Cassidy Brunsteter

#CFADWorks: Cassidy Brunsteter

UCO Interior Design Alumni Spotlight on Cassidy Brunsteter of Mr. Robert Fine Furniture and Design, Norman, Oklahoma

Our graduates are doing extraordinary things! Interior Design Alumni Spotlights are a new feature highlighting our talented graduates. These interviews allow you to learn about where our alumni work, the types of projects they do, and how their experiences during their time at UCO helped shape them into the designers they are today.

Questions:

UCO DES: What year did you graduate from UCO?

Cassidy Brunsteter: 2007

UCO DES: What was your name in school?

CB: Cassidy Murphey

UCO DES: Where are you from?

CB: Oklahoma City

UCO DES: What got you interested in interior design?

CB: I became interested in interior design at a very young age. I can remember drawing floorplans of my house, and I loved to watch shows like Martha Stewart Living before there was HGTV.

UCO DES: Did you study anything else while you were in school?

CB: For the first two years, I studied dance.

UCO DES: What was your first job after graduation?

CB: Mister Robert Fine Furniture & Interior Design in Norman, Oklahoma.

UCO DES: What are you doing today? 

CB: I moved to Seattle, Washington a couple of years after graduating and worked in both design and residential property management while there. After many years in Seattle, my husband and I moved back to Oklahoma and I made my way back to Mister Robert. I have now been back with Mister Robert for a little over 3 ½ years as a designer specializing in residential interiors. I am involved as a buyer and in advertising as well.

UCO DES: What has been one of your favorite projects you’ve worked on as a professional?

CB: There have been so many! Working in residential design, you really get to know your clients and their families. I have been so lucky to help and work with some of the neatest and nicest people. It is a wonderful reminder that furniture selection and placement is so much more than just that. As designers we help to make their house a home. It can be a very rewarding experience.

UCO DES: When you were a student, did you work? If so, where?

CB: My first job in the industry was at Theo’s Marketplace at their Edmond location. I worked a few hours a week, between classes. I learned so much about furniture and the access I had to fabrics and materials was useful with school design projects.

UCO DES: Where did you do your internship? How did that experience shape your future?

CB: I did a residential internship with Winterhouse Interiors, and a commercial internship with ADG architects. They were both wonderful internships, and doing both commercial and residential was very helpful in deciding my career path in residential design.

UCO DES: Were you involved in any other campus activities or organizations when you were in school? Were you in a leadership position?

CB: I served as President-Elect and President of UCO’s student chapter of ASID (now SIDA).

UCO DES: Are you a member of a professional organization now as a practicing designer?

CB: I am an Allied Member of ASID.

UCO DES: What is one of your fondest memories of your time at UCO?

CB: I have so many fond memories of my time at UCO, but my design trip to Paris must be my favorite!

UCO DES: What advice can you give our current students?

CB: Take internship opportunities and take them seriously! The design world is a small world no matter what path you take, and it is never too soon to start your professional resume with professional references.

The photos provided represent a variety of Cassidy’s projects.

Cassidy Brunsteter, example of bedroom interior design Cassidy Brunsteter, example 1 of living room interior design Cassidy Brunsteter, example 2 of living room interior design

Mr. Robert Fine Furniture and Design has been a landmark along Norman’s Main Street since 1958 providing furniture and design services for both home and office needs. You can learn more about Mr. Robert at:  https://www.misterrobert.com/#home

Compiled by Amy Jacobson-Peters, MFA, ASID, IDEC
Assistant Professor
Division Head, BFA Interior Design, UCO School of Design

photo of Nathan Hughes with one example of his design work

#CFADWorks: Nathan Hughes

Interior Design Alumni Spotlight with Nathan R. Hughes of Mathis Brothers

Interior Design graduates are doing extraordinary things!  Interior Design Alumni Spotlights are a new feature highlighting our talented graduates. These interviews allow you to learn about where our alumni work, the types of projects they do, and how their experiences during their time at UCO helped shape them into the designers they are today.

Questions:

UCO DES:  Where are you from?

Nathan R. Hughes:  I grew up in Arkansas and moved to Kansas to complete my Associate of Arts Degree at Wichita State University.

