Anissa Quilling
St. Louis, Mo.
Vocal Music Education
Freshman, Class of May 2017

Did you start your college experience at Murray State or did you transfer from another school?
I came as a freshman from McCluer North High School in Florissant, MO.

Why did you choose Murray State?
I’ve heard plenty of great things about the Murray State Music Program, so I decided to come visit the university. Once I got here, I felt right at home. The students on campus and the people in town were very friendly and the professors were welcoming. I even got the chance to sit in on the MSU concert choir rehearsal and have a 30 minute voice lesson with one of the vocal professors, Dr. Randall Black, who is now my voice teacher. After visiting Murray State and auditioning for the Music Education program, I knew without a doubt that this was the place that I needed to be.

Are you involved in any extra-curricular activities?
The most important extracurricular activities in my college life are the musicals and recitals that I have privilege of performing in. My favorite show that I was cast in so far was the Fall 2013 production of HONK! I am also a current Member in Training of the Music Fraternity, Sigma Alpha Iota.

What is the most interesting thing you have learned about yourself while being a student at Murray State?
As a vocal student, I learned that my love for singing is not limited to one style of music; I love to sing classical, jazz, gospel, and musical theater.

What has been your biggest challenge in making the change from high school to university life and how have you dealt with it?
My biggest challenge was probably trying to adapt to the work and excitement that comes with college life without having my family here in town with me. I dealt with it by trying to be more out spoken and getting to know the people on campus, especially in the Music Department.

What do you like about your major? Have you learned anything unique about Vocal Music Education at Murray State?
I love the professors of my field! They play a huge role in making my college experience special because it is obvious that they genuinely care about our well-being as well as our career goals, and they put in a great effort to help us reach those goals.

What are your career plans after graduation?
My plan after graduation is to attend graduate school for Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance. My career goal is to work as a high school choral director.