2017 UW Music grad Addison Francis earned dual degrees in vocal performance and speech and hearing science while a student at the University, participating in opera workshops, recitals and other performance opportunities while investigating how to take a healthy approach to protecting her instrument of choice. As a student of voice faculty Kari Ragan (a certified singing voice specialist), Francis combined her interests in singing and vocal health in her UW studies, which she will carry forward in graduate studies in speech language pathology at the University of North Carolina (UNC) - Chapel Hill School of Medicine.
One of two student speakers at the School’s recent Grand Finale celebration, Francis also represented the College of Arts and Sciences—and the School of Music—in the main UW Commencement ceremony as a “gonfalonier,” one of the UW’s outstanding students selected to lead degree candidates in the commencement procession while carrying the banner (gonfalon) of their respective school or college.
Francis also was featured in an in-depth profile in the June 2017 online edition of UW College of Arts and Sciences Perspectives newsletter. Learn more about this outstanding UW Music graduate here.