Barron Ryan (’09) is the son of two musicians who grew up in a house filled with the sounds of artists ranging from Chopin to James Brown. After beginning piano lessons at age four with his father, Ryan studied piano performance at the University of Oklahoma.
Adrianna Hicks, an OU alumna-Musical Theatre, plays Celie, the lead role in the touring production of the Tony Award-winning musical revival The Color Purple, directed by Tony winner John Doyle. The musical kicks off at the Proctors Theatre in Schenectady on October 7, 2017 and will come to Oklahoma City Jan. 3-7, 2018 at the Civic Center Music Hall.
OU Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts graduate, Annie Funke (BFA, ’07), has leapt from the stage at the Rupel J. Jones Fine Arts Center to Broadway and on to Los Angeles and the television industry. In April 2016, Annie was awarded the Regents' Alumni Award, to recognize her dedication and service to the University of Oklahoma.
After scoring her first professional acting job at age 16, Funke has appeared in critically acclaimed productions such as the off-Broadway hit “Punk Rock”; starred opposite Jake Gyllenhall in Roundabout Theater’s “If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet”; and was cast in the CBS crime drama “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,” which has been picked up for a second season. Funke credits her education in the A. Max Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre, and the completion of her BFA, as a compelling factor in her professional success. Watch Annie Funke's video at Live On Alumni.com
Joel Mott Wins Grammy
OU Bachelor of Music Education alumnus, Joel Mott won a Grammy Award for his participation as string arranger of the gospel recording Losing My Religion by Kirk Franklin. The album won a Grammy Award for Best Gospel Album in 2016.
"I'd love to thank my friend Dr. Roland Barrett for consistently giving time, energy and expertise to teach me to write and arrange when I was in school. Roland gave over and beyond of himself and I'm so grateful." - Joel