Le Roy graduate Kathleen Dessert received a John Mikalski Scholarship from the Genesee Wyoming Music Educators Association in 2018. She is currently studying Music Education at SUNY Fredonia. She is a vocal major, a soprano who also plays piano, flute, guitar and ukulele.
While at Le Roy, her favorite music experience was performing as Ariel in “The Little Mermaid.” So far while at Fredonia her favorite musical experience was performing Verdi’s “Requiem” under the direction of David Rudge, Ph.D.
Dessert is looking forward to singing with the Fredonia Choirs at a celebration for Stacey Gibbs’ 100th composition in Washington, D.C., in the spring of 2021.
Her favorite performance venue is when she performed with the 2017 NYSSMA Conference All State Treble Choir in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. One of her favorite pieces they performed that night was Holst’s “Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda.”
Her main role models have always been her teachers. The most influential being Patricia Corron, Ph.D, and Jacqueline McLean.
She would love to teach elementary general music while also keeping herself involved in choirs and musical theater.
She recently put together a Virtual Ensemble for the Fredonia chapter of the National Association for Music Education! It was a lot of fun, and she is hoping to do more in the future that will involve chapters from all around the state.