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Former music department students share their experiences.

Marco Sanchez Ayala

Class of 15' Cornell University, Ithaca NY

I’m currently majoring in chemistry and minoring in music at Cornell University. I play snare drum in the Big Red Marching Band, I’m the battery captain of the Cornell University Indoor Drumline, and I play piano in the Cornell Jazz program in a combo. The Lincoln Music Program continues to serve me through the lessons I learned about self-discipline, hard work, and the crazy amount of musical knowledge that I gained in my years in the program.


Pascale Rich

Class of '15 University of Oregon, Eugene OR

"This is my first year studying elementary education at the U of O. I am currently involved in the repertoire singers choir group which is my absolute favorite thing. Music means a lot to me, it's an escape for my troubles, a way of portraying my emotions, and something that I love. When singing I find that I never notice the things usually weighing on me. If I am sad or happy or excited, I'll pick up my guitar and sing out my feelings. Music is my outlet."


Pascale performed in the color guard and sang in the Cardinal Choir at Lincoln.

Penn Armstrong

University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

"I was a section leader for the low brass section for two years in high school, the leadership experience helped me how to deal with various challenges in college bands.

I participated in Concert Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Brass Ensembles, Brass Quintets, Choir during my 4 years at Lincoln."

Lili McLaughlin

Columbia College, Chicago IL

"Lincoln Choir helped me gain confidence and improve my voice. I was in it for a few months before I auditioned for the school musical of Chicago and I landed my dream role. Choir was a very positive experience for me and I highly recommend the class to any student who loves music."


Lili sang alto in the Cardinal Choir her senior year. She currently attends Columbia where she is studying Comedy Writing and is acting in a play called "Women of Troy" 

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