DES:  What year did you graduate from UCO?

NH:  2014

DES:  What got you interested in interior design?

NH:  I remember the dawn of HGTV.  Almost every show was about Interior Design. I remembered watching programs and thinking to myself, “Wow, they didn’t handle that well, or they should have researched more before diving into a client’s home like they did.” I also loved the look in a client’s eyes and the change to their demeanor when they walked into a perfect space just for them. 

DES:  Why did you decide to major in interior design?

NH:  I was in furniture sales at the time and decided I wanted to move up in my company and actually have the education and experience needed to assist my clientele with their homes properly. I loved the design and relation part of my job, but I wasn’t too much into the sales part. However, design sells itself if you design with your client’s best interest in mind and really listen to their wants and needs. 

DES:  What other areas of interest did you study while in school? 

NH:  I took several hours of Psychology. I really think Interior Design and Psychology come together nicely to allow you to communicate with a client and understand their viewpoints.

DES:  When you were a student, did you work?  If so, where?

NH:  Yes, I worked full time for Mathis Brothers, first in Sales and then in Visual Display. It was a true balancing act.

Where did you do your internship?  How did that experience shape your future?

NH:  I did my internship under the construction team and designers at Mathis Brothers. I wish I would have done this elsewhere just for the experience, but this taught me that there are many different ways to approach a project, and at the end of the day, the path isn’t always as important as the result. Work smart, work hard, and remember to breathe.

DES:  How has your degree helped you as a designer?

NH:  Tremendously. When it comes to people’s homes, they want someone who is relatable and has an eye, but that also has the educational background to make their homes both beautiful and functional.

DES:  What was your first job after graduation?

NH:  I was employed at Mathis Brothers as a Display Coordinator. We maintained and set the showroom and other Mathis locations for day to day, holidays, and special occasions.

DES:  What are you doing today?  What is your title?

NH:  I am the top Interior Designer at Mathis Design Studio in Oklahoma City. I recently was promoted to Design Studio Team Lead to help teammates better assist their clients and reach their goals. Altogether, I have been with Mathis Brothers for over 15 years now. We work with residential and commercial clients to plan out their spaces and make the design/ furniture experience more pleasant. 

DES:  What has been one of your favorite projects you’ve worked on as a professional?

NH:  There have been so many! I have had the honor of participating in the Oklahoma City Symphony Show-house since 2012. This is a great organization for our community, and they are like family. I have also done design work on a charter yacht in Italy, worked with several Thunder players on their homes, and helped numerous clients achieve their perfect idea of “home” over the years.

DES:  Were you involved in any other campus activities or organizations when you were in school?  Were you in a leadership position? 

NH:  I joined ASID (the American Society of Interior Designers) as a student at the beginning of my senior year and have stayed a part of the organization as of today. I was awarded the Outstanding Senior Design Student Award in my senior year.  

DES:  Are you a member of a professional organization now as a practicing designer?

NH:  I am a member and Past President of the Oklahoma Chapter of ASID. I have served on the board since 2017. This organization really reaches out to the design community. It supplies networking and education opportunities for its members and the design community, so no one has to feel they are in this alone.

DES:  What is one of your fondest memories of your time at UCO?

NH:  The cram sessions before exams and final portfolios were, of course, my fondest memories… NOT. I had opportunities to meet so many people that I still call my friends. We came together for projects and studying and to help each other advance. We all had our strengths and insights. 

DES:  What advice can you give our current students?

NH:  It is never too late to be who you want or think you should be. Don’t let the hardships of life take away your vision, uniqueness, or artistic outlook on how you approach a project or challenge. Take time to breathe and focus on yourself while always pushing yourself forward. Dig in, stand strong, always be honest and caring, and in times when you just don’t know, reach out. Sometimes in life, it isn’t what you know but who you know.

The photos provided represent a variety of Nathan’s projects.

