Hi, I’m Kathryn Henry, a vocal performance major at Peck School of the Arts, a national finalist in the
Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, national anthem singer at the
democratic debate and now I’m off to Juilliard. The Metropolitan Opera itself
is an international company where a lot of singers just come in and it’s the
best of the best. When I went to the semi-finals, I just assumed that I wasn’t getting through because I was only 22 and was very young in the competition. So, I didn’t
expect to go through and then ended up being a finalist and singing on the Met stage
with the Met Orchestra to a full house of people, that was one of the best
experiences of my life. And I cried probably every single night that I won.
Every round that I won, I probably cried because I was just so excited and because I went as a young singer, it’s an even bigger thing because I can grow my
career off of that. I went pretty high like, right off the bat. I never for one
second felt any doubt that I could do this
career because I had so much encouragement and support from the
faculty. One day, when I work on my biography, the chapter on UWM will
definitely be about support and love. I am so thankful that they grew my passion here.