December 15, 2008

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Katherine Kilburn and Octavio Más-Arocas

Katherine Kilburn and Octavio Más-Arocas

Music doctoral student ends year on high note

This has been quite the year for BGSU’s doctoral program in music, and for one of its students in particular. Katherine “Kiki” Kilburn of San Jose, Calif., a first-year student in the DMA program, has won the prestigious Thelma A. Robinson Scholarship Award from the Conductors Guild.

It is the second time in a row that a BGSU student has taken home the biennial award. Kilburn will receive a $1,000 prize, which will be presented Jan. 11 at the Annual Conference for Conductors in New York City.

In 2006 her fiancé, Octavio Más-Arocas, also a student in the University’s DMA program, won the Robinson award. Both he and Kilburn study with Dr. Emily Freeman Brown, director of orchestra activities.

The two will be married Dec. 27 near San Jose, where the globetrotting Kilburn’s family lives. “It’s where I think of when I think of home,” she said. The couple will be joined by members of Más-Arocas’s family from Spain.


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