B.M. in Music Business and Vocal Performance, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
M.M. in Vocal Performance, Manhattan School of Music
Area(s) of Interest: Music, Visual arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Dance, Nonprofit work
Experience: Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville awarded me the Meridian Scholarship, a full tuition, room, and board scholarship, which allowed me to pursue my undergraduate studies without financial constraints. I explored my interests within music, and graduated with a double concentration in music business and vocal performance.
In my first master’s program at Manhattan School of Music, I was selected to be the Assistant Stage Director under a professional stage director for a production of my peers. The experience was invaluable and provided clarity as I continued to pinpoint my career goals.
Ideal job in 10 years: An artistic administrator in an organization like Lyric Opera of Chicago, Broadway in Chicago, or Chicago Symphony Orchestra. This role would include programming, casting, etc.
What led you to enroll in the MSLCE program at Northwestern? The program aligns exactly with my interests, and it provides great certainty that I will continue acquiring the knowledge and experience necessary to continue pursuing a career in arts administration.
What are you most looking forward to about the MSLCE program? I look forward to the course “(In)Equity in Arts and Entertainment: History + Practice” most, because I am thrilled to have a formal space to discuss the issues that plague creative industries and how marginalized populations have suffered in these industries throughout history.
Where are you from? Belleville, IL, USA