SGA Executive Board Profiles
Class Year: Senior
Major: B.A. Music, Minor Arts Administration
Applied Teacher: Elizabeth Sutton
Hometown: Lumberton, NJ
I'm listening to: You can always catch me listening to Ariana Grande, but I listen to a very wide variety of music and am always looking for new albums!
Favorite book: The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Why Westminster: When I was deciding where to spend my college career, I had no clue where I was going to end up. A lot of people that I meet at Westminster only applied here or maybe one other place. I applied to seven schools and had no idea what I was doing. I toured at Westminster and I didn’t think it was the place for me, and I was very worried because no other school seemed right for me. My mom then forced me to attend Preview Day during my senior year of high school, and everything changed. Once I met the people I would be going to school with and had the opportunity to sing with Chapel Choir, I was sold. I am still thankful for the people I met on that day, and the community I have found at Westminster was definitely the best possible option for me.
Fondest Westminster memory: During the An Evening of Readings and Carols concert, Chapel Choir (composed of freshmen) sits in the loft of Princeton University Chapel, waiting for the program to start and sing I Wonder as I Wander at the beginning. During my freshman year, Chapel Choir was holding candles made of glass and the performance management staff begged us to do our best not to drop them, but of course, people all around would drop one, and someone would come over with a broom and dustbin to clean it up. I was holding onto that thing for dear life, but inevitably, I dropped my candle and it shattered. I immediately started crying because that weekend had been one of the hardest of the semester for me, and as I did, everyone around me started consoling me and reminding me that it would be okay. Even in this moment of annoyance about cleaning another broken candle, my peers were there for me to help me enjoy the first of many amazing Westminster performances in the Princeton University Chapel that I would be part of. Although this was a small, very simple occurrence, I think of it regularly because it consistently reminds me of how strong a tie we have with our fellow students at Westminster and the love we share for music and each other.
SGA Vice President
Class Year: 2021
Major: Bachelor of Music in Music Education, Master of Music Education with a focus in Music Theory
Applied Teacher: Margaret Cusack
Hometown: Pennsville, NJ
I'm listening to: I listen to a wide variety of music. I have a liking for really every kind of genre. But my go to genre would be the Oldies, including my favorite artists, Frankie Valli, Frank Sinatra, and Dean Martin.
Favorite Book: A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks
Why Westminster: I chose Westminster because I loved the aspect of how small the campus was. This was and still is a great opportunity to have and build tight knit relationship with the students and the faculty. When choosing Westminster, it was really nice to know that I would not feel like just another student - lost or forgotten in a lecture hall on a bigger campus. It really feels like a home for me.
Fondest Westminster Memory: My fondest memory was participating in my first Reading and Carols performance. This experience was so beautiful and magical for me. Not only was it Christmas, but seeing the pure joy of my entire school making music together in one space was amazing and truly an honor to be a part of. I will never forget the pieces that we sang or the classmates that I stood next to. It will forever be a fond memory.
Class Year: Senior
Major: Music Education
Applied Teacher: Sally Wolf
Hometown: Greeneville, TN
I'm listening to: I’m currently listening to The Punch Brothers, classic Dolly Parton, everything Mama Mia, and of course there’s some Mozart thrown in the mix.
Favorite Books: Paper Towns by John Green and To Kill a Mockgbird by Harper Lee are some of my favorites.
Why Westminster? When I came to Westminster for the first time during my senior year of high school, I just knew it was the right place for me. I felt so at home on campus and the people were so welcoming. When we left that day my dad said “well, I think she’s found her tribe” and he was right. This place is so incredibly special and I could never picture myself anywhere else!
Fondest Westminster memory: My fondest Westminster memory is definitely the moment I found out I had gotten into Westminster Choir. Being a member of this choir had been such a big goal for me my entire life, so achieving it was very emotional for me. My friends and I ran to the top floor of Williamson Hall to check the roster for ourselves and then cried all night long because we were so excited.
Class Year: Senior
Major: Music Education BM/MME
Applied Teacher: Lauren Athey-Janka
Hometown: Roxbury, NJ
I'm listening to: My heavy rotation on Spotify currently has music from the 1975, ABBA, and Schumann.
Favorite book(s): The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult, the Harry Potter series, and The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom (I couldn’t pick!).
Why Westminster: The sense of community and pride that Westminster students experience is something that is so unique to our school. Everyone is so supportive and kind to one another! The opportunities that we get here and the faculty and staff we get to work with make choosing Westminster the most incredible decision of my life.
Fondest Westminster memory: I have endless fond memories from my time at WCC so far, but the most memorable has got to be a tie between the time I spent with the Williamson voices in Oxford, and when Chapel Choir and Schola combined to perform the Mozart Requiem with the Juilliard orchestra!