2013 Nichols Scholarship Recipient Angelia Gomez
Music Education Major
School of Performing Arts
Angelina is very aware that attending Sonoma State University has changed her life in ways she could never imagine. Through opportunities and activities, especially through the SSU Music Department, she discovered a passion she never knew existed. Her experiences at Sonoma State have resulted in a new sense of accomplishment, confidence, and happiness. Her experiences have also taught her the important lesson that hard work pays off—and can be fun in the process.
Her activities and involvement are many and varied, one of which was to serve as secretary for the Music Education Club, Sonoma State University’s chapter affiliate with the National Association for Music Education (NAME). In that club she gained the skills and knowledge necessary to be a future music educator. She helped organize and run music festivals held at Sonoma State through the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) as well as being a member of the Sigma Alpha Lambda Honors Society.
Angelina is a Sonoma State University Presidential Scholar. This prestigious scholarship is offered to freshmen with an incoming grade point average of 4.0 or more in high school and is renewable each year a student meets the requirements. President Ruben Armiñana established this scholarship to recognize high achieving students like Angelina and to reward them for their diligence throughout their high school and earlier years of study.
She is also a member of many performance groups in Sonoma State’s Music Department including the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Symphonic Chorus, the Chamber Wind Ensemble, and the Wolf Pack Pep Band.
Outside of the Sonoma State University campus she volunteers at Saint Elizabeth Seton Church every year in preparation of their Christmas festivities and she has directed the instrumental ensemble that performs in the Christmas masses as well as other performance ensembles in the community. In March 2012, Angelina guest conducted the Rancho Cotate High School Symphonic Band at their annual concert at the Spreckles Performing Arts Center. That summer, she also performed with and guest conducted the Rohnert Park Community Band at their annual Fourth of July concert.
Angelina graduates from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education in 2014. She will then begin in SSU’s credential program working toward fulfilling her lifelong goal of becoming a music teacher. She hopes to later earn her Master’s degree or a Ph.D. in music education or musicology.
“I want to instill great knowledge to my students of the future and inspire them to achieve success and happiness in their lives, just as I myself have found,” says Angelina.