Undergraduate Admission
Rice: Unconventional Wisdom

Musicians

 

Blanton Alspaugh '87
Shepherd School of Music
Producer

Received a 2013 Grammy Award for Producer of the Year in the Classical Music category

   
 

Anna Christy '98
Shepherd School of Music
Opera Singer

2004 ARIA Award winner; has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Opera and the Santa Fe Opera and at the Teatro alla Scala, the Theatre du Chatelet, the L'Opera National de Paris and the Royal Opera House Convent Garden

   
 

Sasha Cooke '04
Shepherd School of Music
Mezzo-soprano

Received a 2011 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording for her performance as Kitty Oppenheimer in the Metropolitan Opera premiere of John Adams' "Doctor Atomic"

   
 

Gabriela Lena Frank '94/'96
Shepherd School of Music
Musician

Nominated for a 2011 Grammy Award in the Best Small Ensemble Performance category; winner of the Sphinx Organization's Medal of Excellence, which honors young African-American and Latino leaders in classical music who demonstrate artistic excellence, outstanding work ethic, a spirit of determination and leadership potential

   
 

James Gaffigan '03
Shepherd School of Music
Conductor

Associate conductor of the San Francisco Symphony and music director of CityMusic Cleveland; winner of the 2004 Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition and the 2008 League of American Orchestra's Helen M. Thompson Award

   
 

Hermine Gagne '02
Shepherd School of Music
Violinist

Violinist with the Chicago Symphony performs on both the orchestra's chamber music and educational series around the Chicago area; member of Chicago's Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra and winner of the Sallie Shepherd Perkins Prize for the Highest Achievement in Music

   
 

Thomas Hong '08
Shepherd School of Music
Conductor

Associate conductor for both Pittsburgh Symphony and Seattle Symphony orchestras; winner of the Leopold Stokowski Fellowship and founder of the Youth Symphony for United Nations, a Greenwich, Conn.-based organization for middle-school musicians

   
 

Tracy Jacobson '10
Shepherd School of Music
Musician

As a member of WindSync woodwind quartet, Jacobson and her fellow musicians won the 2012 Concert Artists Guild prize for Adventurous Programming; they will make their New York debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in November 2013

   
 

Rob Johnson '06
Shepherd School of Music
Musician

Associate principal horn of the Houston Symphony

   
 

Eric Reed '02
Shepherd School of Music
Musician

Horn player in the renowned group The Canadian Brass

   
 

Caroline Shaw '04
Shepherd School of Music
Vocalist and composer

Won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her composition "Partita for 8 Voices"; she is the youngest-ever recipient of this award

   
 

Kate Soper '03
Shepherd School of Music
Vocalist and composer

2012-13 Guggenheim Fellow; The New York Times called her music "exquisitely quirky"; she has been commissioned by the American Composers Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, the Tanglewood Music Calendar, among others; she is managing director and vocalist for the new music ensemble Wet Ink and adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University

   
 

Thomas Van Dyck '03
Shepherd School of Music
Musician

One of the newest members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, having joined the nine-member brass section in January 2013

   
 

Jing Wang '10
Shepherd School of Music
Concertmaster

Wang is the concertmaster for the Hong Kong Philarmonic; formerly the concermaster for the Dallas Opera and has been a guest concertmaster for the Kansas City Symphony, the Fort Worth Opera and the San Antonio Symphony