Katie Richard


Expected graduation date: May 2014

Degree objective: Music Performance

Instrument: Oboe

University highlights, achievements and awards:

Indiana State University President’s Scholar
Recipient of the George Gresche Foundation Scholarship
Recipient of Pi Kappa Lambda Freshman and Sophomore honor certificates
Sigma Alpha Iota Spring 2011 Initiate – currently serving as Vice President, Ritual and Assistant Vice President Membership
2012 Contemporary Music Festival Student Committee member
NAfME member, past officer
Member of Alpha Lambda Delta and NSCS honor societies
1st chair oboe, University Symphony – Fall 2010 to present
1st chair oboe, Wind Orchestra – Spring 2011 to Spring 2012
Founding member of Terminal Velocity and Shoes Off! Woodwind quintets
Dean’s list Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012

High School: Western High School, Russiaville, Indiana

Hometown: Kokomo, Indiana

Family ties to ISU: Mother, grandmother graduated from ISU, Dad attended ISU, and cousins currently attend.

I chose to attend ISU because... I received the President’s Scholarship after interviewing at the school in February. After receiving that news I knew that this was the place for me and I was excited to be taking music classes at a smaller university that offered a lot of playing opportunities. I like that ISU is small enough to meet many different people and I feel like I know someone everywhere I go at the same time. But there is also plenty of things to do on campus at the same time.

When I have free time, I like… If I’m at home I usually go horseback riding. I love to be out on the farm. In Terre Haute I’ll venture to the movies or maybe a quick shopping trip, but we all know that as music majors there isn’t really ever such a thing as free time and somehow most of mine seems to be used up at concerts, recitals or just getting some extra sleep.

My favorite places on campus to study are… Anywhere that I can find at a certain moment with a table and an outlet works for me. I am at the library whenever I have a big paper to finish but I love working in the new Education building as well.

My favorite professor is... I appreciate all of my professors. They all help me to work towards my future goals. I have had to opportunity to take more classes from and spend more time with a few professors at ISU.

Professor Katie Gunn is new to ISU this year but I have already grown as an oboe player under her instruction. She brings a lot of practical experience and knowledge to her teaching and is a wonderful professor to work with.

Dr. Terry Dean has been instrumental in helping me to determine where I might go when I graduate. He has helped me to explore many educational opportunities as well as being a phenomenal professor of music history.

Mr. Chad Roseland has guided me in early skills, theory and bassoon. He has motivated me and helped me to realize the skills I have and develop those I lack.

And I always appreciate the help and advice I receive from Dr. Brian Kilp and Ms. Kelly Fallon as they have both encouraged and supported my educational endeavors.

If I could share an afternoon with anyone, I would love to share it with... Abraham Lincoln; I admire the work he did as President and all of the opposition he faced. He dealt with some major disruption in our country during his presidency and made some tough decisions. I think he was instrumental in some of our nation’s victories and devastations. Learning why and how he made the decisions he did would be extremely interesting.

If I knew I could not fail, I would... Open an arts center in a community in Tennessee that provides many classes on everything related to music, art and dance. I would love to promote the arts for youth and have a place for children and adults of all ages to improve their skills or just have fun. I would also like to become an advocate for music education and work with members of the House and Senate to show them the importance of all arts education.

After graduation, I plan to...
Attend graduate school to study musicology or performance and eventually obtain a Ph.D. in musicology. I would like to teach at the collegiate level in the future.

The one ISU experience I will always remember is/will be... Graduating; in today’s world there is so much emphasis on having a college degree and I am just truly excited to have mine and keep going with my education to achieve my goals.

If I knew then what I know now, I would… Have practiced more and started on my college applications and auditions earlier. I am very blessed for my current situation but I know there was more I could have done in order to assure my spot in college.

If I could serve as a mentor for future ISU music students, I would tell them/suggest that they… Use your time wisely but remember that you are human and no one is perfect. It has taken me a long time (and I still don’t like it) to admit that I cannot do everything. I have realized though that priority lists are very useful. I also try to make sure that I have at least one or two times per week to do something outside of classes that I really enjoy to make sure that I don’t go crazy.

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