Caitlin ChampinyClassification: Junior
Graduation Year: 2016
College: Moores School of Music
Major: Music Education
High School: McKinney Boyd High School
Hometown: McKinney, TX
Hello! My name is Caitlin Champiny and I am a Music Education major at the Moores School of Music. After coming to realize how important music (as well as the arts) is in my life, I decided that I would do my best to ensure that students, like myself, have an opportunity to explore music in schools around the state. As a result, I aspire to be a High School Band Director in the State of Texas! I am rather shy, but I really do enjoy meeting new people! Finally, though anxious, I cannot wait to see and experience the many opportunities that the University of Houston has to offer. Go Coogs!!
Campus and Community Involvement
Beginning my freshman year of studies at the University of Houston, I will be a member of the Spirit of Houston Marching Band in addition to one of the Concert Band ensembles. I hope to, one day, be a leader in the Spirit of Houston!
Awards and Honors
As a Junior in High School, I was selected to be a Section Leader for the McKinney Boyd High School Marching Band, and as a Senior, I was selected to be one of the band’s Drum Majors. I was chosen to participate in the All-Region Band my Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior years, and I was recently chosen to participate in the Texas All-State Band my Senior year. At the conclusion of my Senior year, I was awarded the John Philip Sousa Band award by my band instructors. I was an AP Scholar with Distinction, a member of the National Honor Society, a recipient of the Academic Excellence Award all four years of High School, and a McKinney I.S.D. 2011- 2012 Distinguished Student. Finally, I was awarded the Texas Music Educators Association Past-Presidents Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship, a McKinney Boyd Band Booster Scholarship, and the Lynn Sperry Endowment.
I am not currently enrolled in any language courses at the University of Houston, but I have taken Spanish, and I would love to take French! In addition, I would like to study in places like Vienna, Austria, Prague, Czech Republic, Italy, Germany, and France. The idea of study abroad interests me in the respect that I may be able to visit the various epicenters of music in Europe. Some of the most well known composers (Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, and Schubert) and influences in the music we listen to today originated from these regions!
I am not sure what kind of research is best compatible with my choice of major, but I am looking forward to possibly discovering new types of research in the field of Music!
As of this current moment, I am undecided as to whether or not I will attend Graduate School. However, if I were to undertake Graduate-Studies, I would pursue a Master’s Degree in Music Education so I may further myself as a musician and a teacher, as well as further myself as an instrument of knowledge for my future students.