BYU-Idaho Clarinet Alumni

See what graduates have been doing since leaving the clarinet studio.


Celeste Reynolds - 2012

Bachelor of Music Education

Since graduating from BYU-Idaho in 2012 I built up my private clarinet studio and enjoyed teaching 5th - 9th grade clarinet students. The bulk my time, though, has been with coaching Color Guard and Winter Guard. I have worked with Madison High School, Lehi High School, and Battalion Drum and Bugle Corps.

Sarah Carroll, MT-BC - 2013

Bachelor of Arts in Music

Following my Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from BYU-Idaho, I got my Music Therapy Equivalency education at Arizona State University. I worked as an intern at a music therapy clinic before taking my certification exam and I am a Board-Certified Music Therapist as of February 2016. I'm working at a great office job to pay the bills, also have a couple of small "gigs" to pay the soul. I run an Adaptive Music Class for the City of Boise and I coordinate with a local music store to teach adaptive music lessons. I still pull out my clarinet for teaching my Music Classes, to play in church, and to perform with the Treasure Valley Branch of Millennial Choir & Orchestra.



MJ Passanando - 2013

Bachelor of Music Education

Master of Music in Performance (Boise State University)

I student taught High School Band, Orchestra, Percussion, and Guitar at Fremont High School in Plain City, Utah (Spring 2014). In Fall 2014, I was hired as the Band and General Music Teacher at Bonnie Brennan Elementary and Washington Elementary, in Winslow, Arizona. After that, I moved back to California and worked for Newport Group, a financial office. Last Fall, in 2017, I decided to come back to school, and I started my Masters in Clarinet Performance at Boise State University, studying with Leslie Moreau. I am also working as a Graduate Assistant, and my primary responsibilities are: 1. Assisting Dr. Leslie Moreau with Music Theory, Ear Training, and Woodwind Classes, especially Clarinet and Saxophone and 2. Symphonic Winds Graduate Assistant with Marcellus Brown. I am scheduled to complete the program next Spring.

Amanda Hufstetler Empey - 2013

Bachelor of Music Education

Master of Music in Performance (Boise State University)

Following my graduation from BYU-Idaho in 2013, I moved to Boise where I pursued my Masters Degree in Clarinet Performance from Boise State University. After graduating from Boise State, I was hired as the Band Director at Blackfoot High School. I am enjoying working with the students in Blackfoot in Marching and Concert Band.



Terance Bagley - 2015

Bachelor of Arts in Music

After graduating from BYU-Idaho, I was blessed to be able to start my family and remain in the Rexburg area. I joined the Rexburg Tabernacle Orchestra and have enjoyed continuing to perform on my clarinet.

Rachel Johnson - 2016

Bachelor of Music Performance

Since graduating from BYU-Idaho in July 2016, I spent most of my time with family. I helped them move from Farmington to Syracuse during the summer. Later that fall, I got a job at Security National Mortgage Company as a Corporate Funder, which is where I currently work. In December 2016, I had the opportunity to perform with the Davis Chorale as a guest clarinet soloist. I was invited back to perform with them the next December. I also joined the Syracuse community orchestra for a short time and performed in their Fall Concert. In August 2017, I met my husband at a random game night. We got engaged that December, and were married in the Bountiful Temple in March 2018.

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Madeline Bascom - 2016

Bachelor of Music Education

After leaving BYU-Idaho I was hired to be the Band Director at West Jeffereson High School. I still enjoy learning new clarinet repertoire and hope to one day pursue a Masters Degree in Clarinet Performance.

Brennan Jessee - 2018

Bachelor of Music Education

After finishing coursework at BYU-Idaho, Brennan completed his student teaching in Arizona at Mesa High School. Following student teaching, Brennan accepted a teaching position at Legacy Traditional School in Surprise, Arizona.