Abigail Holschlag

Hometown: New Hampton, IA
Major:  Bachelor of Music in Education (Instrumental)
Hobbies:  Composing, singing, art, and softball
Career Goals:  I hope to be happy and successful as I teach a 9-12th grade band
Favorite Trumpet Player/s:  Miles Davis, Maynard Ferguson, Ray Anthony
Favorite Trumpet Recording:  Blue In Green  (Miles Davis)
Favorite Food:  Tacos, carrots, and pizza
Favorite Book:  The Harry Potter series (J.K. Rowling)
Strangest Fact About Me:  I can cry on command
Coolest/Oddest Musical Experience:  Going to Disney World with the band my freshman year of high school and going to All-State Jazz Band my senior year of high school
If you could create music with another musician (local, famous, dead/alive), who would it be and why?  I think that it would be fun to make music with Red Nichols. I’ve always enjoyed listening to his music and the ensemble he’s playing in
What is the one thing that instantly makes your day better?  
I would say cats and reading a good book. Cats and a good book are a great options when I’m feeling stressed or overwhelmed
What is your favorite random fact (NOT something about you)?  
If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib
Why do you think it's important to teach the younger generation music?  
I think it’s important to teach music to the younger generation because music is the universal language, a safe space for people, and it’s important to continue passing on skills and knowledge from great musicians
What is the most unexpected thing you have learned while studying music?  
I think the most unexpected things I’ve learned while studying music is patience and having a good mindset. I’ve learned to have more patience with myself and my progress. I have also struggled with having a positive mindset, but when I go into things with a positive mindset they almost always go better than when I go into it with a negative mindset. These don’t happen overnight, and they take time to learn and do, but they make going through anything a lot easier and more enjoyable