Paul Nguyen: Education and Advocacy Intern, Fall 2022

Oklahoma City University, OK (2023) – Instrumental Music Education
Mustang High School, OK (2019)

Performing Arts Background/Involvement:
I started playing piano in Pre-K and trombone in 6th grade! Since then, I have played in wind ensemble, symphony orchestra, percussion ensemble, marching band (of course!), chamber groups, pit orchestra (including Shrek the Musical and High School Musical in high school and In the Heights this past spring at OCU), and winter guard!

In addition to ensembles, I am also currently involved in the performing arts designing marching band shows and crafting handmade batons with N&C Music, a company I co-founded with a friend of mine. I am also the Outside Talent Manager at OCU, Education Intern at the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Marching Band Tech at a local high school, Band Leadership Instructor at the Texoma Marching Arts and Leadership Academy, and was previously the Elementary/Band/Choir Teacher at a private school in OKC.

What are you most looking forward to in your internship? Why?
I am most looking forward to connecting with the music community through another perspective and taking advantage of the opportunity to develop as many relationships as possible! By connecting with other people and learning from them, I can gain so many skills to become the best teacher I can be for students!

How do you like to spend your time outside of work and music?
I really enjoy exploring new restaurants and hang-out spots in OKC with friends and streaming my favorite shows such as Game of Thrones and The Good Doctor!

What is something you hope to accomplish or become throughout your life?
I hope to go into fine arts administration one day and work with teachers in the field to maximize the impact music makes on students!

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