Mathis Brothers is a family-owned business with five locations in Oklahoma and California. Opening in 1960, they are one of the largest independent furniture retailers in the United States. You can learn more about Mathis Brothers at: https://www.mathisbrothers.com/

 

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#CFADWorks: Lydia Myers

Interior Design Alumni Spotlight with Lydia Myers of HOK in Kansas City

Interior Design graduates are doing extraordinary things! Interior Design Alumni Spotlights are a new feature highlighting our talented graduates. These interviews allow you to learn about where our alumni work, the types of projects they do, and how their experiences during their time at UCO helped shape them into the designers they are today.

UCO DES: Where are you from?

Lydia Myers: Tulsa, Oklahoma

DES: What year did you graduate from UCO?

LM: May 2016

DES: What got you interested in interior design?

LM: I remember wanting to be an interior designer at the young age of eleven or twelve. I loved watching HGTV, and I thought I wanted to be a residential designer.

DES: Why did you decide to major in interior design?

LM: After taking an interior design course at Tulsa Tech, which exposed me to the world of commercial design, I knew I wanted to become a commercial designer.

DES: Did you double major or get a minor when you were in school?  If so, what other areas did you study?

LM:  I got a minor in Graphic Design. I also took a textile class and a sewing class.

DES: Where are you working? What areas do you specialize in with your design work? 

LM: I am an interior design professional at HOK in Kansas City, where I mainly work on sports projects. Designing locker rooms, clubs, suites, and recreation facilities.

DES: When you were a student, did you work? If so, where?

LM: I worked at a resort as an event staff member over the weekends. One of the biggest tasks of the weekend was working on housekeeping. We cleaned every building after the guests left. It really taught me to pay attention to small details, from folding towels down to cleaning windows, leaving no smudge behind.

DES: Where did you do your internship? How did that experience shape your future?

LM: I worked at Sherwin Williams paint store. I didn’t do an architecture/interior design internship; fortunately, that did not prevent me from getting my current job. I learned quite a bit about paints and stains while at Sherwin Williams, which was valuable in my career. 

DES: What was your first job out of college?

LM: I did an internship with Panolam Surfaces for the summer after graduation. It was a great experience. I was able to travel all over the United States and also to Vancouver. Before doing the internship, I planned on working in Oklahoma. However, after traveling to cities I had never been to before, I realized I was willing to leave Oklahoma. Without that internship, I might not have ever considered leaving.

DES: Were you involved in any campus activities or organizations when you were in school?  Were you in a leadership position?

LM: I volunteered in SIDA. I helped create posters and social media posts.

DES: Are you a member of a professional organization now as a practicing designer?

LM: I am a member of IIDA.

DES: Have you taken the NCIDQ exam? Any advice?

LM: I am currently studying for the NCIDQ. My advice is to take the first exam in school. I wish I had. Also, get a study group. It really helps to have a small support system all studying together to review questions and help each other.

DES: What is one of your fondest memories of your time at UCO?

LM: I am so blessed to have met my best friend while at UCO. We spent so much time together over those four years, eating, kayaking, hiking, shopping, and of course sitting on our sofas with laptops in our lap, designing magic! 

DES: What advice can you give our current students?

LM: Get a minor in graphic design; it will serve you well! 

DES: Do you have a favorite project you’ve worked on to date?

LM: One of my favorite projects was Lynn Family Stadium for the Louisville City Football Club. I worked on this project from design development through to completion. My favorite part of the design process was punching at the end of the project. I helped punch every seat in the 15,000 seat stadium. In addition, it had several outdoor bars, including one under the giant video board. There are 18 suites, a club serving those suites, along with the men’s and women’s locker rooms.

Lydia Myers and colleagues sitting in the locker room of the Louisville City Football Club Stadium.   Lydia Myers wearing a hard hat at work

LM:  The picture of my colleagues and me sitting in the cubbies was from when we punched the Louisville City Football Club Stadium.  This is the men’s soccer locker room. 

The links below are to projects Lydia has worked on with HOK:

Louisville City Football Club

North Carolina State Carmichael Gym

University of Wisconsin Natatorium  (This is the biggest project I have been a part of. We were drawing construction documents while working from home during the 2020 COVID pandemic. It will be complete in Spring of 2023, but you can follow the link above to the construction cam.)

