Featured Alumni

Kyle Mills, B.M. ’14

Kyle was born and raised in St. Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands. Throughout his performing career, Kyle has earned numerous achievements. Kyle was selected as lead trumpet at both the University of Hampton Summer Band Camp and the Berklee School of Music Summer Jazz Camp. In 2009, Kyle was selected as lead trumpet to represent the East Coast Historically Black Colleges and Universities at the International Association for Jazz Education Convention in New York City, NY. At Bradley, Kyle was an active member of the Bradley Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Winds and was selected in 2012 as one of the soloist for the Bradley Concerto Aria. Most recently he has played professionally with Celebrity, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines. Kyle will be attending Morehead State University as a graduate assistant to earn his Master of Music in Trumpet Performance.

Eric Loring, B.M. Music Education, ’98

Eric is currently in his sixteenth year of teaching music and, in addition to his degree from Bradley, holds a Masters Degree from Vandercook College.   Eric taught four years at Princeton High School in Princeton, IL and then spent the next three years as the Associate Director of Bands for Galesburg High School.   Since 2005, Eric has been the band director at Germantown Hills Middle School.  In addition to his responsibilities at Germantown Hills, he also assists with the band program at Metamora Township High School.  Mr. Loring is a member of the Illinois Music Educators Association and the National Association for Music Education.  You can reach him at: loringe@ghills69.com

Jennifer Rosa, B.S. Music Business, ’06

Jennifer is an award winning Lyric Coloratura Soprano/Producer/Collaborator and she has had the privilege of performing in over 15 operas and 20 oratorios. At Bradley she held the Head position for 24 Hours of Music, a philanthropy benefiting the Vh-1 Save the Music Foundation.  She also spearheaded new events including the fall concert event, Rocktober Fest, benefiting Vh-1 as well.  Jennifer interned as a Special Events/Marketing Intern for New York City Opera at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. She currently is the Founder/Producer of Music Forum and The Stoop Concert Series (TheStoopNY.com), that takes place at the landmark Church For All Nations (CFAN.net) in the heart of Manhattan, where she also serves as the Events Director. Jennifer Rosa is the Co-Founder/Executive Producer of Flat World Productions (FlatWorldPro.com), a collaborative event, concert, and audio production company co-founded with her husband J Scott Hinkley (Bradley ’03).

Katrina Fitzpatrick, B.M. Music Education, ‘ 01

Katrina is the band director and fine arts department head at Morton Junior High School, Morton, IL.  She is the woodwind instructor for the Morton High School Marching Band, flute instructor for the Music for All Summer Symposium Marching Band Track as well as the activity director for the Central Illinois Summer Band Camp hosted at Bradley University.  In 2010, she directed the MJHS Jazz Band at the IMEA All State Convention, and in 2015 she will be an All State Clinician.  She is honored to have served as the guest conductor in both concert and jazz festivals throughout Illinois. She is a member of Phi Beta Mu and a flutist in the Prairie Wind Ensemble and holds a Masters degree from Illinois State University.  You can reach her at: Katrina.Fitzpatrick@morton709.org

Rich Lupo, B.M. Music Performance, ’09

Rich Lupo Flutes and Piccolos is a fully licensed flute repair and sales company founded in 2003.  Rich is internationally respected as an expert on flute repair.  As a flute repairer and flute seller, he has worked with flutists from every continent.   Along with being a flute repairman, he leads an active life as a professional flutist and he has presented solo recitals and played in professional bands and orchestras. Prior to launching his company Rich served as principal second flute and piccolo in the Missouri Symphony Orchestra. 

Stephanie (Castongia) Lupo, B.M. Music Performance, ’11

Stephanie is pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree in Flute Performance and Pedagogy with a Secondary Area in Music Theory at The University of Iowa, where she is a Teaching Assistant in Flute, instructing private lessons and the Instrumental Techniques class. She received her MM in Flute Performance at The University of Akron in Akron, Ohio, where she was a Graduate Teaching Assistant.  She has won competitions in Illinois, Arkansas, and Ohio and has participated in masterclasses in the US and Austria.  Stephanie performs in several ensembles including the UI Chamber Orchestra, UI Symphony Orchestra, and the professional flute duo, Whisper Tones.  She was co-principal flute and piccolo in the Ohio Light Opera Orchestra and performed in the Peoria Bach Festival Orchestra. Most recently, she became an Andover Educator trainee with the goal of giving body mapping lessons and masterclasses once licensed.

Shane Bradley, B.S. Music Business, ’14

Shane is a native of Rockford, IL and grew up as an avid fan of music from a young age, performing in a number of local bands and school ensembles since grade school. While at Bradley he worked as a live sound engineer and a radio DJ before co-founding two different concert promotions organizations (Brave Sounds Entertainment and +music) with some of his best friends at school. Those organizations hosted a number of events, ranging from full-blown music festivals to underground house shows. This spring he moved out to Los Angeles to work as a music central floater at William Morris Endeavor in Beverly Hills.

Tim Karth, B.M. Music Education, ’03

Tim recently completed his tenth year as the band director at Streator Township High School in Streator, IL.  In that capacity, he is the director of the competitive marching band, concert band, pep band, and jazz band.  During his tenure, the band took their first trip out of state in over 30 years, commissioned an original piece by Robert Sheldon, and performed at the ILMEA All-State Conference.  He also served as the choir director for the last four years. This fall he will be the assistant band director at Troy Buchanan High School in Missouri.  Tim earned his Master’s in Conducting from the American Band College of Southern Oregon University.  He has also maintained an active playing career performing with the Central Illinois Jazz Orchestra, the Illinois Valley Saxophone Quartet, and the newly re-formed Illinois Saxophone Quintet, which will be playing at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference in March of 2014. You can reach him at tkarth@yahoo.com