Hometown: Cromwell, Conn.
Major: Music Performance - Voice
WCSU Degree: Bachelor of Music - Performance, Classical
Activities: WCSU Women's Volleyball team; WCSU's Men's Hockey Club manager; WCSU Chamber Singers; P.A.S.S. member tutoring students; sing National Anthem at various sporting events including WCSU volleyball and hockey games, Danbury Trashers Hockey, Danbury Westerners Baseball team, and recently the Bridgeport Soundtigers Hockey team; work part time at St. Peter's Church in Danbury as a soprano section leader of the choir and a cantor for Saturday/Sunday services
Honors and Awards: Dean's List all semesters; recognitions from WCSU CULTURE program for academic achievement of residents on campus; recieved "Rookie of the Year" award in WCSU volleyball, 2004; placed second in College II Division of National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition, 2007; Alumni Association Scholarship recipient, 2006 and 2007; James Sommers Opera Scholarship recipient, 2007; selected by WCSU music department to go to China to perform based on high GPA and involvement in the music program; selected for lead roles in "Pirates of Penzance,""Gianni Schicci", and "Suor Angelica," 2007-08; tri-captain of the WCSU Women's Volleyball Team, 2007-08; member of National Society of Collegiate Scholars; received Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Scholarship, 2008); set school record for solo blocks in one season in volleyball, 2007
Katie Kupchik decided to study music at WestConn because "as I asked around in high school about good music programs/schools, WestConn kept coming up in conversations and the music department's reputation seemed really great. When I came to visit the school, everyone was so friendly and interested in why I was looking into coming to school here, and that really helped me decide that this was the place for me. It also helped that I could play volleyball here, being that WestConn is a Division III school, so I could still play competively and have time for my school work as well."
Aside from the enticements of a renowned music program and the chance to continue playing volleyball, Kupchik found another reason the university made sense. "WestConn wasn't too far away from home, yet just far enough to live away at school and get the whole college experience," she says.
Kupchik says a lot of the music faculty that she interacted with on a daily basis really impacted her experience "in such a good way." Music Professors Dr. Margaret Astrup, Dr. Kevin Isaacs and Perry Price "always had my best interests in mind and knew which directions to push me in," she says. "I feel like even when I wasn't in class with them, if something came up that they knew would work for me, they would present it to me to see what I thought."
Asked what she will remember most about her WestConn experience, Kupchik says, "In general I will always remember playing volleyball here and really becoming such a great player while studying music and living a crazy schedule with no time to spare. Even though every semester has been stressful trying to find time for everything, I wouldn't trade it for anything.”
After graduation, Kupchik plans to take a year off and then go to graduate school for music performance. "I hope to be a substitute teacher at local schools and sing at another church closer to home," she says. "There is also a possibility that I may be coaching a high school JV volleyball team in the fall so, whatever I do, I will be busy!"
Kupchik’s advice to new students entering WCSU is: “Don't be afraid to make friends with anyone and everyone from day one. These people will be some of the best friends you will have for life, and the memories you'll share will be unforgettable! Also, get involved in non-academic things, such as sports or on-campus clubs -- it'll help get your mind off of schoolwork all the time and give you something to look forward to as a "break" from class or work.”