University of Alabama Mal More Sports Science Center

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering, and planning firm with 1,600 employees who collaborate across a network of 23 offices on three continents.  Fast Company ranked them as one of the most innovative companies of 2021. To learn more, visit:  https://www.hok.com/

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UCO Musical Theatre Announces Outdoor Concert Series

Courtyard of the CFAD House

The UCO Musical Theatre Concert Series takes place in the Courtyard of the CFAD House at 320 E Hurd St in Edmond.

The University of Central Oklahoma School of Music’s Musical Theatre Division announces a series of concerts for its Fall 2020 semester. The UCO Musical Theatre Concert Series are socially distanced performances taking place at the College of Fine Arts and Design House’s Courtyard, located at 320 East Hurd Street in Edmond.
“The UCOMT Concert Series came about due to the challenges of COVID,” said Greg White, Ph. D., director of the UCOMT division. “We decided our students would be safer performing outdoors, and we hope our audiences will feel safer watching the performances outdoors.”

The season kicks off with “Big Fish” running 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Sept. 23-26.
Based on the Daniel Wallace novel and the Tim Burton film of the same name, “Big Fish” tells the story of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman, and his adult son, Will. The senior Bloom has lived a full life and loves to share larger-than-life tales. When Will becomes a father-to-be, he sets out to learn the truth of his father’s stories.

“’Big Fish’ is a beautiful show brimming with heart and humor,” said White. “It’s about families, fathers, sons, wives, and knowing when the pavement ends we find our lives.”

Here is a list of all the events in the UCO Musical Theatre Concert Series:

 

“The Apple Tree” in Concert

Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 21-24, 8 p.m. at the CFAD House Courtyard, 320 E Hurd St

 

New Musical Theatre Bronchos Showcase

Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 12-14, 8 p.m. at the CFAD House Courtyard, 320 E Hurd St

 

“The Theory of Relativity” in Concert

Wednesday-Saturday, Nov. 18-21, 8 p.m. at the CFAD House Courtyard, 320 E Hurd St

 

White acknowledged the challenges of producing shows during a global pandemic, but also shares the optimism of the musical theatre students.

“It’s a historic time in the world, but our UCOMT students have been saying COVID can’t kill creativity,” said White. “I couldn’t agree more.”

Seating is limited and reservations are required. Audiences must wear masks to their socially distanced seats, but can take masks off after being seated.

For tickets or more information about the UCO Musical Theatre Concert Series, visit www.mitchellhalltheatre.com.

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UCO Musical Theatre Receives National Recognition

“Those of us who have witnessed the polished professionalism of our productions will not be surprised by this recognition.”

– Steve Hansen, Dean

College of Fine Arts and Design

The University of Central Oklahoma has again been recognized on the national stage for the outstanding quality of the Musical Theatre Program. The online theatre community “Performer Stuff” recently featured UCO in their article series “The Top College Theatre Programs You Might Not Know, but Should.” UCO Musical Theatre has previously been recognized as one of the top 10 programs in the nation by “OnStage Blog” in both 2017 and again in 2018.

“Those of us who have witnessed the polished professionalism of our productions will not be surprised by this recognition,” said Steven Hansen, M.F.A., dean of the UCO College of Fine Arts and Design. “As accolades continue to pour in, we will soon lose our moniker as a “hidden” gem, and take our place in the forefront of nationally recognized Musical Theatre programs.”

“Performer Stuff” is a national online community created as a resource for performers, educators and industry professionals. Their feature article lists several reasons for awarding UCO Musical Theatre a top nod this year. Among them are specialized and rigorous training by leading arts professionals; regular collaborations with local professional companies that offer students professional credits with the Actor’s Equity Association Union as well as successful alumni who can be found throughout the professional performing arts world.

“We live in an area where Musical Theatre is prevalent,” said Greg White, Ph.D., head of the UCO Musical Theatre Division. “There are three competitive programs in the metro area alone while Texas only has three in the entire state.

“One thing that sets us apart from other programs is the incredible collaboration between different departments within the UCO College of Fine Arts and Design. Our students have the opportunity to work with our Dance Department to refine dance techniques or they can take advanced acting courses in the Theatre Arts Department while also working directly with our talented voice faculty in the School of Music.”

