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Katelyn Hemling

Katelyn Hemling
SGA President

Class Year: Senior
Major: Music Education
Applied Teacher: Nova Thomas
Hometown: Baltimore, MD

What’s on your iPod?
A little bit of everything!  Mostly Nick Jonas and Taylor Swift!

What’s your fondest Westminster memory?
That’s a super tough question but I would have to say definitely Orientation week! When I arrived on campus as a freshman, the Orientation Leaders were the first people I saw! They were so enthusiastic and welcoming; I knew that I was home. That week I met my best friends and began the greatest journey of my life! Every year I look forward to Orientation week, now as a leader, because I get to see the excitement and joy of the incoming classes. It reminds me every year of why WCC is such a special, unique place.

What’s your favorite choral experience at Westminster?
My favorite choral experience at Westminster would be traveling to England with Westminster Williamson Voices. This choir afforded me my first experience out of the country, and it truly changed my life. I was able to experience a different culture and learn so much about the choral art, all while feeling right at home! Truly something I will cherish for the rest of my life.


Benjamin Norkus

Benjamin Norkus 
Vice President

Class Year: Senior ‘16
Major:  Music Education/MAT
Applied Teacher: Harold Evans
Hometown:  Point Pleasant Boro, NJ

What’s on your iPod?
I don’t normally listen to music on an iPod but I have A LOT of CDs in my car. If you go on a drive with me, you’re most likely going to hear ABBA’s top hits (I have 3 CDs in my car), The Killers, Leslie Odom Jr., David Bowie, and some musical theatre. I’ve recently gotten into Marina and the Diamonds as well.

What’s your fondest Westminster memory?
Being an Orientation Leader for all of Rider University’s incoming students in the summer and at Fall Opening! It’s so cool that I get the opportunity to meet everyone and learn the stories of others.

What’s your favorite choral experience at Westminster?
Definitely getting the chance to record Hole in the Sky and Carolae with Westminster Williamson Voices. Working in a short amount of time and always reaching for the best level of choral excellence, Dr. Jordan and James Whitbourn pushed the choir to be as professional as possible to produce two amazing recordings that I’m going to listen to and appreciate for the rest of my life. The process of recording forces you to focus and use all of your musical ability. I love working with that group.  


Gillian Erlenborn

Gillian Erlenborn
Secretary

Class Year: Junior ’18
Major: Music Education
Applied Teacher: Claudia Catania
Hometown: Martinsville, NJ

What’s on your iPod?
It depends on what I’m doing at the moment, but generally you’ll find me listening to jazz, acoustic covers, or choral music! Ella Fitzgerald is my go to girl, but if not, I’m probably listening to a Bach cantata.

What’s your fondest Westminster memory?
My fondest Westminster memory would probably be Commencement of my freshman year. It was such a moving ceremony, and I’ll never forget the look on my friends’ faces when they walked down the aisle of Princeton University Chapel as Westminster alumni. There are so many conflicting emotions on Commencement day, and it’s always so hard to say goodbye, but I was so proud of their accomplishments and I knew they were too. It’s such an honor to be involved in that milestone for my friends, but most of all I’m reminded of how little time I have at Westminster and how I can’t take a single day for granted.

What’s your favorite choral experience at Westminster?
Absolutely Westminster Kantorei’s European tour this past summer. I got to travel with some of the most talented people I know and sing early music in the spaces in which that music was written to be sung. Getting to sing in some of the most historic and stunning cathedrals of France and England is something I will NEVER forget. Being in that choir as a sophomore definitely challenged me, but the friends I sang with were beyond supportive and I learned more than I ever thought I would.


Lydia Stepanoff

Lydia Stepanoff
Treasurer

Class Year: Junior
Major:  BM in Music Education, Master of Arts in Teaching, and BA in Mathematics
Applied Teacher: Faith Esham
Hometown: Quakertown, PA

What’s on your iPod?
I have a whole mix of genres on my iPod! Everything from classic rock to pop to country to musical theatre. My favorite artists are Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Hunter Hayes, and The Band Perry.

What’s your fondest Westminster memory?
My fondest Westminster memories would be hanging out with my friends on the Great Plains or in one of the residence halls’ lounges. Whether we are playing football, doing work, or just hanging out, spending time with your friends and the people at Westminster is always such a good time. There are such great people at Westminster and you get the opportunity to make so many connections. Rehearsing with your class choir every day and performing with them and the rest of the school all the time is just icing on the cake!

What’s your favorite choral experience at Westminster?
My favorite choral experience at Westminster would be Schola Tour. Traveling to North Carolina/Virginia and getting to perform there was so much fun and such a great bonding experience. We also met so many great people and performed in some great spaces. I also really enjoy Readings and Carols and Commencement because singing with the whole school is such a blast, and it feels so good to be all connected with each other through music!