Student playing an instrument in one of Cedarville's ensembles

Alumni Spotlights

Music and Worship Alumni Spotlights

Equipping our students for lifelong leadership and service through an education marked by excellence and grounded in biblical truth is our greatest joy as professors. Our greatest desire is that our graduates glorify God in all they do as they further the mission of Christ in the world through their active engagement in spiritual, moral, professional, and social spheres. We praise God for those graduates who continue to inspire us. Soli Deo Gloria!

Diane Orlofsky

Alumni Spotlight – Diane (DeNicola) Orlofsky '78

Diane (DeNicola) Orlofsky ‘78 is an experienced choral conductor, choral clinician, and music educator best known for her work with pre-service music educators.

David McGrew

Alumni Spotlight – David McGrew '00

Cedarville was where David McGrew ’00 first learned what it was to become a Christian artist. The music program facilitated a perfect counterpoint between conservatory and contemporary worship center.

Chad and Natalie Winder

Alumni Spotlight – Chad '06 and Natalie (Plunket) Winder '07

Timothy “Chad” Winder (’06) and Natalie (Plunket) Winder (’07) both chose to pursue music careers early in their high school years.

Cedarville University graduates Emily and Daniel Kohavi are using their talent to impact the music industry in Nashville. Photo credit: Charles Clevenger.

Alumni Spotlight–Emily (Powell) Kohavi '11

Emily (Powell) Kohavi '11 has been selected to perform at major music events and with well-known artists, including a tour with Martina McBride and performance at the CMAs.

Susan West

Alumni Spotlight - Susan West '98

Susan West '98 teaches piano and owns her own studio, where she has influenced and encouraged hundreds of students in their love for music.

Emily Williams

Alumni Spotlight-Emily (Plate) Williams '04

Emily (Plate) Williams '04 plays with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, teaches more than 20 violin students out of her home, and teaches private violin and string methods classes for Mississippi College.

Taylor Nelson

Alumni Spotlight - Taylor Nelson '13

Taylor Nelson '13 directs two high school choirs and an a cappella pop group, directs a middle school choir, coaches a worship band, and teaches a music history course.

Rachel Schmoyer

Alumni Spotlight – Rachel Schmoyer '07

Rachel Schmoyer '07 was intensely involved in the music scene in Oklahoma as well as being a member of the Music Teachers National Association.

David Lawhead

Alumni Spotlight – David Lawhead '82

David Lawhead '82 taught music in Florida's private and public schools for 25 years.

Kyle Schick

Alumni Spotlight – Kyle Schick '13

Kyle Schick '13 is currently pursing a master’s degree in music performance from the University of Maryland. As a production coordinator for the Center, Kyle supports hundreds of events for the UMD School of Music as well as visiting national and international artists.

Rachel Lowrance

Alumni Spotlight – Rachel Lowrance '14

From her classes and private piano lessons at Cedarville, Rachel Lowrance ’14 learned how to be a person of excellence and diligence. She uses that life lesson every day as she carefully plans for each piano lesson she teaches.

Andrew Symington

Alumni Spotlight – Andrew Symington '14

Andrew Symington ’14 is a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is seeking to earn a Master of Music degree in French horn performance, with the eventual goal of playing in a professional orchestra.