Arabella Olson of Negaunee has been named the Northern Michigan University Department of Music 2020-21 outstanding graduating senior. She is graduating May 1 with a bachelor's degree in music, specializing in trombone.
While at NMU, Olson participated in several musical ensembles, including Jazz Band, Jazz Combo, Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Brass Quintet and Marching Band. She was selected for the 2019 UPStarts music festival and won first place in the 2018 NMU Music Scholarship Competition.
Olson has been accepted for graduate school at the University of Michigan, where she intends to pursue a master's degree in trombone performance. She plans to spend time outdoors during her last summer in the Upper Peninsula.
NMU's virtual commencement will be held at 10 a.m. EST Saturday, May 1. Bryan Terrell Clark, a Broadway performer who played George Washington in Hamilton, will be the keynote speaker. Learn more about commencement and access a link to watch it live at www.nmu.edu/commencement.