Props Designer, Story Theater Company
  • Addison Salski, sophomore vocal music education major: Director and Choreographer, Cricket Theatre Company
  • Dane Singer, senior performing arts major: Run Crew, Shakespeare on the Lawn
  • Mónica Toro Lebrón, senior performing arts major: Stage Manager, Story Theater Company and Assistant Stage Manager, Shakespeare on the Lawn
  • Stella Webster, junior performing arts major: Assistant Choreographer, Des Moines Playhouse

About the Department of Music and Theatre

The Department of Music and Theatre is committed to a philosophy of education that draws its goals from the larger purposes of liberal arts education and from the guidelines of its accrediting agency, the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The primary aims of the department are to prepare students for a variety of professions in music, theatre, and the performing arts, to provide all students with educational experiences that will enhance their understanding of and aesthetic sensitivity to music, theatre, and the performing arts, and to serve as a vital force in the cultural life of the university, the community, and throughout the state and nation. The activities of the department reflect the university's commitment to excellence in teaching, creativity, and service.

collage of students on stage

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