Pickler earns first at Gulf Coast Steinway Society Awards Music Festival


Katie PicklerNorthwest Florida State College student Katie Pickler of Niceville recently won first place in the college division (undergraduate division) at the Gulf Coast Steinway Society Awards Music Festival hosted by the University of Mobile. The honor carried with it a $500 award. She placed above students from three states and entrants from major universities.

Pickler has been a vocal scholarship recipient and member of the NWF State College’s Madrigals Singers and Soundsations Showchoir, as well as a featured soloist with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. She appeared in the lead role of Laurey in this past summer’s college musical production of “Oklahoma!” and also appeared in “Les Miserables” and “Spamalot,” among other performances. She plans to continue her vocal performance studies at Florida State University in fall 2016. 

Dr. Jeremy Ribando, chair of the NWF State College Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts Division, praised Katie’s accomplishment and noted that she ranks among the most talented vocal performance majors in his 10 years at the college. “We’re so proud of Katie and know she will continue to flourish in both operatic and musical theater genres as she moves forward with her education,” Ribando said.

The Division of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts offers academic programs and performance opportunities for students interested in the arts. Together with the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, the division presents opportunities for instruction and professional-level experiences in dance, theater, voice, music and visual arts. Ten different ensembles regularly perform throughout the year.

For more information, call 850-729-5382 or visit the Division of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts website.

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