This is the second edition of a new series on our blog that we hope you’ll find both fun and interesting! Each week we will highlight a new MFA Summer Symposium faculty member.

Today I’d like to introduce you to Katrina Fitzpatrick. Katrina is the flute instructor for the Marching Band Division. Katrina works with the Morton High School Band throughout the year, and spends a week every summer with all of us at the Music for All Summer Symposium. Learn more about Katrina and why she comes back to the Symposium year after year!

Name: Katrina Fitzpatrick

Camp Division: Marching Division Flute Instructor

Home Town: Morton, IL

Current City: Morton, IL

Favorite thing about being a teacher/instructor:
I love the “journey” spent with both the students and fellow teachers, whether it’s 7 years or 7 days. I enjoy the impact that music has everyone’s life, and how different it is for each individual.

Why do you like to come to the MFA Summer Symposium each year:
Summer Symposium is one of the best weeks of my year! I love the positive vibe from both the campers and the staff. The musical and personal connections we make at camp are the real deal.

What would you say to a student who was thinking about possibly coming to camp:
Take the plunge, and come to camp! I understand that it’s a financial and timely commitment, but it’s worth it on every level!

Most memorable moment/interaction at camp?
One of my favorite parts of camp is the first rehearsal on the field with Crown. The excitement and the enthusiasm of both the MFA campers and Crown members is something truly inspiring.

Funniest thing that has happened at camp?
A couple years ago, there was a tornado warning. The MFA campers and Carolina Crown had to take cover in the BSU football locker room for almost forty-five minutes. The smell coming from that room was something else…the funny thing was that nobody seemed to care.

Favorite spot on Ball State’s campus?
My favorite place on campus is the road to the practice field #jeeptunes.

What book are you reading right now?
My mom dropped off a book a week ago for me to read, and it’s still sitting on the kitchen table.

What are you listening to right now?
Some orchestra students practicing for solo and ensemble contest. I’m pretty sure it’s Bach.

What is ONE thing you recommend at student do at camp?
Take time to appreciate every minute of camp (even the hot and uncomfortable ones). The week is fast, and you’ll wish that you could have some of the time back.

What made you decide to be a teacher?
My mom was a kindergarten teacher. I grew up helping her in the classroom. I always knew I was going into education.

What do you wish other people knew about the Summer Symposium?
4 hours is a short drive for an amazing week. Many directors and students in Illinois don’t attend the Summer Symposium anymore because it moved from ISU. Illinois students who don’t make the drive are missing out!

What do you do when you aren’t teaching at the Summer Symposium?
I live in Morton with my husband, Craig. A majority of our time is spent with the Morton High School and Morton Jr. High School bands. When we aren’t in rehearsals, we love traveling to Florida, the Smoky Mountains, and Wrigley Field!

Katrina Fitzpatrick

Want to join Katrina this summer at the Music for All Summer Symposium in the Marching Band Division? Learn more here.