MSU Fine and Performing Arts Alumni
Where are they now?
Kenneth Alston, counter-tenor
Class of 2006, appeared in several of our productions including The Medium as Madame Flora and severed as choreographer for our Broadway Review in 2005. Mr. Alston is a member of the renowned singing sensations Three Mo’ Tenors and is currently pursuing his Master of Art in Theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York.
Leah Brown, mezzo-soprano
Class of 2006, Mrs. Brown at native of Trinidad completed her M.A. in voice through our program and appeared in several of our productions including The Medium as Madame Flora and Treemonisha as Monisha. Leah is pursuing her Doctoral degree in voice and world music at the University of Connecticut in Storrs.
Jay DeVaughn, baritone
Class of 2006 appeared in Highway One, USA as Bob and in Gianni Schicchi in the title role. Mr. DeVaughn has appeared as Amateur performer and winner of the Showtime at the Apollo on tour at the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference in the Landmark Theater in Richmond Virginia and was Amateur performer at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY. Currently he is the Minister of Music at Payne Memorial Baptist Church in Baltimore and in January will assume to position of Minister of Music at Second Baptist Church in San Antonio, TX.
Joanna Ford, soprano
Class of 2008, appeared in our production of Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha in the title role and Menotti’s The Telephone. Ms. Ford was a 2008 recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship and studied German in Berlin for one year and also performed the role of Despina in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte with the Weimar Opera in 2009. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in voice at Michigan State University and being mentored there by renowned tenor Mr. George Shirley.
Garrett P. Jackson, baritone
Class of 2006, Mr. Jackson appeared in our production of Douglas Moore’s one-act soap opera Gallantry. He is now living in Chicago, IL where he is been employed with GIA Publishing in the Black Church Music Division since graduation from Morgan. He has been an active performer in the Greater Chicago are and producer of concerts and events for GIA.
Ronald S. McFadden, baritone
Class of 2009 is a candidate for the Master of Art in teaching here at Morgan, is the Founder and Director of the Saturday School for the Arts in Baltimore. Mr. Scott made his solo debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra last season in Gershwin’s Blue Monday as Mike.
Shana Powell-Oshiro, soprano
Class of 2008, Mrs. Oshiro was the 2007 Miss Maryland and competed in the Miss America Pageant appeared in several of our opera productions in leading roles including; The Medium and The Telephone by Menotti, Gallantry by Douglas Moore and a soloist in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s “Holiday Spectacular”. She studied abroad in Florence, Italy and performed the role of Dorabella in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte with the Weimer Oper in 2009. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in music therapy and voice at Shenandoah University is married and living in Frederick, Maryland.
Shannon Ramsey, mezzo-soprano
Class of 2006 appeared in Gianni Schicchi as Gherardino. Ms. Ramsey, singer/song writer is an emerging young artist in the R & B industry and winner of several awards. She hit single “Emotional” on the Twist of Fate Soundtrack and a new single “Memory” featuring Jazz of Dru Hill.
Derrick L. Thompson, baritone
Class of 2010 appeared in The Telephone by Menotti as Ben and in Dream Lovers Samuel Coleridge-Taylor as Prince Torado. Mr. Thompson made his Maryland debut in November 2008 as the baritone soloist for the world premiere of the oratorio The Chartered Course celebrating the 300th Anniversary of the City of Annapolis. He is now employed in Tianjin, China as the Artistic Director of the Tianjin Concert Halls Mulan's Children's Choir for their 2010-2011 Season.
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