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UC student Michelle Kroger presents senior flute recital


Williamsburg, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands (UC) student Michelle Kroger presented her senior flute recital on Saturday, March 3 in the Nell Moore Recital Hall in UC’s Grace Crum Rollins Fine Arts Center.

Kroger performed a selection of music on flute, alto flute and piccolo. She performed pieces from several composers, including La fille aux cheveux de lin by Claude Debussy and Sonata V by J.S. Bach. She was accompanied on piano by UC music instructor Kay Dawn McFarland. On some selections Kroger was joined by Dylan Brown on bass, Curt Lawson on drums, soprano Amanda Campbell and the UC Flute Choir.

Kroger will graduate this May with a degree in music education, and she hopes to find employment teaching music in a Kentucky school. Kroger’s pursuit of a degree in music education began long before she arrived at UC.

“I’ve been around music my entire life,” she said. “Then, when I became a member of our [high school] band in middle school, I found something that I couldn’t get enough of and never wanted to part with.”

Kroger’s high school band director influenced her choice in coming to UC.

“My high school band director David Owens is an alumnus from UC and I loved how he taught our classes,” she said, noting that her visit to UC to check it out sealed the deal. “When I came to visit, I absolutely loved the campus set-up and atmosphere. I also had a flute lesson with David Threlkeld [associate professor] and I knew he had a lot to teach me…and he has.”

Kroger’s time at UC has been well-spent, and she reflects on her upcoming graduation.

“It’s nerve-wracking and very exciting. I will miss many people here on UC’s campus, especially the friends and faculty in the music department and my suitemates.”

Kroger is the daughter of B.H and Mary Pat Kroger, of whom she says “I wouldn’t be who I am today without them!” She is from Fort Mitchell, Ky.

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of student; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master's degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.