Hobel-Furrer, music education major, named honorary student for February

Senior Autumn Hobel-Furrer (left) with Professor Natasha Farny.

Autumn Hobel-Furrer, a major in music education with an instrumental concentration (cello), from Lagrangeville, was chosen as honorary student of the month for February 2022.

Professor Natasha Farny nominated Ms Hobel-Furrer, one of her private cello students for 3½ years, for the award.

“I think fall is especially honoring diversity and enhancing well-being,” Dr. Farny said, and added that she seems keenly aware of people’s weaknesses and needs, especially among minorities.

“She’s a motherly person who likes to reach out and host cello studio events to bond. She’s asked the studio to pick apples in the fall and has regular cello get-togethers (having fun improvise or play solo material more seriously) or just get together for a meal,” Farny explained.

Hobel-Furrer supported her mentee, a freshman, Farny added. “For career preparation, she has an abundance of goodwill towards others and I can imagine her successfully inspiring students to study music.”

“For career preparation, she has an abundance of goodwill towards others and I can imagine her successfully inspiring students to study music.” – Professor Natasha Farny

Outside of a Mason Hall classroom or studio, Hobel-Furrer is in charge of the instrument rental office and previously served as a student liaison and College Symphony Orchestra representative. Additionally, she serves as the Board Chair of The Improv Collective and has been a Resident Assistant since her second year, currently assigned to Igoe Hall.

Hobel-Furrer became resident assistant mentor in the fall semester, so she was linked to two new RAs and became another resource for them, said Adrian Vega Bautista, director of residence at Hemmingway and Igoe Halls.

“His role was to assist the RAs as a resource through informal check-ins that would include discussions about programming, involvement in their respective buildings, and how to adjust to the role of Resident Assistant,” Mr. Bautista said.

Following her teaching experience in the spring semester, Hobel-Furrer plans to return in the fall to complete the Music Education Mus.B./MM.

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