Sophomore Kathyrn Lemon performs with the CMU Percussion Ensemble, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and the Symphony Orchestra. She currently serves as treasurer for CMU's collegiate chapter of NAfME (National Association for Music Education), and is a member of Delta Omicron. Kathryn is the recipient of the Academic Prestige Award, a music award, and placed second in the Delta Omicron Young Artist Scholarship Competition.
"The world is filled with music, and it can have a big impact, no matter who you are or where you are from"
What is your favorite thing about our school of music?
My favorite thing about our school of music is the people. Whenever I walk into the SoM, it feels like a second home to me. The people I have meet here, the professors I have had the privilege to learn from, and the friendships I have developed include some of the most inspiring and kind individuals I have ever met.
What is your favorite opportunity that you’ve had as a musician at CMU?
My favorite opportunity as a musician at CMU was when I got to learn how to play traditional African drums. In the spring of 2019, the percussion studio had a clinician come in and teach traditional African drumming. This experience was very eye-opening as it showed me the different ways that people experience and practice music. The world is filled with music, and it can have a big impact, no matter who you are or where you are from. People always say that music is a universal language, but I never really fully understood that until now.
What would you like to do after you graduate?
After I graduate, I want to teach and inspire kids just as my past music teachers inspired me. Music has had a dramatic impact on my life, and I would not be the person I am today without it. I want to give back and share the beauty of music with as many people as I can.
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