Kayla McGlaughlin

Kayla McLaughlin
SGA President

Class Year: Senior '16
Major: Music Education
Applied Teacher: Dr. Kathy Kessler Price
Hometown: Huntington, NY

What’s on your iPod?
A pretty eclectic mix of everything. I love pop and anything with a fun beat. I’ve recently gotten into country as well. My favorite artist is John Mayer.

What’s your fondest Westminster memory?
Fall Opening at Westminster. Every year, Fall Opening has meant something different to me. My orientation was so remarkable because all of a sudden I felt like I had been swept up into the Westminster community. I was excited to return to school as an orientation leader my sophomore year. Seeing how the staff came together so quickly and the special bond that we still hold to this day is so meaningful. I find that each year when I come back for O-Staff training and fall opening I not only help bring the “next generation” of Westminster students into our community but I learn so many new things about myself.

What’s your favorite choral experience at Westminster?
I have always loved the magic of Readings and Carols. Each year it is thrilling to see the entire student body and faculty come together through music. Additionally, the experiences that I had last year in Symphonic Choir from performing the emotional, Mahler 2 to the zany, spectacle Bernstein Mass were incredible. I am truly fortunate to be able to perform works like these in beautiful venues with my peers.


Jessica Stanislawczyk 
Vice President

Class Year: Senior ‘16
Major:  Voice Performance
Applied Teacher: Mark Moliterno
Hometown: Kendall Park, NJ

What’s on your iPod?
A total variety of music! Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Jimmy Buffet, Frank Sinatra, and Billy Joel. I love listening to musical theatre as well.

What’s your fondest Westminster memory?
My fondest memory was my first year on Orientation Staff when I was a sophomore. I love Fall Opening at our school because it’s the opportunity to welcome all of the incoming students and introduce them to how amazing of a place Westminster is. During those few weeks, I got to meet some great new students and friends, help the incoming students find their place, and work with my amazing O-Staff family.

What’s your favorite choral experience at Westminster?
I would have to say singing in Westminster Williamson Voices’ final concert at the Choral Institute at Oxford this past summer. It was an incredible experience working with so many amazing conductors, and I truly felt like the spirit of Westminster can travel anywhere- even so many miles from home in England. There is something about singing in a choir that is so special, and I’m thankful that Westminster has so many wonderful choral opportunities.


Jose Guilherme Proença
Secretary

Class Year: 2016
Major: Music Education
Applied Teacher: Harold Evans
Hometown: Weston, Florida

What’s on your iPod?
I tend to have the cliché top 40 pop songs on my iPod so that I can jam while driving! Other than that, I enjoy the genre “Sertanejo” which is pretty much Brazilian Country music.

What’s your fondest Westminster memory?
My fondest memory of Westminster would have to be moving into the dorms for the first time. My parents and brother came from different parts of the world to aid me in the moving process. It was something we did with my brother when he went to college 14 years prior so one could say that it was a “full circle” moment for me. It was also incredibly important for my family to see how intertwined the Westminster community was with one another. This only solidified my decision of choosing Westminster to be my home for the next 4 years of my life.

What’s your favorite choral experience at Westminster?
My favorite choral experience would have to be a tie between performing Annelies in Alice Tully Hall with the Westminster Williamson Voices and performing Mahler’s 2nd Symphony with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra. I will never forget these experiences for the rest of my life.


Liam Velez
Treasurer

Class Year: 2016
Major: BA in Music, Arts Administration minor
Applied Teacher: Elem Eley
Hometown: Highland Falls, NY

What’s on your iPod?
What isn’t on my iPod? I try to find something I enjoy in everything I listen to and definitely appreciate all genres! Some of my favorite bands and artists are Lucius, Adele, The Civil Wars, and of course, Beyoncé.

What’s your fondest Westminster memory?
My fondest memory is my first day of Chapel Choir when I had just transferred to WCC in 2014. When we sang “The Lutkin,” I truly realized how music connects us all and how much of an impact we can make together here at Westminster.

What’s your favorite choral experience at Westminster?
My favorite choral experience at Westminster has to be when Schola was on tour and we sang at St. James Episcopal Church in Richmond, VA during a church service. Seeing how the congregation reacted to our singing was very moving for me.