Student Stories

Megan Shultz has studied music since childhood.  Piano lessons led to taking up the flute in the 5th grade and both the oboe and trombone in high school.  Her positive experience of music teachers having confidence in her ability to play multiple instruments and their encouragement to be a student leader in music programs inspired her to study music education at Gonzaga. She participates in several ensemble including Wind Symphony, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and Women's Chorus.  In her spare time, Megan is one of the student conductors of the Bulldog Band.  Megan just can't say no to a music opportunity!

She choose Gonzaga because it's a place where she can be her whole person, where she is challenged while still feeling at home.  Receiving a music scholarship has allowed her to commit to her studies without greater debt anxiety.  It's given her a chance to explore music classes and ensemble that enrich her understanding of music theory, provide direct teaching and conducting experiences, and to grow in a community of supporting students and faculty.  Megan especially appreciated the excellent mentoring in performance, pedagogy and conducting from music faculty Dr. Robert Spittal, David Fague and Dr. Peter Hamlin.

Megan is also active on campus as an Orientation program student leader and University Ministry.  In her future, she plans to share music with her own students wherever there are plenty of trees!

Mitch Davey's musical studies began at age 9 when his parents enrolled him in the Spokane Area Children's Chorus.  He continued to sing with SACC into high school, adding high school choir activity and private lessons.  At Gonzaga, Mitch studies music composition wtih Fr. Kevin Waters, SJ and voice lessons with Darnelle Preston. He is a valued member of the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, working with Dr. Timothy Westerhaus.

As a music major, Mitch spends most of his time in music practice rooms and singing.  He also studies a pre-medicine concentration program with an eye on attending medical school in the future.  Finding a balance between two disciplines is always a challenge but his passion for both music and medicine has found support Gonzaga.  Receiving a music scholarship has been a honor and the reason he has been able to continue studying music at Gonzaga.  The combination of direct financial assistance and the guidance of Dr. Westerhaus has created a pathway for Mitch to pursue his dreams.

Megan Carroll has been studying music since she was eight years old.  Growing up in Las Vegas offered her abundant opportunities to participate in and enjoy musical theatre.  These experiences nurtured her passion for singing. As a journalism major with an interdisciplinary arts minor, Megan has dedicated herself to finding academic opportunities that keep music in her daily life.

Receiving a music scholarship has facilitated her ability to continue vocal lessons and participation in the Women's Chorus each semester.  In gratitude, Megan serves as the President of the Women's Chorus and looks for ways to support other students learn about and stay involved in music programming at Gonzaga.  Through study, performance and working with Dr. Timothy Westerhaus and Darnelle Preston, Megan discovered a stronger voice within herself. 

Mikaella Croskrey studies computer engineering with a jazz performance minor at Gonzaga.  She actively participates in several ensembles including Jazz Combos, Jazz Ensemble and Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra as a multiple instrumentalist on violin and bass (upright and electric).  She says that there is something refreshing about changing gears in life, taking a pause after a full day of engineering classes in order to get together with very talented fellow student musicians and play music together.  It's often the highlight of her day.

Receiving a music scholarship has allowed Mikaella to continue to balance her academic pursuits between computer engineering and music.  She appreciates the opportunities that David Fague and Dr. Kevin Hekmatapanh offer her to be involved, to continue learning and to share music with the larger community.

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