Sarah Roccia


Expected graduation date: May 2013

Degree objective: Music Education (Vocal and Instrumental)

Instrument: Clarinet and Voice

University highlights, achievements and awards:

Marching Sycamores - 2008 and 2010
Wind Orchestra - 2008 to present
Symphony Orchestra - 2008 to 2009
Masterworks Chorale - 2008
Concert Choir - 2009 to 2010
Women’s Choir - 2009 to 2010
Lisa Simpson Memorial Award - 2010
Member of the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society - 2010
Member of the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society - 2008 to present
Residential Life Campus Connector Award - 2012

High School: Tell City High School

Hometown: Cannelton, Indiana

Family ties to ISU: Both of my parents attended ISU, along with two of my aunts, one uncle, and my grandpa on my fathers’ side of the family.

I chose to attend ISU because... I really enjoyed the feel and look of the campus at ISU as well as the surrounding community. The campus was beautiful, and I felt a strong tie to ISU as soon as I came to visit for the first time. While walking around campus, I literally felt at home.

When I have free time, I like... I do not really have much free time; however, when I do get free time, I love to hang out with my friends. We go off on, what we like to call, adventures. I also really like to watch movies during my free time.

My favorite places on campus to study are… underneath my favorite tree in the Quad by President Bradley’s house, in my room, in the library, and by the fountain.

My favorite professor is... I do not really have a favorite professor. Throughout the four years I have been at ISU, I have come to know many of the professors in the School of Music. All of the professors here are fantastic! They are great musicians and even greater teachers. These professors truly care about your success as a future musician, educator, and etc. The professors that I have had in my classes are truly great teachers. As William Arthur Ward says: “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”

If I could share an afternoon with anyone, I would love to share it with...Rebecca Conners! Becca has been one of my best friends ever since freshman year, where we first met in marching band during band camp. Ever since then, we have pretty much been two peas in a pod, if you will excuse the expression. Becca has been a great influence on me in my time spent at ISU, and she has been there for me when times got hard. Knowing Becca, if I spent an afternoon with her, then we would be driving around (getting lost on purpose), visiting Fairfield Park, and doing all sorts of other adventurous things. At the end of the afternoon, we would end up eating dinner at Applebee’s.

If I knew I could not fail, I would... travel the world and learn more about music and its history. I would also learn how to play every single instrument known to man while on my worldly travels. I would teach children around the globe, and I would hope to inspire the world that music is an integral part in the education of people everywhere.

After graduation, I plan to...interview for a position as a music teacher, hopefully somewhere in Indiana. I believe my dream position would be as a middle school or elementary general music teacher. After I have been teaching for a few years, I plan on continuing my education by getting a graduate degree and a Ph.D. later on after that.

The one ISU experience I will always remember is/will be... I do not think that there is only one ISU experience I will always remember because there are so many that I hold near and dear to my heart. I have truly grown as an individual here and, literally, have had “the time of my life.” I have seen amazing performances that I never had the chance to see before, I have talked with contemporary music composers such as Eric Ewazen, I have learned what it truly means to be a teacher and performer, and so much more. I will always remember the time I have spent at Indiana State University.

If I knew then what I know now, I would…definitely have taken a chance and participated in more performance opportunities at ISU, such as the Concerto Competition, Contemporary Music Festival student performances, and so much more.

If I could serve as a mentor for future ISU music students, I would tell them/suggest that they… manage their time wisely. Time management as a music major, and later in life, is an extremely important asset. I would also suggest that future ISU music students have a music stand. There are very few stands in the practices rooms, so it is a good idea to have your own. The main thing I would tell future ISU music students is to be goal driven. Life is literally what you make of it, so always put yourself out there, strive for excellence, make mistakes, learn, and grow.

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