Katie Buchholz is a senior from Carmel, IN.
“I have been playing viola since fifth grade. Originally, I started on piano and violin but never got into them. I think what most inspired me to play in orchestras was being exposed to them at the very young age of two or three. I think I chose viola unconsciously for a fifth-grade try-on, and I just wanted to do more with it. I love the orchestra programs at my school and want to continue it throughout my life even after college.
“My favorite memory at Ball State is my first year in the orchestras with my former teacher Dr. Meidell. She really challenged me to improve my musical progress. At the same time, I was introduced to other types of music I had never heard of. You see, when it comes to the viola, it’s not just transcribed works you study. It’s also standard works for viola that you want to get to know.
“However, my strongest connections at Ball State were formed when I went to Beneficence Summer Music Camp, for those who want to play chamber music in a small group setting.”