Alumni HighlightsAlumni Highlights School of Music alumnus Henry Cheng (M.M. Orchestral Conducting ’09) who recently took first prize at the inaugural European Union Conducting Competition. Joe Gransden (B.Mu. ’94) and his 16 Piece Big Band debut their new holiday album “The Christmas Song!” A trumpeter, crooner, and instructor, Gransden is one of Clint Eastwood’s favorite musicians. Zac Brown Band guitarist Coy Bowles (B.Mu. ’04) Moonlights as Children’s Author Maria Valdes’ (B.Mu. ’12) voice has been praised by some of the most respected music critics in the nation. Gabrielle Beateg (M.Mu. ’18) Grand Final winner of the 2020 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Alisa McCance (B.Mu.‘02) shared the stage with country music’s top stars and gears up to launch a new album. Capitol City Opera Rising Stars Celebration Includes Baritone Jarius Cliett (M.Mu.’17) Kyle Guglielmo (B.Mu.’07) performed in 2017 with Piedmont Opera’s Silent Night. In 2020 he made his company debut with OperOttawa. Chris Otts (M.Mu.)is wins the Second Annual BMI Future Jazz Master Scholarship .In 2019, Otts joined the jazz faculty at Georgia State University School of Music. Curtis Bryant (M.Mu. ’80) wins second prize in The American Prize in Composition and launches a new album “Chamber Music for Cello and Piano” a new album of music with Jeffrey E. Young. Standard English – trumpeter Darren English (M.Mu. ’14) talks about playing classics and originals (blog). Carlos Simon (M.Mu. ’10) Wins $15,000 Commission from American Composers Orchestra and In 2020, he joined Georgetown University as a new faculty member.