“Music is a gift that touches our souls and gives us understanding when reasoning is absent, and Austin Peay's music program gave me opportunity: opportunity to teach, learn, flourish and love music.”
Hometown: Springfield, Tennessee
Involvement: Govs R.O.W., Chi Omega, Omicron Delta Kappa, APSU 1000 Peer Leader, APSU Honors Choir,
Music is Susannah White’s first love, and Austin Peay State University has provided the stage with which she can share that love with the world.
“My interest in music started at a very young age, singing in small church plays at four years old before getting involved in church ensembles and starting to take voice lessons,” White said. “After being in show choir for four years in high school, I knew I wanted to pursue music for a career — and I knew I found my place the moment I walked into the (Music/Mass Communication Building) at Austin Peay to audition for the music program.”
Since enrolling at Austin Peay, White has been involved in a number of the Department of Music’s performance and educational offerings, including spending three years with the University’s premier choral ensemble: The Chamber Singers, recognized as one of the most distinguished choral groups in the southeast.
“My experience in Chamber Singers, conducted by (associate professor of music) Dr. Korre Foster, these past three years has enriched me in so many ways by creating music with a talented and emotionally connected group of singers,” White said.
White hopes to pursue a career in vocal music education at the elementary or middle school level, and Austin Peay has given her the chance to gain experience through Camp Granada, the department’s summer youth music camp.
Co-directing the camp’s honors choir, White said, has helped her discover her passion and given her tools she can use in the future as an educator.
“Without Austin Peay's music program, I wouldn't have found my passion for teaching children, or see the joy a child experiences when they learn how to sing or play an instrument,” White said. “Austin Peay's music program gave me opportunity: opportunity to teach, learn, flourish and love music.”