LEAP Student Highland – Katherine Lewis

At LEAP, we pride ourselves on having a talented group of diverse students here in Colorado and across the nation! Katherine Lewis is one of the great new students joining the LEAP program online this spring. I had a chance to chat with Katherine to gain a little bit more about her background and why she chose the LEAP program. Welcome Katherine!

What is your background?

I’m a long-time flutist and professional musician. After my studies, I performed and taught flute both in the Midwest and greater Phoenix, AZ area for roughly 3.5 years. While I loved teaching and performing, I was looking for something a bit more stable, and in 2015 won an audition with the Army. I have had assignments in Virginia, Kansas, and just moved to Alaska! What an adventure it is. In 2017 I joined the Arizona Flute Society board as Membership Director, and I now write for the Flute Examiner, and online flute blog that reaches flutists around the world.

Why did you choose the LEAP program?

After I decided to go back to school, I wanted to attend a reputable and diverse program, and the LEAP program had all of the ‘ticks in the box’ so to speak. Offering an online Master’s program was a huge selling point for me, since going to school in the military can be a bit tricky. Wondering whether I’ll be able to keep studying and balance my career at the same time is now one less thing I stress about.

What do you hope to get out of the program? Why did you decide to go back for your masters? What is your undergraduate degree in?

I hope to gain the tools and experience necessary to better reach others through the arts, and marry both the performance and administrative aspects of this community to do so. I hold degrees in flute performance. I chose to pursue a second graduate degree because after working in the industry for several years, I believe it will make me a more well-rounded and versatile artist.

Where will you be while attending LEAP online?

I currently live in Anchorage, Alaska where I am a flutist and administrator for the US Army Bands. I’ll be living up here for 3 years, after which a new location and new adventure will begin.