Janelle Huber

Expected graduation date: December 2012huber

Degree objective: Music Education

Instrument: Flute and Piccolo

University highlights, achievements and awards:
Presser Scholar, 2011
Pi Kappa Lambda Member, 2011
ISU Concerto Competition Winner, 2011
ISU Honors Recital, February 2009, 2010, 2011
ISU Contemporary Music Festival Student Performer, 2010
ISU Sycamore Scholar
ISU Wind Orchestra, Principal Piccolo, Fall 2008-Present
Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, 2010-Present
ISU Flute Choir, Fall 2008-Present
ISU Symphony Orchestra, Spring 2009-Present
ISU Marching Sycamores, Fall 2008-Fall 2010
Brazil Concert Band 2003-Present
Jackson Township Community Band 2003-Present

High School: Greencastle High School

Hometown: Brazil, Indiana

Family ties to ISU:
Frieda Huber, Great-grandmother
Don Huber, Grandfather
Matthew Huber, Father
Melanie Huber, Mother
John Huber, Brother

I chose to attend ISU because... it offered me many great opportunities such as the option of participating in multiple ensembles. Other colleges rarely allow students to do this. Dr. Wilson, my flute professor, was also one of the main reasons why I came to ISU. There is no way that I can fully express my gratitude for all that she has done for me. She is a great teacher, mentor, and friend and I am truly honored to have studied with her. One other reason that I was drawn to ISU was the amount of hands-on learning and performance time that the school offers. The great thing about the school itself is that it is large enough to have the resources, but it is small enough that each student receives the one-on-one attention that our field of study requires.

When I have free time, which is hardly ever, I like to explore the campus. It is beautiful at night. In my humble opinion, the essence of the campus is captured by the orange lights that illuminate our little university. Exploration of your surroundings is often an enlightening saga.... You meet people you will never see again, you gain a new perspective from higher places, and you allow a stronger bond to form between you and your large group of friends with whom you explore. These expeditions of the campus have become less frequent in my later years because I have seen most of it by now. I do enjoy a nice evening with my close-knit group of friends in one of their apartments talking about the events of the day and destroying each other in a game of Brawl or Mario Cart.

My favorite place on campus to study is... my dormitory. My little quite space in which I can think and absorb knowledge is a blessed island in the ocean of sound of which I am usually engulfed. Another element of our studies here at the School of Music is the practicing of our instruments. My favorite practice spot is a secret. If I told you where my favorite place to practice was, I would have to harm you. I may lend a hint, however: one must think creatively... And it's outside…And it’s easy enough to find. If you can think creatively and brave the elements, and notice the blatantly obvious, then you can find my secret practice spot.

My favorite professor is....? Oh, such a politically charged question! If one is concerned with the intense study of flute, then Dr. Wilson is my favorite. She is truly my window to the world of flute. If one asked me who my favorite theory professor was, I would say Dr. Clifton. Dr. Dean is my favorite music history professor. Dr. Boyd was my favorite band arranging professor as well as my favorite Wind Orchestra director. Dr. George is also a favored director of mine. Dr. Davis is my favorite orchestra director and a great mentor of orchestral conducting. Dr. Keiser was my favorite Marching Sycamores director. Mr. Rosland and Mr. Pennington were my favorite Skills teachers. Dr. Luebke and Dr. Ballard are my favorite music education teachers. Dr. Finnie, Dr. Fowler, Dr. Bro, Dr. Roseland, and Dr. Waugh were my favorite instrument technique teachers. All of our professors are great. If there is anyone I missed that I had for class, then you are also my favorite.

If I could share an afternoon with anyone, I would love to share it with... my future soul mate. Sadly, I have not met him yet or if I have, I haven't realized that I have. I hope he loves music as much as I do.

If I knew I could not fail, I would...? This question is an odd one. I never go into a situation with a fear of failure. I do not fear failure. If I did, then I would do nothing. I would accomplish nothing. Our careers in music demand our failure every so often and, thus, failure is a necessary part of our growth as musicians. If I auditioned for the New York Philharmonic tomorrow, I would probably fail to be hired. Probably is the key term. If there is still a possibility, then there is no failure. True advancement through music is a combination of skill and luck. All you can do is your best. The rest is out of your hands.

After graduation, I plan to... pursue masters and doctorate degrees in wind conducting. I do not know where or when. I know what I want to do in life and that is to become a director of bands at the collegiate level. How I get there is uncertain, but I will get there. The path may be direct, it may not be. So long as I am doing music, I am happy with life.

The one ISU experience I will always remember... there are so many. There are too many things to pin down one thing of everything. I will always remember the friends I have made here. I will always remember how we played, how we laughed, how we cried, how we helped each other, and how we kept each other sane. I will always remember the long walks, the long talks, the staying up late, the dinners we cooked, the work we did, the music we made. All that studying… I will never forget the first time I met my roommate, nor will I forget that snow storm, that theory final, that concert at the Scottish Rite…and the fear of God. My junior recital. The look on Dr. Wilson’s face when I told her I was coming to ISU. The anticipation of directing my first orchestral work. The instrument petting zoo. The Terre Haute Symphony…Tchaikovsky 4. Music 350. The changing of the seasons. Fall. Winter. Spring. Endless summer, then back again. Listening to music. Learning to love music. That moment when I knew for sure: I am in the right place.

If I knew then what I know now, I would... change nothing. My experience here at ISU has been of my own making. My professors have graciously given me the tools to progress forward with my career. The rest is up to me to do with as I will.

If I could serve as a mentor for future ISU music students, I would tell them/suggest that they... practice. Practice and make good. The purpose of music, as I see it, is to move the affections of humanity in order to create a better world. We are here to continue the musical tradition of our predecessors. We are also here to do a good job of it. Expand. Create. Know. Live. Above all, practice your instrument. Sing. You were given this gift of music for a reason. Use it to do good.

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