What are some of your interests outside of school?:
I love the new Recreation Center! I enjoy running and taking yoga and pilates classes there. I also enjoy theatre and dance and especially enjoy the open mic performances that Iowa City has to offer.
Who is your most significant mentor?:
Dr. William LaRue Jones. He has been a great role model because he sincerely cares about the music, the students, and the university. He has not only helped me to become a better conductor and musician, but he has also made me a better person. The trait I admire most about Dr. Jones is that he maintains high expectations and continuously strives for excellence.
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Are there any challenges you have faced as a graduate student at Iowa?:
The greatest challenge has been keeping cohesiveness and communication between various areas in the music department. I came to Iowa a couple years after the flood and we were and still are in temporary rehearsal buildings. Due to how spread out we are and the anticipation of the new Hancher building one can feel lost and confused within the music department. It's important for people to know that the University of Iowa can still have a solid music program, even without permanent walls.