Music Department
Holloway Hall

Alumni and Friends

Cliff Burden

Class of 2010

Cliff BurdenCliff Burden graduated in May 2010 from Salisbury University with a BA in Music. He is currently working towards his Masters Degree in Music Theory at Texas State University. He plans to continue his education in pursuit of a PhD which will help him achieve his goal of teaching at a higher level.





Amy Bejm Syversen

Class of 2004
Music Education

Amy Bejm SyversenAmy Bejm Syversen is currently in her seventh year of teaching instrumental music. Mrs. Syversen is the band director at both West Friendship and Dayton Oaks Elementary Schools in Howard County, Maryland where she teaches the beginning bands, advanced bands and the Dayton Oaks and West Friendship combined jazz band. Mrs. Syversen also teaches private trumpet students throughout Howard County and is a trumpet performer in both the "Bayside Brass Quintet" and "The Annapolis Wind Symphony." 

After graduating in 2004 from Salisbury University with her undergraduate degree, Mrs. Syversen attened the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University for her Master's of Music Education degree. Mrs. Syversen graduated with her Master's of Music Education in 2009. While at Salisbury University, Mrs. Syversen was president of her local MENC: The National Association for Music Education Chapter 416, as well as principal trumpet for the University's Wind Ensemble. While attending Salisbury University, Mrs. Syversen was awarded the Presidential Scholarship, Hope Scholarship, Nettie C. Bentley Scholarship, Guerrieri University Center Award for Music, Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, Achievement Key Award, (NAIBM): MENC National Instrumental Teacher Grant, entrance into the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, and consistent Dean's List member.

Currently, Mrs. Syversen focuses her free time by teaching private trumpet students in Howard County, knitting and long distance running. Mrs. Syversen’s trumpet students have been members of the Maryland All-State Bands as well as the Middle School and Elementary School Honor Bands throughout Howard County, MD. In addition to teaching privately, Mrs. Syversen performs for churches and wedding ceremonies as a freelance musician. Mrs. Syversen has been a team leader for the People to People Student Ambassador Program and was guest conductor for the Middle School All-Shore Band in 2007.