Alumnae 2006

Emily Castle '06

Emily F. Castle

Emily F. Castle, a native of Bellevue, WA, has a life-long association with Mount Holyoke College: her mother and two aunts are alumnae, her sister Vanessa is also a 2006 alum. A music major and English minor, Emily studied voice with Melinda Spratlan. She was an active participant in Concert Choir, Glee Club (soloist and section leader), Abbey Singers (Co-Coordinator) and Vocal Jazz (President). Reflecting on her time at Mount Holyoke, Emily says "I have learned more than how to analyze music in sonata form, or how to transpose 12th century music into modern notation; I have truly learned to love music!

Hwan Kim '06

Hwan H. Kim

Hwan H. Kim, from Staten Island, NY was a double major in music and sociology. A piano student of Gary Steigerwalt, Hwan served as a student academic liaison for music. She is a co-recipient of the Helen Blyth Hazen Musaic Prize II to the graduate whose work in music best reflects the integration of music history, theory, and performance. Earlier in her Mount Holyoke career Hwan was awarded the Dorothy C. Currey Scholarship and the Music Department Prize to the outstanding junior major or minor. She plans to work as a translator in a Korean-American organization.

Katherine Vogele '06

Katherine P. Vogele

Katherine P. Vogele, from Lexington, MA, is a music major with a minor in education. A voice student of Melinda Spratlan, Katherine has been singing in choirs since she was eight years old, and managed at some point in her college career to participate in all of Mount Holyoke's choirs--Vocal Jazz, Concert Choir, Glee Club, Chamber Singers--as well as Amherst's Concert Choir. She served as President, Manager, and soprano I section leader of Glee Club. A recipient of the Dorothy C. Currey Scholarship, Katherine completed the course work required for a music teaching license in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 2006-07 she will work as the assistant director to the Amherst College Choral Society and as a graduate assistant to beginning theory classes.

RoseAnna Cyr '06

RoseAnna Cyr

RoseAnna Cyr grew up in northern Vermont, where her family operates a maple sugar farm. A music major with a minor in education, RoseAnna was awarded the Dorothy C. Currey Scholarship during her senior year. A voice student of Cheryl Cobb, Rose Anna was a member and soloist with the Concert Choir and Glee Club, two years soprano 2 section leader of Glee Club, and performed occasionally with Vocal Jazz. As a trombonist, RoseAnna played with the Orchestra, Big Band, and Chamber Jazz Ensemble. She plans to complete the student teaching required for teacher certification before pursuing a Masters degree in music therapy.

E. Michelle Brooks-Thompson '06

E. Michelle Brooks-Thompson

E. Michelle Brooks-Thompson, a native of Amherst, MA, was a music major and religion minor. A voice student of Chery Cobb, Michelle was a member and soloist with the Mount Holyoke Glee Club since her sophomore year. In 2003 she founded and directed the first Five College Gospel Choir and hosted the first "Gospel Explosion" concerts at MHC in 2003 and 2004. Michelle performs extensively throughout the Northeast with various gospel and church groups and with several recording artists and ensembles. She was a co-recipient of the Helen Blyth Hazen Prize I to the outstanding graduate who began her serious study of music at Mount Holyoke. She has been accepted to the Professional Diploma program of the Berkelee College of Music in Boston.

Hannah Shook '06

Hannah Shook

Hannah Shook, from Wichita, KS, was a music major and psychology minor. A flute student of Adrianne Greenbaum, Hannah was consistently involved in nearly every aspect of music at Mount Holyoke. Her senior year alone she served as student conductor and principal flutist of the Orchestra, Glee Club Alto I section leader, student concert manager for the Music Department and student academic liaison. A recipient of the Dorothy C. Currey Scholarship, Hannah was a co-recipient of the Helen Blyth Hazen Music Prize II, awarded to the graduate whose work in music best reflects the integration of music history, theory, and performance. She plans to continue both her study of flute and conducting while applying to Masters degree programs in music education.

Malgorzata Lach

Malgorzata Lach

Malgorzata Lach, a native of Poland and former U. S. Postal Service worker, was a Frances Perkins scholar. She majored in music and was a student of Phillip de Fremery. She was co-recipient of the Helen Blyth Music Prize I awarded to the outstanding graduate who began her serious study of music at Mount Holyoke. In the summer of 2005, Malgorzata apprenticed with Amherst luthier, Alan Chapman and built her own guitar. She is going on to graduate school to study music theory at the Hartt School of Music, Hartford, CT.

Erin Vogel

Erin Vogel

Erin Vogel, a native of Yorba Linda, CA, was a double major in music and English. She studied flute with Alison Hale and was member of the Mount Holyoke Orchestra and flute choir. She was also a member of the UMass marching band for several years. Erin says that the best thing about being a music major was the people--both the gifted and dedicated faculty and the most interesting and sincere students at the college. Plans for the future include traveling and teaching.