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Catherine Tlusty, Doctor of Musical Arts student, NDSU Challey School of Music

Catherine Tlusty, Doctor of Musical Arts student, NDSU Challey School of Music


I grew up in a household where there was always music. My mother was actually a musician, she was a church
musician so I had that music around my household all the time. And my dad loved
jazz and loved opera and so I just grew up around that and my oldest
brothers were also musical and so I just joined in. And you know there was always
music playing and we were always singing or my brothers were doing
whatever. And so I just always loved it. And you know then just moving through
you know singing like you know it’s just always what I loved and it always came
so naturally to me and it was just so much fun to me and so I just stuck
with that for forever. And now that I’m a little bit
further along in my life and I’ve lost friends, I’ve lost my dad and
people like that for me now music is what connects us here to the heavens.
So musics become really different for me now. It’s what keeps me connected to the
people that I’ve loved and lost. I think the benefit of having gone
to graduate school here and it’s one thing that we talked about the
atmosphere here and how positive it is and so and that’s something that’s just
it carries from the top down that we build a nurturing and supportive
environment for our students and it’s one of the things that’s left a huge
effect on me and it comes through my teaching more and more each
year. And I think that that’s something that I’ll be really proud to take with
me as I move on to another institution. Just that I want my students to succeed
and and I want to encourage them and I want to provide them with that nurturing
learning experience and that’s something that’s such a big part
of this school that will benefit my students moving forward and I
think that’s important and I’m happy that I have that experience to share
moving forward.

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