Success Stories


Carly Litvik MT-BC, NMT  

2006 Bachelor of Music, Music Therapy

"In 2001, I entered Seton Hill to pursue my degree in music therapy. The sense of community from both the staff and student body in the music department at Seton Hill helped to support and nurture my educational path. My understanding of music theory grew substantially and I honed my skills as a musician in both instrumental and vocal ensembles, all the while receiving a solid foundation in music therapy techniques and methodology.

I had numerous opportunities while a student to apply and develop my skills as a music therapist in the classroom as well as through various clinical practicum sites, and ultimately through an internship at St. Anne’s Home and Excela Health.

It was because of the varied clinical experiences at Seton Hill that I was confident enough to work in whatever setting I found myself in, including hospitals, schools, adult day health centers and now currently in my private practice in Citrus Heights, California."

Music Major Inez Avalos Heath Receives 2015 Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award

Inez Avalos Heath (SHU ’70) found her life’s calling when she decided to take the bilingual talents she grew up with to work by teaching others. Read more about Inez and all of the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award recipients.

Music Alumna Named Principal of Greensburg Central Catholic Jr. High School

Christine Mahady, who earned an undergraduate degree in music (2007) and a graduate degree in marriage and family therapy (2012) at Seton Hill, was named the principal of Greensburg Central Catholic Jr. High School in July 2014. Christine also serves as assistant principal of Greensburg Central Catholic High School.

Luke Mayernik, Internationally Acclaimed and Award-Winning Composer/Organist 

Awards & Accomplishments:

  • Semifinalist in the 2014 International Organ Festival in Haarlem the Netherlands.
  • Bronze and Gold Medals in Musical Composition at the Sacred Music Festival in Croatia in 2011 and 2012.
  • First Place Winner in the 2008  International Organ Improvisation Competition sponsored by the Royal Canadian College of Organists.
  • First Place Winner in the 2004 American Guild of Organist’s National Competition in Organ Improvisation.
  • Choral Works Published by GIA Publications, Oregon Catholic Press, and Santa Barbara Music Publishers.
  • Seton Hill B.M. in Sacred Music, 2006.

Amber Trump (SHU '05), a music education major while at Seton Hill, performed the national anthem at PNC Park prior to the Pirates v. Giants game on June 13, 2013.

Mariko Morita, D.M., International Performer and Leading Scholar on the History of the Organ in Japan 

Awards & Accomplishments:

  • Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance at Indiana University (Bloomington).
  • Performance Certificate from the International Summer Music Academy in Leipzig, Germany.
  • Organ Faculty of the University of Northern Iowa.
  • Performances heard on NPR’s "Pipedreams."
  • Represented by Crimson Concert Artists.
  • Presenter of a Scholarly Paper on the First Japanese Concert Organist in New England at the 2014 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists in Boston.
  • Seton Hill B.M. in Sacred Music, 1996.

Mark J. Campayno & Marguerite Fiori Slavonia Receive Excellence in Teaching Awards 

Mark J. Campayno graduated from Seton Hill in 2003 and accepted a position in Sterling, Va. with Loudoun County Public Schools as director of the guitar department at River Bend Middle School. In 2005, Mark was recognized by then Virginia Governor, Mark Warner, for teaching excellence. In 2010, Mark moved up to the high school level, directing the guitar program at Broad Run High School in Ashburn, Virginia. Mark also owns and operates his own performance school, StudioRock of Northern Virginia located in Sterling, Va. 

Marguerite Fiori Slavonia graduated from Seton Hill College in 1964 with a Bachelor of Music degree, 30 years after her mother, Florence Favero Fiori, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. Margi worked as a teacher in Chicago before switching tracks to focus on starting a family. After moving to Diablo, Calif., Margi began volunteering in the office of St. Isidore School. This opportunity evolved into a 27-year career with St. Isidore. In 1995, Margi was chosen as one of only 12 teachers in the country to be honored with the National Catholic Education Association’s Distinguished Teacher Award. 

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Larry Taylor, D.M.A., Composer, Performer and Chair of the Music Dept. at Bridgewater College

Awards & Accomplishments:

  • Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance and Winner of the Strader Organ Competition at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
  • Associate Professor of Music, College Organist and Chair of the Department of Music at Bridgewater College, Virginia.
  • His Opera, “Eros and Psyche,” premiered in 2011.
  • Named a Distinguished Alumnus of Seton Hill University in 2011.
  • Seton Hill B.M. in Sacred Music, 1995.

Professor and Presenter Receives Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award in June 2013

Mary Ann Corbo Connors (SHU ’54) has influenced and educated countless students in her six-decade career in mathematics education in private, public, parochial and military institutions at the elementary, secondary, college and university levels. After studying music education at Seton Hill, Mary Ann was among the first group of laywomen to earn a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame in 1967. She went on to receive a doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1995 and was among the first group of civilian women mathematics professors at West Point in 1997. 

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