Becoming a well-rounded musician is our goal for you in the OLLU music program, which can lead to many careers including live performance, teaching in a public or private school, audio engineering, composing, conducting, writing about music, or a career in arts administration, sound design or music promotion. The possibilities are endless if you truly want to become a musician and work hard to acquire the skills you need to succeed.
OLLU alumni spotlights
Stacy M. Sauceda graduated from OLLU in May of 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, and is currently working on a Master’s in Entertainment Business. Stacy aspires to work at a major recording label promoting and recording artists. She has been playing Mariachi for 10 years and has traveled throughout the United States to various events such as the Hispanic Heritage Awards at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and the Santa Barbara Mariachi Festival in Santa Barbara, CA. Stacy was a part of the Mariachi program at the Lake from the time she started at the university, and has competed with Mariachi OLLU at the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza. Stacy has also taught as an Adjunct Professor of Music at OLLU where she taught beginning mariachi class and gave private instruction. In addition to her work in Mariachi, Stacy is the bass player in the local Christian band Footstool with her brother Ernest. Stacy attributes her growing success to her faith in the Lord and gives this quote from a book she just finished reading by John C. Maxwell on Leadership; “God’s gift to me is my potential. My gift back to God is what I do with that potential” (148).
Linda Gomez Richter (Class of '75) is a music educator in the Northside Independent School District and plays a very active role as a music alum. Linda has taught at OLLU in music education and is always supportive of the music department. She organizes an annual Benefit Concert for Afghan Women Teachers at OLLU, featuring her RABA Rattler Choir and the WestSide Horns. The proceeds go directly to help fund women teachers in Afghanistan who are in dire need of training and supplies. In 2008 Linda stepped up to organize a Gala Concert for music scholarships during our annual Music Day event. Featured alumni on this concert included the PanOrfeo Duo (guitar and recorder) with Linda and her husband, guitarist Michael Richter, who attended OLLU. Michael's mother, Gwen Richter, was known as the "Songbird of OLLU" when she attended the school in the early 1940s. Another well-known OLLU alumnus who performed on the Gala was Al Gomez, Sr. (Class of '75), whose big band dance band is popular among area ballroom dancing aficionados.
Mary Esther Martinez Bernal (BM '56, MEd '73) is an active civic leader, musician, and church member. In 1992, she was inducted in the San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame. She is the former director of arts and languages for San Antonio Independent School District and member of San Antonio Independent School District Board, serving as vice president from 2000 to 2001. She received the Outstanding Alumni Award for Service to the Profession in 1996.
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