April Student Spotlight - Kathryn Flynn

Career Goal is to be a School Choral Director
By UW-Washington County

UW-Washington County’s Student Spotlight for April is Kathryn Flynn of West Bend.
The Spotlight highlights a UW-WC student’s academic achievement and provides the community with an inside look into campus life and a greater understanding of the diverse profiles and experiences of our students.

Kathryn Flynn

Name: Kathryn Flynn
Age: 19
Hometown: West Bend, Wisconsin
High School you graduated from & year: West Bend West High School, 2016
Major: Music
Career Goal: Middle/High School Choral Director

Why did you choose UW-Washington County? I chose UW-Washington County because I knew I could complete my general education requirements here while also fulfilling the first two years of my Music Major credit requirements. In addition, I have received superb, individual attention with significant financial savings.

Outside of being a college student, what takes up your free time?  Outside of being a college student, I am involved in many extra-curricular activities as well as a part-time job. Currently, I have a lead role in West Bend Children’s Theatre’s production of “James and the Giant Peach”, the first time in over fifty years that the West Bend Children’s Theatre is performing a show with not just a women-only cast. In addition, I am a member of the Kettle Moraine Chorus, the West Bend Women’s Choir, my church choir at St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception, and I direct (and sing) for another church choir at the same parish. More campus-specific, I am a new member of the UW-Washington County Campus’ Honor Society, “Phi Theta Kappa”. On Fridays and weekends, I am more likely than not found working at Mills Fleet Farm in the Human Resources department.

Who is your favorite professor or staff member? Dr. Peter Gibeau is my favorite professor because he shows genuine care and responsibility in preparing me to successfully transfer and complete a music major. Class is always taught with a sense of applicability to real-life scenarios that are essential to approach and think about prior to actually stepping foot in a classroom and directing a choir. His expertise and experience makes it impossible not to learn something new at least once during class.

What is your favorite class? Aural Sight Singing. I like this class because I can be more expansive with what I’m learning in Music Theory and apply it to my career focus. I can make relations to theoretical references while still being able to understand and apply what I’m learning and why it’s a necessity for (someday) directing a chorus. Music Theory can be very black and white on paper, but once you apply it to actual singing concepts, it allows the two classes to expand and combine for easier understanding.

What do you plan to do after UW-Washington County? After UW-Washington County, I plan to transfer either to UW-Madison or UW-Stevens Point to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree as a Music Major.

What is one piece of advice you have for incoming UW-WC students? One piece of advice I have for incoming UW-WC students would be to pursue an attitude of “mind over matter”. It’s so easy to become overly-stressed about assignments, work obligations, extra-curricular, etc… but a positive attitude takes you further than ever thought possible. Even if you come to UW-WC not knowing what you want to do next with your career path, do/try something you love. You’ll find what you want to do through what you love; and once you find that, as hard as it may be to believe, the rest will fall into place.

Other “fun facts” about Kathryn:

  • Sang at Carnegie Hall in New York City with the West Bend High School Choirs in 2014
  • Member of the 2015 “Wisconsin State Music Association” Honors Choir
  • Class of 2016 National Choral Award recipient

UW-Washington County is located at 400 S. University Drive in West Bend.  The campus offers freshman and sophomore level classes in over 250 majors with dedicated faculty and small class sizes, providing an optimal learning environment. Tuition and fees for full-time students living in Wisconsin for the 2017 spring semester are $2,550.18, providing an affordable access point to the UW System. For more information about the campus or the collaborative degree programs, visit the website, washington.uwc.edu or email: wsh-info@uwc.edu


Sue Bausch, Regional Director of Communications