Music education major wins prestigious awards from national organization

April 08, 2010

Abigail PulvermacherPerseverance and dedication lead to success and have left one University of Wisconsin-Whitewater music education major playing a happy tune.

Senior Abigail Pulvermacher was recently awarded the Professional Achievement Award and the Caitlin Merie Hurrey Collegiate Senior Scholarship from the National Association for Music Education.

The achievement award recognizes students for their commitment and dedication to the National Association for Music Education. The award is given to collegiate members who have served their chapters with excellence.

Pulvermacher is president of UW-Whitewater's Collegiate Music Educators National Conference (CMENC) chapter. The campus chapter works with area schools to give sectional lessons to band students, brings speakers to campus to talk about music education issues and hosts Sounds 'N' Visions, an annual all-day workshop for elementary students.

Pulvermacher served as conference chair when UW-Whitewater's Music Department hosted the Wisconsin CMENC conference last month.

"She played a very important role in the planning, organization and supervision of the conference," said Alena Holmes, an assistant professor in the Music Department and CMENC chapter adviser.

After receiving the achievement award, Pulvermacher won the Caitlin Merie Hurrey Collegiate Senior Scholarship, awarded to one student nationally.

"Being recognized on a national level for the things I do because I'm passionate about music education is exciting," Pulvermacher said.

"It's a very big deal to win such a prestigious scholarship and a spotlight on our chapter," said Holmes.

Pulvermacher plays an array of instruments, including the oboe and the English horn. She plans to teach music to students in grades K-12.

"All my life I have wanted to make a difference, and by teaching I feel I accomplish my dream," said Pulvermacher.

UW-Whitewater's Music Department comprises more than 150 students majoring in music, 50 students with music minors, and more than 30 faculty members. The music program is big enough to offer a wide variety of ensemble experiences, yet small enough that students receive individualized attention. The department sponsors several concert series, the annual Holiday Gala, student recitals and an annual opera or Broadway production. The department also produces nearly 130 musical programs per year.


Sara Kuhl