Faculty within the College of Fine Arts and Design also stay at the top of their craft as professionals working within their collective industries.

“I want to congratulate our amazing students, staff and faculty mentors across schools, divisions and departments who’s collaborative efforts alchemically combine to create gold,” Hansen added.

#CFADWorks: Jessica Shatswell

Alumna and local music teacher Jessica Shatswell sends an update to the UCO College of Fine Arts and Design!

During her time at the University of Central Oklahoma, Shatswell was a part of the Marching Band, Jazz programs and Wind Symphony. She received a Bachelor of Music Education (Instrumental) in December 2015 and a Master’s in Music Education in May 2018.

Today, she teaches music to students in Pre-K through 5th g=Grade at Parkview Elementary School, sharing her love of music with the next generation!


As students are dissuaded from pursuing their passions in arts-related fields, we’re flipping the script on “starving artists” and highlighting the breadth of success our alumni have achieved as musicians, artistic directors, talent managers, dancers, actors and so much more. As our alumni can attest, #CFADWorks!

Are you a CFAD alum? We’d love to hear from you! To get involved, just post a selfie or video of you at work to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Use #CFADWorks, and we’ll share your story! Thank you for inspiring our students and the future generation of creators!

#CFADWorks: Casey Twenter

Reflecting on his impactful career as a designer, creative director, producer and screenwriter, UCO College of Fine Arts and Design alumnus Casey Twenter thanks his alma mater for starting him on the road to success. #CFADWorks

Since graduating from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1995 with a degree in Graphic Design, Casey Twenter has been engaged in a diverse blend of artistic pursuits throughout his prolific career, including serving as Art Director at Hallmark Cards. In advertising and design, he has worked with such well-known brands as Sonic Drive-Ins, Payless Shoes and Blue Bunny Ice Cream. An experienced Creative Director as well, Twenter has held this position at Barkley, Third Degree Advertising, Funnel Design Group and, most recently, Paycom.

In 2002, Twenter began to channel his artistic talents into screenwriting, which then evolved into becoming a full-fledged filmmaker. One of his first films, RUDDERLESS, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013 and was released by Paramount Pictures.

While continuously expanding his body of work, Twenter still puts into practice lessons he learned while studying at the UCO College of Fine Arts and Design.


As students are dissuaded from pursuing their passions in arts-related fields, we’re flipping the script on “starving artists” and highlighting the breadth of success our alumni have achieved as musicians, artistic directors, talent managers, dancers, actors and so much more. As our alumni can attest, #CFADWorks!

Are you a CFAD alum? We’d love to hear from you! To get involved, just post a selfie or video of you at work to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Use #CFADWorks, and we’ll share your story! Thank you for inspiring our students and the future generation of creators!

UCO Department of Design Wins Big at Oklahoma ADDYs

The University of Central Oklahoma’s Department of Design continued their winning streak at the local 2019 American Advertising Awards (ADDYs) this February, capturing several top awards and solidifying a decade-long string of victories for this annual competition. In celebration of their success, the department will host an opening reception for a showcase of UCO students’ gold award-winning designs from 4-5 p.m. March 14 in the Donna Nigh Gallery, located on the third and fourth floors of the Nigh University Center on Central’s campus.

At the ADDYs Gala on Feb. 16 at The Criterion in Bricktown, OKC, UCO design students collectively won 23 gold, 27 silver and 18 bronze awards, with Amanda Dely chosen as Best of University for her campaign “Neon Cactus.” UCO student Jarrod Lovick secured the Special Judges Award for his illustration “Summer’s Last Scoop,” and the top award of the evening, Best of Show, went to UCO student Shuning Liu for “Forest Walk: Bear, House, Water.”

In the professional category, UCO Department of Design staff member and alumna Monique Ortman and current student William Muschinske together earned gold for “UCO CFAD Recruiting/Brand Campaign.” In addition, Ortman earned one gold, one silver and three bronze awards for her work.

