Read about what some of our alums are doing in the musical arts. Please submit your own nominations and submissions to the alumni office.

Anthony Cheung '00, Ph.D. - Pianist, Composer, Teacher

I am an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Chicago, where I teach everything from music appreciation in the Core (skills I learned from the master, Doc Lamott) and graduate seminars to individual composition lessons. I curate concerts and still occasionally perform with the Talea Ensemble, a new music group I co-founded in New York in 2007. I also continue to write new works for various soloists, ensembles, and orchestras. Prior to moving to Chicago, I lived with my wife at the American Academy in Rome, Cambridge, MA (where I was a Junior Fellow at Harvard), and New York, where we were graduate students at Columbia. Website. See also: Academics & Education

Margaret Clark '83 - Middle School Music Teacher and Conductor

Middle School music teacher at The Hamlin School since 2004. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music Education from the Oberlin Conservatory. She is also the Associate Artistic Director of the San Francisco Boys Chorus.

Ethan Gold '88 - Performer, Songwriter

Ethan is a singer, performer, songwriter, producer, and composer. Website.

Joshua Habermann '86 - Conductor

Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Choir and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. Lives in Dallas with wife Joanna and daughter Kira, and keeps in touch with UHS friends.

Semyon Kobialka '90 - Musician

I split my time between performing/recording as a multi-genre cellist and managing the Legal Team overseeing digital releases at Universal Music Group. In the spirit of this Alumni website, I'll mention that I've had collaborations with several UHS alumni like Alex Mandel (lead singer/songwriter of "The Fingers"), Amyn Kaderali (writer/director of "Kissing Cousins"), Scot Stafford (Pollen Music Group) and several other talented members of the class of 90. I'm also a proud alumnus of the Summerbridge Program, both as a student and a teacher. Website.

Maren Montalbano '92 - Singer

I graduated cum laude from both Tufts University and New England Conservatory as a part of their double-degree program, earning bachelor's degrees in drama and vocal performance, respectively. Today, I am a freelance classical singer, performing mainly opera and concert works, with a specialty in early and new music. I have recorded many world premieres, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning work, "On the Transmigration of Souls" by John Adams, which was later released into a Grammy Award-winning CD. (On a personal note, when John Adams showed up at that first rehearsal, the only thought in my head was that I knew who this guy was because Doc Lamott had taught me about him in Western Civ). Website.

Blake Robin '90 - Songwriter/Producer/Artist

I'm a songwriter, producer, musician and DJ (performing as Luxxury or Baron von Luxxury). I moved to LA for a publishing deal a few years back and have had several of my songs appear in film, TV shows and commercials. I'm currently writing songs and producing music for a half dozen artists and finishing work on my next album.

Why he chose this profession: It's a cliché but...honestly, it chose me. Indeed I started my career in advertising and Internet marketing but realized that it wasn't what I was passionate about. Now I can't wait to wake up and make music every day. I feel very lucky to work in a creative, collaborative field. I can't believe I get to make things every day. Website.

Deke Sharon '86 - A Cappella

Sang in the barbershop 4tet in the Music Man freshman year at UHS, kept a quartet going during lunch for all 4 years, and never looked back! Performed w/ Ray Charles, James Brown... Vocal Produced The Sing Off (NBC) in US, Holland, China & Pitch Perfect (Universal). Website.

Alexandra von der Embse '04 - Chamber musician, oboist

Alexandra von der Embse is the oboist and founder of Philadelphia-based chamber group, Ensemble39. Known for their unconventional programming in non-traditional venues to build the next generation of classical music lovers, their dedication to the highest level of music making and passion for their art has garnered praise from Grammy-award winning eighth blackbird. The group met while studying at the Curtis Institute of Music. Alexandra played with the UHS Sinfonia for four years under the guidance of Doc Lamott! 

Why I chose this profession: I love chamber music, and believe in the inherent worth of "classical music." There is a huge variety of music in the genre, and breaking down people's preconceptions of it is one of my favorite things! We live in an incredibly musical society, and many of our commissions are influenced by popular sounds and music. Often the hardest step is getting people in the door- and we choose our experiences and venues primarily to make our audiences comfortable enough to listen. Website.

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