As sophomore Kallie Koch explored colleges, her love of music remained at the forefront of her decision making process. That passion led her to Ship.

The finance major, honors student and Benton Middle-Senior High School graduate was surprised by the opportunities Ship offered despite only having a minor in music.

“There are so many different types of ensembles, and if you can’t play an instrument but love to sing, you can join choir,” Koch explained.

A classical pianist, Koch started playing the piano at age 6. Within her first year at Ship, Koch joined the concert choir, string ensemble and Shippensburg Community Orchestra.

She loves the opportunities and support these organizations and their faculty mentors provide her, but said it’s the Luhrs Performing Arts Center that makes her time at Ship special.

“I love having access to the Luhrs Center whenever I need to practice or just chill. I haven’t touched the Concert Grand Model D Steinway yet, but don’t worry, I will,” she said.

Koch looks forward to her return to campus, the Luhrs Center and her musician community.

“We have so much fun creating music, and it is always a blast to play with other people who share the same passion as you.”