Fowler Feature: Kim Roberson
Published: Thursday, October 31, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013 16:10
Technically proficient in every band instrument (including violin), senior music education major from Morrilton Kimberly Roberson looks forward to pursuing a career teaching music to the next generation.
Roberson’s primary instrument is the clarinet, which she began playing eleven years ago. She remembers attending every football game and watching the high school band play at halftime, since her dad is the local television sports announcer for Morrilton Community Channel 6. The band entranced her and she was drawn into their performances.
“My mother really pushed me to do band because she had a musical background in choir and playing piano. When my parents bought my first clarinet, they said, ‘If we buy this for you, you’re staying in band through high school.’ I’ve been in band ever since,” she said. “When they said that to me, I don’t think they realized my band career would impact my future so much, but I am so thankful that they encouraged me.”
Her interest in Arkansas State University was originally sparked by Shandee Gordon, her high school band director and ASU alumna, during her junior year of high school, but the main reason she picked A-State as her college of choice was the scholarship opportunities.
“I received the Vice Chancellor’s scholarship and a full music scholarship. The amount of band scholarships offered at Arkansas State University was unbelievable compared to other schools I looked into,” Roberson said. “The tryout process was very laid back. It was more of a private lesson rather than a nervous tryout. From then on, Arkansas State University just stuck out to me.”
Organizations Roberson is involved in include Sigma Alpha Iota (a professional music fraternity for women), the ASU Wind Ensemble, the ASU Orchestra, the basketball pep band, and the Sound of the Natural State marching band. Roberson is also a recipient of the Mary Ann Chop Trust Scholarship. She has served as Recording Secretary, Vice President of Membership, President, and is currently Sergeant-at-Arms for Sigma Alpha Iota.
“Sigma Alpha Iota is comprised of women who are simply interested in music, they don’t have to be a music major or even be in choir or band. My sisters are some of the most wonderful, caring people in the whole world,” she said. “We are all different, but we make up one beautiful sisterhood.”
While Sigma Alpha Iota is her sisterhood, Roberson’s family is the Sound of the Natural State. Having each other for support and to lean on makes the band’s four day a week, hour and a half rehearsals seem like nothing.
Roberson loves being a member of the largest, most visibly spirited organization on campus, enjoys cheering on the Red Wolves at football games, and performing at half-time with all of her friends. Through her exhilarating experiences with the Sound of the Natural State she has realized why she chose to be a music educator; so her future students can feel the way she does when she performs.
“Music has taught me so much: leadership, teamwork, independence, time-management, self-confidence, strong work ethic, etc. The list could go on forever, which is why I’m so passionate about music education,” Roberson said. “The majority of students that are involved in music develop into good citizens. Through music, you become conscious of others because what you do affects every person in band. I feel like even if a student does not ‘do music’ the rest of their lives like me, it can influence their future in a very positive way.”
Roberson’s next performance will be Nov. 16 at the home game against Texas State.