April graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree and a Communication minor. April will be graduating again from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (UWGB) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts Management in May of 2019.
Why did you major in music and arts management? When I was in high school, I had an inspiring music teacher during my sophomore and junior years. I fell in love with music and wanted to follow in my teacher’s footsteps. I decided to attend UWSP to become a music teacher. When I found that was not right for me, I switched to a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree since I still loved playing violin. This degree also required me to take 66 credits of non-music courses, so I decided explore the communication area. At UWSP, arts management is part of the communication department. When I took Introduction to Arts Management in my last semester at UWSP, I loved it and I knew I wanted to pursue an arts management degree. I noticed that Professor Ellen Rosewall, the arts management professor at UWGB, wrote the book that I used for my arts management class at UWSP. I decided to graduate from UWSP with my music degree and return to my hometown—Green Bay—to pursue my arts management degree at UWGB.
What are your plans after graduation? I am proud to announce that I will be working full-time at the National Railroad Museum upon graduation and I will also be part of the marketing committee for the Civic Symphony of Green Bay!
What academic experience or accomplishment are you most proud of? I am most proud of my experiences at the National Railroad Museum. In addition to working there as a Museum Store Associate, I completed two academic internships: one in Operations/Collections and the other in Marketing Communications. I have gained many valuable skills at the National Railroad Museum and I am thankful to have been given the opportunity to work with some of the most amazing people I have ever known!
What single thing do you hope to accomplish at UWGB before graduating? I hope to explore some of the campus’s trails on a warm sunny day! Working at the National Railroad Museum and taking classes at UWGB does not leave me very much time to explore the campus.
What do you do for fun? I enjoy playing violin with the Civic Symphony of Green Bay, watching movies, reading historical fiction books, and going to Bay Beach!
What else do you want people to know about you? My favorite type of music to listen to is film music—and I do more than just listen to it! I enjoy analyzing what key the music is composed in, the different themes and variations that are used for movie characters, the variety of instruments that are used in the score, and arranging the music for solo violin so I can play it!