Miranda Molina is a junior in Instrumental and Choral Music Education from Brookfield, Illinois. She is so excited to be studying with Professor Debra Richtmeyer and Evan Clark at U of I. She formally studied under Kevin C. McOlgan for three years and it was him that sparked her passion for teaching, not only in bands but in choirs too. As a saxophonist, she has performed with the Wind Orchestra, Hindsley Symphonic Band, many saxophone quartets, and is a proud member and squad leader of the Marching Illini. She is the service chair for Sigma Alpha Iota - Women's Music Fraternity and Vice President of Kappa Kappa Psi - National Honorary Band Fraternity here on campus. She also has a deep love for choral education and singing which she gets to embrace by being a member of Women's Glee Club as well. Most importantly, Miranda is a Golden Apple Scholar for the state of Illinois. When she graduates, Miranda will be teaching students in schools of need in the Chicago area. She believes that all children deserve nothing less than an excellent education and equal opportunities. Her job will be to teach with passion and inspire young minds from all backgrounds through music.