“I am so proud of our student’s willingness to take a chance and see how they stack up locally, regionally and nationally,” said Amy Johnson, M.F.A., chair of the UCO Department of Design.

“Their willingness to take the risk, to see what will happen is a direct result of their faculty, the program and their own drive for excellence. I am thrilled by the outcome and I proudly congratulate our UCO Design students!”

The ADDYs is the advertising industry’s largest competition, attracting more than 40,000 entries every year. Winners of the Oklahoma ADDYs are invited to compete in the second tier of the competition at the district level. District winners are then eligible to compete in the national ADDYs.

The work of UCO design students advancing to the next stage of the competition will be featured in the exhibit opening March 14 and the showcase will remain on display through May 3.

“The unprecedented success of our design students at the ADDYs and in many other national competitions results from intentionally prioritizing student excellence,” said Steven Hansen, M.F.A., dean of the UCO College of Fine Arts and Design.

“The design faculty and academic leadership determined that we would support, encourage and mentor students toward best-in-nation distinction. The transformative learning experiences we offer our design students at UCO are arguably the best value of any design degree in America. Our students have responded by internalizing the importance of craft, pursuing exceptionalism and achieving the highest levels of professional creative excellence. I am so proud of them.”

For more information about the UCO Department of Design, visit design.uco.edu.

For more information about College of Fine Arts and Design events, visit cfad.uco.edu.


 

UCO Department of Design ADDY Winners:

Best of Show:

Shuning Liu, Forest Walk: Bear, House, Water

 

Special Judges Award:

Jarrod Lovick, Summer’s Last Scoop

 

Best of University:

Amanda Dely for Neon Cactus

 

Professional Winners:

Gold ADDY Winners:

Monique Ortman, In Command

William Muschinske and Monique Ortman, UCO CFAD Recruiting/Brand Campaign

 

Silver ADDY Winners:

Monique Ortman, Breakthrough!

 

Bronze ADDY Winners:

Monique Ortman, I <3 Design

Monique Ortman, 2018 ADDY Winners

 

Student Winners:

Gold ADDY Winners:

Adam Coe, Patience the Pangolin for WildAid

Amanda Dely, Maestro: Top Shelf Tequila Box Set

Amanda Dely, Meanwhile Back at the Ranch

Amanda Dely, Neon Cactus

Amanda Dely, The Pop-Up Shop by UCO Design

Amanda Dely, UCO Design Ad Campaign, proposed

Brenda Chavez, Oasis Home Improvement Supplies

Hayden Magar, Off Beat Bakewear

Hayla Perrone, 4Tune Teller

Holly Low, Jux Skate Shop

Jarrod Lovick, Summer’s Last Scoop

Jarrod Lovick, Things Unseen

Julia Weaver, Crunch Crunch Yum Cereal

Khang Nguyen, Crash site M2K

Mallory Rankin, Earthly Living Organics

Mallory Rankin, Catskill Distillery Whitelightening

Marissa Thelen, Pizza House

Mia, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Rachel Kear, Astro Ramen

Shuning Liu, Forest Walk: Bear, House, Water

Sydni Levis-Nasada, Zone First Aid Supplies

Tam Tran, Aurea Perfume

William Muschinske, Serial Killers by the Numbers

 

Silver ADDY Winners:

Alex Sun, The Catharsis Collection

Amanda Dely, Paper Jam, the people

Amanda Dely, Patience the Pangolin for WildAid

Brenda Chavez, Nantli Cacao Chocolate

Hayden Magar, James and the Giant Peach

Hayden Magar, Sticks for the Zombies

Hayla Perrone, Personal Brand

Holly Low, In Cold Blood

Jarrod Lovick, Office Buzz

Jarrod Lovick, Paper Jam, Biker

Jarrod Lovick, The Great Bambino

Jason Rowlett, Minja, Mega Minis

Jason Rowlett, Spirit Halloween Car Wrap

Mandy Rochat, Hårtles

Marissa Thelen, Aspen Coffee rebrand

Marissa Thelen, Conspiratea

Marissa Thelen, Pellow Outreach

Marissa Thelen, Finite Eau de Parfum

Megan Sadeghy, Reptilot

My Le, Insective Candy

Nik Long, Patience the Pangolin for WildAid

Oanh Le, Patience the Pangolin for WildAid

Shannon Perrin, Snow White

Sydni Levis-Nasada, Defy Eau de Parfum

Sydni Levis-Nasada, Sconed

Sydni Levis-Nasada, Secret Garden, book cover

Tam Tran, Uomo

 

