University Bands

Nina Blaszka, Graduate Assistant


Kristina “Nina” Blaszka is a first year graduate student at Western Illinois, pursuing her Master’s Degree in Music Education. Nina makes her tracks all the way from the East Coast as a “Jersey Girl.” She graduated from Bethlehem Catholic High School where she was actively involved in many ensembles, sports, and clubs holding many leadership positions. Recently, Nina graduated from Messiah College near Harrisburg, PA, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education with an oboe concentration. She studied with Jill Marchione. While at Messiah College Nina performed in the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds; Symphony Orchestra; Woodwind Quintet; Piano, Bassoon and Oboe Trio;, Women’s Ensemble and various recitals. She was also involved with Messiah College’s Chapter of NAfME where she held the positions of Publicist, Vice President and President. She also has taught oboe privately in the Mechanicsburg, PA area. During the summers, Nina was involved in the Greater Harrisburg Concert Band.


After graduate school, Blaszka plans to teach for several years at the high school and elementary levels. From there she plans to pursue her Doctorate in Music Education and teach at the collegiate level.