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Meet our Admission Counselor


Lauren Watt photoI’m Lauren Watt, the admission counselor of the University of Iowa School of Music. I’m here to answer any questions you have about Iowa, connect you with faculty, coordinate a visit, and help you navigate the entire admission process.

Originally from Illinois, I found my home at the University of Iowa in 2012. I studied theatre arts with a focus in Stage Management and also completed the Arts Entrepreneurship Certificate. During my time at Iowa I was also part of the Camerata Choir before I graduated in 2016.

Before joining the School of Music, I was in the Undergraduate Admissions Office as an admission counselor for students of every major from all across the country. I’d love to tell you more about my experiences on this campus and connect you with students who can share their stories as well.

Let me help you find your home at the University of Iowa School of Music! Email or call today to set up your visit to our campus so you can see how we are composing futures.

Lauren Watt


Meet our School of Music Ambassadors!

Our student ambassadors are here to help you learn more about the student experience at the University of Iowa School of Music.  Please feel free to reach out to them at

Gregory Bardwell headshotGregory Bardwell is a senior flute performance major; he studies with Nicole Esposito.  Gregory is from Collinsville, Illinois and is an active member of band, orchestra, and the chamber music residency program in the School of Music.  He is also a Miyazawa Emerging Artist.

Katelynn Chalstrom headshotKatelynn Chalstrom is a junior majoring in trumpet performance.  Originally from Marion, Iowa, Katelynn has competed at various competitions, including the International Women's Brass Conference competition in 2019.  She debuted as a soloist with the Kirkwood Community College band in 2018.  After finishing her undergraduate degree, Katelynn plans to get her master's in musicology.

Elizabeth Gosztola headshotElizabeth Gosztola is a sophomore bassoon performance and music education major from Naperville, Illinois.  She plays piccolo in the Hawkeye Marching Band and is a member of the music sorority Sigma Alpha Iota.  After college, Elizabeth wants to teach music at a junior high level and is considering teaching internationally.