Alumni Spotlight

Abbie Newlin ’08 attended Miami University but transferred the next year to Azusa Pacific University. After graduating with a degree in English Literature, she became the executive assistant at Management Company and production assistant on the VH1 show Stevie TV. She does not act, rather she writes and directs others. Currently, she is the creative content creator and assistant director/producer at Air Bud Entertainment.

This is the perfect time to experiment and try as many new things as possible. Don’t categorize yourself as only an athlete or an artist. You can be as many things as you want to be.

Abbie finds herself sharing, collaborating, exploring and having fun. She advises that budding artists should not let anyone say “you can’t” or “you shouldn’t.”

She is a strong supporter of high schoolers becoming involved in student generated projects, where they write, direct and produce their own plays.

Clint Bierman ’93 is a musician, producer and teacher. As a musician, he plays guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass and piano, and he sings. Before making music his career, Clint went to Middlebury College, graduating with a Bachelors in Psychology and a minor in film. His fondest memories of Canterbury were the plays and musicals. He was in Annie Get your Gun in Kindergarten, The Wizard of Oz in sixth grade, and The Good Doctor during his junior year. He also remembers playing “Under the Bridge” with a full band and a full choir his senior year. After working at an IT job in Colorado and, as he says, “gigging 110 dates a year,” Clint left his job and began playing full time.

There is nothing easy about being an artist. You have to treat your art like a job.

Currently, he plays in 10 bands with about 10-15 shows a month. He does recording sessions, gives lessons, produces records, runs a school of rock program for kids called Rock-It Science, and writes commercials. Last year, ESPN used two of his compositions for their Pro Lacrosse commercials. Clint loves the flexibility of his job, but his advice is that if you have a passion, you have to find a way to make it work. He doesn’t wait for inspiration to hit — he just writes every single day.

Amy Chenoweth '01 is pursuing her dream as a songwriter in Nashville, Tenn. In 2013, she landed her first Nashville country cut with an upcoming country artist, became a member of the Irish International Songwriting Guild, had a song placed on iTunes, and a song placed on hold with George Strait. Amy co-writes with both “green” and Grammy award-winning songwriters. With Nick Nichols, Amy co-wrote "There's Always Michigan," about a young girl leaving her hometown in search of a dream. The songwriters were invited by a newscaster to perform the song live in Traverse City, Mich.

The craziest and most rewarding thing is to hear someone singing along to a song you wrote, and even spending money to buy it.

You can find, "There's Always Michigan," on iTunes and more of Amy’s music at SoundCloud and Irish Songwriters Guild.

Ryan Armstrong ’09 attended Colorado College. He credits Canterbury for laying a strong math and science foundation during his high school years.

Various AP classes prepared me for college level courses and developed my critical thinking skills.

Ryan is pursuing his MS in Geophysics at the University of Wyoming. The Wyoming Center for Environmental Hydrology and Geophysics is driving his present research, focusing on using helicopter-flown geophysical methods to gain insight into water distribution underground. After graduating in the spring, Ryan will be working for the Hess Corporation as an exploration geophysicists. “I have always been fascinated with the workings of the natural world. Research, both academic and industry, gives one the chance to be on the forefront of these discoveries. This is especially clear in environmental studies in which our scientific understanding is still growing and evolving by the day.”

Ryan also believes that learning to write clearly and effectively is very important. “Being able to reason clearly and effectively is extremely important…being able to communicate final interpretations as well as the underlying assumptions and caveats is still very important to sustain our scientific growth as a society.”