Kaia Sand '15

Zumbrota, Minn.
Music and English

Her musical instrument of choice: The oboe.  Kaia admits, “I absolutely LOVE music!”

Interesting fact about her:  She started writing a novel when she was in seventh grade. “It’s over 100 pages long right now, and I know I’ll finish it someday.” (The genre is fantasy fiction.)

Co-curriculars: Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra, Aurora (an auditioned first-year women’s choir), accompanist, Ballroom/Swing Club (social and competitive), Pioneer Yearbook (portrait section editor), and Amnesty International (a student group that focuses on peace and justice).

Most of Kaia’s days are filled with music—literally. Whether it’s a class for her major or
she’s rehearsing with one of the music ensembles, most of her day focuses on music.  And she wouldn’t have it any other way.

“One of the main reasons why I chose Luther was because of its phenomenal music program,” she says. “I had a lot of exposure to it in high school through my participation in the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and the Dorian Vocal and Band Festivals.  After college, I hope to play in a professional or semi-professional orchestra.”

Kaia also has another goal in mind for her time at Luther. “Both of my parents are Luther grads and were part of the Nottingham program (a yearlong Luther academic program in Nottingham, England). I’m really interested in doing that, too, and hope I can fit it into my schedule.  If that doesn’t work out, I’d like to spend an upcoming January Term in Ireland, Italy, Greece, or India.”

In addition to setting goals for herself, Kaia
also manages to fit some non-academic fun into her schedule. “The Ballroom/Swing Club is a lot of fun. I’m really glad I chose to be in it this year as it was a great way to meet lots of people and make friends my first year of college. Luther had one of the biggest competitive teams at the Star of the North competition this year, and I competed in the newcomer division. It took a lot more of my time than just dancing at a social level, but it was definitely a great experience.”