Music Student Earns 2012 Outstanding Women Student Award

We are pleased to announce that Kate Cockle, a graduate student working toward her Master of Music degree in the NIU School of Music, has been awarded a 2012 NIU Outstanding Women Student Award.

As a performer, Kate is a harpist and pianist. Her MM degree emphasis is music history, and she holds a Graduate Teaching Assistantship to teach Introduction to Music. Kate re-designed the Introduction to Music curriculum for her class so that it has a focus of cultural music awareness. She serves on the university's Graduate Colloquium Committee, and is an officer for the Graduate Music Society.

Kate earned her Bachelor of Music degree at Wheaton Conservatory, where she was a double major in music history and harp performance, was awarded several prominent scholarships, worked in the student activities office, and served as the House Manager for the college's artist series.

Dr. Janet Hathaway
in the School of Music serves as Kate's advisor. About Kate, she has this to say: "What has impressed me most about Kate is her commitment to teaching and her advocacy of the arts. From our first conversation when she arrived at NIU, she spoke warmly and articulately about her goal to be an advocate for music and the arts in whatever communities she finds herself. She finds opportunities to involve herself in these goals, whether it be her internship in outreach with the Chicago Sinfonietta, her "spoken program notes" to the audience during her harp recital, or her masters project in music appreciation classes."

Congratulations, Kate!

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