"The University of Illinois fostered in me a sense of pride and confidence that allow me to be where I am today."
When Marie Roth came to the U of I as a freshman, the School of Music faculty helped her pursue music education full force. And when her interests shifted to arts administration, the College of Fine and Applied Arts team transitioned with her; Marie received guidance from FAA Career Services Coordinator Michele Plante and from staff members at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
What caused the switch? After three years of music education training, Marie found that she was increasingly interested in music as a business. Michele helped her develop that curiosity by connecting her with 1971 music education alumna Gail Kalver, the executive director for Chicago's River North Dance Company. "Gail showed me that the opportunities with my degree were not as limited as I once imagined," Marie says.
Marie has since worked as an undergraduate assistant in Krannert Center's development office, as a development intern at Baltimore's Center Stage, and as a donor events intern for the Steans Institute for Young Artists at Chicago's Ravinia Festival. She currently works as the operations manager of the Women's Board at the Ravinia Festival.
"Do not hesitate to take advantage of the resources that the U of I has to offer," Roth encourages. "Illinois has a huge network of alumni in every corner of the professional world. Use this common thread to your advantage, and don't be shy about asking people questions."