Music - Alumni


Graduates from the CSU Department of Music have gone on to become professional performers, composers, and teachers, and have earned admission into some of the country’s most prominent graduate school programs in music. Here are just a few examples:

Marques Jerrell Ruff has sung as a baritone in the mutliple-Grammy award winning classical choir, Chanticleer. Ruff graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education in 2010. While at CCSU, he sang in the world-renowned University Singers, touring to France and China.

Amorette Languell is a doctoral student at University of Arizona, working toward her Ph.D. in Music Education with a minor in Music Theory. Languell graduated from CCSU with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. While at CCSU, she was in the prestigious Honors Program. Upon graduation, Languell spent 7 years teaching music in the public schools and was director of the community outreach program of the drum corps, The Connecticut Hurricanes.

Brenton Costa is a film and television composer living in California, working on scores for Home Theater Films, and on "Law & Order: SVU.” Costa graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Theory/Composition in 2009.

Cullen Blain is currently working on a DMA in Bassoon Performance at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music. He graduated from CCSU with a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in Performance. As a professional Bassoonist, Blain has performed with regional symphonies, chamber ensembles, and theater productions throughout New England and the midwest. A world leader in the material properties of reed cane, Cullen founded CB Reeds & Tools in 2012 which provides innovative solutions and products for single- and double-reed performers.

William Hooker is one of the most famous jazz drummers and composers in the world. He graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 1969 with a degree in Political Science, Sociology and History.