Commencement Speakers Spring 2016

Graduate Commencement

Spring Graduate Speaker - Dr. Vicki Burrichter


Vicki BurrichterChoral/Orchestral Conductor and Performance Coach Dr. Vicki Burrichter speaks on the emerging business of artistic social entrepreneurship to organizations across the country. She also coaches corporate executives and performers who are seeking their unique expression and authentic voice. She is the founder and director of several musical non-profits, and a successful production company, VIART Productions, LLC.

Highlights of her work include directing Voices of Light, an oratorio set to the 1927 Carl Dryer film, The Passion of Joan of Arc; a tour with students to Cuba to perform with the National Choir of Cuba; conducting the Colorado Symphony and 200 singers in the secular oratorio Sing for the Cure; twice collaborating with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble to perform jazz legend Mary Lou Williams' Mary Lou's Mass at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts; founding the SOAR! Youth and Adult Choir, a unique intergenerational choir of adult mentors and youth within the Colorado foster and adoptive services programs; winning a Gold Medal at the New York Choral Festival with her chamber choir of ten years, Canto Spiritus; and recording with that ensemble the CD Brazil! The Choral Music of Marcos Leite. Dr. Burrichter became Artistic Director of the 50-year-old Boulder Chorale and Boulder Chorale Chamber Singers in July of 2015.

Dr. Burrichter is a lifelong educator, and has taught all levels from elementary school through college. She holds a Doctorate in Choral Literature and Conducting and a Masters in Music (both from UNC), a Bachelors in Theater, and she did post-undergraduate studies
in jazz, African music, and twentieth-century music at CalArts. Her mentors and teachers include conductors Marin Alsop, Vance George, Pierre Boulez, and Robert Shaw.


Undergraduate commencement


Spring Undergraduate Speaker - Autumn Hurlbert


Autumn Hurlbert

Autumn Hurlbert graduated from UNC with a Bachelor's degree in Musical Theater. In 2012, she was the recipient of the UNC Alumni Spirit Award. Go Bears!

Autumn has had the privilege of performing as an actor and singer in 9 countries and nearly all 50 states. She has appeared on television in varied formats, from national commercials to special programming, including The Sound of Music:Live! (NBC),  and Legally Blonde: The Search for Elle Woods (MTV). She also starred in the short film Sudden Death! with John Laroquette, and in the hit web series Research. with Barry Bostwick.

Autumn made her Broadway debut in Legally Blonde: The Musical (Palace Theater). She played Beth March the First National Broadway Tour of Little Women. Her Off-Broadway credits include numerous plays and musicals such as Nobody Loves You (Second Stage) and Tomorrow Morning (York Theater). Regionally, Autumn has performed at many of the premiere theaters across the country, including Private Lives (Huntington Theater, DC Shakespeare Theatre) under the direction of Maria Aitken, Becky's New Car (Theater Aspen) with Sandy Duncan, every tongue confess (Arena Stage) with Phylicia Rashad, The Last Five Years (Actors Theater Louisville),  Les Miserables (Pioneer Theater), Evita (Pioneer Theater), and Beauty and the Beast (Northern Stage). Autumn is a proud union member of the Actor's Equity Association and the Screen Actor's Guild.

In addition to performing, Autumn teaches classes and workshops for young performers across the country. She is grateful for the opportunity to work with charitable and nonprofit organizations including Rosie's Kids, SAY, Lincoln Center, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Sing for Your Seniors, and the ASPCA.

She currently lives in New York City with her husband Tim, and their newborn son Lincoln.




Past Commencement Speakers

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Spring 2016 Speeches


7:00 p.m. fall Graduate ceremony

Keynote Speaker - Vicki Burrichter

Student Address - Brett David Wilkinson

10:00 a.m. spring Undergraduate ceremony

Keynote Speaker - Autumn Hurlbert

Student Address - Sara Beamish


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