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School of Music Students, Alumni Find Success in Field

Graduate student Ryan Ogrodny was selected to play fiddle, mandolin and vocals with country music singer Alan Jackson. This is not Ryan’s first experience with a notable artist. He has previously played fiddle for Craig Morgan, Billy Ray Cyrus and Laura Bell Bundy.

Alumnus Michael O’Gieblyn (’12), who studied violin performance, won an audition with Memphis Symphony on Aug. 21. Last fall, while still in the graduate program, he earned a position in the Huntsville Symphony first violin section. Prior to that, O’Gieblyn also won the sub audition for the Chattanooga Symphony in the spring of 2011. Most recently, he had the opportunity to play with Ray Price at the Grand Old Opry.

Charity Callahan, an alumna of Belmont’s undergraduate music program, earned certification in all 10 Suzuki books. She has been appointed the new orchestra director and violin professor at Greenville College in Greenville, Ind.

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