At the Mary Pappert School of Music, we are immensely proud of our ever-growing alumni community. When our students graduate, they join an elite group of accomplished professionals who continue to strive for bigger goals in their chosen fields. 

Within the music industry, they can be found in all types of professions, from performer to producer, therapist to theologian, technologist to teacher, and many more. They are jazz musicians, such as titan of arranging Sammy Nestico, but they are also singer-songwriters in Nashville. They have been found on the biggest stages, like singer and actor Bobby Vinton and composer and conductor Gene Forrell, while others tour the world as members of professional organizations like the GRAMMY Award-winning Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. They are healers in various health care settings, teachers in public and private schools around the world, and some even find success in non-music and music-adjacent careers, like William Schultz, former President and CEO of Fender Music Instruments Corporation. Regardless of their chosen paths, one thing is clear:

Our graduates succeed.

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Alumni Services

After graduation, the Mary Pappert School of Music continues to support its alumni in various ways. Whether you are looking to increase the number of gigs you play or spread the word about your successes, we are here for you.

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And, of course, our alumni are always welcome to visit. Stop by and say hello!

Notable Alumni

The Mary Pappert School of Music has established a strong legacy of producing successful alumni who make significant contributions to the music industry all around the globe. The skills and knowledge they gain while students here continue to benefit them as they pursue their passion for music in various parts of the world. They have gone on to successful careers in music education, therapy, ministry, technology, and performance, as well as in non-music related fields.

There are countless examples of successful alumni from the Mary Pappert School of Music, making it impossible to list them all. Below are a few notable examples:

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Todd Goodman

Todd Goodman (M.M. Composition, 2006) is a passionate composer whose works are in constant demand around the world. Todd is the founder and owner of Wrong Note Media, serves as the Chief Academic Officer for the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, and has been nominated for a GRAMMY Award for Music Education.

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Allison Broaddrick

Following her graduation, Allison Broaddrick (B.S. Music Therapy, 2016) founded her own business, Three Rivers Community Care. She also serves as the Interim Director of In Toto Community Resource Center. Allison has also been selected as one of the 2023 Dukes from the Last Decade.

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Darryl Yokley

New York based musician Darryl Yokley (B.M. Performance, 2003) has established himself as a prominent saxophonist, composer, arranger, and educator. His most recent recording "Pictures at an African Exhibition" received favorable reviews from the New York Times, Downbeat Magazine, and others.

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Carly Koza

In 2023, Carly Koza (B.M. Performance, 2017; M.M. Performance, 2018) was selected to be among the prestigious "Dukes from the Last Decade" for exemplifying the mission of Duquesne University in her daily life. Carly is an example of an alumna who has found a career outside the music industry, and is now an attorney for Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.

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Office of Music Student and Alumni Services

Get Involved

As an alumnus of the Mary Pappert School of Music, you can sign up to be a part of our Gig List. We frequently receive requests for all types of music-related work, from performing for weddings to teaching private lessons and everything in between. We can pair these requests with you, based on your skills and interest. Once you join the Gig List, you will be notified if and when we receive a request that aligns with your interests.

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We continue to present over 200 concerts and recitals each year, exploring numerous styles and genres. We would love for you to join us at our events. Tickets for most concerts are only $10, and many concerts are free. For the most up-to-date information about our events, please visit our Calendar of Events.

Alumni, friends, parents, faculty, staff, and organizations give generously to preserve and enhance Duquesne. Some donors give small amounts every year; others contribute large sums from time to time. Every donor and every dollar makes a difference in students' lives by improving the quality and value of a Duquesne education.

Your gift to the Duquense Fund can be designated specifically to the Mary Pappert School of Music. Make a gift now!

If you have a student you would like us to contact about studying at Duquesne, please email our Director%20of%20Admissions. Be sure to include the student's name and contact information.

We support our alumni

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The Mary Pappert School of Music, and particularly the professors I interacted with most, have done a great job in keeping in touch with me post-graduation. In addition, the Gig List remains open to me as an alumnus, which means that I retain that avenue of potential work.

Alex Weibel B.S. Music Education, 2022