Bronze ADDY Winners:

Alex Sun, The Butterfly Effect Invitation

Alyssa Holcomb, Wile E. Coyote

Amanda Dely, Out Cold: Hot Cocoa for Insomnia

Amanda Dely, Pellow Outreach

Amanda Dely, Rift

Brenda Chavez, Alarm Juice

Colton Danker, Ultra Music Festival

Hayden Magar, Revved Up Performance Oil Filters

Holly Low, Hideous Beast Brewing

Holly Low, Queens of the Golden Age

Jason Rowlett, Beacon Cologne Spray

Jason Rowlett, Book Experience: The Foxman

Josh Schultz, Pokémon Go

Luke Wickberg, Xtinction

Marissa Thelen, Boujee Bites for Dogs

Shuning Liu, Chinese Love Story

Sydni Levis-Nasada, OK Needs Her

William Muschinske, Brooks Nguyen and Davis

#CFADWorks: Julianne Annesley

We’re proud of our Oklahoma teachers! Local music educator Julianne Annesley shares how the UCO College of Fine Arts and Design prepared her to train the next generation of musicians.

During her time at the University of Central Oklahoma, Annesley was a part of the Wind Symphony, Marching Band, Orchestra and Cantilena Women’s Choir. She was also selected by audition for the National Flute Association Collegiate Honor Flute Choir in 2009 and 2010. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Music Education (Instrumental) with a minor in Vocal Performance in 2011, Annesley has dedicated the last eight years to directing band and orchestra, as well as teaching music appreciation.

Annesley was recently recognized for researching and reviving Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School’s alma mater song. Because of her efforts to promote school spirit through music, the school has begun several new traditions, including musical performances at the freshmen welcome event and Veterans Day Assembly. Read more about Annesley’s work at newsok.com.

Today, Annesley teaches at three Catholic schools in the Oklahoma City metro while also working to complete her Masters of Music Education. She is currently a member of the Oklahoma Flute Society Adult Flute Choir, serving as a Delegate on the Executive Board and as the Honor Flute Choirs Assistant.


As students are dissuaded from pursuing their passions in arts-related fields, we’re flipping the script on “starving artists” and highlighting the breadth of success our alumni have achieved as musicians, artistic directors, talent managers, dancers, actors and so much more. As our alumni can attest, #CFADWorks!

Are you a CFAD alum? We’d love to hear from you! To get involved, just post a selfie or video of you at work to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Use #CFADWorks, and we’ll share your story! Thank you for inspiring our students and the future generation of creators!

 

#CFADWorks: Eric Chambray

In the dressing room for “Le Rêve,” dance alumnus Eric Chambray shares his journey from the UCO College of Fine Arts and Design to the Las Vegas stage.

After studying dance at the University of Central Oklahoma, Chambray began his career with Royal Caribbean Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines and Tokyo Disney. For the past 10 years, Chambray has stunned audiences with feats of strength, acrobatics, aerial dance, diving, martial arts and more as a part of “Le Rêve,” performing in an aqua theatre-in-the-round at the Wynn Las Vegas.

Those outside of Las Vegas may have also seen Chambray and the “Le Rêve” dancers on America’s Got Talent and in the film Paul Blart Mall Cop: 2.

Watch a few of these captivating performances below:

As students today are dissuaded from pursuing their passions in arts-related fields, we’re flipping the script on “starving artists” and highlighting the breadth of success our alumni have achieved as musicians, artistic directors, talent managers, dancers, actors and so much more. As our alumni can attest, #CFADWorks!

Are you a CFAD alum? We’d love to hear from you! To get involved, just post a selfie or video of you at work to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Use #CFADWorks, and we’ll share your story! Thank you for inspiring our students and the future generation of creators!