Music students will benefit from the experience of their predecessors as four alumni return for the first Music Career Day scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 11 in Room 124 of Davis Hall.
The alumni are slated to speak to the challenges and opportunities that face music graduates as well as offer guidance on career planning.
The presenters include Rheuben Green, Valerie Yocum and Steven and Marie Sanders.
Green graduated from USAO in 2000 and serves as the director of bands and choirs at Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma City. Additionally, he is the band director at Taft Middle School, also in Oklahoma City.
Yocum graduated from USAO in 2005 and earned a master of music degree in piano performance from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford.
She has completed coursework for an equivalency in music therapy and is presently serving as an intern at Northern Oklahoma Resource Center in Enid.
Steven Sanders graduated from USAO in 1998 and went on to earn a master’s degree in vocal performance from Oklahoma City University as well as a certificate of performance from Boston University.
Sanders, a tenor, has performed professionally in more than three dozen productions of operas, oratorios and concerts. He has won many awards, including the Distinguished Young Alumni Award from USAO in 2004. He has performed to critical acclaim with leading opera companies throughout the country. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2008. In 2009, Sanders sang on a Grammy-nominated recording of the opera, Volpone, by John Musto.
Marie Sanders graduated from the university in 1999. Her teaching career in elementary music started at Anadarko where she taught at a K-1 school for two years. She taught later in Pflugerville, Texas, before moving, with her husband, Steve, to the East Coast. While there, Marie taught in Newton, Mass., for two years. In 2006, the pair moved to New Jersey where she taught music at an elementary school. Earlier this year, the Sanders returned to Oklahoma where Marie teaches at Marlow Elementary. The family makes their home in Waurika.
The event is free and open to the public.
More information about the event can be obtained by calling 574-1298.