School of Music

Ambassadors

Current Ambassadors

Patrick Bain
2016-2019

Major: Music in Combination with an Outside Field (Mechanical Engineering)
Instrument: Percussion
Hometown: Jupiter, FL
High School: Jupiter Community High School
Favorite Thing to Do in Gainesville: Watch live bands perform around town

Mary Katherine Boring
2017-2019

Major: Music Education
Instrument: Voice
Hometown: Fort Myers, FL
High School: Fort Myers High School
Favorite Thing to Do in Gainesville: Go to gator football games and grab pizza at Leonardo's

Katherine Graham
2016-2019

Major: Music in Combination with an Outside Field (Masters in Management, Minor in Entrepreneurship)
Instrument: Voice
Hometown: Palm Harbor, FL
High School: East Lake High School
Favorite Thing to Do in Gainesville: Go to brunch and walking around downtown!

McKenna Nelson
2016-2019

Major: Music in Combination with an Outside Field (MSM, minor in Mass Communication)
Instrument: Voice
Hometown: St. Augustine, Florida
High School: Nease High School
Favorite Thing to Do in Gainesville: Watching performances at The Hippodrome or the Phillips Center and going on late night ice cream runs with my friends.

Zoe Stayman
2018-2019

Major: Music Education
Instrument: French Horn
Hometown: Rehoboth Beach, DE
High School: Sussex Technical High School
Favorite Thing to Do in Gainesville: Kayak at Lake Wauburg, take swing dancing lessons, and finally read the Harry Potter books while hammocking

Kristian James
2018-2019

Major: Music in Combination with an Outside Field (Public Relations)
Instrument: Piano
Hometown: Spring Hill, FL
High School: Citrus Park Christian School
Favorite Thing to Do in Gainesville: Play piano, shop, play video games, and go to the gym to work off the ice cream I eat while binging Hulu

Carla Mckendry
2018-2019

Major: Music Education, theater minor
Instrument: Voice
Hometown: Greenacres, FL
High School: John I. Leonard High School
Favorite Thing to Do in Gainesville: Watch movies/tv/Netflix, thrift and explore new styles, take interesting photos, browse social media, and spend quality time with even higher quality friends!

Stefie Pishock
2017-2019

Major: Music Education
Instrument: Oboe
Hometown: Lutz, FL
High School: Steinbrenner High School
Favorite Thing to Do in Gainesville: Hammocking at Lake Alice, finding cool stuff at all the neat thrift stores, and eating Pizza at Leonardo's!

Sophie Press
2016-2018

Major: Music in Combination with an Outside Field (MSM, minor in Nonprofit leadership)
Instrument: Clarinet
Hometown: Tequesta, FL
High School: Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Favorite Thing to Do in Gainesville: Attend local arts events, and eat at all the great restaurants!

Christa Chiovarelli
2018-2019

Major: Music Education
Instrument: Voice
Hometown: Tampa, FL
High School: Freedom High School
Favorite Thing to Do in Gainesville: Listen to musicals, read books, play with dogs, binge Netflix shows, and sing

Wade FitzGerald
2018-2019

Major: Music in Combination with an Outside Field (Biology)
Instrument: Piano and carillon
Hometown: Tampa, FL
High School: Robinson High School
Favorite Thing to Do in Gainesville: Hiking on nature trails and catching snakes

Justin Renzi
2017-2019

Major: Music Education
Instrument: French Horn
Hometown: Orlando, FL
High School: Freedom High School
Favorite Thing to Do in Gainesville: Trying new places to eat, hanging out with friends, and enjoying some of the landmarks like Century Tower, Lake Alice, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, and the museums!
Fun Fact: Justin is one of the Gator Band drum majors!

Gerik Tushoski
2018-2019

Major: Music in Combination with an Outside Field (Biochemistry)
Instrument: Euphonium
Hometown: Land O' Lakes, FL
High School: Sunlake High School
Favorite Thing to Do in Gainesville: I like to hike around Gainesville’s large amount of state parks and weightlift at Southwest Recreational Center!

Gaby Tordi
2016-2019

Major: Music Education
Instrument: Clarinet
Hometown: North Palm Beach, FL
High School: Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Favorite Thing to Do in Gainesville: Make music with my best friends and try all of the cute coffee shops in town!

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