We checked in with YAA alumnus, Kathryn Bailey ('14), to chat about her Junior year at JMU.

Current School: James Madison University

What's your news!?: I am currently in my third year studying Vocal Music Education at James Madison University. I am the President of the American Choral Directors Association at JMU, and I am the Director of a small children's choir in the Shenandoah Valley. I am currently looking into exploring the entrepreneurship/administrative opportunities in the Music Education field!

Tell us about something you learned at YAA and applied to your life today.: YAA was the part of my high school experience that challenged me to explore myself as a performer, as a musician, and as a human being. My current solo practice techniques were acquired from YAA, and my love for both opera and musical theater was heightened through my various experiences with the company. On top of all that, I made friendships that I can confidently say will last forever. I am from Virginia, so YAA was an incredible opportunity that brought me into the Maryland theater scene, and eventually connected me with other opportunities after I graduated high school. Being a part of the Young Artists of America family is something that more and more people around the VA/DC/MD area are aware of, and respect. I am so proud to have been involved with such a caring, supportive, and hard-working company, and I wish it all the best in the future.